Church News Ireland brought to you by the hard work of journalists. Credit is due to them.

Today’s Church News Ireland (seen at http://www.churchnewsireland.org/wp-content/uploads/CNI-MARCH-3.pdf) comes to you thanks to the hard work of: Marie Louise Connolly, of The Irish News for the article, “West Belfast priest thanks those who came to his aid when he collapsed during bike ride” – See the original article here https://www.irishnews.com/news/2021/03/01/news/west-belfast-priest-thanks-those-who-came-to-his-aid-when-he-collapsed-during-bike-ride-2239177/ Gillian Anderson, of the Belfast Telegraph, for the article “Council call to preserve Irish hymn writer’s home”. See the original article at https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/council-call-to-preserve-northern-ireland-hymn-writers-home-40141968.html The World Council of Churches for the article “WCC invites youth to Stewards Programme for 11th Assembly in 2022”. See the original at https://www.oikoumene.org/news/wcc-invites-youth-to-stewards-programme-for-11th-assembly-in-2022 The Telegraph Obituaries for … Continue reading Church News Ireland brought to you by the hard work of journalists. Credit is due to them.

More professionalism needed by publisher of Church News Ireland

CNI – Church News Ireland is portrayed online by its compiler, the Very Rev. Dr Houston McKelvey OBE QVRM TD as a magazine. To my mind that makes Dr McKelvey a publisher. Whilst it is clear that magazines publish articles not always written by their publishers, it is customary to give credit to those that do write them. This does not appear to be being done in CNI. Much of the content appears to be “lifted” from news reports published elsewhere, but without references to the original place of publication, nor to the original author. This feels like he is … Continue reading More professionalism needed by publisher of Church News Ireland

Authenticity dimension certified by Institute of Leadership & Management

I’ve been taking some time to complement my studies with Code Institute by working through the #MyLeadership platform of The Institute of Leadership & Management as part of my continuing professional development. Many of my experiences both as an adult and a young person in The Scouts and Scouting … Continue reading Authenticity dimension certified by Institute of Leadership & Management

Carol Service from Portarlington Union

A couple of weeks ago, a small group of parishioners gathered in the Church of St John the Evangelist in Monasterevin to record a Carol Service for this year. We had to keep it small because of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. And although we could listen to carols, we weren’t able to sing them. You can watch the service here via Youtube. The Order of Service is below. Download the Order of Service here. Continue reading Carol Service from Portarlington Union

School Carol Service with a difference

The first year the Carol Service of my old school, Balllymena Academy, was in St Patrick’s Parish Church was the year after I left. I remember three of us re-joining the “back row” of the choir to sing the familiar carols and other music that the choir was singing. It was lovely to be back among the senior choir and to do so. This year, that Carol Service is not possible due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the musical members of Ballymena Academy have put together an online Carol Service via Youtube. I am so pleased to see that … Continue reading School Carol Service with a difference

The Feast of the “holy motorists”

Anyone who read William Mayne’s “Chorister Series” will know today as the Feast of the Holy Motorists — that is St Simon and St Jude, AA. Of course the AA does not refer to the Automobile Association but is simply an abbreviation for Apostles. However, it is a feast day that sticks in my brain particularly because of that joke in Cathedral Wednesday. Jude was martyred by axe (or club) and is the patron saint of lost causes, Simon was martyred at the same time, cut in two by a saw. He is patron of leather workers and sawyers. They … Continue reading The Feast of the “holy motorists”

Concerns of Former Chief Scouts of Ireland – follow up letter to the Scouting Ireland Board

The text following was shared with me last night in order for it to be widely circulated amongst the membership of Scouting Ireland who are very concerned and worried about its lack of direction and development in line with its … Continue reading Concerns of Former Chief Scouts of Ireland – follow up letter to the Scouting Ireland Board

St Laurence, deacon, martyr at Rome

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life. If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am, my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.’ —John 12:24-26 Today’s Gospel is for the Feast of St Laurence, Deacon, Martyr at Rome. St … Continue reading St Laurence, deacon, martyr at Rome