Concert Tour – WinterSong

A concert of Christmas music of  the 16–18th centuries for  Voice, Lute, Renaissance and Baroque Guitars

When: 8pm Saturday 15 December 2018

Venue: Nun’s Cross Church, Ashford

Tonos: Ròisìn O’Grady – Soprano; Eamon Sweeney – Renaissance and Baroque Guitars, Renaissance Lute

Tonos specialise in the music of the 16th–18th centuries and are delighted to be performing in the Church as part of their 8-date Arts Council-funded national tour which coincides with the launch of their CD: WinterSong.

Church Review

Many thanks are due to Vera Webster who has organised the distribution of the Church Review for many years. Lesley Rue is taking over this role from January 2019. If you would like your name to be added to the list of recipients in 2019, please let Lesley know.

Advent Midweek Service

In Advent there will be 3 reflective services, on Thursday 6th, 13th and 20th December, enabling some time out in preparation for the coming glory of the incarnation. These will be simple services, using slightly different forms of worship. They will begin at 7.30pm in Wicklow Parish church and will last approximately 25 minutes. You are invited to come along to one or more of these services, for a time of quiet reflection as we prepare for the joyous celebration of Christmas.

Advent Quiet Evenings

On Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm, the Dominican Ecology Centre in Wicklow is holding a series of quiet evenings which feature praying with the Advent Gospels, commencing on November 27th and continuing until December 18th

Green Solution

It does not look as if Ireland will meet its targets to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 as promised. However, on a more positive note, schools are educating our youngsters about the effects of climate change and businesses increasingly are developing new, sustainable, green technologies. Thus, new careers are opening up to address the carbon problem, in addition to traditional roles such as forestry. (Trees are vitally important for our planet.) Environmentalism and sustainability are no longer seen as the preserve of wacky weirdos, rather renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable solutions, environmental protection etc. are all fields that offer promising futures for any students who are interested in tackling the climate issue. We, as customers, can all do our bit to help too, by purchasing products that impact the environment minimally – these can range from small, everyday items to larger goods such as energy efficient kitchen appliances to double/triple glazing etc.. We need to inform ourselves and read product labels critically.

Advance Notice – Remembrance

The annual service of remembrance of past loved ones takes place on Sunday 4th November at 7pm. There will be a form available from Sunday 28th October on which the names of relatives and friends you would like to remember may be listed. It is a wonderful thing to give thanks to God for those whose lives have blessed us.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday service is on 11th November when the end of the First World War will be commemorated in Nun’s Cross church. There will be an Act of Remembrance and an opportunity to support the Poppy Appeal.