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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.


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.


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.


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 onto­michael. 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.shnakill­clas­si­


‘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.

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