Saturday, 6 June 2020

TRINITY SUNDAY - STRAFFAN CHURCH



Order of Service

A Service of the Word

Greeting
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

Loving God, we have come to worship you.
Help us to pray to you in faith,
to sing your praise with gratitude,
and to listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Hymn

Penitential Rite
A time of silence followed by the confession
Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
   we have broken your law,
   we have rebelled against your love,
   we have not loved our neighbours,
   and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
      through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Priest/Lay Minister:
Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that sacrifice a proclamation of God's love toward us.


Priest   
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
                                                or
Lay Minister:
In the name of Jesus Christ may we be forgiven Glory to God. Amen.

Gloria (Or other suitable hymn/canticle of praise)
Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God's people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Ministry of the Word

Collect of the Day


Lord, open our hearts and minds
   by the power of your Holy Spirit, 
that, as the Scriptures are read 
   and your Word proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.


Lesson
This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Epistle
This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

Hymn (Optional)

Gospel (Stand)
At beginning: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to....
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
At end: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

Hymn

The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Prayers
The Lord be with you
and also with you.


Let us pray. (Kneel)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Prayers of the People
Prayers may take the form of intercessions, general prayers,
open or silent prayer.
Bidding & Response: Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

At the conclusion of the prayers
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
 Amen.     

If a priest is present a final blessing may follow.
The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing......

Hymn

Dismissal:       Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
                        In the name of Christ, Amen.
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Saturday, 30 May 2020

Pentecost HC - Christ Church Celbridge




ORDER OF SERVICE

THE CELEBRATION OF
THE HOLY COMMUNION
ALSO CALLED THE LORD'S SUPPER OR THE EUCHARIST
The Gathering of God's People

THE GREETING

Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

A sentence of scripture may be read (see pages 78-82), and the presiding minister may introduce the liturgy of the day.

THE COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God, 
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, 
and from whom no secrets are hidden;
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts 
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, 
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

or another suitable opening prayer.

PENITENCE

The prayers of penitence may take place at this point or before or after the Intercessions.
The Commandments may be read (and should be read during Advent and Lent), or The Beatitudes (pages 223-224), or The Summary of the Law:
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it.
You shall love your neighbour as yourself
On these two commandments depend all the law
and the prophets.                                                   Matthew 22: 37-39

Lord, have mercy on us,

and write these your laws in our hearts.

The Confession is introduced with appropriate words, such as:
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins, to intercede for us in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.
Let us then confess our sins in penitence and faith,
firmly resolved to keep God's commandments
and to live in love and peace:

Silence

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned in thought and word and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may walk in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.


The presiding minister pronounces the Absolution:
Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

This canticle may be omitted in Advent and Lent and on weekdays which are not holy days. Other versions of this canticle may be used, or when appropriate another suitable hymn of praise.
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God's people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

The presiding minister introduces the Collect, allowing a short space for silence, and the people respond to the Collect with their Amen.
Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

THE FIRST READING is normally from the Old Testament.

At the end the reader may say
This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The EPISTLE

Stand

THE GOSPEL READING

The Gospel Reading is introduced by the following words:
Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ,
according to ... chapter ... beginning at verse ...

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

and concludes with:
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

THE SERMON

is preached here or after the Creed.

THE NICENE CREED

The Nicene Creed is said on Sundays and Principal Holy Days. The Creed may be omitted on ordinary weekdays or on Festivals which are not Principal Holy Days.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.


The Prayers of the People

THE PEACE

The presiding minister introduces the Peace with these or other suitable words:
Christ is our peace.
He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross.
We meet in his name and share his peace.


followed by:
The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

It is appropriate that the congregation share with one another a sign of peace. This may be introduced with the words:
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Celebrating at the Lord's Table
The table may be prepared by a deacon or lay people.
The gifts of money may be brought forward and presented.

AT THE PREPARATION OF THE TABLE


Wise and gracious God,
you spread a table before us;
nourish your people with the word of life,
and the bread of heaven. Amen.



THE TAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE

Stand
The bishop or priest who presides takes the bread and wine and may say
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us

therefore let us celebrate the feast.


THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

One of the following Eucharistic Prayers is said by the presiding minister.
Prayer 1
The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

or
The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Father, almighty and everliving God,
at all times and in all places
it is right to give you thanks and praise:

When there is a Proper Preface it follows here (pages 224-235)
And so with all your people,
with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!


Blessed are you, Father,
the creator and sustainer of all things;
you made us in your own image,
male and female you created us;
even when we turned away from you,
you never ceased to care for us,
but in your love and mercy you freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving your only begotten Son to become man
and suffer death on the cross to redeem us;
he made there the one complete and all-sufficient sacrifice
for the sins of the whole world:
he instituted,
and in his holy Gospel commanded us to continue,
a perpetual memory of his precious death
until he comes again:

On the night that he was betrayed he took bread;
and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat,
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup;
and when he had given thanks to you,
he gave it to them, saying, Drink this, all of you,
for this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup
we do as Christ your Son commanded:

we remember his passion and death,
we celebrate his resurrection and ascension,
and we look for the coming of his kingdom.


Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving;
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts,
grant by the power of the life-giving Spirit
that we may be made one in your holy Church
and partakers of the body and blood of your Son,
that he may dwell in us and we in him:

Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, Almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Continue on page 218 at THE LORD'S PRAYER

THE LORD'S PRAYER

The presiding minister says


As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say
Our Father, who art in heaven:
Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The presiding minister (who may be assisted by the deacon) breaks the consecrated bread in preparation for the Communion
The bread which we break
is a sharing in the body of Christ.

We being many are one body,

for we all share in the one bread.


THE COMMUNION

The presiding minister says
Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Remember that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


The body of Christ keep you in eternal life.
The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life.



THE GREAT SILENCE

When all have received the communion, the presiding minister, other ministers and people keep silence for reflection.
Going Out as God's People
A hymn may be sung here or before the Dismissal

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The appropriate Post Communion Prayer (pages 241-236), or the following may be said:
Father of all, we give you thanks and praise,
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ's body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.


All say
Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
o be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

DISMISSAL

The presiding minister may say the seasonal blessing,
or another suitable blessing, or:
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

A minister says:
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

in the name of Christ. Amen.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Easter 7 - Sunday after Ascension



Order of Service

A Service of the Word

Greeting
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

Loving God, we have come to worship you.
Help us to pray to you in faith,
to sing your praise with gratitude,
and to listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Hymn

Penitential Rite
A time of silence followed by the confession
Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
   we have broken your law,
   we have rebelled against your love,
   we have not loved our neighbours,
   and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
      through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Priest/Lay Minister:
Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that sacrifice a proclamation of God's love toward us.


Priest   
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
                                                or
Lay Minister:
In the name of Jesus Christ may we be forgiven Glory to God. Amen.

Gloria (Or other suitable hymn/canticle of praise)
Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God's people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Ministry of the Word

Collect of the Day

Lord, open our hearts and minds

   by the power of your Holy Spirit, 
that, as the Scriptures are read 
   and your Word proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.


Lesson
This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Epistle
This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

Hymn (Optional)

Gospel (Stand)
At beginning: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to....
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
At end: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

Hymn

The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Prayers
The Lord be with you
and also with you.


Let us pray. (Kneel)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.



Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Prayers of the People
Prayers may take the form of intercessions, general prayers,
open or silent prayer.
Bidding & Response: Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

At the conclusion of the prayers
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
 Amen.     

If a priest is present a final blessing may follow.
The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing......

Hymn

Dismissal:       Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
                        In the name of Christ, Amen.
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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Parish Books of the Bible Quiz


Quiz.  All answers are Books Of The Bible.  Eg.  Records of events (10) .. Chronicles
Proceeds to the parish of Celbridge, Straffan & Newcastle Lyons & Christian Aid.  All donations welcome!  Closing date - Friday, 12th June, 2020 to Lilian Webb, 66 Roseville, Naas, Co. Kildare.  W91 V4XH.
All entries will be put into a draw and there will be a prize for the 1st all correct and an uncompleted one!

 1.  Wise sayings (8)             ………………………………................................................................................

 2.  Citizens of a huge place (10)     ………………………………..................................................................

 3.  This person has two books and another wrote a diary (6)   ……………………………….........................

 4  Grade work (4)     ……………………………….........................................................................................

 5.  . Rantzen (6)    ………………………………........................................................................................

 6.  Expressions of sorrow (12)   ……………………………….......................................................................

 7.  Hey ..! (song) (4)     ………………………………................................................................................

 8.  48    5     23 (7)     ………………………………......................................................................................

 9.  He had a whale of a time! (5)    ………………………………..................................................................

10.  A persons occupation (3)     ……………………………….....................................................................

11.  Version of the Bible/King (5)     ………………………………...............................................................

12.  Seen in court (6)     ………………………………...................................................................................

13.   Fact newly made known (10)     ………………………………................................................................

14.  A mixed up part of the body and a fruit (8)     ………………………………...........................................

15.  Radcliffe/Day-Lewis (6)     ………………………………...................................................................

16.  Phil Collins rock band (7)     ………………………………...................................................................

17.  Man makes drink (7)     …………………………….................................................................................

