You are invited to participate in a time of quiet reflection at our Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for loved ones in St Paul’s on Sunday, November 3rd, at 7 pm. The choir will be there to provide appropriate music, including items from Faure’s “Requiem” and his beautiful “Cantique de Jean Racine”. If you would like the name of a loved one to be read out at this service, please add their name as soon as possible to the list which you will find on the table at the back of the church.
The first Pets’ Service in St Paul’s on Sunday, October 13th, was such a success it is sure to become an annual fixture. Some 39 dogs turned up in the church, along with a cat, a hamster and a guinea pig – not to mention a few two-legged creatures in tow. Rosemary Smyth (pictured below with the Rector and some young members of the congregation) gave the address, talking movingly about how she acquired her guide dog Clint and the difference he has made to her life.
This is a first for St Paul’s: in the month that remembers the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi, you are invited to bring your pet to church next Sunday, October 13th, for an All Age Service of blessing and thanksgiving. An address will be given by Rosemary Smyth, a guide dog owner, with her dog Clint. There will be a retiring collection on behalf of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Also meet Nora, with her fundraising dog Maya, and Clarissa with her retired guide dog Fee.
A few rules: birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc. to be kept in cages, out of the way of cats, and cats and rabbits to be kept in cages, out of the way of dogs, and dogs to be kept on a leash at all times. Pooper scooper rules apply too!
The choir of St Paul’s has been invited to sing at the Harvest Festival in St Peter’s, Portlaoise, this Sunday evening, October 6th, at 7pm. So if you have family or friends in the area, let them know!