Sep 22

Bikers on a Mission!

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On Friday 1st August the Revds Andrew McCroskery and the Revd Nigel Kirkpatrick ‘revved’ up their trusty powerful motorbikes and set off on a marathon 3,000km trip around Ireland.

Not just a random tour as their itinerary took them to every Church of Ireland cathedral on the island, all in a period of 10 days.

In each place they prayed with those who came along to support, for each particular cathedral, its clergy, its people and the diocese it serves, as well as praying for Swaziland and the United Society (US).

The inspiration came when they were discussing how they and their motorbikes could mark the 300th anniversary of the Unisted Society in Ireland.  The plan was to raise awareness and raise funds – and at the same time have some fun.

Linda Chambers and Jan de Bruijn followed the bikes in true ‘tour de France’ style in the support vehicle, a campervan, that quickly became dubbed as the ‘Us bus’!  It carried wet gear, spare gloves, boots and helmets as well as clerical vestments and clothes, etc.

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It turned out to be a wonderful experience, in mostly good sunshine but not without suffering the occasional deluge!

The company was good and the welcome and hospitality shown was amazing. All concerned express their heartfelt thanks to those who helped in any way: donating, welcoming, feeding, accommodating – all four on the tour appreciated it all.

The cavalcade descended in Cashel, Ferns and Ossory on Thursday 7th August to Waterford, completing our six cathedrals in three days, finishing up in Ferns on the Saturday before heading to Dublin and finally back to Belfast to complete the circle.

Food for thought for our Bishop for his next escapade?!

 

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Part of the little service included a special prayer for those who travel on our road – so relevant in these days:

God of the journey, we bring you our thanks and praise that you are always our faithful traveller and companion on the way.  Shelter and protect us from all harm, grant us strength and courage for the journey and a peace and joy in our hearts that we can share with all whom we meet.

Grant your rest to the weary, peace to the troubled in mid and comfort to the distressed. As we journey our separate ways this day, may we know that you journey with us in all things until we come to our eternal home in you, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Sep 22

Celebrating the restoration of the Lady Chapel in St Laserian’s Cathedral, Leighlin

St Laserian’s Cathedral, Leighlin – ‘A liturgical laboratory in a large room’

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The Service

On a balmy evening of Trinity Sunday 15th June, the multitudes gathered to St Laserian’s Cathedral in Leighlin for the Service of Thanksgiving to mark the restoration of the Lady Chapel and the Installation of the Venerable Andrew Orr as Archdeacon of Leighlin.

The Service was led by the Dean, the Very Revd Tom Gordon in the presence of the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, the Rt Revd Michael Burrows.

The singing was led by the Choir of Saint Nicholas Collegiate directed by Mark Duley with organist Ronan De Burcha.

The Preacher was the Reverend Professor Liam Tracey OSM from Maynooth.

The cathedral was at capacity and included parishioners, friends, and those from the wider ecumenical community and also the newly elected Mayor of Carlow, Cllr John Pender.

Following the gathering of God’s People in the cathedral the evening candles were lit during the singing of the canticle ‘Phos Hilaron’ by Stainer.  The Choir and ministers processed to the hymn ‘All people that on earth do dwell’.

Installation of the Archdeacon

There followed the installation of the new Archdeacon with the Registrar the Revd Tim Irvine reading the Mandate and the Dean leading the Ven. Andrew Orr to his stall in the chancel.

The Ministry of the Word was led by Mr George Kidd of the Cathedral Development Committee and Ms Ellen Atkinson a parishioner of the Cathedral and the Gospel was read by the newly installed Archdeacon.

Address

In his address the Revd Professor Liam Tracey talked of the function of a cathedral both in times gone by and also today.

Dedication of the Lady Chapel

The dedication and Act of Thanksgiving for the restoration of the Lady Chapel took place.  The churchwardens, Mark Wenman and Andrew Marshall, petitioned the Bishop to carry out the task to which the Bishop acceded ‘right gladly’. The Choir sang Charles Wood’s ‘Magnificat’.

The Intercessions were led by young parishioners recently confirmed: Brian Atkinson, Melanie Griffith and Agnes Wenman.

Cutting the tape

At the conclusion of the service a tape was ceremoniously cut by Mrs Elizabeth Tomkins to open the newly refurbished Lady Chapel. She was assisted by Ellen Atkinson and Adam Watchorn, grandchildren of John Atkinson and Sam Rigley, both prominent cathedral parishioners who had died recently and who would have been delighted to see the restoration work complete and to have been present at the thanksgiving liturgy. Both had been hugely involved in earlier years in the maintenance of the cathedral and in fund-raising

Mrs Tomkins was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Ms Roisin Wenman.

