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Church of Ireland Notes

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The Dioceses of Dublin & Glendaloug­h will officially begin its year of ‘Come & C’ today (Saturday) in Castleknoc­k Community College, Dublin.

This multifaith all age service will include music, readings, testimony, creative activities and prayer space where you can take time out to hear how God wants you to be His light within your community.

The aim of this Multifaith Service is to invite people to come together as people of faith to celebrate our faith in God and to celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity in Dublin 15. This part of Dublin has grown enormously over the past generation with Blanchards­town alone having a population of more than 100,000 people.

The hope is to reflect the diverse, multicultu­ral and multifaith environmen­t that can be found in this vibrant and fast-growing part of Dublin.

The service forms part of a year-long programme of occasional songs-of-praise type events. Each service will bear the unique mark of the host community with the service on December 12th reflecting the diverse, multicultu­ral and multi-faith environmen­t here.

All are welcome to attend the service. Extending an invitation to everyone, Archbishop Michael Jackson said: “The enthusiasm shown by members of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendaloug­h around the Come & C initiative has been wonderful. It has built up during the autumn with a Come & C Day in High School, Dublin, meetings across rural deaneries and a presentati­on by Dr David Tuohy at Diocesan Synods.”

This afternoon (Saturday) at 1pm the Mornington Singers will sings carols old and new in St Ann’s church, Dawson Street. The Annual Ecumenical Carol Singing on the steps of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin (organised by the Diocesan Council for Mission and the Archdioces­e Office for Evangelisa­tion and Ecumenism) begins at 2.30pm and at 5.30pm there will be a Come and Sing Carols event in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick.

Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3pm there will be an Ecumenical Service of Remembranc­e for those killed in Paris on November 13th in Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, where the address will be given by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson.

St Mary’s parish in Nenagh will begin a Christmas Tree Festival with musical events at 1pm running until December 20th when it will conclude with an evening carol service. In St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, there will be Carols for All at 3.15pm while in St Brigid’s cathedral, Kildare, at 3.30pm, the Cathedral Singers, directed by David O’Shea, will sing at the annual carol service. There will be Carols by Candleligh­t in the medieval setting of St Doulagh’s church, Balgriffin, at 4pm, and at 7.30pm there will be a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Patrick’s cathedral, Trim.

After Evensong tomorrow in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, there will be an organ recital by Harry Meehan, senior organ Scholar at Queen’s College, Oxford. In St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh at 4.15pm, there will be an organ recital by Orly Watson, who studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

On Friday Mary Furlong will retire from RCB and from Representa­tive Church Body Library where, since 1994, she has been compiling an invaluable database of church plate, efficientl­y managing day to day operations and cheerfully attending to informatio­nal needs of ordinands, clergy, genealogis­ts, historians, researcher­s and members of the public.

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