FROM THE RECTOR
In my role as Canon to Christchurch Cathedral I completed one of my twice yearly weekly slots as ‘Canon in residence’ starting on Sunday 29th January. I preached on the Beatitudes where I tried to demonstrate that it wasn’t the blessed who are (financially) poor but those who were poor spiritually and it is the meek that shall inherit the earth as they are spiritually humble. I argued that the Beatitudes may be more practical then they initially appear, the spiritually humble are those who don’t think they can earn their way to heaven but are grateful for what Christ did for them on the cross. Perhaps inheriting the earth is the new heaven and new earth that we read about in the Book of Revelations?
I attended the funeral of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Poyntz (former Archbishop of Connor) on Saturday 25th February in my capacity as Canon and for more personal reasons as he had been very supportive to me as I prepared for ministry, in my curacy and in my first parish. Following my return to Dublin from Northern Ireland whenever our paths would cross he continued to have an interest in Tallaght which I greatly appreciated.
On 27th February I was invited to the 10th Anniversary of Kilnamanagh Community Centre Senior Citizen’s group. They had invited both archbishops but as Archbishop Michael Jackson was unable to attend he asked that I go on his behalf. The Centre provides great facilities for the elderly. They are open from mid morning to mid afternoon Mon – Thurs and provide a hot meal along with activities, outings and organise holidays not to mention the ‘Lounge’ which seems to have filled the gap on the closing of the Cuckoo’s Nest! Well done to all involved on the great work and support they are providing for the senior citizens of the area.
The following day Sr. Bernadette, the Chaplain in the I.T.T. had an exhibition of the different world faiths which I attended. We will be welcoming Sr. Bernadette to Mothers’ Union on Mon 13th in the Small Hall to talk to about reaching out to young people.
Many of you may have read in the Echo Newspaper of the passing at the age of 33 of local historian Shane Kenna. Shane’s Mum, Olive, is a member of our Music Group and Shane came along to our major festivals to hear his Mum sing. We send our love and support to Olive who sadly lost her husband a number of years ago, to Shane’s fiancée Adele, to his brother John and the wider family and friends. Shane’s funeral took place on Saturday 4th March in St. Dominic’s.
We began our Lenten services on Ash Wednesday and will be using the Bible Association of the Church of Ireland’s (BACI) Lenten Course ‘God’s heart for Migrants’. The topic’s covered are: (1) God’s People as Migrants (2) God’s Heart for Migrants (3) Ruth - a Story of Migration (4) Ruth - a story of Integration
(5) Migrant People.
God bless William.
The funeral of Jim Neill took place on Friday 3rd March in St. Maelruain’s. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Geraldine, children Emma and Dylan and to his wider family and friends.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
There will be a service at 11.00am on St. Patrick’s Day led by Rev. Avril Bennett to celebrate our Patron Saint’s day.
Sunday 26th March. Some may call this day a ‘Hallmark’ holiday but I think it is an opportunity to stop in our busy lives and show our Mothers just how much we care. As it will be Family Sunday our Good News Club will be telling us about their Lenten Project ‘Church in Chains’.
CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD Also on Mothering Sunday 26th March, don’t forget the clocks springs forward one hour.
PARISH SCHOOL Enrol your child We are currently enrolling Junior Infants for September 2017. Should you wish to apply for a place for your child in our school, please contact the school office at 01 4527933 for an application form for admission between 8:30am and 11:30am.
CAPELLA Mixed Voice Choir are having a concert in the Church on Friday 24th March at 8pm. They will be singing Choral music to suit all tastes and will be led by musical director Vincent Whelan with accompanist Celine Kelly. Admission €10 payable at the door.
MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES FIRST Saoirse are looking for washing powder for March. I went to a morning continental breakfast meeting on Saturday 18th Feb in Springfield Hotel Leixlip, the speaker was Anna Keely business entrepreneur, business woman and the principal of Bronwyn Conroy School of Beauty. She gave a very interesting and inspiring talk on empowerment of women and encouraging us to achieve our potential and achieve our dreams while we juggle the various roles in life which we all have. A most interesting and enjoyable morning and an opportunity to meet up with fellow members from the different branches.
Next month’s March meeting is with Sr Bernadette from IT Tallaght who will be giving us a talk on the work of the college chaplain. I'm sure this will be very interesting so do come along on the 2nd Mon in March (13th ) at 8pm in the Small Hall. You are assured of a warm welcome whether you are a regular member, new to us or haven't been in a while. Look forward to seeing you on then. Valerie
BOWLS CLUB Congratulations to the Hope and Price teams for reaching the finals in both competitions. Wishing both teams the best of luck. We send good wishes to Imelda Bird as she recovers in South Infirmary Hospital in Cork after her accident.
Heather Wright and family would like to thank everyone who supported them in the sudden loss of Neville. Special thanks to Canon Deverell and members of the Bowling Club at this difficult time.
BOYS BRIGADE We had a Table Tennis night courtesy of Regina Donoghue and St. Maelruain’s Table Tennis Club on Friday 3rd March which was enjoyed by all. We are looking forward to our Annual Display on Saturday 22nd April at 7pm and all are welcome to attend. We want to try and get as big a support as possible for the boy’s on the night..
If anybody is interested in joining Boy’s Brigade please come along on any Friday evening Anchors 7pm – 8:00pm (ages 4 – 7) Juniors 7pm - 8:30pm (ages 8 – 11) Company 7pm - 9pm (ages 12 – 18)
GIRLS BRIGADE The Girls Brigade would like to invite you to their Annual Company Display on Saturday April 1st at 3pm in St Maelruain’s Parish Hall. It promises to be a terrific show, and everyone who attends will be treated to a cup of tea or coffee afterwards. We always love to see our regular guests, and we especially enjoy seeing our past members and meeting new friends who are thinking of joining GB. So please come along!!
WHIST DRIVE The March Whist Drive is on Monday 20th at 8.00pm in the Main Hall. All Welcome!
CRAFTY CHATTERS We will be meeting on the 7th and the 21st March from 2 - 4pm in the Parish Hall. Please get you knitting needles, crochet hook, needle and thread or anything else you are working on. The chat is always good and the cup of tea always hot, you would be most welcome!
PARISH COFFEE Our next Coffee Morning will be held on the 31st March, 10.30am - 12.30pm in the Old Hall. Drop in for a cuppa and a chat, all welcome.
SUMMER SALE The date for this year’s summer sale has been set, Saturday 27th May. Thankfully there is a stretch in the evenings at last and we are now looking forward to spring, time to clear out those cupboards, attics and garages? Donations of unwanted gifts, furniture and household items (in good condition!) gratefully received. Please put the date in your diary and bring along your family and friends on the day.