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St Laserian’s

A monastic church was founded on the site by St Gobhan in the 7th Century.  His successor, Saint Laserian, was instrumental in establishing the Rome observance of the date of Easter for the Irish Church. The cathedral dates from the 12th Century with the later addition of the 16th Lady Chapel, transepts and tower.

New facilities

Now with the Lady Chapel restored with modern facilities it can boast the provision of hospitality amenities, disabled access and new sound and lighting systems which will expand the use of the cathedral for the purposes of tourism, education and cultural events, in addition to its ongoing presence as a place of worship and prayer.

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Funding

There has been generous support of those individuals and organisations which has enabled the project to reach its present stage of completion.  In particular the County Carlow Development Partnership (Leader Programme) has been the principal source of funding.

Funding over the years has been Carlow County Council, the Heritage Council, the Vigor’s Bequest, Priorities’ Fund, the Marshall Beresford Fund, the Representative Church Body, the Department of Heritage and the Environment, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Kathleen Day Fund.

 

Acknowledgments by the Dean

In his words afterwards the Dean thanked everyone who had been involved in the extensive work; he paid tribute and made presentations in particular to Ms Margaret Quinlin (Conservations Architect) and her extensive expertise in this sphere, to Connor Morarity (Project Manager) for all his guidance and for ensuring the work was completed and to Pat Tallis (Specialist Conservation Builder), for his detailed work with enormous degree of sensitivity.

The Dean also spoke of the link with St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and thanked to Fr Liam professor of liturgics for attending and for preaching.  The Dean also acknowledged with appreciation the great music provided by the choir and led by Mr Mark Duley.

The Dean went on to acknowledge the small community that is the parishioners and the Development Committee and their unstinting commitment to create and sustain what is now here in Leighlin.

This particular project would not have been possible without the various funding that they were able to tap into, while appreciating all who supported, the substantial part came from the Carlow Leader Programme and Claire O’Shea and how instrumental she was in opening the necessary doors for it all to happen.

The Dean offered his best wishes to the Ven. Andrew Orr in his new role as Archdeacon.

The Bishop concludes

Finally the Bishop recalled his very first visit many years ago as a small child to Leighlin for the Choral Festival when his uncle Andy Willis was rector in Urglin and during Dean Bolton’s time.

The Bishop said that even for him then there is something about the holiness, the atmosphere and the mystery and the possibility that captured him that day.  He never thought he would back, let alone sitting in the ‘big chair’ listening to what is said about those who are meant to sit in it, but it has been marvelous to see over the years and especially in recent years with the work of everyone, how such a vision has been realised.  And also how much this is all due to the skill, the wisdom and the vision of the Dean.

St Laserian’s is a place of pause and gave thanks for the fruits by which ministry is known and to remember ‘God has set our feet in a very large room’ as the Psalmist said.

Leighlin cathedral is truly a large room, a liturgical laboratory, a place of imagination and creativity and ad multos annos.

Refreshments were served in the refurbished Lady Chapel.

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Sep 22

The AGM of the Friends of St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, 2014

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The fellowship of the Friends

The 100th anniversary of the day that the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated and which pre-empted the First World War, coincided with the annual Choral Evensong and 63rd AGM of the Friends of St Canice’s Cathedral that took place in Kilkenny on Saturday 28th June 2014, the eve for the Vigil of Saint Peter’s Day.

The afternoon began with Evensong led by the Dean and Blessing given by the Bishop.  The Choir was led by Mr David Forde and organist Mr Malcolm Proud and the lessons were read by Mr Pat Nolan and Ms Maureen Lanigan.

The Choir sang the ‘Preces’ by Morley and ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ by Stanford with the Anthem by Charles Wood.

The versicles, lesser litany, etc., were intoned by the Bishop and the occasional prayers were led by the Vicar the Revd Tim Irvine and the last two hymns were sung ‘acapella’: ‘Lead kindly light, amid the encircling gloom…’ and ‘Before the ending of the day’ both of which as the Bishop remarked that the words of these were not to infer that the day was over, as there was to be a fine afternoon ahead but later ‘taking us to safe lodging’ in the words of John Henry Newman.

The Dean thanked the Choir for its year’s singing and added that after 58 years in the choir Mr Des Wallace was this day retiring.  The Choir made a presentation to him after the service.

The meeting following was chaired by the Bishop who remarked that it was good to see the Hon. Sec. returned to action after recent illness and looking so well.

Following the Report of the Hon. Secretary, there was reference to the committee’s year’s work with projects: purchase of a burse and veil and new carpet runners for the cathedral seats. Also, yet to be realised, a system for discounting cathedral entry attracting local firms and individuals to become more involved. An audio system for the cathedral is also under consideration.

