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Vol 14 No 3 Page 1 - April 2008


Chatting just prior to Easter with young people in the parish I enquired if they would be out in Church on Easter morning. "Well, we're going out to a party on Saturday night. One might have left it there, however, I decided to suggest that it might be worth forgoing a drink or two or getting to bed a little earlier, so that they might make it to Church on Easter day to worship the God who gave his Son on the cross to show his love for us and for the world.

Well done to the young people, they enjoyed their party, and they also came to Church on Easter morning to proclaim the mystery of our Christian faith. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

Perhaps if we could just get the sense of what God has done and still does for us we would respond more positively in the run-up to Easter, particularly in Holy Week as we focus on the love of God seen in his passion and death. In many ways it is a sharing in his suffering, so that we may also share in the promise of his resurrection glory. In the Roman Catholic tradition of the Christian faith the presence of the crucifix depicting the awful reality of Jesus' death (spoken about by Ruth in a sermon during Lent) gives a very real understanding of all that God gave for us on the cross. Again, in the Roman Catholic tradition the Stations of the Cross allow adherents to "share in some way in Jesus' passion and death on Good Friday. Then, as we wait through Holy Saturday to see the sunrise of Easter morning and the empty tomb, somehow we can see and realise the significance of the empty cross. the symbol of Christ's resurrection, his victory over evil and death.

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It is not one without the other. both are inextricably interwoven, interdependent, connected, enjoining God's love in all its humility and pain, in all its love and glory.

In John's Gospel Christ's death, his resurrection and the giving of his Holy Spirit are all one event. God's saving love seen in "the hour. In his death and resurrection Jesus offers us his Holy Spirit which in 2008 we celebrate at Pentecost, Sunday 11th May. "May we live by faith, walk in hope and be renewed in love, until world reflects your glory and you are all in all. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen (BCP page 493).

Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Group

Numbers attending these three informal meetings in the rectory on 27th February, 5th and 13th March ranged from eight to twelve. Apart from Ann, Terry and myself those present were from Sandyford Roman Catholic Parish. Active discussion was joined around the idea of the Hard Gospel, dealing with difference, division and difficulty expressed in concrete concepts from our own lives and out of the context of our parishes. One line to sum it up? Empathetic listening is the single most important principle in human conversation. listen to hear, to understand to feel!


The World Day of Prayer In a new and successful departure for the area, the World Day of Prayer took place on a Thursday. 6th March, instead of the usual Friday. This year the service was in St. Patrick's, Glencullen, also a new venue, where all were warmly welcomed and lovely refreshments were served in the beautiful new school building.

The service, following the format created by the people of Guyana was beautifully led by people from the various parishes and roles in the community. We were privileged to hear Sandra Orr speak about "Wisdom as it applies in our daily lives and in our relationship with God. Sandra, one-time nurse and midwife working in the Sudan, is now involved, through an organisation "Love Russia , with female teenage prisoners in Russian gaols. She spoke of the joys and sorrows experienced through her own life and out of empathy with others founded upon a deep Christian faith. "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Ps. 111:10). and she was fun to listen to!


At the annual Easter Vestry, held in the parish hall on Tuesday 1st April, the following were elected to serve on the Select Vestry for the year 2008/2009 Daphne Athey. Rector's Churchwarden Andrew Flynn. People's Churchwarden Derek Higgins. Rector's Glebewarden Clive Moutray. People's Glebewarden

Members of the Select Vestry: Carol Barry , Adrian Clements, Richard Corrigan, Ian Elliott, Jonathan Holt, Peter Knaggs, Terence Lilburn, Ann O'Neill, David Taylor, William Tomkins, Simon Walker, Jean van der Lee

Subsequent to the meeting, members of the Select Vestry met to elect officers. Ian Elliott - Honorary Secretary Ann O'Neill - Honorary Treasurer.

We thank the retiring members for their service and welcome the new members and particularly those taking office for the first time.

At the triennial elections the following persons were elected. Synodspersons: Peter Knaggs, Ian Elliott and Terence Lilburn Supplemental Synodspersons: Caroline Kennedy, Mary White, and Daphne Athey Parochial Nominators: Jean van der Lee, Ian Elliott, George Balmer, Adrian Clements. Supplemental Nominators: Olive Pierce, Caroline Kennedy, Mary White, Gary Colclough



Vestry Yes it's that time of year again albeit somewhat earlier than usual.

Hopefully the weather will once again be kind but whatever the weather there will be the usual great line up of attractions (and some new ones) and stalls. Lots and lots of prizes to be won at the games, the "Feête walk and the Tombola.

