IN TOUCH – October 2018


The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

Dear Friends,


Thank you to all who made, and will make, our harvests so special: our children, our flower arrangers, cleaners and decorators and our musicians, whose valuable contributions are central to the act of giving thanks. Thank you too to those who provided such delicious food for the harvest suppers.



On Sunday 7 October at 3pm there will be a service of remembrance and support for parents and families bereaved by the death of children in the Auditorium of the MMM convent, (beside Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda),



There will be an ecumenical service to support those affected by the death of someone by suicide in St. Mary’s Abbey, Ardee at 3 pm on Sunday 21st October.



Envelopes for contribution to Hospice services will be available in pews during October and early November.  All money collected will go directly to local hospice services. This is an Armagh initiative with local benefits.



We send our best wishes to Violet Shaw who is currently in hospital.


From the Diary

Rev. Iain took the funeral service of the late Rita Thorsby in Townleys Funeral Home on 17th September.


Revd. Iain met with a couple from Belfast who will have their wedding service at Castlebellingham Church late next year..

Revd. Iain attended meetings of the Drogheda Clergy Widows Trust and Drogheda Homeless Aid during the month.

Vestry Meetings were held in Ardee and Drogheda during the month of September.

Revd Iain attended a training event for children’s ministry on 22nd September at St. Mark’s Church Armagh.



All of the pupils have settled in well adjusting to new routines and teachers, 10 infants and 3 children in other classes joined us.  The school, with the help of the PTA, will shortly be able to offer a new musical strings programme and violin lessons to pupils during school, which should be very exciting if not a bit noisy! The staff have been working on using “Writer’s Workshops” with 1st to 6th to help children draft and edit their own writing and are also organising new initiatives in the teaching of Irish. Pupils from 3rd to 6th also have their own Mangahigh accounts which is an online maths teaching tool.



Takes place every Sunday  (excepting Family Service Sunday)  during the 11.30am service. Children leave after the first hymn and go to the Parish Hall with the Sunday School teachers for stories and prayers linked to Christian teaching and then re-join their parents in time to go up to the communion rail for a blessing.

Further details from Lizanne Allen (086-2774271)



We are back in action !! ……. in St. Peter’s Parish Hall every Thursday from 3pm to 4.30pm for an afternoon of fun, games and crafts with Revd. Iain and his lively band of helpers. We are in need of extra adult helpers – if you have a free couple of hours on a Thursday afternoon – even once a month – and would like to help out please call Revd. Iain on 083-8640133.


Took place on Saturday 1st September and raised circa. €3k. It was a glorious day in enchanting surroundings and we are most grateful to Michael and John for opening their beautiful gardens in aid of the Collon Church roof restoration.


Dates for your Diary:


Sunday 30th September – Harvest Festival at 4pm in Drumcar Church.


Monday 1st October – St Peter’s Parish Bowls

Starts back on Monday evenings 7.45pm to 10pm in St Peter’s Parish Hall.

New Members Welcome


Saturday 6th October –10am  St. Mary’s Abbey, Ardee  There will be a celebration of Holy Communion and the focus of this service is vocation to ministry, ordained or lay.  All are welcome.


Sunday 7th October – Harvest Festival at 4pm in St. Mary’s Abbey Ardee

There will be NO SERVICE IN ARDEE/COLLON UNION on that morning.


Sunday 7th October at 3pm – Auditorium of the MMM convent, (beside Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda) A service of remembrance and support for parents and families bereaved by the death of children.


Thursday 18th October at 7.30pm – Drogheda Classical Music presents Trio Shanham Erez Wallfisch at St. Peter’s. Renowned as soloists they will perform a beautiful programme of works for piano, cello and violin by Schubert, Beethoven and Dvorak. Tickets available from Droichead Arts Centre and at the door on concert evening.


Sunday 21st October – An Ecumenical Service of Support for all bereaved by Suicide will take place in St. Mary’s Abbey, Ardee at 3pm

There will be NO SERVICE IN ARDEE/COLLON UNION on that morning.



Following the link here for this Month’s Services


Best wishes



The Revd Iain Jamieson    Tel: 041-9870073/083-8640133

Rectory, Drogheda

The Revd Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: 041-6851327/087-7468866
Dunleer, Co. Louth