150th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven ~ Templebreedy

On the afternoon of Trinity Sunday, 27th May, Templebreedy Church – Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven – was full for the celebration of the sesquicentenary (150 years) of the consecration of the Church.  The church building was designed by William Burges, who also was the architect of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.  The Reverend Isobel Jackson, Rector of Templebreedy, welcomed everyone to the Service: the high point of a weekend of celebrations.  Jennifer Gill, whose late father, Archdeacon Gill, was the longest serving rector of the parish, has written a short history of the church, and she was on hand to sign copies of her beautifully presented book.

Jennifer Gill with the Bishop.

The Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, presided and preached. Clergy from other local parishes were in attendance, and the parishioners were joined by friends and guests from the local community. The parish choirs – adult and children – led the singing. Afterwards everyone adjourned to the Royal Cork Yacht Club where afternoon tea was served.

Members of the Templebreedy Children’s Choir were photographed after the Service with (l-r at rear): the Rev. Hazel Minion, Canon George Murphy, the Rev. David Bowles, the Rev. Isobel Jackson (Rector), Archbishop Patrick Coveney (Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Greece), the Bishop, Father Patrick Stevenson, Canon Eithne Lynch, and Archdeacon Adrian WIlkinson.

Posted in Anniversaries, Bishop, church buildings, Church Services, Heritage, History, Parish News, Sesquicentenary

Pentecost with an International Flavour in St John the Baptist, Midleton, County Cork

The Feast of Pentecost was given an international flavour when celebrated recently in St John the Baptist Church, Midleton, County Cork. People from twelve different countries in the Parish prayed the Lord’s Prayer in their own language as part of the Pentecost Service.

The Lord’s Prayer was said in 12 Languages by (l-r): Rosie (German); Joy (Edo); Evelyn (Irish); Chen Yu (Taiwanese); Wendy (English); Paolo (Spanish) ; Tony (Latin); Pep (Catalan); ;Roli (Urhobo); Damyan (Bulgarian); Cynthia (Ibo); and Mary (French).

The Service also focussed on the fruits of the Spirit.  With the help of parishioner Lynda Deane each member of the Congregation was invited to write a fruit of the Spirit or a prayer  on a m especially constructed screen on the Church .

Linda Deane with the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ display

Posted in Church Services, Parish News, Pentecost, People from the Diocese

Bishop and Diocese Council of Cork, Cloyne and Ross Announce GDPR Information

The impending arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next week – 25th May 2018 – has resulted in a flurry of activity and preparation in organisations and institutions throughout Ireland and, indeed, Europe.

In Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Bishop and the Diocesan Council have had Data Protection policies in place for several decades.  In preparation for GDPR these policies have now all been reviewed are available here as set out below.

For members of the Church of Ireland in the Diocese, and members of the public who are on our mailing lists:

Data Privacy 2018 General

For clergy of the Diocese, other office holders and volunteers working in the Diocese:

Data Protection 2018 Clergy and Office Holders and Volunteers

For employees of the Diocese:

Data Protection 2018 Employees

The Bishop and Diocese will be in contact shortly with those whose consent is required for inclusion on our contact and mailing lists.

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Posted in Diocese

Cork Church of Ireland School Wins National Dairy Council Competition

Last month, on Friday 27th April, St. Luke’s National School, O’Mahoney’s Avenue in Cork was announced as the winner of the National Dairy Council’s competition to create a jingle for Moocrew’s future advertisement campaign.

Ms. Goggin and the children in Fifth and Sixth classes worked hard together to create a fantastic rap which encourages school children to drink milk. They had great fun pooling their ideas as well as performing the final rap. A name was pulled out of a hat and so Grace Maher had the opportunity and daunting task of performing the rap live on Today FM’s ‘Ian Dempsey’s Breakfast Show’. She was thrilled to speak live on air along with Principal Ms. Jacqueline Collier after winning the national competition. The rest of the school were thrilled to hear of Fifth and Sixth classes’ achievement and the roar of delight that went out from the classrooms of O’Mahoney’s Avenue were likely heard in Today FM’s studios without the aid of any recording equipment!

