Added on 12/04/2014
Saturday 12 April 2014
Holy Week Celebrations
Tomorrow (Sunday) is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. The Archbishop of Dublin will preside at the blessing of the palms in All Saints church, Grangegorman where he will also commission as lay ministers David Reynolds for service in Bray and Helen Gorman for the Christ Church cathedral group of parishes, while in Whitechurch parish church the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory will begin a series of Holy Week sermons. In St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen, there will be a parish mission for Holy Week with the ordinands from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and the Bishop of Clogher who will preach each evening. The Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will preside at Holy Week services in Castlerock on Wednesday, Meenglass on Thursday and Desertmartin on Good Friday. On Maunday Thursday the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross will preside at the Chrism Eucharist and Renewal of Ordination Vows in St Fachtna’s cathedral, Rosscarbery, where the preacher will be the Rt Revd Richard Henderson, a former Dean of Ross and Bishop of Tuam.
Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, at 3.30pm there will be a Concert of Seasonal Sacred Music in St Stephen’s church, Dublin. In the evening, at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Trim, the Revd Paul Bogle, will be installed as Dean of Clonmacnoise and the Revd Lynda Peilow will be installed as a canon of the cathedral.
On Wednesday the lunchtime organ recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, will be given by Peter Barley who will perform Alan Ridout’s ‘The Fourteen Stations of the Cross. This will be a special performance for Holy Week. At 7.30pm, in Education House, the Centre for the Study of Irish Protestantism in NUI Maynooth will host an evening on ‘Community, Ecology and Spirituality’ led by the Scottish ecologist, theologian and writer, Dr Alastair McIntosh.
Kilmurry church, in the diocese of Limerick, although closed for worship, continues to be used regularly for a wide range of events for the local community and for the nearby University of Limerick. Run entirely voluntarily by a committee of Church of Ireland parishioners and a dedicated group of local residents, the church is much in demand as a rehearsal space and for music and drama events. It is regularly used by a group of young people with special needs for keep–fit exercises, and the Church of
Ireland United Limerick and Killaloe Diocesan Youth Council (UDYC) also use the
venue. Other community activities include fundraising events, such as book or plant
stalls, for charity, and the church can be hired for other appropriate activities.
The body of the church has been kept in very good order by the committee, but it is now clear that the landmark stone steeple is dangerous, and the cost of its repair is beyond the reach of the committee, and of Limerick city parish which is responsible for the building. To keep this treasured historic church available for the community and its regular users, those who have current or past family links with Limerick, and especially with Kilmurry church, are being asked to consider whether they may be able to help financially. The target for this essential work on a building which is in regular use is just over €30,000. All donations would be very gratefully received. If you are willing to make a donation, please contact the Dean of Limerick for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the Very Revd Sandra Pragnell at St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’