IN TOUCH – October 2020

The Occasional Newsletter

of

Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

CONDOLENCES

We offer our sincere condolences to the parishioners of St Mary’s Abbey, Ardee and to all who cared for Mary Shirley, who died on 16th September.  Mary’s funeral service has been deferred to allow her family to travel home.

HOLY BAPTISMS

Congratulations to: 

Henry Milo Thomas Riedy-Conlon who was baptised in St Peter’s Church by our new Archbishop, the Most Rev’d John McDowell on 13th September 

Lucy Dorothy Hampshire who was baptised in St. Peter’s by Rev’d Iain Jamieson on Sunday 20th September

Dylan Kelly Treadwell who was baptized in St Mary’s Church ,Castlebellingham by Rev’d Canon Joyce Moore on 20th September.

ARCHBISHOP’S VISIT

We were pleased to have a visit from our new Archbishop, the Most Rev’d John McDowell. He joined congregations in services in St Mary’s, Castlebellingham and St Peter’s, Drogheda. 

HARVEST FESTIVALS

We hope to have very curtailed harvest services in St Mary’s Church, Castlebellingham on Sunday 11th October,  in St Mary’s Abbey, Ardee on Sunday 18th October and in St. Peter’s on Sunday 25th October. These will take place during the normal morning service, there will be no visiting preacher, the hymn singing will be curtailed and decorations kept to a minimum.  However, the important business will continue: that of reminding ourselves of God’s goodness and providence, of giving thanks and of remembering those worse off.

DEFERRED EASTER GENERAL VESTRY MEETINGS

It was very good to be able to hold our General Vestry Meetings in all parishes, deferred since Easter.  We must now hope that we don’t suffer further restrictions at level three with the resumed closure of churches.  Each of us can play a small part in ensuring that our churches and society stay open if we keep to the existing guidelines.  I know they are irksome and uncomfortable but the pay-off is the safety and well-being of everyone.

SELECT VESTRY MEETINGS

The next meetings of the Select Vestries will be

Wednesday 7th October Drogheda this to be confirmed

Tuesday 3rd November    Castlebellingham at 8 pm

Thursday 5th November Ardee at 7.30 pm

SUSTENTATION and FUND-RAISING

It is unlikely that we will be able to hold a Christmas Fair and we have already lost the income from the Summer Fair in Drogheda and the Summer Fete in Kilsaran.  Ardee will not be able to host a fund-raiser for charity similar to last year’s Concert with the Drogheda Male Voice Choir. This means a serious loss of income both for sustentation and charitable purposes.  Sustentation, heating, lighting, insurance etc still need to be paid.  Please consider increasing your weekly contribution, by direct debit or any other means convenient for you.

Rev’d Canon Joyce Moore

CONCERTS AT ST. PETER’S

We are delighted to announce the following concerts at St. Peter’s presented by Drogheda Classical Music.  These concerts will be run with strict adherence to the current health guidelines.  Social distancing for the small number (approx.. 40 people)  in attendance will be straightforward.  Masks to be worn during the performances.  DCM reserves the right to cancel at the last minute, should Covid 19 regulations change.

Fri 16 October 2020 7:30PM
John O’Conor piano
Beethoven Sonata in c minor Op. 13 Pathétique
Beethoven Sonata in c sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 Moonlight

This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval 

Numbers will be limited to approximately 40 people. Tickets cost €20 and seating is not allocated. Tickets must be booked in advance from Droichead Arts Centre on 041 9833946.  For those unable to attend –  the concert will be streamed via Vimeo and available to watch from Saturday 17th October  (€10) More information and link to watch will be available from www.droghedaclassicalmusic.com


Fri 13 November 2020 7:30PM
Fionnuala Moynihan piano,  violin (TBC), Aoife Nic Athlaoich cello
Beethoven          Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major (Op. 97) ‘Archduke’
Details in November In Touch

Thurs 10 December 2020 7:30PM
Gary Beecher piano, Gavan Ring tenor
An evening of opera, song and seasonal favourites

Details in November In Touch

A huge thank you to Karen for her stalwart work in facilitating these concerts in St. Peter’s and also to her hardworking group of concert stewards.

CHURCH FLOWERS – St. Peter’s

If you would like to help out with flower arranging please see the weekly rota which has been displayed in the Church Porch.  You don’t have to be a floral designer but if you have ever popped some flowers into a vase to beautify your home now is a good time to expand your creativity in Church !

If you would prefer to make a donation instead towards the purchase of flowers please phone Jill on 086 890 2325.

2020 VESTRY OFFICERS – Ardee

Rector’s Churchwarden Ardee

David Murphy

Vestry Churchwarden Ardee

Ronnie Kavanagh

Rector’s Churchwarden Collon

John Rountree

Vestry Churchwarden Collon

Hazel O’Donoghue

Rector’s Glebewarden

John Rountree

Vestry Glebewarden

George Angel

Secretary

Ruth Higgins

Treasurer

Ronnie Kavanagh

Synod Representative

David Murphy

Supplemental Synod Representative

David Fannin

Parochial Nominator

Ruth Higgins

Supplemental Parochial Nominator

Avril Booth

2020 VESTRY OFFICERS – Kilsaran Union

Rector’s Churchwarden CB

Georgina Whyte

Vestry Churchwarden CB

Graeme Treadwell

Rector’s Churchwarden DL

Marion Sloan

Vestry Churchwarden DL

Olive Newett

Rector’s Glebewarden

Charles Treadwell

Vestry Glebewarden

Harry Newett

Secretary

Georgina Whyte

Treasurer

Charles Treadwell

Synod Representative

Marion Sloan

Supplemental Synod Representative

Charles Treadwell

Parochial Nominator

Graeme Treadwell

Supplemental Parochial Nominator

Alan Whyte

2020 VESTRY OFFICERS – Drogheda

Rector’s Churchwarden

Eugene McParland

 

Vestry Churchwarden

Hazel Spearman

 

Rector’s Glebewarden

Gerry Dagg

 

Vestry Glebewarden

James Black

 

Secretary

Karen Campbell

 

Treasurer

Clive Bagnall

 

Synod Representative

Karen Campbell

 

Supplemental Synod Representative

Helen Delahoyde

 

Parochial Nominator

Carlos McDowell

 

Parochial Nominator

Gerry Dagg

 

Supplemental Parochial Nominator

Hazel Spearman

 

Supplemental Parochial Nominator

James Black

CONTRIBUTIONS TO IN TOUCH

If you have any contributions/noteworthy dates which you would like included in In Touch please email details to hazelspearman@icloud.com

Clergy

The Rev’d Iain Jamieson,         Tel: (041) 9870073/ 083 8640133

The Rectory, Drogheda        Email: i.jamieson@hotmail.com

The Rev’d Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: (041) 6851327/087 7468866

Dunleer, Co. Louth            Email: am.drogheda@armagh.anglican.org

Covid-19 Level 3 Restrictions

In line with Government restrictions Our Churches are closed & services will be online.