Lent Programmes under way in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Yesterday, Wednesday 14th February, was the first day of Lent.  Services to mark Ash Wednesday were held throughout the Diocese, many of them incorporating the imposition of ashes for those who wished to receive them.

In Lent this this year, parishioners in Douglas Union with Frankfield are being encouraged to observe Lent by using the #LiveLent – Let your light shine programme. While it has been devised and promoted by the Church of England, it is applicable to our church context. The daily readings take the follower on a journey through the Gospel of John, offering a pause for reflection, a prayer and a challenge to act.

In addition, in Douglas Union with Frankfield, each week there will be an opportunity for people to come together to do the #LiveLent course. The parish clergy will host these meetings on Tuesday evenings and there will also be meetings on Friday mornings in the Canon Packham Hall. For those with smartphones, the daily reading and reflection is available by downloading the App for Android and iOS. E-mail and text signups are also available. Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson says:

Our prayer is that these resources will help us individually and our parish community to walk the Lent journey and bring us all closer to Jesus, who offers abundant life to all who journey with him.

On 10th March a Men’s Breakfast for the parish will be held in Bull McCabes Bar and Restaurant on Airport Hill at 9.00am. The guest speaker will be John Creedon from RTE. Admission is by ticket only and they are available through the parish at €12.50 each.

During the six Thursday evenings in Lent, Ballydehob Union, will be exploring the Healing stories in the Gospels. Each meeting will look at a different passage from the Scripture that invites all, choosing to live in a relationship with God, into the discipline of being transformed. Anyone, church goer or not, is welcome to attend.

A series of 5 meetings, led by the Reverend Walter Hill, will be held in parishioners houses around Fermoy Union on each of the Wednesdays in Lent.

Written by the Reverend Jack Kinkead, the Reverend Lesley Robinson, Mr Philip McKinley, Canon Paul Houston and Mr David Ritchie, the Bible Association of the Church of Ireland Lenten Studies will be followed on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Hall in Carrigaline Union. Based on the 5 Anglican Marks of Mission, this year’s theme is entitled “As the Father sent me, so I send you” (John:20.21). The five studies focus, in turn, on the TELL, TEACH, TEND, TRANSFORM,TREASURE aspects of mission, moving from the teaching and pastoral care required after initial conversion to the wider social and environmental challenges of the Gospel.

This Lenten study will also be used in Cloyne Union each Thursday evening at 8pm in Midleton Parish Hall beginning on 22nd February.

A Bible Study course entitled ‘On the Third Day’ will take place each Wednesday evening beginning on the 28th in Templebreedy Rectory at 7.30pm.

On the 2nd March there will be a World Day of Prayer Service at 8pm in Sacred Heart Church, Minane Bridge. The theme is ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good’ and the service comes from the people of Surinam. There will also be a Service on this day in the Youghal Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

In St Brendan’s Church, Bantry, there is a Service of Wholeness and Healing each Wednesday morning during Lent at 11.30am.

On each Lenten Wednesday in Kinneigh Union there will be a meeting beginning at 8pm in St Paul’s Hall, Ballymoney following a course devised by Churches together in Britain and Ireland. Each evening will finish with Compline.

Lent Groups will be held on Wednesdays at 8.30pm in the Cathedral Hall, Rosscarbery and will be looking at some of the issues raised by the report produced at the end of the first phase of Charting a Future with Confidence.

A Lenten Recital Series will take place in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork which will feature the formal launch of a new recording of the Cathedral Organ entitled Grande Symphonie, performed by David Leigh, Assistant Organist of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. This takes place in the Cathedral on Thursday 22nd February at 6.30pm during which Mr Leigh will give a recital featuring some of the pieces from the CD.

The full Lenten Recital Series programme is available on the Cathedral Website – Click Here

Sunday early Communion and mid-week Communion services in Kinsale Union will use the traditional (more penitential) form and after all Sunday Services in Lent there will be an opportunity to make a donation to Marymount Hospice as part of the Union’s Lenten Giving Plan. There is also a Plan for Reading the Gospel of Mark on each day of Lent for individuals to take/use as required.

St Anne’s, Shandon, will hold a Lent reflection evening in the Rectory on Tuesday 20th February at 7pm.

