Rector’s Address at 2015 Easter General Vestry

Address given at the General Vestry on 15th April 2015
My dear friends, how time flies when you’re having fun. It’s hard to believe that that I have now been with you over a year-and-a-half, and that this is my second time to chair this Easter General Vestry Meeting. Since we last met together in this context, we have, of course, moved into the Rectory, and bit by bit I’ve been getting to know more people and getting better acquainted with our parochial strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. The good news is that our strengths and opportunities by far outweigh our weaknesses and challenges, so much so that not a day goes past when I don’t thank God for having brought me to this parish.

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Services in June 2014

– Morning Worship takes place each Wednesday at 10.30am.
– All are welcome to join us for tea/coffee after the 10.30am service on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Sunday 1st June, the Seventh Sunday of Easter
– 8.30am — Holy Communion, The Rector
– 10.30am — Holy Communion, The Rector
No Sunday Club.
Collects and Readings

Sunday 8th June, Pentecost – Whit Sunday
– 8.30 — Holy Communion, The Rector
– 10.30am — Morning Prayer, The Rector
Sunday Club in the Parish Centre.
Collects and Readings

Sunday 15th June, Trinity Sunday
– 8.30 — Holy Communion, The Rector
– 10.30am — Holy Communion, The Rector
Sunday Club in the Parish Centre.
Collects and Readings

Sunday 22nd June, the First Sunday after Trinity
– 8.30 — Holy Communion, The Rector
– 10.30am — Parish Family Service with Holy Baptism, The Rector
No Sunday Club.
Collects and Readings
Parish Picnic in the Parish Centre and grounds after the 10.30am service – all welcome.

Sunday 29th June, the Second Sunday after Trinity
– 8.30 — Holy Communion, The Rector
– 10.30am — Songs of Praise – a selection of favourite hymns
No Sunday Club.
Collects and Readings



President Higgins to attend ecumenical service in Clontarf Parish

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Clontarf Parish is honoured to host an Ecumenical Service of Peace & Reconciliation in commemoration of the Battle of Clontarf on 23rd April, the 1000th anniversary of the day of the battle itself.

It has been confirmed by Áras an Uachtaráin that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will be attending the Ecumenical Service, the theme of which will be Peace and Reconciliation. The service will be attended by representatives of the six Christian churches in Clontarf, as well as representatives of local business, sporting, educational, leisure and political interests.

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Rev. Michael Jackson will be present, and the address will be given by the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Eamonn Walsh, representing Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

The Danish Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Niels Pultz, and the Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Ronald Names, will also be in attendance, along with representatives of the Irish Defences forces.

This unique service takes place at 12 Noon on Wednesday 23rd April in our Church of St John the Baptist, Seafield Road West, Clontarf.

All warmly welcome

Lenten Ecumenical Study Evenings

*A message from Rev’d Robinson* –

Fr Martin Hogan and myself have organised an ecumenical Bible study over five Wednesday evenings during Lent, beginning on **Wednesday 12th March, from 7.30 – 8.30pm**.

We will be looking at Gospel readings for Lent each evening in an effort to deepen our relationship with God through his Word. No previous study or expertise is required and all are welcome. **The venue will alternate** between our parish centre and the parish centre of St John the Baptist, Clontarf Road, beginning on Seafield Road on 12th and there will be tea/coffee served.

It would be my hope to see our regular discussion group members present along with some new faces. If you are new to this kind of event you might be surprised at how enjoyable and valuable it can be.

Services for Christmas 2013

**Christmas Eve – The Nativity of Our Lord**
– 12 midnight – Holy Communion, The Rector
Collects and Readings

**Christmas Day – The Nativity of Our Lord**
– 8.30am – Holy Communion, The Rector
– 10.30am – Parish Family Communion, The Rector
Collects and Readings

**Sunday 29th December – the First Sunday of Christmas**
– 8.30am – Holy Communion, The Rector
– 10.30am – Parish Family Service (Service of the Word)
Collects and Readings

Clontarf welcomes Revd Lesley Robinson as Rector

The Revd Lesley Robinson was instituted as rector of St John the Baptist in Clontarf by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, on Friday 20th September. The service took place in Mount Temple Comprehensive School as the Parish church is out of action for the work on the roof.

A large crowd of parishioners gathered to give a warm welcome to our new rector. We were joined by Lesley’s family, friends and well wishers from her former parish in Roscrea, representatives of our neighbouring churches and public representatives.

The address was given by the Revd Dr Tom Corbett, parish priest of the Roscrea Cluster of Parishes. He said it would be Lesley’s task to unveil the Gospel and let its light penetrate into the core of parish life in Clontarf. Speaking about ministry, servanthood and service, Fr Corbett said ministry was not always easy and joked that “people can be a pain in the neck”. However, he said the joy of ministry was to be found in the joy of God and said that Lesley could be trusted to lead people in this way.

