Review Notes May 2019

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)

Children in Church
Family Service on Palm Sunday was a departure from tradition in a way, but at the same time child-friendly language and simplicity of form seemed to appeal to the young parents who were happy to bring their small children to the service and to enjoy the tea & coffee and treats afterwards, supplied by kind volunteers, who accept a regular place on the rota. The Church of South India service followed in the afternoon, at which they had palm fronds, the sort that when split in two can be woven into palm crosses, such as we had at the earlier service. People like to take the palms, folded or unfolded, back home with them.

Reminiscence project
Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer, and Cathy Scuffil, among others, gathered at the round vestry table from St Luke’s, the Coombe, with its original set of high-backed chairs, to meet those who remembered the Church as it once was. Archdeacon Gordon Linney provided many recollections, and historic photographs were shown, with the aid of modern technology. It is hoped to meet again and perhaps to visit the re-roofed Church, where the chancel has been preserved as graceful open space. When the floor of the vaults had dried out it may be possible to descend there as well, at some future date.

St Audoen’s
A note from some of our visitors: ‘Dear Mark, we so enjoyed meeting you all, as well as visiting your country and historic bells. I’m going to email all I can to say thank you for making us feel so welcome. I’m busy with the lambing so I’m sorry not to have emailed you before. Regards, Chris.’
Devon Call Changers

New Celtic Coastal Camino
The Celtic Camino from Bray to the Church of St James (James’ Street Dublin) gathered momentum recently when more than fifty intrepid walkers made their way along a pilgrim route from Booterstown to the Dublin church, which has close ties to the Camino de Santiago. The Celtic Camino Coastal Route is being developed by the Camino Society of Ireland and stamps will be available (for the Celtic Camino Passport) along the route. The most recent walk, led by Turlough O’Donnell of the Camino Society and Myles Duffy of Trekkers Walking Club, was the second leg of the journey, walkers having previously made their way from Bray to Booterstown.
Archbishop Michael Jackson joined the walkers at Christ Church Cathedral, on the route which follows the shoreline from Booterstown to Sandymount, before heading north to Ringsend and then west to Trinity College Dublin. The group stopped at Trinity, which was a stop on the Medieval Camino (when it was All Hallows), to hear a short talk by Prof John Hegarty, former Provost. They then followed the Dubline up to Christ Church Cathedral where they had their Credentiales stamped and were greeted by staff and given a tour of the cathedral and the crypt. They then continued westwards (past St Audoen’s) to St James’s Catholic Church for the stamp available there, and the certificate of completion of the new Celtic Camino for those who completed both legs of the journey all the way from Bray.
Speaking at Christ Church, Archbishop Jackson drew together the experiences of Christchurch, New Zealand and Christ Church, Dublin, through the medium of the labyrinth that now adorns the entrance to the cathedral. “The centre piece of the labyrinth is an imperfect stone that points us to the stone which the builders rejected, that became the cornerstone (in the First Letter of Peter), Jesus Christ,” he observed. “The need for an understanding and an acceptance of humanity as the basis of our belonging to the earth and its gifts to us is fundamental to a faithful and to a secular state in 2019. The labyrinth in front of the cathedral connects directly with the labyrinth carved on a tenth-century stone in Hollywood, the starting point of the Camino of Glendalough which the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough have promoted in recent years.” The Archbishop spoke of three aspects the Camino: movement, neighbouring and dialogue.
He suggested that in the context of an Ireland that is in danger of fracturing emotionally and culturally, 20 years after the outbreak of peace, these three activities are more vital and energising than ever.
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