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Welcome to a further round–up of news from around the Church of Ireland’s dioceses and parishes, looking back over the last weeks of summer activities. In this summary, you can read about good news stories from:

 

Dr Rosemary Black in Santiago at the end of her Camino walk.
Dr Rosemary Black in Santiago at the end of her Camino walk.

Dr Rosemary Black, a parishioner of St John’s, Malone, last month walked the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago de la Compostela in Galithia in Spain – a distance of 117km.  In completing this challenge, Rosemary has to date raised £1928.75 for South Belfast Foodbank, part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust. Rosemary has volunteered with the Foodbank for the past five years since retiring as a hospital doctor.

 

Summer camp joy in Gurteen

A Diocesan Teenage Summer Camp was held in Gurteen college recently.  The Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory linked up with the Diocese of Limerick bringing together teenagers from both dioceses.

Making connections has been the focus of Holy Trinity’s initiatives to support people fleeing war in Ukraine who have arrived in the Rathmines area. A number of families in the parish have taken in refugees from Ukraine and the church is also holding social events and classes to help people integrate.
English classes taking place in Holy Trinity Rathmines.
English classes taking place in Holy Trinity Rathmines.

 

Cavehill Cross at St Peter’s represents hope in face of terror

A difficult story, recently shared by St Peter’s Parish Church, Antrim Road, Belfast, recalls the murder 50 years ago of teenager Stephen Parker. From the wreckage of the debris at the place he died, the Cavehill Cross was constructed, and it stands at the back of St Peter’s Church, both as a reminder of that atrocity and of a determination to be hopeful in the face of horror.

On Friday 29 July Kilhorne Church (Annalong) held their annual Tractor Run and raised over £3,700 for parishioner Jane White who volunteers with Mercy Ships.  The event took place just as the good weather broke however, as Rector, the Revd Geoff Hamilton says, “it takes more than rain to stop the people of Mourne from having a great night!”

 

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