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Added on 04/05/2013

Saturday 4 May 2013

Heinrich Boll Weekend in Achill
The ninth Annual Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend takes place on Achill Island, Co Mayo this weekend, and the venues include two Church of Ireland churches associated with the 19th century Achill Mission of Canon Edward Nangle – St Thomas’s, Dugort, and Holy Trinity Church on the smaller island of Inishbiggle. 

This year’s programme focuses on the work of American painter Robert Henri and the Achill–born poet, John F Deane, marking his 70th birthday. This evening (Saturday), Maurice Harmon will speak in St Thomas’s Church, Dugort, on ‘Lonesome, between times – the Poetry of John F. Deane.’ This will be followed by a reading by John F. Deane.

Tomorrow morning (Sunday), after a guided walk on Inishbiggle, Canon Patrick Comerford of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute will give a lecture at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity church, on ‘The history of the Church of Ireland on Inishbiggle’. In the afternoon, at 4 p.m., Canon Comerford will speak in Bunacurry School on Achill Island on ‘The poet as theologian, the theologian as poet … a theologian’s engagement with John F. Deane.’ This will be followed by poetry readings by Maurice Harmon, Harry Clifton, Gerard Smyth, James Harpur, Padraig Daly and Jacques Rancourt.

This evening (Saturday) in St George’s church, Belfast the Saint George’s Singers will give a recital which will include Renaissance polychoral music, Mozart’s Wind Octet and Bruckner’s Missa 2 in E Minor.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Patronal Festival of St John’s church, Sandymont will be celebrated and the preacher at the Sung Eucharist will be the Dean of Christ Church cathedral, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, while in St Ann’s church, Dawson Street, Lord Eames will be the preacher at the Friends of St Ann’s annual service.

On Tuesday the short monthly ecumenical lunchtime prayer in Dublin’s greater Leeson Street area will be held in St Finian’s Lutheran church at 1.05pm. Clergy and members of nine congregations and six denominations including St. Bartholomew’s, Holy Trinity, Rathmines, and St. Ann’s and St. Stephen’s Church of Ireland have joined in this initiative. This month’s prayer will be ld by Assistant Pastor Eva Peper of St. Finian’s. Meanwhile in Monkstown parish church, Siobhan Kilkelly will give the first in a series of lunchtime recitals on the newly restored organ.  At 8pm in the Chapter House of Christ Church cathedral, Professor Liam Treacy, from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, will give a lecture, under the auspices of the Dublin & Glendalough Theology Circle, on ‘Eucharist Praying: Learning and Forgetting from Early Christianity’.

On Wednesday morning the Archbishop of Dublin will give an address at the 1916 Commemoration Ceremony at Arbour Hill.

General Synod 2013The General Synod will be held in Armagh City Hotel for three days beginning on Thursday. In association with the Synod, the Church of Ireland Council for Mission will host an event at 8.15am on Friday when Bishop Ken Clarke, Mission Director of SAMS UK and Ireland, will speak on ‘Aim Lower. Fulfilling the Commission of Christ with Urgency, Imagination and Energy’. At lunchtime, Changing Attitude Ireland will host a public talk by Steve Williamson, Director of Cara–Friendly, who will speak on ‘The Church and the mental health of gay and lesbian people’. 

The Diocese of Cashel & Ossory has received a diocesan award from Eco–Congregation Ireland in recognition of its environmental endeavours. It adopted a Green Charter five years ago and all the parishes have signed up to this and displayed it on their premises. Cashel & Ossory is the first Church of Ireland diocese to receive this award.


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