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New Issue of the Gazette

The October issue of the Church of Ireland Gazette is out with a wide range of reports, reflections and analysis.

Inevitably there is much about the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. Canon Paul Arbuthnot, a former Minor Canon in Westminster Abbey, and now Rector of St Ann & St Stephen in Dublin, reflects on how the Abbey organises funerals. There are recollections of royal visits, notably to Enniskillen, and a report on the Service of Reflection in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, and the memorable address by the Archbishop of Armagh.

The Very Revd Stephen Farrell, Dean of Ossory, offers an analysis of the Northern Ireland Census  and there is a report of the enthronement of the Bishop of Clogher, Dr Ian Ellis, in St Macartan’s cathedral, Clogher.

Looking to the future there is a preview of the plans to celebrate the 400th anniversary, next year, of Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn, the cathedral of the Diocese of Connor.

One of the great joys each year is the Petertide ordination photographs in the Church Times  – an important annual reminder of the continuity of ministry – and so the photo montage in the Gazette of the autumn ordinations is most welcome.

Subscriptions to the Gazette may be made via gazette@ireland.anglican.org or by telephone at 048 or 028 9266 7580.

Tomorrow, (Sunday) on RTÉ One at 11.10am and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 at 11.00, there will be a Service led by Canon David Gillespie, marking the 200th anniversary of St Andrew’s church, Malahide. Later this month, on Saturday 15 October, the band of  An Garda Siochana, together with the Garda Ladies’ Choir, will give a Gala Concert in the Golf Links Hotel, Portmarnock. The parish’s Director of Music, Rodney Baldwin, is the conductor of the choir. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and from the Parish Centre.

Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3.15 p.m., in the context of evensong, in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, there will an Irish response from the Church of Ireland’s National Cathedral to the contribution of the late Queen Elizabeth in terms of reconciliation and healing of relationships between Ireland and the UK. The address will be given by Tommie Gorman, former Northern Editor with RTÉ, and the two Archbishops of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson and Dr Dermot Farrell, will be taking part.

On Monday the Archbishop of Dublin will be in Finland to attend and co–chair the Porvoo Primates and Contact Group meeting in Tampere.

On Tuesday, at 1.15pm there will be a lunchtime concert in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, when Andreea Banciu (viola) and Aileen Cahill (piano) will play music by Elizabeth Maconchy, Ina Boyle and Rebecca Clarke.

In St Ann’s church, Dublin, on Thursday, there will be a lunchtime recital at 1.20pm when the church’s Director of Music, Charles Marshall (organ), and Adele O’Dwyer (cello) will perform works by Peteris, Vasks, Teleman, Bossi and Bach.

The deadline for applications for the Certificate in Christian Theology and Practice offered through the Church of Ireland Theological Institute is 14 October. The CCTP comprises an introductory weekend, and six modules taught at certificate and diploma level over six further weekends. It is directed towards candidates seeking to deepen their exploration of discipleship, to those training as Lay Readers, and to those seeking ordination. All candidates for ordained ministry in the Church of Ireland (both stipendiary and ordained local ministry) must complete the CCTP.

For more information, email cctp@theologicalinstitute.ie or visit the CITI website, and under the Exploring Ministry section, click on CCTP.

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