FROM THE RECTOR I attended the Remembrance Mass for members of Tallaght Garda on Sat 12th October at the Station. It was Garda Andrew Callaghan 20th anniversary and a tree was also planted in memory of Garda Pat Reynolds.
We had a lovely Harvest Sunday on 13th October, beginning with our morning services and then followed by our service at 3.30pm when Frank Sage spoke to us on the work of ‘Storehouse’ who anonymously make up food hampers that are given locally in the Tallaght area. Thank you to Regina and the ladies (we had lots of help this year) who decorated the Church, they out do themselves year on year, it really was beautiful. Thank you also to Jacinta, Marie and Adrienne for providing the Harvest supper following the 3.30pm service.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Andrew O’Donnell who worked next door in Fanagans Funeral Directors. Andrew looked after numerous parishioners at a time of bereavement over the years and we extend our condolences to Andrew’s family, friends and work colleagues.
On Saturday 19th Mothers’ Union held a fashion show in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. Three of our African Mums, Nenna, Patience and Grace modeled the African MU Mary Sumner skirts, they looked fabulous and also wore stunning traditional headdress.
Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Eamonn Walsh announced his retirement at the end of September and invited myself and Valerie for a farewell lunch for priest and sisters on Friday 25th October. I am sorry to see Bishop Eamonn go as he always included me and wish him well in his retirement.
We have now had a couple of Taize Services, held on 4th Saturday of each month, since September,The service is informal giving people the opportunity to give their opinion about the reading and also giving people the chance to reflect during the meditative style music. I am hoping it will be an alternative service for people who might be busy on a Sunday morning, the service is followed by tea / coffee at the back of the church giving people a chance to have fellowship after the service without standing outside in the Churchyard in the cold evenings.as part of the local Vine initiative. God Bless William
REMEMBRACE SUNDAY there will be a Remembrance Service on Sunday 10th November at 10.45am, before the 11.00am Morning Prayer Service.
GIFT DAY Sunday 24th 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 29th 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 Remembrance Sunday 10th November at the very latest.
BOWLS We are looking forward to our league matches starting in November. We wish all our teams the best of luck. Thanks to Audrey for organising the fixtures. Congratulations to David Williams of Whitechurch who is the President of the Bowling Association for the new season.
WHIST DRIVE Our next Whist Drive take places on Monday 18th November in the Small Hall, all welcome!
CRAFTY CHATTERS Crafty Chatters will be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (5th and 19th November) from 2 - 4pm in the Parish Hall. You are very welcome to come and bring along whatever craft you are working on or learn a new one! We look forward to seeing you, all welcome!
PARISH COFFEE MORNING Our next Coffee Morning takes places as usual on the last Friday of the month, 29th November, 10.30am - 12.30pm. All welcome to join us for a cuppa and a chat, and of course on this occasion, mince pies! No coffee morning in December. Barbara
MOTHERS UNION We had a great day on Saturday 12 October at Newbridge House out near Donabate. On arrival at the house we had a welcome cup of coffee and then had a very interesting tour of the house which was originally owned and built by the Anglican Archbishop of Dublin in 1736! It is now owned by Fingal County Council but the family who bought it from the Archbishop’s family in 1985 still maintain an interest in the house. We had lunch and walked round the farm which covers 30 acres! On our way home we called in to Lucan parish Craft Fair which is organised by Rev Avril's husband Fred. We had a great day and were blessed with beautiful weather.
Our November meeting is on Monday 11th and will be a talk on First Aid by a member of St John's Ambulance at 8pm in the Small Hall. Tea rota: Mary Lucas and Hendrikje Mahon. All are welcome so please feel free to come along.
Tallaght mothers union are due to be in Christ Church Cathedral for Holy Communion Thursday 7th November at 11.15am. The Diocesan Council meeting is on at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st November in the Magheogh.
Friday 13th December Snow White in the Civic Theatre 6.30pm meeting at 5pm for food before the show. Advance notice as I need to confirm numbers with the theatre very soon.
Saoirse are looking for toilet rolls for November. Thanks very much – Valerie
GIRLS BRIGADE The 26th Co. Girls Brigade are deeply saddened by the recent passing of their founder, former Captain, Company Patron, and wonderful friend, Carol Fox.
Many of you will know Carol through Girls Brigade. The Girls Brigade ran deep in Carol’s veins as her Mum enrolled her at the early age of 2 years old, in 1951. Her love of GB grew from there and she founded The 26th Co. St Maelruain’s Tallaght in 1973, where she was Captain for 40 years. Over the years, she was known and loved by the girls and their families for her enthusiasm, commitment, encouraging spirit, and an infectious sense of fun. Her attention to detail and organisation of the Annual Display always made for great night’s entertainment at the end of the season.
Although she resigned in title a few years ago, her dedication to the organisation and to the girls never lessened, and she was a core part of the Company to the very end. She made such a difference to the lives of so many girls who went through Brigade, as a role model of kindness, compassion and caring.
Her involvement in the Girls Brigade also meant the Tallaght Parish held a special place in her heart, and she could be found manning the tea stall at the Parish Fete every year, where her baked goods were legendary. Carol would be there doing whatever had to be done, from the serving up of the tasty treats to cleaning up afterwards and the washing up.
Carol was always full of energy and willing to lend a helping hand. She loved flower arranging and was delighted to get involved in the St. Maelruain’s Flower Festival back in 2013. We all remember the variety of flower arrangements and splashes of colour that filled the church.
Our lasting memories of Carol will always be a friendly smile for everyone, a wonderful sense of humour, her unconditional generosity and a huge heart, her presence was felt by all. Carol made many lifelong friends in the Girls Brigade and St. Maelruain’s over the years.
For all of us in GB, for her family and her friends, we know that although she is no longer with us, someone as special as Carol will never be forgotten. Fiona
BOYS BRIGADE The boys recently attended the Founders Day celebrations in Castleknock Church and Parish. We had a great turnout and the boys really enjoyed the games and service. A big thank you to the parents for their support. Boys’ Brigade did not run the bank holiday weekend to allow the boys time to prefect their trick or treating for Halloween.
With Halloween done and dusted and many a sugar coma I’m sure, we are now looking forward to our build up to Christmas. We have lots of exciting games, arts and crafts and badge work planned for the new session. Our annual enrolment service will be taking place on Sunday 17th November with some light refreshments afterwards. The night of the Christmas Sing-A-Long on the 29th November will be a non-uniform night and there will be lots of festive fun and treats.
We will be finishing up for Christmas on Friday 14th December 2019 with our annual Christmas party. More details to follow nearer the time. Finally we have been delighted to welcome a number of new boys to the 2nd Dublin this year which is fantastic. As I mentioned before we are actively looking for new boys and as the only Company on the south side of the city we would be delighted to welcome any members no matter the Parish. If you’re interested please contact the Parish or email: email@example.com. I will be delighted answer any questions you may have. Evan
TABLE TENNIS We play on Thursday nights in the Parish Centre from 8pm to 10pm, over 18 s. Everybody welcome, beginner or advanced players. It’s a great way to keep fit!! Come along and give it a try.
Thank you to all the ladies who came along to decorate the Church for the Harvest. We had many kind donations of flowers, veg and fruit from parishioners. Thank you also to William and Valerie who supply us with tea and coffee as we work. The fruit and veg were passed on to Saoirse, the women’s refuge. Regina
BIBLE STUDY of the readings for the following Sunday continue on Tues evenings at 8.00pm upstairs, Parish Centre, all welcome!