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Farewell to Archbishop
Richard Clarke
Archbishop Richard Clarke celebrated the
Eucharist and preached in St Patrick's
Church of Ireland Cathedral on Sunday
evening 2nd February 2020 for what was his
final occasion as Archbishop of Armagh and
Primate of All Ireland. He had announced
in November 2019 his intention to retire on
2 February which in the church calendar is
known as The Presentation of Christ in the
Temple or Candlemas, 40 days after

In his sermon Archbishop Richard reminded
us that at Christmas, Christ had come as the
light of the world and at Candlemas that light
is brought out by God's people to the whole

The Archbishop said that tonight he will be
'letting go' of the Armagh Crozier (his staff).
He went on to say that we are all challenged
to let go of things that we may cherish most,
for the sake of the gospel. But one thing we      Archdeacon Terry Scott paid tribute to       Diocesan Secretary Jane Leighton spoke on
should never let go of is the hand of Jesus       Archbishop Richard on behalf of the Clergy   behalf of the people, the diocesan staff
Christ.                                           and Readers while Canon Bill Adair           members, Diocesan Council and the various
                                                  presented a gift on their behalf.            Boards, thanking Archbishop Richard for all
The Cathedral was filled to capacity with                                                      that he has meant to us all. She finished off
many guests, friends, clergy and church                                                        with a witty limerick which brought smiles
leaders. Representatives from civic society                                                    and laughter in abundance.
including the Earl of Caledon - Lord
Lieutenant of Armagh and Lady Caledon.                                                         Honorary Secretary Helen McClenaghan
The Lord Mayor of Armagh City Banbridge                                                        presented gifts on behalf of the people.
and Craigavon Council.
                                                                                               Archbishop Richard responded graciously
                                                                                               and thanked the many people who had
                                                                                               been with him on "his adventure" as primate
                                                                                               - the clergy and people of the Armagh
                                                                                               Diocese, the Diocesan staff and volunteers,
                                                                                               the central church staff, the House of
                                                                                               Bishops and his friend and co-Archbishop of
                                                                                               Armagh - Eamon Martin.

Following the service in the Cathedral,
supper was served in the Alexander Synod

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    Cover Photo:
    New Archbishop of
    Armagh and Primate
    of All Ireland - Bishop

                                               Bishop John
    John McDowell

                                               McDowell elected as
                                               New Archbishop of
                                               Armagh and Primate

  The deadline for the next edition of
                                               of All Ireland
  “The Ambassador” (June/July) will be
  8th May 2020. No items will be               On behalf of the clergy and laity of Armagh Diocese I offer
  accepted after this date. Material will      the heartiest of congratulations
  ONLY be accepted by e-mail to                to Bishop John McDowell on his election as our next as              Archbishop.
  an attached ‘Word’ document.
                                               Bishop John can be assured of our good wishes and prayers
                                               as he prepares for his translation on 28th April.
  Views expressed in the Ambassador            We very much look forward to welcoming him, his wife Mary,
  are those of the contributor and are         and daughter Dorothy to Armagh.
  not necessarily the views of the Editor
  or the magazine committee.                   Terry Scott
                                               Archdeacon of Armagh
  All advertising enquiries should be
  directed to Mrs Pamela Hutton at:
  028 3752 7144

                                               Message from the
  Church House
  46 Abbey Street

                                               editor – Jonathan Hull
  BT61 7DZ

  Jonathan Hull
  Tel: 0044 (0) 7703 821533
                                               Dear friends
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                                               to you all as we endeavour to keep in touch during these times.

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St Patrick’s
                                                                                               OUR DIOCESAN CATHEDRAL -
                                                                                               A PLACE OF WORSHIP, HISTORY
                                                                                               AND WELCOME
                                                                                               Worship April/May 2020
                                                                                               Every Sunday:- 10am Holy Communion
                                                                                               (Rite 1)

Sunday 5th April – The Sixth Sunday in Lent / Palm Sunday                            SPECIAL SERVICES
11.00am Sung Eucharist (Rite 2) Setting: A Celtic Eucharist (White)                  Sunday 2nd February at 6.00pm
         Anthem: Hosanna in the Highest (Palestrina)                                 A Celebration of the Eucharist to mark the conclusion of the
         Sermon: The Dean
3.15pm Choral Evensong & Litany Setting: Wood in D                                   primatial ministry of the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke.
         Anthem: Let all the world in every corner sing (V Williams)                 Celebrant & Preacher: Archbishop Clarke

Sunday 12th April – EASTER DAY                                                       Sunday 23rd February at 3.15pm
11.00am Sung Eucharist (Rite 2) Setting: Sumsion in F                                GFS Diocesan Festival Service
         Anthem: The Strife is O’er (Ley)
         Sermon: The Dean
3.15pm Choral Evensong Setting: Brewer in D                                          Wednesday 6th March: Ash Wednesday
         Anthem: Blessed be the God and Father (S S Wesley)                          10.00am Sung Eucharist
                                                                                     Celebrant: The Dean
Sunday 19th April – The Second Sunday of Easter                                      7.30pm Choral Evensong
11.00am Eucharist (Rite 2) (said with hymns)
         Sermon: The Dean
3.15pm Choral Evensong sung by the Armagh Diocesan Singers                           Tuesday 17th March: St Patrick’s Day
                                                                                     10.00am Holy Communion in Irish
Sunday 26th April – The Third Sunday of Easter                                       11.00am Sung Eucharist
11.00am Sung Eucharist (Rite 2) Setting: Stanford in C                               Celebrant & Preacher: The Dean
         Anthem: O Sons and Daughters (Davies)
         Sermon: The Reverend Tony Davidson, Ecumenical Canon
3.15pm Choral Evensong Setting: Harwood in A flat                                    Saturday 21st March 5.00pm
         Anthem: This Joyful Eastertide                                              Choral Evensong – St Patrick’s-tide, followed by wine and cheese
                                                                                     in the Music Hall
Sunday 3rd May – The Fourth Sunday of Easter
11.00am Eucharist (Rite 2) (said with hymns)
         Sermon: The Dean                                                            Saturday 28th March
3.15pm Friends Festival Service of Choral Evensong sung by the Armagh                3.00pm Memorial Service for Major General The O’Morchoe,
         Diocesan Singers                                                            former Officer Commanding the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Sunday 10th May – The Fifth Sunday of Easter
11.00am Sung Eucharist (Rite 2) Setting: A German Mass (Schubert)
         Anthem: Now the green blade riseth (Wood)                                   CONCERTS
         Sermon: The Reverend Canon Bill Adair, Treasurer
3.15pm Choral Evensong & Litany Setting: Stanford in B flat                          Friday 13th March at 8pm
         Anthem: Awake thou wintry earth (Bach)                                      Brian Kennedy will give a concert as part of The Home of St
                                                                                     Patrick Festival, Brian is one of the country’s most inspired and
Sunday 17th May – The Sixth Sunday of Easter / Rogation Sunday
11.00am Sung Eucharist (Rite 2) Setting: Noble in B minor                            revered ambassadors of music. He is not only a prolific songwriter
         Anthem: The Heaves are Telling (Haydn)                                      but a master interpreter of lyrics as well, and audiences around
         Sermon: The Dean                                                            the world continue to praise his exceptional vocal talents.
3.15pm Choral Evensong Setting: Hylton Stewart in C
         Anthem: Thou visitest the earth (Greene)                                    Support for the evening is by singer/songwriter Eilidh Patterson.
Sunday 24th May – The Seventh Sunday of Easter / Sunday after Ascension Day
11.00am Sung Eucharist (Rite 2) Setting: Missa de Sancto Albano (Willan)             Please note that tickets for this event are available from the Visitor
         Anthem: Above all praise (Mendelssohn)                                      Information Centre on 028 3752 1800 or via
         Sermon: The Reverend Canon Barry Paine, Prebendary of Ballymore
3.15pm Choral Evensong Setting: Wood in C minor                                      Friday 27th March at 8pm
         Anthem: Laudate Nomen Domino (Tye)
                                                                                     SELB Chamber Ensemble concert.
Sunday 31st May – The Day of Pentecost / Whit Sunday
11.00am Choral Matins (Rite 2) Setting: Te Deum in B flat (Stanford)
         Anthem: Come, Holy Ghost (Plainsong)                                        RECITAL SERIES
         Sermon: The Dean                                                            Retiring Collection for the Cathedral Choir Endowment
3.15pm T.B.C.