18.  Sodium, bees do this (5)     ………………………………........................................................................

19.  George, Richard (5)    ………………………………...............................................................................

20. Citizens of European capital (6)     ………………………………............................................................

21.  There are 150 of these (6)    ……………………………….....................................................................

22.  Proven fact without a beverage! (4)    ………………………………......................................................

23.  Patron Saint of brewers/surgeons (4)     ………………………………....................................................

24.  What there will be when cocooning is over! (6)     ………………………………....................................

Name & Address & telephone number :

CSNL NEWS May/June 2020


Issue 59      CSNL NEWS         May/June, 2020
Parish Of Celbridge & Straffan with Newcastle-Lyons
Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough
By the parishioners - for the parishioners


                 



     
Betty Beatties retirement from the organ - St. Finians Church.



Womens World Day Of Prayer - Slip Hall




From Our Rector - Dear Friends ..
As is the case everywhere these days the community life of the parish has moved online.  Our weekly services continue on YouTube and last Sunday (17th May) we had our first Zoom Coffee Morning after our morning worship.  There were about 15 participants and we chatted together for just over an hour - it was good to see old friends and indeed some new faces too.  Our parish WhatsApp group remains very active as a meeting point for many of the parishioners and if anyone wants to be added to it just let me know.  On Sunday, 10th May we had an online colouring competition which was linked into an all age service from Straffan Church with video contributions from throughout the parish.  A parish quiz to be set by our Magazine Editor and veteran quizzer Lilian Webb is among the online activities planned for the immediate future and no doubt other initiatives will be forthcoming, including perhaps an online Songs of Praise.

We do however look forward to the relaxation (if possible) of the current restrictions, especially for those who are separated from loved ones or those in hospital or nursing homes at this time.  For them this has been an especially trying time.

I know from talking to parishioners that many are spending their time in arts and crafts activities - I can testify personally that my wife has knitted more since the lockdown than she has throughout the entirety of our marriage - I may yet get that long promised Aran jumper!

Our thoughts are with our younger people too and for our Primary School aged pupils the difficulty of the sudden and unexpected end of their primary education without the chance to say goodbye to friends, teachers and school staff.  And while our Leaving Certificate students may be relieved that they will not have to face exams we are aware of the difficulties that may lie ahead in providing fair assessment. 

These are uncertain times and our prayers are with all those who are anxious and worried at this time.  As a rector (and I am sure my experience is not unique) I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank you the parishioners for your support for me and my family throughout this difficult time - Ministry is a two way street and we will get through this together and with Gods help.  I finish with a poem by Wendell Berry which for me is a great comfort and encouragement.  

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my childrens lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water; and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief.  I come into the presence of still water:
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.  For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Every blessing.                                                                                                            Stephen


Bereavements
As I have mentioned before this has been an especially trying time for those who have lost loved ones with the severe limitations on funeral services.  May God comfort all those who mourn.  Among those are:

Vic Murphy of Crodaun, Celbridge.  Vic was a much loved parishioner and friend to so many, especially those often unseen and unnoticed by others.  A very compassionate man with a deep reverence for nature and his environment and an innate sense of justice and concern for the oppressed.  He was an active member of the Vestry and a man who gave much of himself to others.  We think especially of his wife Bernie, sons Lucas, Patrick, Ronan & Cian, mother Robin, siblings Eva, Sarah, Robert & Ed, grandchildren Avery & Adrien, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, the extended family and his many friends.  Vics funeral took place in Christ Church, Celbridge on Monday,16th March and cremation followed in Mount Jerome, Harolds Cross.

Olivia Huber was as I said at her graveside one of the bravest ladies I have ever met.  A much loved parishioner of Newcastle parish Olivia was very suddenly struck down with an illness which she always knew was unbeatable in medical terms.  But despite this bleak prognosis she remained upbeat and positive and even when she could no longer speak would converse by writing on her little notepad that was always with her - she may not have beaten the illness but she did not let it define her and she remained herself to the end.  Her funeral and burial all took place in Newcastle Cemetery on 16th April and as the sun shone brightly we sang her favourite hymns as her body was laid to rest.  Our thoughts are especially with her children Karen & David, their partners David & Hazel, grandchildren Megan, Kyle, Holly & Ryan, sisters Elizabeth, Susette & Pamela, brothers Albert, John & Fergus, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Our prayers are with Willie Harris, Newcastle, & George Harris Straffan on the death of their sister Irene Gillis on April 4th.  We also remember her husband Alan, children, Nigel, Hazel, Barry & Anna (pre-deceased by her son Stephen), son-in-law Leonard, daughters-in-law Catherine & Wendy, Annas partner Stuart, grandchildren, brothers, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. 

Womens World Day Of Prayer - 6th March - Slip Hall, Celbridge
Thanks to all who took part in the above which was prepared by the women of Zimbabwe with the theme Rise - take your mat and walk!.  The service, which was led by Dee Huddleston,  was well prepared and many took part both men and women in the readings, prayers and playing of drums and tambourines.  As always the service concludes with The day thou gavest, Lord is ended.  There was opportunity afterwards for tea and scones and chat.  The collection amounted to 213.00.  In 2021 the service will be prepared by the women of Vanuatu on the theme Build a strong foundation.

