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Rector's Letter

Dear All,
Our newsletter is a little later than usual because of the date of Easter. For that reason this issue covers both May & June.
Our Holy Week and Easter ceremonies were very meaningful this year and well attended. A large gathering followed the Good Friday Procession from St Mary's to St Patrick's finishing with a quiet time in the church gathered around the cross. Thank you to those who led the procession and acted as narrators. A special thank you also goes to the Garda this year who took good care of us as we passed through heavy traffic in the village.
Our confirmation candidates took a leading part in the Maundy Thursday service, the Good Friday Procession and the Sonrise Service which was the occasion of their First Holy Communion. Thank you to Sharon, Alison and Zandra who provided the breakfast following the Sonrise Service.
CONFIRMATION preparation continues until early June when the Confirmation service will be held in Christ Church Cathedral on the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday 8th June at 3.30pm. This makes our confirmation extra special this year as we only have the opportunity to be involved in this service in the Cathedral on rare occasions. I hope that many parishioners will come to the Cathedral to support our candidates. A special parish occasion will be held in the parish on the following Sunday, 15th June when a Family Eucharist will be held in Powerscourt Church at 11.30am to mark this new stage in these young peoples' lives followed by a BBQ lunch in the marquee in the Rectory grounds. I hope this will be seen as a 'full attendance' Sunday in the parish.
EASTER GENERAL VESTRIES were held on Monday and Tuesday 7th, & 8th April. Congratulations to those who were nominated and elected to serve in the coming year with a very special thanks to those who have served in the past year.
A special thank you was held in the form of a joint vestries social evening in the Rectory on Friday 4th April for our two outgoing select vestries' members.
On Maundy Thursday following the earlier Eucharist at 7.00pm the parish held, for the first time, a Christian Seder Meal. This allowed us to realize more deeply the relationship between the Jewish Passover and the Institution of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion). Very many thanks are due to Rev Terry and Breda Lilburn for this very meaningful and
very enjoyable event in the School Hall.
DAILY PRAYER and an open church each day in Powerscourt is becoming firmly established. Many wonderful stories are emerging as people express their pleasure and appreciation of finding the church open for prayer and reflection. A constant comment is heard 'I have been visiting the graveyard for years and never managed to come into the church before'. This development is only possible with the active held of a large team of people. We could do with a few more helpers so that the load is not too demanding on the rest. Have you 3 hours to give to the church, once a fortnight so that we can maintain an open church and keep the regular daily prayer a living reality. Please contact one of the clergy.
JUNIOR CHOIR – SIZZLE SERVICE
The final Sizzle Service before the summer will be held in Powerscourt Church on Sunday 18th May at 5.00pm. This will also mark the final service that the Junior Choir under the leadership of Naomi Clarkson will perform for some time as Naomi, who is expecting her second child intends to take an extended break from the choir. She has been an inspirational leader for the children and their singing during the past 8 years and they and we will miss her greatly.
VILLAGE EVENTS
Building upon the success of the 'Gathering' weekend in Enniskerry last year a series of village events will be held throughout the summer and autumn. The first of these will occur this month on 17/18th May when an Art Fest will take place in the village. This will centre on our former school building which is now an art school and will include an art exhibition on the railings of the village on Sunday 18th May. Do come and enjoy. In June a Food Fest will be held in the village on Saturday 28th June, closely followed by a Mad Hatters Party on Sunday 29th June to be held in the church outer carpark and Rectory paddock.
SCHOOL will close for the summer on Friday 27th June with the End of Year School service in Powerscourt Church at 9.00am. Our School Principal, Mrs Anna Ovington has had to begin her maternity leave a bit early as she is excitedly awaiting the arrival of twins in the near future. We wish her very well and eagerly await the news.
CAR BOOT SALES
The school 'grannies' are running a series of car boot sales in Powerscourt Church Carpark every Saturday throughout the summer. These began on Saturday 19th April. Opening times are 9.00am to 2.00pm. Further information from Dorothy on 0872357181.
PARISH REGISTERS
The past weeks have been a very busy time for baptisms with more planned for the coming weeks:
Holy Baptism: Annalia & Sienna Halford on Sunday 16th March, Annabelle Delphine Fox on Sunday 30th March (Mothering Sunday), Christine Valetta-Gabbert & Louis Patrick Brady on Sunday 6th April., Mina & Seb Whelan- Palmer on Sunday 27th April and Bethany Nuala Wilkinson on Sunday 4th May. We hold these young people and their families in our prayers as they continue their journey of faith in Christ.
Holy Matrimony: Congratulations to Amber Mahood and Matthew Kenny who were married in Powerscourt on 29th March by Amber's godmother, a priest from Perth in Western Australia. We also congratulate Amanda Southern & James Hardman and Hannah Graham & Tony Hodgson who very successfully coordinated their weddings on the same day in Powerscourt Church on Friday 2nd May. We wish them all great happiness for the future.
At Rest: on Saturday 5th April, Muriel Williams, one greatly beloved by her family and the whole parish community, was laid to rest in Powerscourt churchyard following a funeral attended by a huge number of people from near and far. Active and very involved in many spheres in life and a truly inspirational example in her long final illness she will be greatly missed by both her family and a wide circle of friends. As this goes to press we extend our sympathy to the Jolley family as Eunice Jolley is laid to rest in Powerscourt Churchyard following a service in the church.

Your Rector,
Ricky

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