October 2015 Newsletter
The Tree of Hope organization held a candlelight vigil for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. The vigil took place at Dodder Valley Park opposite Ahern’s Pub at 9pm, (Old Bawn / Firhouse Rd) just as it started to get dark. The aim of the vigil was to remember loved ones sadly gone too soon through suicide and to provide support to people living with mental health issues. There was a great turn out and many people brought framed pictures of their loved ones who have passed away, to show their love and support.
I know it’s truly ‘back to school’ every year when I attend induction week in the I.T.T. in my role as part time chaplain to the college. The week of 7th – 11th was spent in the college making myself available to students starting 1st year in the college, often an unnerving time for young people as they leave the familiarity and structure of their secondary schools and begin college life.
Tallaght Lions Club launched a Suicide Information Help Card and a Leaflet on Bullying in the Maldron Hotel on 16th September. The Lions Club are also involved in an Emergency Information Scheme called ‘Message in a Bottle’ which simply directs the emergency services to information stored in a plastic bottle which is kept in the fridge; vulnerable people or those with a medical condition can enter their details on the form inside the bottle which can be easily accessed in an emergency. The Lions Club supply these bottles free of charge.
I attended The Tallaght Guild of the ICA Annual Memorial Service for past members on 24th September in Tymon North Community Centre. The service was followed by their annual Arts and Crafts awards. The craft award was won by our own Janet Edegly, incoming president of the Tallaght Guild for the coming year. Well done Janet, your work was beautiful.
We have had a number of school tours in the past month, we had four 6th Classes, students from St. Maelruan’s (note the different spelling!), over a four day period and then we had a visit from Scoil Iosa. I enjoy the young people and their questions where I try to point out the differences and similarities between our two denominations.
On Saturday 26th the Priory Retreat Centre in the Village had an Open Day which gave people an opportunity to sample some of the programmes they run throughout the year, including mindfulness, zen, pottery, meditation etc. and it also gave a chance for people to visit the tower, gardens and to walk the Labyrinth with tea, coffee and scones provided throughout the day. Just a reminder, that Orlagh Retreat Centre is also running courses before they close at the end of the year.
As this goes to print we are looking forward to our Harvest Service on Sunday the 4th of October 3.30pm followed by tea in the Small Hall.
God bless William
WEDDING The marriage of Paul McEvoy and Aisling Morris took place on Saturday 19th September. We wish Paul and Aisling all of God’s blessings as they start their married life.
TALLAGHT CHURCHES TOGETHER are holding a free Concert of Hope in the Maldron Hotel on Thursday 19th November at 7.30pm with the various church music groups taking part, all welcome!
PAINTING OF THE CHURCH Bill Grimson, a parishioner from a neighbouring parish, kindly donated a painting of the Church that is around a hundred years old. It’s a lovely painting which depicts the tower covered in ivy and the graveyard more heavily planted. The painting is hanging in the Small Hall, maybe a gentle reminder to some of the hall users that there is a church attached to the hall!
COME & C Diocesan Come & C day (looking forward as Christians and Community) met in The High School on Saturday 12th September. Following on from that meeting each Rural Deanery in the Diocesan will be having meetings to see what initiatives can be introduced to invite people back to church.
Our Rural Deanery are meeting in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Rd (beside Joel’s Restaurant) on Wednesday 7th October at 8.00pm Please contact the Rector if interested 086 803 0239
The Diocesan survey relating to Come and C can be read on line at http://dublin.anglican.org/dioceses/index.php.
WHIST DRIVE The next Whist Drive takes place in the Small Hall of the Parish Centre on Mon 19th October at 8.00pm, all welcome!
BOY’S BRIGADE The Boys started back to a great session on 18th September, we still have room for a few more boys , if you are interested in joining please contact Susan Carroll 085 2853498. The BB will be holding a coffee morning in the parish hall after the Sunday service on 25 th October in aid of BB funds, please join us for a coffee or tea.
Our Founders day will take place on 18th October in St Ann's 3pm.
TABLE TENNIS The club reopened on September 17TH It was great to see everyone back after the summer break and we were pleased to see Hilary back after time out due to an injury. We wish Bobby well as he recovers from shingles and we look forward to seeing him back soon.
We are delighted to welcome Miriam Gibney to the club this year and hope she is enjoying Thursday nights with us.
The club runs on Thursdays in the Parish Centre at 8 pm. All welcome.
BOWLING CLUB We welcome back our members for our new season 2015/ 2016.
We are also looking forward to competing in our various competitions.
CRAFTY CHATTERS Crafty Chatters meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month (Tues 6th and Tues 20th October) in the Small Hall. Please come and join us for chat, crafts, good company and fun. Bring along whatever craft you are working on or learn a new one. All Welcome!
PARISH COFFEE MORNING Just a reminder that the dates for our next Coffee Mornings are the last Friday of the month, 30thOctober and 27th November, 10.30am – 12.30pm as usual in the old hall. All welcome!
GIRLS BRIGADE The 26th Company Girls' Brigade started back on Saturday September 12th with girls aged 3 to 8 years old, and on Wednesday September 16th for girls aged 9 years old and upwards. If you are interested in joining please contact Captain Fiona Monahan on 086-8519163 or check out our website www.girlsbrigadeirl.ie for more details.
MOTHER’S UNION Our Opening Service was held on Monday 14th September with. Rev Avril Bennett officiating. Avril spoke to us on the very many ‘hats’ MU members wear! Thank you Avril. The service was followed by a short meeting announcing the Programme for the coming year.
Some of us attended the Diocesan Festival Service held this year in Whitechurch on 15th September. It is amazing to see a church full of Members and of course the colourful banners and singing. Tradition being kept alive.
On Saturday 17th October we plan to visit Kilmainham Jail. However we have heard queues are very long so if there is a long queue on the day, we will cross the road to Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. If you intend coming along, please add your name to the list at the back of the church. We will meet at the church at 9.45am on Saturday 17th October, travelling in by Luas together. Please bring any family members, friends for this cultural visit. All welcome.
SAOIRSE donations for October: Black Bin bags. Please bring them along on Saturday 17th October.
Mothers Union DIARY DATES:
11.15am Thursday 5th November Christ Church Cathedral. As this service includes Tallaght we hope some members can attend.
Monday 9th Nov. 8pm : “How to Look after your Teeth” talk by Amy.
Friday 13th Nov. Friendship Dinner – Springfield Hotel, Leixlip.
Sunday 22nd Nov. Following Morning Service, we will host a MU Fund raising coffee morning. All branches have been asked to do this in 2015, monies raised go towards projects here such as holiday short breaks for families in Ireland and aid for MU work overseas.
Sunday Services @ St Maelruain's Church of Ireland
8.30am Service Holy Communion each Sunday.
11.00am Service Holy Communion: 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Morning Prayer: 2nd and 5th Sundays of each month.
Family Service: 4th Sunday of each month.
1st Wednesday of each month Holy Communion with laying on of hand for the sick at 10.00am