Saturday 16 September 2023

Harvest in Newcastle


Sunday 24th September 3.30pm - Harvest Thanksgiving in Newcastle - All welcome!

Wednesday 13 September 2023

CSNL News September October 2023


Issue 79 CSNL NEWS         September/October, 2023.

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 ..

Elsewhere in this edition of CSNL NEWS you will read of the concert series in Christ Church Celbridge which has become very popular and has resulted in hundreds of people coming through the doors of our church who otherwise would likely never have visited.  Some might say So what!  They arent there on a Sunday morning and while we would all like our churches to be bursting at the seams every Sunday there is more to being Church than the hour on Sunday.  Yes, it is the heart and the focus of our identity as disciples of Jesus but there are other ways in which we can be Church.  Hospitality has always been at the heart of Christianity and by providing hospitality for these community events we are fulfilling a vital part of our calling.  Hospitality also builds community and deepens relationships and this too is a part of what it is to be Church.  It also comes down to Stewardship, how we use the gifts we have been given.  Is it right that we have these beautiful buildings and only use them an hour a week?


In saying all of this it would be lovely to see more faces for that hour on a Sunday morning in any and all of our churches.  Some may have got out of the habit during Covid and others for whatever reason may feel that Church is not for you - I want to say that your Church would love to see you, no matter how long you have been away - we are better together and your presence can make a difference - maybe you have some ideas as to how we can be a better Church - I would love to hear from you and even better to see you for that hour on Sunday - you are missed!


Yours.                                                                                                                         Stephen


 Church Services

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

5th (29/10/2023)  United Service.  Holy Communion  11.30.  Celbridge


*Services will continue in Newcastle at 10 a.m., on the 1st Sunday as a permanent change in the Sunday timetable.


On Going Events

Craft & Chat:  The Group resumed its Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 p.m., in the Slip Hall on 5th September.  Hopefully all enjoyed the summer break and look forward to lots of crafting, chatting and refreshments.  New members are always welcome.   


Whist Drives.  Following a break over the summer, the Whist Drives  will resume on Friday, 29th September at 8 p.m., in the Slip Hall.  The October date is Friday, 27th October.  We look forward

to seeing everyone.  New players are always welcome.


Castletown Wanderers:  All quiet at the moment!


Harvest Festivals & Pet Blessing Service

The first of the harvest thanksgiving services will be held in St. Finians Church, Newcastle-Lyons on Sunday, 24th September at 3.30 p.m.  All are welcome.  The dates for the services in Straffan and Celbridge will be announced.


The by now annual Pet Blessing service will be held on Saturday, 7th October, at 3.30 p.m., at Christ Church, Celbridge.  All humans and their pets are welcome.  Photos of pets that cannot be brought or have died can also be brought.


WhatsApp Groups

WhatsApp group continues to be very active.  There are also groups specifically for Newcastle and another for Straffan notices together they provide a very effective means of contact in the parish.


Quick Fire Interview - Kildare Centre Of Mission

Following on Dee Huddlestons interview by Rev. Alan Melbourne in Aspire - the Diocesan Magazine for Meath & Kildare, Kelley Bermingham was the subject in the summer issue.  Kelley is the Pioneer Evangelist in Centre of Mission at St. Brigids Cathedral, Kildare.  This is a concept more than a physical space.  She is working with Rev. Philip McKinley and the new Dean, Isobel Jackson.  She had worked as a Community Officer in St. Patricks Cathedral.  Her personal tagline is acquired from a certain advertisement .. does what it says on the tin - Faith in Action.  In 1977 her father, Willie Bermingham founded ALONE - A little offering never ends - at the behest of her mother, who on top of rearing 5 children, took in women seeking refuge due to being pregnant outside wedlock.  Kelley believes that Christian faith has not necessarily diminished but the practice of that faith, is being accessed, expressed and practiced in innovative ways and there is a desire for strong authentic leadership in this.  She has been representing KCOM at conferences and training events.


Jackie Taylor - 90

Jackie Taylor celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday, 9th July in Straffan, surrounded by parishioners and her family who had come from South Africa and other places.  Our Rector presented her with flowers on behalf of the parish and a card was signed by the parishioners.  On Fathers Day, the congregation in Straffan sang Happy Birthday to our Rector as it coincided with his birthday!



