From the Rector: Lent has just begun and in these days of pilgrimage we as Church accompany Jesus through his own passion, death and ultimately his Resurrection. It is a story filled with action and tension, as dramatic and as extraordinary as any thriller you will watch in the cinema or on your Netflix box. The events of Holy Week are filled with suspense, fear, pain, terror, surprise, revelation and will culminate in unspeakable Joy. So how do we reflect that in our worship? How can we make our worship more real? One way is to add a little drama and so this year as part of our Easter ceremonies we will hold a vigil on Holy Saturday(Easter Eve) in Straffan Church and it will commence with lighting the Easter fire outside the Church. We do this outside not only because the insurance company understandably get very anxious about people lighting fires inside churches, but principally because the light is a celebration of the light of the Resurrection and with it new hope and new beginnings and we want to share that light not keep it to ourselves. (Please pray for good weather). After the fire is lit the Paschal Candle (Easter Candle) is lit and carried into the church for the Easter vigil. So why not come along and share in the drama of our faith. Many of our own lives are at times filled with drama and as we all know those times can easily become times of crisis. The Good News of Easter is that out of the most deep and dire crisis faced by the first followers of Jesus, his death on the Cross, God was able to bring about transformation and a new beginning, a new Hope. If you are going through a tough time at the moment let God share and transform that burden and let the light of Easter show you a way forward and a new beginning. I wish you all a Holy Lent and a very Happy and dramatic Easter. Yours, Stephen
Services:St Patrick's Day: 11am Christ Church Celbridge (Holy Communion)
Holy Week:Spy Wednesday 8pm St Finian's Newcastle-Lyons Holy Thursday 8pm Straffan Church HC Good Friday: Way of Cross: 10am Straffan Church to St Brigid's Straffan; 12Noon St Patrick's Celbridge to Christ Church Celbridge ; 12 Noon St Finian's RC Church to St Finian's CofI 8pm: Prayers around the Cross in Christ Church Celbridge
Holy Saturday: 9pm Straffan Church - Easter Vigil with lighting of Easter Fire
Easter Day: 6am Dawn Ecumenical Service Castletown Gates (Refreshments afterwards in Slip Hall) 9am Newcastle Lyons HC 10.15 Straffan HC 11.30 Christ Church CelbridgeHC
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: It was a great pleasure to welcome fellow Christians from St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Celbridge and Celbridge Christian Church (Pentecostal) to share with us in marking the week of Prayer. Fr Brian McKittrick and Pastor Paul Carley joined the rector in leading the worship and musical accompaniment was provided by the excellent choir and organist from St Patrick's Celbridge. All who attended were very moved by the liturgy which this year came from the churches in Germany.
Baptisms: On Sunday 15th January in Christ Church Celbridge we welcomed into the family of the Church baby Thomas Robert Stapleton, son of Robert and Christine and a brother to Molly. We wish Thomas every blessing in his journey in faith and life.
Confirmation 2017: This year we have a small number for Confirmation, just two in fact for the parish Confirmation. They are Ruby Tobin and Malachy Mckenna, both of Celbridge. They are to be confirmed in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 4th June. We also pray for all those to be confirmed from the parish in King's Hospital School. We wish them all well in their preparations.
Bereavements: We extend our sincere sympathy and prayers to Jackie Finlay of Christ Church Celbridge whose brother Syndey died on 22nd January after a short illness. His funeral took place on the 26th January in St Peter's Church of Ireland, Portlaoise.
Whist Drive On Friday 17th February we had our second parish whist drive in the Slip Hall and once again it was very well supported. Beginners mixed with seasoned professionals to enjoy a great night's cards and a beautiful supper. Special thanks to Rebecca Taylor and Esther Lougheed who are the driving force behind this new initiative and also all those who provided the supper including and especially Linda Daly who served and tidied up the beautiful spread. Thanks also to those who donated raffle and spot prizes.
EGVs Celbridge/Straffan: 27th April 8pm in the Slip Hall, Celbridge. Newcastle-Lyons: 3rd May 8pm in St. Finian's Church, Newcastle. Please note all are welcome to attend these annual meetings!
This is the 3rd module in the Pilgrim Course which we have been following in the parish for the last couple of years - This time the subject is the 10 Commandments. All are welcome - Contact Rev Stephen for further info 087-2328172 / email@example.com
Note - Not meeting next week - next session will be announced here
We are an Anglican/Episcopalian parish which straddles the Co. Kildare and Co. Dublin border. We are close enough to Dublin to be considered part of the commuter belt but also have a large rural constituency within our parish centred on the towns of Celbridge & Straffan in Co. Kildare and Newcastle Co. Dublin
Craft & Chat (Rebecca Taylor - evenings) 01-6288429
Church Service times are as follows:
Newcastle - Lyons (St. Finian's): Sundays at 9am (HC 1st & 3rd Sundays)
Straffan: Sundays at 10.15am (HC 2nd & 4th Sundays)
Celbridge (Christ Church): Sundays at 11.30am (HC 1st & 3rd Sundays)
and Wednesday mornings at 10am (Holy Communion and Ministry of Healing)
Joint Services on 5th Sundays as announced
Special Services as announced
Location of the Churches:
Postcodes for Churches - Map locations can be accessed via eircode.ie :
Christ Church Celbridge:W23TD37
Straffan Church: W23HC81
St. Finian's Newcastle-Lyons: D22H9P2 (Church is adjacent this property which is The Old Glebe)