Added on 22/12/2012
Saturday 22 December 2012
The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal has recently made a number of allocations to projects in the developing world. £12,000 has been allocated to an innovative Christian Aid project in Brazil improving the working conditions of waste collectors, and the same sum has also been made available to Tearfund projects in Cambodia where agricultural training is being implemented to improve the lives of the poor along the Thai/Cambodia border. A Women’s Education Programme has been funded in Pakistan through the agency ‘Feed the Minds’ – £10,332 will allow women in rural areas to learn how to read and write so that they can vote in future elections and have a say in the governance of their country. £24,000 has been allocated for a training centre in Kenya – this CMS run project will enable the training of clergy and lay people in areas as diverse as agricultural and community development, literacy and biblical studies.
In addition there have been several of diocesan initiatives. The Bishop of Cashel & Ossory’s Diocesan Peregrinations have raised over €50,000 for a USPG project in Swaziland and a CMS project in Rwanda. The projects will directly benefit 10,000 Swazi school children and 10,000 Rwandese farmers. The Bishop of Tuam has launched the ‘Mabweni’ project in support of Masaai Girls Education in Kenya. The diocese aims to help support the building of dormitories and toilet blocks for a CMS supported Girl’s Secondary School in the Kajiado district. The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe has launched the ‘Nets Work’ appeal. Through encouraging each family in the diocese to buy a mosquito net, it is hoped to radically reduce the number of malaria illnesses and mortalities for up to 16,500 families in Nigeria. In Meath and Kildare the diocese is raising funds for farmers in Haiti. Alongside Christian Aid, they hope to help farmers strengthen milk production
This afternoon (Saturday) at 4.30 pm the annual Carol Service organized by the local parishes of Ballyboden, Marley Grange and Whitechurch will be held in the courtyard of Marley House in Marley Park.
Tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 10.30am the Christ Church cathedral group of parishes Carol Service will be held in the historic St Werburgh’s church. In the evening the Bishop of Cork will preside at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Fin Barre’s cathedral while in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, there will be a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 3.15pm for which tickets are not required. At 7pm Holy Trinity church, Killiney, will host a Community Carol Service at which the Cean Comhairle, Sean Barrett TD, will be one of the readers while at 8pm there will be a Service of Carols for the City in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick.
Tomorrow (Sunday) Evensong in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, will be sung by the Christ Church Part Choristers.
On Christmas Eve the Archbishop of Dublin will preside at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Patrick’s cathedral. The service, which will include the 2012 commission, A Star of the East by Ermest Dines, will be broadcast live on RTE radio at 4pm. Admission is by ticket only.
On Christmas Day, by tradition, the archbishops and bishops will preach in their diocesan cathedrals. This will be the first Christmas for the new Primate, Dr Richard Clarke, to preach in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh. In the national cathedral of St Patrick, the Christmas Day preacher will be the dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’