On Saturday 17th February at 9.15am Kingdom Men Cork will be held at Carrigrohane Parish Centre. This men’s breakfast is about inspiring men to connect with God and live a life that proclaims and demonstrates God’s Kingdom to those around us. The Speaker will be the Reverend Kingsley Sutton and Worship will be lead by James Russell from Willowfield Church, Belfast.

Every Wednesday in Lent there will be a ‘Praise & Wonder’ event in Kilgarriffe Church at 8:30pm. The evenings will have extended times of praise and prayer with a thought for the day. It will have a Service of the Word structure.

Abbeystrewry Church will host the Diocesan Music Scheme on Saturday 24th March. Singers from around West Cork and the wider Diocese will come together to practice and perform The Crucifixion by Stainer. During the season of Lent there will be a series of Christian Meditations on Wednesday evenings at 8.30pm in St Mary’s Hall, Caheragh. This will be a time of reflection and silent prayer where there will also be an introduction to the ancient Christian Art of Meditation.

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Church Services, Lent, News Roundup, Parish News, Special Events, Spirituality

Certificate in Christian Studies Launched in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

For many years, in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, ‘The Bishop’s Course in Theology’ met the needs of a large number of adults learners in the Diocese.  Now, following a lull in the delivery of that course, and as a response to both the Bishop’s Visitation of the Diocese in 2016, and the on-going programme Charting a Future with Confidence a new opportunity has been launched for adult learners in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

A group of people, many of them involved in delivery of ‘The Bishop’s Course’ have been working with the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, since early 2017.  On Tuesday last, the Bishop published the details of the new course which will be the Certificate in Christian Studies from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, delivered locally in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

Bishop Colton said:

Learning, including learning about the faith, is a lifelong process.  There is great interest in and demand for a course like this.  I am most grateful to my colleague, Bishop Michael Burrowes, in Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, and also the Very Reverend Tom Gordon, Dean of Leighlin, for pioneering and developing this course in that Diocese.  It has been very popular and transformative there, and I am thrilled that, through their good offices, with the approval and support of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, we can now offer the same course here.

The Certificate in Christian Studies  is  a level 7 certificate course  of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  It is a part-time course for all who wish to explore the Christian faith. The programme provides a structured introduction to: scripture, theology, church history, ethics, liturgy, and ministry.

The centre (but not exclusively) for the local delivery of the course in Cork, Cloyne and Ross will be Northridge House Education and Research Centre of Saint Luke’s Charity, Cork.

The formal launch and first module of the course will be on Saturday, 28th April.  The deadline for completed applications for the course is Wednesday, 21st March 2018. Full details are available from parishes, chaplaincies and the Diocesan Office.

For the full information leaflet please CLICK HERE

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Annual Youth Leaders Training Weekend in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The annual youth leaders weekend organised by the Cork Diocesan Youth Council is always valued by the participants. This year’s weekend was held on 2nd to 4th February in Clonakilty, County Cork.  Again this year it proved to be a great time to meet and get to know the youth leaders around the Diocese. Guest speakers are also brought in each year to run workshops; a chance to get motivated, recharged and ready for the coming year.

This year did not disappoint.  Emma and Gemma from Tearfund Ireland ran a very interactive and informative presentation on Global Justice in Youth Work throughout the weekend.  This was the first major Diocesan youth event since the commissioning of new Diocesan Youth Officer, Hilda Connolly, who was also present.

Diocesan Youth Officer, Hilda Connolly, with some of those who participated in the weekend.

There were a lot of heads spinning (in a positive way!) after the workshops they planned, and there was also a lot of enthusiasm on how to implement the ideas into youth groups or parishes.

On the Saturday, Kerry McMahon from the Simon Community called in to give everyone a heads up on the homelessness situation around Cork and on how the Simon Community is run.

The Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, and his wife Susan Colton, also popped in on Saturday to have a chat to Emma and Gemma, to meet with the youth leaders and to join them for lunch. It was great to have them along and to see the training being offered.

Youth leaders from Cork, Cloyne and Ross with Emma and Gemma from Tearfund Ireland, with Bishop Paul and Mrs Susan Colton who dropped in to see what was going on at the youth leaders weekend.

By the end of the weekend everyone had lots of ideas and plans, and, of course, were fully refreshed and ready to tackle the world! The training weekend ended with Sunday Morning Service at Kilgarriffe Parish Church.

