Issue 62 CSNL NEWS November/December, 2020
Parish Of Celbridge & Straffan with Newcastle-Lyons
Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough
By the parishioners - for the parishioners
From Our Rector - Dear Friends ..
I want to begin with a Big Thank-You for your generous responses to our request for increased financial giving due to the stresses placed on parish finances by the ongoing Pandemic. We are not out of the woods yet but things are considerably improved and we have a little more breathing room than we had. In total nearly €12,000 has come in since the appeal.
We are now facing into the winter and the evenings are getting shorter which is a challenge which we didn’t face with earlier lockdowns. However we are also facing into the wonderful season of Christmas and the joy that comes with the Saviour’s birth which cannot and will not be overshadowed, even by a Pandemic. Somehow despite the restrictions we will celebrate this Christmas. I am currently looking at possible arrangements which Government policy allowing we will be able to accommodate all those who wish to attend a Christmas service. Among the options being considered is a Drive-in service! We have adapted before and if necessary we will again.
In wishing you all in advance a Happy Christmas (as this is the last magazine this year) please do let me know of anyone in difficulty who needs a helping hand at this time - we have so many people who are willing to give support to those who are lonely, anxious, facing financial challenges etc. This is a time to be there for each other and give expression to the reality of the Body of Christ where all are precious and treasured.
Please stay safe and may you have a Happy and Blessed Christmas.
Newcastle-Lyons Easter General Vestry Meeting - 3rd September
Rev. Stephen opened the meeting by thanking the Vestry for their part in steering us through a real roller coaster of a year, as stated by Rev. Stephen there are lots of challenges we still have to face but like everything else we will come through it and also perhaps with a new sense of perspective as to what are the really important things in life. Rev. Stephen thanked everyone for their support throughout the year. He paid a particular thanks to Geoffrey McMaster as a valuable colleague in ministry. Geoffrey often represents the parish in the wider community and plays a big part in deepening inter-church and community relations in the parish. Thanks, were also given to our Hon. Secretary, Maggie Harris, Church Wardens - Elizabeth Waldron & Vivien Bond. He also thanked the Glebe Wardens, Willie Harris & Michael Spillane. A special thanks to our Hon. Treasurer, Sandra Doble, who has an increasing demanding job in overseeing our parish finances and for the considerable work involved in the preparation of the annual accounts. Finally, to all vestry members and parishioners for all the help and time everyone has contributed to the smooth running of the Parish. The meeting closed with a big thank you to Rev. Stephen for the wonderful creative on-line Services during the Covid lockdown, they were greatly much appreciated by Parishioners. The following are the results of the annual elections:-
Rector’s Church Warden: Vivien Bond
People’s Church Warden: Elizabeth Waldron
Rector’s Glebe Warden: Willie Harris
People’s Glebe Warden: Michael Spillane
The remaining members of the Select Vestry are:
Betty Beattie Devon Beattie Claire Burke
Sandra Doble Willie Doble Maggie Harris
Peter Hildebrand Andrew Jordan Avril Kerr
Robbie Roulston Tony Waldron
Parochial Nominators: Vivien Bond Elizabeth Waldron
Supplementals: Maggie Harris Michael Spillane
Diocesan Synodsperson: Geoffrey McMaster
Supplemental: Robbie Roulston
Subsequently Sandra Doble & Maggie Harris were confirmed as Treasurer & Secretary respectively.
Team Hope Shoe Boxes Moving On Line This Year
This year you can build your box on line in 5 easy steps and donate €20.00 for your shoebox. Alternatively their address is Unit 5, Leopardstown Business Centre, Ballyogan Avenue, Dublin 18. 01-2940222. Team Hope’s network of local partners in Africa and Eastern Europe will then use this money to purchase items from the 4w’s - wear/write/wash/WOW - locally. They will then create the shoebox gifts and deliver them directly into the hands of the children.
Church Review Subscriptions Rebate
During the months of lockdown, it was not possible to publish or distribute the Church Review in print. It was however still published online for anyone who could access it and the link was sent out to parishioners. As a gesture of goodwill, the 2020 annual subscription was discounted by 25% €10) and a rebate was sent to Debbie Kelly, Celbridge & Straffan & Elizabeth Waldron, Newcastle-Lyons, who have been in touch with most of those who subscribe. This will be offset against the 2021 subscription unless you tell Debbie or Elizabeth otherwise. Subscriptions are due in January. The Church Review informs on all that is happening in the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough and other items of interest.
Organisation Focus - Bishops’ Appeal Harvest Newsletter
The newsletter highlights some of the work supported through the appeal. Recently, the Appeal was able to release €10,000 for the Beirut Appeal and £5,000 for the ongoing Covid-19 Appeal. These funds went to Christian Aid, Tearfund Ireland & CMS Ireland. Thousands of hot meals as well as vouchers to enable those most in need to buy food and hygiene items have been issued helping families access essentials such as blankets and medicine, removing rubble and providing basic repairs to homes in Beirut. In Lebanon, 1 in 4 people are refugees. In Uganda, hand washing facilities, soap and other essential supplies were provided to over 250,000 people. Emergency food supplies reached 20,000 people and essential PPE supplied to 49 health centres. Geoffrey McMaster is the Bishops’ Appeal Representative for Dublin.
Due to the Pandemic, there will be no confirmation service this year.
Jim - Author Unknown
A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day,
Decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray.
Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle.
The minister frowned as he saw the man he hadn’t shaved in a while.
His shirt was kind of shabby and his coat was worn and frayed.
The man knelt and bowed his head, then rose and walked away.
