Service Times

Service Times

Each Sunday

8.30 am
:
Holy Communion

11.00 am:
1st Sunday Holy Communion
2nd Sunday Morning Prayer
3rd Sunday Holy Communion
4th Sunday Service of The Word - Family Service
5th Sunday Morning Prayer

Christmas Sing Along

Christmas Sing Along

Saturday, 6 February 2016



February 2016
FROM THE RECTOR 
We had our Christmas Sing Along on Friday 4th December and despite storm ‘Desmond’ we had, I think, our best attendance yet. It was a lovely evening, not just a fundraiser but a lovely social evening and a great way to start off the festive season. We enjoyed the musical talents of  The ICA, Now and Then and not forgetting our own Music Group. Thank you to Ronnie Scott who co-ordinated the event and thanks to all those who helped in anyway, it really is appreciated.

On Sunday 6th we had our annual Gift Day and are thankful to Parishioners to have raised over  €6,000. We have cut back on spending on the fabric of the Church and Halls to the barest minimum in recent years with the down turn in the economy therefore we are now faced with remedial work on the Church roof which the money raised will be used for. Thank you once again to everyone who donated to Gift Day.

The run up to Christmas was busy as usual. I attended the South Dublin Chamber of Commerce Christmas dinner on Friday 11th December in the Red Cow Inn. The Chamber had very generously given storage space for the Operation Christmas Child Annual Shoe Box Appeal in the month or so prior to the dispatchment of the boxes for sorting and distribution which they were very grateful for. The following night I attended the Bowls Club Christmas dinner in Lucan Golf Club which was an enjoyable evening as usual.

On Sunday 20th we had our ‘Nativity Play’ at our 11am service. There were 15 children with parts plus four youth ‘prompters’. The scene looked very authentic, at least Palestine, if not further afield, as many of the children involved were of Indian or African heritage. That evening at 7pm we had our Nine Lessons and Carols Service. This Christmas, we had a Christmas Tree decorated at the entrance of the Churchyard in memory of lost babies and at the Carol Service there were two pews of parents  remembering their lost little ones. The Service was well attended by both parishioners and those from the wider community and was followed by refreshments in the hall. A big thank you to all involved in the kitchen, all you help was much appreciated.

The Church had been beautifully decorated for Christmas on Sat 19th  and thanks go to Regina Donoghue, Vivienne Bright and their helpers for all their creativity. Regina and Vivienne have just taken over the Flower Guild from Janet Edgely. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Janet for all her work over the last number of years in organising the Guild, we are very gratefully to her and I’d like to thank Regina and Vivienne for agreeing to take over from Janet.

The rest of our Christmas Services went off well and were well attended. We rounded off 2015 with our Annual Multicultural New Year’s Eve Service to ring in 2016.

I’d like to thank three of our parish organisations for the money they raised for the parish in 2015, to the Whist Drives who gave just shy of €2000, to our monthly ‘Coffee Morning’ who gave just over €800 and to our Crafty Chatters who raised almost  €1000. Many thanks to all involved, it really is much appreciated.

We were sad to say goodbye to the Donaldson family in January. David and Mandy and their children Aaron and Dana have moved to London. The family, originally from South Africa first came to St. Maelruain’s for the baptism of one of the Hoffmeester’s children and had be worshiping with us since then for the past six years. We will miss them but wish them every blessing as they start their new lives in England.

God Bless                                                                                                                                                              William.

FUNERALS On Saturday 5th December, the funeral of Sarah (Turtington) Maher took place here in St. Maelruain’s. We extend our deepest condolences to her husband Neil, her children Jake and Josh, to her parents Susan and John and to her extended family and friends.

On Saturday 19th December, We had the funeral of Sylvia Kiernan here in St. Maelruain’s. We extend our deepest condolences to her husband Michael, her sons Rory and Tyrone, and to her extended family. Sylvia was predeceased by her son Dominic.

