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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 11/05/2013

Saturday 11 May 2013

Good Bookshop Anniversary
Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3.30pm there will be a special service in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, to celebrate ten years of the Good Book Shop. The preacher will be the Bishop of Tuam, Killala & Achonry, the Rt Revd Patrick Rooke.

The Good Bookshop is in Donegall Street, Belfast, part of the city’s Cathedral Quarter, and is an important part of the Church of Ireland presence in this developing area of the city which includes St Anne’s cathedral and Church of Ireland House, the administrative centre for the diocese of Down & Dromore and Connor. The development of the University of Ulster campus in nearby York Street promises to add even greater vibrancy to the area.

When the APCK bookshops in Dublin and Belfast were closed the Belfast bookshop was taken over by the dioceses of Down & Dromore and Connor and rebranded as the Good Book Shop. Managed by Richard Ryan, it has proved to be valuable, not only as a local bookshop but as a vital part of the distribution network for Church of Ireland publications. Following the recent closure of the Sunday School Society bookshop in Dublin, the Good Book Shop is the only dedicated Church of Ireland book shop left. Its importance is thereby enhanced and its potential as a national centre for the supply and distribution of Church of Ireland publications is considerable.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning there will be a celebration of Grange Sylvae church, Goresbridge, which is part of the Old Leighlin union of parishes where the incumbent is the Dean of Leighlin, the Very Revd Tom Gordan. At 11am there will be a Service of the Word with historian, Canon Adrian Empey, and conservation architect, Margaret Quinlan, when the history of this building , designed by Francis Johnston of GPO fame, will be revealed. In the afternoon, at 3.30pm the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell, will preside and Lord Eames will preach at a special Friends’ Service to mark the 250th anniversary of St Ronan’s church, Coolebrooke.

In Kilrush, Co. Clare, tomorrow (Sunday) the Bishop of Limerick & Killaloe, the Rt Revd Trevor Williams, will attend the National Famine Commemoration Ceremony led by President Michael D. Higgins. Next weekend he will attend the St Brendan International Conference which begins on Friday in Tralee where an international panel of speakers will discuss the life and legacy of St Brendan.

Next Friday is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and Changing Attitude Ireland will be marking it with church services at various venues tomorrow (Sunday). There will be IDAHO services at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, at 3.15pm where the speaker will be Canon Mark Gardner, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, at 7pm where the speaker will be Canon Marie Rowley–Brooke and at St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, at 8pm where the speaker will be the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory, the Rt. Revd Michael Burrows.

On Monday the Archbishop of Dublin will begin a four day visit to Sofia where he to lecture on ‘The Cross in Christianity’.

A new series of recitals, ‘Music in Calary’ begins on Wednesday evening in Calary church, Co. Wicklow, at 8pm. The opening recital will be given by sopranos, Sarah Power and Donna Gallagher.

St Mary’s church, Carrigaline, will host a Flower Festival which begins on Friday and continues until Sunday 19 May. The theme is ‘Pentecost: the Fruit of the Spirit’ and the preacher at the closing service on Pentecost Sunday will be the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory.

 

 


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