IN TOUCH – December 2019

The Occasional Newsletter

of

Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

Dear Friends,

Wishing all our readers a Very Happy Christmas

BAGS OF HOPE

Several bags were contributed toward the enterprise run by Sarah Byrne, a student in Dundalk Grammar School.  Sarah asked that old school or shopping bags be filled with toiletries or other items suitable for distribution to homeless people. The filled bags will shortly be distributed to homeless people. Well done Sarah for your initiative, care and hard work.

It seems that an enterprising spirit is something passed from one generation to the next: belated congratulations to Sandra Byrne and her company for coming in the top five of the recent enterprise awards.

DROGHEDA MALE VOICE CHOIR AND BOYS’ CHOIR.

Young people learn far more by example than by precept.  The DROGHEDA MALE VOICE CHOIR has long given its talents to support good causes.  (They recently performed in Ardee, helping that parish to raise €3,000 for the Hospice.)  Now their good example has been passed on to the next generation of singers: they and the DROGHEDA BOYS’ CHOIR performed a concert in St Peter’s on Sunday 24th November. At that occasion, the Mayor, Mr Paul Bell launched their CD and the proceeds of the concert were given to support ‘Hannah, Warrior Princess’. Hannah and her family have demonstrated courage, strength of purpose and love in heart-breaking circumstances.

ILLNESS

Several of our parishioners are suffering from serious illnesses. Others are suffering from stressful situations. Please remember them in your prayers. Please also, let Iain or Joyce know if there is anyone is hospital, as otherwise, they will not know.

CLERMONT CHORALE

We look forward to hearing the Clermont Chorale in Castlebellingham Church on Tuesday 3rd December at 8 pm

NATIVITY

Ardee and Kilsaran parishioners are joining forces for the Nativity Tableaux.  It will take place in St Mary’s Abbey, Ardee on Sunday 15th December, at 9:45.  There will be NO SERVICES in Kilsaran Union on that day

CAROL SINGING

Proposed dates are

11th December        7pm        St Peter’s, Castlebellingham

16th December        7pm        St Oliver’s, Dundalk

CAROL SERVICES

10th December         7 pm         St Peter’s, Drogheda 

with students from St Peter’s NS and Drogheda Grammar School

13th December         8 pm         Collon

with the choir of Mary Immaculate, Collon and the Rosemount Singers, director Shane Barriscale and manager, Dorothy Ailnoth.

20th December         7.30 pm     St Mary’s, Castlebellingham 

with Kilsaran Choir, director Mary Price and accompanist, Ann Clarke.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CLERMONT CHORALE

Tuesday 3rd December in Castlebellingham Church at 8pm

CONCERT

Friday 6th December in St.Peter’s at 7.30pm

Violinist Patrick Rafter and pianist Michael McHale come together to present a programme of Mozart, Ravel, Debussy, Ysaÿe and Franck.

St Peter’s Church Christmas Coffee Morning & Craft Fair

Saturday 7th December 10am to 1pm at Annesbrook House, Duleek

(Courtesy of Kate Sweetman)

NATIVITY

Sunday 15th December at 9.45am    St. Mary’s Abbey, Ardee

CAROL SERVICES

Tuesday 10th December at 7 pm        St. Peter’s, Drogheda

Friday 13th December at 8 pm        Collon

Friday 20th December at 7:30 pm        St Mary’s, Castlebellingham

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve

16.00 Holy Communion Dunany
23.30 Holy Communion Castlebellingham
23.30 Holy Communion St. Peter’s Drogheda.

Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day

08.15 Holy Communion St.Peter’s Drogheda
09.45 Holy Communion St. Mary’s Abbey,Ardee
10.00 Holy Communion Dunleer
11.30 Holy Communion St. Peter’s Drogheda.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – St. Peter’s, Drogheda – 

Takes place every Sunday  (excepting Family Service Sunday which is on the second Sunday of the month)  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  the 9.45am morning service on the first and second Sunday of each month. Further details are available from Avril Boothe  (087 2397043)

SUNDAY SCHOOL – Kilsaran Union

Takes place during the 10am service, on the second Sunday, during the united service in Castlebellingham and on the fourth Sunday, during the united service in Dunleer

CHURCH LADS AND CHURCH GIRLS BRIGADE 

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.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO IN TOUCH

If you have any contributions/noteworthy dates which you would like included in In Touch please email details to hazelspearman@icloud.com

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Iain.

Clergy

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

Rectory, Drogheda    i.jamieson@hotmail.com

The Revd Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: 041-6851327/087-7468866
Dunleer, Co. Louth    am.drogheda@armagh.anglican.org