ST. JAMES’ CRINKEN
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.
ST. ANNE’S PARISH
Mass times: 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.
Baptisms: 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.
The Parish Office: 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.
Blessings: 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.
Morning Prayer: is said each weekday morning in St. Anne’s Church at 9.25am and all are welcome to attend.
Nativity Play: This takes 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.
Bray Women’s Refuge: This weekend the annual collection for the Bray Women’s Refuge will take place and again children will be again invited to bring gifts for the Refuge up to the altar.
Items that are sought include Pampers (newborn to toddler), baby food, new clothes such as 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.
St.Vincent de Paul: This weekend the annual Christmas Collection of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be taken up at all Masses and will replace the SHARE collection.
Dublin Gospel Choir: 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.
There will be a special performance from the choirs of Scoil Mhuire and St. Anne’s National Schools. Tickets are €10 and are now on sale in St. Anne’s Resource Centre.
Floral Artists Wanted: The Altar Society whose flower arrangements are admired each week would like some new members to join the team.
If you have a talent for decorating with flowers which you can share with the rest of us.
Please leave your name and telephone number into the Sacristy or St. Anne’s Resource Centre.
Services of Worship in Rathmichael Church for this Sunday (The Third Sunday of Advent) are 8.30am Holy Communion, 11am All Age Worship and Re-Dedication Service, followed afterwards by coffee in the Erck Hall.
At 7pm there will be a Blue Christmas Service which will be a very quiet sensitive service for those who have good reason not to look forward to Christmas. Its is for those who may be lonely, sad, feel dejected, bereaved, grieving lost job, lost pet, lost financial or emotional security.
This is not a service to ‘rub in the agony’ but rather it offers and opportunity to come away from the Christmas razzmatazz and be real with real people in real church without the ‘entertainment’.
Some find the symbolism of lighting a candle an aid in the remembrance and prayer. Some don’t and that is fine too but candles will be available.
CELEBRATION IN NOVEMBER
Rathmichael parishioners were delighted to welcome The Rt. Rev. Dr. Donald and Mrs. Nancy Caird to the parish and to the 11am Morning Service to celebrate the Bishop’s 50th Anniversary as rector of Rathmichael parish.
The Bishop celebrated Holy Communion and during his sermon gave a most interesting ‘history’ of Rathmichael in which he remembered many of the parishioners and milestones which helped to form parish life during his years here.
Following the service they were joined for lunch by friends who were parishioners during their time in Rathmichael along with members of the Select Vestry.
UP IN ARMS
Last Saturday afternoon staff, pupils and parents from Rathmichael School as well as members of Rathmichael Parish took part in the protest march in Dublin City Centre organized by the INTO to send a strong message to Government concerning various cutbacks which will impact on schools and pupils.
Over 60,000 people comprising school principals, teachers, boards of managements members, parents and pupils took part in the march which received considerable media coverage on television, radio and in newspapers.
Last Wednesday night local historian, author and past President of the Rathmichael Historical Society, Ron Goodbody was the guest speaker for the December meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society in Rathmichael School, Shankill.
Rob presented his illustrated lecture on ‘Milestones’ in which he revealed that these are to be found all over the country but that many are no visible. He then went on to explain their origin from the times of the Romans and that until accurate maps became available in the 19th century, it was not possible to measure distances between points from them so roadside milestones were erected instead.
These were erected by Grand Juries , which proceeded the county councils , turnpike trusts ( toll road operators), the Post Office and private individuals. He also revealed that up to 1826, the longer Irish miles were used on them until replaced by statue miles and kilometers from the 1970’s.
Rob screened an extensive selection of images showing various types of milestones all around the country and discussed them with the audience. Rob concluded this presentation by drawing attention to the act that serving milestones are liable to be loss for ever through neglect as they become buried in the undergrowth which is cleared away mechanically without operators being aware of their presence or relevance, building development, road widening, theft, accidental damage and finally exposure to the element as those made from granite become illegible with the passage of time.
Rob’s presentation was preceded by short talk from James Scannell who recalled ‘75 Years of St. Anne’s Church.’ Thanks to both speakers on behalf of the Society was extended by Richard Ryan, current President of the Society who reminded the meeting that the AGM of the Society will take place on January 7th 2009 and 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.
The AGM will conclude with a presentation from James Scannell recalling’ The Closure of the Harcourt StreetBray Line 50 Years Ago.’ Those wishing to join the Society can do at this meeting. For information on the Rathmichael Historical Society and its programme, log onto www.dublin.ie/rathmichael. The AGM of the
Last Saturday morning the December First Saturday Book Sale, in aid of the Shankill Old Folks Association and Meals on Wheels, took place in the Shankill Old Folks Association Centre, Lower Road, Shankill.
This was an ideal opportunity for those who attended to obtain some first class reading material for over the Christmas and New Year. There was an excellent selection of both fact and fiction books, CD’s and DVD’s.
The next First Saturday Book Sale will take place on January 3rd 2009 between 10am and 1pm in Shankill Old Folks Association Centre on Lower Road when there will be another great selection of reading material available. Donations of books are always welcome and very much appreciated.
The January meeting of the Shankill Classical Music Club will take place in the Shankill Old Folks Association Centre, Lower Road, Shankill, at 7.45pm. on Wednesday January 7th 2009. 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.shnakillclassical.org
‘Mince Pies, Mistletoe and More’ will take place on Sunday morning in St. Anne’s Resource Centre, Shankill, from 10am to 1pm on aid of the Mountains of the Moon Student’s Bursary Fund. There will be a vast array of Christmas Goodies including African crafts.
Last Saturday there was a severe cold front, perhaps the severest so far, to the extent that when people woke up on Sunday morning the District was covered in white with some stretches of roads and footpaths remaining in a dangerous condition until midday.