Seasonal Busy-ness for Cork Diocesan Youth Council

It has been a busy few weeks for the Cork Diocesan Youth Council – CDYC.

The Youth Advent Service was held in St. Fachtna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery on the 1st December.  After Dean Peters welcomed everyone, he courageously stepped aside and left the young people and Hilda Connolly lead the service.

The readings were carried out by the teenagers and the prayers were organized by three of last years Leaders in Training group. They put together four prayer stations which represented the first four Advent candles – Love, Hope, Peace and Joy.   The evening was closed with Dean Peters saying a few words and a cup of tea to finish it all off.

A visit to the Curragh

A week later, the Church of Ireland Youth Department – CIYD – held their annual Youth Service with a slight change of venue from Clontarf Parish Centre to the Curragh in Kildare.  CDYC made the most of it and added a Christmas Shopping trip to Newbridge Shopping Centre on the way to the Curragh for the service, pizza and games.

The weekend ended with a sleep over in the rectory where the Rev. Fran Grasham and her husband, Steve (CIYD Southern Rep), welcomed the Cork group into their home for the night.

CDYC members

The group were spoiled with a lovely breakfast in the morning with plenty of bacon butties, porridge, cereal and toast laid out before heading back to Cork again.

Some CDYC shopping in Kildare

Posted in Advent, CDYC, Christmas, Church Services, Diocesan Youth Officer, Youth Work

Bishops of Cork ~ Joint Christmas Message 2019

Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross

Church of Ireland – Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Joint Press Release

Thursday, 19th December 2019

 Joint Christmas Message from the Bishops of Cork:

The Most Reverend Dr Fintan Gavin and

the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton

Christmas 2019

When we look around us in these days it is easy to know Christmas is approaching! The sights and sounds surround us all – lights, decorations, music and celebrations.

But at the first Christmas there were only a few people who knew what was happening. They, too, struggled to make sense of it even as they rejoiced at the news.

And some must have lived to regret that they didn’t know.

“Sorry, I’m full up. I’ve no room left. If you’re stuck, try the stable around the back.”

What must the inn-keeper have thought years later when people came around to look for the place where Jesus was born?  They reminded him of the night he turned away the travel-weary tradesman and his pregnant wife from the north. He was so busy seeing after his pre-booked guests that he missed the greatest privilege imaginable — that the Son of God could have been born in a room in his house. It’s little wonder he remained anonymous — ashamed to admit it later.

Christians celebrate the birth of Christ because this was the moment God changed the course of human history.  Our God chose to take on our humanity, to walk among us as a person in our world of love, pain, joy, hurt, tears, laughter, the noise, the silence and the messiness of ordinary life.  Through his life he showed us how to love, how to forgive, how to share and how to listen. He told us that we are all equal and showed us how we should treat one another.

Christmas is not about a magical event, a Cinderella story without midnight.  Rather its very centre speaks of humiliation, pain and forced fleeing. The Christmas story mirrors the struggles that are being experienced within our own world and within our own hearts. It is within our own personal tragedies and struggles — the death of loved ones, lost marriages, lost families, lost health, lost jobs, tiredness and frustration — that we meet Christ.

Hence, in truth, we can celebrate at Christ’s birth without denying or trivialising the reality of evil in our world and the real pain in our lives.

Christmas promises Emmanuel, God-is-with-us (Matt. 1:23). God’s presence in our lives redeems because knowing that God is with us is what empowers us to give up bitterness, to forgive and to move beyond cynicism towards hope. When God is with us then pain and happiness are not mutually exclusive and the agonies and riddles of life do not rule out deep meaning and deep joy.

We give thanks at this time with family, friends and all who are close to us for the many ways we encounter Christ during the year in our lives. These times include all the ups and downs of life when out of love for one another and in gratitude to God we both receive and reflect his light.

Our prayer is that this Christmas time will be a time of deepening our awareness of the presence of Christ who is active in our world – even where we least expect to find him; that we may find ways where we can meet Christ as we reach out to others with his compassion, hope, love, joy and peace.

+Fintan Gavin                                +Paul Colton  
Bishop of Cork and Ross                  Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Bishop Paul Colton (left) and Bishop Fintan Gavin

Posted in Bishop, Bishops of Cork, Christmas, Cork, Diocese, Ecumenism

A Full Cathedral for the Annual Christmas Concert by St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir, Cork

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir in Cork held their annual Christmas Concert on Saturday 14th December. The event was sold out and had been for several weeks in advance.

Peter Stobart, Director of Music, conducts the choir at the Christmas Concert.

