St Catherine & St James

At time of writing, a meeting of Vestry representatives with the School Board of Management has been arranged, to discuss the use of the Church grounds as a car park for some of the staff, and to consider the motorised gates which are not working. I think the School have had the same difficulty with their own gates! I’m grateful to my friend and neighbour Jonathan (originally from Brazil) for bagging the fallen leaves in the Churchyard. A statutory meeting of the Safeguarding Trust panel will be held on Thursday 25 January, which is the feast of the conversion of St Paul the Apostle, long associated with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has as its theme this year ‘You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbour as yourself’ reflecting on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

St Audoen Cornmarket
Now that works on the exterior fabric of the Church and the tower have been completed, we have turned our attention indoors. At a recent meeting with the Architect Kevin Blackwood, his assistant Chuankun Jiang, Tom Tynan and me, we considered the question of heating the Church to a satisfactory level. I wondered if we could fit solar panels as at St Columba’s Swords, but our Church roof is considerably lower than the roof of the Visitor Centre so the slates are constantly in shadow. Additional heating under the timber floors are being considered.

Tribute Paid
My old friend Maggie Mack lived for many years in the Brabazon and when she died in her nineties donated her remains to medical science. When her son Peter was recently able to travel to Ireland we met with a group of friends at the interment in Glasnevin Cemetery. I officiated and the representative of Trinity College paid a lovely tribute to the value of her donation to the college, calling her a silent teacher of the medical students of the previous two years. Peter’s father the late the Revd Tom Mack was one of the staff in Christ Church Cathedral in the days of the Grammar School and the choir of men and boys.

Holy Trinity CSI Congregation Dublin is with Revd Jenu John and Sherin Jacob Jenu.
Thank God for the blessed and eventful year 2023 ! Arrival of first full-time Vicar Rev. Jenu John & family, Felicitation to Vicar, Welcome service led by The Archbishop of Dublin, Annual Convention, Summer get-together, Onam Sadhya, Dedication of Car for the Vicar & Keyboard , PhD Convocation of our previous Vicar Rev. Dr. Viji Varghese Eapen from Dublin City University, PhD convocation of Dr. Sherin Jacob Kochamma from Madras University, and our Harvest Festival & Auction, Youth Day, Women’s Day, Sunday school Day, Choir Day, Girl-child Day, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Sunday school Exam, WF Retreat, Choir retreat, Christmas Carol, Ecumenical Carol, Carol Rounds.
Thanks to all parish members for the active participation & support. Thank you all. Praise be to God. Wish you all a blessed New Year 2024.
Rev. Jenu John (Vicar) & The Church Committee 2023

Conservation works at St Audoen’s Church, Dublin City
Located in a prominent site on Cornmarket, this is a national monument and the only surviving medieval parish church within the city where the Church of Ireland continue to provide services to the community within the nave- although a large part of the rest of the church is roofless.
Most of the north windows of the nave are 19th century inserts, however an additional blocked window was identified during the current phase of works. This was a medieval window and the granite frame had eroded over time and provides good evidence for the use of granite in the construction of one of the early phases of the church. An extensive restoration of the tower and bells was carried out in the 1980’s and a portion of the ruins was reroofed in 1987, open to visitors during the year and managed by the Heritage Ireland Visitor Services of the OPW. –
The conservation works are being carried out by Oldstone Conservation Ltd. to the specifications of DKP Structural Engineers, conservation architect Kevin Blackwood and archaeologist Linzi Simpson. The National Monuments Service is pleased to support this project.
Explore more about St Audoen’s church, and the archaeological monuments of Dublin City on our Historic Environment Viewer.

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
Parish Reader: Cletus Ogbata
Organist: Olesia Borsuk
Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067

St Audoen’s Cornmarket, 10.00 Eucharist (every Sunday)

St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue, 11.30 Service of the Word (Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month)