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DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – May/June 2015

FROM THE REGISTERS:
Holy Baptism –
1st March – Sadie Sinnamon, daughter of Kenny & Stephanie (St Michael’s)
26th March – Logan Alexander Reid, son of Wayne and Kathy (St Michael’s)
29th March – Sienna Ruby Bristow, daughter of Stephen and Alexandra (St Michael’s)

WORSHIP:

Sunday School Prizegivings – St Michael’s Sun 31 May @ 12.00, St Patrick’s Sun 21 June at 10.00

Healing Service – Sunday 10th May at 7.00pm in St Michael’s

Summer Time – in June, July and August the services move to the earlier times of 10.00 (St Patrick’s) and 11.15 (St Michael’s).

Two choral festivals – the annual Cookstown Clerical Society Choral Festival will be held in Saint Conghall’s Church, Desertmartin, on Ascension Thursday, 14 May, 7 pm rehearsal, 8pm service. The Armagh Diocesan Choral festival is on Sunday 31st May in the Cathedral, 3 pm rehearsal for 4 pm services.

RTE – at the time of writing plans are in hand for another broadcast on RTE, this time a live radio broadcast from St Michael’s on Sunday 26 April at 11.45am. The broadcast will be available on RTE Player for some weeks after transmission, and CDs will be available from the parish.

Fundraising Auction & Home Baking sale – Friday 5th June, Parish Hall, Castlecaulfield – come along and grab a bargain.

Mothers Union the festival service will be held on Wed 27th, in the cathedral, and members are asked to make every effort to support this. This year’s ‘outing’ will on Saturday 13 June, and will be a return visit to the members from Trim and Athboy who came to us last year.

What’s been happening – since the last magazine notes were written we have had the Parish Dinner, the dedication of the summer seat in St Patrick’s, the fundraising table quiz for St Patrick’s, and the concert with Paul Hughes & friends in St Michael’s – as well as our usual round of Lenten and Holy Week worship, the GFS Enrolment service and Parents Night, and the Boys Brigade Display. Thanks to all who supported and organised each event. Congratulations to those who were confirmed in St Michael’s on 23 April. Please continue to uphold each of them in prayer.

The Organisations are winding down for their summer break. Thanks to all who assist in any way, and as always volunteers are always welcome in any organisation.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – March/April 2015

FROM THE REGISTERS:
Holy Baptism –
7th December 2014 – Jacob Harold Burrows, son of Glenn & Denise (St Michael’s)

Holy Matrimony –
5th December 2014 – Shawnee Davison & Stephen Kirkland (St Michael’s)

Christian Burial
14th December 2014 – Henry Benson, late of Killymerron Park, Dungannon

WORSHIP:
Lenten mid-week services continue on Wednesdays @ 7.30pm, 5th & 19th March in St Michael’s, 12th & 26th in St Patrick’s. In these services we are reflecting on the story of Abraham and his family from the book Genesis.

Holy week begins on Palm Sunday, 29th March. Services take place nightly at 7.30 (Monday-Saturday), with three services in each Church – Mon, Wed & Thurs in St Patrick’s, Tues, Fri and Sat in St Michael’s.

Easter Day services at the (traditional) early times of 9.00 (St Patrick’s) and 10.30 (St Michael’s).

GFS Enrolment Service – Sun 8th March, 3.30pm (St Patrick’s). Parents Night Fri 17th April @ 7.45pm

Confirmation will be held on Thursday 23rd April at 7.30pm in St Michael’s. It is not a rite of passage of those around 13 or 14 years of age – it is an adult profession of faith, and anyone (who has not yet been confirmed) is welcome to be confirmed. Please remember the candidates in your prayers.

The BB Display will be held on Saturday 21st March in the Parish Hall.

Table Quiz – St Patrick’s are organising a table quiz for the evening of Friday 6th March, in the parish hall, Castlecaulfield – a good night’s craic is promised.

Davison Dedication – a summer seat is being given to St Patrick’s in memory of the late Madge Davison, by her family. At the time of writing the dedication is planned from Sunday 15th February at the morning service.