The accounts were presented having been audited by the Honorary Auditor followed by the election of officers.  The Bishop (President) and the Dean (Chairperson) are ex-officio. The Hon. Sec./Treas. was re-elected. The Committee had been elected for three years so it continues.

This year’s outing will take place on Saturday 20th September to the Kildare region and cathedral.

In her Report the Dean spoke of the cathedral developments over the last year including the provision of a Laudian Frontal and the new seat runners. Other matters concerning the cathedral is signage for visitors including an explanatory plinth at the Round Tower part-funded by Fáilte Ireland.  Notice boards will detail service and opening times. Inside, further information will be supplied for tourists and audio-visual items at certain points – the ‘through-the-key-hole’ effect – able to see and hear.  It is envisaged that refurbishment of all exterior doors and work on stonework on the West side to be carried out in due course.  The question of car parking in the ‘Orchard’ to be revisited and a trial of a one way system round the Close to be in place from 1st July.

The Patronal Weekend is 17th – 19th October 2014 with a concert on the Friday evening and on Saturday the new third level bishop’s medal will be presented.

 

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Whatever you do, don’t put your finger in there!

The Bishop thanked the Dean for her imaginative ministry during the year.  He wished Mr Crocket Co. Manager well in his retirement and Mr Des Wallace retiring from the choir after 58 years. He offered best wishes to the Revd Canon Peter Cole-Baker on his forthcoming retirement and hoped that he would retain an active association with the cathedral, all despite the burden of his illness.

He encouraged everyone to avail of the illustrated history of the Church of Ireland recently published and on sale in the cathedral.

The afternoon concluded with Mr Malcolm Proud giving a short recital on the harpsichord playing pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the 250th anniversary of whose death occurs this year.

The assembled company then adjourned to the deanery for refreshments.

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Sep 22

The Work of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise praised by President Higgins

Saothar Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise molta ag Uachtarán na hÉireann.

Bhí baill agus cairde Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise in Áras an Uachtaráin, 24 Meitheamh 2014, ag fáiltiú speisialta leis an Uachtarán, Micheál D Ó hUiginn, chun saothar an Chumainn a chomóradh.

Tá Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise ag comóradh an chéid i mbliana agus ba mhór an phribhléid do bhaill agus cairde an Chumainn cuairt a thabhairt ar an Uachtarán.  Bhí an tUachtarán flaithiúil ina mholtaí maidir leis an gCumann. Dúirt sé;

‘We should never underestimate the enormous contribution that Dughlás de hÍde and others of his faith made to Irish language and literature’.  

Rinne an tUachtarán tagairt don éacht atá déanta thar na blianta chun na Gaeilge a fhorbairt agus gan dearmad a dhéanamh ar cé chomh lag is a bhí an teanga ag deireadh na 19ú aois déag nuair nach raibh ach 12 faoi gcéad de pháistí faoi deich mbliana d’aois in ann Gaeilge a labhairt, ach go háirithe nuair a bhí ceithre mhilliún duine in ann é a labhairt tamaillín roimhe seo.  Mhol an tUachtarán an Cumann,

‘Organisations like Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise play a significant role in ensuring a rich context of empathy and understanding as we view the events and stories which create the many chapters of our national narrative’                                                                   

Dúirt an tEaspag Michael Burrows, Deoise Chaisil, Fearna agus Osraí agus Éarlamh Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise go raibh an Cumann fíorbhuíoch as an gcuireadh agus gur chuir flaithiúlacht an Uachtaráin áthas agus gliondar ar a chroí.  Luaigh sé gur bunaíodh an Cumann chun saibhreas na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh in Eaglais na hÉireann agus go raibh traidisiún bródúil fada ag an Eaglais, ach go háirithe an éacht a rinne Dúghlas de hÍde, An Craoibhín Aoibhinn.

‘In ár bpaidreacha coitianta bímid ag lorg áilleachta naofa, mar atá ráite sa Saltair, agus tugann an Ghaeilge cabhair speisialta dúinn é de bhrí an fhuinnimh, na fuaimeanna agus na mistéire atá inti’. 

Thagair sé don dul chun cinn atá déanta ag an gCumann, ach go háirithe i dTuaisceart Éireann, agus freisin don ról ag an Uachtarán, mar fhile agus ‘ambassador’ iontach don Ghaeilge.

Luaigh sé focail Yeats:

‘where all the ladders start” and the ladders that beam angels towards heaven are rested on foundations laid by saints who spoke, prayed, loved and taught through Irish’.

 

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President Michael D. Higgins entertains the members of the Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise on 24th June last.

