Culture Night was held on Friday 23rd September in Cork and across the country. The Cathedral proved to be a popular place to visit among over 80 venues in the city which included tourist attractions, heritage buildings, arts venues, outdoor performances, and many more.
The Cathedral’s programme began with Choral Evensong at 6.15pm at which there were nearly 200 people present. For many, this was their first time hearing the Cathedral Choir and the historic organ. The night continued with three guided tours by the Cathedral’s experienced tour guides, and a further insight into its daily life was available in the form of an audio-visual presentation at the west end fo the building. Some choristers stayed on after their Friday evening choir practice to talk with visitors and to tell them about their contribution to the musical life of the Cathedral.
At the end of the evening the Dean of Cork, the Very Rev. Nigel Dunne said:
We are delighted to be taking part in what could be called the first full and proper Culture Night since 2019. Over 900 visitors have had the chance to come and experience not just our beautiful architecture and artistic craftsmanship but also to hear our wonderful choir and to learn more about what we do here week in, week out throughout the year.
St James’s Church of Ireland in Mallow held its annual Harvest Thanksgiving celebrations over the weekend of 23rd to 25th September this year.
The Festival culminated in a service of popular hymns on Sunday afternoon last, at which the Rector was joined by Mgr Anthony O’Brien, PP Mallow. A large congregation, representing different churches and organisations in the town, generously donated over €1,000 to Wesley’s Munch Soup Kitchen (Le Cheile Africa). This is a charity set up by two local people, Shane Crowley and Tadhg McMahon, to provide a life-saving meal three days a week to people in the Solai region of Kenya. The Soup Kitchen is named in memory of their best friend Wesley Carey (R.I.P.) who dedicated himself to always helping the most vulnerable in society. Mr Derry Desmond thanked the congregation for their generous donation.
The Rector, the Reverend Meurig Williams, is very grateful to everyone who gave their time, skills and energy to make it a great celebration – as well as people from across the town who came and supported it. He writes:
‘It was a wonderful expression of the sheer breadth of talent and generosity to be found in Mallow and the surrounding area, as well as showing how the church can bring people together.In particular, I want to thank the people from the churches who supported the event, the organisers of Mallow Farmers’ Market, and those who brought their own produce and crafts, as well as those who exhibited their artwork so that the beauty of St James’s could be enhanced. There was excellent cooperation with the Blackwater Photographic Society and with Mallow Arts Collective who organised the excellent ‘Culture Night’ multicultural concert. It all helped us in being welcoming, hospitable and thankful. Importantly for me, it showed how the church can work in partnership with other community organisations.’
Last Sunday, 18th September 2022, Carrigrohane Union of Parishes welcomed the Rev. Abigail Sines and a Service of Welcome was held at the Church of the Resurrection in Blarney. The Rev. Robert Ferris, Rector of Carrigrohane Union, led the service and the Very Rev. Dermot Dunne, Dean at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, preached the sermon. Both, the community in Blarney as well as visitors from Dublin attended the service.
The Rev. Robert Ferris said:
It was a joy and delight to welcome Abigail to the parish, both at the welcome service and the subsequent Sunday services. The service on Saturday was bittersweet for those who came to Blarney to support and encourage Abigail from Christ Church Cathedral. We took time to pray for Abigail and sought God’s blessing upon her as she begins a new phase of pastoral ministry in our parish and Diocese.
The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, is delighted to announce that he has appointed the Reverend Terry Mitchell, who is Diocesan Education and Further Training Officer, as the new Chaplain to the Guild of Lay Ministry in the Diocese.
The Guild of Lay Ministry in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, includes the role of warden of readers. as well as chaplain to other lay ministries in the Diocese, including Lay Local Ministers (both pastoral and liturgical).
The Rev. Terry Mitchell is based in Schull, County Cork, where he is also part-time priest-in-charge of Kilmoe Union of Parishes. He succeeds Canon Paul Arbuthnot as Chaplain to the Guild of Lay Ministry in Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
On Wednesday, 14th September 2022, Holy Cross Day, the Rev. Jean Carney, the Rev. Richard Dring and the Rev. Carole Pound were ordained Priests in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
Jean holds a Master in Theology and serves as curate-assistant in Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield since August 2022. Richard served as a Deacon in Ordained Local Ministry in Carrigaline Union since September 2021, after having been a Diocesan Reader since 2001. Carole served as Deacon in Ordained Local Ministry in Abbeystrewry Union since September 2021, also after having been Diocesan Reader.
The Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton presided at the liturgy, and priests from around the Diocese joined him in the laying-on-of hands. The Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, and Bishop Elect of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, the Ven. Adrian Wilkinson preached at the Service. The Lay Vicars Choral of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir sung under their Director of Music, Peter Stobart, and the Assistant Director of Music, Robbie Carroll played the organ.