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Booterstown and Mount Merrion Parishioners Pull Together in Lenten Challenge

Parishioners of Booterstown and Mount Merrion are being urged to take up a new challenge for Lent this year. Rather than giving something up for Lent, Canon Gillian Wharton is urging her parishioners to pull together and take up a challenge that will benefit their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health while raising money for three causes.

Canon Gillian Wharton embarking on her 5km a day challenge on Ash Wednesday.
Canon Gillian Wharton embarking on her 5km a day challenge on Ash Wednesday.

Canon Wharton has committed to walking 5km each day in Lent. Others in the parish are challenging themselves to a shorter or greater distance, some walking, some cycling and some running. Some people are evening challenging themselves to learn and dance ‘Jerusalema’ each day. Another parishioner is learning sign language online.

“We are doing this together even though we are apart,” Canon Wharton comments. “In addition to doing this for our wellbeing, we are also hoping to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society, Protestant Aid and our parishes. All charities have struggled to fundraise over the last 11 months.”Each year, the parishes hold a Daffodil Service on the fourth Sunday of March for all those who are affected by cancer, either themselves or through a loved one, and after the service they have a Coffee Morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. This year, like last year, the service will be online at 10.30am on Sunday 28 March 2021 but they can’t hold the Coffee Morning.

Protestant Aid helps families and individuals, financially, regardless of religious, social or ethnic background, to alleviate poverty and distress.All donations will be divided equally, with a third given to the Irish Cancer Society, a third to Protestant Aid and a third to the Parishes of Booterstown and Mount Merrion  

During lockdown the parishes are not asking people to take sponsorship cards or to handle money. Donations may be made via the GoFundMe page – https://gofund.me/996d06a6 or to

Booterstown and Mount Merrion Rector’s Account IBAN: IE92ULSB 985330 00606072



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