WEEKDAYS                                                                             Sunday 9th February at 4.15pm
9.30am Matins                                                                        Mr Eoin Cassidy.
9.30am Holy Communion Wednesdays and on Saints’ and Holy Days
                                                                                     CHARLES WOOD SONG COMPETITION
Sat 25th Apr - St Mark the Evangelist
Fri 1st May - St Philip and St James, Apostles                                       Saturday evening, 14th March. Final Round in the Cathedral.
Thurs 14th May - Saint Matthias
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12.00pm Prayers for the Healing of the City and our Nation – 1st Wed of each month
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ACTON, DRUMBANAGHER                              LoUGHGILLY orGANISE TABLE QUIZ,                   pm in the Parish Centre. Together with the
                                                 coFFEE PArTY AND FAmILY FUN DAY                   BB, who will have had their Parents’ Night a
                                                 The Parish Fund-Raising Committee has             few weeks previously, we thank the leaders
Rev’d Graham Spence
                                                 been very busy over recent months. A most         of both organisations for the effort and
Tel: 028) 3082 1848
                                                 enjoyable Table Quiz was held on Friday           dedication they demonstrate each year in
                                                 evening, 6th March in Glenanne Orange             providing some really interesting activities in
BAPTISm:                                         Hall. Billy Baines was the Question Master        the annual programme for our young
1st March 2020 - Isobel                          and a great night’s craic was had by all. The     people. Thanks also for the ‘extra curricular’
Essie      Rea  O’Duil,                          total amount raised for church funds was          work they do in taking young people to
(Loughgilly).                                    £340.                                             competitions and in hosting larger scale
                                                                                                   events with other companies and diocesan
BUrIAL:                                          The Committee has also organised a Coffee         groups here in Annaghmore.
23rd January 2020 – Anne Sterritt,               Party to be held on Saturday, 23rd May from
(Drumbanagher).                                  10.30am until 2.30pm in the Millennium Hall,      EXoDUS ProGrAmmE We are delighted
1st February 2020 - George Whiteside,            Mountnorris. Admission is £5 per person,          to congratulate and support one of our
(Drumbanagher).                                  (includes refreshments).                          young leaders, Sophie Pinkerton, who has
                                                                                                   been accepted on an Exodus team of
THE PoYNTZPASS PLAYErS STAr IN                   A Family Fun Day and BBQ has also been            Christian discipleship training for 4 months,
comEDY ‘WHATEVEr WILL BE WILL                    arranged to take place on Saturday, 25th          followed by a mission trip in July to Moldova.
BE!’                                             July in Loughgilly Parish Church Car Park         Sophie has grown up through our Sunday
On Friday evening, 7th February 2020 at          from 12 noon until 5pm.                           School and parish organisations, giving
8pm, local drama group, the Poyntzpass                                                             back a great deal as a young leader in
Players performed the Comedy, ‘Whatever          DrUmBANAGHEr BIG BrEAKFAST                        recent years. We shall be praying for
will be, will be!’ in the Sir Henry Wilson,      This event will take place on Saturday, 28th      Sophie that God may use this special time
Memorial Hall, Loughbrickland, to a full         March in the Church Hall. Please do come          for her to grow as a Christian disciple as she
house. Our warmest congratulations to all        and enjoy a great breakfast. You will be          seeks to serve the Lord.
the cast and especially to Acton parishioner,    made very welcome.
Mr Ernest Poole on his most entertaining                                                           mAUNDY THUrSDAY This year we will be
portrayal of farm worker Ned McGee. The          DrUmBANAGHEr ANNUAL TrAcTor                       having a slightly different approach to
Comedy was written by Mr Frank Watters,          roAD rUN AND BBQ                                  Maundy Thursday with a mini agape meal
the well-known and multi-talented retired        This event will take place on Saturday, 6th       together. Our Sunday School leaders are
Principal of St Joseph and St James’s            June commencing at 12 noon from the               keen to involve the children in a meal
Primary School Poyntzpass. Well done             Church. Entry fee is £10 per tractor and          together, remembering the Last Supper
Frank. More please!!                             includes BBQ afterwards. Please do come           Jesus had with His disciples. With worship,
                                                 and bring your tractor and enjoy a great day      Bible readings, prayers and Holy
WALKING SAINT PATrIcK’S WAY                      out.                                              Communion integrated into the evening we
A group of Church of Ireland clergy, (Rt                                                           are looking forward to what we hope will be
Revd Darren McCartney (Rector of                 KNIT AND NATTEr crAFT GroUP                       an interesting learning experience for all
Clonallon and Warrenpoint with Kilbroney),       Our industrious Craft Group which meets           ages.
Revd Adrian Dorrian (Vicar of LAMP), Revd        twice a month in Drumbanagher Church Hall
Brian Cadden (Rector of Castlewellan and         supports, ‘Apple-Blossom Baby Basics              GooD FrIDAY AND EASTEr SUNDAY
Kilcoo), Revd Andrew Campbell (Rector of         (ABBB) Mullavilly’. Recently the Group            The Good Friday Service will be held at 8.00
Skerry, Rathcavan & Newtowncrommelin),           received the following kind message from          pm to which we invite everyone in the local
Revd Geoffrey Haugh (Rector of                   the ABBB Mullavilly Co-ordinator: ‘On behalf      community. With music, Bible readings,
Knocknamuckley) and the Revd Iain                of ABBB Mullavilly, I would like to pass on       prayers and reflections we spend time at the
McAleavey (Deacon Intern), have set              our heartfelt thanks for your kind donations      cross remembering the sacrifice Jesus
themselves the task of walking St Patrick’s      of knits and toiletries. We have been able to     made for our sins. Easter Sunday begins
Way in stages. The pilgrimage walk,              put these wonderful donations to great use        with a service of Holy Communion at 10.00
stretching 82 miles from the Navan Centre        for mothers and babies who are in great           am followed immediately by an Easter
outside Armagh to its conclusion at Patrick’s    need’. If anyone is not familiar with the ‘Baby   Celebration Service at 11.00 am. We are
final resting place at Down Cathedral, takes     Basics’ project, there was a most helpful         grateful to all who prepare music for each of
in some of the key sites relating to Patrick’s   article published in the October/November         these occasions which enhances our
heritage. On Monday, 24 February, on the         2019 edition of the Ambassador.                   worship so much.
Scarva to Newry stage of the walk, the
group stopped in Poyntzpass and visited          ANNAGHMORE                                        FAmILY FUN DAY On Saturday, 18th April
Acton Parish Church at 10.30am, where            Rev. Dorothy Dunwoody                             our older youth (15 - 18 year olds) are
they were greeted by the Rector and a            Telephone: 028 3885 2751                          organising a special Fun Day for families.
celebration of the Holy Communion                                                                  Having been given a small grant towards
followed.                                                                                          innovation and leadership the young people
                                                 BAPTISm                                           have collectively decided they wanted to
                                                 Sunday, 8th March 2020                            support a cancer charity. Therefore, all
                                                 Meg Matchett, daughter of Ryan and                proceeds from the day will be given to their
                                                 Samantha                                          chosen charity. Thanks to Julie Mullen and
