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 AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN
Pregnancy Prayer Tree
It’s a particularly difficult time for pregnant parents. We want to support you in prayer at this time.
We have set up a Pregnancy Prayer Tree. The first names of the parents and the date/month the baby is due are written on an egg shape then hung on the tree and prayed for. When we hear the news that the baby has been born the first name of the baby is written on the other side, with a prayer of thanks for the safe arrival of the baby.
If you would like to be added to the Pregnancy Prayer Tree, or there is a loved one you’d like to have added (with their consent) please let Lynn or Rob know
You might like to follow Kilternan parish on our Facebook networks for more instant information about what is going on in the parish. You can follow us at https://www.facebook.com/ KilternanParishChurch
Kilternan Parish becomes a Fabric Hub for Masks 4 all Ireland
At the end of April, the parish was approached by Katie Holland, a parishioner and Scout leader, about hosting a ‘fabric hub’ for the distribution of PPE masks. There has been a real need identified for PPE masks for care workers and hospital staff as there is simply not enough to fulfil the current demand. We are delighted to support this initiative.
THE KING’S HOSPITAL
The Revd. Peter Campion: Tel: 626 5933 (day) 623 2752 (evening) Website: www.kingshospital.ie
Sixth Form students
The 6th Form students have really been put through the mill. The constant wondering and waiting ended with the decision to cancel the exams. Though I feel that the crisis has been handled very well, I think the lack of guidance in the area of education has been appalling. I realise that it is easy to be a critic when you don’t have to make the decisions yourself, but it was clear to everyone who works with students that an August Leaving Certificate was never going to be a runner and thus the decision to pull the plug should have come much earlier. On the other hand the right decision was made in the end and that is significant. It was greeted with a mixture of relief, frustration over having put in so much work already, and sadness as there came the realization that they were never going back into school again and everything came to an abrupt end. In reflection, they will have time to receive their grades much earlier than normal and make the necessary preparations for the next stage in their lives.
Caring for those who are at home.
There are always students who need extra attention at school and when they are confined to the home, mental health issues can be exacerbated. Our Wellbeing team of counsellors and nurses has been very active in zoom counselling as well as regular phone calls to the homes of any student who might be considered vulnerable. There are always students that dip below the radar and ones you never hear about, but it is important to try to do the best you can and keep trying to anticipate any possible problems that might emerge.
The staff are also a group that need to be checked in on. Many are trying to run zoom classes and look after small children at the same time or they are isolated at home from the usual resources and colleague support that they rely on. They have all worked incredibly hard and deserve a great deal of credit. They have always put the students’ needs first. In fact I never heard of a teacher at our school or any other school, who was not prepared, or ever complained, about coming in on the summer for the 6th form students. All teachers were prepared to do whatever it took to get the students over the finish line.
Valedictory
It is such a disappointment to our 6th form students that they were not given the chance to say goodbye to the school. This is a very important part of their development and enjoyment as it is a time that they all really look forward to and there is always a great buzz around the week of their departure. This is something that they will
never be able to get back and that really hurts. We have worked very hard at trying to come up with the best possible alternative under the circumstances. We are very lucky to have Alan Betson, an award winning Irish Times photographer and writer and also a parent of the head girl Hannah, willing to help put a service together so that all students will be able to watch it in their homes. The idea is that they will dress up and have a special meal with their family at home and all watch the service, speeches and entertainment in their homes. The finished product is amazing and will make for a very special evening for the students.
Walk from Darkness to light
Every year we would do a sleep out on the streets of Dublin, and for the last couple of years we have finished off the evening with a walk from darkness to light in aid of Pieta House. Even though this was not possible this year, many of the staff families on campus got together at 5.30am for a sunrise walk. It was amazing with a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone observed the social distancing rules but there was a great sense of solidarity and friendship among the group of people who look after one another more like family than friends.
Above: Our campus walk from darkness to light
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