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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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.
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.
‘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.