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Sun­day Morn­ing: Each Sun­day we meet at 11 am to wor­ship in song, to pray and to hear from the Scrip­tures. The wor­ship style is a blend of both tra­di­tional and mod­ern, and ap­peals to a wide range of ages.

We share to­gether in the Lord’s Sup­per on the sec­ond Sun­day morn­ing in each month. If you are a fol­lower of Je­sus you are very wel­come to join us.

There is a chil­dren’s pro­gram that runs at the same time as the morn­ing ser­vice, in­clud­ing crèche for veery young chil­dren.

The cur­rent se­ries of talks are en­til­tled ’In the Val­ley’, ex­plo­ry­ing our ex­pe­ri­ence of God ’in the val­ley of dark­ness’ in the dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing times in life.

En­gage - our 7pm Evening Ser­vice. En­gage is our con­tem­po­rary ser­vice, based on vi­brant and mod­ern mu­sic style and a com­mit­ment to Bib­li­cal preach­ing. Every­one is wel­come, es­pe­cially if you en­joy con­tem­po­rary style wor­ship.

The cur­rent se­ries of talks are en­ti­tled ‘Why God Hates Re­li­gion and Loves Sex!’. We are looking in this se­ries at how Je­sus spoke about sex and re­li­gion, and how it re­lates to mod­ern life. We won­der whether you would be in­ter­ested in ei­ther do­ing a in­ter­view or just a com­mu­nity no­tice re­gard­ing this se­ries.


Mass is cel­e­brated in St. Anne’s Church at 10 a.m Mon­day to Satur­day. Week­end mass times are 6.30 p.m. Satur­day Vigil mass and Sun­day at 8 a.m., (9am in St. Colum­cille’s Hospi­tal), 10.30 a.m. (fam­ily mass), mid­day and 6 p.m. Con­fes­sions are heard on Satur­days af­ter the 10 a.m. mass, be­tween 12.30 p.m. and 1 p.m. and af­ter the 6.30 p.m. mass.

Mirac­u­lous Medal De­vo­tions take place at the Mon­day 10 a.m. mass.

take place in St. Anne’s Church at 12.45 p.m. on the first Sun­day of the Month and at 5 p.m. on the sec­ond, third and fourth Satur­days of the month.

A month’s no­tice is re­quired. Please con­tact Parish Sec­re­tary Jack Wil­liams in St. Anne’s Parish Of­fice to make your ar­range­ments.

Please note that when vis­it­ing the Parish Of­fice to ar­range a bap­tism, the child’s birth cer­tifi­cate should be brought as it nec­es­sary to pho­to­copy it for the parish records but it will be re­turned im­me­di­ately.

open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day. St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre is open from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each week­day.

If you would like a priest to call by and bless your home, Fr. Michael O’Dwyer will be avail­able to do so. To ar­range, please call the Parish Of­fice at 282 2277.

is said each week­day morn­ing in St. Anne’s Church at 9.25am and all are wel­come to at­tend.

Par­ents are needed to ar­range the 10.30am Sun­day Fam­ily Mass - to help with the rota of read­ers etc. If you would like to get in­volved, please speak to Elaine in the Parish Of­fice.

If you would like your child or chil­dren to play an ac­tive role in the Mass such as be­com­ing in­volved in the read­ings or the of­fer­tory pro­ces­sion – please com­plete one of the forms that are avail­able on the ta­ble at the back of the church and hand it in to the Sac­risty or Parish Of­fice.

Would par­ents of chil­dren al­ready tak­ing part in the Mass also com­plete a form to con­firm their con­tin­u­ing in­ter­est so that the con­tacts data­base can be brought up to date.

This is an im­i­ta­tive for 5th and 6th class pupils would like to learn more about their faith. Its meets on Tues­day from 2.45pm to 4pm and be­gins in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre with a talk.

Then the chil­dren move to the Blessed Sacra­ment Ado­ra­tion Chapel for si­lent ado­ra­tion for 20 to 25 min­utes and The Club ends back in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre with drinks, bis­cuits and time to chat. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion avail­able from Ms. Elaine Ho­gan, Parish pas­toral Worker. to St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre.

