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Thy Kingdom Come
Along with may other churches, we are also participating in this year’s global prayer initiative: Thy Kingdom Come. More details can be found here:
Fete 2020
Whilst fete plans are suspended at the moment, this has not complete parish endeavours. Plants and seedlings have been sold (SAFELY) from a front garden.
Ballybrack/Killiney Montessori
The excellent Montessori School that runs on our church campus is getting ready for September with ambitious plans to expand capacity. We really miss all the weekday activity that they bring.
Rector: Rev. Canon Gary Hastings, Tel: 2852695 E-mail -
Day Off - mostly Mondays
Website - Facebook -
The Carry Centre – Bookings: Sandra Moore, Tel: 087 6291568
Hon. Secretary of the Select Vestry: Clive Christie, Tel: 282 3356 Review Notes: Meriel Nuzum,
Review Distributor: Marianne Irvine, Tel: 285 8136
From the Rector
Real normality seems to be becoming more distant, even as we begin to relax the lockdown in the next while. A bumpy ride ahead of us! The Parish still exists, though, and a Service of the Word and sermon is being put up on the parish website for each Sunday, and also on the Facebook page, in case you weren’t aware of it. [https://]. Also on the Facebook page is a photograph of the local area and a prayer each day, kindly put up by Nigel. Services are also available from Christchurch Cathedral and from St Patrick’s each Sunday online.
There is a chance that we might be opening again for worship by the end of July. What exactly that means, and how we’ll work it remains to be seen, but we will take the best advice possible. It will mean reduced numbers in the building, so we’re researching installing a webcam so that people could follow the service online.
I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected in our present circumstances. Please be very careful in the next few weeks as things begin to loosen up and we all begin to move around more. You are all constantly in my prayers, and if there is anything I can help with, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Our sympathy and prayers are with the family of Norman Long, whose funeral was on 22nd April, and also with the family of Brian Gale whose funeral was on Monday 11th May.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamnacha dilse.
Opportunities for Online Worship
Each Sunday the service sheet and sermon for Service of the Word are posted to the Holy Trinity Killiney website (holytrinitykilliney. and Facebook page.
A Church of Ireland ebulletin is being issued weekly to help highlight broadcast and online worship services and reflections and other ways in which the church is seeking to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. To subscribe to this ebulletin search Church of Ireland ebulletin and following the link.
Parish organisation events are of course cancelled due to Covid19 for the foreseeable future.
Church Gardens
Our Parish website ( has two videos made during April and featuring the beauty and serenity of our Church grounds. Much time has been devoted to the
maintenance and improvement of the garden areas and we would encourage people to use these videos as a way to ‘virtually’ spend time and enjoy them.
Sheep Thrills
We are now holding our meetings every Thursday at 10am by Zoom and it is proving to be great with most of our members zooming in giving everyone the opportunity to share their knitted products. Gillian and Maurethe have continued to be very busy sewing many more face masks for the local nursing homes. Whilst Covid-19 lasts we will, for the moment, continue on Zoom. Contact Joan 087 2460078.
Rector: The Rev. Alan Breen, Tel. 284 5930.
Lay Readers: Blair Halliday, Tel. 288 8328; Derek Singleton, Tel.
2855398; David Williams, Tel. 4950421.
Lay Reader & Pastoral Worker: Bert Van Embden, Tel. 282 0513 Youth Pastor: Jonathan Byford, Tel. (089) 4362287.
Children’s and Family Worker: Seb Dungan, Tel. (089) 472 3063 Church Administrators:
Jane Winning and Caroline Plascott, Tel. 2896442.
Church Review: Parish Office Tel. 2896442. (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday to Thursday)
  E-mail: Rector’s Letter:
 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
As we all cope differently in this time of COVID-19 I wonder where we our putting our hope, faith, love and strength? During this time, in my own times of worship there are certain lyrics that are helping me focus in my relationship with God and whom he has called me to be. The chorus of one of these songs is as follows :
May your strength give us strength May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love
These words are from the song “Into the Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. It can feel like we are walking through fire in this
time as look at what is being stripped away from our normal daily routines. The verse from 1 Peter reminds us to bring our focus
to Jesus in all things. The question is also asked “What is church?” All of us have been experiencing “church” differently over these past few months. Church is no longer the focus of one morning in a particular building, but has become the focus over every day in our interactions with one another. This is how church has always meant to be, not just a one morning a week gathering, but a daily influence in all our lives and with those whom we connect with. As we continue to look outside the box, pray the above lyrics as you seek God during this time.
Blessings, Alan
Church Services:
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible, for the time being, to meet together in our church buildings. As the Rector has said, It has reminded us that “church” is not simply a building, but the body of Christ, faithful Christians who are now looking at other ways of proclaiming our unity in the Lord we love and serve. Many churches in Ireland and worldwide have made good use of their websites in many inventive ways to provide a way of keeping in touch.
Every Sunday on our website ( our parish produces an audio-visual service, often with parishioners, from their homes, reading the Scriptures and providing prayers. On Sunday evenings,

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