The audience was treated to a selection of old favourites and less well-known carols, all sung by the boys, girls and adults of the choir, a total of almost 50 voices. Silent night, in a 5 part arrangement by Director of Music Peter Stobart, was one of the more well known carols, whilst Adam lay y bounden by Howard Skempton and two carols by Richard Rodney Bennett added a 20th and 21st century flavour to the evening.

A full Cathedral for the annual Christmas Concert.

Solos were sung by boy choristers Dylan Stapleton (Away in a manger) and Louis McDonald (Once in royal David’s city) and tenor Andrew Boushell sang a verse of Harold Darke’s In the bleak mid-winter.

The audience, having had their fill of mulled wine and mince pies, were encouraged to join in with the Hark the herald angels sing to round off the evening.

Annual Christmas Concert by the choir of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

Posted in Cathedral, Cathedral Choir, Christmas, Church Music, Concert, Cork, Diocese, Youth Work

Ecumenical Carols by Candlelight in Ardmore, County Waterford in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Ancient diocesan and county boundaries in Ireland create interest patterns of connection.  The only part of the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross not in County Cork, is Ardmore, the seaside and fishing village in County Waterford, not far from Youghal in County Cork.  Part of the neighbouring Roman Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore includes a small part of County Cork.

Arriving at Saint Paul’s Church, Ardmore in daylight.

Ardmore is one of the oldest Christian settlements in Ireland; Saint Declan lived there some time between 350 and 450.

Cross at Saint Declan’s Well.

The Church of Ireland Church of Saint Paul  is mainly open in the summer for visitors and tourists.  A harvest thanksgiving is also held.  The church is really full, however, standing room only and people out in the porch and on the stairs to the gallery, is for the ecumenical village Carol Service.  The whole time resident population of the Village is c.430 and on Sunday, 15th December, it felt as if nearly every family must have been represented together with some visitors.  One woman from Waterford city said that she came across the Service by accident some years ago and has made it a firm date in her calendar ever since.

Looking in from outside’ ‘the light shines in the darkness’

The Service of Lessons and Carols, with poetry and music also, was by candelight.  The Rector, the Reverend Andrew Orr, welcomed everyone, including one of his predecessors, Canon Peter Rhys Thomas, and the Very Reverend Milo Guiry, P.P.

The rector, the Reverend Andrew Orr (right) with a former rector, Canon Peter Rhys Thomas.

Bishop Paul Colton together with Mrs Susan Colton also attended this year.  The Church was seasonally decorated and the singing was led by the Ardmore Community Choir, and children from Saint Declan’s National School. A collection was taken in aid of the West Waterford Hospice.   At the end of the Service Santa made a surprise visit with gifts, after which there were some warming drinks and mince pies.

Great anticipation after the Service as a surprise visitor is expected.

Posted in Bishop, Church Music, Church Services, Diocese, Ecumenism, People from the Diocese

Cork Harbour Tragedy Commemorated in Cobh

On Saturday 14th December, a large gathering assembled in Cobh to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy.   The tragedy occurred on the night of 12th December, 1942 when 5 men died in extreme weather conditions whilst carrying out their duties on behalf of the Port Control Authorities.

The memorial to the Cork Harbour Tragedy

The Rector of Cobh & Glanmire, the Rev’d Paul Arbuthnot represented the Church of Ireland at this commemoration.   He was joined by the Administrator of Cobh Cathedral, Fr Tom McDermott, and Fr George Agger, a native of Cobh who was born on the the night of the tragedy.  Fr Agger’s father was due to work with the men who perished, but was at home that night awaiting the birth of his son.

Some of the local dignitaries who attended the ceremony

There was also a large attendance of civic dignitaries at this event, including Minister David Stanton TD, Cllr Sinead Sheppard, and Cllr Cathal Rasmussen.  Representatives of the Cobh ONE, Cork Port, An Garda Síochána, and the Irish Naval Service were also present.

The Rector, the Rev’d Paul Arbuthnot commented:

This commemoration reminds us of the fragility of human life and the power of nature. It also reminds us that we owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to all who risk their lives in sustaining the maritime economy and security of this country.

The Rector of Cobh & Glanmire Union of Parishes, The Revd Paul Arbuthnot (centre), with the Administrator of Cobh Cathedral, Fr Tom McDermott (left), and Fr George Agger (right)

Posted in Anniversaries, Commemoration, Community Involvement, East Cork, Memorial Service, Remembrance, Special Events

All Are Welcome! ~ Christmas Services in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross announces the details of Christmas Services for the coming Festival (see further down this post for dates, places, and times).

