RESCHEDULED: Trip to Birr Castle and Gardens, 30 September

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 admin@stbartholomews.ie.

Dublin Orchestral Players Concert

The Dublin Orchestral Players will perform a delightful concert programme on Saturday 11th February at 8pm in Saint Bartholomew’s Church. The concert will feature Beethoven’s much loved Violin Concerto, played by Wicklow-born violinist Lynda O’Connor. Other works to be performed are Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Grieg’s Holberg Suite for String Orchestra. Conducted by Andrew Synnott, this promises to be a wonderful evening in the lovely setting of Saint Bartholomew’s. Tickets €15 (€12 Concession) can be purchased online or on the door.

Parish Walking Group

As the winter bites that little bit harder, our parish walking group will take a break until February. Thank you to all those who have supported our first two successful outings and please keep an eye on the news in late January for details of our February walk. All will be welcome to join us.

Vacancy for Parish Administrator

The United Parishes of Saint Bartholomew’s and Christ Church Leeson Park have a vacancy for an Administrator on a part-time basis for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Minimum requirements are competence with Microsoft Office including desktop publishing.

If you are interested, please make contact through the website email for further information. The closing date for applications is Monday, 24th October and interviews will be held on Saturday, 29th October. We will require a C.V. and two references.

Parish Administrator

After over two years, we said goodbye to our administrator, Mark Bowyer, on Friday. Mark has been appointed to a full time role working in HR for a Dublin based law firm. We wish Mark well as he begins this new chapter in his life and thank him for all he has done here at Saint Bartholomew’s over the last two years. He will continue to be involved in the parish and singing in the choir.

Good Friday RTÉ Service

Saint Bartholomew’s Church took part earlier this month in recording a service for broadcast on RTÉ for Good Friday. You can tune in to the service on Good Friday (25 March) on RTÉ One at 3.10pm or watch it online. If you miss it there will still be a chance to watch it on the RTÉ Player.

Auditor required

We need a qualified auditor to audit the accounts of Saint Bartholomew’s Church and Christ Church Leeson Park for the year 2015.  If you have the appropriate qualifications please could you call Charlie Smith (Hon. Treasurer) on 01 2888877 or email charleshillas@gmail.com.

Church Heating

We apologise for the ongoing problems with the heating in the church when services are on.  We are having major difficulties in getting Bord Gáis to agree to measure the gas pressure over a twenty-four hour period to ascertain why our perfectly good boiler is not receiving enough gas to continue running. We hope to have this problem sorted soon.  Please be patient.  If you have any complaints please direct them to berginba@gmail.com or phone 086 8176356.