On Monday 8th February, the Funeral of May Boothman, formally of Virginia House and sister of Dickie Boothman (Richard), will take place here in St. Maelruain’s at 11am.




LENT  We will began Lent with an Ash Wednesday Holy Communion service at 10am on 10th February. This year during Lent we will be using the Bible Association of the Church of Ireland’s Lenten Course ‘Reconciliation’. The topics we will cover each Wednesday at the 10am service are: Power and Service, Transcending Boundaries, Taking Down the Walls and Do as you would be done by.

BENEFIT NIGHT in Aid of Daniel Parkhill (10year old Boy’s Brigade member who is a cancer patient) in Roadstone Social Club, Kingswood on Friday 12th February at 8.00pm. Tickets from Amy in Church or Contact Susan on 0852853398. Lots of prizes and kids go free

FLOWER GUILD Many thanks to all the ladies that turned out to help decorate the Church for Christmas. We had donations of lots of flowers which were quickly transformed into lovely arrangements all around the Church, which looked beautiful for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Thanks also to Valerie who always provides us with tea / coffee and biscuits while we arrange the flowers for the various occasions. The chat is always good too. If anyone would like to join the Flower Guild at any time or join us to decorate the Church at Easter, Harvest or Christmas, please come along to the Church on the dates announced nearer those occasions.

Everyone in the Flower Guild should have received the rota for 2016 by now. Please contact Regina at 4522930 if you haven't received yours, or if you would like to join us.

MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES FIRST Our Annual Dinner was held on Monday 11th January in the Blazin Grill and greatly enjoyed by those who attended.

We extend our thoughts and sympathy to Eileen Dunne on the death of her brother and to Rev William on the passing of his aunt Ada Deverell.

On Monday 8th February at 8pm Sgt Mark Redmond will give a talk on crime prevention.  We cordially invite any parishioners and friends to come along.  We would be delighted to have extra numbers. Also on 8th February at 9.30am “Breakfast Briefing” – Springfield Hotel, Leixlip, Stella O’Malley, psychologist will speak on “Bringing up Happy Children in an Anxious World”

On March 14th Brian Murtagh of YMCA will give us a talk on his work in Tallaght. On 15th March, Diocesan President Karen Nelson Commissioning Service, Holmptrick Church, Skerries
at 8pm.

SAOIRSE Donations:  February –   antibacterial hand wash.   March - Toilet Rolls.  April - Kitchen Rolls.
TEA Ladies February: Noelle Lewis/Miriam Gibney  TEA Ladies March: Iris Harley/Yvonne McGlynn

Finally, Diocesan Council Meeting will be held in the Mageough at 7.30pm on 7th April.

TABLE TENNIS  We started back after Christmas with a full attendance of players as well as three new ones. We would like to welcome Eddie ,Stephan and Aaron who are students from Tallaght I.T. We are hoping they will encourage some more new members to join us. There's plenty of room for more players on Thursdays . We play from 8 pm to 10 pm in The Parish Centre.

BOWLS  The members of Tallaght  Bowls Club  wish to extend our sincere sympathies to Pat Dunne and Family on the death of her husband Peter. We wish Nigel Beattie a speedy recovery. We are honoured to host the McLlwaine Final on the Tuesday 8th of March.

WHIST DRIVE  The February Whist Drive is on Monday 15th  at 8.00pm in the Small Hall. All Welcome!

CRAFTY CHATTERS Crafty Chatters meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm in the small hall.  Come along and bring whatever craft you are working on or learn a new one!  A warm welcome awaits all.

PRAYERS FOR THE PARISH  continue on Monday evenings at 8.00pm, in the Main Hall, needs your support.  

BIBLE STUDY  of the reading for the following Sunday continue on Tues evenings at 8.00pm upstairs, Parish Hall.

PARISH COFFEE  
Our next Coffee Morning will be held on Friday, 26th February at 10.30am in the old hall.  All welcome!