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.
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
I’m really pleased that the study pack from the Association for Project Management arrived in the post yesterday. I am planning to complement my ongoing study with the Code Institute on their Diploma in Software Development (Full Stack) with study … Continue reading Project management study planned
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
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
ANiE, which is distinct from other national churches and approved by the Gafcon Primates Council, is fully recognised as being within the Anglican Communion and more than 50 million Anglicans worldwide. https://www.gafcon.org/news/new-anglican-jurisdiction-is-launched This statement appears to be economical with the … Continue reading Watch out for the schismatics within!
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
For many nations, November is a time to remember those who have died in military service, in peace time and in war. From the Armistice of 11 November 1918 which ended the First World War, we have Remembrance Day as … Continue reading Remembrance: from War to Peace
For some months now, I have been attending online community meetings with the House of Initia Nova – a Benedictine Community. Through my link with this community, I continue to endeavour to put some of the spirit of the Rule … Continue reading A new beginning…
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be … Continue reading Prayer for the US Elections
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”
I’ve signed up to take part in My Poppy Run 2020. I’ll be joining a virtual community of fellow runners across the UK and completing my own run. By taking part in this challenge I’ll be raising funds to support … Continue reading My Poppy Run 2020
I’m really pleased to see the announcement from the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland District that this year’s Irish Poppy pin is now available. It’s a new design with the shamrock alongside the familiar red poppy together with the … Continue reading 2020 Irish Poppy pins available
Many of my friends across Europe were shocked to hear that when I was first diagnosed with my Goodpasture Syndrome and its associated kidney failure, I received no sick pay from my employer. It took many months to get the … Continue reading Ireland needs sick pay for all
My name is Michael McFarland Campbell. I have been working to support LGBT Christians in one way or another for a very long time. My first notes on the subject were made in the early 1990s, starting around the time … Continue reading Will you weep with us too?
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
It is most unfortunate that Carrolls Irish Gifts are advertising a version of the Irish National Flag with the Proclamation of the Republic in 1916 emblazoned upon it. The guidance on the National Flag from the Government of Ireland is … Continue reading Get the Proclamation off the National Flag
An interesting few hours was spent this afternoon in the company of Mr John Stocks Powell, an historian with a particular interest in Portarlington and environs. Having met him by chance about a month ago, whilst out for a walk … Continue reading An exploration of some heritage sites around Portarlington and Co. Laois
We were reminded yesterday that September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows by Fr Sam. In response, here is, newly typeset, The Litany of Our Lady of Sorrows. Continue reading Our Lady of Sorrows
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