Archive for January, 2011



Please come to our


Valentine’s Supper Dance


Saturday 12th February 2011


8 for 8.30 p.m.


Santry Parish Centre




Admission includes hot supper and dancing to the music of Mike Scott.

There will also be a Raffle, and all proceeds will be divided between the three parishes.


Tickets €20 available from Lylah, Doreen and Dilys

– if in doubt contact rector. 8341015


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Today we commemorate the Conversion of St Paul, who, from being an opponent of Jesus Christ, became one of the foremost missionaries and shapers of the new faith.

Paul was a devout Jew, a learned and scrupulous Pharisee, who believed Jesus of Nazareth to be a false prophet, his followers deluded, and their “Way” a threat to Israel. As a result of a mysterious event on the road to Damascus, Paul became convinced that Jesus had been raised by God from the dead; and that he, Paul, was therefore wrong in his estimation of Jesus and his Church. He was baptised, and began the work of revising his understanding of God in this new light. His letters are among the earliest documents of the New Testament, and he made particular strides in commending the Gospel to the Gentile world.

Whatever his encounter on the Damascus road was, it convinced him that Jesus is risen, and Jesus is Lord, and that he had been wrong. It is a very uncomfortable experience to realise that you have been wrong about something, especially something important, especially something you have been very public about. You know by the sinking feeling in your heart where the truth lies; but it takes a big person to admit openly their mistake, and to re-order their life accordingly. Paul was as tenacious of his own opinion as anyone – if he thought you were wrong, he told you so. But he was also willing to learn and to change. So we give thanks for his conversion, and pray that we too may learn and change until we come to the fullness of truth.

Almighty God, who caused the light of the gospel to shine throughout the world through the preaching of your servant Saint Paul: Grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion may follow him in bearing witness to your truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Common Prayer 2004

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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held each year from 18th – 25th January. As with most praying, its effects are not always very dramatic, yet they are there nonetheless. And in a world that is so divided and without peace, everything that makes for mutual understanding, co-operation and neighbourliness really matters.

Our parish event will be held on Thursday 20th at 11 a.m. in Blessed Margaret Ball Chapel, Santry. All are welcome for this short prayer service. This year the worship will be led by the new priest in Blessed Margaret’s, Fr Bernard Collier, who has replaced Fr Aidan Darcy.

Another event of interest is the Irish language service organised by Pobal an Aifrinn and Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, which will be held in Christ Church Cathedral on Friday 21st at 8 p.m. There is a particular poignancy when an inter-church Irish-speaking congregation worships together in the ancient mother church of Dublin. The preacher will be Revd David McDonnell, curate-assistant of Christ Church Group, and all are very welcome – Céad Míle Fáilte roimh cách!

More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

Book of Common Prayer


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9th Jan    First Sunday after Epiphany – Baptism of Christ


Santry                    10.00                Morning Prayer                     DO/ED†

Glasnevin               11.30               Eucharist                                DO

Finglas                   11.30                Morning Prayer                     ED


16th Jan Second Sunday after Epiphany


Santry                    10.00                Eucharist                               DO

Glasnevin               11.30              Morning Prayer                     SO

Finglas                   11.30                Eucharist                               DO


23rd Jan Third Sunday after Epiphany – Unity Week


Santry                    10.00                Morning Prayer                     DO/ED†

Glasnevin              11.30                Eucharist                                DO

Finglas                   11.30                Morning Prayer                     ED


30th Jan                Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)


 Santry                    10.00                Eucharist                               DO

Glasnevin              11.30                Service of the Word                                 

Finglas                   11.30                Eucharist                               DO





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Prayers for Sudan

From the Anglican Communion website:

The Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion (our own Canon Kenneth Kearon), writes:

The thoughts and prayers of many in the Anglican Communion are focused on Sudan at this time, as the people of Southern Sudan prepare  for a referendum to decide their future. The referendum will take place on 9 January next, and all are invited to pray and to focus their concerns on that war-torn country at this time.

In land area Sudan is Africa’s largest country and it is the tenth-largest country in the world. Bordered by nine other countries, it is central to the African and Arab worlds. Under the British administration the the north and south were governed separately. In 1954, at the end of British rule, Arab north and African south were unified as one country. Civil wars lasting about 40 years ended in 2005 with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA gave the south political autonomy for 6 years, to be followed in 2011 by a referendum to decide whether or not it should become an independent country. It is this referendum which is taking place on 9 January. A further referendum is also due then on the future of the border area Abyei which has been contested between the North and South, as well as popular consultations for the people of the Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile on their future.

The Episcopal Church of Sudan is a member Church of the Anglican Communion. Its headquarters are in Juba, the most important city in the South. It is a significant voice in the life of Sudan. The Episcopal Church is neither pro- nor anti-secession, but rather pro peace and pro the right of self-determination, and is therefore seeking to ensure that the referendum of 9 January is carried out with due process, fairness and integrity. The Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, Most Revd Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, is working very hard to achieve this. In registering for the referendum  (see picture) along with his Rowan Catholic counterpart, Archbishop Deng spoke of the importance of all people participating in the referendum process.

Prayers for Sudan

Archbishop Deng has issued a ‘Call to Prayer’ for Sudan and the process of the coming weeks and months.  The following prayers may be helpful for Anglican Christians around the world who want to respond to this ‘Call’.


 Lord Jesus, you who said to us; “I leave you peace. My peace I give you.” Look upon us your sisters and brothers in Sudan as we face this moment of referendum. Send us your Spirit to guide us. Give us the wisdom we need to choose our future where we will know your true peace. You call us out of slavery, oppression, and persecution so that we may have life in abundance. Grant us peace with one another. Give peace among ethnic groups. Help us to work together for the good of all. We ask this in your name, Jesus our Lord. Amen.

(Adapted from a prayer by Bishop Desmond Tutu, being used in Sudan for the 101 days of prayer before the referendum)


God our Father,
whose son Jesus Christ wept over your people who knew not the way of peace,
and were as sheep without a shepherd,
hear our prayer for the people of the Sudan.
Turn the hearts of their leaders to reconciliation and peace.
Bless their Archbishop and clergy, that they may be true shepherds of your flock.
Strengthen those who heal the wounded and feed the hungry.
Hasten the time when all nations will own your just and gentle rule and receive your gift of peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

(Prayer for Sudan used in churches of Salisbury Diocese, England)


Let us encourage our hearts in the hope of God
who once breathed the breath of life into the human body.
His ears are open to prayers; the Creator of humankind is watching;
He reigns from his high place, seeing the souls of those who die.
Turn your ears to us: upon whom else can we call?br> Is it not you alone, O God? Let us be branches of your Son.

(Mary Alueel Garang, Episcopalian Christian of the Diocese of Bor, Sudan)


Let us give thanks to the Lord in the day of devastation,
and in the day of contentment.
Jesus has bound the world round with the pure light of the
word of his Father
When we beseech the Lord and unite our hearts and have hope,
then the demons have no power
God has not forgotten us
Evil is departing and holiness is advancing,
these are the things that shake the earth.

Mary Alueel Garang, Episcopalian Christian of the Diocese of Bor, Sudan)

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The Epiphany of our Lord

Tomorrow (6th January) is the Feast of the Epiphany, the “Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles”, as the old Book of Common Prayer put it. Over the next few Sundays we explore just who this Jesus of Nazareth is, and what he reveals to us of God.

We will celebrate the Eucharist in St Pappan’s at 8 p.m., giving us a chance to sing some of the lovely Epiphany hymns.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

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