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

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 or phone 086 8176356.

Parish Office – Christmas arrangements

The parish office will be closed after Friday 18 December and will re-open on Tuesday 5 January. However, you should continue to send items for inclusion in the weekly news sheet as these will be produced as usual. The weekly deadline is Thursday at 12 noon. Any messages left at the parish office will be picked up during the holiday season as usual and emails will be checked regularly. Services continue as normal and details can be found in the events section of the website.

Christmas Hamper Raffle

We will be having a raffle for a Gourmet Christmas Hamper – valued at over €500. Items will include:

A Large Turkey and Ham with trimmings, stuffing and cranberry sauce, Terrine de Compagne, Very large homemade traditional family Christmas cake, Homemade Christmas pudding, Frangipan Baked Torte, Baby Stilton and Bottle of Port, 2 Bottles of Bordeaux and 2 Bottles of Chablis, Luxury Christmas crackers, Fortnum and Mason goodies, Speciality tea and marmalade, Miscellaneous treats, Top of the range Perfume. 
The number of tickets is limited to 100 and the cost per ticket is €20.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting the parish office – email 

RTÉ Sunday morning broadcast

The RTÉ Sunday morning worship programme on RTÉ One television on Sunday 22 November at 11am, will be hosted by RSCM Ireland. Mark Bowyer will lead the service and it will feature choristers from both St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and Saint Bartholomew’s Church. The theme will be St Cecilia (it is the feast of St Cecilia that day) and suitable music will be sung along with a specially commissioned piece for RSCM Ireland by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond. Please do watch if you can. The programme will also be available to view on the RTÉ player.

Workshops & Christmas Fair

We are organising workshops for Christmas on 21 November for making jewellery and Yuletide logs. Adults and children are welcome. We are also holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 28 November from 2pm to 4pm. On sale will be Christmas gifts, coffee table books, jewellery, Yuletide logs and Christmas decorations. All welcome! Barbara Bergin

Bell Ringers’ Guild

While works have been ongoing around the chancel we haven’t had any of our beautiful bells ringing before the Sunday services. Work on the tower will be taking place later in 2016, but we would hope that we can resume our bell ringers guild for the intervening period. Bell ringers ring on a Sunday morning on the carillon system (a set of levers a little like a keyboard). Each hymn tune is worked out on a system of numbers so it is actually very easy to do.

We are currently looking for new bell ringers to join the guild and hope shortly to have a day when you can access the tower and try your hand at playing some tunes. Children are welcome to join the bell ringers guild but must be accompanied by their parent/guardian. If you would like to part of the bell ringers guild please contact the Vicar. __________________________________________________________________________

Autumn Lecture Series

To celebrate the work of restoration and, most importantly, to raise funds for its continuation, a series of lectures on the history of the building, its tradition and maintenance has been organised for this autumn. The lectures will take place in the Litton Hall of Christ Church, Leeson Park weekly from Wednesday 7 October to Wednesday 4 November.

The speakers are Alistair Rowan on The story of the building; James Howley, architect for the restoration, on Church restoration principles; Tristan Russcher on The choir and it musical traditions; Alistair Rowan on The church interior – its paintings, stained glass and mosaics and Silvia Mambriani on What has been done so far.

The cost for attending the lectures will be €40 for the five nights or €12 for individual lectures. They will take place on Wednesdays at 8pm. Registration will take place on the first Wednesday between 7.30 and 8 pm. It would be helpful if members could indicate their interest in attending the lectures and supporting the parish by giving their names to one of the church wardens after the services on Sundays. Further details are available from