Friday 14 December 2018

New Principal for Primrose Hill

As many of you will know by now our school Principal, Ms Elizabeth Butler recently announced her intention to retire at the end of January 2019. This came as a surprise and a shock to the whole school community who have been blessed by Ms Butler's strong leadership and dedication in every aspect of the life of our school. She will be missed but she leaves behind an excellent school which is recognised as such throughout the local area and indeed the Diocese.
Following interviews for her successor the Chairperson and Board of the School are happy to announce the appointment of Mrs Caroline Flood as our new Principal commencing February 2019. Caroline is currently teaching in St. Maelruain's Church of Ireland School in Tallaght where she has been since 2006. During her time there she has on a number of occasions held the post of acting Deputy Principal. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Flood to Primrose Hill.

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Christmas Services and Events 2018

Friday 21st December – Straffan Church @ 8pm -Miscellany: The Christmas Story told through carols.
Proceeds in aid of St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Straffan

Sunday 23rd December – St. Finian’s Church, Newcastle-Lyons @ 4pm – Traditional Christmas Carol Service
No morning services in Straffan or Celbridge

Christmas Eve – Christ Church Celbridge @ 4pm – Carols around the Christmas Tree – Hot chocolate and mince pies after the carol singing

Christmas Eve – Christ Church Celbridge 11.30pm – 1st Eucharist of Christmas

Christmas Day – Holy Communion in all churches. 9am St. Finian’s Newcastle-Lyons, 10.15 Straffan & 11.30 Christ Church Celbridge.

Sunday 30th December – Holy Communion in all churches. 9am St. Finian’s Newcastle-Lyons, 10.15 Straffan & 11.30 Christ Church Celbridge.

Saturday 1 September 2018

Harvest Thanksgiving 2018

St. Finian's Newcastle Lyons - Sunday 30th September @4pm - Speaker: NĂ³irin Lynch, Director of the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith & Dialogue - a place of prayer, tranquility, conversation and dialogue for all (The centre (in Glasnevin) will be holding a a one day harvest retreat - open to all - on Sat Sept 22nd.
01-7976384 )
Noirin has worked for many years in parochial and diocesan settings and is a very accomplished traditional singer and musician.
Christ Church Celbridge - Sunday 21st October @3pm - Speaker: Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent of the Irish Times and a regular commentator on religious and social issues in the broadcast and print media. Patsy is also the author of a number of books including 'The Book of Jesus Report, a contemporary account of the four Gospels' and the official biography of President Mary McAleese, entitled 'First Citizen: Mary McAleese and the Irish Presidency'
Straffan Church - Sunday 28th October @3.30pm - Rev'd Terry Mitchell (Rector of Cloughjordan & Borrisokane Group of Parishes, Diocese of Limerick & Killaloe). Terry who is South African came to Ireland from the Diocese of Capetown in South Africa, where he was Rector of Christ Church,Grahamstown. Born in Pietermaritzburg he initially trained as a teacher, and taught English and History as well as Guidance Councillor. He was first ordained for the Methodist Church, serving in Grahamstown and in Northern Ireland before being ordained as an Anglican priest on his return to South Africa.

Friday 27 April 2018

United Service - Sunday 29th April 2018

United Service this Sunday 29th April in Christ Church Celbridge at 11.30 am - All Welcome - Tea & Coffee after service

Straffan Car Boot Sales are back for 2018

Straffan Car Boot Sale is back! Saturday 28th April!
2018 Calendar
28-Apr; 12-May 26-May; 09-Jun 23-Jun; 07-Jul 21-Jul; 11-Aug 25-Aug; 08-Sep 22-Sep; 06-Oct --- Christmas Market 08-Dec.
To book a stall please txt your name & request to mob 089 4614852.

Tuesday 13 March 2018

St Patrick's Day Service

Service for St. Patrick's Day - Saturday 17th March @ 11am Christ Church Celbridge - All Welcome!

Holy Week & Easter Services 2018

Services for Holy Week
Spy Wednesday 8pm St Finian's Newcastle-Lyons

Holy Thursday 8pm Straffan Church HC

Good Friday:
Way of Cross: 10am St Brigid’s Straffan to Straffan Church; 12Noon
Christ Church Celbridge Celbridge to St. Patrick’s Church, Celbridge ;
12 Noon St Finian's CofI to St. Finian’s RC Church
8pm: Prayers around the Cross in Christ Church Celbridge

Holy Saturday: 9pm Straffan Church - Easter Vigil with lighting of Easter Fire

Easter Day:
6.30 am   Dawn Ecumenical Service Castletown Gates (Refreshments
afterwards in Slip Hall)

9am   Newcastle Lyons HC
10.15 Straffan       HC
11.30 Christ Church Celbridge HC

Saturday 3 March 2018

All Services Cancelled Sunday 4th March 2018 due to dangerous weather conditions

All services cancelled this Sunday 4th March - Please stay indoors and stay safe. Spread the word please!
Message from Archbishop Michael sent to clergy earlier this week:
While I would be among the first to encourage everyone to go to church on Sundays, if possible, I am conscious that over the past few days we have endured a very significant period of bad weather right across the country. The people of Dublin and Glendalough have not been immune from this and I hope and pray that you have been safe during this time.

As the forecast for the weekend is not good, I make the following suggestions for Sunday March 4th in order to enable you to worship at home and to feel part of the family of the Church of Ireland. The meteorological situation may change in the meantime but we have no assurance that this will be the case as things stand just ahead of the encouragement to all of us to stay indoors for the foreseeable future.
As well as services being broadcast on RTE television and RTE radio, Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral live stream their Sunday morning services. If you find that you cannot safely make it to your parish church this coming Sunday, you might like to follow one of these options.

Alternately you might like to sit quietly and reflect on the Collect for The Third Sunday in Lent, the Collect for Ash Wednesday and read the Gospel: St John 2:13-22 where Jesus makes the essential connection between his body and the resurrection through a fresh definition of the temple of his body, in this way connecting his life and death and resurrection with the salvation offered to humankind on the cross,


Dublin & Glendalough

The Collect of the Third Sunday in Lent:
Merciful Lord, Grant your people grace to withstand the temptations
of the world, the flesh and the devil
and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Collect for Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 2: 13-22
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ 17His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Car Boot Sales 2018

The dates for the Straffan Car Boot are now confirmed and listed below. Further details will follow nearer the time.

2018 Calendar
28-Apr; 12-May 26-May; 09-Jun 23-Jun; 07-Jul 21-Jul; 11-Aug 25-Aug; 08-Sep 22-Sep; 06-Oct --- Christmas Market 08-Dec.

To book a stall please txt your name & request to mob 089 4614852.

Monday 12 February 2018

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday Services in the parish: 
St. Finian's Newcastle-Lyons 10am; 
Christ Church Celbridge 11.30am; 
Straffan Church 8pm

Ecumenical Lenten Study Series

This Lent we will be studying 'Deepening Faith' by Tony Castle which focuses on St. Mark's Gospel. We will be joining together with Celbridge and Straffan Catholic Parish and the venue will be St. Eustace's Parish Centre 
(beside Catholic Parish Office).
There will be two groups meeting on Tuesdays (starting on 20th February) at 10.45 or 7.30pm and both sessions will be on the same material. 
Come along at whichever time suits you best - All are welcome

February Whist Drive - Friday 23rd at 8pm