 

ENGLISH VERSION

The Work of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise praised by President Higgins

Members and friends of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise were hosted by President Michael D. Higgins at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin (24th June) to mark the organisation’s centenary.

The Irish Guild of the Church of Ireland has been promoting the Irish language in the Church since 1914 and the Guild was delighted to receive high praise from the President for their efforts in keeping the language alive.

President Higgins said that the Cumann’s centenary was a milestone and an impressive tribute to their efforts in the promotion of the Irish language in the Church of Ireland.

He also referred to Ireland’s first President, Douglas Hyde. ‘We should never underestimate the enormous contribution that Dúghlas de hÍde and others of his faith made to the Irish language and literature,’ he said.

He went on to say that at the end of the 19th Century the language was very weak and was spoken by less than 12% of children under 10, having only a few short years earlier been spoken by four million people. But he said there were people who saw the value of the language.

He praised the Cumann saying, ‘Organisations like Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise play a significant role in ensuring a rich context of empathy and understanding as we view the events and stories which create the many chapters of our national narrative.’

Bishop Michael Burrows, Patron of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise said that Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise was very privileged and honoured to be received by President D. Higgins on this special occasion and thanked the President for his generosity.

Bishop Burrows said that the Cumann was founded to celebrate the richness of the language in the Church of Ireland and that there was a proud and long association of support by members of the Church, not least the major contribution made the first President of Ireland, Dúghlas de hÍde, An Craoibhín Aoibhinn [his pen name].

‘We seek out harmony and beauty in our prayers, as instructed in the Psaltar, and our native language helps us in a special way because of the energy, mystery and sounds that permeate the language’. 

He also referred to the great progress that has been made in promoting the work of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise in recent times, not least in Northern Ireland.  He complimented President Higgins in his role as ambassador for the language and as a poet, ending with the words of Yeats:

‘where all the ladders start’ and the ladders that beam angels towards heaven are rested on foundations laid by saints who spoke, prayed, loved and taught through Irish’.

 

Report courtesy the Church of Ireland Gazette and photography by Lynn Glanville.

 

Sep 22

Gold at World Flower Show

 

 

Memories of the World Flower Show Dublin June 2014

by Margaret Kingston

 

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Margaret Kingston and her winning display

Five years ago AOIFA the Association of Irish Floral Artists, a voluntary organisation of people who love flowers and gardening, made a bid to WAFA the World Association of Flower Arrangers to hold the 11th World Flower Show in Dublin in 2014 and was successful.

Then in 2011 the host city Boston handed over to Ireland.

So I have been living with this excitement for quite a while! I was thrilled when I was accepted to compete and then of course a little trepidation took over when reality registered. The class I was given was ‘Verdant Bower’, an exhibit featuring foliage.

Interpretation is the key in competitive flower arranging so I immediately reached for the thesaurus which informed me that a bower was a shady enclosure or recess in the garden, an arbour and of course verdant means green. I prayed for guidance and was inspired both by the amazing ‘tree tunnel’ of self sown beech trees on the way up to the statue of Christ the King in the beautiful Glen of Aherlow where we are so blessed to live and our own garden in Glencush. One day in the garden I found myself in front of a stone plaque which read,

‘The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Then anywhere else on earth’

a verse from God’s Garden by Dorothy Frances Gurney, English poet and hymn writer, written just 100 years ago. I knew immediately I would create my design with greenery from the garden and use no flowers whatsoever. The design changed a lot from the original.

I have a feeling God is very familiar with the elements and principles of design! The sitting room was converted into a flower studio complete with a replica of the stand for the show very kindly constructed by my encouraging and patient husband who gave much needed advice on the ‘mechanics’.

The trip to Dublin in 24 degrees of heat with the car windows open to keep the foliage from wilting was quite a challenge.

At last 18th June arrived. We were allotted six hours 6.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. to create the exhibit. There were 690 competitors from 31 countries present and my abiding memory will be the almost total silence in the two exhibition halls as each competitor concentrated and focused on their creation. I worked according to my own time schedule and had decided I was not going to be distracted or take any notice of the other 23 competitors in the ‘Verdant Bower’ class until I was finished. It was quite exciting to have a competitor from New Zealand on one side and a competitor from Canada on the other.

When I had finished I was happy with my interpretation and my father’s words rang in my ears ‘Do your best and you can’t do anymore’. I had done my best and was proud of it.

That evening the 11th World Flower Show was officially opened by President Higgins who gave a most enlightening address on the history of the fuschia flower which had been chosen as the emblem of this Floral Odyssey in Dublin.

Then the moment all the competitors had been waiting for the Preview when we were allowed into the exhibition halls. As I approached my area I could see a large crowd at my exhibit. It didn’t register with me why until I saw the first prize rosette sitting on my stand. The excitement was unreal especially when we realised Ireland had won first, second and third prizes in this class demonstrating to the world that we really do live in a verdant isle.

