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For Saturday 17th November 2001

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Anniversary Celebrations for St Thomas' Church, Dublin

On Friday the Archbishop of Dublin will preside at a service to mark the 70th anniversary of the consecration of the parish church of St George and St Thomas in Cathal Brugha Street which was conducted by Archbishop Gregg on St Thomas' Day 1931.

St Thomas' parish church was originally in Marlborough Street and was erected in the middle of the eighteenth century to serve the fashionable quarter of the city around Rutland Square. The church was seriously damaged in 1922 and was replaced by a new church site in the Lombardic style which was built on the site of the parocjhial hall. The design of the architect, F.G. Hicks, won the gold medal of the Royal Institute of Architects and a silver medal at the Tailtean Exhibition.

Following the closure of St George's in 1990 the church became the parish church of St George and St Thomas and has an active inner city witness with, in particular, successful lunchtime lecture series. The church is currently served by the Revd Katherine Poulton who is also chaplain to the Mater and Temple Street Hospitals and to Mountjoy Prison.

This afternoon (Saturday) in St George's Church, Belfast, Affirming Catholicism Ireland will host a seminar on "Christian Ministry in a Conflict Situation". The speakers will be the Revd Stewart Heaney, Rector of Holy Trinity, Belfast, the Revd Norman Hamilton from the Presbyterian Church and Fr Aiden Troy CP.

Tomorrow morning (Sunday), as part of the 175th anniversary celebrations of Kinawley parish church, Co. Fermanagh, the rector, the Revd George Davison, will lead a broadcast service on Northern Sound Radio. In the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, the preacher at the Sung Eucharist will be Magister Joar Haga of the Church of Norway who will also give a public lecture in the Swift Theatre on Monday at 8.00 pm on "North European Youth Cultures and Christianity".

At Evensong in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) the French Ambassador will attend the Annual Huguenot Commemoration Service at which the preacher will be Canon W.G. Neely, Prebendary of Swords. A memorial service for the late Dean of Cork, the Very Revd Maurice Carey, will be held in St Fin Barre's Cathedral at 7.00 pm where the preacher will be the Dean of Christ Church, Dublin, the Very Revd John Paterson

The Standing Committee of the General Synod and the Executive Committee of the Representative Church Body will meet on Tuesday in Dublin where the House of Bishops will meet on Wednesday. At the Centre for Christian Studies in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, on Wednesday evening the Dean of Cork, Dr Michael Jackson, will speak on "Does the Truth Disturb" in the "And is it True" series. In St Louis High School, Rathmines, Dublin, the Irish Council of Christians and Jews will host "A Celebration of Christian and Jewish Music" at 8.00pm.

On Thursday evening the Archbishop of Dublin will introduce the Revd Olive Henderson as priest in charge of Rathdrum, Glenealy and Laragh. Mrs Henderson has previously served as an auxiliary minister in Tallaght and as priest in charge in Moviddy, Co. Cork. In St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, the Cathedral Chamber Choir, under the direction of Andrew Mackriell, will give its inaugural concert which will renew the cathedral tradition of a concert celebration of the Feast of St Cecelia.

The Mothers' Union has announced that Mrs Paddy Wallace, Diocesan President for the Diocese of Connor, will succeed Mrs Thelma Mehaffey as All Ireland President on 1 January 2002.

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