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The Rev. Canon Gillian Wharton: Tel: (01) 288 7118 or 087 230 0767
Review Distribution: St Philip and St James: June Burgess
St Thomas: Denis Beare
Services, School Assemblies, Midweek Musical Treats and Healer Prayer Time:
As with all other places of worship, our church buildings are closed for public worship as per directives from the government, but whilst the buildings may be closed, the Church has been open.
We have been exploring ways of helping people to connect with God, with each other and with the places that are their spiritual homes, and with places that are special to them, or are places of remembrance. A short service for each Sunday is posted on our parishes’ website – or and on our parishes’ respective Facebook pages and on the Rector’s Facebook page. We also post a school assembly/children’s worship each Monday, on the aforementioned fora and on the school’s website www., and during the week, there is at least one Midweek Musical Treat, also posted on the aforementioned fora! Some of the Midweek Musical Treats are accompanied by beautiful footage taken by Michael Lee, and they are very moving to watch and listen to. Every second Wednesday, the regulars at the Wednesday Midweek Holy Communion service gather via Zoom for a cuppa and chat and to pray, including praying for all on our Healer Prayer List.
As my technical skills are VERY limited, I am very grateful to Michael Lee, Charles Pearson and Graham Hayes for their help.
Place of Worship to Re-open:
We are looking forward to the churches reopening from Monday 20th July 2020 if the various phases of the roadmap go according to plan. However, we are also conscious of the many restrictions that will be in place at that time and as a group of parishes, are thinking and planning of how we will reopen on Sunday 26th July 2020. Updates nearer the time will be communicated by email and via our website.
Help During Covid-19:
Another way in which the Church has been open is the many parishioners who have been so kind in looking after others during this time, through shopping, pharmacy pick-ups, phone calls, etc.
Heroes in the midst of Covid-19:
We continue to pray for the safety and wellbeing of those who are working on the frontline during Covid-19: all who work in any way in the medical and health services; those who work to ensure that essential provisions are supplied, in food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies; those who work in post offices and banks; those who work in transport; those who work to clean our streets and roads; those who manage waste disposal, etc. We pray too for An Taoiseach, An Tánaiste, the Minister for Health and for the Chief Medical Officer and his colleagues – the responsibilities that they carry at this time are so onerous. There are so many who are doing extraordinary things for the common good at this time... we are very much in your debt.
In Memoriam:
We extend our sympathy to her Gillian Davis on the death of her mum, Pauline (Filla) Harrington (née Browne) and to Victoria Bruce- Smith on the death of her mum Violet Despard (née Dagg).
Stay well and stay safe:
We pray for all at this devastating time, that they may stay well and stay safe, and we pray for those who grieve at this time.
Parishioner and cameraman Michael Lee going to extraordinary lengths to get beautiful footage to post, to help people connect with God.
Rev. Baden Stanley: 087 948 4407
Lay Minister: David Reynolds 087 918 7792
Parish Office: Tracey Kerr (01) 286 2968
Review Distributor: Alan Mulligan (01) 286 3511
From the Rectory: Broadening our Horizons
Many of us have taken our first tentative steps to move beyond our original restrictions and stretch our minds as well as our bodies. For some of us it has been the sheer wonder and delight (and possibly nervous excitement) as we have taken our first short sojourn outside our homes for several weeks. The move from cocooning to ‘cocooning plus’ may be tempered by an uneasiness about the numbers around us as we try to navigate among unfamiliar crowds and a mental checklist of do’s and don’ts. For others, it has been the joy of being able to stretch our horizons past the original 2km to the seemingly luxuriant 5 whole km. A world of new adventures and opportunities await as we find ourselves almost giddy with the possibilities.
And yet, these very small changes are full of significant risk. Relative security and safety of routine have become comforting and assuring. Suddenly the shackles have loosened and there is a new risk and challenge – Deep dissatisfaction. The almost daily reminder that serious sacrifice is needed to ‘flatten the curve’ may all too quickly become irritating as we taste the first hint of freedom. Certainly it would already be very hard to go back to full lockdown. Our focus is already fixed on further horizons, almost salivating at the prospect of a whole 20km radius that lies before us in the not too distant future. But of course, the ever-present unsettling fear raises its head and we watch with anxious wonder the daily statistics (and maybe even reflect on the human loss and suffering behind them), searching for any hint that even this small change in our routine may reawaken the beast of Covid-19 (it hasn’t gone way, you know!!).
Journalists and all aspects of our media (both responsible and less so) hunt for stories and angles that try to capture and even shape our emotional and psychological response. After all, surely there is a limit to the newsworthiness of a small number of people sitting suitably spaced from each other, surrounded by glaring yellow signs and selected camera positions and questioners. Every tit-bit of tension has been gleaned from this model of communication, so already focus has shifted to potential significant tension among medics and politicians, thrown together by crisis; could there possibly be fracture and division?
Our news cycle has already broadened its horizons, but sadly nowhere nearly wide enough. How many of you have heard anything beyond what is happening in Ireland, the UK, the US, Europe and possibly China? Some of you may be aware of huge problems in refugee camps and slum areas where it is next to impossible to socially distance

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