Posted in CDYC, Contemporary Issues, Diocese, Training Event, Youth Work

A New Church of Ireland Chaplain for UCC ~ The Photos!

As previously reported here, Canon Alan Marley was commissioned as a Chaplain to University College Cork at a Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Sunday, 28th January.  He was also installed as a canon of the Cathedral.

Photographer Jim Coughlan was on hand to record the occasion:

Canon Alan Marley with the Bishop after the Service
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Canon Alan Marley, following his Commissioning as a Chaplain to University College Cork and his Installation as Prebendary of Dromdaleague and Kilnaglory with his wife Anne, and their family. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Clergy from Cork, Cloyne and Ross together with members of University College Cork with, Fr. Gerard Dunne, O.P. Chaplain UCC, Professor Patrick O’Shea, President UCC, The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, The Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Reverend Canon Alan Marley and the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork, following the Commissioning and his Installation as Prebendary of Dromdaleague and Kilnaglory.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Dr Amanullah de Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam and Acting Head of the School of Asian Studies, with the Bishop and Canon Alan Marley following the Commissioning.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Posted in Appointments, Chaplaincies, Commissionings, Diocese, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Photo Montage, University College Cork

New Church of Ireland Chaplain at University College Cork

On Sunday, 28th January, Canon Alan Marley was commissioned to serve as Church of Ireland Chaplain at University College Cork.  The Commissioning was held in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork at the start of Choral Evensong, after which Canon Marley was installed as Prebendary of Dromdaleague and Kilnaglory in the Cathedral Chapter.

Canon Alan Marley, following his Commissioning as a Chaplain to University College Cork and his Installation as Prebendary of Dromdaleague and Kilnaglory with his wife Anne, and their family. Picture: Jim Coughlan

The Commissioning was done by the Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, and, on foot of the Bishop’s mandate, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, installed Canon Marley in his prebendal stall.  Clergy and people from throughout Cork, Cloyne and Ross, were joined by the President of University College Cork, Professor Patrick O’Shea, who led a group of academic and university staff, as well as students.  The lessons were read by the President and Father Gerard Dunne, UCC Chaplain.

Clergy from Cork, Cloyne and Ross together with members of University College Cork with, Fr. Gerard Dunne, O.P. Chaplain UCC, Professor Patrick O’Shea, President UCC, The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, The Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Reverend Canon Alan Marley and the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork, following the Commissioning and his Installation as Prebendary of Dromdaleague and Kilnaglory.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

As part of the Commissioning, symbols of the ministry of a chaplain were presented to Canon Marley by representatives of the Diocese and the University: a bible, the water of baptism, the bread and wine for celebrating the Eucharist, the oil of healing, a Book of Common Prayer, and a towel of Service. A book from the Boole Library was presented to represent study, and a hockey jersey from UCC Men’s Hockey Club was presented to denote sport and leisure.  Of particular note, was a Muslim prayer mat (to represent the diversity of religious faiths in the University, and for the use of Muslim students) was presented as a gift by Dr Amanullah de Sondy,  Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam, and Acting Head of the School of Asian Studies at the University.

Dr Amanullah de Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam and Acting Head of the School of Asian Studies, with the Bishop and Canon Alan Marley following the Commissioning.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The new Chaplain, Canon Alan Marley says:

… it has been an exciting, and slightly bewildering, time. The move from Midleton was an enormous upheaval and Anne and I are grateful for all the help and kindness we have received in making it. The welcome of the Chaplaincy team, led by Fr. Gerard Dunne, has been one of great warmth, encouragement and openness. It has been exciting to see the ministry that exists within the University and that it is appreciated and respected. It was wonderful that the President of UCC, Professor Patrick O’Shea, and many of his colleagues from the academic staff, were able to attend and participate in the commissioning service. I hope I will be able to find my feet in the coming weeks and months, and look forward to the challenges ahead.

In welcoming everyone to the Service, Bishop Colton referred to John Henry Cardinal Newman’s The Idea of a University:

The University is a community of thinkers, engaging in intellectual pursuits not for any external or utilitarian purpose, but as an end in itself: knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Envisaging a broad, liberal education, which teaches students ‘to think and to reason and to compare and to discriminate and to analyse’, Newman believed that narrow minds were to be avoided by exploring all areas of study.  Surprisingly, some might say, Newman, once an Anglican but who became a Roman Catholic, said that the University should be a secular place, but that does not mean ‘no religion’.