                                                 Kourtney Jessica Gillespie, daughter of           Julie Allen for their guidance in all of this.
                                                 Matthew and Lynsey
                                                                                                   TrAcTor rUN The annual Annaghmore
                                                 GFS PArENTS’ NIGHT The GFS Parents’               Tractor Run will be taking place on
                                                 Evening will be on Saturday, 4th April at 7.30    Saturday, 2nd May, beginning with breakfast
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in the Parish Centre from 10.00 am with           Desertcreat Easter Vestry : Thursday 2 April    The Easter Evening Service (7pm) will
tractors departing at 12.30 pm. The cost per      at 8.00 pm                                      feature Hymns and Readings celebrating
tractor is £15, with all proceeds going                                                           the Resurrection of Jesus. Everyone will be
towards the Parish Centre Building Fund.          HoLY WEEK                                       most welcome to join us for what will be a
                                                  Thursday 9 April : Tenebrae at Ardtrea at the   most uplifting praise service.
For YoUr PrAYErS As a church family               later time of 9.00 pm
we have been fervently praying together for       Good Friday : Desertcreat at 8.00 pm            UNITED SErVIcE
our BB Captain and Glebewarden,                                                                   The Evening Service on Sunday, May 10th
Raymond Campbell, as well as our mission          EASTEr DAY                                      (7pm) will take the form of a United Service
partner, Claire Holmes, both of whom are          Outdoor service at Tullyhogue Fort at 8.30      in St Mark’s along with our friends Armagh
undergoing treatment for cancer. Please           am followed by breakfast in Desertcreat         Methodist and 1st Armagh Presbyterian
pray with us for both of them as well as          Hall.                                           churches. Set amidst the annual Christian
some other relatively young people                Going Service at Desertcreat at 10.30 am        Aid week, during the week previous
connected to the parish who are in a similar                                                      volunteers from our three churches will
situation at present.                             TrAcTor rUN                                     collect donations in our city for this very
                                                  Our annual Tractor Run will be in               worthy cause.
                                                  Desertcreat on Saturday 18 April. Breakfast
ARDTREA AND                                       served from 9.30 am                             THY KINGDom comE
DESERTCREAT                                                                                       Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer
Rev. David J Bell                                                                                 movement, which invites Christians around
                                                  ST. MARk’S,                                     the world to pray between Ascension and
Telephone: 028 8676 1163
                                                   ARMAGH                                         Pentecost for more people to come to know
cAFE cHUrcH                                       Rev’d Malcolm Kingston                          Jesus Christ. Each morning from Thursday
During February we linked                         Telephone: 028 3752 2970                        21st May until Saturday 30th we shall meet
up with Cancer Focus for a                                                                        in St Mark’s Church to pray from 9.15am –
Cafe Church service.                              PALm SUNDAY & HoLY                              9.45am. Everyone will be most welcome to
It was a very moving , hope filled time. Steve    WEEK SErVIcES                                   join us as we gather to pray according to
McIlwrath shared his experiences of going         On Palm Sunday (April 5th, 7pm), a special      differing themes each day.
through treatment for throat cancer and Jon       service featuring hymns, anthems and
Bartholemew, accompanied ny his dad ian,          readings focused upon the Passion will take     cHILDrEN’S DAY
shared some superb songs he'd penned              place in St Mark’s. We very much look           Our annual Children’s Day service will take
while going through treatment. Emma               forward to this service of grateful             place in Church on Sunday, June 7th
McCann from Cancer Focus spoke about              remembrance for the Lord’s sacrifice, which     (10.30am). We always enjoy the Sunday
the work of the charity.                          will feature our Parish Choir.                  School and Junior Choir participating in
These services are great opportunities to                                                         worship and wish to thank their leaders for
link local church with the wider community.       During Holy Week, short said services will      all of their dedication throughout the year. A
                                                  take place in church each morning at 8am.       Parish Picnic will follow in the Palace
PSALmS IN ScHooLS                                 Evening Services will take place at 8pm         Demesne.
Thanks to generous help from the Board of         (excl. Maundy Thursday). On Maundy
Education, we are liking with our two local       Thursday (April 9th), the evening Holy           BALLINDERRy,
Primary schools over the next few months          Communion Service will take place in the         TAMLAGHT &
to explore the book of Psalms with P6/7           context of a meal in the Crozier Hall from       ARDBOE
children.                                         7pm. Everyone is invited to share with us        Revd Canon Barry Paine
We'll be looking at Psalms as poetry, talking     on this very special occasion during which       Tel: (028) 7941 8500
about good days and bad days and the              the Archbishop will celebrate Holy
importance of writing down thoughts and           Communion.        To assist with catering       cHrISTIAN BUrIAL: 27
feelings. The project will close with a special   preparation, Sign Up Sheets will be             Feb: Dawn Harkness (Tamlaght)
concert at Ardtrea; date yet to be confirmed.     available in the Church Porch.
                                                                                                  HoLY WEEK SErVIcES: Palm Sunday 5
AN EVENING WITH NIAmH                             The Preachers during our Holy Week              April (three churches)
mcGLINcHEY                                        Evening Services will be our Parish Clergy.
Niamh sang at Desertcreat in the Autumn           Leading our thoughts at the ‘3 Hours            Monday 6 April – Tamlaght 8pm: Tuesday 7
and brought the house down. We are                Service’ (Good Friday from 12noon to 3pm)       April – Ballinderry 8pm:
delighted to announce that she's singing at       will be Rev’d Henry Blair (Rector of            Wednesday 8 April – Ardboe 8pm: Maundy
Ardrea Hall on Saturday 25th April @              Tullanisken & Clonoe). Please feel free to      Thursday 9 April – Tamlaght (H.C.) 8pm:
8.00pm                                            join us at any point during the 3 Hours         Good Friday 10 April – Tamlaght (Children’s
                                                  Service and stay for as long as you wish.       Service) 10.30am: Ballinderry – 8pm.
cHrISTIAN BUrIAL                                                                                  ‘The week that changed the world continues
Our whole community was saddened by the           EASTEr SUNDAY                                   to change our lives.’ Anonymous
sudden death of Nicky Graham on Thursday          Early risers are greatly encouraged to make
20th February.                                    the short trip to The Argory for the Easter     EASTEr SUNDAY: Sunday 12 April – Holy
Nicky was laid to rest at Desertcreat on          Dawn Service at 6am! Morning Services           Communion (three churches)
Sunday 23rd. Please keep his wife Libby           shall take place in church as usual at
and the family circle in your prayers.            8.30am and 10.30am (Family Holy                 TAmLAGHT moTorBIKE SHoW: This is
                                                  Communion Service) with breakfast being         a novel idea from Tamlaght parishioner
DATES For YoUr DIArY                              served in the Crozier Hall from 7.30 to         Raymond Young (07724239595)! This
Ardtrea Easter Vestry : Tuesday 31 March          8.30am. Please plan to join us as we praise     Motorbike Show, road, race and classic
at 7.00 pm                                        and celebrate the risen Lord together.          bikes will be on display in St. Luke’s Parish

