SPRING 2014

ACHONRY GROUP
St Crumnathy’s Cathedral, Achonry Rector: Revd Canon Kathyryn Trimby 071 9133948
St George’s, Tubbercurry
Rathbarron

Selection boxes are finished, Easter eggs
are on their way, must be time for another
edition of Tidings, and of looking back
at what’s gone and anticipating what’s to
come.
Looking back to Christmas, with its
mixture of services, parties and the concert
in Rathbarron, you could say there was
something in it for everyone, young and
those not so young, but in and through
them something of the message of God’s
love was communicated. Some notable
highlights included Santa’s visiting the
children’s party, young and old coming
in fancy dress, the children’s nativity play
and Achonry Candlelight Carol Service,
plus the array of local talent on display
at the concert including an eight year
olds rendition of ‘Yhe heart will go on’,
stunning! A very happy time.
Happy times shared and celebrated
with the birth of a baby girl to Janet
Louise and to Steve and of a baby boy to
Victor and Petra, all doing well and we
send our heartiest congratulations.
Our congratulations also go to Dawn
Emmett and Eric Brett on their recent
engagement, we hope that they will have
and enjoy many happy years and wish
them every blessing together,
Congratulations on many happy years
must go to Revd George on reaching his
milestone of 70 years, we hope birthday
celebrations with friends and family were
enjoyed, and here’s to the next 70! You
go backwards now towards your youth.
Speaking of our youth we must also
congratulate all our children on doing
so well in the recent Postal Bible School
Awards, keep it up and well done to
them all.
Well done too to Karen Duignan
who nears completion of her two year
training for Diocesan Reader, it’s a big
commitment but due to her dedication
and support of her family she has come
through with flying colours and will be
commissioned shortly at a special service
in Rathbarron.
On Valentine’s Night, Rathbarron
held a successful fundraising dinner and
dance, with a scrumptious three course
meal followed by dancing to Henry
Gawley’s dulcet tones. ‘If music be the
food of love, play on…’ and he did, a
great night and thanks to all.
We hope that it is a good night at
Tubbercurry’s cake sale on 19 April, in
aid of the church, with lots of home
baking, local produce and a raffle thrown
in for the church.
Rathbarron are having their recycling
of clothes on 26 April, any items for it
please give to any church member.
Church membership amongst other
things will be discussed at the Easter
Vestries on 2 April (Tubbercurry) and
9 April (Rathbarron) along with the
Rectory, which is coming on well and
will be finished in the not too distant
future, thanks to all involved in the
project and the rent to date.
Dates to come are weekly Lenten
services alternating from Tubbercurry
on Ash Wednesday at 8pm, and during
Holy Week, the usual services at 11am
(Rathbarron) and 2pm (Tubbercurry)
on Good Friday and as usual on Easter
Day. There may be others but they will
be advertised locally.
Another date of note is Canon
Kathy’s final services in the parish on
16 March before she and Revd George
move to the Diocese of Lichfield to take
up her new role as Rector of the Border
Group of Parishes. She wishes to thank
parishioners, colleagues, friends and
readers of Tidings for all they have
been and given and shared with her
and George over the 9 plus years she
has been here and wish you all every
blessing in the future and to say there
will always be a welcome in the hillside,
and in the vales if ever you come to visit
in Wales.
God Bless!

AUGHAVAL GROUP
Holy Trinity, Westport Rector: Revd V.H. Rogers 098 25127
Christ Church, Castlebar
Turlough
St Thomas’, Dugort