Smiles Trip – as in previous years a group of parishioners are travelling to Romania with the Smiles Foundation. This year’s group includes Debbie, Geordie, Hannah and Alanna. They are handing out smartie tubes as one of their fundraising ventures.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – January/February 2015

FROM THE REGISTERS:
Holy Matrimony –
13th September – Elsie Cooke & David Hamilton (St Michael’s)
1st Nov – Danelle McMillan and Henderson Hume (St Michael’s)

WORSHIP:
As has become our custom, we begin the New Year with Epiphany Carols on the first Sunday of the year, 4th January, and on the second Sunday of the year, 11th January, we use the Methodist Covenant Service as we reflect on the Covenant that God has made with us, and our response to him. What better “New Year’s Resolution” than to renew our Commitment to God?

Healing Services – the January service will be combined with the Diocesan quarterly service, and will take place in St Michael’s on Sunday 11th, our usual date, but at 3.30 in the afternoon (the normal time for the diocesan services).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 18th February. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist at 7.30pm in St Michael’s (there will be no 10.30 Eucharist that day). Lenten services will continue each Wednesday, alternating between the two churches

Shoe Box Appeal – this year our boxes went to Kosoo. Thanks to all who continue to support this. We collected a total of 40 boxes and £220.

Christmas – the autumn and winter is always a busy time in church – on top of all of the ‘regular’ activities in recent weeks we had visits to both parishes from the Diocesan Commission which led to some fruitful discussion, our second regular visit from Archbishop Richard who spent some time in Donaghmore Primary School and Corkhill Nursing Home, and some of our choir appeared on Songs of Praise on BBC1. At the time of writing the Christmas ‘rush’ is looming – so thanks in advance to our musicians, organists, readers and all who work hard to make our worship not just happen, but make it so very special.

Confirmation will take place in 2015. Classes will begin in January, and information will be available on the weekly sheets. Confirmation is not a rite of passage for teenagers, it is an adult profession of faith, and older members of the church who have not been confirmed would be most welcome to discuss this with the rector.

Organ Recital – every month in Armagh Cathedral there is a Sunday afternoon recital, which takes places after evensong (4.15 approx). The recital in January is on Sunday 18th, and will be given by the rector. The recitals last for 45 minutes, and admission is free (there is a retiring collection).

Table Quiz – St Patrick’s are organising a table quiz for the evening of Friday 6th March, in the parish hall, Castlecaulfield – a good night’s craic is promised.

Painting – St Patrick’s has been given a beautiful gift of a painting of the Church by Mark Barcley, in memory of his late mother. The painting can be admired in the church porch.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – November 2014

FROM THE REGISTERS
Holy Baptism
31st August – Leo Paul Malcolm Dugal (St Michael’s)
31st August – Elly-Mai Dugal (St Michael’s)
31st August – Billy Godfrey Dugal (St Michael’s)
21st September – Grace Aimee Nicola McKeown (St Michael’s)

Christian Burial
29th August – Betty Graham (St Michael’s)

WORSHIP:
Sun 9th November will see the annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for all the bereaved at 7.00 in St Michael’s. All are welcome to attend this special service, when we have the opportunity to come into the presence of God and give thanks for our loved ones who have died, and continue to pray for God’s strength and peace for the bereaved.

BB Enrolment will be on Sunday 16th November at 3.30pm in St Michael’s

Christmas Carol Services on Sunday 14th December in St Patrick’s and Sunday 21st December in St Michael’s (both 7.00pm).

Christmas Eve – The First Eucharist of Christmas in St Michael’s at 8.00pm, and Christmas Day Family Eucharist at 9.00 in St Patrick’s and 10.30 in St Michael’s.

Choir Practices in November will be changing nights because of the Archbishop’s Roadshow in Killyman on Wednesdays 12th and 19th. Details will be on the weekly announcements – please mark these dates in your diary and plan to support the roadshow.

Archbishop Richard will make his second visitation of the parishes on Tuesday 11th and Sunday 16th November. This is a good opportunity for our parish community to meet our Father-in-God, and we look forward to full attendance at worship that morning.

Mothers Union meets on the second Tuesday of each month – 11th November in Castlecaulfield, and 9th December in Donaghmore. The annual outing this year took a new format, including a meal and a visit to the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh to see songs from Phantom of the Opera and the Shows. Thanks to all who were involved, a very good night was enjoyed by everyone.

