FEBRUARY 2017 CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday 5th 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 12th 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 19th 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 26st 10.30am Parish Communion
12 noon Holy Communion with Holy Baptism
Main service with full choir and sermon
8.00 am & 12.00 noon - Holy Communion
with traditional language, no music or sermon
10.30 am - Holy Communion
with traditional language, no music or sermon
February 2017 begins with St. Brigid's Day and concludes with Shrove Tuesday. Nestled in the middle is St. Valentine's Day. How do you measure love?? Measuring God's love, some people extend their arms to form a cross shape indicating the extent of God's love in sending His Son to die for us. Others point to a ring describing God's love being like a circle, never-ending.
The letter 'H' hasn't usually featured much in measuring God's love and yet it too has a heart for revealing the extent of God's love. Where's the love heart in 'H' you might ask?? Next time you look at a stained glass window displaying God's loving intervention in the lives of saints and Bible characters follow the lead came trail. How much lead came keeps the glass and scene in tact? Yards upon yards upon yards of it. Lead came is shaped like an 'H' on its side. The horizontal lines are called faces and the bar that separates them is called a heart. Each piece of glass in the lead channel rests against the heart. The heart keeps the myriad pieces of glass secure and the overall scene intact. The entire window can rest secure in the knowledge that the heart is strong enough to hold every individual piece of glass in situ.
If we see the Church as a huge stained glass window proclaiming in colour God's story of love then fitting it all together and keeping it secure, is God's heart of love. As the lead came heart is wrapped around every individual piece of glass so God's heart envelops each of us. That's a lot of heart. That's a lot of love. So instead of saying Happy Valentine's Day, can I wish you, brother/sister in Christ, a very happy and secure 'heart' day! - a prayer echoed in these words from Romans 8: 37-39 'No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rathfarnham Parish is a Church of Ireland (Anglican) Parish
Situated in the south west suburbs of Dublin City and close to the Dublin mountains, Rathfarnham Parish is committed to a shared ministry led by the clergy and lay people with Services, Religous Education, Choir, Weddings, Baptisms and a range of adult and youth organisations
Rector: Canon Adrienne Galligan
Curate Assistant: Rev'd Ruth O'Kelly
Diocesan Reader - Joan Forsdyke
Parish Office email: email@example.com
PARISH EVENT DATES
12th of every Month is deadline for Review notes. Each parish organisation/club/ministry is encouraged to submit a short future focus article for inclusion in our Parish notes.
Sunday 5th March: Confirmation Service in Zion Church at 10.30am. Rehearsal in Zion Church at 6.30pm on Sunday 26th February
Sunday 23rd April: Annual Easter Vestry & Triennial Elections
Saturday 20th May: Parish Fête
The Parish has regular weekly & monthly meetings of groups and activities for pre-school, young people, active people, thoughtful people, musical people, retired people ...
Groups like Toddlerzone which began in September after the Summer break for pre-schoolers and young Mums with the usual small numbers and already they are steadily increasing
Beavers back in full swing in the War Memorial Hall at 6pm. There are 10 new Beavers for 2016-2017 ...
Winter Survival Backpacks for the Homeless
As a result of your generosity, survival backpacks filled with essential items and treats were made up and passed on to VISIT. These were given out to homeless people during dinner on Christmas Day. We have more backpacks ready as these packs are needed all year round.For further details see our Church Services page
With the cold nights of Winter here, our thoughts turn to those less fortunate than ourselves. If you have any of the following, surplus to your requirements, there are many who would be delighted to use them:
Sleeping bags, blankets, mens clothes and shoes (especially trainers) - these are needed by The Trust (across the road from the old Iveagh baths near St. Patrick’s Cathedral)
Ladies clothes - The Women’s Refuge, Rathmines
Children’s clothes from 0 – 12 years - Bring to church for Catherine Slacke who has contacts with social workers in the area and Tallaght
Duvets covers, sheets and pillow cases, towels, tea towels and any other such household goods – Bring to church for Heather to pass on; Contact Heather or Catherine if in doubt!
Focus on the need, not the numbers - The media of late has been full of stories of desperate people arriving in Europe, with the press focus largely concentrating on the growing numbers, rather than the conflict, injustice, poverty and oppression from which many are escaping. Read more >
War Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall Enquires - Phone John Deacon @ 087 1265325 (Mondays)
War Memorial Hall Users - To avoid any health & safety issues arising from the use of shared space, if you notice any concerns about any issues can you please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs of Hall and Opening Ceremony