Friday 20 November 2020

Straffan Church Webcam now Live

Good news - The Straffan Webcam is online - there may be some technical issues still to be resolved - it is on an experimental radio link from a very obliging parishioner's house nearby the church as no broadband connections available in Straffan at the moment - We will test it this weekend with a live service at 10am - For the test we will just be using the one wide shot but the system does allow us to have multiple camera views which we will hopefully be able to use in the near future. So please if you wish tune in at 10am on Sunday - The camera is live now if you want to have a look - it will appear black and white as when the lights are off in the church it operates in infra red mode. You cab access on any phone, tablet or smart TV. The main website which lists all the churches is HERE; and our own live feed is HERE  yes I know Straffan is spelt wrong in the web address - that will be rectified

Saturday 14 November 2020

Holy Communion from Christ Church Celbridge - 15th Nov 2020

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Order of Service




Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you:

And also with you.



Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.     We are sorry and repent.   Have mercy on us according to your love.  Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.  Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.        

















Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

We believe and trust in him

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.  We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen



Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer



The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.



(Note Retiring Collection)


Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us

therefore let us celebrate the feast.


The Lord is here. His Spirit is with us.

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,
……..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,………

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, ……….all honour and glory are yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.




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.




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 to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.







Tuesday 10 November 2020

A Special Appeal

 Many of you will recall Daniel Fagan-Bourgon a pupil in our parish school who sadly passed away last year after a long illness. Mark Fagan, Daniel’s dad was on the radio yesterday talking about Daniel and a project he and Daniel’s Mum Maria are involved in, building a Daisy Lodge in Mayo. This will be the first Daisy Lodge in the Republic of Ireland. There is a Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, up north and Mark and his family spent two lovely weekends there with Daniel. They provide respite care for families, in a lodge/family setting. Barrotstown, he said, is equally as good but they are each a different experience. (One a camp, all families having fun, the other is more a bit of peace and tranquility for the family, with help at hand, if needed). If you are interested in making a donation to support their work see details on the link:

                              CLICK HERE TO HELP

Saturday 7 November 2020

Nov/Dec CSNL News


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 didnt face with earlier lockdowns.  However we are also facing into the wonderful season of Christmas and the joy that comes with the Saviours 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. 


Yours                                                                                                               Stephen


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:-


Rectors Church Warden:                                  Vivien Bond

Peoples Church Warden:                                 Elizabeth Waldron

Rectors Glebe Warden:                                    Willie Harris  

Peoples 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 Hopes network of local partners in Africa and Eastern Europe will then use this money to purchase items from the 4ws - 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 hadnt 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 ministers 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 Ive been, since we found each others friendship and you took away my sin.  Dont 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, hed 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 Jims prayer:


I just came again to tell you, Lord, how happy Ive been, since we found each others friendship and you took away my sin.  Dont 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 hadnt 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 hed 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 couldnt 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 nurses 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 couldnt know, that in here all the while


Everyday at noon Hes 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. Bartholomews 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.

Straffan Church

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.


Zoom Meetings

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. Stephens 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 Louises 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.



Whos Who In The Parish


Rector:  Rev. Stephen Neill     01-6288231                  087-2328172


2020 - A Fresh Vision



Christ Church Celbridge - Remembrance Sunday

Service Video Here

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