Monday 17 June 2024

CSNL NEWS June/July/August, 2024.


Issue 84 CSNL NEWS         June/July/August, 2024.

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 ..

A few weeks ago I preached about the Universal welcome we extend to those who wish to present their children for Baptism.  This was in the light of a very negative message that came from our General Synod when a motion which sought to guarantee that churches would not refuse Baptism on the basis of the marital status of the parents was defeated.  This led to a lot of confusion and hurt and I wish to state categorically that in this parish nobody will be turned away as long as I am Rector.  The same holds for the Holy Communion.  Baptism and Holy Communion were instituted by Jesus and it is not for us to get in the way.  Reflecting on this led me to wonder how many other people perhaps feel excluded and unwelcome in our churches whether on basis of sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability or any other issue.  I think that this is something we need to address proactively and in the months ahead I would welcome any input/criticism so that we can more fully reflect the welcoming love of God in our ministry and outreach.  The reality is in my experience is that all our churches are warm and welcoming but does the person outside the door know that?  Nobody should have to wonder will they be accepted or welcome if they enter one of our churches on any given Sunday.  Lets find new ways to make that welcome explicit and unmissable!


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        30th June.  United Service.  11 a.m.  Straffan

*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 continues each Tuesday afternoon at 2.30 p.m., in the Slip Hall and is open to all for crafting, chatting and refreshments.  The group will take a break for July and August and return in September.  All welcome!


Wednesday Night Prayers:  From 8p.m., to 9 p.m.  At the moment they are held in the home of Tony & Elizabeth Waldron in Newcastle.  If anybody would like details they can contact Rev. Stephen or Dee Huddleston.  Everyone is very welcome to come along or to let them know if there is something they would like them to pray about. 


Saturday Night Services.  The next service in Christ Church, Celbridge will be on 13th July at 7 p.m.  The service is generally quite informal and we would be delighted to see some new faces - also if you play a musical instrument feel free to bring it along.  The service is normally followed by refreshments and time for a chat after the service.


Parish Outing - Wednesday, 29th May To Russborough

Thanks to Esther Lougheed & Rebecca Taylor for organising the above.  Just under 20 enjoyed a guided tour of the house and later enjoyed afternoon tea and a good opportunity to socialise and thankfully the weather was dry! 



On Pentecost Sunday, May, 19th in Christ Church Cathedral, Marlena Quigley & Poppy Murphy were confirmed by Archbishop Michael Jackson.  Our Rector said it was a great pleasure to prepare them both for Confirmation and he wishes them both every blessing in their journey in life and faith.  We continue to remember them in prayer.


Straffan Sunday Services On Line

Remember if you cant get to church on Sunday, the service is live-streamed. and


Concerts In Christ Church, Celbridge

The concert on 17th May by the Washburn University Choir (Kansas) accompanied by St. Marys Parish Choir, Maynooth under Sarah Darlington was a free event organised by Celbridge/Maynooth based Celtic Horizon Tours.  The choirs blended beautifully and we wee treated to a great evening of Sacred and Secular music.  It was a great pleasure to welcome Frank McNamara back to Christ Church on 24th May and as previously his playing was absolutely beautiful and especially enjoyable were the pieces he played alongside world renowned violinist Deirdre Reddy.  Forthcoming concerts:-


Sat, 22nd June               John Spillane.

Sun. 14th July               St. Marys Brass & Reed Band, Maynooth.

Fri. 20th September       Culture Night with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri from

                                    Leixlip.  Free event.

Sat. 5th October .           Sean Keane.

Sat. 19th October           Leonard Cohen Tribute - John MacKenna.

Sat. 23rd November       Artist - to be confirmed.

Sat. 21st December        Christmas Concert - Artist to be confirmed.


All tickets are now up on Eventbrite and also available from Breda - 087-9630719.


Launch Of Handbook

A new handbook has been launched From Every Nation? A Handbook for a congregations journey from welcome to belonging.  The handbook is available to download for free at   This aims to equip churches with an understanding of diversity and inclusion and to support actions at the local church level to improve inclusion and work towards racial justice through faith.



