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 AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH
     DUNGANSTOWN, REDCROSS & CONARY
Rev. Roland Heaney. Tel: 0404-41637 E-mail rolyheaney@gmail.com Parish Administrator: Mrs Deirdre O’Callaghan Tel: 0404-41864 Review: Mrs Phyllis Mates. Tel: 0404-41715
Parish E-Mail: info@redcrosschurch.ie
Parish Websites: www.redcrosschurch.ie
Loss Or Gain?
Normally the June notes would have been promoting all the summer activities and programmes; the fetes and barbecues, the welcoming of the summer visitors and the winding down of all the year’s activities. How different it is this June with the locked down buildings, online services and Zoom prayer meetings. I think if we are honest, most of us are fed up with the isolation and social distancing. We are all feeling the resulting sense of loss and confusion as well as fearing how things are going to look as restrictions are lifted.
However, when we look back on this season, the question needs to be asked ‘What did we gain?’ Has it been a time when we have reflected on life and the way we live? Has it impacted our spiritual lives and deepened our faith? Have our attitudes and priorities been challenged?
It would be sad if we looked back over this period and the only memory was loss. Let June be a positive month with thanksgiving and gratitude for what we have. Let us make a special effort to keep in contact with each other and encourage each other. Let us grow in our faith as we find more time to pray and reflect on the Bible. Hopefully when we come back together our church community will be stronger and ready for whatever lies ahead.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17
Heroes
We have a number of parishioners who are working as key workers on the front line. Let us keep them in our prayers and be a support and encouragement to them.
Church Services
Each Sunday morning, we will be continuing with our online service that can be found on our website www.redcrosschurch.ie from 10.30am each week until further notice. We also have a separate Children’s Talk each week, also on our website. Each Sunday evening we have a Zoom Prayer Meeting from 7.00pm to 8.00pm as well as the separate online prayer times during the week within the small groups.
Farewell
We wish to express our thanks to Canon Nigel Sherwood for his ministry, support and friendship as the Rector of the adjoining parishes of Arklow, Kilbride and Inch. We wish him and Carol every blessing in their retirement from ministry and hope they enjoy many years of future happiness.
GREYSTONES, ST PATRICK’S
Clergy: Canon David Mungavin (01 287 4077)
Curate: Rev. Rebecca Guildea (085 819 4377)
Lay Minister: Frank Connolly (087 121 1575)
Website: www.stpatricksgreystones.com
Parish Office: 01 2010648. Email: info@stpatricksgreystones.ie Sunday Services: 8:30 am, 10:30 am (followed by coffee), and 5pm Weekday services: Daily prayer:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 am Wednesday: Holy Communion, 10:30 am, followed by coffee
From the Rector
We are still on a learning curve in relation to ‘virtual church’ - is it a good thing that we can stream our services and ‘worshippers’ watch them at home?
On the one hand services, messages and music from church give real comfort and support to people in their various predicaments, but on the other hand there is a loss of community and the energy and faith that come from fellowship and collective worship. There is something in the Christian DNA that calls us to gather and this is at the heart of baptism, discipleship and the worship community.
The level of engagement is good and it may be that we are led to new ways of being church. Several of our team are linking into a webinar meeting to plan an online Alpha course. I’m still wondering how it will work, not entirely convinced ... but maybe it will break new ground. I think I will be in line with many colleagues in the hope that whatever we discern in these weeks and months will allow us a clearer view and fresh opportunity for vision in the time ahead.
In the meantime we have a captive audience, to use a crude term, and it is vital that we reach out as much as possible, knowing that it is better to try and to fail than not to try at all.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those enduring difficult times, often accentuated by the isolation we are enduring. We remember the family of Andrew Kenny whose funeral and thanksgiving service was in St Patrick’s on 6 May, followed by committal at Mt Jerome. The streets around Greystones were lined with socially distanced crowds to pay their respects to young Andrew. We send our heartfelt respects to Jim, Susan, David, Rachel, Aoife and all the family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
David Mungavin
New website
We have a new website! Our new website is now live at www. stpatricksgreystones.com
Please visit us and have a look around, then add this new address to your bookmarks and spread the word. We will be updating the site as we go along and adding videos and other resources for our youth and children’s groups. You can read up on the history of St Patrick’s Church or catch our latest online services.
Emma Fitzgerald
Sunday Seekers
The Covid-19 lockdown has challenged our Sunday School team to come up with an alternative, fun way of reaching out to our keen listeners. Our Creative Supermind Janet Caffrey has had countless
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