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SUMMER 2017 Church Services

Each Sunday and as below
8.00am and 12noon Holy Communion (Traditional Rite) -
Each Thursday Holy Communion at 10.30am in the Millennium Side Chapel

Sunday 4th 10:30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 11th 10:30am Parish Communion
Sunday 18th 10:30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 25th 10:30am Parish Communion

Sunday 2nd 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 9th 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 16th 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 23rd 10.30am Parish Communion
12 noon Holy Communion & Holy Baptism
Sunday 30th 10.30am Parish Communion

Sunday 6th 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 13th 10.30am Parish Communion
Sunday 20st 10.30am Morning Prayer
Sunday 27th 10.30am Parish Communion


10.30-11.30 am

Main service with full choir and sermon (see Home Page for details)

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

Please Note - Communicant members of other churches are welcome to receive communion at any of our services



Summer has arrived! Let the FUN! begin. Hoping for lots of fun filled days filled with Sunshine as we close at the end of June for Summer. Last day for Crèche will be held on Sunday June 25th. Although Crèche doesn’t run regularly through July and August, there is a box of Toys in the foyer of the Parish Centre and in the side Chapel. Parents and little ones are very welcome to use these whenever the need arises. We hope to have the Service available through the Speakers in both the Parish Centre and Side Chapel. Through July and August Susan, Heather and Kim will open the Crèche in the Side Chapel only when Baptisms are being held at the Sunday Services.

Birthdays being celebrated during the Summer! Happy 3rd Birthday to Bruce and 4th Birthday to Andrew celebrating in July. Happy 4th Birthday to Anastasia, 2nd Birthday to Faye and 3rd Birthday to Lara all celebrating in August.

Rota June 2017 – (July/August Summer Close) 04 June 2017 Olga Howard 18 June 2017 Eleanor Cullen 11 June 2017 Sarah Prior 25 June 2017 Tanya Correll We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our Volunteer Mums who have kindly given up an hour of their Sundays to help us in the Crèche. Your help is truly appreciated. If you would like to help in the 0-3 crèche, drop in to talk to Susan in the Millennium Side Chapel at the 10:30 Sunday morning service during June or please contact Kim Bardon or Heather Wilkinson. Crèche will resume on Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Have a Great Summer everyone!


Baptisms and Weddings are arranged in consultation with the clergy

Columbarium - a place for ashes to be placed is available behind the Church. For further details contact the clergy


• On the 14th May Joshua Adam Glover was baptised at the 10.30am Service of Holy Communion with Holy Baptism. Joshua's parents are Ross and Sandra and his Godparents are Yvonne Quinn and Ashley Glover. At the 12 noon Holy Communion service Emma Pratt was baptised, Emma's parents are Chris and Tracy and her Godparents are Stephen Sweeny, Claire and Rebecca Garrigan. We welcome these 'living stones' as members of God's spiritual house and body




Each Sunday everyone gets a Service Sheet and we would like to suggest that you take your sheet home with you. One reason is that each Sunday there is a Notice board of upcoming events but there is another reason! If a hymn is based on a piece of scripture we print it below the hymn. So we would encourage you to reflect on these hymns while reading the passage at home


The Church of Ireland is now encouraging the use of specially made gluten-free wafers. The wafers will be kept in a separate box and handled only by the communicant. If you are a coeliac and would like to receive communion, please let the Clergy or Churchwardens know before the service.

Sunday Club

Are You Between the Age of 3 & 6th Class?!

GNC & SUNDAY CLUB - Our end of year Ace Service is always a special service when those children in Sunday Club Iguanas (2nd Class) are presented with their Good News Bible as they move on to Good News Club next season. After a very busy and enjoyable season, both clubs are now finished for a couple of months and we hope you all have a fantastic summer and that the sun shines wherever you spend the holidays. During the summer months there will be plenty of church related activity sheets and colouring sheets for children during services. ACE SERVICE SPECIAL We hope you can join us for an ACE Special which falls on Father’s Day Sunday 18th June @ 10.30am.

Sunday Club and Tuesday Good News Club

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Thank you to all involved - Sunday & Good News Club Club - Lynn and the team Good News Why not follow us on Facebook and keep up to date with what’s happening - ‘Rathfarnham Parish Sunday Club & Good News Club

SUMMER ACTIVITIES The children in Sunday Club have been given Flat Jesus to colour and bring with them while enjoying summer activities during the holidays. This is a reminder to the children that Jesus is always with them wherever they go. If you would like to take pictures of the places Flat Jesus visits or the things he does with you during the summer please send them on to Lynn by WhatsApp (087 -6957061). Also available for use over the summer is the LEGO Challenge. Details will also be posted on the FACEBOOK page of Rathfarnham Parish Sunday Club and Good News Club.

