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The Rev'd Jim Stephens
Tralee & Dingle Newsletter for November 2017

5th November - Ballyseedy 9.45 am

2nd Nov, Tralee  10.45 am

All Souls Ballymac 12 noon

12thNovember - Kilgobbin 10.00 am

19thNovember - Dingle 12 noon

26thNovember - Killiney 7.00pm


Mid-week Services – Holy Communion each Wednesday at 11.00am in St. John's Church, followed by coffee and fellowship in the Ashe Hotel.

Healer Prayer Group: The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.00pm in Teach an tSolais. The names of those who have asked for prayer will be remembered. Books where names can be entered are provided in each church. All are welcome to this short service which is followed by light refreshments and fellowship.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services: All three services were well attended and the Churches were decorated to a very high standard. The collections will be donated to charity, as was the fruit that was presented during the services. Many thanks to our three preachers - Sylvia Thompson, Fr Donal O Connor and Rev Tom Sherlock, and to all who did so much to prepare and decorate our churches, as we came together to give thanks to God for the Harvest and to pray for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Many thanks to all those in our parishes who did so much to make our harvest celebrations so special.

Dingle Food Festival: As part of the Dingle Food Festival, cookery demonstrations were held in St. James Church by local chefs, using local produce. We were proud to be part of this long-standing Festival which is organised and run entirely by local volunteers. People countrywide attend the Festival and many were welcomed into the church over the weekend.

Dingle Christian Fellowship: The group continue to meet in St James’ Church each Sunday at 6pm for Bible study, worship and prayer. Recently they were joined by the Gospel Trio 'Simple Faith' which attracted 30 visitors. A collection was made and donated to the St James’ Restoration Fund. We are delighted to share this special sacred place with other Christians.

Congratulations: to Alfie and Myrtle Boyle who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently, and to Mona Butler on becoming a great grand-mother; to Linda Woods and her company, 'Ireland Walk, Hike and Bike', who were nominated and came joint second at the Kerry business awards night in Tralee. They were nominated under the category, Heritage and Environment, who followed Amy’s journey with the other Kerry Rose hopefuls as they did their stuff on stage with Daithi O’Shea. Amy's party piece was dancing to Abba's Dancing Queen and she was sponsored by Pamela Scott.

Everest Base Camp: Congratulations to John Lenihan and Victor Blennerhassett from Ballymacelligott parish and Tommy Downs from Rathkeale, together with their friends John Lyons, Mary Patwell and Eileen Deanley, who successfully reached the Everest base camp on the 26th October.

St. Johns Church, Tralee: St John’s has been very tastefully painted in recent weeks; this was coordinated by Mona who did a splendid job, thank you Mona. We also owe a huge debt of thanks to the Lions club for their support. Without the generosity of these people, this project would not have been possible.

Christmas Fair: The Christmas Fair will be held in Teach an tSolais on Saturday the 16th December from 10am until 4pm. This is a valuable fundraising and community building event and all parishioners are urged to support this by donating goods for the stalls and by supporting the event on the day. We appeal to all those talented people who knit, crochet, or bake, please! Anyone who is willing to help please talk to Mona.
Honesty Table: St John's Honesty Table has paid for recarpeting the church, buying Bibles for Confirmation Candidates, replaced bulbs and general upkeep, among other Parish expenses. Please support it through donating and buying. Thank you.

Parish Finances: At a recent Select Vestry meeting in Tralee it was reported that the parish finances are in a critical condition and getting worse by the week. A finance committee has been set up to address this problem. In essence this will be tackled in two ways, a request for increased giving by parishioners and fund raising events. A letter will be going out to each parishioner in the near future to highlight the difficulties in more detail and we would ask you that you take time to consider these problems and what you can do for your parish to help alleviate this issue.

Youth Club: The Youth Club has had its first meeting in Teach and tSolais on the 14th October, under the leadership of Gerhardt Maritz, assisted by the Rev Jim and parents. We will meet monthly and we would love to see more young people join us in the age group 1st year second level (post confirmation) up to and including age 15: We have ten members so far!

All Saints Tide: A Family service will be held in St Johns, Ashe Street on Sunday the 12th November to remember loved one who have died. Candles will be lit in memory of those who died recently and the Sunday Club have provided a memory tree, with cards on which we can write the names of loved ones we wish to remember.

Hospital: any Parishioners who have a hospital stay should be sure that they are recorded as Cof I or Cof E so that the Hospital Chaplain or Clergy can be informed. Patient confidentiality regulations mean that information cannot be passed to anyone without patient consent.
Links Ladies: In October, Links ladies enjoyed a wonderful Sunday afternoon together when we toured Killarney house. Unfortunately the weather did not permit a walk in the gardens but we did enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea in the International Hotel. Our November meeting will take the form of a movie evening, title to be advised. This will be on Tues 28th at 8pm in Teach an tSolais. (Please note change of day to TUESDAY). We will also take time that evening to plan for the forthcoming sale of work, during which LINKS will again take responsibility for the catering. As always everyone is welcome to join us for any of our meetings.
Mission Opportunity in Kenya 2018: CMS Ireland has two exciting opportunities to participate in Mission teams to Kenya next summer.
1. Diocese of Kajiado Team – July 2018 (opportunities to do building/repair work, teaching/training of Lay Readers, craft training etc).
2. All Saints Cathedral/UDP Nairobi Team – August 2018 (focus on Education with opportunities to engage with “Tujisaidie” - a thriving Primary School and Community Centre in the heart of Kayole informal settlement. Particularly relevant to Sunday School/Messy Church Leaders).
Information Sheets and Application Forms are available from David Tough, who has participated in these type of visits & is available to advise anyone interested. The closing date for applications is 27th November 2017, with informal interviews taking place early December. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact with David,, 087-6428560.
Up for the Challenge? Community solutions to Climate Change. This public event takes place on Saturday 11th November 2017, Manor West Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry 9.30 – 4pm. More information on our FB page.
Anam Cara: the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Tuesday 14th of November from 19:30 to 21:00 in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig's Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.
May God give bread to those that are hungry.
May God give a hunger for justice to those who have bread.
And may the Creator God bless us, that we might be a blessing to others. Amen.
And may the Creator God bless us, that we might be a blessing to others. Amen.

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