Church Review Notes June 2014

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen, Dublin

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. Currently, the congregational singing is supported by Killian Farrell, organist, and four singers. (Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays).

17.00 Evensong (said). The Church and Visitor Centre are kept open to the public free of charge by the Office of Public Works until about 17.30 daily.

11.30 Eucharist (and Sunday School in term time), St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue.

Family Service, and ‘Church Coffee’, Second Sundays; Songs of Praise, Fourth Sundays.

A letter from Suzanne

Dear friends, home in sheep country, and missing my Dublin friends very much! Very good to be home, though, with my husband Alan and our dog. I stopped and took a photo on the way home yesterday evening, a few miles outside Newcastle, stunning light and scenery. Alan enjoyed his visit to both churches on Sunday. He was very impressed by the ministry, and by the warmth of welcome in both places. Thanks again on his behalf.

Bishop Harold visits St John’s Newcastle tomorrow evening, to hear the parish’s plans re Mission 2015, so a big evening for all concerned! St John’s, like St Audoen’s and SS Catherine & James, seems to be experiencing something of a renewal, which is very encouraging – an unexpected blessing (Ezra) after a hard and lean period!

I will keep you in my daily prayers as you work away faithfully and for the Family Fun Day on Sunday 22 June, and I will be remembering you all. God bless, and ‘The Lord be with you!’

Suzanne Cousins

Visit to the Mosque

Richard Kimball, stained glass artist from Galway, is also interfaith officer at St Nicholas Collegiate Church. He introduced Mark Gardner and Suzanne Cousins to the Imam and his assistant at the nearby Mosque, a first interfaith contact on the South Circular Road.

Fun Day

We are planning another Parish Fun Day, after Church on Sunday 22 June. We hope that our new friends in Scouting Ireland will be able to provide a barbeque for us , as before, and we are thinking of bouncy castles and other diversions for young people such as face-painting. If the weather is kinder to us than last year, we should have a really good time.

Songs of Praise

The Book of Common Prayer 2004 tells us that the Holy Communion is the central act of worship of the Church. In addition, Family Service on the Second Sunday of the month has proved popular, and we are very grateful to all who prepare for the service and the tea and coffee which follow, all of them volunteers. On the Fourth Sunday of the Month we have had Service of the Word, but this seems to have worn thin. So we will commence ‘Songs of Praise’ instead, and hope that this will be found worthwhile.

Cork Feis Ceol stars perform in Dublin

On Monday 5 May Estonians in Dublin and Estonian Embassy presented another treat for choral music lovers in St Catherine & St James` Church. This time it was E-STuudio Youth Choir, that only a few days before had performed in Christchurch, Cork for the International Choral Festival. As they were travelling back to Dublin, an idea was born to have another concert.

With the conductor Kulli Lokko, it started out more than a decade ago as a choir for girls and while it was becoming more successful, the male voices were added. It has toured around the world and currently is one of four choirs invited to 15th annual choral festival in the Carnegie Hall, New York.

In the parish church, the choir offered an hour of their best musical performance and the event was very special, as they had only found out about winning the 2014 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition! It was an exceptional evening and we are hoping there will be more to come in the future.

AJ Ragastik, Estonians in Dublin, Estonian Lutheran Church in Ireland

St Teresa’s Gardens, Donore Avenue

Irish Times 13 May 2014. Plans for the €10 million regeneration of St Teresa’s Gardens, one of Dublin’s largest and most dilapidated flat complexes, have been approved by Dublin City Council. Work to redevelop the 1950s estate next to the Coombe maternity hospital in the south inner city is due to start next year and be completed by the end of 2016. Most of the 16 blocks of flats will be demolished, but two blocks, housing 60 flats, will be retained. These two buildings will be stripped internally and the flats reconfigured, with 11 flats amalgamated to provide eight larger units, resulting in 57 homes. The council also plans to build 50 homes on the 2.3 hectare site. Of these, 16 will be apartments ranging in height from three to five storeys and 34 will be terraced houses of two to three storeys. The estate was to have been demolished and rebuilt as part of a public and private partnership with Dublin City Council, but the regeneration plans were scrapped more than four years ago, following the collapse of the property market.

Olivia Kelly