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Hall, Coagh, BT80 0EJ on Saturday 18 April        PrAISE AND PrAYEr TImE: We will meet
2020 from 11am – 4.30pm. Entry £5pp               on Monday 18 May in Ardboe Parish hall at      BALLyMORE
under 10’s free. Refreshments will be             8pm and on Monday 29 June in Tamlght           Revd Canon Shane Forster
served A TALKSHOW with local riders will          Parish hall at 8pm. Please join with us on     Tel: 028 3884 0234
take place at 2pm in the hall. What an            these important evenings. “Sometimes all
opportunity for ALL bike enthusiasts!             you need to do is pray.” Anonymous
For more information call Raymond!                                                               BUrIAL
“Let us not give up meeting together……,but        BIBLE DIScoVErY: We shall meet in              22nd January – David
let us encourage one another-----and all the      Tamlaght Parish Hall after Easter at 8pm.      Lyness
more as you see the Day approaching.”             Our evenings are a wonderful opportunity       21st February – Trevor Boston
Hebrews 10:25.                                    for all gathered to have their voice as we     22nd February – Valerie Baurain (nee Scott)
 We look forward to welcoming many on             learn together.
Saturday 18 April!                                “The Bible was not given for our information   moTHErS’ UNIoN will attend the Maundy
                                                  but for our transformation.” Dwight L Moody    Thursday Service in Church on 9th April
TAmLAGHT cHUrcH EVENING of Floral                                                                followed by the Branch Meeting in the Hall
Arranging Demonstrations:                         moTHErS’ UNIoN: The MU Festival                afterwards with supper. 20th May is the
The evening of Floral Arranging was very          Service will take place on Wednesday 20        date of the Festival Service in Armagh.
enjoyable. We are grateful to the                 May at 7.30pm in St. Patrick’s Cathedral,
demonstrators from Cookstown Floral Art           Armagh.                                        WALKmorE (Parish Walking Group) is
Club. Namely: Eunice Cuddy, Gillian                                                              back in action meeting on the 1st and 3rd
Burrows, Sandra Rea, Emily Martin & May           GENErAL VESTrY mEETINGS                        Wednesday of each month, leaving from the
Burrows for entertaining us by displaying         TAMLAGHT – MONDAY 27 APRIL at 8pm.             Church Car Park at 10am. New venues
their creative talents. Thanks to the ladies of   BALLINDERRY – TUESDAY 28 APRIL at              each month and new friends to be made.
Tamlaght Flower Arranging Group for               8pm.                                           Everyone welcome.
providing a delicious supper and to the men       ARDBOE – WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL at
who helped with car parking and general           8pm.                                           S-cLUB: This year the Lenten Project will
preparations for the event. Finally, a big        “The resurrection of Jesus demands not our
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be raising funds for Action Mental               CAMLOUGH,                                       Union.
Health. Thanks to all who supported the
Lenten Lunch on 8th March and the                                                                cHILDrEN’S DAY SErVIcES
sponsored walk in Clare Glen on 29th             BALLyMOyER &                                    Our annual Children’s Day Services will be
March.                                           BELLEEk UNION                                   held as follows:
                                                 Rev. Alan Synnott                               Mullaglass       Sunday 31st May at
GoSPEL EVENINGS were held in                     Telephone: 028 3083 0301                        10.00am
Ballymore Parish Church on Sunday 2nd                                                            Bessbrook        Sunday 7th June at
February and Sunday 22nd March. Guest           HoLY WEEK                                        11.30am
artistes: Men in Black Gospel Group, Paul       Holy Week services will be observed
Berry and Amy Eakin on the first evening        throughout our Parochial group each              IN mEmorIAm
and the Dromore Male Voice Choir were the       evening at 7.30pm as follows:                    On Monday 24th February 2020 Mrs Winnie
special guests in March. The retiring           Monday 6th       St. Luke’s, Mullaglass          Dillon passed away suddenly at he home in
collection in February was in aid of the        Tuesday 7th      St. Luke’s, Belleek             Latt Villas Mullaglass. We continue to hold
Motor Neurone Disease Association and           Wednesday 8th St. Luke’s, Ballymoyer             Charlie, Pamela and Karen in our prayers
Church Funds and brought in over £1700.         Maundy      Thursday     Christ    Church,       along with the wider family circle.
In March the collection was for the             Bessbrook
Craigavon Cardiac Care Association along        Good Friday      St. Luke’s, Mullaglass          Mrs Irene Chapman was a resident in Avilla
with Church Funds. Both evenings were                                                            nursing home, her funeral service was held
very well supported and we are extremely        Daily devotions will also be observed each       in Roselawn crematorium on Saturday 29th
grateful to Emo Overend for co-ordinating       morning in Christ Church, Bessbrook at           February 2020. We continue to pray for her
the two events.                                 8.00am.                                          family.

