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and self-isolate. How many of you have heard that an even deadlier virus continues to rage in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its near neighbours? Believe me Covid-19 will seem like child’s play when it’s compared to the horror and devastation of Ebola which is now rampant in parts of the D.R.C. The situation made all the more hazardous and horrendous by the deluge of flooding that has recently struck parts off that war-ravaged country.
If the local church is the hope of the world, and I truly believe it is; then our sisters and brothers right across the world are all too often the only barrier that’s left between complete isolation, annihilation and hope, as small church communities struggle to feed the starving, help the helpless and bring hope to people who rightly feel abandoned and forgotten. While we struggle with the emotional and psychological trauma of lockdown, they are still trying to cope with meeting their insurmountable physical needs. And yet, for all that, their spiritual response so often outshines our own. While we may be starting to struggle with theological angst and questioning – ‘Where the hell is God in all of this?’ they are focused on ‘being the presence of God in all this hellish reality’. I will not insult their efforts by romanticising their cause, but I will say this, we need to broaden our own horizons way beyond five or even 20 kilometres in these coming days. Our human family is dying of so much more than a relatively small coronavirus ; it is dying of hunger, of thirst, of treatable illnesses, of opportunistic politics and wars; and most significantly because of the decisions we are still making, even now, the ramifications and consequences of which are literally killing other people, especially children.
How far will you walk (metaphorically) today – to play your part in standing in the gap on behalf of your sisters and brothers? I wish you unsettling Shalom (Peace).
Connect online!
We have set up a live stream from the Epiphany Chapel which is where you can follow our Sunday services at 11am. The address is . This is a 24/7 live stream so you can log in at any time, even just to see the familiar interior of our church building. Service sheets are also available to download or view on our website Services for June 2020 are as follows:
7th June Holy Communion 14th June Morning Prayer 21st June Holy Communion 28th June Family Service
Our sympathies to all who have been bereaved in recent weeks, especially Trina Cooke on the death of her father Sean Farrelly, Ruth Long on the death of her father Norman Long, Thomas Bergin on the death of his brother Denis Bergin and to the family and friends of Maureen Adamson and Anne O’Sullivan. Our sympathy is also with the family and friends of Tom Molyneux, especially Wendy and Katherine and with Avril West on the death of her mother Joan West, Prim Corson on the death of her sister Violet Despard and Kirsty Lynch on the death of her grandmother Mary, also known as Nana Rae.
Canon Paul Houston: Tel: 820 0040
Reader: Stella Obe Tel: 087 2237402
Parish Website:
Parish Office: Jennifer McGrath
(Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9.30am -1pm - 820 0040).
Review Distribution: Beatrice Richards (838 2590)
Castleknock National School: Principal Mrs Sandra Moloney (820 2611)
Sunday Services in June:
A Service is being streamed online in these current times at 10am on Sunday Mornings and can be viewed from our website.
Dear Parishioners
As I write the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. She is known as the lady with the lamp, going around the Scutari Hospital in Turkey during the Crimean War. Florence made nursing a profession.
She arrived in Scutari in November 1853 with a group including 10 Irish Sisters of Mercy. What she found in the hospital appalled her. Over the next 18 months she fought a most successful battle to introduce hygiene re -organise the kitchens and laundries, employ soldiers as orderlies and obtain such basics as blankets. Nurses were told to wash their hands! Physical distance was placed between beds. By May 1855 mortality from cholera and typhoid had halved.
Florence was a committed Christian. Her main contribution to nursing was as a manager and organiser who did not brook opposition. After Florence returned to England, she used her new found fame to promote the ideas of nursing and sanitation. The training school she founded at St Thomas in London in 1860. was instrumental in establishing nursing as a profession. This was the hospital that PM Boris Johnston was treated for covid 19.
I am sure that Florence Nightingale would have been proud of all the work frontline staff have been doing during this pandemic. Their professionalism and dedication have been exceptional. Moreover, they have shown great courage and some have made the ultimate sacrifice for their patients. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.
Church Services:
Our Church buildings are closed at the present but Church services are continuing on line at 10am on Sunday morning. I would like to thank Philip Good, my wife Adrienne, Stella Obe, Fern Bartley, Jenny McGrath for their help in these video services. Thank you also to those parishioners also who are reading and taking part in the service.
At this uncertain time, we must look to the future with hope. I realise this has been a difficult period for people personally and financially. Some parishioners have contracted covid 19, but I am pleased to say they have recovered.
I will be discussing with the Select Vestries how we might move forward. Under guidance of the state and the Archbishop how we may begin worship again in Church.
If you require help either financially or personally or simply wish to talk, please contact me on 01 8213083.
Kind regards, God bless and stay safe, Canon Paul
Mothers’ Union:
First of all, we would like to send our thoughts and sympathy to Valerie Dobson on the passing of her Mum and to Pat and Derek Gray on the passing of Derek’s sister. We are especially thinking of Lesley Anders as her brother, John, who passed away at home in Scotland after a short illness. The loss of a loved one is always painful but particularly when it’s not possible to visit or gather together to grieve and support each other.
On a joyful note we send congratulations to Sandra Connolly on the birth of her grandson Ben and send love and best wishes to Rebecca and Graham.
We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well and that you have been able to enjoy the wonderful weather whatever your individual circumstances. Above all we need to take only one day at a time and know this too will pass in its present form.
A little story, at a difficult time in my own life I set about counting my blessings which were many but my one problem kept popping up to disturb my peace of mind. During that time the prayer of St Teresa of Avila was published as part of a letter to the Irish Times:
“Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.”
The words, which I learnt by heart, inspired me to refocus although the circumstances didn’t change. However, they passed also, my particular worry didn’t materialise but other unforeseen things arose! C’est la vie and so it will be for us again now in this situation.

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