Speaking after the service, church warden John Davis thanked the Archbishop and the board, principal and students of Mount Temple Comprehensive School for enabling the service to take place there. He paid tribute to the select vestry and his fellow church warden Jeanne Colvin for the huge efforts they put into organising the service.

Representing our neighbours in St John The Baptist on the Clontarf Road, the neighbouring Roman, Fr Martin Hogan welcomed Lesley and highlighted the many ecumenical activities that take place in Clontarf throughout the year.

Archbishop Jackson thanked everyone for coming to the school for the service and the school for allowing the service to take place there which showed that God’s presence was everywhere, not just in churches. He said members of the parish had done wonderful work and thanked organist John Rowden and the choir for ‘translocating to this place to enable worship with glory and delight’. He also thanked the rural dean, Canon Robert Deane, for the work he had done in the parish during the vacancy.

Addressing the congregation, Lesley commended the parish and the institution committee for the hours of work they had put into planning the evening. She told representatives of other churches present that she was looking forward to working with them to build up the community of God.

She offered words of encouragement to the parish and acknowledged that our road recently traveled had been one of pain and uncertainty but she said she knew God would ensure that better times were ahead. She asked those present to continue to pray for her as she embarked on her new ministry.

Lesley (45) is a native of County Offaly. She was ordained in 2002 and served in the Clonfert and Birr Groups of Parishes as an auxiliary minister before becoming Priest in Charge of the Roscrea Group of Parishes in 2004, all in the Dioceses of Killaloe. She completed the transfer to the stipendiary ministry in 2011. She is very experienced in the area of youth ministry and is currently chairperson of the United Diocesan Youth Council of Limerick & Killaloe. The Ministry of Healing is also among her areas of particular interest and experience.

Institution of Revd Lesley Robinson, 8pm on 20th September

All Parishioners are invited to attend the Institution of Revd Lesley Robinson as Rector of Clontarf by the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin on **Friday 20th September 2013, at 8pm, in Mount Temple Comprehensive School**, Malahide Road, Dublin 3. (See map below.)

(Visiting clergy are invited to robe and to wear a white stole.)

A reception will follow.

Further information is available from Ms Jeanne Colvin, Rector’s Churchwarden at

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Services in September 2013

– All services take place in the Parish Centre while work on the church continues.
– Sunday Club resumes on 15th September.
– Morning Worship each Wednesday at 10.30am.

**Sunday 15th September, the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity**
– 8.30am — Holy Communion, Revd John Marchant
– 10.30am — Holy Communion, Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Revd John Marchant
Collects and Readings

**Friday 20th September, Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Malahide Road, Dublin 3**
– 8pm — Institution of Revd Lesley Robinson as Rector of Clontarf by Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin

**Sunday 21st September, the seventeenth Sunday after Trinity**
– 8.30am — Holy Communion, Revd Lesley Robinson
– 10.30am — Holy Communion, Revd Lesley Robinson
Collects and Readings


Revd Lesley Robinson to be instituted on 20th September

The Archbishop of Dublin has announced that he will institute the Revd Lesley Robinson to the incumbency of Clontarf on the **Friday September 20th at 8pm**.

The institution will take place in the Sports Hall of **Mount Temple School** with the kind permission of the Principal.

See the map and get further details.

Many preparations for the institution are required and Revd Marchant has asked everyone to support and help the Churchwardens and members of the Select Vestry as they ask for assistance in the preparations.

‘This is the start of a new and exciting phase of the history of the Parish’, Revd Marchant said, ‘I wish you all well as I approach the end of my involvement with Clontarf Parish’.

Revd Derek Sargent, 1966-2012

This Sunday, 28th July, is the first anniversary of the death of our much loved friend and Rector Revd Derek Sargent.

We’ll gather at the **10.30am Service** to remember Derek, to give thanks for the love and dedication he brought to his ministry among us, and to pray for his family and friends.

Derek was born in Dublin in 1966, and grew up in Dundrum. He went to school at Taney National School and Sandford Park. He studied theology at the Church of Ireland Theological College, Saint John’s College, Nottingham, Trinity College Dublin, and the Open University.

He was ordained deacon for the Waterford Group of Parishes in June 1999. After 2½ years as curate in the cathedral group, he was instituted as Vicar, with responsibility for the three parishes of Dunmore East, Annestown and Tramore. After a year and a half as vicar he became the Rector of Clontarf in 2003.

Derek was a dedicated servant of the Parish, and he is sadly missed by the Parish family and the wider Clontarf community.