The annual Daffodil Day Coffee Morning and Raffle in aid of the Irish Cancer Society is on this Friday, March 23rd, from 10.30 am-12.30 pm in the Parish Centre. If you can help in the running of this event by baking, donating a raffle prize etc. your contribution would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Pamela at the Rectory, tel: 2801616.
There will be a perfomance of John Stainer’s The Crucifixion – a meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer – in St Paul’s Church on Palm Sunday, March 25th at 7pm. A combined cluster choir, with soloists Oisin O’Dalaigh (Tenor) Eoghan Desmond (Bass), will be conducted by Nathan Barrett with our organ scholar Thomas Maxwell on the organ.
Earlier that day, at the 10,30am service, there will be The Liturgy of Palm Sunday, with the reading of the Passion and distribution of Palm Crosses, kicking off our Holy Week series of services.
Joint “Cluster” Holy Week Evening Services at 8 pm
Mon 26th Holy Trinity Killiney The Rev Gary Dowd
Tuesday 27th Christ Church Dun Laoghaire The Rev Bruce Hayes
Wed 28th St Patrick’s Dalkey The Rev William Olhausen
Thursday 29th Maundy Thursday St Paul’s Glenageary The Rev Ása Björk Ólafsdóttir O’Hanlon
Good Friday 30th St Matthias Killiney/Ballybrack
Despite the recent extreme weather, the three services will go ahead in St Paul’s as normal tomorrow, Sunday March 4th. See right-hand corner of this website for details. But unfortunately we have had to defer the visit of our planned guest speaker at the 10.30am service, Barbara O’Connell, CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, so we will launch our 150th anniversary community project on another Sunday.
Just down the road from St Paul’s, beside the site of our old parish hall, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland have an assisted-living centre in two houses (pictured above) on Adelaide Road. One of their goals is to develop a sensory garden for their residents and other clients behind these houses and the Select Vestry have approved this as a community project for us as a parish in this our 150th anniversary year.
CEO Barbara O’Connell will speak at our main morning service this Sunday, March 4th, about the work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and we will use the opportunity to launch this parish project. There will be a retiring collection for the Sensory Garden Fund.
A brain injury can happen in seconds and change a life for ever. See the ABI website for more information abiireland.ie
Nominations are closed and the count begins …Come along to find out – and sing – the favourite hymns of St Paul’s parishoners at our Songs of Praise this Sunday, February 25th at 7pm. It will be a celebration, in this our 150th anniversary year, of the great musical tradition of St Paul’s, as well as a thanksgiving for the tremendous restoration work, which is nearly complete, on our pipe organ. Refreshments will be available in the Parish Centre afterwards
This Ash Wednesday, February 14th, and each Wednesday throughout Lent, there will be a short service of Holy Communion at 7.15 am in addition to the regular 11 am Communion service.
The following Monday, February 19th, a Lent discussion group will start to meet weekly at 8 pm in the Committee Room (upstairs) of the Parish Centre. This year we will use the 2018 Lent Course prepared by the Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland: As the Father sent me, so I send you – The Five Marks of Mission.
The themes are: Feb 19th Tell; Feb 26th Teach; Mar 5th Tend; Mar 12thTransform; Mar 19th Treasure. The booklets that accompany this course will be provided. All are welcome.
The parish is to work towards an Eco Congregation Ireland award as part of marking our 150th anniversary. The Rector explained in his address at the 10.30am service on Sunday, February 4th, that Eco Congregation Ireland (ECI) is an ecumenical organisation which encourages churches to take a more eco approach to worship, lifestyle, property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.
While St Paul’s ticks some boxes in this regard, there is much more we can do, both as a parish and as individuals. An action plan is being drawn up and all suggestions are welcome. You can learn more about the ECI here.
Here’s one project you can get involved in immediately: for Lent (which starts on February 14th), the Bishops’ Appeal is partnering with the ECI in “Jars4Journeys“. The idea is that every time you use a car for a journey that you could have done by foot or by bike, or take a flight, you put some money in a jar to go towards offsetting your carbon footprint. The proceeds will go towards projects in Third World communities adversely affected by climate change. Learn more and download a jar label here.
St Paul’s enjoys a great musical tradition so, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, we are holding a Songs of Praise on Sunday, February 25th at 7pm. The choice of hymns we sing that night is to be decided by an open vote.
One of the forms at the back of the church can be filled in, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to nominate up to five of your favourite hymns. You are also invited to give a reason for your number one choice, but that’s optional. Closing date for nominations is Sunday, February 18th. All welcome to get involved.
After that, come along and enjoy a great sing-along on February 25th. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre afterwards.
The big celebration will be held on Sunday, July 8th, when there will be a service at 11.30am to mark 150 years, to the day and to the hour, since the consecration of St Paul’s. This will be followed by a garden party in the church grounds.
The Rector is in the process of inviting back some former curates, as well as the only surviving rector, the Ven Gordon Linney, along with former parishoners who went on to be ordained, to preach at services throughout the year.
Here are some other dates for your diary:
11th Confirmation Service, 3pm
14th Ash Wednesday Services at 7.15 am and 11 am
19th Lent Discussion Group meets Mondays of Lent, 8 pm, Parish Centre
25th Songs of Praise, 7 pm
23rd Daffodil Day Coffee Morning 10.30 am Parish Centre.
25th Holy Week begins. Evening Services 8 pm rotating around parishes of Christ Church Dun Laoghaire, Holy Trinity Killiney, St Matthias Killiney/Ballybrack, St Patrick’s Dalkey and St Paul’s
1st Easter Day
29th Visiting preacher: the Very Rev. Paul Bogle, Dean of Trim, a former parishioner.
13th Visiting preacher the Rev Canon Susan Green; Chaplain Kilkenny College a former parishioner.
26th Summer Fair
8th 150th Anniversary Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving 11.30 am followed by Garden Party
2nd Open Air Service and Family Barbecue
30th Service of Harvest Thanksgiving Preacher: the Very Rev. Arthur Barrett, Dean of Raphoe, a former parishoner