Hilda Connolly, Diocesan Youth Officer and the young people of the Cork Diocesan Youth Council invited Bishop Paul Colton to launch their ‘Fridge Video’ – a product of their recent ZOOM meetings held during the lockdown of the CoronaVirus, and edited by one of the younger leaders, Nathan.
Bishop Colton, launching the video said:
Hilda has been working hard with our young people and coming up with lots of creative ideas, and what a great idea this is!
I’m delighted to launch the video now but, more important, I am thrilled that young people in the Diocese are finding ways of keeping in touch with each other and working on fun projects such as this.
I’ve never seen the inside of so many fridges in the Diocese before this. I love it!
Since the start of Holy Week, clergy, readers and diocesan staff in Cork, Cloyne and Ross have been meeting on ZOOM each weekday morning to say the Morning Daily Office together. Many have found it a great support saying Morning Prayer together in this way each day and even seeing one another in the midst of the current restrictions has been an encouragement. Each week one of the clergy hosts the Service and another says the responses, with all others ‘on mute’ as otherwise the time lag on ZOOM causes a cacophony.
But what do you do when one of your number has a big ‘5-0’ – 50th birthday – in lockdown? Such is the case today for our colleague and friend the Reverend Kingsley Sutton.
Well, you don’t tell him and you say nothing, but with the help of a family insider – Daphne Perrott Sutton – you get photos, and then, at the end of Morning Prayer a short happy birthday video put together by the Bishop is played, and then – surprise, surprise – all the participants are holding a mini-birthday cake and candle!
You are welcome to join us in singing happy birthday to Kingsley:
The General Synod of the Church of Ireland was due to meet in Croke Park, Dublin on 7th, 8th and 9th May, but has not done so due to the CoronaVirus.
Yesterday and the day before, our Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, has compiled some photos from the Cork, Cloyne and Ross collection to mark the passing of General Synod in May 2020.
Today, the final day of what would have been this year’s May General Synod the Bishop asks that we remember those from Cork Cloyne and Ross who were serving on General Synod when he became Bishop in 1999, or who have served since, but have died.
Every year during the prayers at General Synod we name those who have died since we last met. This year, with time to reflect and pray during the lockdown, I have been remembering those from Cork, Cloyne and Ross who were serving on the General Synod when I became Bishop in 1999, and since, who have died.
I’ve put together this short memorial tribute to them with the musical assistance of Peter Stobart, Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
I invite you to join me today in remembering them with thanksgiving before God.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Last month’s letter which I published online was written the day after An Taoiseach announced that gatherings were to be limited to 100 people indoors and to 500 people outdoors. Since then we have had a whirlwind of change. Many have faced disappointments and great challenges. Still others find that the normality of their lives has been upended. For too many, illness they have already been living with has been complicated, and great numbers have struggled with or are suffering from COVID-19. We have not been able to give loved ones who have died in these times the funerals we would like to have arranged for them.
Those working in what have been classed as ‘essential services’, especially those in all branches of healthcare, are working in a new normality that is at the limit of human endurance. Most of us are being asked to make our contribution by heeding the message: ‘Stay at home’
These are traumatic times for everyone. They are unknown territory for all of us in our Diocese too as parishes and faith communities. We have not been able, in the same way, to do what the Church is all about doing – gathering around God’s word and the Lord’s Table to worship together, and going out to encounter face to face those who we need to care for and serve in God’s name. That is our normality as a Church and it too has been dislocated: abruptly.
As Bishop I ask that, as of first importance, we continue to do in whatever ways we can, what the Church is meant to do: to worship God; to pray steadfastly; to reflect on God’s word; to reach out in any way we may to those who depend on our pastoral care; to offer our practical help and solidarity with anyone who needs it; and to play our parts as responsible members of society.
All of our clergy and lay workers, with their own unique gifts and different approaches have been doing this. On your behalf, I want to thank each and every one of them. Everyone has been working harder than ever in the most stressful of situations. We are not trying to replicate our regional parish system online. This is a time for sharing gifts and helping one another. We are truly discovering the value of pooling our energies and talents. Not everyone has to do everything the same way. This recognition of each others’ gifts and dependence on one another is what Saint Paul calls ‘a still more excellent way’ (1 Cor. 12.31) and which he describes at length in the following chapter, the famous one about love.
I pray for God’s blessing on each and every one of you,
✞ Paul Cork:
The full Diocesan Magazine for May is here: Diocesan Magazine – May 2020
The May edition of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Diocesan Magazine is now available. Click below:
If you missed the April Magazine it is also available: Diocesan Magazine April 2020