Join the parish walking group at Rathfarnham Castle on Saturday, 11 November. Meet in the castle’s car park at 10.30am. Rathfarnham Castle dates to Elizabethan times and was likely one of several castles built to protect Dublin from attack by Irish clans in Wicklow. There is a provisional tour of the castle booked at 11.00am. We hope you’re able to join us!
To celebrate its 150th anniversary (1867-2017), Saint Bartholomew’s Church announces with great pleasure the upcoming publication of the expanded and updated book, St. Bartholomew’s—A History of the Dublin Parish, written by noted historian Dr. Kenneth Milne.
The original book was published in 1963 to celebrate the one hundred year history of Saint Bartholomew’s Church. In the fifty years since its publication, much has changed and yet the many traditions of Saint Bartholomew’s Church abound. Subsequent to the 1963 edition, the 150th anniversary book will contain descriptions and colour plates documenting particularly notable events such as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit in 1967, the introduction of vestments by the Reverend Maurice Carey in the early 70s, Cardinal Cathal Daly’s visit as a guest preacher in the 1980s, the formation of the girls’ choir in 2003, the history of the current €1 million renovation project due for completion in late 2018, and interviews with past and current members of the clergy, choristers and Select Vestry members.
The original edition of St. Bartholomew’s—A History of the Dublin Parish was an exceptional project in its detailed witness to the church’s history since its consecration in 1867, two years before the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. From the controversy surrounding its high churchmanship in the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition to the design and architecture of the church, which remains to this day one of the most striking examples of Episcopalian High Church architecture in Ireland, Dr. Milne documented Saint Bartholomew’s early history and its subsequent development into the early 1960s. He gave voice to its pioneering vicars as they built a congregation and led the church in its early years.
Dr. Milne’s new edition continues Saint Bartholomew’s unique story, covering the contemporary concerns and efforts of its present and incumbent vicars, the faithful workings of its Select Vestry, changes to its practices, and the history of the church’s choral music tradition as it reflects on the church liturgy.
This book is expected to be available early in 2018. To pre-order a copy or to make a contribution to its publication, please contact Megan MacCausland or Fergus McCullough, the church administrators, at (01) 668 8522 or at email@example.com. A list of contributors will be included in the book.
The new membership year for the Friends of the Saint Bartholomew’s Choir begins soon! Please consider joining this worthy scheme. All donations made will be used solely for the maintenance of our choir and musical tradition. The membership year runs from 1 September 2017—31 August 2018, and we offer two schemes:
Standard (€75 per annum)
- Acknowledgement by name in all choir concert programmes and on our website
- A complimentary copy of any new recording produced by the choir
- All issues of Music @ Saint Bartholomew’s magazine published while your membership is valid
Gold (€150 per annum)
- All standard benefits
- Two complimentary tickets for all choir concerts held at Saint Bartholomew’s
If you are interested in helping to keep our musical tradition flourishing, please pick up a Friends of the Choir membership form at the back of the church. We also accept online subscriptions through our website here.
Thank you to everyone who supports our choir!
The trip to Birr Castle and Gardens has been rescheduled for Saturday, 30 September. The cost of the visit is €35, which includes admission, lunch (soup, sandwiches, and tea/coffee), and transport. The castle tour also includes full access to the Science Centre, Great Telescope, and gardens. We will meet at the church at 9.15am to depart by 9.30am and plan to arrive in Birr by ~11.45am; we expect to leave Birr by 4.00pm for a ~6.45pm arrival back in Dublin. Due to the small size of the group (max. 20), we will travel by car and are seeking three additional drivers, who will receive as compensation €10 per passenger in their car. As there is substantial demand for castle tours, the booking deadline is 12 noon on Sunday, 24 September. For more information about the site, please visit http://birrcastle.com/. If you would like to book a spot, please contact the parish office at 01-668-8522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judith Barden will make tea and coffee after the Sunday Eucharist services in July and August. The cost for a beverage and biscuit will be €2. All funds will go to Christian Aid for their work in Rumbek, South Sudan, a country suffering from great food shortages. Thank you for supporting this initiative!
On Thursday, 15 June at 7.00pm (please note the earlier time), we will be marking the feast of Corpus Christi with guest preacher Dean William Morton from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The service will be immediately followed by the annual parish barbeque. We need your help in ensuring that there is enough food and drink for everyone! If you would like to bring a bowl of salad, some finger foods, or soft drinks, please list your name and the item you intend to bring on the sheet at the back of the church.
Parishioners will be pleased to know that the money raised at the parish lunch held on Sunday, 14 May during Christian Aid Week amounted to €1500. Many thanks to all who helped to make this year’s event such a success again!
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of our church, Dr. Kenneth Milne has kindly agreed to expand upon his book St. Bartholomew’s—A History of the Dublin Parish, which was originally published in 1963 and is now out of print. We hope to publish the updated edition by December 2017. Your donation will contribute to the publishing costs of this very worthy book. For €25, your contribution will entitle you to a copy of the book. For €50, your contribution will entitle you to a copy of the book signed by the author and, by helping to make this book possible, your name will be included in a list of supporters. Preorder forms are available in the back of the church.
The Dublin Symphony Orchestra concert Scandinavian Sagas will take place on Saturday, 27 May at 8.00pm at Saint Bartholomew’s. Hear such wonderful favourites as Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Symphonic Dances, as well as Sibelius’s Karelia Suite and Finlandia. Tickets can be bought at the door for €15. Concession and children’s prices are also available.
There will be a raffle in aid of the restoration project limited to 300 tickets at €20 per ticket. The prizes are:
- Four tickets to Riverdance
- Ladies’ bicycle
- Children’s tricycle
- Box of Prosecco
Tickets are available for purchase after all church services and from the church office on weekdays between 10.30am—3.30pm. The drawing will take place after the cinema night on 21 June.