IN TOUCH – June 2019

The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

Dear Friends,

Congratulations to Conan Marshall, second son of Denise and Leigh Marshall, who was baptized in Dunleer Church on 5 th May. Conan has been booked, DV, to play the part of either Baby Jesus or Baby John the Baptist in the Nativity Play in December.

Nineteen young people were confirmed in St Nicholas’ Church, Dundalk on 10 th May. It was a lovely occasion, and many people worked extremely hard it make it so: the candidates and their sponsors, parents and friends, those who decorated and cleaned the church, the church wardens, the clergy and the musicians: the excellent string quartet from Dundalk Grammar School, Mr Roly Ankatelle on the organ and the choir, who add so much to every service. Thank you all.

We extend our sympathies to the family of John Emerson, whose funeral took place in Christchurch, Taney on Monday 19 th May. It seems such a short time since we welcomed the Emerson family back to Collon to commemorate the centenary of the awarding of the VC to Lieutenant Samuel Emerson.

Ladies from Dundalk, Collon and Kilsaran Union joined The Mothers’ Union on their annual outing; this year was a trip north, to Belfast, concluding with an excellent dinner in ‘The Plough’ in Hillsborough. This outing was meticulously organized by Marion Sloan and her daughter Emma Hoey. Thank you both.

Our best wishes to our third and sixth year students as they face the stress of state exams in June. Please remember, each of you, that your first choice may not be the best choice for you and don’t be too disappointed if you fail to get the results you hoped for. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Thank you to all our teachers, who faithfully prepare classes and teach our young people in Sunday School: Lizanne and her team, Ian, Jenny, Karen, Helen, Avril. Your efforts ensure that the faith is transmitted down the generations.

The last Sunday School of this academic year will be on Sunday 23 rd June.

The last Sunday School of this academic year will be on Sunday 16 June

Kilsaran Union:
The last Sunday School of this academic year will be on 23 rd June, in Dunleer.

Thank you to all who have agreed to attend the next GDPR seminar. Your offering of your precious time is much appreciated.

Following the Archbishop’s Lenten Challenge to each parish to do something that will benefit the community, without necessarily benefitting the parish, there will be a meeting with the clergy and the Archdeacon, to evaluate what exactly is happening in the parishes. In our unions, the shining light is of course the success of the Lenten Lunches in Drogheda, but it was so good to hear what was happening on a smaller scale too: over €1000 for victims of Cyclone Idai, charity shop supported, soup donated weekly to soup kitchens, First Responders supported, lifeboats supported, Homeless Aid supported, concert for the hospice. Worship is vertical and horizontal: upwards to God, outwards to our community. Thank you to all who make our worship a living sacrifice. May the good work long continue.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda have reinstated their faith visiting list. Iain and Joyce will now have access to this list making them aware of anyone in hospital requiring a visit.

The recent garden party at Collon House raised a total of €3,700 in aid of the Collon Church Roof Appeal. A great result and well done to all those involved.

This month in St. Peter;s standardised testing of pupil attainment in Maths and English took place. To balance all the hard work, school trips took place to Coolock Astropark/Newbridge House and Imaginosity. 4th/5th and 6th classes visited Dundalk Grammar School and played a very successful hockey blitz against the Junior School. Rev. Neville Hughes also paid his annual visit on behalf of the Archbishop and the children were very knowledgeable about their bible stories. The school has been awarded a new Green Flag award on the theme of biodiversity, the school now has a bug hotel, numerous bird feeders, a bug door on the grass (which can be lifted to see mini-beasts) and a wide array of flowers.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – St. Peter’s, Drogheda
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.


Sunday 2 nd June
The choir of St. George’s Belfast with visiting singers from Sweden will attend St. Peter’s for a full choral Eucharist at our 11.30am service. This will be followed by a pot luck lunch in the Parish Hall. The choir will also sing a Coral Evensong at Dunany Church at 4pm

Thursday 20 th June
A Puppet Show is planned to coincide with the CLCGB on Thursday 20 th June. All children will be welcome. Watch Sunday Service Sheets for more details.

Saturday 20 th July
St. Peter’s Summer Fair will take place in the Close and an early start time is
envisaged. Offers of help and donations will be very welcome. Please contact Lizanne Allen on 086-277 4271

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

Rectory, Drogheda

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