What’s on? This Holy Week in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Here is what is on in Cork, Cloyne and Ross this Holy Week – but first a reminder:

Covid-19 Community Response Forum (CRF):

First of all, in partnership with Cork City Council and Cork County Council, we have been asked to make the Covid-19 helpline numbers known to you:

Cork City:  The Cork City Covid-19 CRF helpline is 1800 222 226. Support can also be accessed via covidsupport@corkcity.ie.

Cork County:  Cork County Council’s helpline can be contacted on 1800 805 819  People can also email covidsupport@corkcoco.ie  or text 085 870 9010.

The helplines are open from 8am-8pm seven days a week.

Holy Week ~ Cross in your Window

An invitation to put a cross or to make a cross to put in your window tis Holy Week

Read about that invitation HERE

Daily Prayer in Holy Week

Services on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week

Services for each Day from the Bishop:

(These may be printed and adapted for use at home. Hymns, if familiar, may be sung, or read, or omitted)

Parishes (Services to print and use):

Services Online:

Tuesday at 12 Noon:  Carrigrohane HERE

Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Carrigrohane HERE

Recital Online:

Wednesday at 1 p.m.: St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork: Short Organ Recital by Assistant Director fo Music, Robbie Carroll:  HERE

Maundy Thursday 

Diocesan Services

From 12 Noon: Maundy Thursday the Chrism Eucharist
from the Bishop’s Chapel on the Diocesan YouTube page – HERE

From 8 p.m. Tenebrae – A Diocesan Service for Maundy Thursday, also HERE

A Service to download and use at home:

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

From 7 p.m. Eucharist & Stripping of the altar with Plainchant Psalm 22. HERE

Parish Services Online:

10 a.m.  Carrigrohane HERE

8 p.m. – Youghal HERE

Good Friday

Diocesan Services:

From 8 a.m.  Stations of the Cross HERE

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

From 12 noon Prayers and sung St John Passion – sung by Peter Stobart. HERE

Parishes online:

10 a.m.  Carrigrohane HERE

8 p.m. – Youghal HERE

A Service (to print and use at home) from the Bishop:

Parishes (Services to print and use):

Hear the Passion Gospel again this Holy Week

The Passion Gospel is read by the clergy of the Diocese based in the Chapel of Christ the Healer at Cork University Hospital, one of the places at the vortex of our current crisis (so you will hear passing background noice of the hospital doing what it needs to do), and by clergy of the Diocese, reading from their own places of ministry.

Click HERE to view it.

Additional Resources and Links to Services

are available on the dedicated page on the Diocesan Website

Click Here

William Burges Cartoon of Last Supper Window, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork ©

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Cork Church of Ireland Sports Club – Garryduff – supports Frontline Workers

The main sports hall at the Incorporated Church of Ireland Cork Young Men’s Association – Garryduff Sports Centre – at Rochestown, Cork has been made available to assist with an important effort to make 10,000 face masks for frontline HSE workers over the next 4 weeks.

The initiative was started by Benchspace, a co-making workspace based in Cork City, who approached Garryduff to ask for the space to work with the required physical distancing.  Over one hundred volunteers of all ages are involved  A network of (home-based) people are using their 3D printers to print the ‘headband’ items, which are then collected and transported for final assembly with protective ‘acetate sheets’ for use by frontline healthcare workers in the battle against Covid-19 coronavirus.

Standing Together YET APART…. (front) Junior Cert pupil Donnacha shows one the of the completed ‘face shields’ after assembly by volunteers working at Garryduff Sports Centre, Co Cork. 
Pic; Larry Cummins/The Echo

Vice-President of Garryduff Sports Club and last year’s Club President, Trevor Dunne, explains:

A project has kicked off locally in Cork with the objective of providing Front Line Staff in Cork with Face Shields during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently there are  50 independent 3D printers who have come together to produce 10,000 face shields over the next 4-6 weeks through the leadership of Benchspace.

Garryduff Sports club is being used to provide space for a makeshift assembly line to assemble these 10,000 face shields  for the  frontline healthcare staff. We are delighted a club to help them.

All work has been completed in partnership with the HSE PPE Management team and the infection control department.

Club Patron, Bishop Paul Colton, said:

This is the sort of pooling and sharing of resources needed in this work together at this time.  I am thrilled that the ICICYMA/Garryduff has made available what would otherwise be empty and unused space during this pandemic to support such an essential initiative.

At Garryduff at the moment also, Vice-President Mervyn Kerr, and hard-working club committee member Diane Fehily are making contact with older and more vulnerable members and past-members to offer them support.

