On Wednesday 1st September 2021, following the Government announcement the previous evening, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, announced that Confirmation Services, including some which had been postponed on two previous occasions, would now go ahead this month. Bishop Colton said that these would be the first Confirmations to be held in the Diocese since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic. None were held in 2020. In the Church of Ireland tradition, only the Bishop is permitted to do Confirmations.
The following dates, with restricted attendances in compliance with the new announcements are:
Friday, 10th September: Kilgariffe Parish Church, Clonakilty for Kilgariffe Union (Clonakilty, Kilmalooda, Timoleague and Courtmacsherry
Saturday, 11th September: Abbestrewry Parish Church, Skibbereen for Abbeystrewry Union (Skibbereen, Caheragh, Baltimore, and Castletownshend), and also for Ballydehob Union (Ballydehob and Aughadown)
Sunday, 12th September: Saint Fachtna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery for Ross Union (Rosscarbery, Union Hall, Glandore, Leap and Castleventry)
Sunday, 12th September: Saint Peter’s Church Bandon for Bandon Union (Bandon, Ballinadee, Brinny, Rathclaren and Innishannon)
Saturday, 18th September: Saint Luke’s Church, Douglas for Douglas Union with Frankfield (Douglas, Blackrock, Passage West and Frankfield)
Sunday, 19th September: Saint Colman’s Cathedral, Cloyne for Cloyne Union (Cloyne, Midleton, Corkbeg, East Ferry) and also for Youghal Union (Youghal, Castlemartyr and Ardmore)
Saturday, 25th September: Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork for the Cathedral Parish and also for Cobh and Glanmire Union (Glanmire, Little Island, and Cobh)
Saturday, 25th September: Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven for Crosshaven and Nohoval
Sunday, 26th September: St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline for Carrigaline and Monkstown
Three ordinations are also being held in September. Bishop Colton will ordain two deacons and one priest.