THANK YOU ~ A huge THANK YOU to all the club leaders for their time, commitment and energy week in week out. Without them all Sunday Club and GNC could simply not happen – time to have a well-earned rest and recharge the batteries! The leader team in GNC this season was Nicola Marples, Vicky Love, Eoin Griffin, Sarah Carson, Alana Storey, Sarah Gallagher, Peter Campbell Canon Adrienne & Rev Ruth while in Sunday Club we had Linda O’Connor, Sarah Kelly, Julie Lennon, Sarah Hardwicke, Julie Farrell, Lynne Mooney, Brenda Kyle, Emily Phelan, Alison Dillon & Lynn Frost. I would also like to thank Sophie Warnock for helping most Tuesdays in the set up for GNC and those parents and Sunday Club leaders who stepped in, often last minute, to fill in when leaders were unable to make it due to illness, work or college commitments. JUNIOR LEADERS A big shout out also to both our junior Leaders, Calum O’Dwyer & Rachel Donovan , who were working towards their Gaisce Award and we hope that you enjoyed your time with us. Now is the time to get in touch with Lynn 0876957061 if you would like to become a Junior Leader in either of the clubs.


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Park ‘n Stride ~ This year our Green Schools’ Committee have been leading everyone in working toward earning our fourth green flag which is for transport. Our recent Park ‘ Stride was a great success with many families walking at least part of the way to school and in doing so saving petrol and helping the environment. Many thanks to Ms. Connolly and Mr. Leonard who co-ordinated this.

Gymnastics ~ Children in all classes are taking part in focussed gymnastics lessons between now and Easter. These lessons are provided by a gymnastics coach from Olympiad Gymnastics and everyone is really enjoying them. Many thanks to the PTA for funding these lessons.

3rd and 4th class plays ~ 3rd and 4th class will perform ‘Cinderella and Rockerfella’ on the last day of term (7th April). Parents and friends of children in those classes are invited to attend. Technology and internet safety information evening

Following on from the very successful evening that we ran last year for parents on internet safety and the technology that we use in school, we will be holding a similar event later this year. As technology is constantly changing and children are becoming more and more exposed to dangers online this will be a valuable source of information for parents. The proposed date is 4th May in the school.

Visit to St.Patrick’s Cathedral ~ On 14th March all of 6th class and members of the choir in 5th class went to St.Patrick’s Cathedral and took part in a choral workshop on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The Cathedral is an interesting place to visit and we especially enjoyed listening to the theme from ‘Star Wars’ being played on the organ!

Cór Fhéile ~ On the 8th March the choir took part in the Interschools’ music festival ‘Cór Fhéile’ in the National Basketball Arena. This is a huge venue with lots of other schools taking part and it can be daunting to walk onto the large stage. The choir were excellent and did themselves and the school proud. Thank you to all the parents who supported the choir by attending the event. Consultation on school admissions.

The Minister of Education, Richard Bruton has invited consultation on proposed changes to how schools enrol pupils. The Board of Management, the Church of Ireland Board of Education and the Select Vestry believes the proposed changes will have an adverse effect on our school’s ethos and characteristic spirit. You will have received a email from the parish explaining the issues. We would urge you to make your opinion known by making a submission to the minister as well as to your local TDs. All email addresses are on the email sent by the parish.

Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise

The AGM of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise (The Irish Guild of the Church) will be held in Christ Church Cathedral the afternoon of 17th June (usually 2.30pm). It is open to all who are interested in developing the use of Irish in the Church. Your ideas would be welcome. Further information if required from the Chairperson Trevor Sargent, or the Rector or see you there.


With a wedding on the 24th June and Rathfarnham Festival on the 25th June the vestry decided to organise a Church clean up morning on Saturday 17th June from 10am. All willing hands welcome.

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Eco Congregation Ireland

Are you interested in learning more about Eco-Congregation Ireland? Perhaps your congregation or parish has an interest in the environment and has thought about becoming an Eco-Congregation? The Eco-Congregation Committee has Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Church of Ireland and Quaker representatives on it and they are happy to come to speak to your group no matter how small! Read their monthly PDF for May 2017

Anglican Communion Environmental Network Lenten Resources
During Lent we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our own lives. The Anglican Communion Environmental Network has produced useful Lenten resources with an environmental theme. Their focus this year is water. Water is a gift. Water is life. Through their website you can learn how to take part in the Carbon Fast for Lent, enhance this vital season of prayer, study and repentance by using their Study Guide on ‘Reflections on the Water of Life’ and take part in the annual ‘Seven Weeks for Water’ initiative of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network by following a pilgrimage of water justice in Africa by using reflections, liturgies and other resources on the website.