FLoWEr FESTIVAL: As part of the VE              EASTEr SUNDAY                                    Sunday 8th March 2020, we laid Joan Irwin
Day      75th Anniversary       celebrations    All services at the usual times and each will    to rest in the churchyard and St Luke’s
Ballymore will be hosting a special Flower      be Holy Communion.                               Mullaglass. Again we offer all our love and
Festival with the theme “Let there be Peace”                                                     prayers for John and Jim and the extended
from Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May.         ANNUAL GENErAL VESTrY mEETINGS                   family.
Catering will be available throughout the       Ballymoyer and Beleek Union: Tuesday 21st
weekend. Booking is essential for coach         April 2020 at 8:00pm                             CLONfEACLE,
parties and groups. Please contact Mrs          Mullaglass:                   Wednesday          DERRyGORTREAvy
Sophia Dillon Tel: 07763 654758. World          22nd April 2020 at 7:30pm                        AND EGLISH
War II memorabilia will be on display during    Camlough:                       Thursday         Revd Suzanne Cousins
the weekend and on Sunday 10th May there        23rd April 2020 at 7:30pm                        028 3754 8289
will be a number of WWII military vehicles in
the Church grounds.                             SAINT mArK                                       From THE rEGISTErS
                                                The annual Holy Communion Saint’s Day            clonfeacle
LENT: Throughout Lent there will be a           service celebrating St. Mark the Evangelist      Baptisms: 1st March 2020, Tommy Stephen
midweek service on Wednesday evenings           will be held in Christ Church, Bessbrook on      Williamson
at 7.30pm in Church. This is in addition to     Saturday 25th April at 7.30pm.                   Burials: 21st February 2020, Lavinia (Vena)
the normal weekly Wednesday Communion                                                            Kerr
Service at 10.30am.                             THE AScENSIoN DAY                                Derrygortreavy
                                                The annual Holy Communion celebration of         Funeral service: 21st February 2020,
HoLY WEEK & EASTEr: On Wednesday                The Ascension Day will be held in Christ         Lavinia (Vena) Kerr
and Thursday of Holy Week there will be a       Church, Bessbrook on Thursday 21st May
celebration of Holy Communion each              at 7.30pm.                                       PArISH VISITING
morning at 10.30am and an evening service                                                        We are encouraged to have three newly-
at 7.30pm on Monday through to Thursday         5TH SUNDAY EVENING SErVIcE                       trained Parish Visitors for the grouped
evening. On Good Friday there will be a         The next Parochial Evening Service for the       parishes of Clonfeacle, Derrygortreavy and
Service in Ballymore at 2pm and at 7.30pm.      5th Sunday in the month will be held in          Eglish, to add to the existing team, and due
The Church will also be open all day for        Christ Church, Bessbrook on Sunday 31st          to be commissioned on 29th March. The
prayer and meditation. EASTER DAY: 9am          May at 7.00pm.                                   Service of Commissioning is on Sunday
Holy Communion; 11am Holy Communion;                                                             29th March at 7.30pm in Kildress Parish
7pm Easter Praise.                              LINDSAY CHORALE coNcErT                          Church. We give thanks to God for our
                                                Christ Church, Bessbrook are hosting a 75th      Visitors as they take this step of faith and
EASTEr GENErAL VESTrY mEETING:                  VE Day Anniversary Concert featuring             begin this important ministry, and are
Monday 20th April at 7.30pm in the Minor        ‘Lindsay Chorale’ in Christ Church Parish        praying for them.
Hall.                                           Hall on Friday 8th May at 8pm. Tickets are
                                                now available to purchase. Priced at £10.00      FrIENDSHIP, FELLoWSHIP AND
PArISH WEBSITE: For further details of          each, tickets are available from the Parish      FUNDrAISING:
Parish    activities    please    visit         Secretary on 07485 057 667 or by email at        The three parishes have each planned fun                         and fundraiser events this term, towards
                                                The Lindsay Chorale is a mixed voice choir,      parish funds.
                                                based in Co. Down, who perform at                clonfeacle Parish held a very successful
                                                engagements throughout Northern Ireland          Big Breakfast on 1st February. An All-age
                                                and further afield and performed in Down         Outing by coach to Lisburn for ten-pin
                                                Cathedral in 2019, at the installation of June   bowling and food was enjoyed on 22nd
                                                Butler, All Ireland President of the Mothers’    February. Clonfeacle Car Boot Sale is

