FROM THE RECTOR On 7th April in my role as part time Chaplain of the ITT I was invited by the Chaplain of the College, Sr Bernadette Purcell, to a dinner also attended by Bishop Eamon Walsh and the director of the Priory Institute’s long distance learning in religious studies, Fr John Littleton. The dinner was held in the culinary student’s restaurant in the college, ‘Scholars’. We were also joined by the College President Tom Stone and the College Registrar, John Vickery. It was an enjoyable evening, with good food and company.
On Sunday 10th April we had our Easter Vestry following a shortened Morning Prayer Service. It was a chance to see how the parish is doing, there were reports from myself and the Parish Honorary Treasurer, Jim Bird. We elected a new Select Vestry for the coming year, please see below. I would like to thank all of those who serve on the Select Vestry, the Honorary Treasurer, the Secretary, Glebewardens and Churchwardens for their time and work throughout the year.
As mentioned as an upcoming event in the April Newsletter, a Thai dinner with report and videos by parishioner David Gibson and his friends, following their recent aid trip to Thailand, was held in the Small Hall on 16th April. A group of us sat around a big table and the evening was interspersed by food, talk and videos. They told us about the work that is being done in the orphanage, Ban Meata Children's Village run by the charity Mercy International. The children there are now thriving despite their background stories of hurt and hopelessness. David and his friends spoke of the fun they had with the children while entertaining them, in between the serious work of painting the orphanage! It was interesting to see the work that Mercy International do in Thailand and to hear about the trip, we also all enjoyed the Thai food. Thank you, David, for organising the evening.
On 19th we said goodbye to Alan Morris, lay minister with our neighbours in An Solas Methodist Church. Alan is being replaced by Rev Katherine Keogh, also Methodist minister in Lucan. While we are sad to say goodbye to Alan, we look forward to future fellowship with Katherine.
On the evening of 20th April there was an extraordinary Diocesan Synod in Athy to discuss a motion and vote to prevent a bill being brought to the General Synod in May that would see six parishes from the Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough being transferred to the Diocese of Meath and Kildare. The meeting was very well attended and there was an overwhelming vote in favour of bringing the motion to the Synod in May.
We are looking forward to our Summer Sale on 28th May, please do come along. It is one of our main fundraisers of the year and support from parishioners, family and friends is needed to make the event a success.
God Bless William.
The 8th April marked the sad passing of Benny Myers, much loved parishioner and former Sexton of St. Maelruain’s. There was a receiving service on Tuesday 12th April followed by his funeral service on Wednesday 13th April. We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Benny’s children Margaret, Dorothy, Kathleen, Gladys, William, Ben, (Lesley, deceased), Corinna, to their extended family and friends.
Confirmation classes continue in the Rectory on Wednesday evenings at 5pm in preparation for Confirmation on 8th May in Christchurch Cathedral at 3.30pm.
MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES FIRST
Our AGM and Bring & Buy Sale in aid of Overseas Fund was held on Monday 11th April.
Our Annual outing is planned for Saturday 18th June to Tullynally Castle & Gardens followed by dinner in the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. Cost per person will be approx. €55.
We hope that any parishioners interested will join us – if interested please add your name and contact details to the list available in the porch.
Once again thank you to all our members who faithfully supported SAOIRSE each month, providing items requested by them.
Lets hope we all have a great warm summer break!!
We are currently playing matches for the trophies which will be presented at our AGM which will take place on Thursday 20th May at 8 pm. We will close for the summer on that evening also . We hope everybody will have a nice summer break and enjoy lots of sunshine!
EASTER VESTRY The Easter Vestry was held on 10th April. The results are as follows:
Select Vestry: Jim Bird (Hon Treasurer), Vivienne Bright, Laura Fryday, Brian Good, Percy Griffin, David Harley, David Hutchinson-Edgar, Heather Kennedy, Mary Lucas, Rod Lucan (Secretary), Peter Manly and Derek Sargent.
Church Wardens: Joseph Jeevanayagom and Lydia Oropo Glebewardens: Billy Gould and Ronnie Scott.
PARISH OUTING We are planning a parish outing on June 18th to Tullynally Castle and Gardens in Castlepollard. We would hope to leave the church by coach around 10 am .Following a guided tour of the castle and a visit to the gardens, we will travel back to The Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar for dinner at 6.30 that evening before returning to Tallaght. There is a coffee shop at the castle which also has a lunch menu.
The gardens are very accessible and a pleasant walk. All we need is fine weather!
Cost per person is in the region of €55 depending on numbers and all are welcome . If you would like to come along please sign the list in the church or contact Valerie at 0868594850 / 4621044.
BOWLS CLUB We had our AGM on 26th April. Our Summer Bar-b-que will be held on 25th June. Alan Stewart is staying on as our captain for a second year. Our club will resume on the Tuesday 13th September 2016. We wish everyone a happy and safe Summer.
WHIST DRIVE The May 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 We were sad to learn of the passing of Benny Myers, and send our condolences to Benny's family. We will greatly miss his company among us at the Coffee Mornings.
We are holding our final Coffee Morning before we close for summer, on Friday 27th May at 10.30am - 12.30pm in the Old Hall. Join us if you can, for a cuppa and a chat, all welcome!
DIOCESAN SUMMER CAMP The Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Summer Camp will be held from Mon 4th July – Friday 8th July in the King’s Hospital School. The cost is €160 which includes accommodation, food and all activities. The camp is aimed at children from 10 – 12 years of age (4th – 6th class). Join in the adventure! Outdoor activities, multi sports, music, friendships, swimming, art and crafts, talking faith, fun, games and lots, lots more!!
Amy Deverell is one of the leaders and she’d be happy to answers any queries you may have or email email@example.com Booking forms are available from the Rector. Please keep in mind there are a limited number of bursaries available to assist families in need: - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CROSSROADS Crossroads is a Church of Ireland Social Club for those in their 20’s & 30’s and a little older….
We meet on the last Friday of the month in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin. For more details, David @ 085 7272 019. You can also follow us on Facebook. To join our Crossroads Group, please send message request to Valerie Raitt Thomas or Beryl Healy.
May Mad Hatters Social Event Saturday 7th May at 9:00pm Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Co. Laois Music by ‘Fiesta’ / DJ Tim Chambers Contact Wendy 087 1787 245
Prime Time Sunday 15th May at 1.30pm Lunch and Walk at Kilmacurragh, Co Wicklow Contact Carol 085 2768966
SUMMER SALE! SUMMER SALE! SUMMER SALE! SUMMER SALE! SUMMER SALE! SUMMER SALE!
The SUMMER SALE will take place on Saturday 28th May in the Parish Centre at 10am. Please do what you can to make this fundraiser a success! Please attend on the day, buy raffle tickets, donate prizes and items for the sale. All the usual stalls and refreshments available. Items for the sale may be dropped off to the Parish Centre in the week prior to the sale. Come along and bring your family and friends! Ronnie Scott is the Summer Sale co-ordinator and may be contacted at 086 804 5090.