IN TOUCH – April 2019

The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

Dear Friends,


Surrounded by all the hope that Spring engenders, March has been a month of unimaginable tragedy, devastation and evil.  Our thoughts, our prayers and any practical help we can give go out to the families and friends of the teenagers who died in the crush in Cookstown; to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand as they witnessed the evil of fanaticism and hate; to the populations of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar, who have lost possessions, homes, landscape and loved ones.  What can we do? Some will say that the collections in church won’t make any significant difference and it is true that on our own, we can achieve very little, but when many ‘little’ efforts are added together, offered to God in his service, the cumulative effect of the whole can be far greater than the sum of the parts. So, please, let us each do something: burn a little less fossil fuel, waste a little less water and food, use a slightly fewer consumables with a high carbon footprint, give a little more to alleviate distress and need.  The devastation in south east Africa will be as nothing compared with what we can expect if the global temperature increases by 2 degrees. We don’t want our grandchildren and their grandchildren to be hungry and homeless: let’s try to leave them a habitable planet.


On a happier note, we look forward to having the Archbishop with us on Friday 29th March, when he will meet some of the students and teachers in St Peter’s NS and some of the members of the Select Vestry of Ardee and Collon. Thank you,  Mrs Eileen McClean for your kind invitation. On Sunday, the Archbishop will celebrate and preach in Collon at 9:45 and in Dunany at 11:30. Thank you, Ms Caroline Workman for your kind invitation to the Dunany congregation to tea in Dunany House after the service.


We are mid-way through our Lenten lunches and visitor numbers are on the increase. Our two new Maitre d’s – Robert and Eugène have taken to their new roles with gusto and are proving to be both very competent and unflappable !

Volunteers are sought to join the team effort as sandwich makers, food servers, tea/coffee makers, waiting and kitchen staff, table erectors etc. If you haven’t signed up and would like to volunteer please contact Robert on 086 2482375 or Eugene on 085 8309904.  The remaining dates are 3rd, 10th and 17th April.


Please let the Iain or Joyce know if there is anyone in hospital, as, because of GDPR legislation, they will not be otherwise informed.


St. Peter’s N.S., has had a busy March. The senior boys took part in a soccer tournament and 5th and 6th classes both visited the Lenten Lunches. World Book Day proved to be a fun filled day, with the PTA sponsoring prizes for the best costumes. Ms McCullen compered a fashion show as Mary Poppins! The chess team beat Sandpit 4-1 and have one league match to play. Parents of pupils are invited to attend an Art Fair of pupil work on the 5th of April at 8pm in the Parish Rooms, this event is a PTA fundraiser and social gathering.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – St. Peter’s, Drogheda

(No Sunday School on Sunday 31st March)

Takes place every Sunday  (excepting Family Service Sunday)  during the 11.30am service. Further details from Lizanne Allen (086 2774271)

SUNDAY SCHOOL – St. Mary’s Abbey, Ardee

Takes place in the Vestry during morning service on the second and third Sunday of each month  Further details are available from Avril Boothe (087 2397043)


Takes place at St. Peter’s Parish Hall every Thursday from 3pm to 4.30pm for an afternoon of fun, games and crafts.  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.



There will be two services each Wednesday in Lent the first Holy Communion at 10:00 in St Peter’s, the second at 7.30pm in a different church each week with the remaining services as follows:

  • 3rd April            Drumcar
  • 10th April        Dunleer

Click here for this Months Services



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

Rectory, Drogheda

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