Added on 19/10/2013
Bishops’ Appeal: Urgent Funds Needed
The Bishops’ Appeal, which is the Church of Ireland’s principal agency for supporting the developing world, has requested harvest and advent funds for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and for the refugees in surrounding Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Eight million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. As little as €30/£25 can buy rice, beans, lentils, sugar, salt as well as cheese and milk to combat malnutrition in children.
Funds are also urgently required for important projects such as agricultural self help groups in Uganda and a garden project among the malnourished and displaced Wichi people in Argentina. Empowering rural people is an essential first step to eradicating poverty. Due to funding constraints, worthwhile projects such as these are on hold.
Donations may be sent to Bishops’ Appeal, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
The concern for the plight of Syria will be echoed again on Wednesday when there will be a Day of Prayer for Syria in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast from 9am until 5pm with contributions from, among others, the Bishop of Connor, the Deans of Belfast and Down, the Revd Dr Heather Morris of the Methodist Church and the Very Revd Dr Hugh Kennedy from St Peter’s cathedral.
Today in Cork (Saturday) Mark Russell, CEO of the Church Army, will speak at a breakfast conference for future church leaders, and at an event for lay church workers and volunteers in St Fin Barre’s cathedral. In Dublin the annual Jonathan Swift Symposium will take place in St Patrick’s Deanery while in Christ Church cathedral the AGM of the Past Choristers will be held at 2pm followed by a rehearsal after which they will sing Evensong at 5pm.
Today (Saturday) the visit of the delegation from the Hong Kong Sheung Kung Hui
continues when Archbishop Kwong will visit the Dean of Christ Church. Tomorrow (Sunday) morning Archbishop Kwong will preach in Christ Church, while the Very Revd Mathias Der, the Dean of Hong Kong, will preach at St Patrick’s. In the afternoon both Archbishop Kwong and Dean Der will attend the Swift Service at St Patrick’s where the address will be given by the Revd Dr Alan McCormack, the Rector of St Botolph without Bishopsgate and St Vedast Alias Foster in the City of London.
Tomorrow (Sunday) morning Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman OSB from Glenstal will preach in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, while in Cashel cathedral, after the Cathedral Eucharist, Dr Alan Acheson will speak about his recently published study of Bishop John Jebb. At Evensong in St Fin Barre’s cathedral the Bishop of Cork will re–dedicate the restored organ while in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the Revd Daniel Nuzum will be the preacher at the Annual Diocesan Service of Wholeness and Healing.
The Archbishop of Dublin will travel to Reykjavik on Monday for a meeting of the Primates of the Porvoo Communion and will return to launch the Revd Marcus Losack’s book, Rediscovering St Patrick in St Patrick’s Deanery on Thursday evening.
On Wednesday the Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Diocesan Synod will be held in Enniscorthy and the Derry & Raphoe Synod in Clooney, Hall, Derry.
On Friday evening in Ballina the Bishop of Tuam will institute the Revd Jake Worley, from British Columbia as incumbent of the Kilmoremoy union of parishes.
Next Saturday, 26 October, in St Ann’s church, Dublin at 2pm, Changing Attitude Ireland will host a public lecture by Judge Catherine McGuinness, ‘20 Years after decriminalization: What Next for Same–Sex Couples’.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’