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planned for Saturday 28th March at the old       St Patrick’s Day: Clonfeacle Parish will be
                                                                                                    ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH,
school, Benburb. Gates open from 9am for         ‘Celebrating Patrick’ in a St Patrick’s Day
10am start.                                      Family Communion Service, Tuesday 17th             CROSSDERNOTT
Eglish Parish held an uplifting Gospel           March, at 10.30 a.m. in St Patrick’s Church,       Sister Valerie Thom
Concert in Holy Trinity Eglish (Drumsallan)      Clonfeacle - an informal service for all in the   Telephone: 028 87 749920
on 28th February. Guest artists included         parishes. Children are invited to come in
soloist Linda Lindsey, Lisnadill Harmony,        costume, and guests welcome.
and Cavanapole Pipers. The concert was           Wednesdays in Lent (3), 18th March:               BAPTISm
followed by a delicious supper.                  10.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Clonfeacle;            Cora Vera Dardis daughter
Derrygortreavy Parish has planned a              7.00 p.m., Compline, in Holy Trinity, Eglish      of Rebecca and George Dardis.
Table Quiz and Stew Evening on 20th              (Drumsallan); and MU Young Members,
March towards parish funds, and three            7.30pm, Film on the life of Corrie Ten Boom.      DEATHS
parishioners plus the rector are planning to     TImE oUT youth group, Sunday 22nd                 Mrs Prudence Forde
take part in a fund-raising abseil for Friends   March, 7 - 8.30pm, Kilnacart Hall,                Mr William Cardwell
of the Cancer Centre, on 4th April, from the     Derrygortreavy.
Tower block of the City Hospital, Belfast – in                                                     It was with great sadness that we laid to rest
super-hero costume!                              Easter Vestry meetings are planned for            two of the oldest members of our church
                                                 Monday 23rd March, Derrygortreavy,                family who both had reached the age of 89.
                                                 Tuesday 24th March, Clonfeacle, and               William (Willie) and Prudence (Pru) were
                                                 Wednesday 25th March, Eglish.                     both very faithful member for many years,
                                                                                                   Prudence and her husband were sextons in
                                                 GFS and BB                                        the church for many years. Their passing
                                                 GFS enrolments took place for the                 will be a great loss to the church and our
                                                 Clonfeacle (Benburb) and Derrygortreavy           prayers and sympathies are with their
                                                 branches on 1st March. Parents’ Evenings          families and friends.
                                                 are on Friday 3rd April (Clonfeacle Branch)
                                                 and Tuesday 28th April (Derrygortreavy            EASTEr SErVIcES
                                                 Branch). Benburb BB Parents’ Night is on          Good Friday Service 10th April @ 8 p.m.
                                                 Friday 13th March at 7.30pm in Benburb            Easter Sunday      Holy Communion 12th
                                                 Presbyterian Hall. The parishes are proud of      April @ 11.30 a.m.
                                                 all our children and young people.
                                                                                                   moTHErS UNIoN
                                                 HoLY WEEK                                         The Mothers Union Overseas was held on
                                                 • Sunday 5th April, Palm Sunday, services         the 8th March, at the service new members
                                                 at usual times - 9.30, 10.45, 12 noon             were enrolled by Mrs Lorraine Richardson
                                                 • Tuesday in Holy Week, 7th April, 8pm,           (Enrolling Member), and MU members led
                                                 Compline, Drumsallan.                             the prayers and read scripture.        The
                                                 • Wednesday in Holy Week, 8th April, Holy         congregation learned more about the work
                                                 Communion, 10.30am, Clonfeacle,                   of the Mothers Union both in Ireland and
                                                 and The Way of the Cross, 8pm in                  across the world.
                                                 Derrygortreavy.                                   The M.U. meet in the Parish Hall on the last
Eglish (Drumsallan) Choir at the recent          • maundy Thursday, 9th April, 7.30pm in St        Wednesday night of the month and
Gospel Concert in Holy Trinity Church.           Patrick’s Clonfeacle, with special guest          everyone is welcome.
                                                 preacher Dr Patrick Mitchel, Director of
LIFT THE rooF                                    Learning at the Irish Bible Institute, Dublin,    croSSDErNoTT ToTS TImE
… an INTER-GENERATIONAL and INTER-               and author of the recently-published book         Tots Time continues to go from strength to
PARISHES evening of music and praise, in         ‘The Message of Love’ (Bible Speaks Today         strength under the leadership of Mrs Vera
Clonfeacle Parish Church on Sunday 26th          series). Visitors and guests welcome.             Kelso and her team. One of the children
April at 7pm, organised by the Time Out          • Good Friday, 10th April, 12 noon: ‘The          who regularly go to Tots Time was with his
youth group, with Rev. Henry Blair and           Hours’, reading of the Passion Narrative,         mum in a local supermarket when they met
friends from Newmills, plus a visit from         Clonfeacle, and Tenebrae, 8pm in Holy             Sr. Valerie. As he was leaving he shouted to
David Brown (AYAC), followed by supper.          Trinity, Drumsallan. Visitors and guests most     Valerie “I’ll see you in church.” Tots Time
This event for everyone! Visitors and guests     welcome.                                          meet in the parish hall on a Thursday
of all ages welcome.                                                                               morning from 10.30 am to 12 noon.
                                                 EASTEr DAY, Sunday 12th April: Easter             Everyone is welcome.
LENT                                             Communion in all three churches at the
During Lent and beyond, the parishes have        normal times, of 9.30, 10.45 and 12 noon.         YoUTH cLUB.
lots planned, for our Lenten journey and         (No Sunday School).                               The Youth Club has loads of interesting
outreach.                                                                                          things happening at the weekly meetings
Wednesdays in Lent (2), 11th March: The          BEYoND EASTEr DAY                                 thanks to the leadership of Emily and her
Church and Healing Today’, 7.30pm in St          • Messy Church, Sat 2nd May, 10.30 am –           team of volunteers. A big thank you is due
Patrick’s Clonfeacle, for all three parishes.    12 noon, in Benburb Parish Hall. Theme:           to everyone involved for their dedication and
Special teaching meeting led by the              ‘Messy KidsAid’, with special programme           service each week.
Diocesan Ministry of Healing. This will be       and youth-and-children’s speaker from
followed by a guest service, A Service of        Christian Aid. For families, youth and            BoWLING cLUB
Wholeness and Healing, on Sunday 29th            children of all ages.                             The bowling club annual fun bowls
March (Passion Sunday) at 3.30pm in              • Sunday afternoon, 17th May, provisional         tournament will take place from Monday
Clonfeacle, Benburb.                             date for Three-Parishes’ Picnic.                  13th April to 16th April 2020 and the charity

