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Camino de Glendalough

The 2018 Diocesan Camino de Glendalough will take place on Sunday, 9 September. The Camino follows the 30km route along St Kevin’s Way from Hollywood in West Wicklow to Glendalough and participants are welcome to undertake the full walk, which takes around six hours, or join the route along the way for shorter pilgrimages.

The Camino de Glendalough is one of Celtic Camino routes which can be counted towards the completion of the Camino de Santiago. Those intending to walk the Camino de Santiago who have Camino passports can get them stamped in St Kevin’s church in Hollywood and at the end of the walk in Glendalough.

The day will start with a pilgrims’ blessing in St Kevin’s, Hollywood, at 9am and pilgrims undertaking the full route will be sent out from the ancient pilgrim church. There will also be a service of Holy Communion at St John’s, Laragh.

Pilgrims planning to walk from the Wicklow Gap or around Glendalough may depart from St John’s Church in Laragh. Parking will be available locally and there will be a bus to bring people to the Wicklow Gap or the Monastic City at regular intervals throughout the day.

The day will conclude with a short service of thanksgiving and prayer at the Upper Lake in Glendalough at 5pm. After this the bus will bring pilgrims back to Hollywood or Laragh. The full timetable for the day will be available on the Dublin & Glendalough website at dublin.anglican.org/about–us/camino–de–glendalough or the Dublin & Glendalough Facebook page.

Today (Saturday) the international mission society Crosslinks, which works principally within the worldwide Anglican Communion, will host an event in the Irish Church Missions, Bachelors Walk, Dublin, at 2pm, when the Revd Trevor Cleland will speak on ‘Adversity and Faith’. Mr Cleland is a native of Belfast and for the past seven years he has served as a trustee on General Council/Board of Trustees. He also coordinates the Crosslinks Belfast Prayer Meeting. Further details are available at www.crosslinks.org/get–involved/events/adversity–and–faith/

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11.10am on RTÉ 1 television, a celebration of the Eucharist will be broadcast. The celebrant will be the Ven. Ricky Rountree, Archdeacon of Glendalough and Rector of Powerscourt & Kilbride, with a choir and parishioners from the parish.

The annual conference of the Irish College of Preachers will begin in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute next Wednesday and continue until Friday.  It is designed to be a practical help and resource to preachers, either ordained or lay. The Venerable Andrew Forster, Archdeacon of Ardboe in the Diocese of Armagh and Rector of Drumglass & Moygashel, will lead the conference this year.

Next Saturday, 8 September, the Church’s Ministry of Healing will host another ‘Wellspring. A day retreat of silence, peace, nurture, healing’. The retreat will be held in St Patrick’s church, Dalkey, from 9.30am until 4pm. Dr Iva Beranek and Carol Casey will be glad to welcome participants. No experience is needed and all are welcome. Places should be booked in advance at 087–4392669 or at hello@ministryofhealing.ie. The suggested donation for the day is 25 euro.

Church Music Dublin, an agency of the Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough, is pleased to announce a new video on organ registration, presented by Simon Harden (Dublin Institute of Technology) and filmed in association with Pipeworks. This is the first in a series of videos to give guidance on organ registration. Two different organs are used and three pieces are discussed with regard to the range of stops available.