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Popular 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

1st Sunday 10.30am Morning Prayer
2nd Sunday 10.30am Parish Communion
3rd Sunday 10.30am Morning Prayer
4th Sunday 10.30am Parish Communion
5th Sunday (if in same month) 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



Parents and little ones are very welcome. We hope to have the Service available through the Speakers in both the Parish Centre and Side Chapel.

Your help is truly appreciated. If you would like to help in the 0-3 crèche, please contact Kim Bardon or Heather Wilkinson. Crèche will resume on Sunday, September 10th, 2017.


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





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?!


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


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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.

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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.

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: November 3, 2017

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