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The Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland is facilitating a retreat for all HSE chaplains of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough next Wednesday in the Glendalough Sanctuary. This will be a day of healing retreat, community, building connections, and support for chaplains in their well–being and their healing ministry. If other dioceses are interested in inviting CMH:I to facilitate similar retreats for their chaplains, please contact hello@ministryofhealing.ie

CMH:I has also announced that it will be running a refresher course for all who have previously completed its prayer ministry training course.  The refresher will be held on Wednesday 30 August, from 7pm–9.30pm, and will be via Zoom, to facilitate the prayer ministers from all around the country in joining.  A prayer minister is commissioned to pray with people who come forward to receive prayer at a service where prayer for healing is being offered. CMH:I prayer ministry training was last offered in 2019 – the Covid–19 pandemic meant that many who had completed the training were unable to participate fully in the prayer life of their parishes, and services of commissioning could not be held. This refresher course will help to support prayer ministers as they seek to share Christ’s healing love with all. In 2024, CMH:I will offer a newly–designed prayer ministry training course, which will be open to all who would like to serve Christ in this way.  This training is open to both lay and ordained people, and helps to develop skills of deep listening, and of facilitating the creation of a safe, sacred, space in which people may hold their pain or need before God. 

In St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare, this evening (Saturday) at 6pm there will be a recital by the Hungarian organist Judit Mate and at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, there will be ‘An Evening of Music with the Vicars Choral’.

In St Patrick’s tomorrow (Sunday), as part of Heritage Week, Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise will hold Evensong in Irish, Urnaí na Nóna, at 5.30pm. The service will be led by the Succentor of St Patrick’s, the Revd David Oxley.

On Thursday evening at 8pm in Calary parish church, Co, Wicklow, the Birds and the Bees quartet from the Chamber Choir will perform pieces by Clément Janequin, John Wilbye, Urmas Sisask, Stephen McNeff, Eoghan Desmond, William Sterndale Bennett, Cole Porter and the Gershwin brothers, among others. To book tickets for the concert, please email derekneilson11@gmail.com or ring (01) 281 8118. Tickets may be purchased by cash or cheque at the door.

The final event in the Summer Music at Sandford in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, will take place on Friday at 1.10pm. In conjunction with the Pipeworks Organ Festival, Bláithín Cotter, winner of the Catherine McAuley prize for organ at the 2023 Feis Ceoil, will give an organ recital.

On Friday afternoon at 2.30pm the Armagh Robinson Library will host ‘Hail, Gladdening Light: A Charles Wood Lecture with Professor Jeremy Dibble’  from Durham University. Armed with his usual wit and inimitable style, the Charles Wood authority will provide insights into one of the composer’s most iconic anthems ahead of its performance at the Charles Wood Festival Gala Concert. Expect colour, surprise and excellent context, in these most special of surroundings.

The Down & Dromore and Connor diocesan offices have moved from the former Church of Ireland House in Donegall Street to Old Channel Road in East Belfast. Full contact information is available at https://connor.anglican.org/about-us/contact-us and  www.downanddromore.org/about–us/contact–us


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