Reflections on our Easter Celebrations
What a busy and wonderful two weeks we have had!
We were very lucky to have Howth Gospel Choir join us for Our Fresh Expressions Service on Palm Sunday, and their beautiful harmonies and uplifting message prepared us well for our entrance into Easter Week.
We started our Easter Week at a lovely service with our friends at Sutton Methodist Church, and continued our worship throughout the week at St. Mary's evening services, culminating at an Easter Vigil service with more of our friends at St. Fintan's Church on Saturday evening.
Come Easter morning we found ourselves (somewhat bleary-eyed) at the top of Howth Summit for the traditional ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service. The early rise was worth it though as we turned our faces towards the rising sun and welcomed the new life promised to us. Immediately after this dawn service it was our turn to host breakfast, and soon our beautifully decorated hall was bustling with great chatter. A special thanks is due to Supervalu who donated all the croissants and scones, and all the helpers who made it such a lovely occasion. No sooner were the tables cleared, and we were straight into our two Easter Morning services.
Our Easter Story culminated with our Family Service the following Sunday when our puppets helped us understand Thomas the Apostle through a funny portrayal of the "I doubt that" quiz show - who knew that snails have over 10,000 teeth! A big thank you to Stephen and Lauren Courtney, and Sunny and Daisy Conboy for all their hard work in putting together the show.
Youth Club - Cage Soccer Trip, 17 April
Surf Project for Secondary School Students
Howth and Clontarf parishes are organizing an Activity Day for secondary school students with the Surf Project on Sunday 22nd April on Dollymount Beach, followed by food and a workshop in the Clontarf Church of Ireland. Click on the link here for further details and also for a consent form. Booking is essential.
We need your empty jam jars!
Could we please ask you to save all empty jam pots please and bring them to church and leave them at the back? We need them for our upcoming Church Fete. We are anticipating a wonderful amount of delicious home made jams but we are short of jam jars! Many thanks :)
Garden Gang pull it off again!
The group met on a beautiful sunny morning for the first clean up of the season last Saturday, 24th March. Everyone got busy weeding, hoeing, chopping, clearing ivy, and enjoyed a cuppa and chat half way through the morning.
Most of the work took place in the Garden of Remembrance to have it looking as good as possible for any visitors over Easter. As well as the usual tidying of the flower beds and shrubs much of the time was spent cleaning around the memorial tablets. Please remind anyone visiting the garden that only fresh cut flowers are allowed on the tablets. Containers/pots are not permitted and will be removed, and if the plants are suitable they'll be planted into one of the flower beds.
Work on the other part of the garden, opposite the main door, has still to be tackled and we plan to start that at the next session. It will involve a lot of heavier work so more volunteers would be very much appreciated.
Repeal of the 8th Amendment
It would appear that soon enough we will be asked to decide upon an alteration to the 8th Amendment. Following are two links concerning this issue.
A statement on the forthcoming referendum on the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution in relation to proposed legislation by the Archbishop of Armagh and the Archbishop of Dublin - Church of Ireland - A Member of the Anglican Communion
A contribution by Bishop Michael Burrows to the Referendum debate
St. Mary's Parish Howth
Howth, Dublin 13
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