Text onlyText-only Version
The Church of Ireland

The Church of Ireland
News Briefing

For Saturday 20th October 2001

From: The RCB Library
Email: RCB Library

Church Collections for Afghanistan

In a joint letter, under the auspices of the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal, the Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin have urged the Church to support those who are suffering in Afghanistan. In recent times these people have suffered civil war, invasion, and, most recently, one of the harshest regimes in the world. The country is barren after years of drought and millions of people are displaced. Even before the current hostilities there was a prospect of widespread famine and starvation this winter.

Churches are encouraged to hold special collections on Sunday 18 November. An emergency grant of £20,000 has already been made and the special collections will be added to this total. Funds will be directed through Christian Aid which has been working with local Afghan groups since the 1980s and which has knowledgeable workers both inside and outside the country.

Parishes are asked to return collections to their diocesan office not later than 30 November to enable a swift response to the needs of Afghanistan and to avoid conflicting with the Christmas collections for the Bishops’ Appeal which take place in many parishes.

Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will broadcast a Service of the Word from St Malachy’s Church, Hillsborough, where the rector is the Very Revd John Dinnen while in St Bartholomew’s and Leeson Park churches, Dublin, the Harvest preacher will be the Principal of the Theological College, Professor Adrian Empey. At Evensong in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, the Annual Swift Address will be given by Professor H.J. Real, University of Muenster, and this will be followed by a recital by David Leigh, the Cathedral’s Acting Organist, in aid of the Cathedral Choir’s tour to Wales at the end of this month. In Belfast Cathedral the Belfast City Youth Orchestra will take part in the evening service which has been organized for the Road Safety Council.

On Tuesday the lunchtime lecture in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in the “2000 Years of Christianity” series will be given by Dr Catherine Swift, NUI-Maynooth, on “Patrician and non-Patrician Missions to Ireland & the Establishment of Armagh”. The AGM of the Church Education Society will begin at 5.30 pm in the Church of Ireland College of Education while in the Theological College Dr Alan McCormack, Chaplain of Trinity College, will speak to the Narcissus Marsh Society on “The Epiphanous in Douglas Coupland and Gregg Araki”.

The Irish School of Ecumenics and the Debt & Development Coalition Ireland will host an evening meeting and one day conference on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dublin. The topic will be “Alternative Economics: is Debt Cancellation Enough?”: details may be had from the ISE at 01-2601144.

On Wednesday the Ferns Diocesan Synod will be held in Enniscorthy while the Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Synod will take place in Derry. During the Derry and Raphoe Synod the Duke of Abercorn will launch “Living Stones. A Historical Survey of the Churches of the Dioceses of Derry and Raphoe” by Canon David Crooks, Rector of Taughboyne.

The 40th anniversary of St John’s Church, Sligo, becoming the cathedral of the Dioceses of Elphin and Ardagh will be celebrated on Thursday evening in St John’s Cathedral where the Bishop, the Rt Revd Ken Clarke, will preach. In St George and St Thomas’ Church, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin, the final lunchtime talk in the “I Believe” series will be given by Mr Trevor Sargent, TD. As part of the Balbriggan Festival of the Arts, St George’s Church will host an evening of “Music, Words and Flowers” with the Cavetino Trio, and a Flower Festival which will continue until Monday 29 October.

Church of Ireland Notes appear in the Irish Times whose web site may be found at

Return to Newsbrief Index

Home | Latest Updates | Site Index | Search | Text only

Copyright © 1997-2005 Church of Ireland Central Communications Board

Contact us

Last update to this page was on 29 October, 2003