Church Review Notes January 2017

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner (Editor) Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067
Organist: Derek Moylan

Service times every Sunday
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket. (Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays)
11.30 Eucharist (and Sunday School, in term time) St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue. (Family Service and Church Coffee, usually Second Sundays)

Parish Carols
The Parish Carol Service on Sunday 18 December in St Catherine & St James, was attended by lesson readers old and young, as well as the 35th Dublin Donore Avenue St. Teresa’s Scout Group, followed by festive fare. We are most grateful to everyone who made the preparations for, and who participated in, this seasonal festival of Lessons and Carols. ‘The children of the Sunday School Services sang, ‘Away in a Manger’ with the congregation, standing in front of the altar. Later in the service they sang ‘Silent Night’ with the congregation and acted out a lovely short story about The Three Wise Men’.
Adrienne Lee

St. Catherine’s N.S. Parents’ Association
A huge thank you to everyone involved in a hugely successful Winter Fair 2016. And in particular thank you to those who donated goods or, importantly, their time to help the PA organise the day or run a stall. And because of your support we raised a massive €5,700 for the school to invest in their planned ICT (information and communications technology) upgrade! In conjunction with the school, the Parents’ Association will be keeping everyone up-to-date on how the funds raised are being invested. Needless to say, this donation is a big boost for their ICT plans. Thank you again from a very grateful PA Committee.

Church of South India
The Christmas Carol Service 2016 was led by Rev. Dr. Jacob Thomas (Belfast Bible College), Message by Mr. Thomas Koshy (Senior Engineer, The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC), Graceful presence of Canon Mark Gardner (Vicar, St. Catherine & St. James Church) , Revd. Obinna Ulogwara (Diocesan Chaplain for International Community), Rev. Philip Varghese (Vicar, Nazareth Marthoma Church Dublin).
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Christmas Service of Estonian Lutheran Church in Ireland
Since 2008, Estonian Lutheran Church in Ireland has had privilege of arranging services in several different Church of Ireland churches. As the Estonian community is very tiny, we have services on special occasions of the religious calendar only and not regularly. Apart from this, there is growing interest amongst ex-pats for worshipping in their own native language, even if they belong to any of the Irish congregations as well. For all these years, we have always had traditional Christmas event to spread the word of peace and joy and this is very important as for some may be a great relief and significant support when being away from their home-country during the festive season.
This year a Christmas in Estonian language took place on the quiet evening of Sunday, the third advent at the parish church of St. Catherine & St. James, Donore Avenue. Rev. Kalmer Keskula brought forward blessings of the season from The Bible and good words for our everyday life. Present was also H.E. Mrs. Kristi Karelshon, The Ambassador of Estonia to Ireland, who had the best wishes for everyone in this festive time of the year. I am sure, that by the end of the evening everyone attending felt a warm feeling, they can take to their homes and families.
Estonian Lutheran Church and Estonians in Dublin community organisation would like to forward their greatest thanks to Church of Ireland parishes of St Catherine and St James with St Audoen and rector Canon Mark Gardner for their great help and support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Estonian Lutheran Church in Ireland, Estonians in Dublin.
Arvo-Jurgen Ragastik

Dublin Council of Churches
“If the churches came to understand that the greatest threat to faith today is not hedonism but distraction, perhaps they might begin to appeal anew to a frazzled generation. Christian leaders seem to think that they need more distraction. Their services have degenerated into emotional spasms, their spaces drowned with light and noise and locked shut throughout the day, when their darkness and silence might actually draw those whose minds and souls have grown web-weary.” (Sullivan, “I Used to Be a Human Being,” New York Magazine).

Thank you all for your support and prayers for Sunday’s Walk of Light! Whether you were able to be there or not, for whatever reason, I know that it has been a matter of the heart for you and your prayers were most needed and welcome. We were blessed with a dry and calm evening, albeit a cold one. We had more than 250 people walking, and I’d say up to 300 both in St. Teresa’s Clarendon Street and in Adelaide Road. Of course, as someone who was deeply involved in organising, you are never completely free to judge, but, for what it is worth, I felt that the message of God doing a new thing came across most powerfully in all three parts of the liturgy. I must say that David Boyd’s sermon really touched the heart of the matter for me. Let me know if any of you would like to have a copy of it. For me it was the most insightful and hope and courage inducing reflection I have heard to date in relation to the situation of the church in Ireland.
I am also pleased to let you know that we have collected € 715.60 for Pieta House, a wonderful result, thanks and praise be to God.
I also want to use the opportunity to thank Lynn Glanville, communications officer of the CoI Archdiocese for coming out at the end of a very busy day for her and covering the Walk and staying until the end! International Congregation @ St. Finian’s, Lutheran Church in Ireland, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
Martin Sauter