Holiday reading. A wonderful way to become engrossed in the lives of other people and other places. One book that went through my hands this summer was a detective novel written in 1995. It was a gripping read and not only was I challenged to detect 'who dunnit' but I also found my 2016 gadget enabled lifestyle at variance with the 1995 methods of communication and detection in the book. I was in fact very surprised that the author had not factored in the mobile phone, computer or surveillance cameras at all! They were all in use in 1995. What a risk for an author to take I thought, which also challenged me to rethink life without these modern accoutrements. Would we forfeit them now that we are so dependent on them? Of course not. They make so much more possible. Information and knowledge are at our fingertips, thankfully.
And that is also true of advances in our understanding of Scripture; its political, social, religious, faith contexts, its languages, its applications. More and more of the heart and mind of God are being made real to us through scholarship and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit nurturing our faith. For the critical questions that life today poses, we need to be up to date with our understanding of scripture as well as an understanding of the prevailing influences on our lives. In the parish we provide many opportunities for our children to learn about God in an age appropriate and up to date way from Crèche, Toddlerzone, Sunday Club, Good News Club, Youth Club and Confirmation class. Our parish school also has a very distinct Christian ethos and encourages the faith life of the children. What about our meeting the faith understanding needs of young parents? Perhaps we could be more focused in our efforts here so we plan to run an Alpha Course on Wednesday mornings 10.30 to 12 noon from 14th September in the Parish centre. Please come along if you are free. Also the Dioceses are celebrating faith at the Diocesan Come & Celebrate themed service being held in every parish on the 18th September. If you are out of the habit of Sunday worhsip, why not re engage and find your place in our parish community. Everyone is valued and you are most welcome.
So many expressions of appreciation for David Wilkinson have been conveyed since the news of David's death has reached far and wide. David's musicality spanning many decades of dedicated service to God and his people is well chronicled not just in the programmes and service sheets that bear his name but also in the hearts, minds and spirits of those who had the pleasure of working with him and the many congregations who were ministered to by his organ playing and the worship lead by the youth group he established. August 28th was to be the day David officially retired as Organist and choir director in Rathfarnham. Sadly for us and particularly for June and their family, Trudi, Kelda, Gary and Trevor, and all in the wider family circle, events overtook these plans. We continue to uphold all who grieve his passing in our prayers.
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
SEPTEMBER CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday 4th 10:30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 11th 10:30am Parish Communion & Holy Baptism
Sunday 18th 10.30am Come & Celebrate & Holy Baptism
12 noon Holy Communion & Holy Baptism
Sunday 25th 10:30am Parish Communion
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
We support a Child Sponsorship Programme with Kwasa College, near Johannesburg, South Africa, and also support Youth Horizons – an educational project in Jobstown, Dublin
Can You Help? Church and Parish Centre 'Spring' Clean
On Saturday September 3rd from 11am. Can you mop, dust, polish, steam, scrub, clean windows, tidy up? If so….Your Parish Needs You…to get everything spick and span after the summer break. Please contact Linda O'Connor or email the parish office if you are available to help out in any way, large or small. We’d love to hear from you
Date for your Diary: Sunday 9th October 2016: Harvest Festival See our Church Services
♥♣ PARISH WHIST DRIVE ♠♦
There will be a Whist Drive in the Memorial Hall, Rathfarnham Road, on Wednesday 21st September, starting at 8pm. All are welcome. Enquiries to Rob and Beryl Dawson
The Pop-In coffee makers will be in action on Thursday mornings beginning on Thursday 1st September. Tea will be brewed and coffee percolated from 11am – 12 noon. If you are in the village, pop in to the Parish Centre and join us for a cuppa and a chat.
Heather, Susan and the team
A Coffee Morning in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice, will be hosted, along with the Rathfarnham Active Retirement Association, in the Parish Centre on: THURSDAY 15th SEPTEMBER from: 10.30am – 12noon in: The Parish Centre. We look forward to support as usual, from our Parishioners and Friends to raise money for this very worthy cause.
The Parish has a wide range of pre-school, young people, active people, thoughtful people, musical people, retired people ...
Scouts - Summer camp this year, “Netherlads 2016” was a huge success and enjoyed by all. This year we travelled to the Netherlands and camped between Pijnacker and Nootdorp for the first two weeks which was full of activities available to us whenever we needed, with a swimming pool, a football pitch and a lake nearby .....
With the onset of Autumn The Wednesday Club will recommence activities on 28th September with a talk by Frank Tracy on the history of the Massy family and their estate which is located in the foothills of the Dublin mountains close to the Hell Fire Club.
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
The Mageough Fellowship
invite you to a
Bring & Buy Coffee Morning
Saturday 10th September
in The Mageough Hall, Cowper Road, Rathmines
10.30am to 12.30pm
There will be home baking, a raffle, books and much more
War Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall Enquires - Phone John Deacon @ 087 1265325 (Mondays)
Photographs of Hall and Opening Ceremony