The fête committee, the PTA, teachers and parishioners have all been working extremely hard to make this a great day out. All this work is worthy of support so please come along, bring your family tell your friends and if you haven't been before "come and see .

By kind permission of De La Salle Palmerston Football Club there will once again be plenty of off-street car parking so no excuse!

Entrance through the paddock gate from 12 noon onwards with plenty to eat and drink throughout the day. Lunches, teas, snacks, sandwiches and cakes will be available in the General Purpose Room in the school (please note change of venue) where there will also be an opportunity to browse the book stall or contract for some comestibles from the cakes, breads and delicatessen stall.

If al fresco eating is more to your taste the BBQ will once again be operating beside the tennis pavilion, as will the usual sweets, minerals, ice cream, popcorn and candy floss without which no FFeête would be complete.

If for some reason you did not manage to purchase some raffle tickets in advance there will be a further opportunity to do so on the day. Again lots of lovely prizes including a sellers prize of a helicopter ride over Dublin!

Full details of all that is on offer as well as times of certain events such as the Dog Show and the Tae Kwan Do exhibition will be published in the Feête brochure. This has been made possible by the support of a number of advertisers and we thank them in advance for this. In return we would ask that you give them your support.

Please give this major event in our calendar your support in whatever way you can, but please do come along. To paraphrase John Lennon, "What if we gave a Feête and nobody came !

Treasure Trove. Ornamental, antiques and oddities. No we're not talking about John Dunne and his dedicated team of assistants but rather what they're looking for to stock this hugely attractive feature of the Feête. "Just about anything says John but with a couple of provisos. "Please no rubbish; if it's only fit for the bin, put it there. We are not a free disposal service. Also please no soft furnishings such as sofas etc. These are extremely bulky, difficult to sell and even more difficult to dispose of if left unsold . Goods for this stall may be left in the parish hall during the next two weeks.

Books, C.D.s, Tapes, Videos, and Vinyls. Pat and Alive Carey are again "librarians along with their team of enthusiastic helpers. It would help greatly if your contribution of books is "boxed in easily liftable sized containers. Located in the G.P. room in the school this year, it may well be that books will have to be stored elsewhere and the easier to manage the better for the porters. All books are welcome but if you have something of special worth or interest please bring it to the attention of the stall holders.

Cakes And Delicatessen Using their combined talents, good looks, skills and a whole lot more, the M.U. and the Tennis club will be manning ( I suspect womanning more likely) the cake and delicatessen stall. Please get your baking equipment out and bring something along. These volunteers are here for the duration of the Feête and really want to sell, sell, sell. Last year they had to go home early as they ran out of goodies. Biscuits, breads, cakes large and small will be welcomed along with anything in the fresh, canned bottled etc. produce line.

Toys Another change of venue. this time to the parish centre. Only good quality toys please. As with the Treasure Trove, this is not a dumping ground for broken items that have no value. Please remember that for health and safety reasons we cannot now give these away to organisations that would formerly have taken them

Garden And Plants Building on their successes of previous years, these folk now merit a marquee all to themselves! putting those "summer only gardeners to shame, the real aficionados will have been busy potting, planting seed trays, taking cuttings splitting herbaceous plants, nursing indoor plants and seedlings. Real bargains and lots and lots of free advice from people who not only know what they're talking about but love talking about!

Tombola Everyone a prizewinner. Bottles, jars, tins , packets, fancy goods, ornaments, or anything that would make any sort of prize, are required for this popular attraction. There are containers in the hallway of the school where your contribution may be left. Ed McPhillimy is once again in charge here.

Vestry Catering Nikki Reid and her team will be dishing out the goodies, this year in the G.P. room in the school. With more space there may well be extra demand on services so please give her a call if this is your thing.

The Crucial Three Hours In Treatment Of Stroke Victims. Read On!!!!!!! A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. totally! He said the trick was getting a stroke recognised, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which is tough.

During a barbeque, a friend stumbled and took a little fall. she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call a doctor)..she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. (at 10.00pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the barbeque. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. they end up with some level of incapacity.

Recognising A Stroke:

Scientist Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke. Doctors now say a bystander can recognise a stroke by asking three simple questions- these can be remembered as the first three letters of the word stroke. STR.

S • Ask the individual to SMILE
T • Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. it is sunny out today)
R • ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Another sign of a Stroke ---------------------------- Stick out your Tongue Ask the person to "stick out his/her tongue If the tongue is "crooked , if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.


Please, Please!


Saturday 26th April, Parish Fete, the Garden Club will have a stall at this annual event, we would appreciate both help and plants to sell on the day!

