It has been a long January in every sense. The Christmas services were a muted affair. What a strange world to be in when the only time that Christmas Carols can be sung is in the safe confines of your own home, but I do hope that you were able to celebrate the birth of Christ no matter what your circumstance. Thankfully, the pre-booking system for Christmas services worked well so that everyone had a seat and we were able to adhere fully to Public health guidelines. I’m very thankful to Rev’d Carol – without her help we would not have been able to host multiple Christmas services in each church and it was wonderful that she celebrated her first Christmas communion at the Nativity service on Christmas Eve.
In the last month there have been three deaths in the parish. Ms. Eileen Warke died on Christmas Eve, Mr. George Phipps on Christmas Day and Bishop Roy Warke on 12th January.
Roy and Eileen were beloved by the parish and had lived in Naas since their retirement. Words come easily when thinking of Roy and Eileen – Gentle, Prayerful, kind, faithful, friendly, generous, well-read, erudite, wise, hospitable. Roy frequently led services in the Union, wrote for Union Focus and until recently, both Roy and Eileen were fully involved in the wider community of Naas. I was inundated with calls and messages of sympathy and elsewhere you can read a letter sent by Fr. Liam on behalf of Our Lady and St. David’s. Please remember all who are bereaved, especially Roy and Eileen’s daughters Jane and Ruth, George Phipps wife Martina and all of their respective families and circle of friends.
At the time of writing there is no prospect of the church buildings re-opening for public worship until early March. Online worship continues every Sunday at the new time of 10.00am. It is available on naasunion.com, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. If you search for Naas Union you will easily find the relevant links. An online Assembly takes place every Friday at 9.30am for children and the young at heart. Can I also remind you of the weekly Zoom Bible Study every Tuesday at 8.00pm. I have drawn up a course which introduces the Bible section by section and all are welcome to join. Sessions are also available on YouTube and the parish website.
Finally, some good news. Mabel Lyons of Hartwell, will be 100 years old on the 15th February. Mabel’s zest for life and her love for people are inspiring. Many congratulations and best wishes to Mabel as she achieves her second century.
Your friend and Rector