Stanley Shaw died peacefully on 8th June at Naas Hospital.  Deepest sympathy to his wife Jenny, their sons Jonathan & Alan, his sister Kathleen and the extended family.  In accordance with Stanleys wishes the funeral was private.  Stanley was much loved in the parish and community and over a period of years had played a huge part in the life of Straffan Church.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


CSN-L Parish Summer Fair Round-Up By Lucy Jones

Saturday 11th May promised glorious sunshine and the Fair Team were up bright and early putting the finishing touches to the Slip Hall.  Decked out in balloons, bunting and art the first Parish Summer Fair in a long time was launched.  Back by popular demand was the Bottle Stall with Robert Moody running it like a natural showman.  The Craft Stall was a riot of colour and boasted an enviable crocheted fashion collection for dolls, stunning tea-cosies and baby wear.  We even had some woodcraft and hair ornaments.  All made by our talented parishioners.  A big thank you to Linda Daly who co-ordinated the stall and contributed her own handiworks.  Viven Bond & Tony Waldron ably managed the Book Stall, organising it into a wonderfully browser-friendly display.  The Curiosities needed two tables this year such was the generosity of our Parish and did a roaring trade.  Huge thanks to Claire Doble for being a trooper and running the stand all day. 


What can we say about the Cake Stall?  The skills displayed spoke for themselves in the swift sale of every cake and bun in the place.  Ladies, thank you so much for your contributions.  This Stall has become a bit of a legend!  Thank you to Esther Lougheed & Hazel Mercer for their sterling work in dealing with the delighted customers.  The Plant Stall was located outside due to the lovely weather and was literally 40 shades of green.  We have so many talented and generous gardeners in the Parish who took the time to pot up plants for sale, thank you.  Thank you also to Elizabeth Burbridge & Rebecca Taylor for looking after this stall, your expertise was invaluable. We had a new venture this year thanks to the ingenuity of James & Trish Pasley.  Hook-a-Duck fast became one of the most popular activities at the Fair.  It is sure to be a firm favourite for years to come.  The Dog Show proved to be small but beautiful!  Our contestants were enthusiastic and really appreciated the lovely garden to parade around.  Thank you very much to all the prize sponsors and to Tara Campbell for acting as our judge.  As always the Childrens Art Competition provided a beautiful backdrop for the Fair.  We are most grateful to the staff and pupils of Primrose Hill National School for sharing their talents with us.  We must mention our stalwart team of Tea Ladies, Dee Huddleston & Judith Gleeson.  They delivered service with a smile all day and kept everyone well refreshed.  As we all know a decent supply of tea and coffee is the backbone of any operation.   Ladies, we literally couldnt have done it without you!


A massive thank you to all our parishioners for donating and turning up on the day to support this parish fundraiser.  Wed also like to thank Rev. Stephen for his support and good humour throughout the planning and execution of the Fair.  Our Finance Team of Gordon Bass, Rev. Stephen & Tony Waldron were invaluable and as every year we are very grateful for the work they put in.  Thank you all once again, the Fair is a three-church project and really flourishes because we all work so well together as a team. The day was wonderful, and full of connection and laughter that the money raised felt almost like a side show.  We made just over 2,000.  Now that we have a target to beat well see you all again for the Parish Winter Fair 2024!  And from the parishioner a massive thank you to Lucy & June Galligan for organising it.


Thanks Dee Huddleston for taking the service in Straffan on 2nd June while our Rector was in Newcastle-Lyons.  Dee spoke on the work of Christian Aid on 5th May, in advance of Christian Aid week.  The service on RTE1 on Sunday 12th May was led by Rosamond Bennett, CEO of Christian Aid, and Dee took part in the service.  This year the focus was on Burundi and featured Aline Nibogora, 35, who had the first of her 6 children at 14, whose husband was violent and beat her regularly and was forced to leave her children.  She found out about a 3 day workshop where Christian Aid funded trainers taught people about village savings and loans associations.  With this sense of hope and energy, she began trading avocados and peanuts and with profits bought a bicycle to transport greater quantities.  She has since been reunited with 3 of her sons and lives on a plot of land and plans to expand her business and building a home for her family in the hope that one day she can have all her children with her.  Aline has said that the support of Christian Aid has made the whole community feel comforted and empowered. 


