Fantastic Light Night at Movilla Abbey

Over 950 people streamed into the grounds and halls of Movilla Abbey Church on Saturday 2 November for a fantastic night of family fun.

This is the fifth ‘Light Night’ the church has staged for the local community. It’s a mammoth undertaking and this year the team were delighted to welcome Movilla Presbyterian on board for the first time.

The churches laid on vintage fairground games, live music, a superhero costume contest, crafts for the kids plus mountains of burgers and apple crumble and custard. The evening ended with a fireworks display.

The good news of the Gospel was also on offer. Special guest Nick Harding gave a five–minute interactive talk from the stage, the Street Pastors were on the ground and trainee Diocesan Evangelist Luke McCallum and Joel Pullin from Willowfield were also mingling with the crowd.

Luke said: “We were walking around chatting to people and praying that God would be here and he was. There was a really great atmosphere the whole night and a good mix of people We did get to pray with one group in particular and we’ll continue to pray for their situation.”

Church of Ireland Historical Society autumn meeting

Committee and speakers at the autumn meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society – informative morning session draws to a close.

Combined Irish Regiments service Westminster Cathedral

On Thursday 7th November, The Combined Irish Regiments Association will hold a service at 2pm in St Patrick’s Chapel at Westminster Cathedral. Remembering more than 40,000 men, who died while serving with Irish Regiments during two World Wars. All are welcome.

November Church Review out

The November edition of Dublin & Glendalough’s “The Church Review” is out. Apart from the fabulous cover shot from the catwalk at the Mothers’ Union fashion show, the magazine contains news from all over Dublin & Glendalough including how personal and parochial donations have helped the Irish Refugee Council’s accommodation programme.

Other events covered include the 250th anniversary of St Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street, Scéala na nGael and the launch of the Irish Council of Churches homelessness resource. There is a round up of Diocesan Synod, information on forthcoming events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. Canon Patrick Comerford’s ever popular column, notes from the parishes, book reviews and much more.

Vicar of Glenavy appointed

The Rev Linda Cronin, Vicar of the Sutton Hill and Woodside Telford, in the Diocese of Hereford has been appointed as Incumbent of the Parish of Glenavy in Connor Diocese. The date for the Service of Institution has yet to be confirmed.

Macartin Son of the Rowan Tree

A Rowan tree has been planted in the grounds of St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen to mark the forthcoming launch of a new book about its history, ”St. Macartin’s Cathedral: At the Heart of the Community.” The tree was planted by Mr Sam Morrow, author of the book, following Morning Service on Sunday, 3rd November. The Rowan tree leaves and berries are symbolic of the name Macartin meaning “Son of the Rowan Tree”€. The book which spans 400 years of history will be launched by the Bishop of Clogher, Right Revd John McDowell on Wednesday 13th November at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Hall and everyone is welcome to attend.

Celebrating the Feast of St Willibrord

In St Lasarian’s cathedral, Old Leighlin, on Thursday evening at 7pm, there will be a lecture to celebrate the Feast of St Willibrord, patron saint of Luxembourg, first apostle of the Netherlands, and his Co. Carlow connections. Dr Niamh Wycherley, from NUI Galway, will speak on ‘The Cult of Relics in Medieval Ireland; Power, Patronage and Devotion’.

Handel by Candle

Tickets are selling fast for the upcoming Handel by Candle. Its true what they said, Practice makes perfect and the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral choir was formed in 1432!

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