CONFIRMATION
Quite by accident I had to speak yesterday to parents enrolling
their children for our June 1st Confirmations this year. It was
the Feast of The Presentation of the Lord, when Joseph and
Mary presented their boy for the life–long love and service of
God. May the same deep, steady purpose guide and govern
and delight our parents.
Our candidates are mostly from 5th and 6th classes. They are
from the Westport and Castlebar parishes so our preparation
venues will alternate. The parents will help plan and run the
sessions.
CENTENARIAN
God willing, the 100th Birthday of Jamesy Gallagher from
Innisbiggle will have been celebrated at St Fionnan’s Achill
Sound by the time this Tidings issue appears. How much
has happened in the world, and in Ireland, Mayo, Achill
and ’Biggle, since his birth in 1914 – and how changed even
Christ’s communities are!
Apropos TKA’s recent Inter–Diocesan talks in Claremorris
with Clogher and Limerick on the sexual lives of Christians,
I saw the great Lutheran theologian Oscar Cullmann cited
recently to the effect that on certain controverted matters,
rather than seeking to get everyone to affirm the same thing,
we must settle for walking together “in a reconciled diversity”.
From a Lutheran, that’s so beautifully and valuably Anglican.
I hope you got on fine without me on the MabWeNi Cycle
Ride.
LENT
Our Lenten studies begin on 12th March at 8pm in the
Rectory: Five Wednesday evenings on Ron Elsden’s and Ginny
Kennerley’s The Church and Cultures. Details from me.
A tender has been accepted for Phase One of Holy Trinity’s
Restoration, grants are being sought and fund–raising is
cranking up.
• Sat. 8th March at 8pm: Cor Mhuigheo and The Ranelagh
Singers will perform in HT
• Sat. 15th May, the Mayo International Choral Festival will
be launched in HT.
• Weds. 25th June, the Normandale Lutheran Church Choir,
Minnesota, will perform American and British sacred music,
with brass quintet and solo instruments.

St Patrick’s Day weekend:
March 15 and 16, Turlough, Castlebar and Westport will
have Friends’ and Neighbours’ Services in his honour.
With Lent approaching, a poem by John Berryman:

HOLY WEEK
Sun.13 April Palm Sunday Services as usual,
including Dugort
Thu. 17 April Maundy Thursday 8.00pm, Westport
Fri. 18 April Good Friday 11.30am, Westport
Sat. 19 April Easter Vigil 8.00pm, Turlough
Sun. 20 April Easter Day 10.00am, Castlebar
11.30am, Westport

Easter General Vestry Meetings:
Tues 08 Apr 8pm Westport (Note date prior to Easter)
Wed 23 Apr 8pm Castlebar
Sat 26 Apr 8pm Turlough
Sun 27 Apr 3pm Dugort
Sat 26 Apl 2pm Dugort Scouts Anniversary Service,
St Thomas’s Dugort

BALLISODARE GROUP
Holy Trinity, Ballisodare Rector: Revd Adam Pullen 071 9133217
St Paul’s, Collooney
Emlaghfad, Ballymote

Stepping into a New Year & New Beginnings
On writing this I have recently been reflecting on Luke 2:22, the
presentation of Jesus in the temple. Mary and Joseph brought
Jesus to the temple. Who is waiting in the wings but Simeon
and Anna, two elderly people who have waited expectationally
for the promised saviour.
Simeon’s response is well known to us as the Nunc Dimmitis,
The Song of Simeon Luke 2: 29–32: ‘Now, Lord, you let your
servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes
have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of
every people. A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory
of your people Israel.’
He speaks of hope and rescue for the World which is in need
now as much if not more as then. Simeon and Anna waited
patiently to see God’s promise fulfilled. The phrase that stands
out for me is ‘a light of the World’.
In the light of this, if you excuse the pun, I give a candle to
the child being baptised, symbolising Jesus as the light of the
World to guide them on their journey of life and faith.
It seems to me that we could do with a light to guide us into
the year and what can be, for some, dark times. Who better
then the Light of the World, Jesus to guide, comfort and lead
us into the way, the truth and the life.
In other news
Mrs. Rosiland Carroll passed away on Christmas Eve. She
had been in hospital from early October and appeared to be
making progress slowly. She had been organist at Holy Trinity
Church, Ballisodare, for many years and although not able to
attend so often in recent years, she kept her interest in music
and the church. She had a wonderful memory and could recall
families in the church and in the village. We extend our deepest
sympathy to Douglas, Evelyn and Jason and also her daughter,
Lorna, Fred and their family.
We send best wishes to Lewis Gray who is at present in
hospital. We extend our best wishes to Chloe Nairn and Aaron
McGoldrick who were married in Holy Trinity Church just
after Christmas. Chloe is currently on the staff of St. Paul’s
School, Collooney.

