IN TOUCH – March 2021

The Occasional Newsletter

of

Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

 

CONDOLENCES

Our deepest sympathies go to the Armstrong and Bell families on the death of Clem Bell. Coupled with the sadness of bereavement is the huge difficulty of arranging a funeral with restrictions on travel and numbers.             

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost a year since our churches were first closed. My first attempt at an online service was 22 March. Thank you all for your contributions to the readings, prayers and music. One of the positives of online is being able to hear other people preach: whether one agrees or not it’s always good to hear another voice, get a different perspective.

 

We are fast approaching the Easter General Vestry season. We cannot hold meetings in person, so we may attempt to gather a quorum together on Zoom.

 

As the children prepare to return to school, spare a thought for teachers who may be vulnerable; we pray that they will stay safe.

 

SERVICES

During Lent, we hope to have online evening services, using several different forms. The rector has agreed to give a short address at each of these.  The services will be available on Wednesdays and thank you Eugene, James and Georgina for circulating the links.

   

BIBLE STUDIES 

The Archbishop continues his weekly Bible studies. You can find them at:

http://armagh.anglican.org/News/ArchbishopJohnBibleStudies2021.html

and Eugene has the link on the Parish website also. I recommend them: each one is  about 10 minutes long and brings new insight into the life and ministry of St  Paul.  His trials would make great copy for a ’soap’ 

           

The rector’s next Bible Study, on Zoom, is scheduled for 8 March; again, I recommend them, there is always something new to be learned.

 

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION OF THE CROSS

Instead of the annual Good Friday procession with the cross, the organisers have recorded an online version. This was recorded in each church in Drogheda. In St. Peter’s, along with the clergy, Ms Rhona McKay and Ms Hazel O’Donoghue represented us. Thank you, both of you. This will be available on Good Friday. Links will be posted later.

 

MEMORIAL SERVICE ONLINE

We are preparing an online memorial service to remember friends and family of parishioners in the Creggan and Louth Rural Deanery, who have died since 1 March 2020.  The service is also open to anyone who tunes in to our weekly online services.  If you would like your loved ones’ name/details included in the service, please send them to JOYCE either on WhatsApp or via email as follows:

 

NAME of person to be remembered

PHOTO (optional)

DATE of BIRTH  (optional)

DATE of DEATH

 

You can reach JOYCE ON   WhatsApp  087 746 8866 and her Email is  :   moorejoyce72@gmail.com 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

All frontline workers

Patients suffering from covid

Residents in nursing homes who cannot understand why their loved ones are not visiting

Children and teachers returning to school

All who suffer despair

 

 

Joyce and Iain

 

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

Services this Month

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