Monday, 28th April 8.00p.m. Orla Woods from "Kilmurray Nurseries is coming to talk to us about ideas for the Spring Garden and will have some plants for sale.

Saturday, 24th May 2.30 p.m. Visit to the garden of Patricia Maguire at Lamb's Cross.

Saturday 7th June Our Annual Day Out, we are visiting three gardens in Co. Carlow, for more details, please contact me.

Saturday, 5th July, 2.30 p.m. Visit to Ingrid Goodbody's garden "Old Bawn at Old Conna in Bray.<
br> Saturday, 26th July, 2.30 p.m. Visit to "The Garden House , Rocky Valley Drive, Kilmaconogue.

If you would like further information about any of these events, please contact me. Sarah Tilson


Club Nights The new tennis season started on Tuesday 8th April with a mixed doubles tournament followed by some refreshments. Club Nights will continue every Tuesday for the season with mixed doubles tournaments scheduled for Tuesday 13th May and Tuesday 10th June.

Parish Fete The Club together with the Mothers' Union will look after the Deli and Cake Stall at the Parish Fete on Saturday 26th April. Contributions to the stall are most welcome.

Future Diary The annual Barbeque will take place this year on Saturday 26th July 2008. The finals of the Club Tournaments will be held on Saturday 11 October 2008.

Juniors A very successful tennis camp for juniors was held over the Easter holidays. Further activities for juniors are being planned for the summer holidays.

New Members New members to the Club are most welcome. The Club has excellent courts, floodlights and accessibility. Anyone interested please contact the Club Secretary, John Ryan, at ryan3rock@gmail.com or come up to Club Night on a Tuesday. Gary Colclough


A reminder for those who have not yet paid their subscription of €39 for the Church Review, I would be grateful for it as soon as possible. May I take this opportunity to thank Ian and Dorothy Elliott for collecting our copies each month, which always arrive in Church on time.
Daphne Athey.


Three very important dates for your diary:
Tuesday 15th April at 11a.m. - BRING & BUY COFFEE MORNING AT Ann Walsh's home, The Cottage, Ballybetagh Wood Cakes, Jewellery, etc. Why not come and have a walk in the woods with friends and/or toddlers? In aid of Mothers' Union Overseas Fund, helping families and children overseas.

Wednesday, 16th April. AGM This is an important evening as this year we have our triennial elections, followed by tips and ideas for the cake stall at the Feête which the Mothers' Union and Tennis Club run.

Saturday 26th April. Parish Feête. Cake Stall Time to get those cake tins out again!! Cakes. Muffins & Buns. Tray Bakes - Pavlovas. Cookies. Bracks. Tarts. Brown Bread. Scones Please bake loads. all donations are greatly appreciated. Sandra Knaggs


To all of you who do not know me, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Elaine Moran and I own and manage the Treehouse Pre School, which is located within the National School.

I am also one of the leaders of the Network Youth Club, which is run from the Parish Hall every 2nd Monday, along with Carol Barry, Dave McAuley and Ian Gammel.

In the Network Youth Club, we have children from the parish ranging in age from 9. 14. We have 24 children on our register at present. We provide a fun and active night for all the children with a wide variety of activities for all to enjoy. Some of our activities include outings e.g. trips to a fire station, mountain walking, building camps in the woods from natural materials, etc.

We are currently trying to organise a sponsored walk to raise some much needed funds to bring the children away for one night. We would also like to redecorate the window boxes around the church as we did last year and would be grateful of donations of some spring flowers to help us make the church grounds look nice for Spring/Summer.

Over the next few months I hope to keep you posted on our progress and any upcoming events. Please call me if you would like any further information, or have some children who would like to join us, or if you have any donations of flowers you would like to give us. All of your help and support is greatly appreciated by the leaders, the children and the parish. You can contact me anytime on 087 681 7240. Many thanks Elaine Moran

Sunrise Service 2008 Easter Day very early on the 23rd March I, towards the Leadmines Chimney, at 5.30 made a dash As Barnaslingan Wood was reached the rain then ceased to fall John Dunne and I walked upward with little sign of squall. The hour had not gone forward, visibility was quite good, Some before us lit a fire and at a distance stood A mighty fire raged there, indiscriminate embers flew Not a scrap of shelter found there, as a bitter north wind blew. In time, about 30 stood there, from the young up to the aged Greetings and chat in wonderment, as round the tempest raged Rev. Moynan started the service with renewal of Baptismal vows Letty read from the Gospel of St. John, then Ann endeavoured to rouse Our voices to sing two Easter hymns upon this perishing height Thank God, it did not rain again in this early morning light A blessing given and a watery sun rose to greet the day Then Rev. David bade people go, and few had will to stay Sue Pedlow was there along with her son, Barbara Rowe and Terry too Carol, Mick, Bernard and Gay and others I hardly knew. Shaking and shivering, hands numb and red, I too was glad to go In the company of Ruth down the path again and to the car below. At 7.10 the sun blazed forth along Barnaslingan Lane But my hands didn't cease to tingle before reaching home again. William D

