FROM THE RECTOR
On 5th March I attended an event in St. Dominic’s Community Response Project which began from very humble beginnings 25 years ago; it was mothers in the community who came together with a common interest, their children were being lost to drugs and as a result, criminality.
These mothers, now along with professionals accredited in the field of addiction and recovery have made such a difference to lives of many in the area that have been impacted by addiction. It was an inspiring afternoon listening to the stories of those affected by drug addiction, the stories of those who spent their lives chasing the high of their first ‘hit’ to profession people who could no longer hide their ‘problem’ and ended up losing everything.
Today they have a very vibrant project that supports anyone whose lives have been impacted by addiction. The project is linked with others around the city. Local MEP, Lynn Boylan also attended the event and there was a certain poignancy that the event was held on the eve of Women’s Day and continues to be run by women including the women who started it.
During Lent we have been using the BACI (Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland) Lenten Course which was requested by our Bible Study group with the topic this year ‘Transforming Repentance: Coming Home to God’ for both our Bible Study group and our weekly Lenten Services. Initially I was concerned the course was a study of the Sunday readings but it has been interesting looking from a different prospective. We looked at the readings line by line and also went through the commentary provided by BACI which we found thought provoking. Thank you to BACI for the only five session Lenten Course between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.
Friday 15th March was a dark day in the history of New Zealand with the attacks in the two Mosques in Christchurch. I called to the local Tallaght Mosque in Greenhills the following Thursday to offer by condolences. I was invited to attend lunch time prayers on Friday and I was also asked to speak to the congregation. I told them how appalled I was at the atrocity and noted how I recognized how people in the West can be radicalized to white nationalism just as some Muslims can be radicalized. If only these people could recognize each other as fellow humans, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinta Ardern’s symbolic gesture of wearing a head scarf in solidarity for Muslims was much appreciated by the people I met. After prayers I couldn’t get over how many of congregation came to thank me for coming and I was invited to stay for lunch. The Mosque in Greenhills in the religious centre for Muslims who live and work in the Tallaght area who originally came from all over the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
On Sunday 24th March our Good News Club hosted coffee after our family service in aid of ‘Church in Chains’ which is a charity which helps persecuted Christians. This charity has particular significance to the Nigerian and India children of our GNC who are aware of the persecution of Christians in their parent’s countries, for the Nigerians, in Northern Nigeria and in Indian, with the rise of Hindu nationalism, promoting the idea that you are not really an Indian unless you are Hindu! Ignoring the fact that doubting Thomas brought the faith to Kerala in Southern India. Thank you to all who supported our GNC at coffee, a sum approaching €400 was raised.
CYPSC (South Dublin Children and Young People Services Committee) who offer support to families experiencing homelessness asked me to take part in a photovoice journal of the voices from the frontline of homelessness. I provided six photos depicting homelessness following a Thursday morning ‘workshop’ on how to take photos without breaching confidentiality. I used a photo of a crib with just one slat for the roof depicting the roof at the Inn for Mary, Joseph and Jesus was a temporary home. The second photo was one of a crib depicting an African house which has a roof and includes the three wise men, ‘by the time the wise men arrived he was housed’. My others photos showed the statue of the Homeless Jesus lying on a park bench in the grounds of Christchurch Cathedral, a picture of the cover of ‘the poverty and justice Bible’ which highlights the over 3,000 references to poverty and justice in the Bible, in Ireland one could be forgiven to think that the Jesus was always talking about sex, far from it. If anyone is interested in seeing the publication ‘ Many Hearts, No Homes’ please ask me.
On Mothering Sunday I was asked by some of our African mums if they could replicate an African Mothering Sunday so on Mother’s day we were delighted to see the African Mums joyfully dance their way up the aisle to give an offering dressed in their Mary Sumner Mother’s Union African style wrap around skirts. After the service we went over to the Parish Hall for a sumptuous sit down lunch. I was grateful to all the parishioners who came over for the lunch even if they took theirs as a ‘take away’ as they headed out for lunch with their families.
