Service Times

Service Times

Each Sunday

8.30 am
:
Holy Communion in Small Hall of Parish Centre.

11.00 am:
1st Sunday Holy Communion
2nd Sunday Morning Prayer
3rd Sunday Holy Communion
4th Sunday Service of The Word - Family Service
5th Sunday Morning Prayer

Key Safety Protocols - 6th Sept 2021 onwards

Friday, 26 November 2021

Noticeboard Saturday 28th November 2021 – 21st December 2021

 Noticeboard Saturday 28th November 2021 – 21st December 2021

 

Sunday 28th  November – ADVENT Sunday

   

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Family Service on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after.

 


 

Tuesday 30th  November

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Wednesday 1st December

 

10.00am - 1st Wednesday of the month Holy Communion with prayers for the sick

 

 

Sunday 5th December

 

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Service Holy Communion on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after

 

 

Tuesday 7th December

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Sunday12th December

 

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Morning Prayer on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after.

 

 

Tuesday 14th December

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Sunday 19th December

 

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – The Nine (short) Lessons (but no sermon!) with social distancing  measures in place also on FACEBOOK saved on website

 

 

Tuesday 21st December

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 


 

 

Notes:

 

 

*On return to Church please be assured that while the services will still be posted online, only the Rector and the ukulelist will feature on camera!   

 

Holy Communion: Since the start of the pandemic the clergy have been advised to receive the wine in Holy Communion on behalf of the congregation If people would rather receive spiritually, especially AS YOU WILL BE WEARING FACEMASKS INDOORS,  please indicate by placing your palms downwards

 

 

 

 

 

Please read re: reopening:
Once we return to level 2 or lower, or if Govt guidelines change. Only then will 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 Keeping in mind there is a maximum of 50 persons allowed in the building), 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 guidelines recommend facemasks MUST be worn while congregating indoors.

 

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 will quite understand if people want to receive spiritually.

 

 

All Parish Club and Group activities suspended till restrictions lifted

 

Bible Study will continue, on zoom for now

 

All 11am Services will continue to be via Facebook Live

Link to service will be available on Parish website later in day of recording.

 

 

 

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Short Act of Remembrance this Sunday before the 11am Service this 14th November 2021

 Short Act of Remembrance this Sunday before the 11am Service this 14th November 2021

(11am Sunday Service available via usual link here on right hand side Photo link) 

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Noticeboard Saturday 14th November 2021 – 19th December 2021

 Noticeboard Saturday 14th November 2021 – 19th December 2021

 

Sunday 14th November

 

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

10.45am        Act of Remembrance

 

11.00am – Morning Prayer on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after.



 

 

Tuesday 16th  November

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Sunday 21st  November – Christ the King

    

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Service Holy Communion on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after. Annual Gift Day – please give as generously as you can

Response: Spirit of the living God: May your Kingdom come

 

 

 

Tuesday 23rd  November

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Saturday 27th  November

 

7.00pm - 4th Sat of month Ecumenical Taize Vine Service, FACEBOOK  live

 

 

Sunday 28th  November – ADVENT Sunday

   

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Family Service on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after.

 

 

Tuesday 30th  November

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Wednesday 1st December

 

10.00am - 1st Wednesday of the month Holy Communion with prayers for the sick

 

 

Sunday 5th December

 

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Service Holy Communion on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after

 

 

Tuesday 7th December

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Sunday12th December

 

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Morning Prayer on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after.

 

 

Tuesday 14th December

 

8.00pm - Bible Study of following Sunday readings via Zoom details Wm. 4621044

 

 

Sunday 19th December

 

8.30am - Holy Communion Service in Small Hall so the church will be sterile for 11am service. Will not be on FACEBOOK live.  

 

11.00am – Service Holy Communion on FACEBOOK live, link will be on website after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

*On return to Church please be assured that while the services will still be posted online, only the Rector and the ukulelist will feature on camera!   

 

Holy Communion: Since the start of the pandemic the clergy have been advised to receive the wine in Holy Communion on behalf of the congregation If people would rather receive spiritually, especially AS YOU WILL BE WEARING FACEMASKS INDOORS,  please indicate by placing your palms downwards

 

 

 

 

 

Please read re: reopening:
Once we return to level 2 or lower, or if Govt guidelines change. Only then will 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 Keeping in mind there is a maximum of 50 persons allowed in the building), 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 guidelines recommend facemasks MUST be worn while congregating indoors.

 

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 will quite understand if people want to receive spiritually.

 

 

All activities suspended till restrictions lifted

Bible Study will continue, on zoom for now

 

All Services via Facebook Live till restrictions lifted

Link to service will be available on Parish website later in day of recording.