Thousands of visitors over the next four days made their way to the RDS to view the exhibits, attend demonstrations and lectures. I really enjoyed meeting so many people from all over the world all sharing their love of flowers truly reflecting the aim of AOIFA which is friendship through flowers.

On reflection now that all the excitement has evaporated I found the whole experience both wonderful and humbling, giving me renewed admiration and awe for God our wonderful Creator who provided all the superb flowers and foliage from all over the world to create such a breathtaking and stunning exhibition and who provided ‘all my needs’ from our garden, the place I feel more close to Him than anywhere else on earth.

 

 

 

Sep 22

Farewell to the Revd Canon Peter Cole- Baker

Templemore Union say farewell to the Revd Canon Peter Cole-Baker on his retirement.

‘A ministry of faithfulness and integrity coupled with dignity and courage’.

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The Revd Peter pictured with his two sons

On a sunny, warm afternoon on 27th July 2014, it being the last Sunday in the month, the people from Thurles and Kilfitmone gathered with the people of Templemore in St Mary’s Church Templemore to offer their best wishes for the future and give thanks for the ministry of their Rector the Revd Canon Peter Cole-Baker who had served in the Union of parishes for nearly 15 years.

The service was led by the Revd Canon Ian Poulton, Rector of Clonenagh and assisted by Diocesan Reader Mr Charlie Wallace, Father Eugene Everard the parish priest from Templemore, Mr Adrian Hewson Diocesan Reader in Roscrea and the Revd Tom Sherlock former rector of Castlecomer.

Indeed it was back in 2000 when the then rector the Revd Tom Sherlock moved to Castlecomer from Templemore in October.  In a relatively short few months, the vacancy was filled by the Revd Peter Cole-Baker who was instituted on 1st May 2001 by the then Bishop the Right Revd John Neill.

After graduation from the New Universtiy of Ulster, Peter went to Switzerland to work in the Du Pont Corporation.  In 1995 he returned to Ireland to study for the ministry and completed a curacy in Portrush before becoming rector in Templemore.  He was to return not far from his own place having originally come from Bansha, Co. Tipperary.

In his opening greeting Canon Poulton welcomed everyone and offered apologies from clergy colleagues who were unable to be present.

The service began with the well-known hymn describing God’s will to his people: ‘Be thou my vision’.  The fine organ in St Mary’s was played by Hazel Tynan.

In the Service of the Word the first canticle and the psalm were read by Mr Adrian Hewson with the congregation. The first lesson was read by the Revd Tom Sherlock and the second canticle was read by Fr Eugene Everard with the congregation. The second lesson was read by the Rector that was then followed by the address given by Canon Poulton and which then was followed by the ‘Nunc Dimittis’.

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Canon Tom Sherlock who was present at the service

Canon Poulton spoke of the continuity of the church and the responsibility of priests to carry on that work as he looked at the plaques on the wall dedicated to former rectors, indicating the vast connection there is around the country both now and in the past, down through the generations.  A sense of being part of something much bigger and much greater than can be imagined.  One’s time is but brief, no matter how many or few years. It is part of the succession of Christ’s great church.  Peter Cole-Baker is part of that succession having taken the baton for his time in Templemore, now to pass it on.

A priest faces his people, both in life and in death to be judged on the basis of his people, by his work in the parish and this how he will be assessed on the Day of Judgment before the Lord.

Canon Poulton continued by giving thanks for Peter’s ministry; he has surely gone the second mile, and the third mile, putting heart and soul and body into everything he has done.  The best thanks any parish to give to its priest is for it to be all that he would want them to be.  It is said that it is best that if the rector visits in a year after retirement and is not perhaps fully recognized, he will be pleased as the parish will have moved on.   However it is still important for the parish to pay tribute to its rector as is happening this day.

It is no matter if the parish is small or large: great things can come from small numbers (like the parable of the mustard seed and the yeast read earlier); small communities can be lively and confident; what matters is in the heart. It is not where one comes from, it is like the fish in the net: sorted into the good and the bad.

It is important to have made a difference, to hold fast what has gone past and then the challenge to build for the future, keeping the churches open.

He paid tribute to Peter for making that difference and his ministry filled with integrity and commitment and hopefully having moulded the parish into good shape for going forward for the next stage in its life.

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Charlie Wallace MC

The prayers were led by Mr Wallace and in the prayers and thanksgivings Canon Poulton gave thanks for the ministry of Canon Cole-Baker and prayed that others in the future would continue to hear ‘the call’.  He prayed that the various vacancies within the Diocese would soon be filled and that parish life would continue as at present with open churches, a challenge for all parishes and priests acting as stewards as they persevere with the continuity of the church and acting as messengers of God.