GALWAY AND KILCUMMIN
Collegiate Church of St Nicholas Rector: The Ven. Gary Hastings 091 521914
Kilcummin Church, Oughterard Assistant Priest: Revd Canon Maureen Ryan 091 794599
Curate: Revd John Godfrey 091 722567

Deaths:
Memorial services: St Nicholas’ on November 30th for
Molly Molloy, and a short prayer service on 11th Jan at the
graveside of Pauline Ellis, for their first anniversaries.
Bruce Catchpole passed away on 8th Dec. Our prayers are
with his wife, Linda, his young children, Sam and Laura, and
his sisters Janet, Ann and Shiela. The funeral, with Christmas
carols at Bruce’s request, was in St Nicholas’, the burial in
Claregalway.
The funeral of Larry Dunne, partner of Alice Waring, was
held in Bushypark Church on 13th Jan. Please remember
Alice and all who are bereaved by his death in your prayers.
Baptisms
November 3rd in St Nicholas – Savannah Hanley, daughter
of Alan Hanley and Kathleen Miller.
December 22nd in Kilcummin – Jack, son of Victoria and
Barry Heaton.
The Rector of Galway would like to thank all those who
enabled him to take a sabbatical before Christmas, Revd
John, Canon Maureen, Dean Alistair and a huge supporting
cast besides, and especially my Lord of Tuam for allowing
me at all, at all, and may he live forever. The Rector arrived
back in time for the maelstrom of the Christmas season, and
for the arrival of Frances–Rose to Revd John and Shirley–
Ann, and congratulations to them!
Christmas was frenetic as usual, services and Carols
packed in both Galway and Kilcummin, the entire Schola
Cantorum in great voice, and thanks to Mr Duley for that
in Galway; and to Leslie Lyons, Kay Dunne, Iris and Joy in
Oughterard. Many thanks to all who were involved in any
way. Our Christmas Fayre netted €13,500, which will keep
the roof on for a while longer, and we’re very grateful to all
who got involved. On the other hand the heating flue in
St Nicholas’ is misbehaving badly and will need planning
permission, etc. to overhaul it, and that will take some time.
A 4 day whole school evaluation was inflicted on our parochial
school at the beginning of January, which didn’t help the
staff’s Christmas digestion, but it was passed with flying
colours, magna cum laude, and a small night out to celebrate.
Congratulations to them all on that, teachers and children!
Probationers were welcomed as full choristers on Sunday
at our Candlemas service on 2nd Feb, and pupils from the
Parochial School took part in the service.
Many thanks to all who came to spread the gravel in the
carpark of St Nicholas’, both parishioners and market
stallholders, and those who provided urgent medical supplies
in the form of breakfast rolls and tea. The job was done in a
very few moments due to the number of willing hands.
Fr Tudor Ghita, of the Romanian Orthodox Church,
preached for the 11am Eucharist in St Nicholas’ during
Christian Unity Week, something especially significant since
as separate churches we worship under one roof. On Friday
31st Jan, we had an ecumenical service in NUIG Chapel:
Moving from Regret to Hope, an Ecumenical Reflection,
where Revd Helen Freeburn, the new Presbyterian minister
in Galway preached after the showing of the video “Fifty
People One Question – Galway” [which is worth a look on
YouTube, by the way.]
Forthcoming Attractions:
The Bishop will be with us for Confirmation on 18th May,
and classes will be held in St Nicholas’ Parochial School
on Tuesdays from 3.15 to 4pm, starting on February
25th. Please contact Revd John for any further details.
Any adults who would be interested in Confirmation, or
people who’d like to renew their Confirmation promises
would be very welcome, and if you’d like to talk about it,
please contact myself or Revd John.
Study groups for Lent will be announced nearer the time.
Candlemas: Evensong on 2nd Feb
St Patrick’s Day: Evensong on 16th March
The Bishop will be in St Nicholas on 23rd Feb.
Coffee Concerts, to raise funds for the Schola Cantorum:
22nd February, 8th and 22nd March. Please see the
website for further details.
Easter Services:
Maundy Thurs, Galway, 8pm
Good Friday, 12 noon, Galway and Kilcummin churches
Easter Vigil, 9pm, Galway
Easter Day, 11am, Galway and Kilcummin.

