RSCM Festival Day and Voice for Life Service: Saturday, 22 September

Join the Royal School of Church Music at Saint Bartholomew’s on 22 September for a day of singing with Peter Barley, the director of music at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick.  The event is open to all singers—individuals and choirs alike, affiliates and non-affiliates.  The day opens with registration at 11.00am, with the rehearsals commencing at 11.30am and a service at 4.00pm showcasing the music rehearsed during the afternoon.  The service will also incorporate the presentation of awards to successful Voice for Life candidates.

Corpus Christi and BBQ: 31 May

Join us for the feast of Corpus Christi on Thursday, 31 May at Saint Bartholomew’s.  The Solemn Eucharist begins at 7.00pm (please note earlier time) and will be followed by the annual parish BBQ.  We need your help in ensuring that there is enough food and drink for everyone!  If you would like to bring sandwiches, a bowl of salad, some finger foods, or soft drinks, please write your name on the sheet at the back of the church with the item of food or drink that you intend to bring on the night.  We also need volunteers to help with setting up and cleaning up, so please write your name and contact details on the same sheet if you are available for this.  Thank you!

Easter Vestry Announcements 2018

The elected Church Wardens: Mary Heffernan and Barbara Bergin

The elected Glebe Wardens: Molly Sullivan and Don Cazzini

The Select Vestry members for 2018-2019 (including the Church and Glebe Wardens listed above):

Alan Fletcher, Amos McGrath, Barry Farrell, Charlie Smith, David Jones, Iris Scott, John Slattery, Padraig O’Rourke, Richard Bannister, Simone Orr, Traudi Ferguson, Valerie Houlden, Brian Molloy, and Andrew Reid

The Hon. Secretary: Barbara Bergin

The Hon. Treasurer: Charlie Smith

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.

RESCHEDULED: Trip to Birr Castle and Gardens, 30 September

The trip to Birr Castle and Gardens has been rescheduled for Saturday, 30 September.  The cost of the visit is €35, which includes admission, lunch (soup, sandwiches, and tea/coffee), and transport.  The castle tour also includes full access to the Science Centre, Great Telescope, and gardens.  We will meet at the church at 9.15am to depart by 9.30am and plan to arrive in Birr by ~11.45am; we expect to leave Birr by 4.00pm for a ~6.45pm arrival back in Dublin.  Due to the small size of the group (max. 20), we will travel by car and are seeking three additional drivers, who will receive as compensation €10 per passenger in their car.  As there is substantial demand for castle tours, the booking deadline is 12 noon on Sunday, 24 September.  For more information about the site, please visit http://birrcastle.com/.  If you would like to book a spot, please contact the parish office at 01-668-8522 or email admin@stbartholomews.ie.

Dublin Orchestral Players Concert

The Dublin Orchestral Players will perform a delightful concert programme on Saturday 11th February at 8pm in Saint Bartholomew’s Church. The concert will feature Beethoven’s much loved Violin Concerto, played by Wicklow-born violinist Lynda O’Connor. Other works to be performed are Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Grieg’s Holberg Suite for String Orchestra. Conducted by Andrew Synnott, this promises to be a wonderful evening in the lovely setting of Saint Bartholomew’s. Tickets €15 (€12 Concession) can be purchased online or on the door.

Parish Walking Group

As the winter bites that little bit harder, our parish walking group will take a break until February. Thank you to all those who have supported our first two successful outings and please keep an eye on the news in late January for details of our February walk. All will be welcome to join us.