Thanks to all who maintain the church grounds now that the mowing season is in full swing and for the Car Boot Market.


Newcastle 300

This year St. Finians Church, Newcastle-Lyons celebrates 300 years since it was reconstructed in its present format and about 800 years since the first stone was laid on the site.  In recent weeks parishioners have been working hard to show the church grounds at their best and in the process have uncovered some interesting details on the vaults and graves long covered by ivy.  As part of the celebrations a Fair Day is planned for Saturday, 31st August and a Celebration service on the afternoon of Sunday, 1st September at which the preacher will be an old friend of the parish, Canon Leonard Ruddock.


 Straffan Market & Carboot Sale

The 14th Season of the Straffan Market & Carboot Sale event started on 4th May, with 3 further events since.  Thanks to all who have helped on the days, baked and bought!  The remaining dates are:

29th June          13th July           27th July           10th August

24th August      7th September   21st September  5th October

The gates open from 8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  If you are interested in booking a stall, WhatsApp your name and what you sell to Mobile 089-2797200.  Calls can not be answered.  Pre-BOOKING is required.  Fee is 15, paid at the gate.  Car + Small trailer is 20.  Please use the exact amount.  This year we are opening a dedicated CRAFT only section.  This will provide for home grown and home made produce, Hobby Crafts, Antiques, Books & Music (CDs, Vinyls).  No mix with Bric-a-Brac can be used.  When applying for a CRAFT Stall, please WhatsApp your full name + type of CRAFT.



Congratulations to Zoe Olivia Thompson, daughter of Aoife & Alan  Thompson who was baptised in Christ Church, Celbridge on Sunday, 2nd June.  Her Godparents are Jillian & Bryan Adams.  We wish Zoe Olivia every blessing on her journey in life and faith.


Primrose Hill National School

Another year over and we wish all the staff and pupils and their families a refreshing and relaxing summer.  The closing service will take place on Friday, 21st June at 11.30 a.m., in Christ Church, Celbridge.  Our thoughts are also with those who have completed state and other examinations as they await the results.


Calendar Of Events


Sun      16        Fathers Day.

Fri        21        End of Year Service.  11.30 a.m. Christ Church.

Sat       22        Concert.  Christ Church, Celbridge.  8 p.m.

Sat       29        Car Boot Market.  Straffan.  8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Sun      30        United  Service.  Straffan Church.  11 a.m.


Sat       13        Car Boot Market.  Straffan.  8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

                        Service.  Christ Church, Celbridge.  7 p.m.

Sun      14        Concert.  Christ Church, Celbridge.  8 p.m.

Sat       27        Car Boot Market.  Straffan.  8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.


Sat       10        Car Boot Market.  Straffan.  8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Sat       24        Car Boot Market.  Straffan.  8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Sat       31        Fair Day.  St. Finians Church, Newcastle-Lyons.


Sun      1         800 Celebration Service.  St. Finian Church.

Mon     2         Closing date for next issue of CSNL NEWS.

Sat         7         Car Boot Market.  Straffan.  8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Sun      8         CSNL NEWS distributed in 3 churches.

Fri        20        Concert.  Christ Church, Celbridge.  8 p.m.

Sat       21        Car Boot Market.  Straffan.  8.45 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.


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.



Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.  Shoebox Checking Volunteers Needed this November.  Contact or 01-2940222.   The United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough have a vacancy for a full time Accounts & Administrative Assistant - contact Ian Walshe -


Chuckle Time

Sunday School teacher:  Do you say your prayers every night, Sammy?  Sammy: Oh no!  Some nights I dont want anything.


Whos Who In The Parish

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


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Anxiety weighs down a heart, but a kind word cheers it up.  Proverbs. 12:25.

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