This will take place dur­ing the 8.15pm Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 17th Carol Ser­vice in the Church and will be re­peated the fol­low­ing Sun­day ( De­cem­ber 21st) af­ter the 10.30am Mass. Those who would like to take part and will be free to do so on th­ese dates and on the re­hearsal dates ( 30th Novem­ber , 7th De­cem­ber and 14th De­cem­ber) are asked to speak to Ms. Elaine Ho­gan, the Parish Pas­toral Worker. She prom­ises a part for every­one.

One of the an­nual events n re­cent years has been the col­lec­tion for the Bray Women’s Refuge and on the third Sun­day of Ad­vent (Sat / Sun De­cem­ber 13th/14th) chil­dren will be again in­vited to be­ing gifts for the Refuge up to the al­tar.

Items that are sought in­clude Pam­pers ( new­born to tod­dler), baby food, new clothes like Baby­gros, pa­ja­mas, socks and un­der­wear are ideal. Please don’t bring toys be­cause th­ese cause stor­age dif­fi­cul­ties. All items brought to the al­tar should be new.

What­ever is do­nated will be brought to the Refuge over the Christ­mas pe­riod. Such has been the gen­eros­ity shown in pre­vi­ous years that other refuges in the Dublin area also ben­e­fited from your kind­ness.

The an­nual Christ­mas Col­lec­tion of the St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety will be taken up at all Masses on the week­end of Satur­day /Sun­day De­cem­ber 13th / 14th and will re­place the SHARE col­lec­tion.

At part of the cel­e­bra­tions to mark the cen­te­nary of the Pal­lot­tine Fathers in Ire­land, the Dublin Gospel Choir will give a Con­cert in St. Anne’s Church on Fri­day Jan­uary 16th at 8pm and there will a spe­cial per­for­mance from the choirs of Scoil Mhuire and St. Anne’s Na­tional Schools. Tick­ets €10 are now on sale in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre.

Mon­day is the Feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion and a Holy Day of Obli­ga­tion. Mass time at 6pm Sun­day (Vigil) and on Mon­day at 9am (St. Colm­cille’s Hospi­tal), 10am , 12 Noon and 7.30pm.


Ser­vices of Wor­ship in Rath­michael Church for this Sun­day (The First Sun­day of Ad­vent) are 8.30am Holy Com­mu­nion, 11am Morn­ing Prayer and 7pm Com­pline - Lec­tor Avril Ward­law.


Last Fri­day night the Rath­michael Parish Al­pha /In Be­tween held a Swish Nite in the Erck Hall at which all the ladies tak­ing part swapped gor­geous and ac­ces­sories be­tween them­selves in ad­di­tion to hav­ing a great party night at the same time.


Last Thurs­day to Satur­day night Martello Pro­duc­tions pre­sented, by kind per­mis­sion of Sa­muel French Ltd, nightly at 8pm in Rath­michael School two one-act plays fea­tur­ing ‘Gos­forth’s Fete’ by Alan Ayckbourn and ‘Effie‘s Burn­ing’ by Va­lerie Wind­sor.


Tonight the fi­nal 2008 meet­ing of the Rath­michael His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety – Shankill’s own lo­cal his­tory so­ci­ety­will take place at 8pm in Rath­michael School, Shankill, when the main talk of the evening will be ‘Mile­stones ’ pre­sented by Rob Good­body in which screen a se­lec­tion of im­ages of th­ese unique fea­tures which have van­ished from the land­scape yet had an im­por­tant rtole to play in their day.

James Scan­nell will present a short talk on ‘ The 75th An­niver­sary of St. Anne’s Church, Shankill.’ All wel­come to at­tend - those wish­ing to join the So­ci­ety can do at this meet­ing.

For in­for­ma­tion on the Rath­michael His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and its pro­gramme, log onto­michael.

The AGM of the So­ci­ety will take place on Jan­uary 7th 2009, which all mem­bers of the So­ci­ety are asked to note this date and to make a point of at­tend­ing it so that the re­ports of the out­go­ing com­mit­tee can be placed be­fore the mem­ber­ship for dis­cus­sion and adop­tion and a com­mit­tee for 2009 elected.


