June - July - August
It speaks holidays to some and exams to others. In the church calendar June 1st is dedicated to Justin Martyr. Arrested for his faith in Rome, the prefect asked him to denounce his faith by making a sacrifice to the gods. Justin replied, "No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false." Globally, June 1st is U N World Parent's Day. I wonder was this date chosen to support parents whose young people are soon to be starting state exams!!! They begin with English on the 8th and finish on 24th June with Applied Maths and R.E. Of course I'm bound to say that beginning with R. E. might be better, setting a prayerful tone and inviting the Almighty to assist with the rest of the exams. But sadly, no longer is faith high on the state agenda.
Perhaps our students may take solace from the fact that June is also the most prayerful month if you consider how many saints days and days of commemoration for the lives of saints and Godly people we thank God for during this month : 28 in all if you include the specifically Irish church fathers. As Justin began the month so two familiar martyr apostles Peter and Paul conclude the month's dignitaries. Mid way, on the 17th June to be precise, the day is dedicated to Samuel and Henrietta Barnett who according to Westminster Abbey details, worked tirelessly for the education and welfare of the poor in the deprived east end of London, as well as achieving other goals. Social work aka faith in action.
There will indeed be a lot of praying entered into this month for the life of the Church to be vibrant and for the lives of our young scholars to be fulfilling, enriching, peaceable and God honouring. Can we harness some of this visioning in Rathfarnham Parish??? Come & C is a way in for our church communities and for individuals to express faith through action. The 5 marks challenge invites parishioners and church groups to consider a challenge under the 5 'T' categories (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform, Treasure) and to 'go for it'. Suggestions already acted on in the parish are the Faith table at the fete; the take out church for families (see below); the church outdoor décor at Easter and Pentecost; rural deanery representation at the anti-racism protest walk in response to recent attacks on new Irish citizens; keep the ideas coming as we seek to witness into the community in which we have been placed.
We are hugely indebted to David Wilkinson for his many years of inspired and inspiring leadership as organist and choir director. David has announced his intention to retire at the end of August. This is an enormous decision for him, one he has deliberated much over. Were he not so popular as well as so dedicated to his ministry the decision would have been much easier. Personally I have the greatest respect and appreciation for David and his many talents and I know you join with me in expressing regret on the one hand but sincerely praying he knows much blessing as he enters into a new era in his life.
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
JUNE-JULY-AUGUST CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday 5th 10:30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 12th 10:30am Parish Communion & Holy Baptism
Sunday 19th 10:30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 26th 10:30am Parish Communion
Sunday 3rd 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 10th 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 17th 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 24th 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 31st 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 7th 10.30am Morning Prayer & Holy Baptism
Sunday 14th 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 21st 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 28th 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
Sunday 29th May at 7pm in Christ Church Dún Laoghaire. See our Church Services
♥♣ PARISH WHIST DRIVE ♠♦
There will be a Whist Drive on Wednesday, June 15th. All welcome. Enquiries Rob and Beryl Dawson
This year to take action on the 4th of the 5 Marks of Mission which the Dioceses are implementing (ie "to transform unjust structures in society") the Rector and Parish Administrator are planning to complete the VHI Women's Mini-Marathon on the 6th June to raise funds for Ruhama. Would you be in a position to sponsor them???? For more information on Ruhama please see www.ruhama.ie
We have had another successful Fete and this is due to parishioners, their relatives, friends and neighbours who support us so faithfully every year. Thank you to stallholders and their helpers, to collectors, contributors, counters, sponsors, customers, leaflet deliverers, the team in the car park and on the gate, those who helped to set up and those who cleaned up afterwards.
The Parish has a wide range of pre-school, young people, active people, thoughtful people, musical people, retired people ...
Basminton Club - We celebrated our end of season in style on Sat 14th May with a lovely dinner in Enigma in Rathfarnham village. Don't think we left many spare tables for any other customers!!!
Cubs - Great activity over the last few weeks - gutting fish and cooking them over an open fire, a soggy evening navigating our way around Larch Hill, and an evening of glamour
Summer is on the way but some days and nights are still windy, wet & wintery and 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
A massive thank you to everyone who put up and took down posters, dropped, sorted, lifted, carried, grew plants, donated, baked, made jams & chutney's, painted nails and faces, waitressed, made soup, sandwiches or salads, put up and took down marquees & gazebos, provided transport and muscle to move from Memorial Hall to The High School, donated raffle prizes, sponsored an ad in the brochure or a stall on the day, bought, sold and those who came along on the day to enjoy themselves. The success of the Fête is thanks to you and it was a great team effort.
We were delighted to be able to pass on the unsold items after the fête to various charities
Thank you also to the Fête Committee, Ruth, Philip, Karen, Ronan & Linda who made sure everything went so smoothly on the day, by putting in hours of work (& worry!!) in the months, weeks & days leading up to 21st May. We remain indebted to you.
The new parish logo
on our parish banner at the fete on 21st May. Thank you to Joan Carty for her expertise. We plan to use this logo on all parish stationery & publications
War Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall Enquires - Phone John Deacon @ 087 1265325 (Mondays)
Photographs of Hall and Opening Ceremony
Our end of season away trip will take place on Wednesday 25th May. We will leave the Castle car park by coach at 10am and travel, via a coffee break, to Tullamore where we will tour the famous Tullamore Dew Whiskey museum (and maybe even try a sample!) After lunch we will continue on to Clonmacnoise and explore this ancient ecclesiastical site which was founded by St Ciaran in 548. We would hope to be back in Rathfarnham before 7.00pm