Sunday 16 June 2019

Around the districts: Shankill

Ruby Sharkey and Hannah Earls singing at the St Fergal’s NS Christmas concert in St Fergal’s Church
Ruby Sharkey and Hannah Earls singing at the St Fergal’s NS Christmas concert in St Fergal’s Church

St James' COI, Crinken: Services of Worship for this Sunday - The Epiphany: 11 a.m. - Morning Praise.

Rathmichael COI

Worship Services for this Sunday - The Epiphany: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion; 11 a.m. - Holy Communion; 7 p.m. - Evening Prayer, Lector Sheila Thomson.

The Alpha/In-Between Club: The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 29, at 8 p.m.

The two books selected for this meeting are 'Oh My God What A Complete Aisling' by Emer.

McLysaght and Sarah Breen and 'A Ladder To the Sky' by John Boyne.

Rathmichael Walkers: The next walk will take place on Saturday, January 26, Confirmation 2019: His Grace the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Revd. Dr Michael Jackson, will confirm young people from this parish, along with candidates from Crinken, Bray and Kilternan parishes, on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in Christ Church, Bray. Kilternan and Rathmichael will work together in the matter of preparation of the candidates. Girls and boys who are in First year and who wish to be confirmed should give their names to Anne Thompson at 086 8937067 or email

Annual Register of Vestry Persons: Each year in the month of January every church of Ireland parish revises its register of parishioners. People, who have become new members of the parish parishioners who have reached the age of eighteen are entitled to become registered members of the Parish (referred to as registered vestry members). In a similar manner those who have ceased to be registered vestry persons through death or having moved away from the parish are deleted.

To be so registered entitles one to vote at the annual Easter Vestry Meeting, the Parish AGM. An up-to-date register is also helpful when the Church of Ireland carries out a census of its members. Please therefore, if applicable, complete and return the relevant form to Churchwarden or the Rector before January 15.

St Anne's Parish

Resource Centre Hours: St Anne's Resource Centre is open 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those requiring Baptism/Confirmation certificates or application forms for baptism can obtain them during the above hours. Please note that the parish office is the only place where certificates and application forms can be processed.

Mass Times: Mass is celebrated in St Anne's Church at 10 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Monday to Friday (except during July, August and September). Weekend Mass times are Saturday 6.30 p.m. Vigil Mass and on Sunday at 8 a.m., 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. Mass is now broadcast online and can be viewed by logging onto the parish website: and then clicking onto video link.

Bethany Bereavement Group: Operates Drop-In Centre in St Anne's Resource Centre on the first Friday of each month at 10.30 a.m. The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary Ministry. The volunteers are trained to listen and to help the bereaved and grieving.

Bethany Bereavement National Bereavement Support for Adults: A five-week Bethany Bereavement Support Group programme will take place in St Anne's Resource Centre, Shankill, from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on the following dates in 2019 - Monday, January 14, Monday, January 21, Monday, January 28, Monday, February 4, and Monday, February 11, If you are feeling the pain of any loss at all, this series of meetings may offer support and consolation in a place where healing can begin. This is a completely free service provided by trained volunteers in the community. If you would like more information or to book a place in the group please call St Anne's Resource Centre at 01 2822704. The Bethany Bereavement Group is a voluntary parish-based ministry who are trained to listen and to help the bereaved and anyone grieving any loss.

First Friday: This Friday is the First Friday of January and the Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel will be open from 10.30 a.m. till 7.30 p.m. The priest of the parish will be available to visit those who are sick or housebound and those who would like to receive a visit are asked to leave their contact details with the parish office.

St Anne's Baptism Tree: Our Baptism Tree, located beside St Anthony's Shrine, is now up and running. It is a celebration of all baptisms which take place in our parish throughout the year. Each child baptised will have a token placed on the tree to welcome them into our Christian Community and we ask you to remember them in your prayers.

Remembering a loved one: Apostolic Work provides Mass kits to priests in poor parishes in.

developing countries. Each Mass kit can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one with an engraving on the chalice, so they are continually remembered in Mass. A donation of €350 will cover the cost of a complete Mass kit and a simple inscription. The kit includes vestments, altar linens, chalice and ciborium in a light metal box for travel. If you would like to consider subscribing for a Mass kit or helping with a donation of any sort or becoming a sewing member please contact the parish office or Kathie Davey (2823014) for more information.