We value this partnership between the Diocese and University College Cork which I first negotiated 17 years ago with the then President, Professor Wrixon.  We offer chaplains to the University not to change its secular status but to journey with the community that is the University, those who are religious of many outlooks, and those who are not.  We believe that Alan Marley will bring many gifts and much experience, not least his own humanity to this position.

Professor Patrick O’Shea, President of University College  Cork, welcoming Canon Marley’s appointment said:

We are delighted to have Canon Alan Marley as a chaplain in our University College Cork family. The Chaplaincy service at UCC is our oldest student service, and also supports our staff in a community totalling over 23,000.

Along with his broad community experience he brings to UCC a vision of love, peace, and respect for all who seek support on their spiritual journey. My colleagues and I were honoured to participate in his commissioning service at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

Fr. Gerard Dunne, O.P. Chaplain UCC, Professor Patrick O’Shea, President UCC, The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, The Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, the Reverend Canon Alan Marley, and the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork, following the Commissioning. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Posted in Appointments, Chaplaincies, Commissionings, Community Involvement, Education, University College Cork

The Photos of the Commissioning of Hilda Connolly as Diocesan Youth Officer in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Hilda Connolly was commissioned as new Diocesan Youth Officer in Cork, Cloyne and Ross at a Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork on Sunday, 21st January.

Photographer, Jim Coughlan, was on hand to capture the occasion.  Here are some of his photos:

HIlda Connolly
Picture: Jim Coughlan

Picture: Jim Coughlan

Posted in Appointments, Church in Society, Commissionings, Diocesan Youth Officer, People from the Diocese, Photo Montage, Youth Work

New Diocesan Youth Officer in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

On Sunday, 21st January, Hilda Connolly was commissioned as the new Diocesan Youth Officer in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.  The commissioning by the Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, took place at a special Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork. People from all over the Diocese, including large numbers of young people, youth workers, clergy and readers, were present and took part.

The new Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocesan Youth Officer, Ms. Hilda Connolly, is commissioned by The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, The Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, during the Commissioning Service.
Picture: Jim Coughlan

Hilda Connolly lives in Clonakilty, County Cork, with her husband, Kevin, and they have two sons. Hilda says:

Being surrounded by males can be very chaotic and crazy at times but it’s a lovely change having come from a family of 4 sisters and 1 brother! For the past 3 years, I have had the pleasure of being part of our young people’s lives as their Youth Development Officer in West Cork on a part time basis. I also, worked alongside the Cork Diocesan Youth Council on many events throughout the three years. This enabled me to build up a good relationship with the youth and to discover what their needs were. It has been and very fulfilling and amazing time.

In January 2018, I was appointed to a full time position as Diocesan Youth Officer for Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Because of my previous role I have made great connections with clergy, youth leaders, parents and young people which will hopefully help me to carry out what I hope to achieve in this new post.

The Connolly family with the Bishop
Picture: Jim Coughlan

Preaching at the Service, the Bishop emphasised that the appointment of a youth officer does not let everyone else in the Diocese ‘off the hook’ in relation to youth work. ‘  He said:

In commissioning Hilda for this work as Diocesan Youth Officer we are not handing over responsibility for all youth work to her.  She is not to be a dumping ground for our fears, laziness, or inadequacies, such as they may or may not be, in the area of youth work.  Her appointment and commissioning does not let us all off the hook: me as Bishop, clergy and lay people in parishes, chaplaincies and institutions throughout the Diocese.  

Hilda is not the youth worker for every parish to do for you what you should be doing yourselves.  And that begs a question of all of us; what are we doing ourselves? What are you doing in your neck of the words? What are we investing in terms of time and resources in youth work?

During the Service, readings and prayers were read by young people from the Diocese. Representatives of the Cork Diocesan Youth Council brought forward symbols of youth ministry and presented them to Hilda as part of her commissioning: a Bible, a cross, a map of the Diocese, the Cork Diocesan Youth Council logo, an emblem of our times (a mobile phone), and the Diocesan report Charting a Future with Confidence.

All the photos will be posted on this NewsBlog in due course.

Some of the young people and youth leaders at the Service.
Picture: Jim Coughlan

 

Posted in Appointments, Bishop, Commissionings, Community Involvement, Youth Work