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much loved by all. She will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
Rector - Rev. Ruth Noble: Tel: 01 405 9708 Readers: David O’Halloran and Shona Rusk
Review: Philip Deacon (Crumlin). Tel: 442 5867 Mrs. A. West (Chapelizod). Tel: 626 7699
Services: St. Mary’s Sunday 10am. St. Laurence’s Sunday 11.30am.
May Notes -
Some reflections on these days:
Thought for the Day
Every morning I send out a ‘Thought for the Day’ as a WhatsApp message including a Bible verse, thought or prayer and a link to a hymn/ song. It has been an encouragement to receive feedback and requests for friends or relatives to be added to the list.
Keep in touch
Keep an eye on the parish Facebook pages for up to date information and news: St Mary’s Church Crumlin and St Laurence’s Church Chapelizod.
If you would like to be part of our regular Whatapp messaging services, please contact the Rector.
Sunday services are available on our parish YouTube channel: Crumlin and Chapelizod Church of Ireland Parish.
Rector - Rev. Bruce Hayes: Email: Parish Office: phone: 01 2845941 Email: Parish Website:
Twitter: @DalkeyParish
Our Lady’s Manor
The Eucharist will be celebrated in Our Lady’s Manor on the 9th and the 23rd of the month. An updated leaflet entitled ‘Pastoral Care Information for Residents & Their Families’ is now available from the Parish office or from reception in the Manor. The leaflet gives details of service times, some prayers for personal use and contact details for the chaplain.
YouTube Channel
To keep us connected over the next number of weeks, when we may not be able to get to church, a YouTube channel has been set up for St. Patrick’s Church. You simply go to YouTube and search for St. Patrick’s Church Dalkey, then click subscribe and you will get notified of all new content when it arrives. The idea is to try and keep us together as a church no matter where we are. As more content is created, you will find some services and reflections, which you will be able to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Content will be added from the first week in April.
Vicar - Revd. John Marchant:
Rectory Phone: 01 218 7893 Mobile: 087 419 6071 4 Ailesbury Grove, Donnybrook, Dublin D04 T9V2.
Sunday Services: St. Mary’s Donnybrook 10am; St. Matthew’s Irishtown 11.30am.
While the physical doors of our church are closed we remain open. On Sunday 26th April we started to live-stream our Service of Morning Prayer from St. Matthew’s Church, at the usual time of 11.30am. At the moment the 300-year-old church wall prevents the signal getting through to the church interior so we are currently broadcasting from the Family Room at the rear of the church. I have been ably assisted by Jonny Bell and Steve Griffiths every Sunday morning. We are delighted to have welcomed our organist, the very talented John Shera, back to St. Matthew’s to add music to our broadcast. I cannot express how wonderful it is to hear the sound of the organ fill the church again. In time, when restrictions are eased we will be able to add a wifi booster in order that we may broadcast to our new on line congregation from the front of our wonderful church. It has become routine in many households to tune in on Sunday morning over breakfast.
On Monday 18th May, work recommenced on our columbarium wall. The car park was divided to make sure that social distancing measures could be adhered to during construction. The grounds and graveyard have seen an increase in visitors during the ongoing travel restrictions. It is a wonderful quiet amenity and place of recreation for the community to enjoy while safely social distancing. Our grounds are steadily being rejuvenated. A number of parishioners and members of the community have been busy weeding, planting, pruning and mowing.
   Preparing last month’s notes, the writing was on the wall, as they say. Now we are all in the midst of history – where were you, what did you do during the pandemic? Unlike a time of physical war, for many of us, it is not a time of busyness, but of enforced unbusy-ness. In fact, the world is now fairly evenly divided between the too busy and the too unbusy, both situations have their challenges.
For those of us in ministry, it has been a change of location, sitting all day most days at my desk, standing in front of a video camera and sending daily WhatsApp messages were not part of my old life. It has been a privilege, as ever, to connect with and support people, but very hard to have such restrictions on face to face contacts.
As this began, there was that real sense that this Holy Week and Easter would be a deeply affecting time, full of challenge not being able to travel the road together but when the story of the first Easter would have so many echoes in our daily lives. For me, this Easter has brought the reminder that, although we usually celebrate Easter Day as the dramatic explosion – Christ has risen – the first Easter season was one of a slow unfurling of the truth that Jesus is the light of the world and that the darkness has not overcome it. Just as the journey of following Jesus didn’t end for the first disciples with the empty tomb on that first Easter Day, we continue to follow Jesus in these uncertain days. For them, it was a slow working out of what the resurrection meant and then the waiting for the Counsellor that Jesus promised. We do not face this journey, this task alone, but Christ is in us, the hope of glory.
June notes -
Some more reflections on these days:
History, and life, continues to unfurl slowly. We have gotten into new routines and ways of life and may even wonder what the new normal will be like. We are getting somewhat used to worship online or on the phone, watching many different versions of services every Sunday. One parishioner told me that she regularly watches 4 services on a Sunday as well as Songs of Praise (I imagine that it is fascinating to see how many different messages can be got from one set of readings).
By the time you read these notes, we will know how infection rates have responded to the lessening of restrictions and how likely it is that we can look forward to joining together for worship in July. However, the difficulty is that we will still have restrictions on our lives and worship won’t be the same for quite some time. Who would have thought that singing could be described as a dangerous activity (but with a virus like this, unfortunately it is). It is likely that we will have to continue both our new and traditional ways of worship for quite some time.
I have been recording services which are uploaded onto Crumlin and Chapelizod Church of Ireland Parish YouTube channel. It is but a pale imitation of gathering together for worship but I pray that we are able to worship together, apart. As my skills and confidence have grown, I am able to include other voices in the services and it was great to have Shona Rusk preach on the Sunday after Easter.
I have also started ‘telephone services’ for our cocooning older people who are not able to share in the online worship. It has been a learning experience for all of us, but lovely to be able to worship and chat together.

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