Church Review Notes December 2019

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
Email: markgardner@eircom.net
Diocesan Lay Reader: James Kilbey
Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067
Website: cja.dublin.anglican.org
Organist: Harry Meehan

Irish Times Church Notices (online only)

St Audoen’s Cornmarket, 10.00 Eucharist (every Sunday) During works, access is through the OPW Visitor Centre.

St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue, 11.30 Eucharist (every Sunday, with exceptions). Sunday 15 December Carol Service, and mince pies.

Holy Baptism
At the Church of St Catherine & St James, on Sunday 13 November, Ruairí, son of Drew (a native of Newfoundland) and Clare Smart, of Malpas Street. ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’

Centenary
In the Church of St Catherine & St James, two chairs in the Chancel bear the following: To the Glory of God and in sad and loving memory of Violet Jane Pearson aged 17 years who was killed by a military motor lorry while cycling on the S C R on the 11th Dec 1919. Presented by her sorrowing father, mother, brothers and sisters.

Memorial in Baptistery
Newly erected in the same Church: In memory of Marjorie Gibson who died 15 January 2016 in recognition of her long and faithful service to this Church the 12th Dublin Company of the Girls Brigade and the ‘Anchors’ of the Boys Brigade. ‘To seek serve and follow Christ.’

Thank you
At St Audoen’s we have been using the printable settings of Psalms and Canticles provided by the Diocesan Music Committee on their website, a welcome development. Thanks also to Harry Meehan for renewing, in similar format, the setting of Gloria in Excelsis, made by our late organist, Philip Lawton. We are grateful to Jimmy Kilbey for obtaining new mats for the uneven stone floors of the Church. The old ones were frowned upon by the risk assessor from Ecclesiastical Insurance as they had become frayed and a trip hazard in themselves. They also asked us the paint the edges of the steps white, as a safety measure, and Jimmy Kilbey has kindly done this as well, while Tom Tynan has had keys cut for old doors.

Hospitality
Once again the Rector was invited to St Teresa’s Church Donore Avenue for the memorial service hosted by the Irish Miscarriage Association. The organisers had taken great trouble to prepare the service and the Church which was beautifully decorated and provided with memorial books in which people could record the names of the little ones they want to remember, votive lights to place on the chancel steps, and little teddy bears for the adults and children who thronged the nave and aisles. Renée Dilworth, chaplain of the Coombe Hospital, and the Rector flanked Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, and the service was conducted in an informal but moving manner, with much music and singing, followed by tea in the Church. Sign Language Interpreter Margaret Woulfe appears in the foreground of a photograph taken from the gallery on the association’s website. I haven’t seen an Archbishop holding a teddy bear before! We were also included in the lighting of candles. I was reminded of my own Mother’s experience of tragedy in the Rotunda Hospital when one nurse said to another ‘I can’t hear the baby’s heartbeat’. There was no explanation and no compassion, in those days, before I was born. My Father and the Curate, the Revd Richard Broadberry, Irene Hayes’ brother in law, responded, but my Mother never knew what they did.

Correspondence
Hi Mark, I think this is as good a time as any to let you know that at the end of this season I will no longer be Supervisor for the Visitor Centre at St Audoen’s. It is with regret that I move on from St Audoen’s – I have been involved with the Visitor Centre since it first opened (I was first Head Guide there) back in 1999 and I have a huge affection for the site, however I am now involved with managing the guide services and events at The Pearse Museum as well as managing Rathfarnham Castle and the volume of work is not sustainable. St Audoen’s deserves a manager who has more time to dedicate to the site – it has HUGE potential! I will of course be around until the end of season and hope to see you before I finish up. I will certainly be in touch in any case before I box up my St Audoen’s files! Catherine O’Connor.
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