Tips For Helping Teens Through The Crisis
Susie Keegan, Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator gives advice on talking mental health, creating spaces, making a worry jar, exercising and cutting down on negative news in an article in the Church Review - and can be contacted at dgyc.office@gmail.com.  Other links are www.instagram.com/d.g/y.c./ and www.instagram.com/ymca_dublin/

Younger Kids!
Our Rector has posted on www.facebook.com/CSNLParish this link -
https://www.facebook.com/Dublin-Glendalough-Kids.  There is a very good telling of the story of Jonah and the whale by Copperpot the Orangutan and also a story with a hen!

Bettys Retirement
Sunday, 23rd February marked Betty Beatties retirement as organist of St. Finians Church, Newcastle-Lyons.  It was a day which marked a remarkable achievement as Betty had served well over 50 years and had played the organ in Newcastle across six decades.  It was however also a sad day, the end of an era as someone who had accompanied regular worship, days of celebration and days of sadness with her playing finally stepped back from the keyboard and took a seat in the congregation. There was a presentation on the day and not too much fuss at Bettys request.  We wish Betty a long and happy retirement and thank her for her gift of music shared so generously with us.

Non Calendar Of Events!
No Car Boot Sales, services in churches, meetings in the Slip Hall,  Whist Drives, Craft & Chat, Primrose Hill School closed & Confirmation date postponed!

CMS Link Mission Partners - Keith & Lyn Scott - Easter 2020
Zambia is presently not in lockdown due to Covid 19, though there is advice on social distancing and hand washing, there is no serious adherence to the rules.  Poor people have limited access to water for a start.  There are regular power cuts.  Before Covid 19 there was some mob violence in the townships where life is very tough.  The economy has been on the edge leading to deprivations and social problems.  Fear of the virus is an extra burden.  Please pray that the Corona Virus will not sweep through Africa as feared, bearing in mind how under-equipped countries are and how inadequate their resources.  As a seminary we are soldiering on, staying open for the short-term but being cautious and wary.  The students are safer in the seminary than travelling to their home dioceses for their Easter break, but if there is a lockdown they will be separated from their families.  Please pray for their families, for understanding and patience.  In these uncertain and bewildering times, we need to look at the example of Christ our Lord and Saviour.  His trust in the Father and the promise of the Holy Spirit to always be with us.  These assurances give us an anchor.

Chuckle Time!
Harry left his place in the choir and made his way to the lectern for the first lesson.  He ascended the steps and began to read from Isaiah in his deep bass voice: Thus says the Lord, I am the Lord your God.  Delighted he had discovered the truth at long last, four year old Timothy looked up and said, Oh, so thats who God is!

Services
From Friday, 13th March all church services and events in the Slip Hall were closed as a result of the Corona Virus regulations.  Thanks to our Rector for producing services for all Sundays since Mothering Sunday and being able to remind us of the inside of all the churches.  There have also been meaningful services produced by our Rector for Holy Week and on several Wednesdays from the Rectory study.  These have been very much appreciated by those who have the facility to watch on their devices.  The Editor has enjoyed belting out the hymns while participating in the services with nobody to hear.  She also hears that some people have been watching the services in bed/pyjamas!  It has also been good to see other parishioners
participating in the prayers and readings.

Fundraising Challenge For Christian Aid By Dee Huddleston
As some people know, I work for Christian Aid and normally May is our busiest month when a large portion of our annual funds are raised through various church community events.  This year, along with all other charities or development agencies, this is just not possible so we have to look to other ways to support the communities that we work with.  With this in mind, I decided that I would walk 5kms every day in May carrying two containers of water and ask people if they would consider sponsoring me to do this.  While I have a choice to do this, many of the people that we work with, almost always women and children, do not have such a choice.  They have to walk long distances every day just to collect water.  Rose, who lives in Kenya, is a 67 year old grandmother and she has to walk for six hours every day, carrying two jerry cans to collect water, just to keep her family going. 

Thanks so much to the kindness and generosity of lots of people, the amount raised so far (17th May) is just over 1,400, and I am so grateful for this.  However, I am hopeful that I can raise even more over the coming two weeks as this will make a huge difference to Rose and to others like her in vulnerable communities across our world.  I have set up a Just giving page (Dee Huddleston/Dees 5x5) but have also received many donations directly as this can be an easier way for people and am so grateful for every single gesture of support.

The Church Review
The May edition was only available on line - unfortunately for those who have subscribed and do not have this facility.  The April edition is probably waiting to be read when churches re-open!

Whos Who In The Parish
Rector:  Rev. Stephen Neill                            01-6288231                 087-2328172                                                   www.paddyanglican.com                    stephen.neill@gmail.com

2020 - A Fresh Vision