The service concluded with the reflective hymn ‘Like a mighty river flowing…’ showing God’s purpose.
As the clergy retired to the vestry, they lined up at the altar rail to face the table and bow.  It seemed that the Rector just lingered those extra few seconds, perhaps knowing that that was the last time he would be ‘in office’ in the church and had paused for a quiet second of reflection and reverence.  It was a fleeting but poignant moment as he left the sanctuary for the final time as rector.

Later refreshments were served in the school adjacent.  Presentations were made by all the churches and the occasion was conducted by Mr Charlie Wallace who thanked the ladies the preparing the supper and to Canon Poulton for taking the service.

Mr Derek Coulter  spoke on behalf of St Mary’s, Thurles and thanked Canon Peter Cole-Baker as pastor to the parishioners of Thurles. Despite small numbers, Thurles was always well cared for by Peter, despite his illness.  He often travelled to Thurles on dangerous roads early on winter mornings.

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Derek Coulter (Thurles)

Derek thanked him for his visiting of the hospitals, nursing homes and the elderly and indeed everyone over the years in Thurles.  He wished the Rector well in the future and he hoped he would enjoy his retirement in his new home in Wexford and also extended very best wishes to his family for the future.

Mr John Johnson spoke on behalf of the parishioners of Kilfitmone and thanked the Canon for his influence and for all he did for the parish and wished him and his family well in his new home in Wexford.  He thanked him for his perseverance despite his difficulties – he certainly ‘kept going all the time!’

From Templemore Mr William Carr spoke with gratitude for the Canon’s long ministry in Templemore, not just parishioners but the whole community of Templemore. Diagnosed early in his time here, Peter persevered and as Mr Carr knows being warden for a number of years, he never let his disability inhibit him in his work and ministry.  This was especially evident by continuing to attend important Diocesan and national church meetings, much to the surprise and respect of his peers and colleagues.  He was there, no matter where the location was, and summed up by the one word ‘courage’.

He also reminded everyone of his commitment to the Chapter of St Canice’s Cathedral and his ministry there as Canon of the prebendary of Blackrath.

Finally he wished Peter a very happy, fruitful and a well-earned contented retirement.

Father Eugene Everard echoed the sentiments of the previous speakers and spoke of it being an important day for all concerned.  He was delighted to be part of it all and on behalf of the priests of Templemore thanked Peter for his cooperation and genuine ecumenical spirit that has existed among the parishes.  Peter, he said, is an inspiration to everyone.

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William Kerr (Templemore)

Word had filtered through that Wexford hurlers had lost in the quarter-final so Father Everard concluded by suggesting that Peter now has a mission of helping Wexford as he moves down to that area!

Gifts from the parishes were then presented by Ms Kathleen Young and who had been the inspiration for the gathering here today.  A bank draft, a framed set of photographs of the three churches were all presented along with gifts for his sons present, Edward and William, and also for Lesley and Kate who could not be present for the occasion.

Mr Wallace spoke finally and said through thick and thin Peter was there, never shunning duty and had ‘fought the good fight’. And also that Peter would be granted many more years to do so

In reply Peter paid tribute to everyone, especially Mr Wallace whom he described as ‘Mr Templemore’ and also Ms Kathleen Young, and thanked her for being so much part of the church and for being there no matter what.

And in typical fashion Peter concluded by saying that the people of the Templemore Union is the living embodiment of what Christ wanted and He would look down and say ‘You lot were worth dying for!’

 

Refreshments!

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Sep 05

Sad passing of Maureen Lanigan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe regret to announce that the death has occurred of Diocesan Reader Mrs Maureen Lanigan.

Maureen had been ill for some time and she died at Waterford Regional Hospital.

Deeply regretted by her companion Pierce, brother Andrew, family and friends.

Her funeral took place on Saturday 6th September, in St. Canice’s Cathedral with Requiem Eucharist  .

Burial to follow at St. Peter’s, Kingston, Langley, Wiltshire, England.

“My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my Spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour”.

Aug 31

Break in at Christ Church, Tramore

Tramore copyChrist Church Tramore was broken into over the weekend (30th/31st August 2014).
Intruders ransacked the vestry and chancel and forced entry into the adjoining hall. This was discovered by parishioners as they met for service on Sunday morning.
The intruders got away with two small communion bread boxes, three bottles of communion wine and about 8 euros from a donation box.
This was the second such robbery in Waterford churches over the weekend as Faithlegg church was also targeted.
Dean Jansson would like to thank Fr. Michael Toomey CC who came on the scene offering much kind support for the community.
Within hours parishioners made good the building and were  grateful that services can resume as usualnext Sunday at 11.30 am.
A service  will  be held in the coming weeks to reconsecrate the building.

