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For Saturday 23rd June 2001

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Petertide Ordinations

Petertide is one of the traditional times in the Church' calendar for ordinations and tomorrow (Sunday), the Feast of St John the Baptist, four deacons will be made and nine deacons will be raised to the priesthood. Of these, two deacons and four priests will serve in the auxiliary ministry.

In St Columba's Church, Portadown, the Archbishop of Armagh will ordain Joyce Moore, Richard Moore and Donna Quigley to the diaconate while in St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway, Maria Jansson will be made a deacon by the Bishop of Tuam.

Three deacons will be priested in Christ Church Cathedral by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Revd Avril Bennet, the Revd Patrick Comerford and the Revd Timothy Close who serve in the parishes of Crumlin, Whitechurch and Glenageary respectively. The Bishop of Down and Dromore will raise the Revd Daniel Owen, curate of St Donard's, Belfast to the preisthood while in St George's Church, Belfast, the Bishop of Connor will ordain to the priesthood the Revd Christopher Bennett, the Revd William Nixon, the Revd Louise Stewart, the Revd Alice Stewart and the Revd David Somerville.

This evening (Saturday) in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, the Cathedral Choir will give its annual Summer Concert. The programme will contain some of the music which the choir will sing during its forthcoming residency in Westminster Abbey. Modern works such as Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir and Giles Swayne's Magnificat vie for attention with the work of more familiar names such as Lassus, Rheinberger, and Charles Wood.

At the same time the Chapel Choir of Trinity College, Dublin, will begin its tour of the Nordic lands with a concert in Porvoo and tomorrow (Sunday) will sing the Eucharist in the Anglican Church in Helsinki where the chaplain is the Revd Rupert Moreton, former curate in the Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, group of parishes. On Monday the choir, accompanied by the Church of Ireland chaplain in Trinity, Dr Alan McCormack, will travel to Estonia.

Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will televise Parish Communion with the parishioners of Castleknock, Clonsilla and Mulhuddart where the rector is the Revd Andrew Orr and the newly ordained curate is the Revd Sandra Pragnell. The annual service of the St John's Ambulance Brigade will be held in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at 11.00 am and in the evening in Co. Meath the Annual Open Air Service will be held at Tara where the preacher will be the Revd Graham Doyle, Rector of Killeshandra.

On Monday the Bishop of Clogher will institute the Revd Dr Brian Crowe to the incumbency of Galloon, Drummully and Sallaghy while in Co. Cork the centenary of St Mark's Church, Kilbonane, will be marked by a celebration of the Eucharist at which the celebrant will be the Bishop of Cork and the preacher the Archbishop of Dublin.

The Wednesday evening organ recital in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, will given by Charles Harrison, Organist in St George's Church, Belfast. At 8.00 pm the Archbishop of Dublin will preside at a Service of Thanksgiving in Harold's Cross parish church after which the church will be closed for public worship, and on Thursday evening he will be in Christ Church Cathedral for a Liturgical Reception for Cardinal Connell.

On Friday, St Peter's Day, the former Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Caird, will celebrate the Eucharist in the Chapel of Trinity College on the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. He will be joined by thirteen clergy, priests and bishops, including the indefatigable Bishop Samuel Poyntz who has organized the celebration.

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