Church Review Notes: September 2012

Sunday Services
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket (free parking, Francis Street, on Sundays).
11.30 Eucharist, St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue (Service of the Word Second and Fourth Sundays), and Sunday School, in term time.

Diary dates
The Vicar will be installed as Prebendary of Maynooth at Evensong on Sunday 30 September, with the Revd Dr Heather Morris, the first female president to be elected by the Methodist Church. At some future date, the Vicar will be Instituted into the new Parish.

Music workshops
I am most grateful to those who have organised music workshops for our children in the Summer months when there is no Sunday School. The initiative came from Susan Dowling, herself a musician, who was involved in the preparations for the recent Eucharistic Congress, who offered to help. The Sunday School teachers gave up their holiday time to support the project, which has been well received by the congregation. A large number of children have attended and at time of writing we look forward to the Eucharist on Sunday 19 July when the service will be sung by the children.

We also look forward to a Baptism on Sunday 19 July and another on Saturday 8 September. While Baptism is into the entire Church, not any one branch of it, there is a significance in choosing the Church of Ireland as the place to begin a journey in faith. We welcome not only the children but also those who choose to join the Church of Ireland as adults. A ceremony of reception, based on the renewal of Baptismal vows, was held at St Catherine and St James’ Church on Saturday 14 July. We are thankful for all those building up the body of Christ in this Parish.

Good wishes
We remember those who have been laid up and hope they will soon be mobile again. Violet Quill is confined to home, but like Eileen Walsh, celebrated her birthday during August. Irene Hayes has returned home after some time in St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, but Barbara Jackson is still in St James’ Hospital. We uphold in our Sunday intercessions all who are in need of prayerful support.

The view from Donore Avenue
The house next to the Rectory has for years been run down and in multi-occupancy. We thought the days of tenements in Dublin had gone, but they haven’t. However, the landlord, having let the place go to wrack and ruin, has sold the property to a young couple who are determined to do it up and live in it. This is a most welcome development. Similar work is being done in many premises round about, a sign of great hope for the quality of life in this area and for the future of the Parish.

Winstanley Memorial Hall
I am always on the lookout for historical photographs of places I remember, like St Peter’s Aungier Street, but I had never heard of the Winstanley Memorial Hall until Brian O’Neill of Dalkey got in touch. He has presented St Audoen’s with a panel from a memorial window in coloured glass with the initials J W in the centre. James Winstanley left Chorley in Lancashire in 1852 and came to Dublin with three half-brothers of his, to make shoes in Dublin. Many will remember the premises in Back Lane, later Mother Redcap’s Market. When he died in 1889 he left money for the building of a memorial hall, a project completed by his widow who died in 1915. The hall later became a clothing warehouse and was eventually demolished in order to widen Bridge Street. Brian O’Neill is the great grandson of one of the half-brothers.

Mark Gardner

Church of South India
The Malayalam–speaking congregation will meet again on Saturday 8 September. They have just published their annual report. The following is an extract.

“The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build” Nehemiah 2:20

The Church of South India (known as C.S.I.) is the second largest Christian Community in India and is spread over four Southern Indian Provinces and in some parts of Northern Sri Lanka. C.S.I. took its formal shape in 1947.   C.S.I. was formed by uniting various Western Protestant Missionary Churches in South India from the early 20th century to function as a single Church for the growth of Christian mission within Southern India. The participant Churches were founded by the Protestant Missionary Organisations from Europe and England such as Church Missionary Society, Basal Mission, Methodist, Presbyterian churches.

C.S.I. has 22 Dioceses worshipping in four official Indian languages, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. C.S.I members from Kerala, a South Indian State spread in four C.S.I. Dioceses speak Malayalam which is their mother tongue. Kerala was one of the main missionary fields in India in the early 20th century, during which many people from Traditional Eastern Churches joined the new Protestant Churches.  Moreover, a large number of non-Christians have been baptised and joined these Churches at the same time.

There are lot of C.S.I. members living in the Ireland for many years. Some of them have taken Church of Ireland membership at various locations in and around Dublin and other places in the country, whereas some Indian Churches in Ireland worship using their own liturgy and languages. C.S.I., however, did not choose this way and our members continued to worship in the local Anglican Churches.

We requested the privilege of worshipping together at St. Catherine & St.James Church, Donore Avenue, under the patronage of Church of Ireland. The Clergy Rev. Dr. Jacob Thomas (Belfast Bible College) expressed his willingness to help us in the Malayalam Communion service to be conducted once a month.

John Ulthup