KILLALA UNION
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Killala Rector: Revd Canon Neal O’Raw 096 31384
St John’s, Ballycastle (Dunfeeney)
St Mary’s, Crossmolina

THANKS TO HELPERS
While Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
are possibly a dim and distant memory,
I would like to pay tribute to all those
in the three churches who worked very
hard to keep the show on the road.
To the church wardens, the flower
arrangers and the vacuum wizards who
kept the churches looking resplendent
over the festive season.
To the readers who took part in the
parish Services of Lessons and Carols,
particularly to the children who read
and sang in St. John’s, Ballycastle.
I had the privilege in Ballina Hospital
on Saturday 21st of December, to take
part in a carol service, which was held in
remembrance of loved ones who passed
away. A Christmas tree was decorated
with tinsel and fairy lights but also with
the names of loved ones. Prayers were
said and a choir, accompanied by a brass
band, sang suitable festive tunes.
ST Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, unfortunately,
was not spared the wrath of the seasonal
gales and driving rain, but thanks to
the roof repairs carried out by Mr John
Craven and his workers, disaster was
averted. We now have a water-tight roof
again.
CON DOLENCES
Our thoughts and prayers go to the
family and friends of William Percival
Gardiner whose funeral took place on
January 4th. Our thoughts are with his
brother John and family, parishioners in
Killala.
Our thoughts also are with Florence
Jackson and her family and friends on
the death of her husband John Henry
Jackson, his funeral and interment in St.
Mary’s Crossmolina on February 4th.
May they rest in peace.
IN HUMBERT ’S FOOTSTEPS
Last August, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was
used by the Killala community and, in
particular, by the ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps
Committee’. As part of the festival to
commemorate the French / English /
Irish military showdown in the area, the
cathedral was used by choirs and bands
and many visitors crossed the threshold.
The In Humbert’s Footsteps festival was
crowned Ireland’s Best Gathering Event
at the annual LAMA (Local Authority
Members Association) awards in Santry,
Dublin. The award, presented by RTE’s
Miriam O’Callaghan, was accepted by
international writer and raconteur and
resident of Killala, Mr Stephen Dunford.
It is hoped that the cathedral will be used
even more by the community in the
coming years.
GFS DIOCESAN SERVICE
The Girls Friendly Society are holding
their annual diocesan service in the
cathedral on Sunday 6th of April, at
which I believe Dean Grimason will be
preaching. All are very welcome to attend.
Till we talk again, keep the faith, Neal.
KILLALA UNION
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Killala Rector: Revd Canon Neal O’Raw 096 31384
St John’s, Ballycastle (Dunfeeney)
St Mary’s, Crossmolina
Killala Cathedral
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EASTER SERVICES
At the time of going to print, the services in the Union are as follows:
April 18th, 2pm Good Friday Service in St. Mary’s, Crossmolina.
Easter Sunday services: 9am in St John’s, Ballycastle,
10.30am in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Killala,
12noon in St. Mary’s, Crossmolina.
All three services are Holy Communion. Bishop Rooke, will celebrate and
preach in the Cathedral at the 10.30 service. It is also hoped to have a choir,
all survivors of cancer, sing at this service.

