I am sure that like me, you appreciate these
lengthening days and emerging blooms in our gardens and hedgerows, which herald the season of Spring. In tandem with creation, we are also preparing for the season of Easter and the message of new life heralded by the good news and celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You will find details of our Easter Services on the website. Please do join us!
The events of Holy Week are so well recorded in the Gospels that we can follow the footsteps taken by Jesus in each of the days leading up to and including his Resurrection on that first Easter day. Once again, this year we will celebrate the Holy Communion at 7.15am each morning in Holy Week, followed by a light breakfast, and in the evenings at 8pm, we will hold a series of Services to reflect these events. On a personal note, I would like to thank those of you who sent ‘get well’ messages to me following my eye operation in January. Thankfully, due to the skill of the surgeons and the prayers of so many, my sight is almost back to normal again.
At the end of February, we bade farewell to the Rev. Cathy Hallissey who was part of our Ministry Team for the past three and a half years. During that time, she brought a deep pastoral care to the Parish as well as a fresh and vibrant touch to our worship with her many talents and pioneering creativity! We thank her for her ministry here and wish her and her family every blessing for her future in Powerscourt with Kilbride.
During Lent, we make our annual collection for
the work of the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal Fund. Special ‘Bishops’ Appeal Envelopes’ are in the church pews. Please return your donation on the Offering Plate on Sundays or to the Parish Office by Easter Day. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Taney Parish’.
On Sunday 19th May, we look forward to welcoming Archbishop Jackson to Christ Church, Taney for this year’s Confirmation Service. I would ask you to keep the candidates in your prayers in the coming weeks. Their names are listed elsewhere in this issue. Our thanks go to Rev. Nigel and Ms. Tara O’Rourke who have been assisting in the preparation of the candidates for this important step in their journey of faith. Please do support them by your presence with them on their special day.
Vera joins me in wishing you and your families every Blessing for a joyful and Happy Easter.