Harvest Collections are being given to USPG, along with St Michael’s Harvest Appeal, which is being divided between the parish repair fund and USPG.

Michaelmas – each year at Michaelmas (the feast of St Michael and All Angels’) we celebrate the Patronal Festival in Castlecaulfield, and dedicate gifts to the parish. This year the gifts included a framed tapestry of the Last Supper embroidered by Maude Lambe, and a box of activity packs, toys and books for children in church, given by the Mothers Union. We are most grateful for the continued generosity of so many people.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – September 2014

FROM THE REGISTERS
Holy Matrimony
3rd July – Judith Bristow & Alan Cassells (St Michael’s)

Christian Burial
21st June – Madge Davison, Donaghmore (St Patrick’s)
WORSHIP:

Service Times – in September services return to “normal time”, 10.30 (St Patrick’s) and 12.00 (St Michael’s).

Healing Service – because the ordination of deacons will take place on Sunday 14th, our healing service in September will be held on Sunday 28th at 7.00pm in St Michael’s

Mothers Union the Rural Deanery service will be held in St Michael’s on Tuesday 23rd September at 7.30pm

Harvest will soon be upon us. Services at the usual dates and times:
Friday 3th October, 8pm, Sunday 6th October 10.30am and 7pm in St Patrick’s
Friday 10th October, 8pm, followed by Harvest supper, Sunday 12th October, 12noon & 7pm

Looking forward to November, the annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for the bereaved will take place on Sunday 9th at 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend this special service, when we have the opportunity to come into the presence of God and give thanks for our loved ones who have died, and continue to pray for God’s strength and peace for the bereaved.

Thanks to those who have conducted worship over the summer months, especially to Diocesan reader Florence Gallagher, Canon Michael Kennedy, and ordinands David McComb and Mark Gallagher, and to our own Parish Readers whose help and assistance is invaluable. Thanks also to the Revds Johnny McLoughlin and Aonghus Mayes who were “on call” for pastoral emergencies.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – JULY 2014

FROM THE REGISTERS
Holy Baptism
20th April – Sydney Thomas Greaves (St Michael’s)
27th April – Megan Mae McCombe (St Patrick’s)
25th May – Cody John Beattie (St Michael’s)
8th June – Raphael Campbell Michelon (St Michael’s)
8th June – Trevor Robert William Hunter (St Michael’s)
8th June – Aidan Marc Hunter (St Michael’s

Holy Matrimony
2nd May – Stephen Bristow & Alexandra Brownlee (St Michael’s)

Christian Burial
15th April – Winifred McVeigh, late of Bangor (St Michael’s)
26th May – Jim Boyd, late of Portadown (St Michael’s)
11th June – Christina Grimes, late of Glengormley (St Michael’s)
WORSHIP:

Service Times – in June, July and August the services are at the earlier times of 10.00 (St Patrick’s) and 11.15 (St Michael’s). In SEPTEMBER they return to “normal” times, 10.30 & 12.00

Donaghmore Parade Service will be held on Sunday 6th July @ 7.30pm.

Wednesday Eucharist – No services between 16th July & 13th August (inclusive)

Healing Service – Sunday 14th September at 7.00pm in St Michael’s

Mothers Union the Rural Deanery service will be held in St Michael’s on Tuesday 23rd September at 7.30pm

Revd Edna Wakely – our congratulations and prayerful best wishes go to the Revd Edna Wakely, a former student reader in these parishes, who was ordained priest in Limerick on Sat 14th June.

Choir and Music – the recordings of music on our Youtube channel have had over 14,000 individual viewers to date. This year’s RTE recordings have already had 435 views in the first weeks, and last year’s topped 3,000. Most popular are “As we gather” (1513), The Lord at first did Adam make (1086), Old 100th (864), Who would think (780), O God you search me (734), Now go in peace (720)

Finance – George McNicholl, the new treasurer in St Michael’s, is keen to update all financial records, and asks all parishioners who are tax payers to sign a new Gift Aid declaration. He is also planning on introducing a system of Standing Order payments for Free Will Offerings for those who would prefer to pay by this method. Further information in due course.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – May 2014

