We have just added a new page under the Restoration tab about the conservation of the altar frontals. Many thanks go to Harriet Crawford, who restored the purple altar frontal and pelmet in time for Advent, and Alistair Rowan, who compiled this update.
Please note there will be no Choral Evensong service this Sunday, 31 December.
We wish you all a happy new year!
During the season of Advent, please consider making a pledge to our specially chosen charity. The pledge forms and envelopes are available at the back of the church and the envelopes will be placed on the Christmas tree to be collected shortly after Christmas. Please do not place money in the envelope—this will be collected later. This year the chosen charity is a diocesan refugee and homelessness scheme overseen by the Irish Refugee Council that aims to provide shelter, care, and housing for those in need. This is a joint ecumenical scheme involving a number of churches. You can find out more about this scheme and the work it has already completed here:
There will be no Choral Evensong on Sunday, 26 November, as we will be joining other parishes in the annual ecumenical Walk of Light. The walk begins at Newman University Church near Saint Stephen’s Green at 4.00pm, continues onto Methodist Centenary Church at Leeson Park, and ends at Saint Mary’s on Haddington Road. All are most welcome to join!
On the first Sunday of each month, there will be a sale of homemade baked goods with the coffee in the parish room after the 11am service. We would like to encourage the congregation to help by providing homemade cakes, tarts, and tray bakes. These may be handed in before the service. On the same Sunday, there will also be a book sale where you may buy books for €2.00.
The feast of All Saints will take place on Wednesday, 1 November and the feast of All Souls will take place on Thursday, 2 November. Both services will be held at 7.30pm in Saint Bartholomew’s Church. The feast of All Souls will feature Revd. Norman McCausland from Raheny parish as the guest preacher for the evening. There is a sheet at the back of the church on which you can include the names of those you would like to be remembered on the night of the service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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!