Archive for June, 2011

From today’s Irish Times:


GILBERT (née Bannister) Rev. Margaret Anne (Raheny, Dublin 5) – June 26, 2011. In the loving care of the staff at St. Pappin’s Nursing Home. Beloved wife of George and loving mother of Barry, Deirdre (Huddleston), Maeve (Reamsbottom) and Rory. She will be deeply missed by her family, brother David, sisters Joan (Browne), Gladys (Doyle) and Wendy (Goggin), her ten cherished grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Removal on Thursday evening to arrive at the Church of All Saints, Howth Road, Raheny at 5 o’clock Funeral service on Friday at 12 noon followed by cremation at Glasnevin Crematorium. Family flowers only please, Donations in lieu to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.”Angels guard thee”


Margaret served these parishes for several years as assistant priest, and her pastoral care, particularly of the sick and housebound, was exemplary. We send our condolence to George and all the family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Pictured at a service in Drumcondra Parish church to celebrate the centenary of the National School are (left to right) the Rt Revd Roy Warke, former Rector, the Revd Margaret Gilbert, former Curate, the Revd Willie Black, current Rector, the Most Revd Richard Clarke, Bishop of Meath and Kildare, a former pupil of the school who preached at the service, the Revd Stanley Baird, Former Curate, the Revd Kevin Dalton, former Rector, the Revd Aisling Shine, former Curate and the Revd Ted Ardis, also a former Curate.


Margaret is second from the left in this group photograph


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O Trinity, O Unity,

Be present as we worship thee,

And with the songs that angels sing

Unite the hymns of praise we bring.


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Tomorrow is the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday), the last day of the Easter Season.

There will be only one service in the group of parishes, namely at 11.30 a.m. in St Pappan’s Church. The Eucharist will be followed by our annual cheese lunch, all donations going to the work of Christian Aid.  



She sits like a bird, brooding on the waters,
Hovering on the chaos of the world’s first day;
She sighs and she sings, mothering creation,
Waiting to give birth to all the Word will say.

She wings over earth, resting where she wishes,
Lighting close at hand or soaring through the skies;
She nests in the womb, welcoming each wonder,
Nourishing potential hidden to our eyes.

She dances in fire, startling her spectators,
Waking tongues of ecstasy where dumbness reigned;
She weans and inspires all whose hearts are open,
Nor can she be captured, silenced or restrained.

For she is the Spirit, one with God in essence,
Gifted by the Saviour in eternal love;
She is the key opening the scriptures,
Enemy of apathy and heavenly dove.


John Bell








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Today we remember Kevin (“of gentle birth”, late 6th-early 7th century), who was a hermit and monastic founder in the beautiful and remote valley of Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains. He was famous for his austerity and for his love of nature, and is a patron of our diocese.

Almighty God, by whose grace Kevin, kindled with the fire of your love, became a burning and a shining light in the Church: inflame us with the same spirit of discipline and love, that we may ever walk before you as children of light: through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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