A Poem For Easter 2008 On Holy Thursday evening, we shared a Christian Seder meal Recalling the Jewish Passover, with its own unique appeal, It put us again in touch with the roots of our Christian tradition Adding a little bit of knowledge to vain attempts at erudition. Searching for any leavened bread, letting the unleavened remain A Passion candle ignited, God's love shining in our domain Prayers and hymns were said and sung; red wine in glasses imbibed Herbs and salted water were there, for which all present applied. Unleavened bread then followed, the significance explained By retelling the Passover story, the link with the past maintained. Wine, evoking the Passover lamb, was sipped with one accord Signifying to us the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ Our Lord More wine, sweet paste and bitter herbs, along with unleavened bread Were taken and then roast lamb was served, as those leaving Egypt were fed There were readings from the Bible and praise to God above Holy Communion celebrated, symbols of shed love. It was a memorable ceremony of Our Lord's Last Supper fare Aptly, just thirteen were gathered around our table there. William D 23/03/2008

Tuesday Club On the 11th March the Tuesday Club met at the Parochial Hall at 2.30p.m. for a Film Presentation and Talk by Ian Wilkie and John Holland on the Niall Mellon house building project in South Africa. About thirty attended including some from the Charabanc group in Enniskerry. All were treated to an interesting and informative show followed by hospitality.

The May outing is on the Thursday 29th May. It is to "Blooms" in the Phoenix Park. Meet at Wynn's Hotel, Abbey St. for Luas at 11 a.m. WDH

Easter Vestry

A well attended meeting of the Easter Vestry took place on Tuesday 1st April in the newly redecorated parish hall. The purpose of the Easter Vestry is quite simply twofold - to present the annual accounts of the parish and to elect members of the Select vestry for the following year. Every three years there are the additional tasks of electing synodspersons and parochial nominators. The former represent the parish at Diocesan Synod each year whilst the latter only have a task if for any reason a vacancy should occur in the rectorship.

Kilternan however, has had a history of offering for open debate any matter which is of interest or relevance to parish life. This year the open forum was further enhanced by presentations from parish organisations. Individual members gave a."snapshot" view of their particular group functions aims and aspirations. These proved to be informative, enjoyable and well-researched and we thank all those who took part. The concept and the presentations were well received and it is hoped that this can be extended in future years. Indeed so impressed was the rector that he offered each parish organisation an opportunity to take responsibility for the leading of worship some Sunday morning. Watch this space for further information on this.

After six years of unstinting hard work Jennie Lynam stepped down from the position of Honorary Treasurer. As a token of appreciation she was presented with a bouquet of flowers. A sincere thank you Jennie for all that you have done and continue to do on behalf of the parish. Thank you also to those who prepared and served tea etc. during the meeting. The results of the elections are printed elsewhere in this newsletter.

Church Cleaning Rota

A big thank you to parishioners who take their turn on the church cleaning rota. Your efforts keep the church clean and tidy and are much appreciated. The rota tries to involve two families each week-end. This helps people to get to know each other and can be the start of friendships. It does require us to be aware of our dates and not to let our partners down by forgetting or being otherwise absent! Please check your diary dates.

Admission To Primary And Secondary Schools Of The Area

Families with young children, even new-born babies, need to realise that the schools of this area, primary and secondary, are hard pressed to accommodate all who seek admission. It is vital therefore, that parents and guardians make early application for admission to the school(s) of choice.

Organisation And Commitment Pay Off. A Golf Classic Success!

Eighteen teams took to Powerscourt Golf Club on Friday 7th March 2008 in aid of Kilternan Church of Ireland National School finances. The golfers enjoyed the beautiful course, despite a few downpours. They were joined in the clubhouse by teachers, parents and friends where all enjoyed a lovely meal. This was followed by a prize giving, an exciting auction and dancing.

We are most grateful to all who made the golf classic such a success financially and socially. to the golfers who in essence made the day possible; to all sponsors, many of whom were also the golfers; to those who gave excellent prizes and items for the auction. Above all we thank Jenny, Liz, Ollie, Helen and Chris, the organising committee.

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