OCTOBER CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday 2nd 10.30am Morning Prayer & Holy Baptism
Sunday 9th 10.30am Harvest Thanksgiving Parish Communion
Preacher: Rev. Trevor Holmes
from Mullingar Union of Parishes
6.00pm Parade Service
Preacher: Rev Niall Stratford
Sunday 16th 10.30am ACE Parish Family Service
Sunday 23rd 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 30th 10.30am Parish Communion
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
The Adoration of the Magi mosaic dating from 705-6 a.d. and which is on display in the Roman Forum having originally been housed in the oratory of John VII in St. Peter's reminds me of the flurry of activity in parish life that heralds the end of the summer season and the approach of Autumn. Each tiny tile represents an aspect of parish life which needs to inhabit its own orbit yet which makes no sense unless attached to the greater sphere, or in this case, the bigger picture. So we welcome back the uniformed and non uniformed organisations and clubs. We shape our liturgies again to accommodate and nurture faith at all degrees of understanding. We re-launch our welcoming events to draw more people into the life of the Church.
We reconvene meetings to ensure good stewardship of the facilities we avail of and which we intend next generations to benefit from. And all this requires the efforts of individuals working together for the good of ...... what? Or who? The answer is again in looking at the whole mosaic to see the bigger picture. Apparently in the mosaic I've referred to above the spectator is invited to read it from right to left. Following that line we find right in the centre of the mosaic the Christ child reaching out to receive a gift from the visiting Magi. We may not be magi (!) but He continues to receive our gift of time and talent used for His purposes. The wonder of mosaic tile is that all the tiny pieces fit to create something beautiful. May our endeavours be so fitted-in with God's purposes that they too delight His heart.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
PARISH EVENT DATES
Bishops Appeal – Helping Make A Difference
The Bishops Appeal is the Church of Ireland’s World Aid and Development Fund to help overseas projects and disasters. If you are in the envelope scheme please note there is a Bishops’ Appeal envelope at the back of your box of envelopes to be used instead.
Sunday 16th October 2015: Meeting for parent of prospective Confirmation Candidates at 6.30pm.
Saturday 26th November 2015: Craft Fair - Craft Fair - Building on last year's success the Parish will have table at the Craft Fair and we are looking for donations of any handmade craft items we can sell - knitted, crocheted, cross stitched, painted or jewellery. Calling all jam-chutney-curd makers. Donations of any amount gratefully accepted. Bakers to bake cakes & traybake. If you need any further information please contact the parish office email@example.com or talk to Ruth Burleigh, Philip Daley or Linda O'Connor.
Sunday 5th March 2016: Confirmation Service for our Rural Deanery group of parishes. Venue and time to be confirmed.
Saturday 20th May 2016: Parish Fête
The Parish has groups and activities for pre-school, young people, active people, thoughtful people, musical people, retired people ...
Toddlerzone began last month with the usual small numbers and already they are steadily increasing. So, to be sure of your place, please text your name ....
Beavers were back in full swing on Wednesday 21st September in the War Memorial Hall at 6pm. There are 10 new Beavers ....
With the cold nights of Autumn on the way 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
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 and oppression from which many are escaping. Read more >
Christian Aid and the Church of Ireland Theological Institute are holding a series of 3 lecture evenings at CITI, Braemor Park, Churchtown. More details on bottom of 'Organisations' page
War Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall Enquires - Phone John Deacon @ 087 1265325 (Mondays)
Photographs of Hall and Opening Ceremony