FROM THE RECTOR Tallaght’s Christian Unity Week Service took place in St. Thomas’ RC Church, Jobstown on Sunday 19th January. The preacher was Rev. Andrew Kingston from Methodist Centenary Church who spoke to us about St. Paul arriving to Malta. Andrew brought his sermon to life with a slide show of pictures he had taken on holidays in Malta of the sites St. Paul visited while on the island. The service was organised by Saule Cameron, St. Thomas’ pastoral worker who is originally from Lithuania. Saule’s parents were a ‘mixed’ marriage and Saule herself is married to a Scottish Presbyterian so Christian Unity is very much in Saule’s make up. It was a lovely service which was enhanced by the fact that Saule is a gifted musician.
I attended the inaugural launch for the visit of the worlds largest floating book shop ‘Lagos’ on Saturday 1st February. The ship will be docked in Dublin Port from 17th – 30th June. At present the only outlet in Dublin for Christian books is ‘Foot Prints’ in Dun Laoghaire so in this ‘internet era’ having ‘Lagos’ visiting Dublin will give people an opportunity to handle Christian books as well as look at different versions of the Bible. The ship also stocks educational books and family books, well worth a visit and a date to put in your diary.
I attended the launch of BACI’s Lenten course, on the very current topic, ‘Caring for the Garden of the Earth’ which we will be using in St. Maeruain’s on Wednesday mornings at 10am from 4th March for the five weeks of Lent.
We had a visit from St. Maelruain’s School, Old Bawn on 17th January for a tour of the church and grounds and on 6th February a secondary school student from Firhouse Community School, accompanied by a parent, came to visit the church in relation to a school project. I talked on the history of the church and explained the Church of Ireland’s ethos through the internal architecture of the church.
On Sunday 26th January I went to the Holocaust Memorial Day in the Mansion House. I make the effort to attend this event every year and especially so this year, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to remind myself of just how horrific the Holocaust was. It is something that has haunted me all my life; how a civilized society like Germany, albeit suffering the consequences of WW1 war debt, could be whipped up into hatred of their fellow citizens by Hitler’s ‘fake news’. I wrote a piece for our local Newspaper for Christmas, voicing my concern for the rise of the right and the lie of racism that we are not ALL God’s Children.
‘Now and Then’ The Christian Musical Drama group which the parish has been associated with for a long number of years with parishioners taking part in their productions both on stage and behind stage had a fundraiser for their 30th anniversary production on Friday 21st March in The Brass Monkey which I attended. Their 30th anniversary production is ‘Jesus Christ, Supper Star’ and will run from 24th – 27th March in the Priory, it promises to be a great show!
God bless William
We will be using the Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland’s Lenten course, on the very current topic, ‘Caring for the Garden of the Earth’ on Wednesdays, 10am starting 4th March for the five remaining weeks of Lent.
The Series covers the topics the following topics, Week 1: ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ (John 6.28). Week 2: ‘Supposing Him to be the gardener’ (John 20: 15). Week 3: ‘My Father is still working and I also am working’ (John 5: 17) Week 4: ‘God, the lover of life’ (Wis. 12:1). ‘Jesus feeds five thousand people’ (John 6: 1 – 14).
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE
Takes place in St. Thomas’ Jobstown on Friday 6th March at 7.30pm with supervised car park. Theme: Zimbabwe
ST. PATRICK’S DAY Holy Communion service at 11.00am
MOTHERING SUNDAY this year falls on 22nd March, an opportunity to show your mum how much you care!
THE CLOCK SPRINGS FORWARD on Sunday 29th March, the Sunday after Mothering Sunday.
EASTER VESTRY The Easter Vestry (Parish AGM) will take place this year on the Sunday following Easter 21st April after a shortened Holy Communion Service. This is an opportunity for you to have your say in the running of the parish.
SUMMER SALE The date for the SUMMER SALE has been set for 9th May. Ronnie Scott, who has organised the SALE for many years had decided to step back. We are very grateful to Ronnie for all the work he put into the SALE over the years. A stall holders meeting will take place in the Long Room of the Parish Centre on Thursday 19th March at 8pm to plan for the SALE on 9th May. Please contact the Rector if you are unable to attend on 086 803 0239. The SUMMER SALE is one of our main fundraisers of the year, if you are not a stall holder but would like to volunteer or if you have ideas on how to make the SALE a success, PLEASE come along.?
Our Confirmation Service this year takes place in Christchurch Cathedral on 31st May (Pentecost Sunday, the arrival of the Holy Spirit) at 3.30pm. If you are interested in having your child Confirmed please contact William 086 803 0239
TAIZE VINE SERVICE
We continue to have a Taize service on 4th Saturday of each month, as part of the local Vine initiative and everybody is welcome. This month the service takes place on 28th March. We were grateful to David Gibson (a parishioner) who lead our service on Saturday 22nd February.
MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES FIRST
We had a great turn out on Monday 10th February for our meeting which was Janet and Regina giving us a wonderful flower arranging demonstration. It was really terrific and showed us how to make beautiful creations from small to elaborate. At the end they were kind enough to raffle the arrangements so lots of people went home with a lovely creation. So thank you once again Janet and Regina for a great night and all the work you put into the evening is much appreciated.
Our March meeting will be on Monday 9th March in the Main hall at 8pm when the branch will be hosting a Diocesan event when we will be having a talk on how to support the bereaved. This event is open to all so feel welcome to come along. We are looking forward to welcoming a good crowd to this event.
Tea rota this month is Iris Harley and Yvonne McGlynn, but as we will have a large number this month it would be appreciated if everyone could bring along a packet of biscuits and give a hand if needed. Saoirse are looking for black bags.
Our AGM and Bring and Buy sale is on Monday 6th April (a week earlier that usual due to the following Monday being Easter Monday). Thanks very much. Valerie
BOYS BRIGADE - Suspended for lockdown
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 - Suspended for lockdown
The Girls Brigade are busy rehearsing for a number of National and District competitions, in both team and solo dance categories and are putting the finishing touches to entries for National Arts and Crafts Competitions. Fingers Crossed! Following all of that our annual Company Display will take place on April 25th at 3pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome! Fiona
Suspended for lockdown
We will have only one meeting of Crafty chatters in March on Tuesday 3rd due to our scheduled second date falling on St. Patrick’s Day. We meet from 2pm -4pm in the Small Hall. Bring along whatever craft you are working on or learn a new one!
PARISH COFFEE MORNING
Suspended for lockdown
CROSSROADS is a C of I 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 details contact David on 085 7272 019. Follow them on Facebook, to join Crossroads Group, please send message request to Valerie Raitt Thomas or Beryl Healy.