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who will benefit from the tournament is a      moTHErS’ UNIoN: The Corporate                    replaced the usual Sunday service and
local one for cancer care called Charis. It    Communion will be on Maundy Thursday,            have proved to be a wonderful addition to
has a home at Lough Fea where it provides      9th April at 8pm; the Annual Dinner on           our service menu! Informal, easy-
all kinds of treatments etc from people        Thursday 16th in the Braeside, the               going…and warm, which both young
suffering from Cancer.                         Diocesan Festival Service will be on             families and senior members alike have
Everyone is welcome to the tournament.         Wednesday 20th May in the Cathedral at           enjoyed. We will continue with our Messy
                                               730pm with the Annual Outing on Saturday         Church on the 19th April, the Sunday after
SUNDAY ScHooL                                  9th to Hillsborough Castle.                      Easter, 11.30 St John’s Hall.
Our Sunday School meet at 10.30 each                                                            We are also delighted to support and
week and everyone who is year 1 and            VE DAY: “Victory in Europe Day” is being         encourage not one, but three people into
above are welcome. Thank you to our            observed on Friday 8th May with a short          Lay Reader training. Each of the candidates
Sunday School teachers for their service to    service at the Cenotaph at 3pm with a major      have submitted the following so that you can
the children of the church each Sunday.        Service in Derryloran on Sunday 10th May         learn about them and what they are doing.
                                               at 3pm followed by a Parade to Killymoon
 DERRyLORAN                                    Castle and a special event there to mark the     THrEE LAY rEADErS IN TrAINING
 Canon Norman Porteus                          75th Anniversary of the end of WWII.             I am David Carleton.
 867 62261                                                                                      I belong to St Johns Church. I was baptised,
 Canon Drew Dawson                             AScENSIoN: We celebrate this important           confirmed and married in the church. I also
 867 37151                                     day with Holy Communion at 1030am on             attended
 Website                                       Thursday 21st May, followed by                   Ballyeglish Sunday school. I’m a Father of                            refreshments.                                    two. I work in NHS as a Mental Health
                                               cHrISTIAN AID: We thank everyone who             God has placed on me a calling to serve him
It’s hard to believe that already we are       supported our recent Soup Lunches during         more fully through a teaching and
preparing to celebrate Easter! Please note     Lent, and now look forward to the week of        leadership within the church as a Reader.
our services for this Holy Season...           house-to-house collections which begins          The role of a reader is a unique position
LooKING BAcK, Confirmation was a               with the annual Praise Service on 10th May       provides a link between the church and the
highlight for the young people and the         in 1st Cookstown Presbyterian Church at          world. As a Christian in the work place can
Archbishop’s Retirement Eucharist – both in    7pm featuring a host of local musical talent.    offer a different outlook
the Cathedral – were memorable events.                                                          answering questions others have. The
The traditional Lenten services focussed on    WELcomE: We bid a warm welcome to the            Readers course is 2 years in duration. It’s
the Study Course provided by USPG              Rev Michael Currie on his Installation in 1st    academic and
(United Society Partners in the Gospel) and    Cookstown Presbyterian and wish him              practical organised by the Theological
were a stimulating examination of “Living in   every blessing in his ministry in our midst in   Institute in Dublin. Armagh diocese provides
a world of Difference”                         the days to come.                                local input covering various Theological
                                                                                                subjects. Becoming a Reader is a privilege
LooKING AHEAD, please note              the    HoLY LAND PILGrImAGE: we are still               and responsibility of sharing Christ with
following dates for your diaries!              taking bookings for the visit to Israel in       those who do not know him. As Christians
                                               September.. Please contact the Rectory           we resolve to work by God’s grace through
PASSIoNTIDE: As we look forward to Holy        02886762261 if you are interested in joining     the local church. Through personal contacts
Week and Easter, please note the following     us!                                              to make this a reality; reaching others and
dates for your diary:- We observe our Lord’s                                                    winning them for Christ. Growing in
Passion with our customary Holy Week           DESERTLyN                                        discipleship both ordained and lay can
Services beginning on Palm Sunday (5th         (MONEyMORE) AND                                  serve the faith in ministry.
April) with services at 9am, 11am and 7pm      BALLyEGLISH
our service of Palm Praise. Services           Rev. Dr. Adrian N. Stringer.                     Hi Everyone, my name is Rhonda.
continue during the week at 8pm (Mon-Fri)      028 8674 8200
on the theme “Matthew and Jesus” looking                                                        I live in Magherafelt and work as a quality
at his account of the Passion.. Our            HoLY BAPTISm                                     administrator in a local firm. I have 2
traditional Children’s Service will be on      St John’s Moneymore                              children and I am in a relationship with
Good Friday 10th April at 10.30am.             12th January 2020: Hunter Benjamin               Jackie. I have been attending St. Johns,
                                               Stewart-Convery son of Lisa and Daniel           Desertlyn for approx.2 years now, where I
EASTEr DAY: Our services on Sunday             9th February 2020: Charlie Thomas Wilson,        have been enrolled in Mothers union, assist
12th April are at 9am; 11.30 Easter            son of Jeffery and Laura                         Betty with church warden duties (as and
Communion and at 7pm Easter Praise and                                                          when required), sing in the choir and help
Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Please plan to      cHrISTIAN BUrIAL                                 with any other activities as required.
attend and celebrate that wonderful event –    St John’s Moneymore                              A few months ago, I was made aware that
the RESURRECTION! The Dawn Service             13th January: Valerie Carson                     there was a need within the Church for
is at 6am at the Argory.                       3rd March: Thomas Ireland Jordan, 85             Readers and in
                                               years                                            particular Dioscean Readers; so over the
ANNUAL EASTEr VESTrY: will be held             St Matthias’ Ballyeglish                         past number of months I have applied, been
on Wednesday 22nd April at 8pm in the          5th March: William John (Billy) Irwin (taken     interviewed and accepted unto this course.
Parish Hall, when again we hope for a good     by Canon Norman. Porteus and Rev. Drew           The course is due to commence in March
attendance from all in the Parish as we look   Dawson)                                          and will be held over approx. 2 years. It will
ahead to the future, and especially in this                                                     involve travelling to Armagh and Dublin for
year when we have the Triennial Elections      NoTIcES                                          study time. Within the course I will be
to very important positions                    To date we have had just two of our new          learning to lead church services – deliver
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course read lessons.          The course is           the walking football, helping with the creche    journey to the cross”, told in music and song
assessment/ modules based. Upon                       which is to open soon, and a member of the       by Andrew Boyd’s Choir from Pomeroy.
completion of the course, if/when I am then           church choir – including singing at concerts.    Services take place nightly at 7.30 (Monday-
commissioned by the Archbishop, I hope to             About 1 year ago Rev. Stringer invited me        Saturday), with three services in each
serve churches around the border areas.               to become a church Reader.              Which    Church – Mon, Wed & Thurs in St Patrick’s,
These churches are not as fortunate as our            encouraged my application to be a                Tues, Fri and Sat in St Michael’s.
church here at St. Johns in that they do not          Diocesan Reader. One of the deciding             Easter Sunday the services will be at the
have a permanent rector or indeed Readers             factors to do the course was a visit to meet     “usual” Sunday service times of 10.30 and
to help lead their worship services.                  Florence Gallagher also a diocesan reader        12.00, and not at the “early” time as in
I know that it will involve a lot of hard work        in the Diocese of Armagh. I met Florence in      previous years.
and is in no way an easy                              Newtownhamilton. I felt that I could make a
undertaking        alongside       my        other    difference to those churches in and around       End of year prizegivings will be held at the
responsibilities of work and family life but I        the border areas and Republic of Ireland.        family services on 17th May in St Patrick’s,
believe that God has called me to do this             This is where I feel the Lord was leading me     and 24th May in St Michael’s.
work and has lead me to this path. (with              as it involved visiting/helping other churches
prayer and faith he is my strength and my             in the diocese. This journey will be a           Summer time services – during June, July
guide along life’s path). With his help, grace        challenge, but one I feel I will rise to as I    & August the services will be at the
and strength I pray that I will fulfil his plan for   have in the past both on the football field      traditional “summer times” of 10am in St
me. I am excited to start this course as I feel       and within my personal life.                     Patrick’s and 11.15am in St Michael’s
it will help bring God’s voice to the others. I       The course itself involves 2 years of study,
will also get to visit new places, see new            hard work and learning to lead a service and     FUNDrAISING AND SocIAL:
faces and most importantly do God’s work              deliver sermons along with reading lessons       Musical Evenings in spite of the storm,
in remote areas of Ireland.                           to name but a few things – of course this will   about one hundred people gathered in St
In completing this course, it does not mean           be linked to trips to Dublin and a number of     Michael’s to hear the Donaghmore
that St. Johns will be forgotten about, in fact       assignments/modules just like being back at      Children’s Choir at the February Musical
I would hope to be of more service to St.             school for me, which could be a struggle as      evening. The next will be on Palm Sunday
Johns, where I will help with the creche              I left school in 1980.                           (see above under Holy Week)
(soon to open), continue to attend mothers            Its not all bad though as I am looking
union and sing in the choir. I acknowledge            forward to the challenge it will present such    GFS Parents evening – Easter Friday, 24th
that none of this would be possible for me if         as meeting new people, visiting new              April, 7.45, Donaghmore Hall
it were not for the love, friendship and              churches and perhaps getting a few new