 

Jul 07

The Work of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise praised by President Higgins

Saothar Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise molta ag Uachtarán na hÉireann.

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Bhí baill agus cairde Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise in Áras an Uachtaráin, 24 Meitheamh 2014, ag fáiltiú speisialta leis an Uachtarán, Micheál D Ó hUiginn, chun saothar an Chumainn a chomóradh.

Tá Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise ag comóradh an chéid i mbliana agus ba mhór an phribhléid do bhaill agus cairde an Chumainn cuairt a thabhairt ar an Uachtarán.  Bhí an tUachtarán flaithiúil ina mholtaí maidir leis an gCumann. Dúirt sé;

“We should never underestimate the enormous contribution that Dughlás de hÍde and others of his faith made to Irish language and literature”.

Rinne an tUachtarán tagairt don éacht atá déanta thar na blianta chun na Gaeilge a fhorbairt agus gan dearmad a dhéanamh ar cé chomh lag is a bhí an teanga ag deireadh na 19ú aois déag nuair nach raibh ach 12 faoi gcéad de pháistí faoi deich mbliana d’aois in ann Gaeilge a labhairt, ach go háirithe nuair a bhí ceithre mhilliún duine in ann é a labhairt tamaillín roimhe seo.  Mhol an tUachtarán an Cumann,

“Organisations like Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise play a significant role in ensuring a rich context of empathy and understanding as we view the events and stories which create the many chapters of our national narrative”

Dúirt an tEaspag Michael Burrows, Deoise Chaisil, Fearna agus Osraí agus Éarlamh Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise go raibh an Cumann fíorbhuíoch as an gcuireadh agus gur chuir flaithiúlacht an Uachtaráin áthas agus gliondar ar a chroí.  Luaigh sé gur bunaíodh an Cumann chun saibhreas na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh in Eaglais na hÉireann agus go raibh traidisiún bródúil fada ag an Eaglais, ach go háirithe an éacht a rinne Dúghlas de hÍde, An Craoibhín Aoibhinn.

“In ár bpaidreacha coitianta bímid ag lorg áilleachta naofa, mar atá ráite sa Saltair, agus tugann an Ghaeilge cabhair speisialta dúinn é de bhrí an fhuinnimh, na fuaimeanna agus na mistéire atá inti”.

Thagair sé don dul chun cinn atá déanta ag an gCumann, ach go háirithe i dTuaisceart Éireann, agus freisin don ról ag an Uachtarán, mar fhile agus ‘ambassador’ iontach don Ghaeilge.

Luaigh sé focail Yeats:

“where all the ladders start” and the ladders that beam angels towards heaven are rested on foundations laid by saints who spoke, prayed, loved and taught through Irish”.

 

ENGLISH VERSION

The Work of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise praised by President Higgins

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Members and friends of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise were hosted by President Michael D Higgins at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin (June 24) to mark the organisation’s centenary.

The Irish Guild of the Church of Ireland has been promoting the Irish language in the Church since 1914 and the Guild was delighted to receive high praise from the President for their efforts in keeping the language alive.

President Higgins said that the Cumann’s centenary was a milestone and an impressive tribute to their efforts in the promotion of the Irish language in the Church of Ireland.

He also referred to Ireland’s first President, Douglas Hyde. “We should never underestimate the enormous contribution that Dúghlas de hÍde and others of his faith made to the Irish language and literature,” he said.

He went on to say that at the end of the 19th Century the language was very weak and was spoken by less than 12 percent of children under 10, having only a few short years earlier been spoken by four million people. But he said there were people who saw the value of the language.

He praised the Cumann saying, “Organisations like Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise play a significant role in ensuring a rich context of empathy and understanding as we view the events and stories which create the many chapters of our national narrative.”

Bishop Michael Burrows, Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, and Patron of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise said that Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise was very privileged and honoured to be received by President D Higgins on this special occasion and thanked the President for his generosity.

Bishop Burrows said that the Cumann was founded to celebrate the richness of the language in the Church of Ireland and that there was a proud and long association of support by members of the Church, not least the major contribution made the first President of Ireland, Dúghlas de hÍde, An Craoibhín Aoibhinn [his pen name].

“We seek out harmony and beauty in our prayers, as instructed in the Psaltar, and our native language helps us in a special way because of the energy, mystery and sounds that permeate the language”.

