ACTIVITIES



Parish Activities

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Choir

Our parish has a strong choral tradition and our choir includes members of all ages. The choir practices on Thursday evenings and sings the service twice a month in All Saints’ church. For information on being part of the choir please contact Gerard Downey, organist and choir director, on gerard@christchurch.ie.

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Mother’s Union

The Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families of all faiths and none through practical outreach, prayer and advocating family friendly policies within both government and public life. Membership is not exclusive to mothers—nor to women!—and participation is open to all who are concerned for the care of family and community life.

Our parish chapter of the Mothers’ Union meets in St. Michan’s Hall on the first Tuesday  of the month from October–May for a variety of social and educational activities. For information on how to be involved please contact Annette McGowan at 089 4464118.

Visit Mother’s Union All Ireland to find out more.

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St. Michan’s Shop

A team of dedicated volunteers staff the shop in St. Michan’s to welcome visitors. Here visitors can purchase tickets for guided tours of the crypt and browse a selection of souvenirs. For more information on training to become a shop volunteer please contact Annette McGowan at 089 446 4118.

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Flower Rota

Flowers in the church are provided on a voluntary basis by members of the congregation. Extra contributions are especially appreciated at major festivals including Christmas, Easter and All Saints’ Day! Olive Kenny oversees the flower rota for All Saints’ and can be contacted at 087 644 1189. Denise McGowan oversees the flower rota for St Werburgh’s and can be contacted 01 478 3710.

Sunday School

Sunday School operates at St. Werbugh’s, 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, during the service. If you would like information or would like to be involved please contact Denise McGowan at 01 478 3710.

St. Paul’s Indoor Bowls Club

The Bowls Club meet regularly throughout the year for practice and competitions. Practices take place in All Saints’ Hall. New members are very welcome. For information please contact the captain, Hazel Barr, on 01 820 7450.

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Damer Court

Damer Court is an independent living housing complex situated on Upper Wellington Street in Dublin. Arising out of the benevolent culture of early eighteenth-century Dublin, we are one of the oldest charities in the city. For the greater part, Damer Court is home to persons in regular employment, those of retirement age, students and trainees. Damer Court is administered by a board of governors (mainly Church of Ireland members) with day-to-day operations being under the supervision of a house manager and assistants who offer full 24 hour supervision throughout the year.

For information on applying to live in Damer Court please contact Michael Kenny at michaelkenny.damercourt@gmail.com.

The Guild of All Saints’

On All Saints’ day 1875, Dr Maturin founded the guild (which still exists today) to incorporate the several branches of parochial workers into a religious organisation connected with the Church. These included, the choir, the various youth organisations, the Mothers’ Union, the sanctuary guild, the sewing guild, the Sunday School, the parochial Library, the Savings Bank, the mission branch, and the Temperance branch(!). In essence, the secular works of the Church. The guild has a Rule of Life which requires its members to be regular at worship, in particular the service of Holy Communion; to practice hospitality; and to be regular in prayer and support the church in any practical way possible. Among the many notable Guild meetings were those held by Dr Maturin who wrote on subjects such as: Preparation for the observance of Advent; The Epistle to the Romans; Doctrinal differences between the churches of England and Rome; The state of the Faithful Departed. Canon Hogan continued this last discussion in citing the collect which may be used before the Blessing at the close of Holy Communion (BCP), which begins, Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of them that depart hence in the Lord… and he stated ‘…those who put it there can scarcely have realised its full significance. It is really a prayer for the dead as well as for the living’.

All Saints’ has for many years been the focus of dignity and solemnity in liturgy and of radical social reform within the Church of Ireland and it can be summed up in the words of Archdeacon Jenkins ‘…the church and its organisations are the logical expression of belief, centred in the Incarnation, the Word made Flesh, the Altar, the Eucharistic worship, the pleading of the Cross of Calvary, the new life springing from the Resurrection; here is the heart of parochial life. Sanctuary and street were bound together in conjunction indissoluble, and separation would be fatal for both… All things come of Thee and of Thine own have we given Thee’.

The Parishioner

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The Parishioner is our quarterly parish newsletter and contains items contributed by clergy and lay members of the parish. It is a place to share our perspectives, experiences, interesting items of local history and to celebrate what is happening in our parish. The latest issue is availableParishioner_Winter_2018-2

If you have an idea for a piece or would like to contribute an article or photograph please contact Paul Dawson on dawsonpauled@gmail.com.


Weekly Services and Activities


† Wednesday,

10:30 am, Holy Communion, All Saints’

† Thursday,

6-7 pm, Choir Practice, All Saints’ Parish Hall
6-8 pm, Bowls Club, All Saints’ Parish Hall

† 1st and 3rd Sundays,

10 am, Holy Communion, St. Werburgh’s

† 2nd and 4th Sundays,

10 am, Holy Communion, St. Michan’s

† Sundays,

11:30 am, Holy Communion, All Saints’