Deepest sympathy to Pearl Moody on the recent death of her mother.  We hold her and all the family in our prayers at this sad time.  Also, deepest sympathy to Jackie Taylor and family on the unexpected death of her son Neil who died on 16th August.  His funeral took place on 19th August in Christ Church, Taney and was followed by cremation in Mount Jeromes Garden Chapel.  We continue to uphold the whole family in prayer.


United Service 5th Sunday in July - Parish Picnic

Unfortunately due to the inclement weather, the parish picnic following the service of Holy Communion in Straffan had to be postponed.  There were refreshments in the church afterwards.


Church Of Ireland Mental Health MindMatters Conference

This free conference takes place on Friday 20th October in St. Patricks Cathedral & Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin.  The keynote speaker is the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Booking is essential on the Eventbrite website.  It is open to all with an interest in mental health and the church.  Enquiries to


Straffan Market & Car Boot Sales

These continued over the summer on 17th June, July 1st, 15th & 29th.  August 12th & 26th.  The remaining dates are September, 16th & 30th.  Bookings are taken 7 days before the event date.  Text to mobile - 089-2797200.  Thanks to everyone who set up, manned the area, served the teas and baked and came along, supported and bought!  Jos Evertsen will give an overview of the events in the next issue of CSNL NEWS.


Girls Brigade, Lucan - All Welcome

As September is here we are all returning to our autumn activities, this means that Girls Brigade will also be opening again.  We offer a wide range of activities, including dance, skipping, drama, arts and crafts etc.  Our Explorers group is for girls age 3+ to 8 years (Saturday mornings), Juniors and Seniors are 9-15 (Wednesday evenings).  We meet in the Methodist Hall in Lucan.  We are opening for registration for all ages on Wednesday, 20th September from 5.30 p.m., to 7 p.m.  New members are welcome at an time and trial memberships are available.  For further information contact Sharon Kinsella (Captain) by email or Naomi informally on 087-6299600 by phone or text (evenings).  You can learn more about the work of The Girls Brigade Ireland on their website.


Concerts In Celbridge

In recent times Christ Church Celbridge has become a very popular local concert venue and has hosted The Celtic Tenors with Deirdre Masterson (3rd June), the Fairfax Choral (14th July), Sean Keane (22nd July) and on 2nd September, Brian Kennedy.  Future dates include Johnny McIvor (21st October) and the New York Tenors with Deirdre Masterson (2nd December) with lots more for next year.  It is good to see our church being used on a more regular basis and welcoming a wider community inside our doors and thus ourselves becoming more involved in the wider community in which we find ourselves.


Saturday Services - Christ Church Celbridge - 7 p.m.

So far we have had two Saturday Night Services and they have been an opportunity for a more flexible form of worship.  We have been blessed with a variety of musical input including keyboard, bass guitar, flute, violin, guitar and harp as well as our growing choir.  The theme of the first service on 8th July was Good News for the Anxious & Exhausted, Laying down our burdens.  Come unto me all you that are weary and heavy laden.  Stones were used in casting burdens.  The second service on 12th August was on the theme Walking in Faith and involved interactive liturgies in both cases.  Refreshments were served after.  Our next service is on Saturday, 9th September followed by Saturday, 14th October.  If interested in helping with music, readings, drama, prayers, refreshments etc., please let our Rector know. 


Heritage Week & Culture Night

On Sunday, 27th August, there was a heritage walk in Newcastle.  It featured a visit to St. Finians Church of Ireland where our own Geoffrey McMaster gave an audio/visual talk to the assembled visitors.  Thanks Geoffrey.  On Friday, 22nd September, Culture Night, Christ Church Celbridge will host Lucan/Leixlip Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann who will give a performance of music and dance and it is completely free.  It promises to be a lovely event.


On 17th June in St. Finians Church, Newcastle-Lyons, sisters, Alexandra Lily Hinde & Georgia Elizabeth Hinde, daughters of James & Alice Hinde were baptised.  Alexandras Godparents are David Robinson, Katie Robinson, Avril OFlynn & Roisin Melia.  Georgias Godparents are Poppy Woods, Fidelma Walsh & Zachary Hinde.  We wish Alexandra & Georgia every blessing.


