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Church of Ireland Gazette back in print!

The Church of Ireland Gazette is back in print today (July 3) having been published in online format only and made freely available during the height of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The front cover of July's Church of Ireland Gazette, from Rathlin Island.
The front cover of July's Church of Ireland Gazette, from Rathlin Island.

This issue contains a wide variety of topical features including ‘Taking the Knee’ for justice, by the Rev Rob Clements, rector of Kilternan Parish, Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough; and Breathing the air of racism and sectarianism by the Rev Dr Gary Mason, a Minister in the Methodist Church and Founder and Director of Rethinking Conflict.

The big interview is with Ruth Morrow, medical coordinator with Special Olympics Ireland, who gives an insight into the organisation and her work.

In a personal article entitled One year on, Helen Long from Belvoir Parish, Down and Dromore Diocese, reflects on her cancer journey.

Church finances - where do we go from here? by the Rev Conor O’Reilly, Assistant Priest for the Wexford and Kilscoran Union of Parishes and Deputy Editor of the Cashel Ferns and Ossory diocesan magazine, looks at the issue of financial stability in these testing times.

The Rev Catherine Simpson pens the July Devotional under the heading The way, the truth and the life.

Home News includes a Cycle of Prayer with a difference undertaken by the Archdeacon of Raphoe; a funding boost for St Eunan’s (Derry and Raphoe); and a report on Cork, Cloyne and Ross’s online Diocesan Synod.

The mission section looks at the vital work of the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal; and there are a number of coronavirus related stores from around the island of Ireland including:

  • Domestic abuse aid project - supported by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.
  • Drive-in church in Ballyholme, Diocese of Down and Dromore.
  • The way ahead for youth ministry.
  • Island life in lockdown - the July cover story focuses on how the Covid-19 lockdown has impacted Rathlin Island, off the north Antrim coast.
  • Arts display brings home during crisis - Rathmines Parish, Dublin and Glendalough.
  • Hope Church mobilises for Community - Down and Dromore Diocese.

The Big Question asks ‘which is your favourite holiday destination and why?’ with Archdeacon Stephen McBride (Connor), Canon Liz Beasley (Limerick and Killaloe) and Rev Nigel Waugh (Dublin and Glendalough) supplying the answers.

In Heritage, the July issue features the life of a true hockey legend. Johnny Conn, staff officer with Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade, looks back on the career of Stan de Lacy.

There is also an interesting Snapshot of life in the bishop’s house in which Jonathan A Smyth looks back at the writings of Diana Mary Harftord, a former resident of See House, Kilmore.

Steve Grasham, Youth Ministry Development Officer with the Church of Ireland Youth Department, (Southern Region) presents part two of his Digital to Discipleship series, and we hear about reaching Sunday Schools through lockdown in Connor and Down and Dromore dioceses.

In Voices unite in a Blessing, Philip McKinley reflects on the success of the online Irish Blessing.

The July issue also features world news, the latest from the Mothers’ Union; and regular columns including book reviews; liturgical notes; clergy news and letters.

Gazette Editor Karen Bushby said: “We hope that many people were able to sample and enjoy the Gazette during the three months it was freely available to all online, and we are now delighted to be back in print. If you would like to subscribe to the Church of Ireland Gazette please visit our website at https://gazette.ireland.anglican.org/subscribe.”