support that I have received since joining St.        ideas for our own church. As for those that      SELEcT VESTrY mEETINGS: Tues 28th
Johns and I thank you all and pray that we            know me well – you will know the biggest         April Donaghmore Easter General vestry,
can continue to enjoy God’s blessing                  challenge for myself will be keeping the         Thurs 30th April Castlecaulfield Easter
together.                                             sermons to 10 mins and under.                    General     Vestry.  Mon    8th   June
God Bless                                             My personal life has taken a few twists and      (Castlecaulfield),  Tues    16    June
Rhonda                                                turns but through it all there has been One      (Donaghmore).
                                                      strength, Love, Encouragement, Comfort
                                                      and without which I could not and would not      New Life Group coffee morning (fundraiser)
Hello Everyone,                                       be here today.                                   Sunday 3rd May, parish hall (before the
                                                      God has a masterplan for all to follow and I     morning service)
My name is Jackie Carson for those of you             believe that is what I must do now. In God
who don’t know me, I am father to Andrew              we trust, God bless.                             moTHErS UNIoN: Donaghmore AGM
and James. in law to Karen and grandfather            Jackie                                           Wed 1 April, 7pm. Castlecaulfield to be
to Lily and Jack.                                                                                      confirmed. Diocesan festival Service Wed
My occupation is a print manager at                    DONAGHMORE &                                    20th May @ 7.30 in Cathedral. Donaghmore
Gortreagh Printing, Cookstown, where I                 DONAGHMORE                                      outing Sat 6 June.
have served for 40 years. I have a keen                UPPER
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accolades both for playing and coaching. I             Telephone: 028 8776 1214                        Rectory Appeal is continuing well. Thanks to
enjoy music/singing both solo and as part of                                                           all who have pledged and contributed
the church choir. I have also been doing              HoLY BAPTISm                                     already, and those who have set up sanding
other work – that is Church work.My church            1st March 2020 – Harry John Steen (St            orders. At the time of writing we are looking
work at St. Johns started when I was about            Michael’s)                                       forward to the “Night at the movies”.
8 years of age with my grandfather, Jonny
McMenemy. He was the caretaker of the                 HoLY mATrImoNY                                   We are also looking forward to “Café
parish hall (assembly rooms), Moneymore.              12th February 2020 – Ashleigh Hawthorne          Communion” in St Michael’s, a new
I had simple enough tasks he would allow              & Ryan Scarlett (St Michael’s)                   development in integrating the Sunday
me to do, such as setting out chairs and              19th February 2020 – Gillian Ferguson &          School more fully into the life of the church.
helping him cut the grass.                            Nigel Neville (St Michael’s)
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chairman of scout committee and then to St            Michael’s)                                       the Church. If you are having a spring clean,
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‘So we are ambassadors for Christ...’ 2 Corinthians 5:20                                         Ambassador
Email addresses – please update your             That makest me dwell in safety.
email address on our parish database to          (From an anthem by SS Wesley, 1810 –            Good Friday 8th April
receive announcements and urgent notices:        1876)                                                                        18:00                                                                       Castlebellingham
                                                 coLLoN                                                                       20:00
Internet – keep in touch with what is            The work on the roof in Collon church is        Drogheda
happening in the parish by email, Facebook,      scheduled to begin shortly and with this in
Youtube, and the parish Website at               mind, the last service in Collon took place     EASTEr SUNDAY 12th April               on 23rd February. Congratulations to all        08:15 HC    Drogheda
                                                 whose tireless efforts made this huge           09:45 HC    Ardee
 DROGHEDA AND                                    project possible. As a consequence of the       10:00 HC    Castlebellingham
 ARDEE UNIONS AND                                temporary closure of Collon, there is a         11:30 HC    Drogheda
 kILSARAN UNION                                  change to the previously advertised venue       16:00 EP    Drumcar
 Rev. Iain Jamieson                              of the Lent service on 11th March: it is
 00353 (0) 41 9838791                            transferred from Collon to Dunany.               DRUMCREE
 Rev. Canon Joyce Moore                                                                           Rev. Gary Galway
 00353 (0) 41 6851327                            HEALING                                          Telephone: 028 3833 2503
                                                 We have planned two special Rural
NEW BEGINNINGS                                   Deanery events, focussed on healing. The        At the end of January, and
The word ‘Lent’ comes from an Old English        first will be a teaching session and will be    into the beginning of
word ‘Lencten’, meaning spring season. It’s      held in Castlebellingham Church on 25th         February, Heather and I had
a time of new growth, new life and, within       March at 7.30 pm. The second will be a          the pleasure of having a good friend stay
our church and school communities, new           Healing Service with laying on of hands, in     with us for the week. Hilary and I studied
appointments.                                    St Nicholas’ Church, Dundalk, at 7.30 pm.       together in St Johns College, Nottingham
                                                 Both will be conducted by Canon Jim             where I was blessed to be able to complete
Congratulations to Mr Mike Buchanan, who         Campbell, assisted by the clergy of the rural   my final year of theological training. Hilary
has recently been licensed as a Eucharistic      deanery. We will extend invitations             has recently returned to minister in
Minister.                                        ecumenically across the community and           Blackburn diocese, after a lengthy period of
                                                 hope that every parish in the rural deanery     time spent ministering in South Africa. Hilary
As we say farewell to Ms Susan McCullen,         will be represented.                            witnessed many things in South Africa which
principal of St Peter’s National School, we                                                      deeply impacted her. As I look out onto the
wish her every blessing and success in her       moorEHALL ArDEE                                 rectory lawn and see the Snowdrops and
new appointment as principal of ‘Le Cheile’.     Every month, at 11.30 am on the fourth          Crocuses, I am immediately reminded of a
On a personal note, I wish to thank her for      Thursday, in the Oratory of Moorehall, there    story which Hilary shared.             After a
all her help and co-operation to me during       is a service of Holy Communion. These are       particularly traumatic time in South Africa,
my year as Chairman of the Board of              for the residents in Moorehall and              she was attending a spiritual retreat in
Management. Following Ms McCullen’s              parishioners wishing to attend are most         Wales and she saw a single Snowdrop
new appointment, we are pleased to               welcome.                                        beginning to peep out of the ground. Many
welcome our new principal, Ms Geraldine                                                          of us look at this beautiful little flower as a
McKenna, who takes up her post early in          LENT SErVIcES WEDNESDAYS IN LENT                sign that winter is nearly over and spring is
April.   As both Ms MCullen and Ms               at 7.30 pm                                      on the way, for Hilary in that moment she
McKenna take up their new roles, we              Please note the change of venue from            looked at it as a sign directly from God. For
remember them in our prayers.                    Collon to Dunany on 11th March                  her, it spoke of hope, encouragement, a new
                                                 4th March        Dunleer                        phase and a symbol of new life.
Congratulation to Mr Graeme Treadwell            11th March       Dunany                         During this Lenten time, as we prepare for
MBA, who has recently been appointed as          18th March       Drumcar                        Easter, we too can look forward to a new
Chairman of the Board of Management of           25th March       Castlebellingham               phase and new life, 1 Peter 1:3 says ‘Praise
Dundalk Grammar School.               Graeme     1st April        DUNDALK                        be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
continues his family tradition of service both                                                   Christ! In his great mercy he has given us
to Kilsaran Union and Dundalk Grammar            Every Wednesday at 10 am HC in St               new birth into a living hope through the
School: like his father, Charlie, he is a past   Peter’s, Drogheda                               resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’.
pupil of the school and a valued member of                                                       2 Corinthians 5:17 reaffirms this by saying
the Select Vestry of Kilsaran Union.             17th mArcH ST PATrIcK’S DAY                     ‘therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new
                                                 09:45 MP     Ardee                              creation has come: The old has gone, the
At the time of writing , we still await the      10.00 HC     Drogeda                            new is here’. What amazing promises,
announcement of our new archbishop’s             11:15  HC    Dunleer                            advice and encouragement are provided in
name. We remember all whose task it is to                                                        God’s Word.
discern God’s will in the appointment and        HoLY WEEK SErVIcES
we hold our new archbishop in our prayers        Monday 4th April 10.00 HC                       WHAT’S GoING oN?
as s/he prepares to take up his/her primatial    Drogheda                                        Lots!! As previously mentioned, planning is
ministry.    For Archbishop or Principal or      Tuesday 5th April 10.00 HC                      coming together for our youth’s mission trip
even for ourselves embarking on a new            Drogheda                                        to Grace Family church, Connecticut. Some
project, the prayer is the same:                 Wednesday 6th April       10.00 HC              of you probably associate “mission trips”
                                                 Drogheda                                        more with developing countries and I think
Lead me, Lord. Lead me in                 thy                                                    for this reason, the trip has the potential to
righteousness.                                   maundy Thursday 7th April                       have an even bigger impact on those going.
Make thy way plain before my face.               19:30 HC      Ardee                             When we see homelessness, poverty and
For it is thou, Lord, thou Lord only             19:30 HC      Drogheda                          challenges which one of the most powerful

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