Church of Ireland notes from ‘The Irish Times’ - Posted on 16/05/2015
Saturday 16 May 2015
Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Course Underway
The new students on the Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Certificate in Christian Studies course began their course recently with a one–day workshop on liturgy and worship. The programme is open to all adult learners and is also one of two courses approved by the House of Bishops for the academic component of Lay Reader training. This is the third cycle of the course which has proved highly popular as a programme of faith formation and now includes students from the dioceses of Cork, Limerick and Meath. The course has a unique ecumenical partnership with St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, through which the award is fully accredited on the National Framework of Awards. The programme is devised specifically for the Church of Ireland context where participants undertake six modules covering worship, ethics, biblical studies, Irish church history, mission and ministry and theology. Teaching is through a mix of week–night seminars, Saturday workshops and history and liturgy field–trips. A valued feature of the course has been the emphasis on group learning and the mutual support which emerges. New modular options are currently being devised which have a particular focus on key pastoral issues in rural ministry. These include care of the elderly, suicide prevention and intervention and lay visitation. The course is directed by the Very Revd Tom Gordon, Dean of Leighlin and Diocesan Director of Adult Education.
Today ( Saturday ) there will be an Evening of Choral and Organ Music in St. Eunan’s cathedral, Raphoe, at 8.00pm. The evening will feature the Choir of St. Paul’s Church, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, directed by Nathan Barrett, and there will be a retiring collection, in aid of the Cathedral Fabric Fund. The St Paul’s Choir will sing again tomorrow (Sunday) at the Sung Eucharist in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, where the preacher will be the Rector of Glenageary, the Revd. Gary Dowd.
Tomorrow (Sunday) is Sea Sunday which will be marked in Christ Church, Rushbrooke, Co.Cork, where the theme will be the commemoration of the sinking of the Lusitania. The Athy Choral Society, directed by Dr Philip Knowles, will sing in St Mary’s church, Inistioge, at 4pm, and at 4.15pm the May organ recital in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, will be given by Geoffrey McConnell, Organist of St Patrick’s church, Ballymacarrett.
Tomorrow (Sunday) is also the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and to mark the occasion Changing Attitude Ireland is coordinating church services with guest speakers at various Church of Ireland churches. The Dublin service will be at Christ Church Cathedral at 3.30pm where the speaker will be Senator Katharine Zappone. The Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory will be the speaker at the service at Christ Church cathedral, Waterford at 7pm.
The AGM of the Friends of St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will be held on Wednesday evening when Dr Michael O’Neill will speak about the Guinness restoration of the cathedral which is the subject of an exhibition in the Irish Architectural Archive. In association with this exhibition Albert Fenton will give a lunchtime lecture in the Archive on Thursday on ‘Decani: Some Cathedral Deans and their Monuments’.
On Friday the Archbishop of Dublin will attend the re–opening of Drumcondra School which will be re–dedicated by the Archbishop of Armagh. In St John’s church, Dartrey, Co. Monaghan, the Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, will open a Flower Festival at which the preacher at the opening service will be the Bishop of Clogher.
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