Meet­ings of the Shankill Guild ICA takes place at 8 p.m. on the sec­ond Mon­day of each month in the Shankill Old Folks As­so­ci­a­tion Day Cen­tre , Lower Road, Shankill. The Guild’s Ac­tiv­ity Night takes place at 8 p.m. on the third Mon­day of each month in the Shankill Old Folks As­so­ci­a­tion Day Cen­tre.

The Craft Morn­ing takes place each Wed­nes­day from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre. New mem­bers wel­come. Con­tact Ms. Betty Mur­ray (Pres­i­dent) at 2820069.


There is a con­fi­den­tial sup­port group in Shankill avail­able to any­one who suf­fers from anx­i­ety dis­or­der or panic at­tacks. If you or some some­one close to you is af­fected in this way, con­tact Kathy on 085-7386736 to ob­tain fur­ther in­for­ma­tion /de­tails.


Vol­un­teers are still needed to of­fer an hour of prayer in the Blessed Sacra­ment Chapel which is open Mon­day to Fri­day 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Those in­ter­ested are asked to con­tact Mar­garet or Peig or Elaine in the Parish Of­fice.


Those in­ter­ested in join­ing Shankill Ten­nis Club should please con­tact the Su­per­vi­sor in the Club House on 28225400 or log on to the Club’s web­site – www.shankill­tennis­ for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. The Club’s courts are also open to non-mem­bers and ladies Morn­ings (Wed­nes­days), Men’s Morn­ings (Sun­days) and Mixed Dou­bles nights (Wed­nes­days) are all open to non-mem­bers.


On Satur­day morn­ing the De­cem­ber First Satur­day Book Sale, in aid of the Shankill Old Folks As­so­ci­a­tion and Meals on Wheels, takes place be­tween 10am and 1 pm in the Shankill Old Folks As­so­ci­a­tion Cen­tre, Lower Road, Shankill.

This will be an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to ob­tain some first class read­ing ma­te­rial for over the Christ­mas and New Year­for those who fancy a break from the tele­vi­sion.

There is al­ways an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of books to choose from , both fac­tual and fic­tion so if you want to ob­tain some first class read­ing ma­te­rial make a point of call­ing in be­tween 10am and 1pm. Do­na­tions of books are al­ways wel­come and very much ap­pre­ci­ated.


Tod­dlers have pre school group which is held in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre has changed its times and is now open­ing from 9am to 12.15pm. If you have any queries please con­tact Sheena at 086-4066308.


On Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 3rd the De­cem­ber meet­ing of the Shankill Clas­si­cal Mu­sic Club will take place at 7.45pm in the Shankill Old Folks As­so­ci­a­tion Cen­tre, Lower Road, Shankill.

All wel­come to at­tend – es­pe­cially new mem­bers. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call Sheila Thomp­son at 282 2481 or Bernard Clarke at 282 0644 or log onto www.shnakill­clas­si­


SARA meets on the 3rd Mon­day of the Month at 3pm in St.Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on SARA avail­able from Chair­per­son Claire Ka­vanagh on 2840170 or Ed Wilkins on 2820735.


Ad­vent has just started and al­ready sev­eral houses in the District have erected and switched on their ex­ter­nal crys­tal lights while sev­eral oth­ers have some mar­velous win­dow dis­plays.


The or­ga­niz­ers of last Sun­day af­ter­noon’s Scoil Mhuire Christ­mas Fair which was held in the school hall wish to thank all those who sup­ported this event.


Shankill worked to a se­vere front last Satur­day morn­ing in line with the fore­cast for same.

While the weather im­proved dur­ing the day, once dark­ness fell tem­per­a­tures dropped and an­other heavy fronts de­scended on the District.

In some shel­tered places frost which had not melted was re­frozen and some pave­ments be­came very slippy in the dark­ness as did some of the roads though the Dun Laoghaire-Rath­down County Coun­cil did have its grit­ters out and about at­tend­ing to roads to make to try and im­prove con­di­tions for mo­torists.

On Sun­day morn­ing Com­mons Road and River Lane were two lo­ca­tions where road ser­vices were es­pe­cially danger­ous.

Ryan and Jes­sica Fitz­patrick with Santa and his helpers at the turn­ing on of the christ­mas lights in Bray.

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