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The Church of Ireland
News Briefing

For Saturday 24th March 2001

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Church of Ireland Magazine Competition

Perhaps the most avidly read publications which the Church of Ireland produces are its parish and diocesan magazines and newsletters. These vary considerably in quality and quantity. Some are simple information sheets while others are substantial magazines with colour illustrations and a considerable design input. However, they all serve the same basic need - the desire to know what is going on at a local level.

Some years ago the Church of Ireland Press Office instigated a competition for magazines with the aim of improving standards and fostering greater interest in production. This years competition will have separate categories for diocesan and parish magazines which will be judges on overall design and page lay-out, editorial content in relation to readership, and outreach potential.

Entry forms may be obtained from the Press Office and should be accompanied by three editions of the magazine that have been issued in the period, April 2000 to March 2001. The closing date for the receipt of entries is today week and the prizes will be awarded at the General Synod, in the O'Reilly Hall of University College, Dublin, in May.

Today (Saturday) Affirming Catholicism Ireland will hold a Quiet Day in St Andrew's Church, Malahide, which will be conducted by the Revd Dr Norman Gamble who is the convenor of the society. Entitled "Living with Christ Today" the proceedings will begin with Matins at 11.30 am. The Bishop of Tuam will conduct a retreat for the Meath and Kildare Mothers' Union.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Bishop of Cork will visit Castletownroche while in St John's Church, Dartry, the Bishop of Clogher will preside at a memorial service for the late Rector of Ematris, Canon James Merry. In St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, the Revd John McKegney, Rector of St Mark's, Armagh, will be installed as Prebendary of Tynan in the cathedral chapter.

At Evensong in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) the Lenten address on "A Time of Growth in our Understanding of Ourselves" will be given by the writer Ms Deirdre Purcell. Among the other Lenten speakers next week will be Canon Michael Kennedy, Rector of Lisnadill, who will preach in St Catherine's Church, Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) evening, and Major Howard Sercombe, of the Salvation Army in Dublin, who will speak on "Discipleship in the World" in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork on Wednesday evening. In Rathfarnham parish church on Thursday evening Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, President of Focus Ireland, and Ms Ruth Handy, from the Irish Management Institute, will discuss "Consumerism - A Challenge to Faith".

On Monday evening the AGM of the Dublin and Glendalough Theology Circle will be held in the Theological College. The AGM will be preceded by a celebration of the Eucharist by the Archbishop of Dublin and will be followed by a talk by the Rector of St Bartholomew's, the Revd William Ritchie, on "Beyond the Pyramids".

The Dublin and Glendalough Mothers' Union will host an information evening on Thursday in the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook. "Tell Me About It" will provide an opportunity to obtain advice from experts on a variety of issues of common concern - schizophrenia, cancer and meningitis, bereavement and victim support, adult literacy, adoption and much more.

On Friday evening the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, the Rt Revd Kenneth Clarke, will institute the Revd Liz McElhinney as Rector of Calry. Mrs McElhiney was ordained in 1997 for the curacy of Magheralin, Co. Down. In the crypt Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at 7.00 pm, theology graduate and artist, Julanne Clark-Morris will present a slide and video installation entitled "Illuminations" which will also be on show on the following Saturday and Sunday.

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