Rosary for Peace: Is said every Saturday at 3 p.m. in St Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire.

St Anne's Resource Centre - Learn more about your Catholic faith: Please feel free to avail of the opportunity to borrow books from our library in the Parish Centre, at no cost. The library is open Monday to Friday and after the 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday.

Support Network: St Anne's Parish Network for those who are divorced, separated or re-married, meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. All welcome - text: 087 3646067 or email

Men's coffee morning: The Men's coffee morning takes place every Friday from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. Please join us if you are free.

Gluten Free Hosts: Gluten Free Hosts are available for Holy Communion. Please advise the Sacristan if you require one.

St Anne's Parish Website: The parish website is

Book Sale

This Saturday morning the January 2019 First Saturday Book Sale, which supports the Shankill Old Folks Association, will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Shankill Old Folks Centre Lower Road, Shankill, so make a point of calling into it during that Saturday morning and avail of the opportunity to pick up great reading material for the New Year.

Donations of books, which must be in a good and clean condition, other than school/text books, will be accepted on that day. Photographs and memorial cards found in donated books can be collected at the book sale. Supporting the First Saturday Book Sale supports the Shankill Community.

Shankill Library

Opening hours for Shankill Library are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on alternate Fridays and Saturdays - To renew or inquire about a book call 01 2827801 or email

Historical Society

The next meeting of the Rathmichael Historical Society, the local history society for Shankill, Ballybrack, and the surrounding area, will take place at 8 p.m. in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road (Dublin Road end), Shankill on Wednesday, January 9, at 8 p.m. after which the AGM of the society will take place.

This will be followed by a talk by Richard Dolan on 'Rathmichael: Past, Present and Future'. All welcome - admission €4. Those wishing to join the Rathmichael Historical Society can do at the AGM.

Members are reminded that annual membership subscriptions for 2019 fall due on January 1 and can be renewed at this meeting.

In the meantime three events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Rathmichael Historical Society are the 8 p.m. Thursday, January 3, lecture by David Crawford to the Mount Merrion Historical Societyrecalling 'Stanley Woods: The World's first motorcycling superstar' in the the community centre, North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. All welcome - admission €4/Students €2; the 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, lecture by Brendan Twomey to the Tallaght Historical Society on 'Swift and Money' in the County Library, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Admission free - all welcome, and 8 p.m. meeting of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, at which Nicola Morris will speak on 'The Chief secretary's Office Registered Papers' - all welcome - €3 donation.

Members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society are asked to note that January 10 is the last date to obtain a copy of the Old Bray Society's has published a special issue of the Bray Historical Record - 'First World War Special Issue' which recalls those from county Wicklow, who took part in this conflict from the Town Hall Bookshop, 23 Florence Road, Bray.

ICA Guild

The guild meets on the second Monday of the month at 3.30 p.m. in St Anne's Resource Centre. Craft Morning takes place in St Anne's Resource Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Culture outings are held at different times throughout the year. New members always welcome - contact Patricia O'Connor at 282 0733.

GAA Club notes

The Club Academy is taking its winter break and will return on Saturday, February 2.

The 'Chase the Ace' draw in Brady's is on hold for the present to facilitate the pub's own Christmas programme of events. The jackpot stands at €1,450. The next draw will be held after Christmas. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 available in the pub or from club members.

We are currently looking for new players for our Adult Ladies and Adult Men's football teams - if interested please contact GPO Steve Davis at 087 6414123 or email

Shankill Social Club

Are you aged over 50 and interested in joining a local community social group? Shankill Social Club is looking for new members and new ideas. Meetings of the Shankill Social Club take place in St Anne's Resource Centre on the third Wednesday of the month. All welcome - further information from Jackie Hall at 086 8671166 or Paula Morgan at 086 3467480.

Classical Music Club

The January meeting of the Shankill Classical Music Club will be held on Wednesday, January 9, in the Shankill Old Folks Association, Lower Road, Shankill, at 7.45 p.m. For further information about the club see or call John O'Hagan at 087 2109175.

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