 

 

 

Newsletter Autumn/Winter 2021

 Autumn / Winter 2021

It’s good to be sitting down to write a Newsletter, the first one since Spring / Summer which covered up to our Easter Vestry. We are still in very precarious times with Covid19 but it has been good to open the Church doors again to our parishioners albeit with the pews spaced for sitting with every third pew, which we can reduce if numbers require. We are also putting families who enter through the fire door in the choir stalls close to me for my children’s sermon and there is also space on either side of the platform. We continue to have our 8.30am service in the Small Hall which proves to be a comfortable setting. We now have over one hundred and fifty services saved on Facebook and continue with the service online for our faithful band of viewers. Thank you to our videographer who films the services while taking care not get any shots of the congregation in order to comply with GPDR.

 

I would like to thank our Organist Joyce Smart who has retired after over thirty years of faithful service to St. Maelruain’s. We are very grateful to Joyce for her dedication to the parish. Over the years she rarely missed a Sunday and I really appreciated all her help in choosing the music for our Services and her input into our festival services. We missed Joyce over the last eighteen months of Lockdown.

 

Braeden (who is the son of our deputy Church Warden, Boswell) has agreed to be the organist for the foreseeable future, we are grateful to him especially as he is studying hard.

 

We had our Harvest Service on Sunday 10th Oct at 11.00am & also on Facebook live. Thank you to Gerard Moody, our relief organist for playing, for encouraging Braeden & our three masked singers & also for playing at funerals.

Our three ladies sang the harvest hymns with masks on, (perhaps as they all work in nursing it wasn’t a problem for them) thank you ladies as they continue to do so. It was a lovely service and the Church looked beautiful.

A big thank you to the ladies who Decorated the Church for Harvest. They normally have a morning together and put their creative skills into action but this year they decided to do their arrangements at home and drop them off to the Church on the Saturday.  The Church looked fabulous and every one of our flower stands was used. We also are very grateful to local sheep farmer Donie Anderson for donating a hay bale and vegetables etc. to make for a fabulously decorated Church for our Harvest service.

While thanking the ladies for Harvest, I would also like to take the opportunity to thank them for all the arrangements they created during the period of Covid19. Our videographer used their arrangements for our one hundred and fifty plus Facebook Live posters and of course they were a lovely focal point for our services which continue online.

Church Flowers
I’m sure you will all agree, it has been lovely to see flowers in the Church all through lockdown and that Lionel did a great job with his photography skills enhancing the Church for our Facebook viewers. As the members of the flower guild couldn’t gather or go into the Church during lockdown, in order to comply with rules, I met William outside the Church and gave him a fresh arrangement when necessary. I feel it worked well and I’d like to thank the two ladies (you know who you were!) who donated towards the cost of the flowers for Easter . It was much appreciated.
However, please goodness we are trying to get back to some sort of “normal” and we’ve returned to the flower list. Thank you to those who have done flowers recently.


We have lost two valuable members, as they have moved away from the Parish. Miriam Gibney has moved away and returns for short periods of time and Janet Edgely has moved to the Mageough . I might add that these two ladies, despite not being here, have continued to pay for and provide arrangements for the last two or more years and we are deeply grateful to them. They were both involved with us for St. Maelruains Flower Festival eight years ago and were two much valued members. 


As a result, we are looking for more people to help us in the flower guild, as many as are willing. We usually split a month between two people, so each person is responsible for two weeks only. No experience is necessary, oasis and container can be provided and I am willing to meet and help anyone who needs a hand to get started. Once the arrangement is in the Church, that person is responsible for checking it, watering it and replacing and dead material for the next week, if necessary. We do the arrangement at home and simply ring Hazel to arrange to leave it in the Church.

We decorate the Church for the festive occasions as in Christmas, Easter and Harvest and these occasions are an opportunity to have a chat with each other and meet, inside or out for a cup of coffee. 
We need people as soon as possible, so if you can help us, please text me or give me a ring on 0861255161 and we’ll take it from there.                                                                                                                           Thank you -  Regina

 

 

On Saturday 10th July Barbara, a former parishioner who is Canadian and has moved to Mountmellick had a tradition of having a BBQ for Canada Day (1st July) invited the Bible Study to a BBQ in her new home. Barbara is a keen gardener and we had a lovely afternoon in her beautiful garden.  It was great to see her happy and settled into her new home. Barbara keeps in contact with us by joining our Bible Study on Facebook Messenger. One of the advantages of technology is that Barbara can continue to join us.

