IN TOUCH – September 2018


The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

Dear Friends,


Congratulations to Zakariya Charles, son of Walter and Aliya Treadwell, who was baptized in St Mary’s Church, Castlebellingham on Sunday 12th August.


Congratulations to Eliza Margaret,  daughter of Joanne Allen and John Dolan who was baptized in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda on Sunday 26th August.



We wish every blessing to Nicola and JJ O’Neill, who were married in

St Mary’s Church, Castlebellingham on Sunday 12th August.



We offer our deepest sympathy to the Barrow family, bereaved by the death of Patrick.  The funeral service and burial were in St Mary’s Church and adjoining graveyard, Castlebellingham on Thursday 23rd August at 3pm



We send our best wishes and prayers to our dear friend and colleague,

Father George, who is recovering, following surgery, in hospital.

As a consequence of the new GDPR legislation, hospitals will no longer supply chaplains with denominational information about patients.  This means that we, members of the clergy, will not know whom to visit UNLESS THE FAMILY INFORMS US.  Please let us know if you are aware of anyone in hospital.


GDPR Forms

Please ensure you have completed a form and given it to the Churchwardens.  We cannot contact you without your consent.



Our thoughts and prayers are with students and teachers as they begin a new school year.  Starting school, changing to secondary school or beginning a third-level course all pose challenges.  May each one find that what seems like a challenge is an opportunity for growth and may teachers impart their skills with wisdom, patience and love.



Rev. Iain has been elected as a Member of this Society.  One is elected to this Society based on one’s standard of Hebrew.  We will look forward to hearing a reading – in Hebrew – at a forthcoming service.



The Fleadh came to Drogheda  12th – 19th August.  Concerts were held each evening in St. Peter’s.  We welcomed lots of visitors many of whom commented on the beauty of the Church and all the visiting musicians were very impressed with the acoustics.   Our Visitor’s Book has accumulated quite a number of prestigious signatures. President Higgins and his wife Sabina visited on Sunday 12th and on Saturday 18th the Overseas Concert was held. Amongst the dignitaries who attended were the Japanese Ambassador and the US Embassy Charge d’Affaires – Mr. Reece Smyth.  After the concert Revd. Iain showed Mr. Smyth the Smyth gravestone directly outside the front of the Church. It is thought that there may be a direct descendancy.



The C&DCFR are getting 5 or 6 calls a month to assist the ambulance service with Cardiac Arrest, Chest Pain, Stroke and Choking in the Castlebellingham, Dunleer and Dromiskin Area.  “We have increased our map to cover as far as Dunleer as we have capacity to take more calls.  The way the system works is that when someone rings 999 or 112 we get an automatic text directing us to the site. Our job is to administer CPR, resuscitate and/or prepare the patient for the ambulance e.g., gather medications, direct relatives etc.

We are fund raising at the moment for a training defibrillator. This will cost in the region of €500.  As mentioned in the May edition of “In-touch”, we will have a retiring collection at the United Service in Castlebellingham on 9th September. Any enquires on joining the group to myself, Sandra Byrne, Castlebellingham 087 9694087.  We are always recruiting and it would be great to have some familiar faces on board! “

Sandra Byrne (our Castlebellingham organist) has offered her name and number (0879694087) as point of contact.



The recent leak in the main roof has been investigated and has thankfully turned out to be of a minor nature.  The leak was due to bird related debris which had clogged the gutters. This has now been cleared and we are once again water tight !



Is being actively resurrected and a commencement date will be published shortly.


Dates for your Diary:


Friday 14th September -7.30pm in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh,

Revd. Captain Geoffrey Walmsley will be ordained to the Priesthood and will serve as Curate in the Parish of Dundalk, Heynestown Union, Ballymascanlon Union and Creggan.


Sunday 16th September- Harvest Festival at 4pm in St Mary’s Abbey, Ardee  

There will be NO SERVICE IN ARDEE/COLLON UNION on that morning.


Sunday 23rd September – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh at 3.15pm

Diocesan Service to celebrate the 750th Anniversary of the Cathedral


Although a church building has stood on the site the Hill of Armagh for fifteen hundred years, the present building can be dated from 750 years ago.  All parishioners, readers and clergy are invited to attend on this historic occasion.


Sunday 30th September – Harvest Festival at 4pm in Drumcar Church.

There will be NO SERVICE IN KILSARAN UNION on that morning.


Saturday 6th October –10am  St. Mary’s Abbey, Ardee will host a Fellowship of Vocation by the Armagh Diocesan which will include lunch. This meeting would be very useful if you have been thinking about any aspect of vocation or indeed of becoming a minister in the Church.


Sunday 7th October – Harvest Festival at 4pm in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda

There will be NO SERVICE IN ST. PETER’S, DROGHEDA on that morning.


Sunday 21st October – An Ecumenical Service of Support for all bereaved by Suicide will take place in St. Mary’s Abbey, Ardee at 3pm

There will be NO SERVICE IN ARDEE/COLLON UNION on that morning.


Following the link here for this Month’s Services


Best wishes



The Revd Iain Jamieson    Tel: 041-9870073/083-8640133

Rectory, Drogheda

The Revd Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: 041-6851327/087-7468866
Dunleer, Co. Louth