Our confirmation service is in Lacca at 11.00 next Sunday, 21st November. The bishop will be at the church for the rehearsal at 2.00 pm on Saturday.
Ivor Clegg is away at the end of the month so the Christmas edition of our parish newsletter will appear next Sunday. Material for inclusion should be with Ivor as early as possible this week.
At our midweek service at Borris-in-Ossory on Wednesday at 8 pm we conclude our series on psalms with a look at Psalm 23 we shall be looking at Psalm 23. On Wednesday, 24th November we begin a series on favourite Christmas carols. Attendances at our midweek service continues to be in the mid-teens, which would be a very encouraging attendance for a midweek service in the big city parishes, so is especially encouraging in our small community.
Ian Poulton is taking a group to visit Flanders and the Somme next June. Our plan would be to fly from Dublin to Charleroi on the evening of Sunday, 5th June: visit the Somme on Sunday, 6th June and to be at the Island of Ireland Peace Park and at the Menin Gate for the remembrance ceremonies on Tuesday, 7th June and visit Flanders on Wednesday, 8th June before flying home. The group would be led by Major Ian Gumm, an experienced battlefield guide and historian. We have already a number of people interested and if anyone outside the parish would be interested in joining us, please contact Ian Poulton. The cost would be around €400 for bed and breakfast accommodation and transport and the guide; the additional cost would be the Ryanair fare and lunch and evening meals. Let him know if you would be interested in going
Holy Communion for All the Family
Today is the second of our ‘all age’ Holy Communion services—we had a congregation of 51 last Sunday; 33 adults and 18 children.. The plan is that each Sunday there would be a service where we could have teaching for people of all ages. The line up this month continues as follows:
21st November—Roskelton at 0930
28th November—Mountrath at 1130
The success of the plan depends upon the recognition that unity is strength—if, on one Sunday, someone comes from another church to ours, then we are prepared to go theirs on the next Sunday. If the plan works it will mean each of the four churches will have a large congregation at least once a month and that we’ll have an opportunity for regular teaching.
Saints’ Days Services
It was very encouraging to break into double figures at our Holy Communion service for All Saints’ Day at Mountrath on Monday 1st November, having had 49 people at the service the previous evening. The next Saint’s Day is Saint Andrew’s Day on Tuesday, 30th November when there will be Holy communion in Mountrath at 8 pm.