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Dear parishioners and friends,

Our Easter Vestry was held electronically last Friday on Zoom and the business of the meeting carried out to the best of our ability. We look forward to the day when meetings can once again be held face to face rather than using a computer screen! My address to the meeting may be found at the back of this week’s service booklet and next week I hope to include the parish accounts for 2020 for your information. The Select Vestry members are listed below:

The Revd Canon Roy H. Byrne

Rector’s: Ms. Shirley Thornton

People’s: Mr. John McEvoy

Rector’s: Mr. Roger Duggan

People’s: Mr. Brian Carnegie

Mr. Roger Kirker                 Mrs. Olwen Keating

Mr. Jonathan Kidd              Ms. Thelma King

Mr. Gordon Duncan            Mrs. Valerie Duncan

Ms. Elizabeth Oldham        Ms. Joyce Todd

Mrs. Ruth Carnegie            Ms. Jean Boydell

Ms. Eileen Kennedy

Mr. Roger Kirker

Mrs. Olwen Keating

The May edition of Monkstown Voice has gone to the printers and we hope to have it for next Sunday. The paper quality in the April edition was rather flimsy and we have asked the printing company to try and ensure future editions are printed on better quality paper.

Chris is about to start work on the front long flowerbed in the church grounds and plans to plant rose bushes which will hopefully look (and smell) wonderful and also deter those who climb over the wall and walk through the flower bed. If anybody would like to donate a rose bush or two to his project please do drop them off to him. We would love highly scented roses but not ground cover roses nor climbing roses for this project please.

Chris, our caretaker, works Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 12 noon and is usually around the church if you would like to visit the memorial garden or to drop off items for the parish sale or other fundraising events we may have in the future for the schoolhouse. We have received a number of donations recently and thank you for thinking of us. We will gladly accept donations of good quality bric-a-brac, ornaments, kitchenalia, books, records, DVDs, jewellery, antiques and collectables. We do not require electrical goods (as we are not permitted to sell them), old clothing, bedding, magazines, cassette tapes or video tapes. All items should be in a clean and saleable condition.

Thank you for your continued generosity which is helping to keep the parish on a sound financial footing during this continued lockdown period. Offertory envelopes and donations may be dropped through my letterbox and they will be passed on to Olwen our treasurer. We greatly appreciate your continued support and kindness.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another and contact me if you need me.

With love, prayers and my very best wishes, Roy