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Weekly News Update

Dear Parishioner,

During the period in which our churches are closed, services from Christ Church Taney will be streamed live on Facebook and will be available for you to watch at any time convenient to you on YouTube.


Click here for Live Services on YouTube and Facebook and archived Services on YouTube


I do hope that this message finds you keeping well and safe.  Thankfully, I can assure you that both Nigel and myself are still well and are continuing to work away in the background with the support of Tara who is largely working from home.  This past week we have been trawling through the Parish Lists to identify those who may be “cocooned” and/or living alone.  A number of parishioners have volunteered to help us make a quick phone call to check everything is OK and to see if anyone needs anything we can help with.  Alternatively, if you would like to make contact with us, please do so using the contact details at the end of this Newsletter.
I asked that this week’s Taney News Extra email bulletin be delayed until today, Saturday, as over the past couple of weeks, the Government have made their announcements on a Friday evening, which has in some instances changed the goalposts and made some of our plans unworkable!  Last week we mentioned that we would supplant our spring edition of Taney News magazine with a letter.  Then the Taoiseach announced the Stay at Home policy which means we now have to scrap that idea!  Thank you to those of you who volunteered to deliver these letters.
I am very conscious that many of our older (and more isolated) parishioners are also those who do not have internet access or use e-mail, which is now the way we are relying on communicating with you, the members of the Parish.  Should you have a family member or know of a neighbour who might be in this position, perhaps you could print out the news-sheet and pop it in their letter-box – or alternatively, if a family member, read it to them over the phone.
As we commence Holy Week, it will be very strange not to have the usual (and extra) round of Services which would otherwise be based on the last week of Christ’s natural life on earth.  We had been planning to have our early celebrations of Holy Communion, followed by Breakfast each morning; our Tenebrae Service and Seder Meal, along with the other Holy Week Services.  But these cannot happen this year.  However, Nigel and I plan to “stream” Services on Facebook and YouTube on Palm Sunday, at 10.15am and on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm.  These can be accessed at any time on or after the live-streamed time under the title of “Taney Parish”.
Also, you might like to take time to read the Passion Narratives in the New Testament.  Maybe reading one on each day, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

St. Matthew Chapters 26, 27 & 28
St. Mark Chapters 11-15
St. Luke Chapters 19, 22 & 23
St. John Chapters 12-19

I am sure that many of you are feeling the frustration of being cooped up at this time.  However, do take some comfort from the fact that this is the best way to “break the chain” of infection and therefore will save many lives.

Until next week, stay safe and stay well!

Our Parishioners, Clive and Pamela Wallace run a Restaurant called “Berman & Wallace” (which has had to close).  They are now providing a meal delivery service!  Details may be found on the following link -

Via the Parish Website ( you will be able to link in with Church Services that Robert and Nigel are broadcasting on both Facebook and YouTube.  All that is required is to click on the link to view.  Please bear in mind that these services are streamed to go live on Sundays 10.15am and Wednesdays at 10am (clicking on these links before these times will not connect you to the most up to date service.)
There are further online resources as listed below:

Church of Ireland Daily Prayer
St Patrick’s Cathedral (11.15am & 3.15pm) & Christ Church Cathedral (11.00am) live stream their services on Sunday morning on the following links:
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral

A decision has been made not to print the Spring Edition of ‘Taney News’.  This decision was made bearing in mind that any information contained in it, will all be ‘out of date’ by the time it is distributed!
Instead, the clergy will produce a letter giving up-to-date information to each family in the Parish.  To be able to effect this, we will need our ‘post people’ network to be willing to keep the distribution going.  Should you be a ‘post person’ and will not be in a position to distribute this mail, please let the office know during the coming week, so that we can try to make alternative arrangements.  Thank you.
The Church Review is available online by clicking on the following links:
On the Diocesan website
or at the following links:
High Resolution: 

Lower Resolution: 


Some of you have asked us to reproduce the Archbishop’s Prayer for use during the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Also we are happy to reproduce a children’s prayer, penned by our colleague and former Curate, The Rev’d Cathy Hallissey.
A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus

Almighty and All-loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus, Covid-19
in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to researchers,
strength to healthcare workers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.


Archbishop Michael Jackson
Dear God, I’m like a Goldfish

Dear God, I’m like a Goldfish
(As I’m very sure you know)
These days I’m with my family
We haven’t far to go;
But even in this little tank
There’s lots of things to do
Like taking care of everyone
(And they all mind me too!).
I pray today for gentleness
For thoughtfulness and grace
To wash my hands, and make fun plans,
And give my family space.
And God, I pray for those I love
- the ones I cannot see,
Bless everyone throughout the world
… and Goldfish just like me!

Rev. Cathy Hallisey


We value the Ministry of those who read the Scripture readings and lead the Intercessions at the Sunday morning services.  If you would be interested in joining this group, please contact the Parish Office (01-2985491) as we have some vacancies at present.




The clergy would appreciate being told if parishioners are in hospital, going into hospital, are being transferred or if they have been discharged, and will be pleased to offer pastoral support.  Please understand that the clergy are not automatically informed when parishioners are admitted to hospital. 



We have a number of Parishioners who would dearly love to attend Sunday Services, and who require transport.  If you feel in any way that you could offer to collect one or two of these parishioners it would be very much appreciated.  Please contact the parish office or one of the clergy if you can assist.


The Parish Office is closed but you can contact Tara O’Rourke on 086 854 5453 between 9am – 1pm

e-mail: Parish Website:

Please be sure to inform the office of any changes to your contact details – e.g. address, telephone/mobile number or email.

On-call telephone number

The clergy now operate a designated emergency telephone number it is: 083 477 1673.

This number may be called in case or cases of pastoral emergency only, should there be no reply from the parish office or clergy numbers.