Cork, Cloyne and Ross Training for Lay Assistants at the Eucharist

Every three years in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, parishes recruit lay people who are trained and commissioned to serve as lay assistants at the Eucharist, and who assist with the distribution of the sacrament.  The short training course, outlined by the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, and delivered locally in each parish covers the Church’s understanding of liturgy and the Holy Communion, as well as all the practical aspects of serving in this ministry. Nearly 300 adults from the Diocese serve in this local ministry and they will be commissioned, in their parishes, during morning Service on Sunday, 23rd April.

In one parish, Carrigaline Union, a group of 17 parishioners recently completed the 6 week PRISM Holy Communion Course and are pictured above on the last night celebrating together with some of the ‘old’ team. Altogether there will be 30 people commissioned on Sunday, April 23rd to be Lay Assistants at the Eucharist in the Parish Union (7 for St John’s Church, Monkstown and 23 for St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline). The Rector, the Reverend Elaine Murray, said:

Thank you to all who gave up their Monday evenings since Christmas, it is much appreciated and this ministry is very much valued by the entire Parish.


Posted in Commissionings, Lay Ministry, Liturgy, Training Event

Accreditation for Clinical Pastoral Education Centre at Northridge House at St Luke’s Charity, Cork

St Luke’s Charity, Cork has funded for some time, as part of its outreach programme, an annual unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) on site in its education centre at Northridge House, Mahon, Cork.

The CPE Centre  has recently  been accredited by the All Ireland CPE Accreditation Board (AICAB). The Director at Northridge House is the Rev Bruce Pierce. The AICAB visiting group consisted of representatives of the following bodies – National Association of Healthcare Chaplains, ACPE (Ireland) Ltd, Chaplaincy Accreditation Board and the Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplains Association. Fr Brian Gough is Chairperson of AICAB.

The Reverend Dr Neil Elford

The visiting group involved an overseas CPE Supervisor to enhance objectivity and best international practice. On the February accreditation site visit to Northridge House, the Rev. Dr. Neil Elford was part of the team. Dr Elford is a member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and part of the CASC Centre Accreditation Committee. Currently he is Director for Spiritual Health Mission and Ethics at Providence Care and Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.

Commenting on the news of the accreditation, the Chairperson of the Board of Saint Lukes’ Charity, Cork,  Dr Paul Colton said:

While the historic core of the work of our charity is Saint Luke’s Home, Cork where we care for the elderly and dementia sufferers, our outreach programme has become increasingly important.  This includes our day care centre, and support for the chaplaincy work of Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum at Cork University Hospital.  A key element also in this outreach programme has been the development of Northridge House, our education centre.  This news of the accreditation of the CPE centre at Northridge House is a significant milestone,  Full credit and great praise is due, in particular, to the work of Bruce Pierce, our Director of Education, for his creativity, energy and diligence in bringing this about to an internationally recognised standard.


Posted in Charities in the Diocese, Church in Society, Clinical Pastoral Education, Northridge House, Saint Luke's Charity, Saint Luke's Home Education Centre

Church Banners Workshop held in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

People from seven different parishes from the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross came to Carrigaline Parish Hall on Saturday 18th March to take part in a Church Banner Workshop organised by the Diocesan Children’s Ministry Group.

Hard at work at the Church Banner workshop organised by the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Children’s Ministry Group in Carrigaline, County Cork.

Noeleen Hogan came all the way from Co. Wicklow to share her expertise in this area and at the end of a hard day’s work, every parish went home with a unique finished Alleluia Banner to use during Eastertide (as well as the knowledge and expertise on how to make more Banners for their church in the future).

The Church Banner workshop organised by the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Children’s Ministry Group in Carrigaline, County Cork.

A great day was enjoyed by all, in fact, it was agreed to hold another workshop in the Autumn to prepare some exciting banners in advance of Christmas.