KILMOREMOY UNION
St Michael’s, Ballina (Kilmoremoy) Rector: Revd Jake Worley
Killanley Church, Castleconnor 
Kilglass 
St Anne’s, Easkey 

As I am writing this, I am thinking back on my institution as
the new rector of the Kilmoremoy Union. It’s hard to believe
that it was just four months ago. I’m aware that as Tidings is
published it will be something like seven months. But, what
I am most thankful for is the great welcome we have been
given. The care and the embrace we are given is confirmation
that God has truly called us here, and there are no regrets. So,
we thank you all, and we also thank God for you all.
LA DY’S DAY SERVICE
Mothers’ Union will be having their Lady’s Day Service at
St. Michael’s. I have been graciously asked to lead the service
as well as preach. We hope to see all the members of the
Mothers’ Union there!
BIBLE STUDY
We are having an ongoing bible study at the rectory every
Wednesday night at 8:00. Currently we are studying
Ephesians. So far the turn–out has been great and people are
enjoying the fellowship and teaching. This bible study is open
to everyone in the community – not just those of us in the
Church of Ireland. So far we have had members from other
denominations join us. It is always a joy to see the body of
Christ come together around the Word and fellowship.
DEATHS
We have had two losses in our parish family. Evelyn Boland
and Olive Killeen, both of Killanley Church, passed away.
They are missed dearly, and the stories of what wonderful
times and experiences that have been shared about Evelyn
and Olive are examples of how much they are loved.
EASTER
I hope that the Easter season finds us joyful and expectant
in the Resurrection

STRAID PARISH
Priest–in–charge: Revd Andrea Wills 094 9256403

The Bishop’s visit, accompanied by Alison and Susanna, was
much appreciated. Service of Holy Communion was followed
by a parish lunch and get–together in the Mayfly Hotel.
CAROL SERVICE
It was good to welcome so many members of the wider
community to the Carol service on the Sunday afternoon
before Christmas. Fr. Padraig Costello read the Christmas
Gospel and it was good to have Revd Jake with us too. Mince
pies and refreshments were enjoyed afterwards in the church.
Everyone worked so hard and the church was beautifully
adorned for Christmas and the candles really set the scene.
There was also a good congregation on Christmas Day.
On 19th November a special service of Holy Communion
was held in the Blackrocks Nursing Home for Dr. Trevor
Strong and his family. It was the first time they were all
together for some time as Dermot is based in Canada, Joan
and Dorothy in America and Muriel in Greystones. Dr.
Strong’s faith and witness inspires everyone in the Nursing
Home and he is very happy there.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Our church is part of the Roman Catholic “Cluster”
Group which includes Foxford, Straide, Killasser/Callow,
Bonniconlan, Attymass when it comes to the Week of Prayer for
Christian Unity. This year the service was held in Bonniconlan
led by PP Revd John Geelan and the “Cluster Group” choir
sang magnificently. Bishop Brendan Kelly preached and
Bishop Patrick Rooke attended and conveyed greetings from
the Church of Ireland and took part in the blessing.
FUNDRAISING LUNCH
Plans are afoot for the annual Fundraising Lunch hosted by
the parishioners in the Brown Hall.
MEMORIAL SERVICE
A Memorial service will be held on Sunday 9th February
for Elizabeth Mace who wrote over 20 childrens’ books
under the name Louise Lawrence. She came to Ireland in
1998 and latterly had been living in Kiltimagh. She died last
December and is mourned by her husband Graham.

Claremorris
On Advent Sunday Bishop Mark Strange, bishop of our link
diocese of Caithness, Ross and Moray preached at the Service
in Claremorris. The picture shows the two bishops with country
singer Mike Denver who was playing that week–end in the Hotel.
On Christmas Day Holy Communion was celebrated in the
McWilliam Park Hotel. The first time a Holy Communion
service had taken place publically in the town since the
church closed in 1963, so it was a landmark moment. The
congregation were joined by guests in the hotel and by Revd
Darren McCallig, Church of Ireland Chaplain in Trinity
College and his wife. Darren is from Claremorris.
The services at the hotel continue on the first Sunday of the
month at 12 noon and the help and enthusiasm of Mattie
Masterson, and all who join us, is much appreciated.

