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Christmas festivities for all ages this Sunday

Our traditional, very special Service of Nine Lessons with Carols by Candlelight will be held this Sunday evening, December 17th, at 7pm. There will be a retiring collection for the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People, Bow Street, Dublin 7.
 After the service, all are welcome for mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Centre.
 Meanwhile before that, at 10.30am, there will be a Christingle service for all ages. All present will be encouraged to make a Christingle, which can be brought home after the service.  All the materials required will be provided.  Do come along.
 The origins of the Christingle service lie in the Moravian Church which has its roots in what is now Germany and the Czech Republic. The first recorded use of a Christingle was in December 1747 during a children’s festival in Marienborn, Germany (near Frankfurt). Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help us understand the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time.  

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ.
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations. 
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

Recipes for life-changing surgery

Our speaker at the 10.30am service this Sunday, December 10th will be Rhonda Willoughby (pictured below with Bishop Pat Storey).  For two years she has been involved in the “Good for the Sole” project in the Diocese of Meath and Kildare in partnership with the Leprosy Mission.  Leprosy still exists in parts of the world and particularly in India and so far €25,000 has been raised to buy sandals, made out of recycled tyres. Sandals help protect the feet of those who suffer from leprosy. 
They are now moving into the second phase of the project – to raise money for foot surgery that costs €50 per patient, which includes medical care, hospital stay and aftercare.  For a leprosy sufferer this surgery means that they can work again and earn a living. 
 Rhonda, who lives in Naas with her husband Tim (son of a former Rector of St Paul’s, Noel Willoughby) and daughter Christina, has produced a cook book to raise funds. She will have copies available to buy this Sunday, they cost €10 and would make a nice Christmas present. Why not extend your recipe repertoire and change someone’s life!
 Meanwhile, Sunday Club meets in the Parish Centre during this service.

Countdown to Christmas starts here

The choirs of St Paul’s and St Patrick’s, Dalkey, will combine for an Advent Carol Service in St Paul’s this Sunday, December 3rd, at 7pm. It’s a  new “tradition”, which was started last year by the parishes’ two music directors, Nathan Barrett of St Paul’s and Matthew Breen of St Patrick’s. It is an authentic and most enjoyable way to mark the Advent countdown to Christmas. All very welcome.

Off-beat comedy for Parish Film Night

The charming, off-beat comedy, Local Hero, written and directed by Bill Forsyth, will be shown at the next Parish Film Night on Thursday, November 30th. An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don’t go as expected. It stars Burt Lancaster, along with Peter Capaldi and Peter Riegert.
Philip Molloy of Newstalk’s The Picture Show will introduce the screening at 8pm in the Parish Centre. Admission free but small donations to defray costs welcome. Please let us know if you are coming by emailling stpaulsdub@gmail.com

Parish school application forms for 2018 now available for collection

If you, or anybody you know, wants to apply for a place for a child in Junior Infants 2018 in Glenageary Killiney National School, please note that application forms are available for collection in person from the school office from today, Monday, November 6th until  Friday, November 17th, 2017, between 8.30am and 2.15pm.  The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday, November 20th, 2017, by 2.15pm.

Remembering loved ones who have died

You are invited to participate in a time of quiet reflection at our annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Loved Ones  on Sunday, November 5th, at 7 pm as we remember those of our families and friends who have died.  If you would like the name of a loved one to be read out at this service, please add their name to the list that you will find on the table at the back of the church, or email the name to the Rector: garydowd@eircom.net. The names of those who have died in the parish since the service last year will automatically be read.

Harvest Thanksgiving this Sunday, October 22nd

The speaker at our Service of Harvest Thanksgiving at 10.30am this Sunday, October 22nd, will be Moses Mugume, Senior Administrator at Kisiizi Hospital, in Uganda, which St Paul‘s has supported for many years.
The church will be decorated for Harvest this Saturday from 9.30 am. All are welcome to come and help – no experience necessary! Donations of vegetables, fruit or flowers will be gratefully received, and these will be given to the homeless afterwards. For more information, contact Harriet Greenlee 0872247195.
 The coffee/tea in the Parish Centre after the Harvest will be hosted by the Badminton Club, in aid of Blackrock Hospice.

Applications for parish school in November

Applications for admission to Junior Infants 2018 in Glenageary Killiney National School will be available for collection in person from the school office from Monday, November 6th to Friday, November 17th, 2017, between 8.30am and 2.15 pm.  The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday, November 20th, 2017, by 2.15pm.

Join in the pantomime….

The St Paul’s Theatre Group is looking for volunteers to join in preparing for the 2018 pantomime, Jack & the Beanstalk. There are so many areas that people can get involved in: not just on stage, but with back stage, lighting, sound, costumes, set design etc Meetings are being held in the Parish Centre every Monday night at 8pm. Come along to find out more if you are interested. All welcome.