Father and son… Junior Cert pupil Donnacha was helping his dad Alan . Here he shows one of the completed ‘face shields’ after assembly by volunteers working at Garryduff Sports Centre, Co Cork.  
Pic; Larry Cummins/The Echo

A GoFundMe page has been set up to provide all necessary raw materials for the face masks project.  It is HERE

You can read Amy Nolan’s  report in The Echo HERE

and Eoin English’s report  in The Irish Examiner HERE

This NewsBlog is grateful to photographer Larry Cummins and The Echo for permission to use the photographs.

One the of the completed ‘face shields’ after assembly by volunteers working at Garryduff Sports Centre, Co Cork. Approx 100 volunteers are involved in the making of the items for the HSE with 10,000 shields to be delivered in approx 4 weeks.
Pic; Larry Cummins/The Echo

Posted in Church in Society, Church of Ireland Hockey Club, Community Involvement, Contemporary Issues, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Diocese, Fund-Raising, Garryduff Sports Centre, ICICYMA, Partnership, People from Cork, Voluntary Work

What’s on? Palm Sunday in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Palm Sunday is Sunday 5th April. It marks the start of Holy Week.

There are no gatherings outdoors or in churches with palms this year; no donkeys or processions either.  But, there is still plenty happening and you are invited to join us.

Here is what is on in Cork, Cloyne and Ross:

Covid-19 Community Response Forum (CRF):

First of all, in partnership with Cork City Council and Cork County Council, we have been asked to make the Covid-19 helpline numbers known to you:

Cork City:  The Cork City Covid-19 CRF helpline is 1800 222 226. Support can also be accessed via covidsupport@corkcity.ie.

Cork County:  Cork County Council’s helpline can be contacted on 1800 805 819  People can also email covidsupport@corkcoco.ie  or text 085 870 9010.

The helplines are open from 8am-8pm seven days a week.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

An invitation to put a cross or to make a cross to put in your window tis Holy Week

Read about that invitation HERE

For Everyone:

Make your own palm crosses – a link to a parish in our sister Church in Scotland – the Scottish Episcopal Church.  CLICK HERE

Worksheets for Children:

Services for Palm Sunday

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork will broadcast at 11.15 a.m.

  • Blessing of Palms and Shortened Sung Eucharist – CLICK HERE

Other Live Services from around the Diocese:

09.15 a.m.  A Service from the Chapel of Christ the Healer CUH on CUH102FM.  Also online HERE

10.30 a.m.  Cloyne Union on their Facebook Page HERE

11 a.m.  Carrigaline Union of Parishes HERE

11 a.m. Carrigrohane Union of Parishes HERE

11 a.m.  Fanlobbus/Dunmanway  joins with Moviddy Union  to worship together from their homes – All Age Worship – Preacher David Bowles.  The link to that is HERE

11 a.m. Youghal will live stream on their Facebook Page. HERE

Podcasts and Pre-Recorded Services are available as follows for you to access as soon as they are uploaded:

Cobh and Glanmire: A Service of Spiritual Communion for Palm Sunday to download and use yourself anytime at home is here:  Cobh-and-Glanmire-PALM-SUNDAY-Spiritual-Communion

Cork – Douglas Union with Frankfield – Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson provides this Service for you to use at home: Palm Sunday 2020.  You can watch his short address HERE and join him for prayers HERE

Cork – Church of Saint Anne, Shandon available from 10.15 a.m. on Palm Sunday  – Youtube Channel HERE

Crosshaven (Templebreedy) online from 8 a.m. Sunday.  HERE

Kilgariffe/Clonakilty from Saturday evening – Service Sheet and Podcast HERE

Ross Union: A Service for Palm Sunday to download and use yourself anytime at home is here:  Ross-Union-Palm-Sunday-Service

In addition:

The RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) has a Hymn for the Day and also a ‘Sunday Self-Service’ HERE

Broadcast Services

Many people do not have broadband or adequate internet.  Please help them to find alternatives on radio and television.

Here are some suggestions:

RTE Radio One Extra also on Long Wave 252:  Service at 11.45 a.m.

Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3: each Wednesday at 3.30 p.m. and every Sunday at 3 p.m.

Hear the Passion Gospel again this Palm Sunday and Holy Week

The Passion Gospel is read by the clergy of the Diocese based in the Chapel of Christ the Healer at Cork University Hospital, one of the places at the vortex of our current crisis (so you will hear passing background noice of the hospital doing what it needs to do), and by clergy of the Diocese, reading from their own places of ministry.

Click HERE to view it.

Feel like an outdoor trip down memory lane – memories of the donkey once again from last year:

Palm Sunday Procession in Douglas Parish in 2017.

