It was good to see a full church for our Christmas Day Service with all generations represented. This service is an important part of Christmas for many.
The introduction to the Christmas Blessing is worthy of including in our own private prayers each day:
the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ-child
Our annual celebration of Harvest Thanksgiving was on Sunday, 2nd October
at 11.00am. Donations of foods and produce were donated to The Capuchin Centre.
The words of one of the hymns sung during the service were written by Fred Pratt Greene, which reminded us of our neglect of our planet. It starts with
‘God in his love for us lent us this planet’.
Later we were reminded
‘Long have we wasted what others have need of’
‘From its pollution, misuse and destruction,
Good Lord, deliver us, world without end’.
Culture Night, 2022
Douglas Appleyard led a “Twilight Graveyard Tour” highlighting the wide variety of grave types and some famous families. It started at sunset and finished at the twilight hour. Our thanks to the actors who took the parts of 6 people associated with the graveyard, relaying the stories of bodysnatchers, abandoned baby, Zacariah Wallace, Mother Catherine McAuley, J.C. Colvill, and we must not forget the scrap-iron man! An evening with a difference.
For Heritage Week, we were delighted to welcome, in conjunction with Dublin City Council, members of Faith Communities bordering the River Santry to an Information Evening in St John’s on Thursday, 18th August from 6.30pm.
This proved to be an informative evening as River Santry Project Team outlined the scope of this project, which will make the river more natural without concrete, create a cycle track and a greenway from Santry to the sea. More details to follow and dates of the Public Consultations.
Full details and contacts on our FaceBook page.
For more activities, see our sister parish, All Saints' in Raheny.