Parish Trip to Pisa: 13-19 May

Following the two trips that were organised for members of the parish to Padua (June 2012) and to Rome (November 2014), arrangements have been made for a party of up to 35 people to visit Pisa for a weeklong tour from 13-19 May, with a booking deadline of 4 February. As before, the group will be led by Alistair Rowan.

Pisa, one of the most important medieval cities in Italy, was for a period of some three centuries an independent seafaring republic—la repubblica marinara—wielding immense naval power, evidenced by the construction of its great Romanesque cathedral (consecrated by Pope Gelasius II in 1118) and by the fact that it was the Pisan troops who, in 1149, were the first Europeans to enter Jerusalem at the end of the second crusade. The four historic parishes of the city, Santa Maria and San Francesco on the north of the River Arno, and San Martino and Sant’Antonio on the south, are rich with Romanesque and Gothic churches, town palaces, colleges, and the earliest botanic gardens in Europe.

Some features of the trip include:

  • A full day coach tour to San Miniato al Tedesco, Collodi, and some major baroque gardens
  • A half-day coach tour to the painted Romanesque church of San Piero a Grado (where Saint Peter is supposed to have first set foot in Italy) and the spectacular Carthusian monastery—la Certosa di Pisa—at Calci with its rich state apartments of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany
  • A round trip on a local train to the nearby city of Lucca

The party will be staying at the historic Royal Victoria Hotel, situated on the northern bank of the River Arno, at Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti 12, near the Ponte di Mezzo in the city centre. The terrain of Pisa is flat and easy for pedestrians, with good shops and many pleasant restaurants. The cathedral precinct, including the monumental baptistery, the campanile (the leaning tower), and the Gothic Campo Santo, is swamped by visitors at all times of the year, but these places can conveniently be visited in the early morning to avoid the crowds and the rest of the city is surprisingly quiet.

Cost: A visit of six nights, including breakfast in the hotel, dinner on the first and last evenings, two lunches (provided on the coach trips and in Lucca), plus travel costs in Italy and all entry fees, is 650 per person with a supplement for a single room of between €210 to €300. For people who share a three-bed room, the cost of the trip is reduced by €80, bringing the price per person down to €570.

Travel to Pisa: Ryanair flies direct from Dublin to Pisa on Sunday, 13 May at 5.00pm, arriving in Pisa at 8.45pm. The return flight on Saturday, 19 May leaves Pisa at 11.30am, arriving in Dublin at 1.20pm. It is important to book your flight as soon as your place on the tour is confirmed in order to secure the best value.

Booking a Place: Anyone who wishes to join the trip should give their name as soon as possible to the treasurer, Charles Smith, either by email to charleshillas@gmail.com or by telephone to 01-2888877. The hotel expects confirmation of the total number and names of participants no later than Sunday, 4 February and, since the previous parish trips to Italy have proved popular, there is a good chance that this tour will fill up quickly. Any particular queries should be sent to Alistair Rowan, either by email to alistairrowan@fastmail.com or by telephone to 01-4966768.

Advent Giving Tree

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:

https://dublin.anglican.org/news/2017/09/22/the-impact-of-your-support

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!

New Fundraising Venture

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.

All Saints and All Souls

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.

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.