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For Saturday 17th March 2001

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St Patrick's Day Celebrations

The cancellation of traditional St Patrick's Day parades, in response to the foot and mouth crisis, will be disappointing to many but it does, in an increasingly secular society, provide an opportunity to concentrate on the religious dimension of our national patronal festival.

As usual, in the Church of Ireland, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, is a major focus for celebration. Today (Saturday) the Eucharist will be celebrated, in Irish, at 9.00 am and at 10.30 am there will be a Sung Eucharist which will be attended by the Friendly Brothers of St Patrick. The preacher at the Sung Eucharist will be Canon Bruce Ruddock who is a residentiary canon in Worcester Cathedral. Canon Ruddock returned to England in 1999 after a period as Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome where, among other things, he was the organizer of the last visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Pope.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at the Sung Eucharist a bronze figure of St Patrick will be dedicated. This is a gift to St Patrick's from Bishop Edwin Owen, a former succentor in the cathedral, in thanksgiving for fifty years of ministry. The figure is the work of Melanie Le Brocquy and it will be unveiled by the Earl of Rosse.

This morning (Saturday) RTE will broadcast a Service of Holy Communion from the Church of Ireland College of Education with the College's students and members of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise. The celebrant will be the Rector of Tullow, the Revd David Oxley, and the former Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Donald Caird, will preach. The Bishop of Cork will preside at a St Patrick's Day Civic Service in St Fin Barre's Cathedral which will be followed by a reception in the Palace.

Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will broadcast Morning Prayer from St Patrick's Church, Jordanstown, where the rector is the Revd Arfon Williams. In St Macartan's Cathedral, Enniskillen, this evening there will be a Festival of Hymns to introduce the new Church Hymnal.

In response to the foot and mouth crisis the Bishop of Cork has re-scheduled the institution of the Revd Eithne Lynch to the incumbency of the Kilmoe union of parishes. This will now take place tomorrow (Sunday) in the context of a Parish Eucharist and is intended to discourage travel from other parishes and counties. Mrs Lynch was ordained in 1997 for the curacy of Douglas and Frankfield and she succeeds the Revd Hilary Wakeman who has retired.

Among the Lenten events this week are an address at Evensong in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) from Sr Geraldine Smyth OP on "A Time of Growth in Our Understanding of the Church". On Tuesday evening, in Howth, Canon W.J. Marshall, Vice-Principal of the Theological College, will tackle the thorny problem of "The 39 Articles - a Hindrance to Unity?" and on Wednesday in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, the psychiatrist, Dr Ann Schofield, will speak on "The Cost of Discipleship". On Thursday evening in Rathfarnham parish church the Revd Michael Begley, Siritan Asylum Seekers Initiative, and Terence Read, Anglican Communion Refugee and Migrant Network, will address the issue of "Racism or Integration".

CMS Ireland will hold its Spring Sale on Thursday in the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook. The sale, which is in aid of the Dr Christine Matthews Medical Centre in South India, begins at 10. 30 am and lunch is available from noon.

Today (Saturday) week is the feast day of St Macartan to whom the cathedral of Clogher is dedicated. On the eve of St Macartan's Day, Friday, the internationally renowned Harlandic Male Voice Choir will give a recital in the cathedral.

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