We hope as you browse through the site you will get a taste of the Parish, its various activities and history. St Mary’s is a Parish within the Church of Ireland Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough and a member of the world wide Anglican Communion.
Badajo Project 2019 Fundraiser coffee morning 28th June 11:00-1:00 in St. Mary's Hall
Last year our Parish helped support Miriam O'Callaghan to raise funds for a volunteer project working with the Badajo people in the Philippines. This year she is returning again along with a past-pupil of the Burrow School, Jessica Farrelly.
Their work will be based in the Nano Nagle School, helping to develop the livelihood of Badjao tribe members through classes and workshops, with a keen focus on education. The money raised is used to provide educational resources for students as well as for the development of community facilities.
A request from the Peninsula Community Sponsorship Group for Refugees
A group of around 12 people from the Howth/Sutton area have been meeting over the last few weeks to explore how we can help a Syrian Refugee family to settle here. We are working with the Irish Refugee Council under the auspices of the Department of Justice, and we will shortly be receiving specific training. Our immediate aim is to find accommodation, which we know will be a huge challenge. This is why we are now asking for help from the wider community.
Once we have found a suitable house the family will be brought directly here from a Refugee camp either in the Lebanon or Jordan. It is our responsibility to welcome them and to give them whatever support they need, and to help them to integrate into our local community. The idea is to help the family to become independent over a period of roughly two years.
We are looking to rent a 3/4 bedroom house locally for a period of two years. Once the family is here the Government will pay the HAP rent but as a sponsorship group we need to raise a minimum of €10,000 to cover expenses needed for setting up the house and providing essential comforts for the family. Do you know of any property in the area that could be made available for such a family? Perhaps there is a house lying empty at the moment? Landlords sometimes tire of the business of managing tenants. Perhaps, however, a landlord may feel moved to help a Syrian family who have suffered greatly in their war-torn country and might be willing to make an exception and allow them to rent while they become settled. In such a case, we, as a Sponsorship group, may act as landlords for the duration of the two-year period. There are also some religious orders who no longer need houses that they purchased, and you may be aware of such a situation. If you can help us with any ideas we would be delighted to hear from you.
..it was a great Fete!
A huge thank you to all who helped in any way to make this a most successful Fete!
To all who donated items and baked delicious cakes, to the sandwich makers, those who supported the Raffle and other stalls or who came on the day and found treasures at bargain prices and enjoyed a lovely tea! It was truly a collective effort.
Most especial thanks for our loyal team of people who run all the stalls on the day. It is tiring work but hopefully it is also fun and a chance to catch up with friends old and new – and it is only once a year!
We are so grateful to those who support us from the wider community and of course to the wonderful Scouts without whom the Fete simply could not happen.
Well done to all of us! And many thanks again.
Twilight Garden Party
On Saturday 11th May the first St. Mary's Parish Garden Party was held. Very thankful for the lack of rain (and the winter coats and wooly hats) a wonderful night was had.
There was a delicious spread of food, the garden was decorated beautifully and as the night progressed, the lighting of the church and all the fairy lights in the garden made it feel very special. It was nice for so many of us to be able to take a step out of our busy lives and leave the kids and work behind for a bit, and reconnect with the community that our church gives us. And as the cold crept in we found ourselves forming very tight bonds as we huddled around the two pit fires for perhaps more physical warmth than spiritual! On the back of such a great night, St. Marys certainly hopes to repeat this again.
You have visited our website – why not come and join us one Sunday? You will be assured of a warm welcome as you come to share in our worship and also over a cup of coffee after our main morning service.