It is our great joy at our 11am service to hold the opening event for Ecumenical Bible Week. A packed congregation heard Fr. Brendan Ludlow, the Roman Catholic Chaplain at U.C.D., speak about hope.

The theme this year is Planting Seeds of Hope Together in a Post Covid Reality. It offers a question, where do you see hope? Hope is part of the Christian life, and indeed hope is a choice. Hope is not nativity, even in difficult times and situations. Hope in the future is that which provides us with the fortitude to live fully in the present. Hope is transformative.

In the wake of our celebration of Pentecost, I have great hope for us as a parish community. Yesterday I saw people of all ages and traditions worship and pray together, offering a glimpse of what it means to be the church in the midst of a turbulent world.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15: 13


Rev Rob

Services this Sunday

Here is the list of Service for Sunday 4th June:

8:30am:  Holy Communion.

9:45am: Sunday Morning at the Gathering Grounds

11:00am: Morning Prayer.

Sadly, this is Scott Evan’s final Sunday with us as our Intern Deacon. We have been blessed with Scott’s presence with us, but his time was always going to be short. He will be moving on to a curacy in September. Scott will be preaching this Sunday and we will have an opportunity to say our farewells.

Wear Your Wellies to Church Sunday

We invite children to come to church wearing their wellies. We plan to continue to fill our Bug Hotel which is now in situ on the grounds. We are also looking for materials suitable to create an inviting safe space for the tinniest of God’s creatures – corrugated card, sticks, pinecones, straw, bark, dry leaves, small logs and pieces of wood, a roof tile or two – we’ll be learning how different mini beasts will be attracted to different materials – hence the variety.  So, if you have anything from the list suitable for the bugs to live in, please do bring it with you to church.

Notes for this Week

Ecumenical Bible Week, 28th May till 4th June

A varied and interesting programme is planned for Ecumenical Bible Week (EBW) 2023. This is the tenth year in which EBW has been running.

The theme for 2023 is Planting seeds of hope together — in a post-Covid reality. Christian life is based on hope. EBW 2023 will explore how this hope can be sown and passed on by people of different traditions working together in our current context.

For more information about Ecumenical Bible Week, see

You can view a recording of the opening service here:

Wednesday Prayer Service

Join us for a short 25 minutes to pray for the needs of the community at 8pm on zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 854 4797 7275 / Passcode: 232524

Fete Success

We will be able to report exact fete numbers in due course, but it looks like after expenses we brough in around €27,000! An amazing number. Well done to all involved. This figure is shared between the church and the school.

Play Café Gets OWT! (Outside With Toddlers)

Beep Beep! Toot Toot! We are back outside this week with a new theme. Back by popular demand is all things Transport. The diggers, cars, trains, race cars, fire engines and more will be inspiring our sensory and messy play and play activities … sand construction, car wash and boat water play, cereal farm play, painting with cars, a trail to zoom, chug, fly around and lots more fun in the sun. We are fully booked, however last-minute cancellations mean spaces become available, so should you wish to join the cancellation list contact Lynn 087-6957061

Volunteers: Have you a free hour and a little energy to spare?  We have a few families joining us each week with toddler twins who would greatly benefit from having an extra pair of hands and eyes during Play Café – if you can buddy with a parent from 10am on Wednesday mornings we would love to hear from you.

Bumps & Babes

If you are expecting or have a baby from new-born to pre-walking, come alone or bring a friend to Bumps and Babes. Whether you are a tired in need of some caffeine or in need of a listening ear as a new parent, or parent to be, you are invited to take some time for yourselves and join us and enjoy a cuppa in company in the Gathering Grounds from 10am on Wednesday. The informal friendly meet-up is a space where you can relax, chat and meet others in the community. A warm welcome awaits you and there is no need to book. For more information contact Julie  or Lynn

Call for Klips.

We are currently working on the summer edition of Klips. If you have any content you would like to offer, please get it to me by 30th May.

ther Happenings


Kevin is organising a ‘Come and Play’ organ workshop on Saturday the 17th June, from 10am till 12 noon. If you have always wondered what it would be like to play the organ, come along and find out. Contact him on

Pilates – New Term Starting

The next term of Pilates is starting this Wednesday in Kilternan Parish Centre – main hall from 7pm – 8pm.

Contact Cathy Soroghan on 086 875 8744 to book your place.

Scam Warning!

I am aware that some parishioners continue to be spammed by someone pretending to the rector of Kilternan.  This is a highly sophisticated scam and has made for an incredibly painful week. 

I might ask you to do a few things.

  1. You will only receive communication from the parish from official email accounts, or or from the rectors mobile 087 149 6605. Be careful of email addresses seeking to closely mimic these.
  2. If you receive any suspicious communication do not answer it.  Check with me directly using official communication if unsure.
  3. Consider reporting and blocking the scammer.

On WhatsApp: When you report someone, WhatsApp will keep track of that user should they get reported numerous times after that. By reporting them, you contribute to a case against them that can ultimately result a user being banned, temporarily or, in extreme cases, permanently –

On Gmail. Please use the block sender function. You can report the person by sending the address of the fraudulent email here –

Sadly, this has become too common an experience for clergy and other persons of public confidence. For more general information on avoiding scams, have a look on the Church of Ireland website: