Church Review Notes June 2018

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)

While works continue in St Audoen’s Park the only access to the Church will be through the OPW Visitor Centre gate on the High Street.

Holy Baptism
At Family Service in May, Jacqueline Strawbridge and David Kiernan brought their third son Jules for Baptism, with Godparents Aisling Kiernan and Jack Langan, family and friends. Tea and coffee with nice things to eat were then provided by a small team of dedicated volunteers. A very happy occasion for one and all.

St Audoen’s is proving popular with young people as a place to get married. We note two in May, first Fergal Black and Emma Regan, whose father the Revd Noel Regan officiated, and then Roger Rawlinson and Jean Thompson. The incomplete new layout of the park and steps presented quite a challenge to anyone not wearing boots!

Three of our young people, Kevin Honer of Drimnagh, Eithne Ogbata of Donore Avenue and Ciara Barnes of Kevin Street were confirmed by the Archbishop at Christ Church Cathedral on the feast of Pentecost. There were about forty-five candidates, and we wish them all well and hope they will grow in the life of the Church in the days and years ahead.

We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Kay Hill, who has recently died after many years of illness, sister of Valerie Halford of this Parish and aunt to the Revd Nicola Halford. Her sudden death was a great shock, even though she had often spent extended periods in hospital.

In Memoriam
The funeral service of the late Terry Ryan took place on St Mark’s Day at the Church of St Catherine & St James, where the service for the late May Ryan was held in 2013. The death of his father at a young age was a cause of great hardship to the family, as was the case in May Quill’s family when her husband died while the children were little. In later years they lived in Rialto Street, in the house in which Gay Byrne lived in days of long ago. Her children and grandchildren participated and the hymns were the same as they had been for May five years before. Her daughter Avril Watchorn of St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar school paid tribute to Terry while her grandchildren Erika and Kelsey shared in the reading of a poem. RYAN, Terry (Rialto Street), April 21st 2018, (Peacefully) at St James’s Hospital. Beloved husband of the late May and loving stepfather of Avril, Gail and Billy. Sadly missed by his loving family, brothers Walter, Ken and Gerald, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren David, Glenn, Lauren, Sara, Gavin, Erika and Kelsey, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Joerg Steegmueller edits the “Dublin Event Guide for Free Events”, a weekly service that provides information about free cultural events in Dublin through a website, an e-zine send to thousands of subscribers and a smartphone app. This service was started by him in June 2007 as an e-mail to some of his friends to let them know about a small amount of interesting events in Dublin. They told their friends, more people got interested and now more than 22,000 readers get the e-mail magazine every week.
He writes: The markets at Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 will be forced to leave their premises, including the Dublin Flea Market, the Brocante Market, the Pure Vintage Market, the Fusion Sundays World Culture Market, the Newmarket Collective and the Rumble in the Jumble Market. Some have been in existence for nearly ten years. The Green Door Market and the Dublin Food Co-op will have to move. Recently their market hall had become unsafe due to a dangerous outside wall. The redevelopment will create apartments, a hotel, offices, shops and a micro-brewery. There may be a new market hall but it will be much smaller and it will take a long time until it is finished. So the markets are on the search for a new home and it will be very difficult to find something in the city area. Let’s hope they will find something soon! Tuesday 12 June is the deadline.

St Luke’s (Newmarket)
Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer, Dublin City Council, writes: Cathy Scuffil is writing a book on Saint Luke’s to celebrate the renewal of the church and graveyard. Cathy is working on the material culture of Saint Luke’s including objects housed at St Catherine & St James Donore Avenue, and the records of individuals interred in both the crypt and the graveyard, in addition to other historical stories associated with the Parish. We may possibly convene a ‘reminiscence evening’ with former parishioners of St Luke’s inviting people to bring along any personal memories, photographs or objects relating to the church that would enrich this book. We are considering doing something on Saturday 15, the date of the final Service.

Church of South India
The Moderator of the Church of South India visited the Church of St Catherine & St James last October. More recently the Moderator has warned the Indian government that it is a “a danger to the very fabric” of the country. The Bishop of Madhya Kerala, the Most Revd Thomas K Oommen, wrote in an open letter, published on Monday, that the government had adopted “Hindutva supremacist ideology”, the Anglican Communion News Service reported. He went on to say that he feared that the government “has become a nightmare to the poor and the minorities in India”, including Christians.
Church Times 13 April 2018