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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 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.

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.

Carol Ser­vice: This will take place tonight (Wed­nes­day) at 8pm in the Church fea­tur­ing the parish and school choirs and all are wel­come to at­tend.

Na­tiv­ity Play: This will take place tonight (Wed­nes­day) dur­ing the 8pm Carol Ser­vice in the Church and will be re­peated on Sun­day af­ter the 10.30am Mass.

Con­fes­sions: The Com­mu­nal Cel­e­bra­tion of the Sacra­ment of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion will take place on Fri­day night at 8pm with vis­it­ing priests. On Satur­day in­di­vid­ual Con­fes­sions will be heard af­ter the 10am Mass and af­ter the 6.30pm Mass.

Christ­mas Mass Times: On Christ­mas Eve th­ese are at 10am with the Vigil Masses at 8pm and 10pm.

On Christ­mas Day Masses are 8am, (9am in the Hospi­tal), 10am, 11am and 12 Noon. There will be no Evening Mass. On Fri­day De­cem­ber 26th, St. Stephen’s Day, Mass is at 10am only.

On Satur­day De­cem­ber 27th Masses are at 10am and 6.30pm Vigil Mass and on Sun­day De­cem­ber 27th at 8am, (9am in the Hospi­tal), 10.30am Fam­ily Mass , 12 Noon and 6pm.

Parish Coun­cil: Mem­bers of the new Parish Coun­cil, who re­cently held their first meet­ing in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre are: Fr. John O’Con­nor, SCA, PP - Pres­i­dent, Ms. Mar­garet Gal­lagher - Chair­per­son, Pat Martin - Hon. Sec­re­tary , and mem­bers Gerry Buck­ley, Pat Davey, Ms. Ros­aleen Do­herty, Ms. Chris­sann Flem­ing, Ms. Elaine Ho­gan, Gari McLe­own,Ms. Mairead Maguire, James Scan­nell, Ms. Anne Traynor and Ms. Gabriella Zarzy­cka.

The next meet­ing of the Parish Pas­toral Coun­cil will take place at 8pm on Mon­day Jan­uary 12th in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre.

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 and 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.


Ser­vices of Wor­ship in Rath­michael Church for this Sun­day (The Fourth Sun­day of Ad­vent) are 8.30am Holy Com­mu­nion, 11am Morn­ing Prayer and at 4 p.m. a Ser­vice of Nine Lessons and Car­ols - Lec­tor Anne Thomp­son.

Christ­mas Ar­range­ments: On Christ­mas Eve The First Com­mu­nion of Christ­mas will be cel­e­brated at 11.45pm.

On Christ­mas Day there will be 8.30am Holy Com­mu­nion, 11am All Age Wor­ship and 11.45am Holy Com­mu­nion.

On Sun­day De­cem­ber 28th (The First Sun­day of Christ­mas) there will be 8.30am Holy Com­mu­nion and 11am Morn­ing Prayer - there will be no Evening Ser­vice.


Again this Ad­vent POSADA has re­turned to Rath­michael and is be­ing used to reach out to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and help them to re­mem­ber the true mean­ing of Christ­mas.

On the First Sun­day in Ad­vent the fig­ures of Je­sus and Mary were in­tro­duced to the con­gre­ga­tion and since they have been passed from home to home on a rota ba­sis and will ar­rive back in Rath­michael church on Christ­mas Eve in time to cel­e­brate the birth of Je­sus. On Christ­mas Eve the fig­ures will be in­stalled in the crib ready for the birth of Je­sus.

The tra­di­tion of Posada orig­i­nated in Mex­ico where each year two young peo­ple were cho­sen to dress up as Mary and Joseph and then trav­eled from house to house in their vil­lage telling peo­ple about the im­mi­nent ar­rival of Je­sus and ask­ing if they would give him a room. On Christ­mas Eve they would en­act a com­mu­nity play and bring fig­ures of Mary and Joseph to be placed in the crib.


The next meet­ing of the Rath­michael His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Shankill’s own lo­cal his­tory so­ci­ety, will take place on Jan­uary 7th at 8 pm in the Bur­ton Hall of Rath­michael School on Stone­bridge Road (Dublin Road end) when the AGM of the So­ci­ety will take place.

All mem­bers of the So­ci­ety are asked to note this date and to make a point of at­tend­ing the AGM 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.


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.


The or­gan­is­ers of the First Satur­day Book Sale which raises funds for the Shankill Old Folks As­so­ci­a­tion and Meals on Wheels wish to ex­tend a sin­cere thank you to all those who sup­ported the sales dur­ing the year, es­pe­cially all those who helped to make the sales such a suc­cess by do­nat­ing high-qual­ity books.

All the money raised in the sales goes di­rectly to the funds of the Old Folks Cen­tre, prov­ing ex­tra treats for our lo­cal el­derly, main­tain­ing the Day Care Cen­tre and help­ing with Meals on Wheels. So thank you one and all and best wishes for your health and hap­pi­ness in 2009.

Looking for­ward to see­ing you all on Satur­day Jan­uary 3rd be­tween 10am and 1 pm in Old Folks Cen­tre for the first 2009 Satur­day Book Sale and ev­ery first Satur­day of the month there­after.


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 on 086-4066308.


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 2822481 or Bernard Clarke at 2820644 or log onto www.shankill­clas­si­


The or­gan­is­ers of last Sun­day morn­ing’s ‘Mince Pies & Mistle­toe’ in St. Anne’s Re­source Cen­tre, Shankill in aid of the Moun­tains of the Moon Stu­dent’s Bur­sary Fund wish to thank all those who sup­ported this event.


There are some ex­cel­lent Christ­mas lights in Shankill Main Street which add some ex­cel­lent sea­sonal colour to Shankil.

This Sun­day af­ter­noon the Shankill Traders Group has or­gan­ised some Christ­mas Fes­tiv­i­ties which will take place in the Main Street area from 4pm to 6pm fea­tur­ing carol singing by lo­cal school chil­dren, face paint­ing and a visit by Santa. There will be mince pies and mulled wine for adults.

At­tend­ing the Del­gany Na­tional School Christ­mas Fair were the Rev. Jim Car­son with Hugh and Rose Bar­ford.

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