Church Review Notes October 2018

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner 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)

An invitation from St Teresa’s Donore Avenue! ‘We are just scheduling in some dates for our Parish Calendar and the most immediate event is our Harvest festival. We are hoping to celebrate harvest on Saturday 13th Oct at our 6.30pm family Mass. We would love if you could be in attendance at that Mass with us.’ In response ‘Our Thanksgiving for the Blessings of Harvest will be at the 11.30 Family Service (non-Eucharistic) on Sunday morning 14 October, a short service which will be followed by tea and coffee. We would be delighted if some of you could come!’

On Sunday morning 11 November the Archbishop will celebrate the 10.00 Eucharist at St Audoen’s Cornmarket. Family Service will follow at 11.30 in the Church of St Catherine & St James Donore Avenue, when he will dedicate a new memorial to members of the Carroll family of St Peter’s Aungier Street who served in the two World Wars. Fr Alois Greiler (from Germany) of St. Teresa’s, Donore Avenue, has generously agree to speak, on the centenary of the Armistice. This short service will be followed by tea and coffee.

The Church of St Catherine and St James is now more than a hundred years old, and repairs were recently discovered to be required on the timber doors. While some have been removed, a temporary timber screen has been erected by the contractors, painted in matching black by Gabriel Cretu, one of the men who lives in the Rectory next door.

Auden Seigel
The staff of the OPW Visitor Centre were intrigued when a young visitor (from the USA) to St Audoen’s declared himself to have the same name as this ancient Church, a most unusual occurrence. He thought so too, and recorded his impression in the visitor’s book in the Church.

Thank you
We are grateful to the Revd Eoghan Heaslip of St Catherine’s Church Thomas Street for taking the services in the Parish Churches when the Rector was away for a few days holiday in September, a very welcome break, in County Waterford. Thanks also to the Archbishop who declared that a holiday was necessary recreation for any or everyone, and facilitated time off and away!

Mount Melleray
I stayed near this impressive Cistercian monastery, which has recently fallen upon hard times, as the community has been sadly depleted. However, the Cistercian order has appointed a young Abbot, and they have been heartened as a result. The Daily Office is maintained in the rather modern interior of the Community Church and in equally modern language. Still, a place of quiet beauty. A Cistercian and female community nearby has grown greatly in recent years. Surrounded by a busy farm, the Church is a place of peace and quiet, in the broad and fertile valley of the Blackwater.

On Sunday I attended the Eucharist in Lismore Cathedral, which I had visited forty years before. At that time Dean Gilbert Mayes showed us the Nave, with all the clutter removed, as he distinguished between empty space and open space, in terms of the liturgy as well as the architecture of a Church. I remember well, feeling that I had learnt something new. I was glad to discover that he is also well remembered there long after his time. Bishop Michael Burrows’ Godfather, I think. He also showed us the stone slab on stout carved legs inscribed in Latin ‘The Altar of the Church of St Olave Waterford Anno Domini 1771’. Dean Paul Draper removed the frontal and the linen to show it to me, strange to see again after so long.
‘As honorary secretary of the advisory committee, Dean Mayes went through endless meetings of the General Synod fending off amendments to the draft rites for both Baptism and Eucharist. He was most courageous in withstanding the tactics of one particular group in synod who opposed his eirenic and inclusive texts, and eventually “Holy Communion 1972” was published. The first Eucharistic prayer in “Holy Communion Two” in the latest Book of Common Prayer (2004) is derived from that rite.’

Bishop Michael Burrows ordained Trevor Sargent the same weekend in Waterford Cathedral, a heartening experience. He is a son of this Parish and with his gifts and interests he seems to me a great addition to the ministry of the Church of Ireland. ‘Much of the ceremony was conducted in Irish, reflecting the former TD and school principal’s love of the language and he said afterwards that he would be introducing a regular Irish-language service at Christ Church. He will serve at four parishes, Waterford, Tramore, Annestown and Dunmore East.’
“Right from my schooldays, it’s been on the cards,” the Rev Sargent said of his vocation. “In a way, I was providing some expression of that faith through my work in teaching and politics.” ‘Surrounded by family members, friends, colleagues from his days in education and politics, and his new parishioners and colleagues in the Church of Ireland, the Rev Trevor Sargent did not stray far from the principles which first led him into public life as he vowed to make tackling issues such as homelessness and climate change part of his service.’
“Homelessness is ultimately a mirror to our society: unfortunately as a society, as long as we tolerate homelessness it’s a reflection on our politics, which needs to be thought about very seriously,” he said after the ordination ceremony, adding that climate change is also a “key issue” for all churches.’
Sources – Google