Page 47 - Church Review JUNE 2020 [IM)
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The Rector writes:
The world of coronavirus continues but hopefully we are beginning the journey to what will be a new normal.
We now know that if the road map for the new normal goes to plan we will return to church on the 26th July. How this will happen I’m not sure but we will come up with a plan that will enable us to meet but adhere to all the government guidelines.
This present time has brought sadness to many who have not been able to grieve their loved ones. To lose a sister brings a great sense of loss but when two sisters die within weeks of each other it must be almost too much to bear. Di Weldon had such an experience and we would normally be able to hug each other, comfort and support each other but in the present circumstances it’s not possible. Please keep Di in your thoughts and prayers and hopefully she will take some comfort from that.
Wednesday 13th May was a sad day as the Funeral Service took place for Debby Wheeler. Debby was a loyal member of All Saints’ and a great supporter of St Brigid’s. She suffered in the last few years from dementia and died peacefully in the loving care of the staff at The Glebe House Nursing Home. We remember Belinda and Gordon in our thoughts and prayers.
Rev’d Ian Gallagher
Bells of Hope Initiative
This is an initiative which aims to give people a sense of hope in the weeks and months ahead. Churches across Ireland are ringing their bells at midday on Fridays to acknowledge the efforts of healthcare workers on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis.
Our thanks to Robert Dalzell, Trevor Robinson and Michael Orr who arranged for the ringing of the bells at St Brigid’s and All Saints’ in support of this initiative.
Check out the fabulous videos on our Facebook page of the bells being rung in both Churches.
VE Day
Friday 8th May was VE Day and which marks the end of World War II in Europe.
On this day Rev Gallagher laid a wreath in All Saints’ Church with this inscription:
“We lay this wreath in memory of the men and women from the island of Ireland who volunteered and served in the Allied Armies in World War II,
in grateful memory of the 10,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice that we may live in freedom.”
They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
(Laurence Binyon)
When you go home, tell them of us and say For your tomorrow, we gave our today. (John Maxwell Edmonds)
We have posted a video of the laying of the wreath on our Facebook page.
You can watch the video through our website or on our Facebook page.
Zoom Coffee Mornings!
Usually on a Thursday morning our Parish Centre is buzzing with the happy sound of chatter, laughter and coffee cups clinking!
Unfortunately in the current circumstances we are unable to meet up in person and we were all very much missing our weekly catch-up.
So we decided to hold our Coffee Mornings by Zoom instead!
Zoom is a video-conferencing tool and allows us to meet each other remotely from our homes.
These online Coffee Mornings have been a great success and are now a regular part of our weekly routine.
Many of us had not used Zoom before but we are all quickly becoming experts!
Stillorgan Girl Guides Camp at Home!
Of course, we have not been able to get together for our usual Friday meetings but we did manage to do something together as we all took part in the Irish Girl Guides “Camp At Home” on Saturday 18 April.
Guides built shelters both inside and out to camp in. One Guide made a fantastic outdoor den built of branches and leaves, decorated with the IGG logo. The indoor ones were much more luxurious than your usual Guide tent and the girls really used their imaginations.
Some set up an actual tent indoors, others built dens using blankets and cushions and decorated them with fairy lights. Some of the girls shared their dens overnight with their pet cats and dogs!
Hot chocolate was drunk, s’mores were made and eaten.
Photographs of all of these were posted during the evening on the Guide’s WhatsApp group.
We may have missed the smell of the outdoors and listening to the dawn chorus but it was wonderful that we were all doing an activity together.
What a great bunch of girls we have! Alison Maybury
Guide Leader
Girl Guides Camp at Home Hot Chocolate
Blackrock Hospice
Last month we received a letter from the Blackrock Hospice explaining that Covid 19 had severely restricted their ability to raise funds and how major fundraising events like the Mini Marathon and many community events had been cancelled. This is a massive blow to the Hospice and as a result they set up an Urgent Appeal for Hospice. In support of this Appeal the Parish sent Blackrock Hospice a cheque for €2500 and we hope that will be able to continuing our fundraising efforts later in the year.

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