Irish news digest – July 1

Reports on church life throughout Ireland

New bishop appointed to Kilmore as congregations return to Irish churches

In Cavan, Martin Hayes was introduced as the new Bishop of Kilmore at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim.

Past pupils of Co Tyrone grammar school call on it to reconsider using entrance tests

More than 100 past pupils of a Co Tyrone grammar school have appealed to it to reconsider using tests to select pupils this year.

A recipe for success – church has a ‘stake’ in Dracula legend

The wife of the creator of the world’s most famous vampire helped raise money to renovate an historic Aberdeenshire church, it has emerged.

Irish news digest – June 30

The work of Holy Trinity Rathmines in supporting vulnerable people in their community during lockdown has been recognised by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

On the web – June 30

Review of the news media

Praise for this day – In Christ Alone

Speaking to the soul

Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:3-5 NLT

Coronavirus: What will church services look like in the ‘new normal’?

It is the announcement churchgoers in Northern Ireland have been waiting months for.

St Peter’s Day most fitting for re-opening of churches, Archbishop McDowell

‘It could hardly be more fitting that it is St Peter’s Day on which we symbolically receive the keys of our churches to enter them again”

Church leaders welcome new Taoiseach and Government

Church of Ireland Archbishops and Moderator congratulate Micheál Martin on his election as Taoiseach

Cork bishops congratulate Micheál Martin on his election as Taoiseach

Bishop Fintan Gavin and Bishop Paul Colton have both congratulated Deputy Micheál Martin on his election as Taoiseach

Irish news digest

The Bishop of Down and Dromore and his wife Hilary visited the Livingston Centre in Killinchy parish recently. They were interested to learn about the life and times of Rev. John Livingston and to hear about the potential of the new Community Hub.

On the web – June 29

“The ceaseless rain in Belfast tonight seems apt; a sad city mourning a fine, handsome and brilliant boy. Let‘s draw a scrap of comfort from how even in our petty divisions we came together to search without flagging; how in the face of senseless tragedy we mourn as one # Noah Donohoe”. Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph

Praise for this day – How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

Speaking to the soul

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20 NLT

US Catholic Bishops call for police reform

Three chairmen of key committees of the United States Bishops’ Conference have written to federal lawmakers in the US.

Anglican Primates and bishops in joint call against “environmental racism”

Nine Anglican Communion Primates and a further 70 bishops in an open letter highlight examples of where people of colour are disproportionately affected by the environmental crisis.

Irish news digest

The Revd Capt Scott McDonald will be instituted as Incumbent of the Grouped Parishes of St Patrick’s and St Mary’s, Newry, on Thursday 27 August.

On the web – June 27

Local MSP Ruth Davidson will help re-open the doors at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning as the easing of lockdown restrictions allows the return of private prayer in places of worship.

Praise for this day – Morning has broken

Listen to and sing along with this hymn

Speaking to the soul

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Ephesians 4:14 NLT

Streaming advice about returning to public worship

There is no shortage of advice from various sources to clergy and leaders about proposed return to public worship.

Churches welcome NI Executive public worship arrangements

Church leaders yesterday welcomed the Northern Ireland Executive’s announcement regarding how church buildings may be used again for public worship from June 29.

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral ups its online game

As soon as the ‘lockdown’ due to the Covid-19 pandemic came into effect on 18th March St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, like so many cathedrals and churches across Ireland, moved very quickly to provide worship and concerts online. At first this was done using technology immediately to hand - mobile phones, a tripod, existing streaming platforms and learning new recording and editing skills.

Book by Daughter of Lesslie Newbigin an architect of Church of South India.

Jackie Macadam meets Margaret Beetham, daughter of the 20th century Church of Scotland missionary and theologian, Lesslie Newbigin.

On the web – June 26

Praise for this day – Lord, for tomorrow and its needs

Speaking to the soul

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20 NLT

Ex-BBC NI journalist and former barrister will lead pilgrim walk