Irish news digest – July 28

Retirement of cathedral organist

Sunday past marked the retirement of Cashel Cathedral organist of 35 years Mr Malcolm Proud. Family, friends, parishioners and members of the choir both past and present gathered to mark the occasion. Presentations were made to Malcolm (and Susan) by the Select Vestry, the Dean and Chapter and the choir. Afterwards a tree was planted in the cathedral grounds and a reception was hosted by the Dean in the Deanery garden. Malcolm was wished a very happy retirement and his many friends are assured that he will not be a stranger and will return for recitals and to play on big occasions.

Service of Wholeness and Healing on RTÉ

On Sunday 9 August 2020 at 11am the Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland will lead a service which will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 television and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra (long wave). It will also be available on RTÉ player the next day for two weeks.

The service will be a celebration of Wholeness and Healing from the Book of Common Prayer. The celebrant will be the Revd Lesley Robinson, rector of Clontarf parish and a CMH:I board member.

Dr Iva Beranek, CMH:I Ministry Facilitator, will lead a prayerful reflection based on the Gospel reading.

There will be input from the Chapel of Christ the Healer in Cork University Hospital, where the Chairman of CMH:I, the Revd Dr Daniel Nuzum, is a Healthcare Chaplain.

Organist David O’Shea and a small number of singers from the Sandford & St Philip’s Choral Scholars will conduct the music for the service.

St Patrick’s Cathedral roof restoration continues

In Dublin, work continues on the roof restoration in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Apart from a seven-week period, the project has continued. Below the temporary roof over the nave, the slating is largely complete as is the associated intricate lead work and masonry repairs. Over the next couple of weeks, the temporary roof over the nave will be dismantled as the new roof covering the transept scaffolding is constructed. The rest of the scaffolding around the nave will remain until the clerestory windows are returned following their repair. Donations are still sought for this €9 million project and those who wish to support this historic project are invited to contact the cathedral’s administrator, Gavan Woods, at [ administrator@stpatrickscathedral.ie ]

Children’s Ministry Summer Newsletter Focuses on Kindness

Fourteen pages of ideas for encouraging kindness make up this summer’s bumper edition newsletter from the Children’s Ministry Network. The newsletter covers five themes which lead into each other:

1. Learning Kindness
2. Preparing the Ground for Kindness
3. Planting Seeds of Kindness
4. Nurturing Kindness
5. Spreading Kindness

Feel free to check it out here and share it with anyone else for whom it may be helpful.
“… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5.22 & 23

C of I Gazette seeks new editor

The Church of Ireland Gazette is seeking a new editor to work with the current editor for a short transition period with a view to taking over the role when the current editor’s term of office ends in the autumn. Applications are welcome from lay or ordained people who have a flair for journalism and are fully conversant with modern communication channels including social media. The post is part-time, primarily working from home with a one-year initial contract which may be extendable by negotiation. Application forms may be obtained from the Gazette office at (048/028) 9267 5743 or [ gazette@ireland.anglican.org ]gazette@ireland.anglican.org. The closing date for the receipt of applications is noon on 7 August.

Thought for today

“Your life as a Christian should make non-believers question their disbelief in God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Prayer prompts

James 5:16 says the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. In this time of global uncertainty, let’s pray!
God cares about the global pandemic, communities in crisis and your personal worries. Never prayed before? Give it a go today.

Today we give thanks for healthcare workers. They’ve put their lives at risk to care for the population. Many made huge sacrifices, moving from their homes to protect their families. We thank you for their dedication and care and continue to pray for their safety.

We give thanks for advancements in vaccine trials. Recent reports from the University of Oxford’s vaccine trial show the jab induces immune response. God, we thank you for this progress and pray for your guidance as researchers continue to work on a vaccine.

God in Creation