Women’s World Day of Prayer Service: Friday, 1 March

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Saint Bartholomew’s is proud to host this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer service on Friday, 1 March at 3.00pm. This service is part of a global event held annually on the first Friday in March.  The Women’s World Day of Prayer is the largest ecumenical movement in the world organised by women, and the churches in Ballsbridge/Donnybrook take turns hosting the event in our area each year.  The service for 2019 has been written by the Christian women of Slovenia and its theme is “Come—Everything is Ready!”  All parishioners—not just women!—are warmly invited to attend.  The service will be followed by refreshments in the parish room, to which everyone is welcome.  It has been five years since Saint Bartholomew’s had the honour of hosting this special event, so do please come along and show your support! 

For more information, please visit https://worlddayofprayer.net/slovenia-2019.html.

Bake Sale this Sunday

Join us after the morning Eucharist this Sunday in the parish room for a homemade baked goods sale and a book/DVD/CD sale to aid our fundraising efforts.  With Valentine’s Day upon us, there will be chocolate covered strawberries on offer, so be sure to drop in!  We greatly encourage the congregation to help with these monthly fundraisers, whether by showcasing your culinary expertise or by donating your used books, CDs, or DVDs.  These sales run on the second Sunday of the month and all proceeds go directly to the restoration fund.  Our next sale will be after the 11.00am service on Sunday, 10 March.

Encore Voices Concert: This Saturday

Saint Bartholomew’s is pleased to welcome back Encore Voices, who will perform Puccini’s Messa di Gloria this Saturday, 9 February at 7.30pm.

Led by conductor John Doyle, the singers will be accompanied by a quartet and Maria Geheran on piano.

Tickets cost €15 (student/OAP/unwaged €10; child €5) and may be purchased at the door.

Update on Kenneth Milne’s The History of Saint Bartholomew’s Book

We want to update and thank the congregation and supporters of Saint Bartholomew’s for your continued patience as we work to realise the publication of Dr. Kenneth Milne’sThe History of Saint Bartholomew’s–1867-2017.

The research and writing stages are now complete and we have moved on to the editing, design, and proofreading of the final layout.

Some exciting information uncovered during research in the National Archives includes the location of the parish school (which had 76 pupils at one stage).  From the Lambeth Palace Library in London comes the text of the sermon Archbishop Ramsey preached at Saint Bartholomew’s in 1967. Newspaper cuttings show the courtesies extended by John Charles McQuaid,the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, to Dr. Ramsey.  The appendices listing office holders have been updated through the work of the RCB Library committee.

When the first edition of Dr. Milne’s book was published, the National Archives did not exist. The flowering of historical scholarship over the last 50 years, not least by Dr. Milne himself, has provided a wealth of source material not previously available. The first edition text has been modified in some places to take account of these new insights. All of this material, together with Alistair Rowan’s treatment of the building from an architectural and art historian’s viewpoint, has now been integrated into a single text.

It is hoped that the book will be ready in the first half of 2019, perhaps by Easter.

If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact the parish administrator at admin@stbartholomews.ie or call 01-668-8522.  For €25, you will receive a copy of the book.  For €50, you will receive a copy of the book signed by the author and your name will be included in a list of supporters.

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.

Jubilate Choir Concert: Saturday, 10 November

The Jubilate Choir comes to Saint Bartholomew’s on Saturday, 10 November at 3.00pm to sing Fauré’s Requiem and Duruflé’s Requiem in a performance conducted by Amy Ryan and featuring Judith Lyons (soprano), Aisling Lakes (mezzo-soprano), and David Scott (baritone).  David Grealy will accompany them on the organ.

The Jubliate Choir is highly experienced, having performed major works including Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, and most recently the Irish premiere of Graun’s Passion: Der Tod Jesu.

Tickets are €20; €10 for under 18s, and may be purchased at the door or at eventbrite.ie.

Christmas Concert Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets for our annual Concert of Carols and Festive Readings are now for sale here.  The tickets cost €25, which drops to €20 if you purchase three or more in the same transaction.  Due to popular demand, we’re going to run the same programme on Sunday, 9 December and Sunday, 16 December, both at 7.00pm.  The show will feature the combined choirs performing a variety of traditional carols, which will be interspersed with seasonal readings presented once again by the delightfully charismatic Tim Thurston. Afterwards, all attendees are invited to a reception with wine and mince pies.

Joint German and Irish Choir Concert: Tuesday, 16 October

We are delighted to welcome the German choir “amante della musica menden,” which will be performing a joint concert with the Irish choir Cantairí Avondale at Saint Bartholomew’s on Tuesday, 16 October at 8.00pm.

The programme includes a mix of international folk songs and classical literature pieces.  This concert is part of a seven-day tour of Dublin led by choir director and organist Stefan Risse, which will also see the German choir sing at a lunchtime recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The concert at Saint Bartholomew’s is a free event and all are welcome!