FROM THE RECTOR On 9th and 10th October I welcomed two groups of students from Mount Seskin Community College, one group of Junior Cert religion students with specific questions about our denomination and the other group of transition year students studying the history of Tallaght.
I attended an interfaith mental health prayer service in St. Mary’s Priory in Tallaght Village on 30th September I read the Genesis reading ‘Let there be light’ which I feel was relevant in the context of the prayer service for those suffering from mental health issues, perhaps if the light of God shone on our lives it would have a healing effect.
We had our harvest services on Sunday 7th October, Rev Avril preached at our Children’s Harvest at the 11am service. She had a ‘thank you tree’ and handed out paper leaves for the congregation to write what they were thankful for in their lives to attach to the tree which we placed at the bottom of the aisle for our 3pm Harvest Service. We were delighted to welcome Rev Rob Clements to preach at our afternoon service. We had a large amount of people from the wider community with most of the local parishes represented. I would like to thank the ladies who so beautifully decorated the Church for harvest, to those who donated fruit, veg, flowers and greenery and for the supper after the service.
The following Sunday I was invited to preach at the Harvest Service in the Mageough by my predecessor to St. Maelruain’s, Rev Robert Kingston, who is the Mageough chaplain. I preached on the theme of ‘The Importance of Being Thankful’ which was personally poignant to myself and my family as my mother- in- law, Eithne, passed away six months ago after over a decade living in the Mageough. We are very grateful to the Mageough community for the happy life Eithne had in her final years. It was lovely to meet with her friends and neighbours after the service.
On 30th October we hosted the ITT Business Prize Awards. After over 25 years hosting the awards in our Church this was the last time the awards were presented by the college in its present format as the Institute of Technology Tallaght as the college amalgamates with DIT and ITB (Blanchardstown) to become the new Technological University Dublin in January 2019, exciting times for the Tallaght campus.
God Bless William.
BABTISM Nora Abigail Armstrong daughter of Gary Armstrong and Emma Coughlan was baptised on 6th October. We welcome Nora into Christ’s flock and pray for her and her family as she begins her Christian life.
REMEMBRACE SUNDAY there will be a Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th November at 10.45am before the 11.00am Morning Prayer Service.
GIFT DAY Sunday 25th November has been set for our annual GIFT DAY. A letter will be going out to all parishioners laying out the position of the parish. Can I on behalf of the Select Vestry encourage all to give as generously as possible? The financial situation of the parish continues to be difficult, we are very grateful to everyone who gives but your continued support is vital to the viability of Tallaght Parish Church. If you would like to receive your letter by email please let the parish office know at firstname.lastname@example.org William
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Our annual CHRISTMAS SING ALONG takes place in the Parish Centre on Friday 30th November at 7.30pm where we sing Carols and Christmas songs, we have a gift stall, a raffle and refreshments of wine, tea, coffee and mince pies. Please do what you can to help, buy / sell raffle tickets, donations of wine, mince pies and items for the gift stall would be greatly appreciated. Please phone Ronnie Scott 086 804 5090 for more information.
TEAM HOPE CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL We had the launch of the Christmas shoe box appeal in October and the date for the returned boxes is officially Friday 9th but please have them returned by Sunday 11th at the very latest.
FLOWER GUILD Very many thanks to the ladies that decorated the Church for the Harvest. Thank you also to those who donated flowers and fruit. The Church looked beautiful. With life being so busy for everyone, we really appreciate all the help we can get for these occasions as well as every month.
It's always an enjoyable morning and a chance to catch up for a chat and a cup of tea while we work. All are welcome to join us and we are always looking for new people to help. No experience necessary! Regina.
SCHOOL NEWS The school has had a busy few weeks! We had a Department of Education and Skills whole school Evaluation – Management, Leadership and Learning during the week of 1st October. During that week the Inspector visited all the classrooms to look at the teachers and pupils work. He also met with the Parents Association, Board of Management, Principal, Deputy Principal and teachers to discuss how the school is run. He also looked at key school documents. We look forward to the report in the New Year as we continue to strive in St. Maelruain’s to create a learning environment where every child is respected and they can be the best version of themselves.
Before we broke up for half term and in the run up to Halloween we had a ‘Spooky Walk’. The children dressed up and took part in the walk and were joined by parents and grandparents.
The extra curriculum activities continue with the children taking part in swimming, tag rugby, dancing and Gaelic. The pupils in 5th and 6th class are taking part in SDCC’s Marathon Walk. Every day they run/jog or walk a set distance. These distances add up to a total of the distance covered in the Marathon over 8 weeks. They will run the final mile in Morton Stadium on Wednesday 14th of November. A great achievement.
Our numbers have grown in the last while and there's a great buzz on Thursday nights .
Our longest serving member, Bobby Wilson has made the decision not to return this year as he and Pat prepare to move house. We will miss Bobby hugely for his pleasant manner, patience with us all as we learned and vast experience in the game of table tennis. He's a true gentleman and loved by all. We wish him and Pat well and the best of luck and good health in their new home.
We play on Thursday nights from 8pm and all are welcome to come along. Regina
Our next Whist Drive take places on Monday 19th November in the Small Hall, all welcome!
Crafty Chatters meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month until the end of June 2019. We meet from 2-4 pm. You are very welcome to come and bring along whatever craft you are working on or learn a new one! Janet
PARISH COFFEE MORNING Our next Parish Coffee Morning is on Friday, 30th November at 10.30am. We hope to see everyone there as this will be our last meeting before our Christmas break.
MOTHERS UNION Our November meeting will be a talk by Geoff Scargil from Protestant Aid at 8pm on Monday 12th November in the Small Hall as usual .I'm sure Geoff will give us a very interesting talk about the work of his organisation. All are welcome to this meeting so feel free to come along at 8pm in the small hall. Saoirse are looking for kitchen rolls for November and tea rota is Mary Lucas and Hendrika Mahon. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Do come along if you're new to Mothers Union or if you haven't been in a while. Everybody will get a warm welcome. It is a good opportunity to have a catch up with friends you haven't seen in a while and there's always a cup of tea and some goodies afterwards. See you then. Valerie
DUBLIN & GLENDALOUTH MOTHERS’ UNION would like to invite you to join us in a Prayer Vigil on Saturday, 24th November 2018 from 11.30am – 12.30pm when we will join together in a powerful gesture of solidarity in Ireland and around the world to raise awareness and call for an end to violence against women and girls. This event is open to all and will be lead by Rev. Cathy Hallissey with speaker Detective Sergeant Laura Sweeney, Domestic Abuse Intervention and Policy and others. For more information please see:www.dublin.mothersunion.ie Visit Facebook Mothers’ Union Dublin & Glendalough www.mothersunion.org or www.mothersunion.ie
ANAM CARA SOUTH DUBLIN the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Monday 12th of November at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.
ST MARY’S CRUMLIN CHIRSTMAS FAIR on Saturday 10th November 11am – 1pm in St. Agnes Parochial Hall, Crumlin – Christmas gifts, raffle, etc. €3 includes tea / coffee and homemade sweet treats, all welcome!
BIBLE STUDY of the readings for the following Sunday continue on Tues evenings at 8.00pm in the kitchen of Parish Centre, all welcome!
PRAYERS FOR TALLAGHT continue on Monday evenings at 8.00pm, in the Main Hall, needs your support.
CROSSROADS is a Church of Ireland Social Club for those in their 20’s & 30’s and a little older….They meet on the last Friday of the month in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin. For more details contact David on 085 7272 019. You can also follow them on Facebook, to join Crossroads Group, please send message request to Valerie Raitt Thomas or Beryl Healy.