On Sunday, 3rd September in Straffan Church, Abigail Louise OCallaghan, daughter of Rachel Taylor & Conor OCallaghan was baptised.  The Godparents are James Taylor & Aileen OCallaghan.  We wish Abigail every blessing.


Primrose Hill National School

Welcome back to our staff and pupils after the summer break and a special welcome to our Junior Infants and some new students in the other classes


Sunday, 25th June

Thanks to Dee Huddleston for taking the services in Straffan & Celbridge and Geoffrey McMaster in St. Finians, while Rev. Stephen was preaching at the institution in Nenagh on the previous day.  Keith Barry, the new rector is his oldest friend from college days, having shared flats together and is Aarons Godfather so it was a good time to stay overnight and catch up as he has spent most of his ministry as an army chaplain with the British army.  Thanks again to Dee & Geoffrey for taking the services on 20th August when our Rector was on holidays.


Thanks to all who maintained the grounds of all three churches over the summer.  Thanks to all who contributed to collections for Christian Aid in the churches over the summer.


Bible Readings & Prayers

Did you know that there are Bible readings and prayers from the Book of Common Prayer on


Organ Open Day, Kilternan Parish Church Of Ireland

The parish is hosting a Come & Play the Organ Day run by their organist Kevin OSullivan on Saturday, 16th September between 10 a.m., and 2 p.m.  An opportunity to play any piece you like and is open to all ages and all levels of keyboard experience.  There will be a complementary hot drink from the Gathering Grounds CafĂ© for all who have a go!


From The Editor

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our parish newsletter.  The  services in St. Finians on the first Sunday of the month, are on at the same time as those in Straffan.  I hope to have the newsletter out on the 2nd Sunday from now on - in order to get to all three churches on the same day.  The closing date for the November/December issue will be Tuesday, 7th November with the issue being out on Sunday, 12th.


New Conservation Plan For Dublins Christ Church Cathedral

In preparation for 2028 when the cathedral will mark its 1000th anniversary, a 164 page plan has been launched to ensure that the cathedral and its role in Dublin city remains for generations to come.




Calendar Of Events


Sat       9         Saturday Service.  Christ Church, Celbridge.  7 p.m.

Tue      12        Craft & Chat returned to Slip Hall.  2.30 p.m.

Sat       16        Car Boot Sale.  Straffan Church grounds.          

                        Organ Open Day.  Kilternan.  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wed     20        Girls Brigade Registration.  Methodist Hall, Lucan.

                        5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Fri1      22        Culture Night.  Christ Church, Celbridge.

Sun      24        Harvest Festival.  St. Finians Church,  3.30 p.m.

Fri        29        Whist Drive.  Slip Hall, Celbridge.  8 p.m.

Sat       30        Car Boot Sale.  Straffan Church grounds.



Sat       7         Pet Blessing Service.  Christ Church, Celbridge. 

                        3.30 p.m.

Sat       14        Saturday Service.  Christ Church, Celbridge.  7 p.m.

Fri        20        Mind Matters Conference.  9 a.m.  St. Patricks

                        Cathedral.  10 a.m., Radisson Blu Hotel.

Sat       21        Johnny McEvoy concert.  Christ Church, Celbridge.

Fri        27        Whist Drive.  Slip Hall, Celbridge.  8 p.m

Sun      29        United Service.  Christ Church, Celbridge.  11.30 a.m.



Tue      7         Closing date for CSNL NEWS November/December.

Fri        10        Closing date for shoe boxes.

Sun      12        Remembrance Sunday.


Organisation Focus - Team Hope Shoe Boxes

Each year Team Hope send shoe boxes to various countries to children who would otherwise never receive a Christmas present.  These boxes can now be created on line as well as personally with items to Write, Wash, Wear & Wow.  See for more information.

The closing date is 10th November in order for boxes to be sorted/packed.


Remembrance Sunday - 12th November

Poppies will be available in all churches .  The Rite of Remembrance will be observed in all churches.


Whos Who In The Parish

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


Keep up to date on & &


Chuckle Time

During a morning service the minister announced that the choir would sing Far beyond all human comprehension, and they certainly did.


iPod?  iPad?  Try iPray . God is listening!

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Saturday Night Service - 9th September 2023


Reminder - Saturday Night Service
 9th September 7pm in Christ Church Celbridge with refreshments afterwards