Florence Nightingale would have been proud

With The CMC Times on a hiatus, here is Canon Paul’s letter from the June edition of the Church Review.

Dear Parishioners

As I write the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. She is known as the lady with the lamp, going around the Scutari Hospital in Turkey during the Crimean War. Florence made nursing a profession.

She arrived in Scutari in November 1853 with a group including 10 Irish Sisters of Mercy. What she found in the hospital appalled her. Over the next 18 months she fought a most successful battle to introduce hygiene re-organise the kitchens and laundries, employ soldiers as orderlies and obtain such basics as blankets. Nurses were told to wash their hands! Physical distance was placed between beds. By May 1855 mortality from cholera and typhoid had halved.

Florence was a committed Christian. Her main contribution to nursing was as a manager and organiser who did not brook opposition. After Florence returned to England, she used her new found fame to promote the ideas of nursing and sanitation. The training school she founded at St Thomas’ in London in 1860 was instrumental in establishing nursing as a profession. This was the hospital that Prime Minister Boris Johnston was treated in for Covid-19.

I am sure that Florence Nightingale would have been proud of all the work frontline staff have been doing during this pandemic. Their professionalism and dedication have been exceptional. Moreover, they have shown great courage and some have made the ultimate sacrifice for their patients. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Church Services

Our church buildings are closed at the present but church services are continuing online at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. I would like to thank Philip, my wife Adrienne, Stella, Fern and Jenny for their help in making these video services, as well as those parishioners who are reading and taking part in the service.

At this uncertain time, we must look to the future with hope. I realise this has been a difficult period for people, both personally and financially. Some parishioners have contracted Covid-19, but I am pleased to say they have recovered.

I will be discussing with the select vestries how we might move forward, under the guidance of the State and the Archbishop and how we may begin to worship in our churches again.

God bless and stay safe,

Canon Paul

Update from Canon Paul

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you and your families are keeping well and stay safe in these difficult times. I am pleased that the restrictions have been eased somewhat. However, with many still in place I continue to stream services online.  Apologies for the technical problems last week.

All the videos will be hosted on YouTube with links to the YouTube video on the website, Facebook and Twitter.  I hope you can join me in these. The most recent video can be viewed on the Parish website homepage at www.castleknock.dublin.anglican.org.

I will broadcast a Service of Morning Prayer for the Fifth Sunday of Easter at 10.00 a.m. this Sunday, 10th May.

I would like to thank Philip Good, my wife Adrienne, Jenny McGrath, and those who will take part in the service this week for their help.

If you have children, or are young at heart, you can download, free of charge, activities from Roots on https://www.rootsontheweb.com  and also the new Dublin and Glendalough Kids Facebook Page.

For those many people that have been and continue to be affected by the crisis, my thoughts and prayers are with you. We continue to pray for all victims and their families that have been affected by the Coronavirus and also pray and give thanks to the healthcare, and all front line, workers.

As I have mentioned before if anyone needs assistance, either personal or financial, please do not hesitate to contact me, at the Rectory, on 01 8213083.

Jenny continues working from home and can be contacted by email at cmcparishoffice@gmail.com

If you know of anyone who is not getting the weekly letter, service sheet or email updates,  please do ask them to send in an email and they can be added to the list, or maybe you know someone that hasn’t an email and you could print off the service sheet and drop it in to them.

I will keep in contact until we meet again.

With kind regards & God Bless,

Canon Paul
Castleknock & Mulhuddart with Clonsilla Parish

Update from Canon Paul

Dear Parishioners,

That was a very different Holy Week and Easter.

The restrictions are not easy but with God’s help we will get through this pandemic.  For those many people that have been and continue to be affected by the crisis, my thoughts and sympathies are with you.

We are continuing to stream services online, all the videos will be hosted on our YouTube Channel with links to the YouTube video on the website, Facebook and Twitter.  I hope you can join me in these. The most recent video can be viewed on the homepage of the website.

I will broadcast a Service of the Word for the Second Sunday of Easter at 10.00 a.m. this Sunday, 19th April.

As I have mentioned before, if anyone needs assistance personal or financial, please do not hesitate to contact me, at the Rectory by telephone on 01 8213083.

Jenny continues working from home and can be contacted by email at cmcparishoffice@gmail.com.

I will keep in contact and hope you and your families are well and stay safe.

With kind regards & God bless,

Canon Paul.

Stay Informed

Hi,

Do you get regular updates from the Parish Office?  If you are not receiving regular emails from us you may not be on our email list.  If you would like to be included for regular updates, you can email the Parish Office at cmcparishoffice@gmail.com.

The CMC Times – Update

Dear All,

It is with deep regret that it has been decided to pause publication of the parish magazine, The CMC Times, for the during of the current COVID-19 crisis. This is mainly due to the lack of articles for the magazine as all activities in the parish have been suspended.

The website, Facebook and Twitter, along with YouTube are been used regularly to update parishioners and the community.

Church Review April 2020

However, the April 2020 edition of The Church Review, the diocesan magazine, is traditionally is distributed through parish churches but is not possible at the moment. The editor of the Church Review, the Revd Nigel Waugh, has taken the decision to make this edition available online. You can read it at https://dublin.anglican.org/news/2020/03/26/april-edition-of-the-church.

Also, in a gesture of support for everyone during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Board of the Church of Ireland Gazette has decided to make the April issue available FREE online. The April Gazette is free to view and/or download at bit.ly/2yyNx1r.

Stay safe and God bless.

 

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

Dear Parishioners,

I am thinking of you all as we are in our first week of ‘lockdown’.  I hope you are all keeping well in these difficult days.

As you know all our church services have been cancelled, but we are continuing to stream services online on Sunday mornings at 10.00 a.m. All the videos will be hosted on YouTube with links to the YouTube video on the website, Facebook and Twitter. 

From this week the most recent video can be viewed on the homepage of the website.

I will broadcast a Devotional Service for Good Friday and it will be available from 2.00 p.m. on Friday 10th April and then on Easter Sunday, a Holy Communion service at 10.00 a.m.

As I have mentioned before, if anyone needs assistance personal or financial, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Rectory on 01 8213083.

The Parish Office is now closed but Jenny is working from home during ‘normal’ working hours and can be contacted by email at any time.

I will keep in contact and hope you and your families are well and stay safe.

With kind Regards & God Bless,

Canon Paul. 

Covid-19/Coronavirus Update

Dear Parishioners,

I am thinking of you all at this very difficult time.

All our church services have been cancelled until further notice.

For this Sunday, we hope to try out a service to go up on our Facebook page and website.

If you need any help whether it be personal, financial, or in any way, we may be able to help.  Please contact me, along with the parish, there is outside help too that can be called on to assist.

The Parish Office will remain open at this time and I can also be contacted at the Rectory on 01 8213083.

I will keep in contact and hope your and your families are well and stay safe.

God Bless,

Canon Paul.