Christmas Services – Message from Canon Stan and Rosemary

Message from Canon Stan and Rosemary
We wish all of our parishioners and those who visit our churches throughout the year a very happy, peaceful and joyous Christmas. As we prepare to welcome the Christ child help us to celebrate the gift of new life as we look forward to appreciate and receive the greatest gift of all. Happy Christmas and may 2019 be a very special year for us all.
God bless you all.

Please come and join in the celebration:

Sunday 16th December – Ecumenical Carol Service in Christ Church
Sunday 23rd December – Candlelit Service of Nine lessons and Carols in St Thomas’s Moyard

Christmas Day
10.00am – Family Eucharist in St Mary’s Roundstone
11.30am – Family Eucharist in Christ Church  Clifden

Errislannan Sadness
A cloud fell over the Errislannan peninsula on 14th November as we heard of the tragic and sudden death of Pat King. Pat had worked tirelessly in clearing and preparing the grounds of Holy Trinity earlier in the year following the vandalism last October.
Pat’s funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr James Ronayne and Canon Stan, and the huge turnout demonstrated the true community appreciation of his life and incredible support for his wife Antonio and sons Andrew and Oliver. Pat was laid to rest in St Flannan’s graveyard Errislannan.

St Thomas’s Moyard
Work continues in restoring this gem of a church – roof has been replaced and during these winter months re-wiring is planned and also re-decoration.  Sincere thanks to our contractors and also the wonderfully committed folk who have worked tirelessly  over these past years.

Christ Church Clifden
As we go to press the chancel and vestry are being plastered and re-wired and we hope to able to ‘reclaim’ our church before our Christmas services. Thank you to those dedicated team of folk who have managed to keep the church clean to allow services to be held during the renovations. We hope to have the external lighting in place before Christmas so that the church will be a beacon on the townscape during the Christmas festivities.

Raise the Roof concert
Christ Church was packed on Saturday 24th November for a very special fundraising concert organised by our organist (and secretary) Alannah Robins. Young musicians and choirs came together in support of Moyard and Christ Church in an amazing evening.

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Rededication of Holy Trinity Errislannan

Sunday evening last, as many of you know, saw the re-dedication of Holy Trinity Errislannan. It was a wonderful service, the church was packed  to the gills and full of warmth.

Thank you to everyone who made this happen, who continue to work on this  restoration, and to all those who made the service so special.

Here is a link to the report on the diocesan website:

http://www.tuam.anglican.org/rededication-of-holy-trinity-errislannan/

Erislannan Rededication Service – 5th August

A service of Rededication and Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday 5th August at 7.00pm in Holy Trinity, Errislannan, Connemara. The church was maliciously damaged last October and work is nearing completion to restore it to its former glory.

The service will bring together members of the local Church of Ireland Omey parish, and the Friends of St Flannan’s who have worked tirelessly to restore the church. Incredible support from across the whole country means that this sacred place is once again able to provide a treasured place of tranquility on this peninsula on the western seaboard. The address will be given by the Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, and the Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, the Most Revd Michael Neary will respond.

All are welcome.

For more details contact Canon Stan Evans on 087 6369473 or revdstanevans@gmail.com

Christ Church Renovations

The East end of Christ Church scaffolded ready for the roof work on the chancel, and the amazing work being undertaken to clear the graveyard ready for Phase 2 of the Bio-diversity plan.
Planting and attractive seats will soon be in place offer a space for quiet reflection and tranquility in this sacred spot.

Tsunami of love and support for Errislannan Church

‘The outpouring of support for the Church community in Errislannan following the vandalism at Holy Trinity church has been quite incredible’ says Canon Stan Evans – Priest in Charge of the Omey Group of parishes. ‘Small donations from pensioners, to whole congregations raising funds across the country of all denominations which have lifted our hearts. We thank everyone for their support.

The church will be totally restored ready for the summer services and without doubt there will be large numbers of people who will wish to view the restoration.

One very special visitor this week was President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins who travelled to offer their support to the small church working group and Canon Stan. President Michael applauded the Errislannan people for the way they had shown such compassion following such a devastating event.

More information and contact:
Canon Stan Evans 087 6369473 or revdstanevans@gmail.com
Support at Errislannan Appeal