Children from St Luke’s National School, O’Mahoney’s Avenue, Cork

Their winning rap will be professionally recorded and used in Moocrew’s future campaign. The entire school will be treated to a trip to Airfield in Dundrum in Dublin, receive free school milk throughout the next academic year and enjoy using new sports equipment to the value of €1,500.

Posted in Children's Work, Competition Winners, Cork, Education, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Schools in the Diocese

Choir of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork Visits St Davids Cathedral, Wales

Easter is always a busy time for cathedral musicians and this year was no exception with choral services on every day of the Triduum and Festival Eucharist and Evensong on Easter Sunday itself. There was also a liturgical performance of Charles Wood’s St Mark Passion on the evening of Good Friday.   

However in the minds of 26 young choristers, all of this was a mere prelude to something much more exciting: the prospect of an epic voyage by land and sea to a distant country, sleeping in bunk beds for four nights and to cap it all, missing a day of school. Yes the Cathedral Choir was on tour in Wales, and specifically St Davids (with no apostrophe), the smallest city in the UK and its medieval cathedral.     

The full party was of 40 people, including supervisors, adult singers and Canon Daniel Nuzum representing the Dean and Chapter of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The coach journey from Cork to Rosslare passed by very quickly as spirits were high, and then everyone boarded the early evening Stenaline crossing to Fishguard. The boat was exceptionally quiet and they had exclusive the use of the amusement arcade! Four hours and a plate of chicken nuggets later they landed and drove the short distance to St Davids and the accommodation in the dark.

Fun on the boat!

The next morning everyone was delighted to see that the St Davids Bunk Barns owners had supplied them with a full cooked breakfast before they headed down to the cathedral for a guided tour. Pilgrimage and the shrine of St David are major themes inside and the tag line ‘turning visitors into pilgrims’ is clearly displayed. The guide linked St David to St Patrick and pointed out snakes, shamrocks, leeks and daffodils. There are also several examples of the pilgrim’s scallop shell around the cathedral, the shell which has lines all leading to the same point.   

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir at St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, Wales

After lunch and exploration around the sweet shops of St Davids it was then time to rehearse for the first service of the tour, Evensong in the Quire area of the cathedral. The choir are used to singing in a very open space in St Fin Barre’s with the sound disappearing in all directions. The Quire of St Davids is rather more intimate and enclosed in beautiful wooden carved stalls, making the singing a totally different acoustic experience. They were required to sing all 43 verses of Psalm 107 which was a shock to the systems, although it does aptly include the verse ‘they that go down to the sea in ships’. Please note that there was no staggering like drunken men at any point during the visit.   

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir at St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, Wales

The day off from singing was Saturday, although the choir squeezed in an early morning rehearsal at the Bunk Barns before traveling to the seaside resort of Tenby for the day. The plan to take a boat trip to the monastic Caldey Island was scuppered by the weather, although they were told it was the tide that was the problem rather than wind or rain. Everyone spent some time on the beach instead, playing volleyball and even building a scale model of St Davids Cathedral in the sand.

On the beach

An early night seemed like a good idea as Sunday began at 9.30am for a rehearsal in the cathedral before the first of the two services that day. Unusually for the choir the principal morning service was Matins and they had diligently been learning Britten’s Te Deum and Jubilate in C major specifically for the tour.

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir at St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, Wales

Ms Phoebe Chow ( Assistant Director of Music) was at the organ and the choir was in the Nave for this service. After a glorious afternoon in the sun (sleeping off roast dinner in some cases) everyone returned for Evensong with a sermon delivered by Canon Nuzum. He picked up on the theme of pilgrimage once again and indeed presented each of the choristers with a scallop shell on a chain as a memento of their visit.

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir at St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, Wales

There were some sleepy eyes on the return journey, both young and old, after five days of working hard and playing hard. For many it was the first time away from home and although they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves it was nice to return to a bedroom not shared by seven other children and to their families. There is the next visit to look forward to after all!     