God Bless William.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER There will be a service each morning of Holy Week, services as follows:
Mon 15th – Thurs 18th
10am Holy Communion
Friday 19th Good Friday
10am Good Friday Ante Communion.
8.00pm Good Friday Ante Holy Communion.
Easter Sunday 20th April
8.30am Easter Holy Communion.
11.00am Easter Holy Communion.
FLOWER GUILD The Church will be decorated for Easter on Saturday, April 20th from 10am to 12pm.
We look forward to seeing anybody who would like to help and would welcome gifts of flowers and greenery. All welcome, no experience necessary, there’s a job for everyone and plenty of chat.
EASTER VESTRY The Easter Vestry (Parish AGM) will take place this year on Sunday 12th May after a shortened Service. This is an opportunity for you to have your say in the running of the parish.
CONFIRMATION The date for St. Maelruain’s confirmation has be set for Sunday 9th June (Pentecost Sunday), if you or your child is interested in Confirmation please contact the Rector on 086 803 0239.
SUMMER SALE The date for the Summer Sale has been set for Saturday 11th Mayat 10am, you have plenty of time to clear out your cupboards / garages / sheds and donate items for the sale! Any unwanted gifts? We will have all the usual stalls, raffle, teas and refreshments….volunteers always needed, please do what you can to make our Summer Sale a great success!
MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES For our March meeting after being let down at the last minute by our speaker on De-cluttering we went to the Civic Theatre in Tallaght to a one women play / monologue called "Charlie’s a Clepto " We met before hand and had a coffee and a catch up. The play was entertaining and was performed and written by Clare Monnelly. It was Clare’s first one woman show and we were all amazed how she could remember all the words and keep going without a break for 75 minutes. We had an enjoyable evening in spite of nearly getting blown and washed away both getting to and home from the Civic. As ever, we were very well looked after by Sandra and the very helpful and friendly staff in the theatre.
Our next meeting is on Monday 8th April at 8pm, small hall and is our AGM and Bring and Buy. Tea will be provided by Noelle Lewis and Carol Laughlin. Saoirse are looking for antibacterial hand wash. Please come along and have your say and let us know what you would like to see on next year's programme. See you then. Valerie
D + G CAMP The Diocesan kids summer camp takes place this year from 1st – 5th July in the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Enniskerry. Plenty of games, outdoor pursuits, music, arts and crafts, good friends, laughter and fun. Cost €175 incl. food, accommodation, trips and activities and the camp is available to those finishing 4th class to 6th class. Booking deadline 28th May. Booking forms available from Amy Deverell and the Rector. Email:
email@example.com A limited number of bursaries are available to assist families in need.
BOWLS CLUB The final of the Miller took place in Stillorgan Parish Centre. Dalkey won the final against Tallaght on the night. Well done to our team for getting into the final.
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 30th April at 7.30 in the Parish Centre . Heather
BOYS BRIGADE If anyone has a boy that may be interested in joining Boy’s Brigade please come on down we would love to have them. Friday evenings: Anchors 7pm – 8:00pm Juniors 7pm - 8:30pm Company 7pm - 9pm.
GIRLS BRIGADE If you are interested in finding out more about our Company, please contact Captain Fiona Monahan (086)8519163.
WHIST DRIVE Our next Whist Drive is on Monday 15th April at 8.00pm in the Main Hall. All Welcome!
CRAFTY CHATTERS Crafty Chatters will meet on the 2nd and 16th April from 2 - 4pm and on 7th and 21st May in the Parish Hall. In July and August we will meet each Thursday from 7-9pm. Come along with whatever craft you are working on, come and see what others are creating or just for the chat, all welcome. Janet
PARISH COFFEE MORNING Our next Coffee Morning takes place on Friday, 26th April 10.30am - 12.30pm as usual. Don't forget to bring along two photos at least, one from the previous generation i.e. parents / grandparents / aunties or uncles, and one of yourself. We will then attempt to match up the correct photos. Will there be a curve ball or two thrown into the game to confuse us? We'll wait and see. All welcome. Barbara
NOW AND THEN will be performing ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in the Priory from Tuesday 9th April – Thursday 12th 7.30 / 8pm.