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Clergy of Cork, Cloyne and Ross read the Passion Gospel and Invite you to Join them

A group of clergy from the Church of Ireland Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross pooled their efforts, and recorded the Passion Gospel – the traditional reading of the entire story of the final days and hours in the life of Jesus Christ.  The many dozens of clips were recorded in each person’s own place of ministry and sent to the Bishop who pieced them together.

The narrator was Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum reading from the Chapel of Christ the Healer on the main corridor of Cork University Hospital where he is Chaplain.  Bishop Colton said:

I wanted to make a special connection with the hospital as it is emblematic of our overriding concerns at the present time, as we pray for all our frontline workers in Ireland, and also, in this much used Chapel of Christ the Healer we find a place that speaks to us of God’s presence with us: God’s love, compassion and healing.

These clergy of Cork, Cloyne and Ross are all pleased to share it with you; and to invite you to hear again this Holy Week the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew.

To view it

CLICK HERE

Processional Cross by Patrick Pye in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

Posted in Bible, Churches in Cork, Clergy, Holy Week, Invitation

A Cross in Your Window – A Suggestion for Holy Week and Easter

On Palm Sunday Christians would usually gather for their traditional processions recalling the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey, when people welcomed him, and greeted him enthusiastically waving branches.  But there will be no donkeys or palms or outdoor singing this year.

So, an idea has come from the Church of England, which has been shared with us here in Cork, Cloyne and Ross by the Reverend Paul Robinson from Saint Anne’s Church, Shandon and Chaplain to Saint Luke’s Home in Cork.

In England, Bishop David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, has suggested that people put a cross in their window.

Bishop Paul Colton is passing this invitation on and is suggesting that the people of Cork, Cloyne and Ross do the same to mark Holy Week starting tomorrow.  Bishop Colton says:

It’s a great idea.  In Ireland we are used to putting a lighting candle in our windows on Christmas Eve as a sign of welcome to the Christ-child, a sign of hope.  The cross is a sign of God’s love for the world.  Bishop David and I first met about 20 years ago when we were on a ‘Baby Bishops’ Course’ together at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire; we have stayed in touch over the years since.

I invite you all in Cork, Cloyne and Ross to place a cross in a window of your home for the duration of this Holy Week – known to Christians as ‘The Great Week’.

I found a palm cross from previous years and put it in mine as you can see in the photograph below.  Many of you might simply make a cross out of paper or cardboard.  Families might like to make it an activity at home this weekend.  When we get to Easter the cross can be decorated.

The idea is very simple; you are invited to put or to  make a cross to put in a window of your home this Holy Week which starts with Palm Sunday tomorrow.

Displaying a cross is a sign to ourselves and to people passing by of the love of God.

Initially, the cross could be simple and fairly plain, made of paper, card, wood – you can be as imaginative as you like. Then, when Easter comes you may like to decorate it with colours, flowers etc as a sign of our trust in the joy of the resurrection.

Cross placed for Holy Week in the window in front of Bishop Colton’s desk in his study in Cork.

Posted in Announcements, Bishop, Good Friday, Good ideas, Holy Week, Invitation, Palm Sunday

Bishop Paul Colton speaks from his Chapel to School Assemblies in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Church buildings may, of necessity, be closed at the moment, but the Church is well and truly doing what it usually does in worship, prayer, pastoral care, and even more so at this time of crisis.  All over the country clergy, bishops, lay ministers, lay church workers, and members of the Church of Ireland are learning to use technology and apps that they’ve never used before.

Bishop Paul Colton recorded an address last week and sent it to schools in the Diocese for their online/virtual assemblies this week before schools break up (so to speak) for Holy Week and Easter.

Bishop Paul Colton says:

I’d used Skype and Go-To Meeting before, but never ZOOM.  Now I seem to spend half the day ZOOMing.  This crisis is even inventing new words and verbs.  For the first time last week I opened and used the iMovie app so that I could send a message to the school assemblies in Ashton School, Bandon Grammar School, and Midleton College, all of which were gathering as usual this week for the last assembly before the Easter holidays – but they were gathering online.  Strange days indeed, but our ministry must continue.

Bishop Colton’s address to School Assemblies:

Posted in Ashton School, Bandon Grammar School, Bishop, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Diocese, Five Marks of Mission, Fresh Expressions, Midleton College, Schools in the Diocese, Talks

Visit St Fin Barre’s Cork Now from your own Home

We are all ‘staying at home’ at this time.  Many are looking for things to do.

Today we invite you to visit St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork in the company of Dean Nigel Dunne from your own home by viewing the video below.

As Dean Dunne says, when this present period passes, do come and visit in person!

Posted in Cathedral, Cork, COVID-19, Tourism