Church Review Notes September 2019

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
Diocesan Lay Reader: James Kilbey
Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067
Organist: Harry Meehan

Service times every Sunday
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket (Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays).
11.30 Eucharist, St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue.
Sunday 8 September Family Service, theme, the Blessed Virgin Mary; followed by tea and coffee.

Holy Baptism
Since the last Notes, the sacrament has been administered to James John ‘Jack’, son of Tristan McCallum of New Zealand and Mary Pike, of Sandford Avenue; Aliyah Michaela, daughter of William Peyton and Christina Carolan, of Lissadell Road; George William and Jams David, sons of Eoin Farrell and Julie Galbraith, of St Ann’s Road; Nia Vera Olive, daughter of Jonathan Belton and Emma Spencer, of Merton Avenue; Christian Nicholas DeValera (adult), and Alfred Robert Milo, son of Mikaela and Sebastian Judd.

Culture night Friday 20 September 2019
Art historian Dr David Caron will give a tour of the three stained-glass windows by the renowned artist Michael Healy (1973 – 1941) of An Túr Gloine, with particular emphasis on ‘St Victor’, a beguiling window full of intriguing local and ecclesiastical vignettes. Tours at 4pm and 6.30pm.
Genres: Talk, Tour, Visual Art. Features: Wheelchair accessible. Address: Donore Ave, St Catherine’s Rectory, 248 South Circular Rd, Dublin 8. Website: ‘Phone: 087 266 0228. No booking required.

St Audoen’s Tower
Towards the end of July we realised that an urgent deadline was approaching. The architect, Kevin Blackwood, warned me that grant aid might be wasted and an opportunity lost. The Vestry had already made a first priority of completing the work on the tower of St Audoen’s, the two remaining sides in need of repointing with traditional materials. The Diocesan Secretary Sylvia Heggie swiftly responded and went out of her way to obtain consent for the expenditure. We are most grateful to her. It became possible when the proceeds of the sale of a house in Donore Avenue became available at just the right moment. We look forward to securing the external fabric of this last surviving medieval Parish Church in the city of Dublin, and we will then have to turn our attention to the interior, and work required to upgrade the electrical installation, on which we rely for light and heat. At the same time it’s remarkable that the service could be held, the bells rung and the organ played, without electricity, as happened recently when the power failed.

150 years since Disestablishment
Excerpts from Archbishop Magee, Hermathena 1978, by Bishop RPC Hanson: ‘He found the Orange politics and ecclesiastical quarrels of the diocese of Clogher very uncongenial.’ (Hanson might have said the same about himself!)
‘He is the only Irish clergyman ever to have been appointed to an English see while holding a benefice in Ireland, though instances of English clergy becoming Irish bishops are innumerable.’ ‘Though Magee was an outstandingly successful choice, the Westminster government has never shown the slightest tendency to repeat the experiment, and if they continue to follow the tendency towards the conventional…which at the moment is their only discernible guiding principle, they never will do so.’
‘The Church of Ireland was able to pull itself together and face the dreadful reality with a common mind, courage and good sense. It was owing partly to Magee’s work that it could do so. His first speech in the House of Lords was on the subject of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.’
‘We live in an age when the practice of oratory has been virtually abandoned both in secular and ecclesiastical contexts, the age of the deliberately coarse and vulgar political speech, and of the worthless, colourless, ten-minute sermonette.’
‘Magee’s power of speaking soared far above mere flowery rhetoric and had nothing in common with the emotional, demagogic political speech devoid of intellectual content which is still apparently popular at American political conventions and with the electorate of Northern Ireland.’
Magee: ‘I hold it is the right of Englishmen to be governed by the Estates of the Realm sitting in Parliament, and not by a haphazard majority, collected by agitation and canvassing.’ ‘If we are simply to determine whether public opinion is in favour of a bill in order to determine whether it should be enacted, then ‘the sooner you do away with Parliamentary debates, the better’.
‘He is quite sure that the decision of the majority of votes is not divinely inspired, and he makes a pertinent request not irrelevant to our times that those who speak about the will of the people will define whom exactly they mean by the term ‘the people’.
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