No Evensong on 26 November

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!

Parish Walking Group: 11 November at Rathfarnham Castle

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!

Pre-order now: “St. Bartholomew’s—A History of the Dublin Parish” by Dr. Kenneth Milne

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 admin@stbartholomews.ie. A list of contributors will be included in the book.

Corpus Christi BBQ

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.

Cinema Night — June 21

We are holding a cinema night at the Denzille Private Cinema on Wednesday, 21 June at 8.00pm.  The film, Nightwatching: Rembrandt’s J’accuse!, is a documentary by the celebrated director and art critic Peter Greenaway.  The film will take us through 34 mysteries contained within Rembrandt’s famous painting “The Night Watch” to help us solve the mystery of an insidious murder.  Peter Greenaway is often lauded as one of the most inventive, ambitious, and controversial filmmakers of our time.  Tickets cost €20, including refreshments.  Tickets may be booked in advance by contacting Megan at admin@stbartholomews.ie or by giving your name to one of the church wardens.

Parish Lunch – May 14th

Our annual parish lunch for Christian Aid will be held this year on Sunday, 14th May after the 11am service. The usual tea and coffee will be served together with a light lunch to raise funds for Christian Aid. This event has been very well supported in the past and we hope that many parishioners will be able to join us this year again. It is our main fund raising event during Christian Aid Week. Contributions towards the lunch will be most gratefully received. Please let Traudi know if you can help in any way. Finger food like pies, sandwiches, sausages, savoury tartlets, buns, and cakes would be most welcome. 

Feast of the Ascension

A Solemn Eucharist of the Feast of the Ascension will be celebrated on Thursday, 25th May 2017 at 7.30 p.m.

The preacher will be the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Reverend Dr. Richard Clarke.

The celebrant will be the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Dr. Michael Jackson.

Renovation Update

Great news for the parish.  We have completed all the planned phases of work on the outside of the church.  The building is now weather and watertight – secure against the elements!  The scaffolding is now in place in the sanctuary and the conservation of the painted interior will commence on Tuesday, 18th April.  Nat Clements and his team will undertake this work.

Below are images of paint damage due to the ingress of water that will soon be restored.

Vacancy for Parish Administrator

Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 has a vacancy for an Administrator on a part-time basis for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Minimum requirements are competence with Microsoft Office, including desktop publishing.

If you are interested in applying for this position and would like to find out more detail about the job specifications please contact:

Fr Andrew McCroskery
Tel: 01-2694813

Job applications must be accompanied by a C.V. and two references. The closing date for applications will be Friday, 21st April 2017 and the interviews will take place on Saturday, 6th May 2017.