CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 17th November 2001
From: The RCB Library
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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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