OMEY GROUP
Christ Church, Clifden Priest–in–charge: The Revd Stan Evans
St Thomas’, Ballinakill Telephone 095 21147
St Mary’s, Roundstone Mobile: 087 636 9473

CON DOLENCES BOOK
A book of condolence was opened in Christ Church Clifden
following the death of Nelson Mandela. This was then
forwarded to the South African Embassy in Dublin on behalf
of all the people of Omey parish.
ROUN DSTONE –- the work on the tower is now complete
and the re-plastering and decorating of the interior can now
begin. Thankfully there was no storm damage and so the
agenda can now move from ‘maintenance to mission’ as we
await the influx of visitors.
MOYAR D – this beautiful church also escaped storm damage.
We look forward with great excitement to the wedding of
Emer Mullane and Will Rogers in June.
CLIFDEN – we all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with
services that were well attended but now we are planning a
programme of services and events as we look forward to Spring
– intent on exercising our welcoming ministry to those who
will visit this capital of Connemara over the coming months.
Presentation to Charlie McClelland
Charlie has been a wonderfully committed Parish Reader for
over twenty years in St Mary’s Roundstone. Sadly, Charlie’s
mobility has become very difficult for him and consequently
he retired at the end of 2013. During the Christingle Service
in Roundstone on 29th December Revd Stan presented him
with a cash donation, raised by the parishioners from across
the country who valued Charlie’s ministry, and also a special
chair which we hope will make life a little easier for him in the
years ahead. Thank you Charlie and God’s blessing for a long
and healthy retirement.
ECUMENICAL SERVICE
We were thrilled to receive an invitation from Fr James
Ronayne and the Pastoral Council of St Joseph’s R.C. church
to share with them for an Ecumenical Service as part of their
Annual Novena. On Sunday 16th February a service with
the theme ‘One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism’ was held,
beginning with a liturgy of Unity in Christ Church where the
preacher was Fr Seamus Enright, and then the congregation
processed in candlelight to St Joseph’s church, where Revd
Stan was invited to preach. It was a wonderful coming together
focussing on what binds us together – united in baptism.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
The newly commissioned chapel at Kylemore Abbey will be
the venue for the ‘World Day of Prayer’ on Friday 7th March
at 7.00pm. The theme for this year is ‘Streams of Living
Water’ and has been written by Christian Women in Egypt.
Please do come and join us in this wonderful place for what
will be a very special service. We thank Reverend Mother
Moire and the Sisters for hosting us.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Sunday 25th May
Christ Church Clifden: Rite of Confirmation, 11.30am

SKREEN GROUP
Skreen Rector: The Ven. Alan Synnott 071 9166941
Christ Church, Dromard
St Mary’s, Kilmacshalgan, Dromore West