If you have any information or stories from your congregation, parish, meeting or Eco Congregation, we would love to hear from you! Please forward your news to us at


Books - Parish Library

Some new books in the library from Denis Lawler’s collection:
Church Actually. Rediscovering the Brilliance of God’s Plan by Gerard Kelly. The author is a poet, evangelist and pastor who leads a centre for spirituality in France. His book is described as a marvellous picture of the Church as God always meant it to be.

The Reformation by Owen Chadwick. If you want to know more about the origins of the Reformation and its impact on Church and society this Penguin History of the Church deals with the topic in great detail.

What’s So Amazing About Gra#ce by Phillip Yancey. 'There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There is nothing we can do to make God love us less'.

The library is in the Millennium Side-Chapel and everybody is welcome to use it. All books and DVDs can be taken out on loan - just sign your name in the notebook that you will find on the book-stand.


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Fête Time!! - Saturday 20th May 2017 in The High School, Zion Road, Rathgar

Fête Committee: Ruth Burleigh, Philip Daley, Karen Doyle, Linda O'Connor

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. We cannot thank everyone personally but we do appreciate the work and effort that is put in by everyone. Congratulations and thank you all.
The Fête Committee

1st 2 nights B&B for two adults in any Dalata Hotel Group ~ Beryl Gillis
2nd Jewellery courtesy of R&C McCormack ~ Peter Mathers
3rd Car Oil Service & Safety Check - David Young Cars ~ S Beattie
4th Artzone hamper and voucher ~ E McCowen
5th Carr Golf Centre Pro Quip Wind Top ~ Jonathan Ellis
6th Micropro - Epson Printer Scanner and Copier ~ Daphne Metcalf
7th Enigma Grill & Wine Bar Dinner for Two ~ David Deane
8th Morilles Bistro Voucher 2 course dinner for two ~ Valerie Henderson
9th Carr Golf Centre €50 range voucher ~ Jane Somers
10th Zipit Vouchers ~ Gillian Hughes
11th Day by Day Florists €50 voucher ~ Robin Miller
12th Skillzone tickets ~ Lynn Frost
13th Ciaran Nevin Hair Salon Blow Dry Voucher ~ Gillian Hughes
14th Rathfarnham Bookshop Book Token Sage ~ Boland Fahy
15th Rathfarnham Bookshop Book Token ~ Sara Nicholson
16th Swiss Deli Cafè Voucher ~ Marie Birney
17th Rosemount Meats Voucher ~ Kara Browning
18th Breakfast for Two at The Studio Bistro ~ Nathan Murphy
19th Gift Box Rathfarnham Candle Holders ~ Sadie Ryan
20th Delux Food and Wine Hamper ~ Ethan Dodd
21st Halo Salon Blow Dry Voucher ~ Ben Hamilton
22nd Airfield Estate Family Pass ~ Trevor Sargent
We thank all those who gave us raffle prizes it is very much appreciated !

Junior Choir

The School/Parish Choir is open to pupils in 3rd, 4th , 5th and 6th classes. The choir rehearses in school on Thursday mornings from 8.20-8.50 a.m. If your child enjoys singing, can hold a tune and would like to be part of the choir please encourage him/her to join. The choir sings at the ACE services in church and in addition we hope to have a variety of performances this year, including the Peace Proms and a Summer Concert. It is important that children are in school promptly on Thursdays - it’s very discouraging having children wandering in for choir in dribs and drabs! Also children need to commit to singing at a minimum of three services to be in the choir. The choir has grown this year to 55 members

Senior Choir

Rehearsals are in the Church on Wednesday evenings, apart for June to August.

We are always very pleased to hear from people who are interested in joining the Choir. The commitment is not too onerous – Wednesday evening rehearsals from September to May, Sunday morning services, and the very occasional evening event – for example, the Carol Service or Good Friday evening. If you are interested in joining, please contact the leader before rehearsals commence


We are so indebted to June for taking charge of all things floral in the Parish for many years now. The creativity, colour and sheer beauty of June's many creations have gladdened our hearts so much on a weekly basis and the extraordinary arrangements that greet us at times of particular celebration in the church calendar have delighted us and God too I've no doubt. June now wishes to step back from this area of parish involvement and we are looking for someone or perhaps two people who will take on the task of setting up a rota of flower arrangers and co-ordinating the decorating of the Church for seasonal events such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas. If you are interested, please contact June who will give a more detailed account of the tasks involved.


Rector: Canon Adrienne Galligan
Tel: 01-490 5543


Curate Assistant: Rev'd Ruth O'Kelly
Tel: 01-452 7153


Diocesan Reader - Joan Forsdyke Tel: 087 947 5548

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Last Update: June 2, 2017

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