Doris Bryan and Elsie Gash with one of the banners

Check out the Children’s Ministry Facebook Page ‘CCR Children’s Ministry’ or email the Revd Elaine Murray at to find out about future Children’s Ministry events in the diocese.

Posted in Children's Ministry, Children's Work

Award for St Multose School in Kinsale St Patrick’s Day Parade

Spectators at the Kinsale St Patrick’s Day Parade in Co. Cork were entertained this year by the children of St Multose National School – the Church of Ireland Primary School in Kinsale.

The children played the part of the Children of Lir from the Irish Legend of the same name and were awarded the Perpetual Shield for the Best Junior Group.

St Multose National School in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Kinsale, County COrk

St Multose National School in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Kinsale, County COrk


Posted in Church in Society, Community Involvement, Cork, Parish News, Saint Patrick's Day, Schools in the Diocese

Seirbhís as Gaeilge ar an oíche roimh Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2017

Reachtáladh Seirbhís den Comaoineach Naofa In Eaglais Naomh Muire I gCarraig Úí Laighin 16ú Márta, an Oíche roimh Lá Le Pádraig. Chan Ceolbhuíon Baile na Manach sleachta as ceol an aifrinn le Sean Ó Riada, agus thug easpaig Michael Burrows Pátrun Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise an tSeanmóir.

An Cléir a bhí ag an seirbhís (Clergy who took part): Canon George Salter, the Rev. Anne Skuse, the Rev. Adrian Moran, the Rev. Peter Rutherford, the Rev. Denis MacCarthy, the Rev. Elaine Murray (rector), the Rev. David Bowles, the Rev. Tony Murphy, Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson, the Rev. Kingsley Sutton, and Bishop Michael Burrows (preacher)

A Service of Holy Communion took place in St Mary’s Carrigaline on Thursday Evening, 16th March, the Eve of St Patricks Day . Monkstown Chamber Choir with Roger Ellis, Organist and Choir Master, performed sections from Ceol an Aifrinn by Sean O Riada. Bishop Michael Burrows , Patron of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, preached the sermon.

Na daoine a threoraigh na paidreacha idirghuí (those who read the prayers) – with Seán are (back row l-r) Kevin Carroll, the Rev. Anne Skuse, the Rev. Kingsley Sutton, and the Rev. Denis McCarthy.

Daoine a léigh na scrioptúir agus an Salm (readers of the scriptures and a psalm):
Fraoch Johnson, Finbarr Lehane, and Daphne Sutton.

Baill de Ceolbhuíon Baile na Manach (Members of Monkstown Chamber Choir)

Roger Ellis, Orgánaí (Organist)

Posted in Church Services, Diocese, Irish Language, Saint Patrick's Day

Parishioner of Christ Church, Fermoy Chosen as Grand Marshall of St Patrick’s Day Parade

The Fermoy St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee honoured the Cope Foundation residential and day care centre in Fermoy, County Cork by asking them to nominate a grand marshal for this year’s parade in the town.

Cope’s representative, Ian Fleming, Chairman of the COPE  Fundraising Committee, accepted the honour and stepped up to the occasion.  The Cope Foundation provides support in its many centres throughout County Cork for people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Grand Marshal Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming is a parishioner of Christ Church, Fermoy, County Cork who is very involved also as a Lay Liturgical Assistant (taking some Sunday Services), and serves on the Diocesan Safeguarding Trust panel. On St Patrick’s Day, Ian used the opportunity to thank the local community for their strong and diverse support in their fund raising for a new, wheelchair adapted, replacement people carrier which will be delivered before Easter.

Posted in Charity Work, Church in Society, Community Involvement, Fund-Raising, Lay Ministry, Parish News, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork ~ the Photos

David Barry, Photographer, a guest of the Bishop and fellow scouter brought his camera along to the St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, along with the Diocesan Media Officer, Sam Wynn and many a smartphone and selfie was also produced. Here is a flavour of the photos of the morning:

Posted in Cathedral, Cork, People from Cork, Saint Patrick's Day