Church Services going online

Church Services will be going online this weekend.

In line with tighter restrictions just announced, in-person church services are cancelled from this weekend and will be broadcast online. I am very sorry about this.

We will be broadcasting our service online on Sunday via YouTube with access on the website and Facebook.  The churches will be closed until these restrictions are lifted. 

Please see below a message from Archbishop Michael.

Yours sincerely

Canon Paul

Message from Archbishop Michael

As I write it is looking more and more likely that we in Dublin will have further restrictions imposed on us and be put into Level 3 of the government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. I am sure that you, like me, find the prospect of this both frustrating and frightening but it is important that we face this with resilience and hope. The resilience that we will once again find ways of coping with these restrictions and in the hope that by abiding by these imposed restrictions, by looking after ourselves, our families, our neighbours and our communities, we will suppress this rise in cases.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

+Michael
Archbishop of Dublin
18th September 2020

Work on St. Thomas’ Church

St. Thomas’ Church, Mulhuddart

It has been decided that St. Thomas’ Church, Mulhuddart is to be re-roofed along with other repair works.  This work will begin on Monday 7th September.

After consultation with the churchwardens, glebewardens and the Archbishop, it was decided to postpone services in the church for several weeks while the work is ongoing.  The last service before the work commences will be this Sunday 6th September at 7.00 p.m.

This work is essential to the continued use of the church and it is hoped to have this much needed work done before the winter.

General Easter Vestry Meetings

Following the postponement of the General Easter Vestry earlier this year, Diocesan Council are requesting parishes to hold their General Easter Vestry Meetings before the beginning of September.

These meetings are vital to the running of our parish and the wider church.

This year is a triennial year which means that in addition to the normal elections, there will be elections to the Diocesan Synod and Parochial Nominators. Only those on the Register of Vestrypersons are eligible to vote in the elections but anyone can attend the meeting. 

The General Easter Vestry meeting for Clonsilla will take place on Sunday 30th August 2020 at 10.00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Clonsilla.

The General Easter Vestry meeting for Castleknock and Mulhuddart will take place on Sunday 30th August 2020 at 11.30 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Church, Castleknock.

Re-opening Church in our Parish

To all Parishioners

We are delighted that we can re-open our churches from Sunday July 5th.  On Sundays 5th and 12th of July, there will be services of Morning Prayer, at 10.00 a.m. in St Mary’s Church, Clonsilla and at 11.30 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Church, Castleknock.  There will also be evening services in St Thomas’ Church, Mulhuddart at 7.00 p.m.  The Wednesday morning Communion Service, usually held in the Parish Centre, will be held in St. Brigid’s Church at 10.30 a.m.  The resumption of the 8.30 a.m. service on Sunday mornings will be deferred to a later date.

To ensure the safety of everyone who wants to come to these services, there are some precautions that we are requesting you follow if you attend:

  • We ask that those in the ‘at risk’ groups or those who have been in contact with covid-19 sufferers within the past 3 weeks not attend.
  • It is recommended that facemasks, although not provided, should be worn, except by those with underlying conditions, which preclude the wearing of one, e.g. asthma or COPD sufferers, children under 14.
  • All churches have been examined to establish the maximum number that can be accommodated safely in line with social distancing rules.  Please follow the directions of the churchwardens and assisting vestry members when entering and leaving the building.
  • Please do not congregate when entering or exiting the church and members of the congregation should not meet in the carparks without adhering to social distancing rules.
  • No coffee or tea will be available after the services.
  • Use of bathrooms will be allowed under strict supervision of numbers.
  • Sanitisers are provided at every entry and exit to the church with paper towels.  Used paper tissues, disposable gloves and service sheets, etc., should be placed in the bins provided at points of entry and exit.
  • A family should share the one pew.  Persons should avoid sitting in pews that have been closed off, or in parts of pews where notices have been placed, to satisfy social distancing protocols.
  • To allow for contact tracing, those attending a service must complete the form left in the pew to satisfy Government guidelines regarding contact details.  Completed forms and biros are to be left on the seat in the pew. 
  • During the service, further instructions will be given regarding singing and arrangements for Holy Communion.
  • Collections will be by way of retiring collections at the exits.

Looking forward to seeing some of you on the 5th.

Canon Paul Houston
Rector

Welcome Back! New Video Looks Forward to Return to In–Church Worship

On 29 June 2020 churches can begin to reopen once again for public worship. From this date on, and when they are ready to do so, parishes the length and breadth of the United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough will be looking forward to welcoming people back into their churches.

In this video, RTÉ’s Bryan Dobson guides church goers through the general steps being taken to ensure their safety and the safety of their fellow worshipers. It also supports clergy and select vestries in the measures they are putting in place locally as every church is different.

With these guidelines we can begin once again to worship together as a community of faith.

Welcome back.

Keep in touch

During this unprecedented time, it is important for us all to keep informed as to what is going on in our Parish.  We are endeavouring to keep as many parishioners updated as possible and are using a number of methods to do this.  These include our newly re-designed Parish website, Facebook and Twitter.  We also now have our own YouTube channel where we have been publishing weekly pre-recorded services.

The Parish Office is also issuing weekly emails from Canon Paul.  Some of these emails are not been delivered so if you have changed your email address recently, especially if you have an eircom.net email address, can you email the Parish Office with your new email address on cmcparishoffice@gmail.com, so that you can be kept informed, especially with the possibility of churches re-opening from the 29th June.

Stay safe and God bless.

Update from Canon Paul

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you and your families are keeping well in these uncertain times. I continue to stream services online with many restrictions still in place.  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 homepage of this website. www.castleknock.dublin.anglican.org  

This Sunday 7th June is Trinity Sunday, so I hope you will be able to join with me this week for a Holy Communion service from 10.00 a.m. I would like to thank Philip Good, Jenny McGrath, and those who will read this week for their help with the services.

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. The Diocesan Church Review is also available online at https://dublin.anglican.org/news/church-review.

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 give thanks and pray for all frontline workers.

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

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

If you know of anyone who is not getting the weekly letter, service sheet, updates,  please do ask them to send in an email and I can add them 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

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.