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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 16/02/2013

Saturday 16 February 2013

Lenten Study Groups
Lent is traditionally a time for study and reflection and this is facilitated not only in worship but through a variety of study groups and courses in cathedrals and parishes.

In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the Revd Dr John Bartlett, former Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College and noted Old Testament scholar, and Dr Margaret Daly–Denton, author of Psalm–shaped Prayerfulness (Columba Press, 2010), will host a course based on the psalms. This will begin on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. On Wednesday evening an ecumenical series of Lenten meetings organized by the churches of Malahide and Portmarnock begins. The first meeting will be in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Malahide, where the speaker, at 8pm, will be the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin. On the same evening in the Church of St John the Baptist, Drumcondra, a series of ‘Services of Compline with Reflections for Lent’ begins at 7.45pm. The theme will be ‘Ministry in Diversity’ and the first reflection on ‘Ministry of Lay Pastoral Worker’ will be given by Ms Siobhan Tighe, a pastoral worker in Marino parish.

The series of Lenten Talks on the theme of the Ministry of Healing by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Revd Alan Abernethy, continues on Wednesday in Jordanstown parish centre and on Thursday evening at 8pm in the Cassandra Hand Hotel, Clones, Dr Ursula O’Donovan will speak on Deitrich Bonhoeffer’s book, ‘The Cost of the Discipleship’, in the ‘Meeting God in Books’ Lenten series of talks.

Tomorrow (Sunday) sees the start of this year’s Lenten addresses in the Chapel of Trinity College Dublin. The series, entitled ‘Spiritual Capital’, will examine Ireland’s social and economic crisis. A group of distinguished visiting speakers will share their thoughts on the spiritual and other values which can best guide us out of our present difficulties. The first speaker will be Mr. Peter Byrne of Christian Aid Ireland, and on the following Sundays Fr. Sean Healy SMA, Director of Social Justice Ireland, Senator Sean Barrett, TCD Economics Department and member of Seanad Éireann, Senator Ivana Bacik, TCD Law School and member of Seanad Éireann,  the Revd Darren McCallig, Dean of Residence and Chaplain and Ms. Gina Menzies, Theologian & Lecturer in Medical Ethics will speak  All of the addresses are in the context of the Church of Ireland Sunday morning Choral Eucharist at 10.45am and all are welcome. Full details of the series as well as recordings of the addresses will be available on the Chaplaincy website: www.tcd.ie/chaplaincy

Tomorrow (Sunday) the William Lauder Memorial Organ Recital in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, will be given by the Cathedral Organist, Mr Theodore Saunders, at 4.15pm. The programme, to mark the season of Lent, will consist of seven choral preludes by Bach with members of the Cathedral Choir and seasonal readings by the Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan. Admission is free but donations to further endow the Archbishop of Armagh’s Choir Fund will be welcome.

On Wednesday the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe, the Rt Revd Ken Good, will travel to London for the Bishops’ Art and the City Conference. Derry is the inaugural UK City of Culture for 2013 and St Columb’s cathedral is an important part of the city’s cultural infrastructure.

In St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick at 3pm on Sunday 24 February there will be a Memorial Service for Stuart Gray, Organist and Master of the Choristers from 1979 until 2004, who died unexpectedly at his home in Yorkshire in December.

 


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