FROM THE REGISTERS
Holy Matrimony
15th February – Arlene Greenaway & Jonny Little (St Michael’s)

Christian Burial
17th February – Sally Graham, Upper Parklands, Dungannon, and late of Mullaghmore Rd (St Patrick’s)
14th March – Vera Henderson, Kilcoole Drive, Dungannon (St Patrick’s)
4th April – Hattiett Wade, Castle Grove, Castlecaulfield (St Michael’s)

WORSHIP:

The Cookstown Clerical Society’s Annual Hymn Festival will be held in St Swithin’s Church, Magherafelt, on Ascension Thursday, 29th May, rehearsal at 7.00, service at 8.00pm. All are welcome to come and explore some of the contents of the forthcoming supplement to the Church Hymnal.

Sunday School Prizegivings – at the Family Services on Sunday 18th May

Healing Service – Sunday 25th May at 7.00pm in St Michael’s

Summer Time – in June, July and August the services move to the earlier times of 10.00 (St Patrick’s) and 11.15 (St Michael’s).

Big Breakfast – a big breakfast is being organised by the MU and parishioners for Saturday 17th May, to which the families of all the children baptised in the parish in recent years will be invited.

RTE – a good day was had by all who travelled to the RTE television studios in Dublin to record a parish Eucharist to be broadcast on Sunday 4th May. It is a great honour to be invited back so soon after the last broadcast. The broadcast will be on television, radio and the internet, and available on RTE iPlayer for 3 weeks.

Mothers Union the final branch meeting of the season is on Tues 14th May, when the speaker will be the diocesan president, Iris Suitor. The festival service will be held the following night, Wed 15th, in the cathedral, and the MU members from Trim and Athboy will visit our branch on Saturday 10th May.

Killyman Players – a great night was had at the play, “A fish out of water”. At time of writing figures are not available, but a good sum was raised for parish funds.

The Organisations are winding down for their summer break. Thanks to all who assist in any way, and as always volunteers are always welcome in any organisation.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – March 2014

FROM THE REGISTERS
Holy Baptism
2nd February – Reuben Patterson O’Rourke, son of Peter & Debbie (St Michael’s)

Christian Burial
25th January – Vera Sinnamon, late of Main St & Tullycullion Rd, Donaghmore (St Patrick’s)

WORSHIP:

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 5th March. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist at 7.30pm in St Michael’s (there will be no 10.30 Eucharist that day). Lenten services will continue each Wednesday, alternating between the two churches – 12 Mar, 26 Mar and 9 April in St Patrick’s, and 19 Mar & 2 Apr in St Michael’s.

Holy week begins on Palm Sunday, 13th April. Services take place nightly (Monday-Saturday), with three services in each Church – Mon, Wed & Thurs in St Patrick’s, Tues, Fri and Sat in St Michael’s.

Easter Day services at the (traditional) early times of 9.00 (St Patrick’s) and 10.30 (St Michael’s).

Healing Service will be held on Sunday 23rd March at 7.00pm in St Michael’s.

GFS Enrolment Service – Sun 23rd March, 3.30pm (St Patrick’s). Parents Night Fri 11th April @ 7.45pm

George Walker Commemoration Service – Sun 13th April @ 3.30 (St Michael’s)

Table Quiz – Fri 7th Mar 7.30, Parish Hall, Castlecaulfield, in aid of Hannah & Debbie Davidson’s and Helen Hall’s Mission Trip to Romania with Smiles Foundation. £4 per person inc supper, spot prizes & raffle.

Organ Recital – The March Recital in the Dean Herbie Cassidy Memorial Series in the Cathedral will be on Sunday 9th, when the recitalist will be the rector.

Mothers Union meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm, 11th March in Donaghmore, 8th April in Castlecaulfield

Diocesan Choral Festival – Sun 16th March, rehearsal @ 3, service @ 4 in the cathedral – all singers welcome

BB Display – Saturday 29th March, 7.00pm

Killyman Players – are putting on a performance of their forthcoming play on Saturday 5th April in the Bardic Theatre in aid of St Michael’s. Tickets £8 available from the rectory or the church.

Parish Dinner – it was great to see the hall so well filled for the annual parish dinner. Thanks to Elizabeth for organising, and all who assisted her.