I had to take my holidays later this year than I normally do and while I was away the annual ‘Light up a light’ took place in Jobstown. This is an event which began in 2006 when local woman Mellissa Lutterell suffer a miscarriage and found support to be lacking. Mellissa came up with idea of lighting lanterns and sending them up into the sky in memory of babies lost through miscarriage, neo natal death and SIDS. It has evolved into an annual event with doves and balloons released by parents in memory of their babies. Gail Sheridan led the group attending in prayer on a beautiful, end of summer evening. Unfortunately the group attending could not go for refreshments afterwards in Tallaght Leisure Centre at they did in previous years but they were compensated by such a lovely sunny evening. Thank you to Gail for representing me.

 

As life began to return to some sort of normal we decided to take part in ‘Culture Night’ on 17th September, as we have done in recent years. The Church doors were open from 4pm and early on I welcomed a newly qualified Italian tour guide who was leading a group of local people around the area. We had a steady flow of people over the course of the evening but numbers started to dwindle earlier than in previous years so I closed up at 10pm. In other years I had people call on their way home from town to see if we were still open but this didn’t happen this year. Most of the people who did visit were couples and families. Needless to say, I had the doors of the church wide open and masks were mandatory. It was great to be able to welcome people into our beautiful church again even in the ‘new’ normal.

 

On 5th November TUD (ITT) held their Remembrance Service for those members of staff and students who have passed away since the College opened. In my capacity as part time chaplain I preached last year for the online service so this year I was delighted to be able to preach to a congregation.

 

We had our Christmas Shoe Box Appeal on Sunday 7th November.

 

Our Bible Study has moved from Thursday evenings to Tuesdays at 8pm on Zoom, please contact me on 086 803 0239 it you would like to join us.

 

Engagement: We have been joined in recent years by a young American woman who also blesses us with her insight at our Bible Study. Rebecca is one our parishioners who cycles to church, as pre Covid she cycled to work to the International Financial Services Centre. She recently came to church with her fiancé Paul with news of their engagement.  Paul is a local man, hence Rebecca started coming to Church in Tallaght. Congratulations and every blessing for their future happiness.

Wedding: In late May Annama and John’s daughter, Sharon, who grew up in the parish was married to Leo in the Indian Orthodox Church in St. George and St. Thomas, C of I Church, Cathal Brugha Street. I preached at the service in the morning and as I sat in the Sanctuary and looked down at the open glass door and the socially spaced family and friends, I had forgotten what a lovely Church it is.  They then came to our Parish Hall to cut the cake.

Baptism: On Sunday 24th October we had the baptism of Zaya Sanusi baby daughter of Malik and Tosin (nee Kuti) We welcome Zaya into Christ’s flock and pray for her and her family.

As in the African tradition the family came to the Sanctuary with an offering and for a blessing and keeping Covid safety in mind, they went outside from the Font at the back of the Church and then in the fire doors to access the Sanctuary where they remained seated.

Funerals: The Funeral of Margaret Ezekwe (nee Yates, as her Northern Irish father was an engineer in Nigeria) took place here in St. Maelruain’s on Tuesday 11th July. We extend our deepest condolences to her children James, John, Yvonne, Andrew and their respective families and friends.

The funeral of Philip Bailey took place on the afternoon of Monday 13th September. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Philip’s wife Trish, his young son Mason, to his parents Ronnie and Kay and to his siblings, Sharon, Wendy, Rhonda and Ronald and also to his wider family and friends.

On 22nd October the funeral of Esther Osinuga took place here in St. Maelruian’s. We extend our sincere sympathies to her six children and to her extended family and friends.

 

 

Friday 16th October was World Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day. We are very lucky in Tallaght to have a local newspaper ‘The Echo’ which is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year. David Kennedy founded the paper and has been very good to Tallaght Parish over the years, supporting our various events such as our Summer Sale, Harvest, Carol Service, Christmas Sing Along and other concerts and events held in the parish. They also ask me for my ‘Christmas thought’ every year to be published in the paper.

It was great to hold for the second year running

 

 

David’s daughter Emma, who is the Echo office manager, has a son with DLD and came to me to ask if we would light up the Church in yellow and purple on October 16th to help raise awareness of DLD. As a dyslexic myself I was happy to be of any assistance so St. Maelruain’s was lit up in purple (portable spot lights) and yellow (our flood lights are already yellow sodium light). Other public buildings across the city were likewise lit up such as City Hall / Dublin Castle, the Red Cow Inn and City West. Let’s hope DLD Awareness Day brought this condition to the attention it deserves.

 

 

 

Sunday Services (11am Services also on Facebook Live)

8.30am Service          Holy Communion each Sunday.               11.00am  Service   Holy Communion: 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.            Morning Prayer: 2nd  and 5th Sundays of each month.

Family Service: 4th Sun of each month. 1st Wed of the month Holy Communion with prayers for the sick  10.00am

Parish Website: www.stmaelruains.ie       www.facebook.com/St.Maelruains