The parish has come through a wonderful Christmas and New
Year filled with activity, fun and worship. Our carol services
went really well as we sang praise to our Lord for coming to be
with us and redeem us, many people read lessons, music had to
be compiled and practised to say nothing of our troupe of young
players who presented the Nativity with such joy and talent.
Skreen New Year Dance was another great evening and we had
a lot of fun as we prepared and cleared up, to say nothing of the
event itself. All of the above requires team effort and time and
you will all have to accept a collective thank you from me for
all the hard work and service to our parish and Almighty God.
As we move deeper into the uncharted waters of 2014 we
need to make our plans and anticipate good times ahead while
truly trusting in God’s mercy and grace that he will guide us
and protect us in the year ahead. Let us resolve to make him
the captain of our soul and the master of all our decisions
and dealings so that we may live out the faith we profess with
integrity and love.
CONFIRMATION
Looking ahead there are a number of things in the diary
not least of which is Confirmation, at present we have two
candidates and I need to know if there are other young people
around and about who are currently under the radar, I don’t
think so but we are about to start classes.
BISHOP’S VISIT
The Bishop will be visiting the parish on Ash Wednesday, 5th
March 2014 and we will hold a service in Skreen at 11:30a.m.
followed by a Lent Lunch in the rectory where voluntary
offerings will be accepted for Mabweni. Bishop Rooke will
return on 9th March 2014 which is the First Sunday of Lent to
preach at the normal morning services. Mabweni jam jar stickers
will be available for you to save up your change through Lent.
BIBLE STUDY
There will be a Bible Study each Wednesday in Lent at the
rectory at 8:30pm. The theme will be Characters of the Passion.
Everyone is welcome.
HOLY WEEK
16th–18th April 2014 are the evenings in Holy Week when
we have services, we will follow our normal pattern of Skreen
on Wednesday and Friday with Eucharist in Kilmacshalgan on
Thursday Evening. These services will be held at 8:30p.m.
FAREWELL
Good wishes and bon voyage to Canon Trimby and George,
we will miss you terribly. You have been great colleagues during
your time here. Please go with our blessings and prayers as you
find new fields to plough and sow in the name of the Lord. You
take not only our love and good wishes, but also one of our
pups the notorious Benji!

TUAM GROUP
St Mary’s Cathedral, Tuam Rector: The Very Revd Alistair Grimason 094 9546909
St Mary’s, Cong
St John the Baptist, Aasleagh

CHRISTMAS
We welcomed home many of the Cong/Tuam diaspora over
the Festive Season and it was a real joy to see them all again.
The Carol Services in both St. Mary’s were well up in attendance
compared to recent years which was great to see. Christmas Day
itself was celebrated with gusto and much warmth. The cathedral
again had the pleasure and privilege of Bishop Rooke’s presence.
A special mention must be made of the Community
Ecumenical Service which was held in Aasleagh. Despite
truly attrocious weather and road floods, St John the Baptist’s
resounded to music, not least from the children of the local
National School. Many thanks to the organisers and to the
Bishop for braving the elements to be with us.
CONGRATULATIONS
The Rector of Cong and Dean of Tuam is now Very Very
Very Revd. He was installed Dean of Killala and Achonry at
an Advent Carol Service in St Patricks Cathedral, Killala on
Advent Sunday thus becoming Dean of T. AND K. AND A.
SICKNESS
Our prayerful best wishes for a full recovery after illness go
to Margaret Paxton, Hilary Cooke and Mary Gandy. Also,
we keep all the Rooke family in our prayers during this
difficult time as we write.
DIOCESAN N.S. SERVICE
It was again the honour of St Mary’s Cathedral to host this
annual event. The cathedral family worked hard to prepare for
this service and were rewarded by an excellent, enjoyable and
educational occasion. Full account elsewhere in this edition.
UNITY WEEK
An Ecumenical Service was held in The Cathedral of the
Assumption on 20th January to mark the Octave of Prayer for
Christian Unity. Lessons were read by Mrs Christine Mahon
who is a warden of St Marys Cathedral and Jarlath Canney who
has ‘a foot in both camps’. The Dean of TKA read the gospel and
Bishop Rooke preached. All who attended were made to feel very
welcome by both the parish Administrator, Very Revd. Francis
Mitchell and the Archbishop, Most Revd. Michael Neary.
UPCOMING
Sunday 2nd March, St Marys Cathedral
Lunch after normal service. Contact Judith Hesford for
details 087 7847330
Ash Wednesday, 5th March,
Compline St Marys Cathedral 7.30pm
St Patrick’s Day, 17th March,
Holy Communion Cong 10am; Tuam 12 noon.
LENT
Each Wednesday evening during Lent there will be a Study
Course in St Mary’s Cathedral. The theme this year will be:
‘ANGLICAN WORSHIP. The history, development and
content of the Book of Common Prayer.’ Every session will
begin with a service of Compline in the Cathedral at 7.30pm.

 

 

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