Christmas Videos – quite a number of videos of Christmas carols are now on our Youtube channel, and some harvest videos. A list is on our website, on the “links” page. Please don’t just watch the videos, but also “like” on them, so that they appear more often as suggestions for others.

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE NOTES – January 2014

FROM THE REGISTERS
Holy Baptism
28th October – Elissa May Browne, daughter of May & David (St Michael’s)
3rd November – Gareth William Peter Winning, son of Jason & Oonagh (St Patrick’s)
24th November – Constance Elizabeth Robinson, daughter of Shirley & Robert (St Patrick’s)

Christian Burial
16th November – Dinah Ovelle Sloan (St Patrick’s), late of Cookstown Road

WORSHIP:
As has become our custom, we begin the New Year with Epiphany Carols on the first Sunday of the year, 5th January, and on the second Sunday of the year, 12th January, we use the Methodist Covenant Service as we reflect on the Covenant that God has made with us, and our response to him. What better “New Year’s Resolution” than to renew our Commitment to God?

Healing Services will be held on Sundays 12th January and 9th March at 7.00pm in St Michael’s.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 5th March. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist at 7.30pm in St Michael’s (there will be no 10.30 Eucharist that day). Lenten services will continue each Wednesday, alternating between the two churches

Christmas Dinner – a good crowd from the parish enjoyed the Donaghmore Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner in St Joseph’s School on Sunday 8th December. It is good to see this community initiative thrive, and to see good support from our parish.

Shoe Box Appeal – this year our boxes went to Belarus. Thanks to all who continue to support this. While contributions were down on previous years, we still received 36 boxes and £235

Youth Club continues to thrive – though more leaders are needed urgently. We are meeting on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, but would like to increase this to every Saturday.

Music and Musicians – it has been good to welcome two new young organists to the bench in Donaghmore, Alanna Brown and Adam Patterson. Our thanks go to all who enrich our worship week by week, whose commitment is immense. Congratulations to the music group on their performance at the Bawn Silver Band concert in Aughnacloy, and to the combined choirs and music group on their performance in the Bardic Theatre to fundraise for Marie Curie.

Good News Club meets in Castlecaulfield Methodist Church Hall each Tuesday, 6.00-7.00pm. All primary school age children welcome

Clergy Wives – It was good to welcome the diocesan clergy wives to St Michael’s for their annual Eucharist with the Archbishop on Thurs 8th November, and to entertain them in the rectory following the Eucharist.

USPG – our harvest collections to support the work of USPG (or US, as they are now called), exceeded £1,250. Thanks to all who gave generously.

Mothers Union meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm, 14th January in Donaghmore, 11th February in Castlecaulfield

Parish Dinner takes place on Friday 7th February in the Parish Hall, kindly organised by the Mothers Union. Full details on the weekly announcement sheet.

QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE SERVICE

Glenn Ferry (Churchwarden), Alan Williamson (Parish Reader), The Very Revd Gregory Dunstan (Dean of Armagh), The Rector, Geraldine Eastwood DL (Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Tyrone), Alwyn Nixon (Churcwarden), pictured after the Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen, in St Michael’s on Tuesday 5th June 2012.

A packed church celebrated this momentous and joyous occasion, with visitors travelling great distances to join in the celebrations. The lessons were read by Margaret Potts and Jim Kirk, and the prayers were led my members of the Sunday Schools: Chloe Davison, Alison Hall, Ellen Farquhar and Adam Patterson. The Lord Lieutenant (who was attending the National Service of Thanksgiving in London) was represented by Geraldine Eastwood, Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Tyrone.

The choir, accompanied on the organ by Anne Greenaway, sang a selection of music with royal connections, including a setting of Psalm 150 by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, the Te Deum by Sir Charles Hylton Stewart, part of Ralph Vaugham William’s arrangement of the Old 100th, and Thomas Bridgewater’s “O be joyful in the Lord”.

Each of the hymns respresented significant events in the life of the Queen: “Praise my soul the king of heaven” was sung at her wedding, “All people that on earth do dwell” at her coronation, “O Christ the same”, and “He who would valient be” both at her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.

Some recordinags of the choir can be found at:
Psalm 150
All people that on earth do dwell
O Be joyful in the Lord
Te Deum

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