FROM THE RECTOR
Since our last Newsletter we continue with ‘Lockdown’ in hope and prayer that it will improve the number of people affected and break the cycle of the Corona virus pandemic in Ireland but there is light at the end of the tunnel and all being well, Churches will open their doors again on 20th July with services starting 26th July unless we are advised otherwise. We plan on resuming with our 8.30am Holy Communion service without hymns. At this service we normally had less than fifteen people so we don’t anticipate that social distancing will be a problem, this service is quiet and meditative. As our 11.00am services resume I expect there will be some reluctance for parishioners to congregate.
We plan on having every third pew in use with two meters dividing non household members.
If numbers require we can use our porch and vestry which are wired for sound and we also have the option of using our halls where we can broadcast the service live. We will use sheets instead of hymn books and prayer books. So, plans are in place for keeping everyone safe while still being able to come together as a parish community. As guide lines recommend facemasks should be worn while congregating indoors. Please see photos highlighting social distancing in Church. When people are exiting we envisage opening both doors at entrance of church and will encourage people to leave the building quickly and have a chat outside in the open air. Regarding Holy Communion, I will wear a mask for the consecration and distribute in the aisle and I would quite understand if people want to receive spiritually.
Measuring Stick to show distance from Rector
On Sunday 24th May was Ascension Sunday and Lionel used an ‘up arrow light’ as a prop, it was very effective, as I write these notes we are looking forward to Pentecost.
As mentioned in our last Newsletter our Parish struggles from year to year to survive financially and the impact of the current situation is unthinkable so we again to appeal to parishioners to continue with their regular parish giving. You may contribute by cheque (made payable to Tallaght Parish Church) or on online banking. To obtain the parish bank details please contact the parish office on 462 6006. If you decide to give online please be sure to reference your name so that your contribution is traceable. We realise that the consequences for many parishioners of this pandemic have had enormous repercussions for their finances and we realise that tough times are ahead for many but for those who have been relatively unaffected financially you continued support to the parish is vital for the viability of our Church. I thank you on behalf of the Select Vestry for any contribution you can make.
In closing, I’d like to ask people to continue pray for all those around the world affected by Covid19 and that we can slowly and safely return to life as normal as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and for those who remain unwell.
God Bless, William
Sadly the funeral and burial of Ruth Farrell took place in glorious sunshine in St. Maelruain's Graveyard on Thursday 14th May. We extend our deepest condolences to her children Wendy, Hilary and Roy and to her extended family and friends. Ruth was one of our oldest and faithful parishioners and will be sadly missed. Many will remember that she was our Sunday School superintendent for many years and helped run the Mother’s and Toddlers group. Her funeral took place outside and some parishioners had a chance to say goodbye from a distance in the graveyard.