March 2021 Gazette

The March issue is now online and in print on Friday, March 5.

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, some of our female clergy from across the island share special memories of their mothers. They tell us what life lessons they learned from their own mothers, which they have passed down to their own children and parishioners.

Our big interview this month is with Danny Kinahan, Northern Ireland’s first Veterans Commissioner. He talks about what he wants to achieve with the newly created role, how he hopes to see veterans’ issues

depoliticised and how he is reaching out to veterans across the island.

In a Lenten period where many are focused on gaining experiences and giving to others, rather than self-sacrifice, we look at the different ways that parishes and clergy are marking the season.

We meet Wexford and Kilscoran parishioner Anne McMorris for our food pages. Anne’s family have a long association with the RNLI and her great grandfather was one of the founding members of the Kilmore Quay branch in 1884. Anne shares her favourite seafood recipe with us, as she tells us about her family’s proud history with the Lifeboats.

The devotional this month comes from Kilternan Parish, where Rev Rob Clements has written about resilience. We are also delighted to bring you the first of our regular columns from Rev Stephen Farrell, who this month shares his experience of home schooling his young daughters in the rectory, with amusing results!

There are all the usual features including Mothers’ Union reports, Liturgical Notes the Diocesan Focus and the Archive of the Month.

All this and much more in the March Gazette.