Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 38 12th September 2010
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Parish Priest Appointment
Archbishop Martin has appointed our Parish Priest. Fr Joe Mullan to replace the Parish Priest of Rathgar effective from November 1st 2010. Fr Joe will be leaving Lusk parish after a four year term as our Parish Priest. We wish him well in his new ministry and ask God's blessing on him as he brings his pastoral leadership to a new community. Archbishop Martin has appointed Fr Paul Hampson as Parish Priest of Lusk from Nov. 1st 2010. Fr Paul is currently a Priest Teacher in Tallaght Community School. We look forward to welcoming Fr Paul to the parish.

Thanksgiving Mass
All Parishioners are invited to a Thanksgiving Mass on 21st October at the Parish Church. A reception in the Hall of the National School will take place after the mass. A gift from the Parish will be presented to Fr Joe on the night, and envelopes for donations will be distributed throughout the Parish, or can be obtained from the Parish Office. These envelopes will be available from 24th September and should be returned to Parish Office before 8th October

Crosscare Collection will replace the Share Collection at all Masses on the weekend of 18th/19th Sept.

The Old School House
The Old School House is a protected structure and the parish has a huge responsibility to maintain it. The Black Raven Pipe Band is and will remain our anchor users of the Old School and under their care the building has been in constant use. In the recent past the Band brought to the attention of the Parish Committees that the Old School is in urgent need of our attention and action. The Diocesan authorities instructed the parish to have the building surveyed and we are now obliged to undertake the works recommended by the survey. This will include repairs to the roof, chimneys, render, guttering, windows, rewiring, fire safety and redress of some damaged timbers. In discussion with the Band, the Architect and the Planners the Parish committees have looked at developing the use of the Old School Building. The Band just uses the upper floor of the building and meet on particular evenings. The downstairs room has great potential as a meeting room, function hall and place of gathering for the parish. The Architect has drawn up a plan that would restore the entire building, strengthening the floor between the two levels, adding a toilet block, putting in a kitchenette and a store room, transforming the building for another 100 years of service. Members of the Parish Committees are available to meet with any organisations in the parish who would like more information about this project and who might like to express an interest in using the Old School for their activities in the future. The Parish Committees along with the Band are recommending to the Parish that the best job possible be undertaken at this time and we feel that the benefits to the parish are really worthwhile.

Parish Finances
The Parish Office is preparing the next set of boxes of Weekly Envelopes for contributions for the Parish Fund. This fund is used for the daily running costs of the parish. Last year parishioners contributed by envelope, standing order or annual cheque a total of €47,023 to the Parish Fund. Our ordinary parish expenses were €53,252. We also paid €26,209 from our Capital Fund Account for Maintenance and Repairs and Professional Fees. We would love to close the gap between expenditure and income. We would really welcome new contributors, please get in touch with the Parish Office on 8438421 and Yvonne can arrange for you to get a box of envelopes or a Standing Order form. Any small increase in contributions will help the parish meet its target of covering its costs. Many thanks to all those who already give generously.

The Church Refurbishment Project
The Parish Architect is in discussion with the Planners and Mechanical & Electrical Engineers with a view to presenting a plan and costing for the essential rewiring, safety lighting and heating system for the Church.

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Annual Collection will be held this weekend the 11th& 12th Sept.

Lusk Community Council Thomas Ashe Life and Time Exhibition (1885-1917),
Saint MacCullins Centre weekends from 28th Aug- 26th Sept 2010. Opening hours: Sat and Sun 2-5pm. Admission: Adults €2.50; Concessions €2; Child (under 12) €1. Kindly supported by Fingal CC

Lusk Senior Citizens Committee will hold their annual Fruit and Vegetable Sale next Saturday, September 18th in Murray’s Car Park, The Square. 10am-5pm. All welcome!! Please Support.

St Luke’s Gospel
Donabate Parish is offering a six-week course entitled A Compassionate God, exploring St Luke’s Gospel, it will start on Friday September 17th in the Boys’ School hall at 8.00 pm. Organized by the Parish Council, it will feature guest speakers who are experts in Scripture, as well as experienced in talking to general audiences. Admission is €5 per session or €20 for the series, and is free to the unwaged. The Boys School is difficult to find, so, people from outside the area should meet at Donabate Church car park at 7.45 on Friday 17th September and they will be directed to the school.

Parenting Courses - Information for Parents
'Help Me To Parent' Courses are as follows: Parenting Age 1 to 6 - October 9th; Parenting Age 6 to 11 - October 2nd; Parenting Teenagers - October 2nd; All courses will be held in The Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin. They are 1 full day from 9.30am to 4.30pm and delivered by fully qualified facilitators. Cost is €99 per person or €180 per couple. To book a place call 087 6890582 or visit our website on: