St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork Hosts Royal School of Church Music Ireland

On Saturday, 5th October St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork hosted the 2019 festival of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Ireland.  A day of rehearsals under the direction of Adrian Lucas (Head of Choral Studies and Chief Examiner, RSCM) concluded at 4.30 p.m. with a Festival Service with the theme ‘Where shall Wisdom be found?’  attended by the Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton.

Choristers at Where shall Wisdom be Found? A festival service in search of God’s wisdom. The presentation of the Voice for Life awards, by the Right Reverend Dr. Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross with RCSM Ireland at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

 

Where shall Wisdom be Found? A festival service in search of God’s wisdom. The presentation of the Voice for Life awards, by the Right Reverend Dr. Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross with the RCSM Ireland Committee at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

During the Service Bishop Colton presented RSCM Voice for Life awards to choristers: bronze, silver and gold awards.

Here are the photos from the day:

Some of those who were presented with their awards at
Where shall Wisdom be Found? A festival service in search of God’s wisdom. The presentation of the Voice for Life awards, by the Right Reverend Dr. Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross with RCSM Ireland at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Posted in Award, Bishop, Cathedral, Cathedral Choir, Children's Work, Church Music, Diocese, Education, Presentation, Royal School of Church Music

Two County Cork Churches Celebrate Bicentenaries

During the month of September, two churches in the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, celebrated their bicentenaries: 200 years of the present church buildings in communities where Christian faith, worship and service stretches back many more centuries.

Saint Matthew, Baltimore

On Sunday 22nd September the parishioners of Abbeystrewry Union (Skibbereen, Baltimore, Castletownshend and Caheragh in County Cork) celebrated the 200th anniversary of the consecration of St. Matthew’s Church, Baltimore.  St. Matthew’s Church was consecrated on the 25th September 1819 by Thomas St. Lawrence, Bishop of Cork and Ross.  This year’s Dedication Eucharist was celebrated with a church full with  parishioners of St. Matthew’s and representatives from Tidy Towns Baltimore, RNLI and many other well wishers.

At the Baltimore 200 celebrations were (l-r) Mrs Carole Pound (Reader), Canon Trevor Lester, the Reverend John Ardis (Rector), Mr Nicholas MacGillycuddy (Reader) and Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson (Bishop’s Commissary).

The Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Ven. Adrian Wilkinson preached and assisted the rector Rev. John Ardis in the celebrations.  The Archdeacon acted as the Bishop’s Commissary, as the Bishop was unable to be present as he was in hospital. Canon Trevor Lester represented former rectors at the celebrations.  After the Service, the parish continued the celebrations at the Glebe Gardens in Baltimore with a light lunch and a special commemorative cake.

The Bishop’s Commissary, Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson and the Reverend John Ardis cut the Baltimore Bicentenary Cake.

The service was one of the high points of the parishes celebrations for the year.  Earlier in the year, on the 15th of June  a garden party was held, also at the Glebe Gardens, Baltimore where our commemorative booklet edited by Mr. Nicholas MacGillycuddy was launched.  At that garden party launch   St. Fachtna’s Silver Band entertained everyone with their music  There was also a weekend Flower Festival held in St. Matthew’s Church from Friday 28th to Sunday 20th June.

The launch of the Baltimore commemorative book earlier in the year – Mr Nicholas MacGillycuddy and the Reverend Joh nArdis.

For the remainder of the celebrations this year there will be a Community Harvest Thanksgiving in association with the RNLI who are also celebrating 100 years of having a lifeboat in Baltimore.  And on Friday 13th December the end of the bicentennial year of festivities will be marked with a Community Concert in St. Matthew’s Church. The Community Christmas Crib will be installed at 7.30 pm, and the concert will start at 8 pm.

The rector, the Rev. John Ardis writes:

This year has been a wonderful celebration of this beautiful church.  I am so grateful to all in the parish and beyond who have helped make this such a remarkable year., particularly our hard working committee.  The history of this church is so linked with the history of the village, and I am delighted that the celebrations have been shared by all, and I am so grateful for the well wishes of the wider community.  As a parish we were delighted to have the Archdeacon present with us for our Dedication Eucharist, and we continue to pray for the Bishop’s recovery.

Saint Senan, Inniscarra

On Sunday 1st September St. Senan’s Church, Inniscarra celebrated a very special evensong with the choir of St. Fin Barre’s cathedral participating and the Bishop – the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton – preaching to mark the bicentenary of the Church.

Bicentenary at Saint Senan’s, Inniscarra, County Cork.

The Service was followed by the planting of a tree by the Bishop in the churchyard.

‘Where’s the shovel? You can’t plant a tree with a crozier.’

Bishop Colton planted a tree

A cake and refreshments which were enjoyed by all.

Saint Senan’s bicentenary cake.

 

Choir of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork preparing for Evensong at Saint Senan’s, Inniscarra

Posted in Anniversaries, Archdeacon, Bicentenary, Bishop, Cathedral Choir, Churches in Cork, Diocese

Western Front Association Recognises Work of Bishop of Cork and Dean of Cork for Centenary of First World War

On Wednesday, 2nd October, the Chairman of the Western Front Association, Colin Wagstaff visited Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork to thank the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, and the Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne, for the work they and the United Dioceses had undertaken between 2014 and 2018 in the commemoration of the centenaries of the First World War in general, and of the centenary of the Armistice in particular.

Mr Wagstaff was accompanied by Gerry White (Chairman, Cork Branch of the Western Front Association), Gerard O’Meara (Secretary, Cork Branch of the Western Front Association), and Denis Kirby (Cork Branch of the Western Front Association, who is also chairman of the Irish Branch of the Leinster Regiment Association).

Throughout the centenary period a montage created by Bishop Colton and Dean Dunne featuring the faces of people with Cork connections (then and now) who died or were veterans of the First World War was on display in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in a place set aside for remembrance and prayer.  Many thousands came to visit it during the four-year period.

In addition, in schools of the Diocese, Bishop Colton organised special teaching materials and, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, special assemblies and classes were held when the Bishop’s gift of an olive tree to each school was received.  At the heart of the Armistice 100 Service of Remembrance in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral were facsimiles of First World War telegrams onto which students of Ashton School, Bandon Grammar School, and Midleton College had transcribed the names of Cork people (between 4000 and 5000) who died in the First World War.  It was the first time, liturgically, that all the names of all the Cork people of all backgrounds who died in the War were included physically in one place.

At the presentation to Bishop Paul Colton and Dean Nigel Dunne at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork were (l-r) Denis Kirby (Cork branch of the Western Front Association, and Chairman, the Irish Branch of the Leinster Regiment Association). Gerry White (Chairman, Cork Branch of the Western Front Association ), Colin Wagstaff (Chairman, the Western Front Association), , the Bishop, the Dean, and Gerard O’Meara (Secretary, Cork Branch of the Western Front Association).

 

Posted in Award, Bishop, Cathedral, Centenaries Commemoration and Reconciliation Project, Centenaries in Ireland, Centenary, Community Involvement, Cork, Cork Centenaries Commemoration and Reconciliation Project, Diocese, Five Marks of Mission, Local History, Making Connections, People from Cork

Cork, Cloyne and Ross Annual Diocesan Service for Primary Schools ~ the Photos!

The Annual Diocesan Service for Primary Schools in Cork, Cloyne and Ross was held in Saint Peter’s Church, Bandon on Thursday, 26th September.  A full report is HERE.

Photographer Jim Coughlan was on hand to take the photos and here is the gallery:

Posted in Children's Ministry, Children's Work, Church Music, Churches in Cork, Diocesan Church Music Scheme, Diocese, Education, Schools in the Diocese

Annual Diocesan Service for Primary Schools in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The annual  Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Diocesan Service for Primary Schools was held in St Peter’s Church, Bandon on this day last week: Thursday 26th September. There was a great atmosphere in the full church even before the service began as the choir from Templebreedy School practised with Mr Peter Stobart. Mr Stobart who is Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork is also Director of the Diocesan Church Music Scheme.

Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The service began with an introduction by Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson, representing the Bishop who was very disappointed not to be there as he was just out of hospital.

The Archdeacon welcomes everyone to the Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

 

The theme this year was ‘God’s world Our World” There was a lovely tone of formal informality as each of the many schools there was welcomed by name (going through the alphabet). Each one rang their bell and presented their banner which was received in the sanctuary by the Reverend Anne Skuse and altogether they were a very bright and colourful collection.

Procession of School Banners ~ Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

 

Students led most parts of the service such as the welcome, the readings and the prayers.

Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The psalm was called A Shout of Praise and it was indeed just that as it was responsorial and increased in volume as it progressed. Templebreedy school sang Rutter’s arrangement of For the beauty of the earth very beautifully.  Peter Stobart conducted.

Templebreedy School Choir conducted by Mr Peter Stobart at the Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The organist at the Service was Robbie Carroll, who is the new Assistant Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and who is also involved in schools of the Diocese as part of the Diocesan Church Music Scheme.

Robbie Carroll – new Assistant Director fo Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork at the Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

 

The Reverend Andrew Orr, Chaplain of Midleton College, was the preacher and he fully engaged the children when he held up a box and described its contents as a wonderful machine that cleaned and filtered liquid and worked 24/7.

The Reverend Andrew Orr ~ Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

 

 

 

 

 

He had everyone guessing what was in the box!

Guessing what’s in the box at the Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

After a few guesses he told everyone it was a kidney!  He talked about how wonderful human bodies are and how we should use our wonderful minds to THINK about how we can make a difference in the world.

Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The schools have been collecting on behalf of the Bishops’ Appeal and this was brought up during the singing of a new hymn, Touch the Earth lightly.

Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The Archdeacon thanked everyone who had participated, as well as the local rector, the Reverend Denis MacCarthy and the vestry of St Peter’s for the kind use of the church, the Reverend Andrew Orr for his excellent sermon, the clergy who had come from their various parishes, the organist, the teachers and the pupils.

Clergy at the Diocesan Service to mark the start of the School Year,
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

A lovely occasion!

Watch out for a full gallery of photos taken by photographer Jim Coughlan which will be published later.

Pictured are Abbeystrewry National School, Skibbereen, County Cork, at the Church of Ireland, United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne &; Ross, A Diocesan Service to mark the Start of the School Year, at the Church of Saint Peter, Bandon, Co. Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Posted in Cathedral, Children's Ministry, Children's Work, Church Services, Churches in Cork, Diocesan Church Music Scheme, Education, Five Marks of Mission, Schools in the Diocese

‘Preaching the Old Testament’ ~ Autumn Talk to the Cork Guild of Lay Ministry

Canon Kevin Walton

On Saturday 28th September, the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Guild of Lay Ministry met in St Lappan’s, Little Island.

The morning began with a celebration of the Eucharist by the Reverend Paul Arbuthnot, Chaplain to the Guild of Lay Ministry.

After the Eucharist, the guest speaker was Canon Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor of St Albans Cathedral.

He spoke on the theme of ‘Preaching the Old Testament’.

Dr Walton is a scholar of the Old Testament. He was awarded his PhD for his thesis on ‘Jacob’ by Durham University. He also has responsibility for the oversight of the St Albans Study Centre, which is attached to the cathedral.

He spoke on the importance of understanding the situation, society, and authors who wrote the Old Testament.

After his talk, the morning concluded with a hearty lunch in Cork Golf Club.

Some of the members of the Guild of Lay Ministry in Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the Church of Saint Lappan, Little Island.

Posted in Adult Education, Bible, Education, Five Marks of Mission, Guild of Lay Ministry, Lay Ministry, Preaching

Cork Diocesan Youth Council Asks Young People To Read Saint Mark’s Gospel Before Advent

CDYC (Cork Diocesan Youth Council) have set up an exciting ‘Advent Challenge’  for the young people in Cork, Cloyne & Ross.

They are asked to follow reading programme that involves reading 2 chapters of the Gospel of Saint Mark each week over the next 8 weeks.

Of course it isn’t just a reading task!  The young people then are asked to write a short 500 word piece on ‘What you have learned from the Gospel of Mark?’  and ‘Why Jesus Matters?

There will be a prize of €50 for the best article followed by €35 for 2nd place and €20 for 3rd place.

A resource book called FUEL, produced by CIYD, can be used in this challenge.

Copies of Fuel can be got form our Diocesan Youth Officer, Hilda Connolly at:  dyo@corkchurchofireland.com

All entries must be returned to Hilda by the 1st December.

For more information, please check out the CDYC Facebook page for a short video by Simon Henry (Church of Ireland Youth Department), explaining the challenge.

Simon Henry   was also the guest speaker in Cape Clear this year and spoke on Jesus Matters!

Get reading and writing – Best of Luck everyone!

 

Posted in Advent, Bible, Books and Publications, CDYC, Church of Ireland Youth Department, Five Marks of Mission, Youth Work