Bake, Book, and DVD Sale this Sunday

The next monthly bake and book fundraiser will follow the 11.00am service this Sunday, 9 December.  The Christmas baking season is upon us, and we would love to see as many parishioners as possible donate their homemade baked goods, from cakes to tray bakes to festive cookies!  Now is also a good time to clear your shelves—your old books and DVDs may make the perfect Christmas gift for someone else. All proceeds go directly to the restoration fund.  These sales run on the second Sunday of the month and are certainly the most delicious way to help out the church, so please get those ovens going!

All items to be sold can be dropped into the parish room before the service.

Midsummer Night Madness: Saturday, 23 June

David Jones is hosting an evening barbeque on Saturday, 23 June at his home in aid of the church restoration fund.  The menu includes a choice of striploin and salmon with salads. Bring your own wine or soft drinks. There is a basic donation of €15 (but you may give as much as you like!)

If you would like to attend, please contact Megan MacCausland by email at admin@stbartholomews.ie or by calling 01-668-8522 for more information and to book a place.  Capacity is limited to 30 people, so be sure to secure your spot soon!

Reminder: Raffle Drawing this Sunday!

This Sunday is our raffle drawing, and tickets are still available! We will draw the winners after the 11.00am Eucharist service.  Up for grabs are six prizes of two tickets each to Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre on any date between 1 July—9 September, including a complimentary programme, DVD, and a glass of wine at the intermission.  Raffle tickets cost €25 and sales will be limited to 100 tickets.  They are available in the parish office all week!

A Successful Parish Trip to Pisa!

A group of 34 headed to Pisa on 13 May for a weeklong educational/fundraising trip under the expert guidance of Professor Alistair Rowan.  Alistair had done a huge amount of work to make sure everything ran like clockwork, and it did.  Apart from one wet morning, we enjoyed lovely weather and delicious Italian food, along with a glorious tour of churches, fabulous villas, and gardens, all brought to life by Alistair’s eloquent explanations and backed up by a 38 page information booklet, which he had prepared for us.  And the best bit?  There was a surplus of €4,173 that will go toward our restoration programme!  Many thanks to Alistair and the trip participants for a fun and informative trip.

Next Fundraising Sale: Sunday, 10 June—Volunteer Bakers Needed!

Our final fundraising bake, book—and DVDs, this time around!—sale before the summer holidays will be Sunday, 10 June after the 11.00am service.  We had a great turnout last month thanks to a huge variety of goods for sale, and would love to replicate that success. We greatly encourage the congregation to volunteer their homemade cakes, tarts, tray bakes—or whatever else you enjoy baking!  All goods may be dropped off in the parish room before the service.

Wait, make that €1800 raised for Christian Aid!

Traudi is pleased to adjust the sum raised during Christian Aid Week from €1720 to €1800!  This total includes the funds raised during the parish lunch on Sunday, 13 May, as well as some very generous donations received throughout the week.  Traudi is very grateful to everyone who brought food, set up the room, and washed the dishes. The generosity of our parishioners during Christian Aid Week has been overwhelming.  Thank you to everyone for your support!