In the days that followed, each noon time came this chap,
Each time he knelt just for a moment, a lunch pack on his lap.
Well, the minister’s suspicions grew, with robbery a main fear,
He decided to stop the man and ask him, “What are you doing here?”
The old man said, he worked down the road. Lunch was half an hour.
Lunchtime was his prayer time, for finding strength and power.
“I stay only moments, see, because the factory is so far away;
As I kneel here talking to the Lord, this is what I say:
“I just came again to tell you, Lord, how happy I’ve been, since we found each other’s friendship and you took away my sin. Don’t know much of how to pray, but I think about you everyday. So, Jesus, this is Jim checking in.”
The minister feeling foolish, told Jim, that was fine.
He told Jim he was welcome to come and pray just anytime.
Time to go, Jim smiled, said “Thanks”. He hurried to the door.
The minister knelt at the altar, he’d never done it before.
His cold heart melted, warmed with love, and met with Jesus there.
As the tears flowed, in his heart, he repeated old Jim’s prayer:
“I just came again to tell you, Lord, how happy I’ve been, since we found each other’s friendship and you took away my sin. Don’t know much of how to pray, but I think about you everyday. So, Jesus, this is me checking in.”
Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Jim hadn’t come.
As more days passed without Jim, he began to worry some.
At the factory, he asked about him, learning he was ill.
The hospital staff was worried, but he’d given them a thrill.
The week that Jim was with them, brought changes to the ward.
His smiles, a joy contagious. Changed people, were his reward.
The head nurse couldn’t understand why Jim was so glad.
When no flowers, calls or cards came, not a visitor he had.
The minister stayed by his bed, he voiced the nurse’s concern:
No friends came to show they cared. He had nowhere to turn.
Looking surprised, old Jim spoke up and with a winsome smile;
“The nurse is wrong, she couldn’t know, that in here all the while
Everyday at noon He’s here, a dear friend of mine, you see,
He sits right down, takes my hand, leans over and says to me:
“I just came again to tell you, Jim, how happy I have been, since we found this friendship, and I took away your sin. Always love to hear you pray, I think about you each day, and so Jim, this is Jesus checking in”.
Ordination In Pro Cathedral
Our Rector had a front row seat for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Celbridge Ecumenical colleague and friend, Deacon Frank Drescher and was made most welcome by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. He was last in the Pro Cathedral 40 years ago at a choir festival where he was a chorister of St. Bartholomew’s Church and sang alongside the Palestrina choir.
Chuckle Time - One For Covid Restrictions On Hymn Singing
A former chorister was asked why she had given up singing in the church choir. “I was absent one Sunday,” she replied, “and somebody asked if the organ had been mended.”
Baptisms & Wedding
There have been no baptisms. Congratulations to Samantha Geoghegan & Lee Farrand who were married in Christ Church, Celbridge on Saturday, 19th September. We wish them a long and happy marriage.
Thanks to Jos Evertsen who has completed the cataloguing of a large number of old church books. This includes a description of their condition, content and photography. All the books are stored in the pew beside the organ and wrapped in acid free tissue paper and are coded corresponding to their folder on Dropbox.
Our Rector organised several of these over the last couple of months. There are now two regular meetings each week, one on a Sunday morning at 10.30 and the other usually on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. They are very informal and an opportunity to see each other and talk face to face in these challenging times. All are welcome. If you are not already on Rev. Stephen’s list, let him know so he can give you the meeting details.
NON Going Events!
Craft & Chat/ Time Of Prayer For Healing & Whist Drives will not resume until the Pandemic is considerably less of a threat and sadly there were no pets blessed or harvest thanksgivings either.
Celbridge Camera Club Calendars In Aid Of The NCBI
Celbridge Camera Club have created a beautiful 2021 calendar in partnership with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. There are wonderful images all over Ireland taken by our members, superbly printed and produced. These include images from three parishioners - Dallas Camier, Tony Waldron & Lilian Webb. The calendar will be available to purchase from The Orchard and from Supervalu, Celbridge from 9th November. It costs €10. This is the second year that this has been produced.
Services - (all services in November on line only)
Sunday Newcastle 9 a.m. Straffan 10.15 a.m. Celbridge 11.30 a.m.
1st Holy Communion Service of Word Holy Communion
2nd Service of Word Holy Communion Service of Word
3rd Holy Communion Morning Prayer Holy Communion
4th Morning Prayer Holy Communion Morning Prayer
Thanks to our Rector for continuing to be very flexible in ensuring that meaningful services continue to be broadcast every Sunday since the start of the Pandemic. Also being able to hold actual services in Straffan & Celbridge when Dublin was in lockdown until 5th October.
Thanks From Shirley Gibson
On behalf of Saidhbhin and Samuel, I wish to thank so many people for their kindness to us during our recent bereavement. Your many calls, cards and gifts helped so much to ease our pain. We will remember your support and comfort. Our sincere thanks to Rev. Stephen who unsparingly gave so much of his time and did so much for us in every way. We will never forget his thoughtfulness and consideration. Thank you Stephen for Louise’s beautiful funeral service with such tenderness and understanding.
Primrose Hill National School
The school has returned after its mid-term break and will continue until 22nd December, when classes will finish at noon. The school continues to work hard raising funds to replace the surface under the swing set and climbing tower. During the month of October, they sold face masks as part of their fundraising efforts and this raised €1,054. Thanks to everybody. The pupils are also in the process of designing a Christmas card.
Who’s Who In The Parish
Rector: Rev. Stephen Neill 01-6288231 087-2328172
2020 - A Fresh Vision