Church Review Notes April 2014

Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner (Editor) Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
The Revd Martha Waller (Curate-Assistant) Tel: 01 868 1655
Review Distribution: Doris Brooks Tel: 01 453 0887

Service times every Sunday
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket (without variation).
(Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays).

11.30 Eucharist (and Sunday School in term time), St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue.
(Service of the Word, Second and Fourth Sundays. Family Service, from time to time).

Lent and Holy Week, St Catherine & St James Donore Avenue
11.30 Parish Service, after 11.00 School Service, will continue on Wednesday mornings in Lent and Holy Week. The last Emmaus Course will be at 19.30 (finishing at 21.00) Wednesday 9 April. We intend to have a different kind of meeting on Wednesday in Holy Week, beginning at the same time.

St Audoen’s Visitor Centre
We look forward very much to the return of the OPW staff, who also support the Church and keep it open to the public, on Thursday 24 April.

St Patrick’s Hospital
The Archivist writes to the Chaplain:
Dear Mark, I will attend the funeral tomorrow of Mrs Olga Gale. She set up the first occupational therapy department in St Patrick’s Hospital in 1947 under the initiative of Dr Norman Moore. She was a sister of Bishop Butler of Connor. I interviewed her last year about her career and she was both lucid and graceful.
Andrew Whiteside
The Church Times, London 7 March 2014
The Ireland Correspondent for the Church Times writes:
The former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, the Very Revd Dr Robert MacCarthy, has been awarded compensation understood to be in the region of €10,000, in a settlement brokered by the Irish Employment Appeals Tribunal after the termination of his position as chaplain to St Patrick’s Hospital, a Dublin institution founded by his famous predecessor, Jonathan Swift.
Dr MacCarthy, who stepped down as Dean in 2012, had been employed as chaplain to St Patrick’s Hospital since 2005. He had travelled to Zimbabwe for a three-month work programme after his retirement, but when he returned to St Patrick’s Hospital, he was told that his position as chaplain had been given to a local Rector, Canon Mark Gardener.
“I arrived back at the hospital to be told my chaplaincy post was gone,” Dr MacCarthy said on Saturday.”I had not been notified, or given a reason or grounds for this action, and was left with no option but to have the matter clarified, which the Employment Appeals Tribunal did.”
In a letter seen by the Church Times, which was sent by the hospital CEO, Paul Gilligan, to Dr MacCarthy in February 2013, Mr Gilligan stated: “In November 2012, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, wrote me a letter indicating that the Revd Canon Mark Gardener had been appointed as Church of Ireland Chaplain to the hospital, given that you had retired.”
Dr MacCarthy sought mediation on the basis that the hospital had employed him, and paid him independently of the diocese. On Tuesday, the hospital declined to make a comment. A spokeswoman for Dublin & Glendalough diocese confirmed that the chaplaincy appointment was for the hospital to make, including remuneration. Dr Jackson was unavailable for comment.
The Revd Gregg Ryan
Independence Day
Every year on 24th February Estonians all around the world celebrate independence. It’s a very patriotic day for a small nation of little more than one million. The national flag, blue, black and white, symbolising sky, soil and purity of the homeland, is highly respected. It was banned during the Soviet era, but almost every family kept one hidden away, in the hope of freedom and being an independent republic again.
As they say, freedom is not for free and as for many smaller countries, it is gained by hardship and sacrifice to preserve the culture, language and traditions. Celebrating the national holiday is one way of honouring those who paid with their lives so our children and grandchildren can call their homeland independent. It is important to keep memories alive, so these privileges are not taken for granted and future generations will learn from the past.
The Estonian community of about 2,000 people in Ireland has a tradition of getting together around 24th of February, sharing their thoughts and enjoying company of each other. With the support from Estonian Embassy, community leaders from “Estonians in Dublin” team arranged a nice day for friends and families from all over Ireland. We had a charity fair, where handicrafts were offered, music was played and books were sold.
Service of Estonian Lutheran Church in Ireland led by Revd Kalmer Keskula in St. Catherine & St James’ Church provided moments of peace and worship. Revd. Keskula shared the hope into bright future through God and Bible and blessing of each other, seeing the people next to you and forgiving to the ones trespassing us. He also spoke about sharing and believing in truth as kindness is always repaid by trust.
After the National anthem was honoured by gathered people, the Estonian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Mait Martinson addressed community with his speech. He expressed his great joy of national ties bringing together such a lovely group of people, fond of their country, with deep respect for Ireland and Irish culture. Mr Martinson concluded with thanks to everyone attending and special thanks to Church of Ireland and Parish of St Catherine & St James.
The gathered were impressed by Canon Mark Gardner’s good words to our community in Irish language. Revd Gardner blessed everyone for the occasion and shared his best wishes.
It was a beautiful day for everyone and “Estonians in Dublin” would like to express its deepest gratitude for the support to our event we have received from Canon Mark Gardner and the Parish of St Catherine & St James with St. Audoen. Thank You!
AJ Ragastik – Estonians in Dublin and Estonian Lutheran Church in Ireland