Choir members relaxing at St Davids


Posted in Cathedral, Cathedral Choir, Children's Work, Church Music, Diocese, Making Connections, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, Youth Work

Bishop Paul Colton Leads IDAHOT Service in St Anne’s, Shandon Cork

On Sunday 13th May a service was held to mark International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia.  Bishop Paul Colton, assisted by the Reverend Sarah Marry, led a celebration of the Eucharist on the theme ‘Alliances for Solidarity’.

Choir Choral Con Fusion joined the service and added their voices in song to celebrate the many links and connections which foster solidarity and fellowship with the LGBT+ community in Cork.  Those relationships were evident as different groups were represented at the service including the Chair of the LGBT Inter Agency Group Siobhàn O’Dowd, LGBT Community Garda Joan Meaney, representatives of the civic life of our city Cllr John Buttimer, Senator Jerry Buttimer, Pádraig Rice, Coordinator of the Cork Gay Project and many others.

Choral Con Fusion with the Bishop and the Reverend Sarah Marry

Stephen Spillane spoke on the theme ‘Alliances for Solidarity’ which runs through all the events for this year’s LGBT awareness week.  Stephen is someone who has happily experienced solidarity and his relationships criss crossing many of the groups in attendance made him a suitable choice as speaker.  He reminded the congregation that there are sadly many LGBT+ people who do not experience solidarity or have allies around them and indeed face many challenges in their places of work, worship or homes.  So while there was much warmth and much to celebrate, the need for this day and this mark of solidarity sadly persists.  St. Anne’s is proud to be the home for this while the need exists and continues to enjoy the friendships and fellowship the occasion affords with members of the LGBT+ community in the parish and across our city.

Stephen Spillane, Bishop Paul Colton, and the Reverend Sarah Marry.

The following day, Monday 14th May, the Reverend Sarah Marry, the Bishop, and Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum joined the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald, at the launch of the annual Cork LGBT Awareness week in the City Hall, Cork.

Cork City’s 8th Annual LGBTI+ Awareness Week Cork Launch.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Posted in Bishop, Church in Society, Church Services, Contemporary Issues, Launch, LGBT, Lord Mayor of Cork

Cork Church of Ireland Primary Schools – New ‘Prayer Leaf’ Link with Hospital Chaplaincy

The Chapel of Christ the Healer at Cork University Hospital has launched a new ‘Prayer-Leaf’ project with the Primary Schools in the Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. This venture is providing primary school children with an opportunity to offer a tangible contribution of prayer leaves to be used by patients, visitors and staff at Cork University Hospital.

The Chapel of Christ the Healer, located on the main concourse of Cork University Hospital has many visitors every day and is an oasis of calm in the midst of one of Ireland’s busiest hospitals.

Primary school children across the diocese are invited to make prayer leaves as part of an outreach initiative between schools and healthcare chaplaincy where children can reflect on health and illness. An educational pack with lesson plans for both Junior Infants -2nd class and 3rd class-6th class have been provided by Ms Jacqui Wilkinson, Lecturer in Religious Education at Dublin City University to complement the existing Follow Me© Religious Education programme. A school assembly outline has also been produced.

Canon Daniel Nuzum, one of the Hospital Chaplains at Cork University Hospital said

We are delighted to offer this opportunity for school children to connect in a prayerful and tangible way with our patients and hospital community. The Prayer leaves have proved very popular and mean a lot to many who call into the Chapel of Christ the Healer to pray for a loved one who is ill. I am grateful to Jacqui Wilkinson for her generous work to embed this project as a learning initiative for school pupils.

The Chapel of Christ the Healer is open 24/7 and you are welcome to visit it should you be in Cork University Hospital. Chaplaincy updates can be followed on twitter @chapelcuh

Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum, Church of Ireland Chaplain at CUH/CUMH with Mrs Jacqui Wilkinson launching the new ‘Prayer Leaf’ initiative.

Posted in Chaplaincies, Children's Ministry, Church in Society, Diocese, Education, Good ideas, Prayers, Schools in the Diocese