He also referred to the great progress that has been made in promoting the work of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise in recent times, not least in Northern Ireland.  He complimented President Higgins in his role as ambassador for the language and as a poet, ending with the words of Yeats:

“where all the ladders start” and the ladders that beam angels towards heaven are rested on foundations laid by saints who spoke, prayed, loved and taught through Irish”.

Jul 03

The 40th Anniversary of the Ordination of the Revd Peter Tarleton

Peter, a man of ‘a relentless pastoral faithfulness’

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunday 8th June 2014 was a special day for the parish of Killeshin and the people of Carlow as they celebrated with the Revd Peter Tarleton on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his ordination.

Parishioners, family and friends from near and far: Dublin, Cork, Cootehill and Limerick from where Peter had previously served, all joined with the Union of Killeshin and representatives from the wider ecumenical community for a service of Holy Communion followed by a sit-down meal in the splendidly restored adjoining schoolhouse.

The Revd Peter greeted everyone at the commencement of the service and the singing was led by the choir and organist Aisling Carter.   The Service of the Word was taken by Lay readers Pat Coleman and Patricia Doogue and the Gospel read by the Revd Fr John Gribben from the Communiry of the Resurrection in Mirfield (Yorkshire) who also preached the sermon.   The prayers were led by Ms Mabel Talbot and Ms Jackie Neale.

In his address Fr John took as his theme the story contained in the 1958 film ‘Auntie Mame’.  It tells of young boy who goes to visit one of Mame’s bohemian parties where she promises to open doors for him that he would never have dreamt to have existed.  A story appropriate for Pentecost Sunday and for the 40th  anniversary of Peter’s ministry.

Fr John told of the further recent connection when all Church of Ireland Bishops were on retreat with him in Yorkshire and where they studied the art of the Italian 13th Century painter Duccio di Buoninsegna.  They concentrated on his paintings of Jesus and his apostles and also that of Pentecost where in one particular picture there is a door standing open for the apostles to go out into the world to preach the gospel symbolizing ‘opening doors’.

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Jesus opens doors for everyone to see His world.  He asked St Peter if he loved Him.  He said he did and was encouraged to carry on His work and so it is handed down through the centuries and generations, poured out by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost over 2000 years ago.  40 years ago at Peter Tarleton’s ordination he was handed a bible to go tell the ‘Good News’ – this has been his share in the ministry of Christ, opening doors for people that they might have an abundance of life.

Mame loved a party, as did Christ and Fr John looked forward to the feast after this service.

The offertory was introduced by Fr John Dunphy, Parish Priest Graiguecullen, who explained the work being carried out in Carlow to help those less fortunate and for whom the collection was being donated. How a food kitchen had been started to help those who had fallen on hard times and who can come for food parcels, etc., and that it takes pressure off the financial burden of paying housekeeping bills every month.  This has been possible through the generosity of the community in Carlow and he thanked in advance for the offerings that would be given at this service.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the conclusion of the service Ms Dorcas Collier made a presentation to the Revd Peter on behalf of the  Union.  She welcomed all guests, remarking how Canon George Salter and Peter had been in college together.  In a brief summary of Peter’s ministry she reminded the congregation of his work within the prison service, chaplain to prisoners and their families and also his hospital chaplaincy.  Very much a ‘people person’, when Peter arrived in the parish just over two years ago, he very quickly got to know everyone and where they lived.  Also being very ecumenically minded he rapidly integrated into the whole community of the area.  He leads a very active and sporting life, taking part in marathons both on foot and by bicycle, all of which with a fund-raising angle to his activities.  He is soon to be heading up Mt Leinster.  As well as all that he sings with the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir.  And finally Dorcas said how privileged and blessed Killeshin is to have him as their rector and pastor.

Peter thanked Dorcas and everyone and remembered his own father Dennis, who had also been ministry, as he gave thanks for his 40 years service.

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Afterwards, outside the Revd Peter greeted his congregation and everyone made their way to the schoolhouse where the repast and fellowship was enjoyed.

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The Bishop who was having a busy Sunday attending various occasions and joined the Killeshin celebrations. At the gathering in the schoolhouse he thanked all those who had carried out the preparations for the afternoon, especially in the catering area.  It has been a joy to see the enthusiasm, the spiritual depth that Peter has brought to this Union of parishes – Peter the ‘perfect priest’ because he combines intelligence, wit and a certain radical edge and in the midst of all that a relentless pastoral faithfulness.

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The diocese has been fortunate in attracting someone of Peter’s experience and energy to the area.  Before the Bishop asked everyone to raise their glass to Peter, he reminded him and everyone that no one need leave office until the end of the quarter following their 75th birthday – and in Peter’s case, he is but young!

The final act of the afternoon was the cutting of the wonderful cake in the form of a bible and candle made by Ms Vivienne Rigley.

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