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Rector: Incumbency Vacant
Priest in Charge: Rev’d. Terry Lilburn 086 886 5361 for pastoral
Parish Readers: Mrs. Lily Byrne & Mrs. Anne Thompson
Diocesan Prayer Minister: Healer Prayer Mrs. Lily Byrne 087 222 9633
Parish Visitor: Mrs. Vivien Reid
Times of Services: Sunday 08.30 hrs. 11.00 hrs. 19.00 hrs.
Church Review Distributor: Mrs. Carol Bond (01) 282 6391
Hon. Treasurer: Mrs. Lily Byrne, Old Conna Cottage, Thornhill Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Tel: 086 222 9633 Email:
Parish Office: Rathmichael Rectory, Ferndale Road, Shankill, Dublin D18
Tel: 01 282 2803
Office Website: Parish Secretary: Mrs. Anne Thompson,
Kelgar, 10 Seafield, Shankill, D18 XA72
Mobile: 086 893 7067 Phone: (01) 282 4202 Email:
With virtually all church related activities closed down writing these notes is something of a struggle as I am sure it is for most parishes. We are continuing with our weekly broadcast of Sunday services on YouTube and more latterly on the recently launched parish Facebook page. This new development is very much by way of an experiment and we await with interest as to how it will be received. To date we have a beautiful video from the teachers in the school some material from the Sunday Club and Sunday School Society as well as the Sunday services. Our thanks to Paul Barron and Richard Marshall for their input into this project as we would still be struggling had it been left to this old Luddite. We are also grateful to Richard for his campanological exercises on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Apparently it has attracted a few visitors to the church so it is great that people can see that we still maintain a presence in both the local neighbourhood and the wider society.
Thanks also to the volunteers who turned up for the spring work party. Great clean-up work was done in both the rectory and church grounds, once again ensuring that we will have well maintained facilities to return to whenever that is.
We have been fortunate in not having any reported cases on Covid 19 in the parish so far, but we hold in our thoughts and prayers those working to maintain essential services, those working in healthcare facilities and those for whatever reason are laid aside in sickness and cannot partake fully in family life or other activities and especially those in the parish family who are presently in or attending hospital for treatment.
At the time of writing Rogation Sunday is in our sights and this year especially we ask God’s blessing on the seed sowing that is taking place at this time, for good weather that will help ensure a good harvest in the months to come and on all who are associated with keeping us fed and watered. Hopefully when we “bookend” the growing season at harvest time, we will be in a position to come together under one roof and celebrate God’s continuing care despite all that has happened and continues to happen. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”(Jer. 29:11).
And finally.... Today was the absolute worst day ever And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day Because, when you take a closer look, The world is a pretty evil place.
Even if,
Some goodness does shine through once in a while, Satisfaction and happiness don’t last
And it’s not true that it’s all in the mind and the heart Because true happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure that you can agree that The reality
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll in a million years hear me say that Today was a vey good day
Now read this from bottom to top. T.
Rector - Rev’d Robert Jones: Tel: 086 285 4098 Lay Reader & Lay Assistant Pastor:
Ms. Ruth Gyves – 085 858 2939 / Email:
Lay Readers: Mr. Edward Lewis, Mr. Scott Hill, Mr. Scott Evans
Offifice: Ingrid Brennan & Kim Bardon Phone: 552 1211 Usually Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri Mornings
Youth Pastor: Joe Ambrose
Children’s Ministry: Beverley Maxwell
Worship Pastor: Sherry Hazlett-Gallen
Organist: Dr. Ken Glass
Sexton & Parish Buildings Manager: Mr. Jacob Reynolds. Tel: 087 7974604
Church Review: Miss Elizabeth West. Tel: 497 3553
Church Of Ireland Gazette: Isobel Henderson. Tel: 497 2202
The Rector writes:
We find ourselves in an in-between time in the life of the church year. Indeed, all of us in society find ourselves in this liminal space due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We as Christians have celebrated Easter and are coming to the end of the 50-day waiting period until Pentecost. Lent is the beginning, but Easter is not the end. Easter
is only midway to Pentecost. Pentecost could be described as our birthday as Christians. On Easter, Jesus was raised from the dead and received a new body, a new existence. The disciples of Jesus, both women and men, were discovering what that meant through the empty tomb and through His appearance in the upper room, on the road to Emmaus, by Lake Galilee and His ascension. Their realisation came at Pentecost with dancing flames. Pentecost is the birth of the church with the coming of the promised Comforter - God’s Holy Spirit, realised by Jesus and now realised by the disciples - from 12 to 120 to 3,000 and today to millions.
We can liken this current liminal season to a waiting room, any waiting room. The place where we anticipate what is coming. Moving from not knowing to knowing. When I am ill, that waiting room is at the doctor’s office where I anticipate being well again. When I travel, that waiting room is the airport gate area where I anticipate the event to which I am traveling or the family members I will soon see again. Sometimes that waiting room is joyous, like when I waited for the birth of my children. Sometimes that waiting room is very sad, like when I waited with my mum as she passed away. However, both occasions were new beginnings, leading to different seasons of life, moving from not knowing to knowing. Eastertide is like a spiritual waiting room.

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