The Rector:
Canon Roy Byrne
– Tel: 01 280 6596 / 086 346 7920

– Email: royhbyrne71@gmail.com

Pastoral Care Committee:
Valerie Duncan – Tel: 087 6400 542

Shirley Thornton – Tel: 086 354 9866

Parish Office & Knox Hall Administrator:
Liz Neill-Watson – (Monday – Friday 10.00 – 1300)
Tel: 01/2147714 / 087 979 1072

Email: monkstownparish@hotmail.com

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Dear parishioners and friends,

Holy Baptism: Parishioners and friends may have been alarmed about the recent media coverage about Holy Baptism in the Church of Ireland and may be under the impression that the Church has changed its teaching on this sacrament at the recent meeting of the General Synod. From time immemorial the church has encouraged people to bring their children for baptism. In some parts of the country there have been some instances where clergy have refused to baptise children if the child’s parents are unmarried. I have certainly been aware that this has been the case through here-say, but I personally do not know of any bishop, priest or deacon in the Church of Ireland who has refused to baptize any child or indeed an adult. A sensible motion was brought to General Synod to regularize this situation and to enshrine in the constitution that baptism should not be withheld. The motion was defeated. This means the status quo continues and what is in the constitution of the Church of Ireland continues as before. The relevant section states:

The Constitution of the Church of Ireland. Chapter IX
The Canons, Part IV, Duties of Clergy

26. Holy Baptism

(1)       Due notice shall be given to the officiating member of the clergy before a child is brought to the church to be baptised.

(2)       If a member of the clergy shall refuse or unduly delay to baptise any such child, the parents or guardians may apply to the bishop who shall, after consultation with that member of the clergy, give such directions as the bishop shall think fit.

As your rector, let me state that I do not know of any bishop, priest or deacon who has refused to baptize anyone. I would never refuse to administer the sacrament of Holy Baptism and I do not enquire as to the marital status or otherwise of parents who wish to have their child baptized. As I have said on many occasions our ministry here in Monkstown is a ministry based on inclusivity and welcome. Please be assured that nothing has changed and our work and ministry in God’s name in this place continues as before. If any parishioner wishes to speak to me further about this matter please do not hesitate to ask.

Julian Deale:   We extend our deepest sympathy to the Deale family on the recent death of Julian Deale of Monkstown Road, who died peacefully in St Vincent’s Hospital. We remember his children Kenneth, Rachel and Hilary, his grandchildren, family, and friends in our prayers. His funeral took place during the past week, privately.

Holidays:           The rector will be taking his post-Christmas and Easter holidays from Friday 31 May and will be back on Friday 14 June. Canon Gillian Wharton will provide emergency cover and may be contacted at (01) 288 7118. Clergy covering the services are listed in the event section at the back of this morning’s service booklet.

Sandford Parish Church is holding a series of lunchtime concerts every Friday during May, June and July at 1.10pm – 1.50 pm.  On Friday 14 June the performers will be the Revd Hilary Dungan and Daire O’Shea (Piano Duo). All welcome.  Admission is free.  Donation box at door.    

Bishops’ Appeal:     Bishops’ Appeal donations may be placed in a Bishops’ Appeal envelope and placed on the collection plate or in the basket at the door. Please use one of the envelopes for this appeal. The appeal will continue through the season of Easter until Sunday 12 May. The Bishops’ Appeal funds are sent to the diocesan office and allocations from the fund are made to relief agencies and charities around the world for humanitarian purposes.

 The Sick:  We continue our prayers in the parish for all who are unwell and the recently bereaved. We also remember those who are in hospital currently and those who are recovering at home from serious illness. Our hearts go out to all who are in need of our continued prayers and support, and we pray that you may have a real sense of the love that surrounds you.

On-line Banking: It would greatly assist our parish treasurer if you would please fill in the line describing what your donation is for and your name also. Sometimes donations are given online without any information provided and it is very difficult to work out who the donor is.

Cabinet of Curiosities: The glass cabinet at the back of the church contains antique and collectable items and we are selling these in aid of the schoolhouse restoration fund. New items are added as they are donated to us, so please keep an eye out, as the stock changes frequently. Please ask one of the churchwardens or Liz if you would like access to the cabinet. Money from the sale of items should be placed in the wooden schoolhouse donation box.

Schoolhouse Restoration:    Parishioners, friends and well-wishers may like to contribute to the fundraising appeal for the Schoolhouse restoration. Our bank details are as follows: Account Name: Monkstown Parish Church Business Current Account. Account no:   86014381. IBAN  IE 17 BOFI 9011 8386 0143 81. You may prefer to send a cheque, made payable to ‘Monkstown Parish Church’ and send it to Winton Lodge, 62 Monkstown Road, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Please indicate that your donation is for the Schoolhouse Restoration Fund.

General Financial Support: Thank you for your continued financial support of the parish and for remembering that our work of ministry continues week after week and year after year. We appreciate your generous and supportive giving. There is a collection at every service in the church. Donations to parish funds may also be posted by cheque made payable to ‘Monkstown Parish Church’ to me here at Winton Lodge if you do not have access to online banking. Our Bank of Ireland bank details are: Account Name: Monkstown Parish Church Business Current Account. Account no: 86014381. IBAN IE 17 BOFI 9011 8386 0143 81. If any of our envelope subscribers wish to talk to Ruth Carnegie, she may be contacted at 087 4339367. We now have a direct payment button on the parish website for those who would like to utilize this facility

With love and prayers  Roy