North, South, East and West in County Cork – the Church of Ireland United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross – as well as that part of the Diocese in Ardmore, County Waterford – from Ardmore in the East to the Beara Peninsula in the West, from Cape Clear in the South to Mitchelstown in the North, churches, chapels, clergy, lay readers, churchwardens, organists, musicians, choirs and parishioners will be busy in the coming weeks, particularly throughout the 12 Days of Christmas and in the Sundays and days beforehand.

The Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, said:

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there will, at my reckoning, be 88 Christmas Services in approximately 60 different locations throughout County Cork.  This offers everyone – members of the Church of Ireland, visitors, the curious – a vast choice of when and where to come along to celebrate Christmas.  That doesn’t take into account the Carol Services in the days beforehand and afterwards. Everyone is welcome at all of these Services.  I wish all parishes and chaplaincies the joy of the  Christ-child as everyone worships and celebrates this Christmas.

The following lists give details of those Church Services in the parishes and chaplaincies in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross where they have been supplied.

The first section covers the three Cathedrals:  Cork, Cloyne and Rosscarbery. The second section is organised by date/festival and under each date/festival the places are listed alphabetically.

For further information on how to find places or for information about places not listed please contact the local clergy directly using the links to places HERE.

1. Cathedrals

Cork, Saint Fin Barre

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork . Photo: Dennis Horgan

Christmas Eve, 24th December

10.00am    Morning Prayer
12 noon      The Eucharist
4.00pm      Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Day, 25th December

8.00am   The Eucharist (said, in the Deans’ Chapel)

11.15am  Blessing of the Crib and Festival Choral Eucharist of the Nativity                (Celebrant & Preacher: The Bishop)

Saint Stephen, 26th December

12 noon The Eucharist (said, in the Deans’ Chapel)

Saint John the Evangelist, 27th December

12 noon The Eucharist (said, in the Deans’ Chapel)

The Holy Innocents, 28th December

12 noon The Eucharist (said, in the Deans’ Chapel)

Sunday, 29th December

8.00am   The Eucharist (said)
11.15am   The Eucharist (said, with hymns)

1st January 2020 ~ The Naming and Circumcision of Christ (New Year’s Day)

12 noon    The Eucharist

Sunday 5th January – Celebrating The Epiphany 

8.00am      The Eucharist (said)
11.15am      Festival Choral Eucharist
3.30pm      Festival Choral Evensong

Cloyne, Saint Colman

Saint Colman with Saint Fin Barre, Cloyne Cathedral.

Christmas Day, 25th December

8.00am   Holy Communion

Sunday, 29th December

10.30 a.m. United Service of Carols and Readings

5th January 2020

12 Noon  Morning Prayer

Rosscarbery, Saint Fachtna

Saint Fachtna, Rosscarbery

Christmas Day, 25th December:

8.00 a.m.  The Eucharist

11.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Sunday, 29th December:

11.30 a.m.  Christmas Reflections

2. Parishes and Chaplaincies by Date

Christmas Eve ~ Tuesday, 24th December

Aherla:  10 p.m. Holy Communion

Ballydehob: 4 p.m. Children’s Nativity and Carol Service

Ballydehob: 11.30 p.m.  Holy Communion

Ballymartle: 6 p.m. Holy Communion

Bandon: 11.30 p.m. Christmas Eve Eucharist

Bantry: 11.30 p.m. Eucharist of the Incarnation

Carrigaline: 4 p.m.  Carols around the Crib

Carrigaline: 11.30 p.m. First Eucharist of the Nativity

Castleventry: 11 p.m. The First Eucharist of Christmas

Clonakilty:  11 p.m. Holy Communion

Coolkelure:  11 p.m.  Holy Communion

Crosshaven:  11.30 p.m.  Holy Communion

Doneraile:  11.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Douglas:  4 p.m.  Crib Service

Douglas: 11.30 p.m.  Holy Communion

Drimoleague:  9 p.m.  Holy Communion

Dunmanway:  5 p.m.  Crib Service

East Ferry: 11.30 p.m.  The First Communion of Christmas

Fermoy: 8 p.m. Eucharist

Glanmire:  11 p.m. The First Eucharist of Christmas with traditional carols

Inniscarra: 11 p.m. Holy Communion

Kinsale: 11.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Mallow:  8 p.m. Christingle Service with Carols

Skibbereen:  04.00 p.m. Children’s Crib Service

Skibbereen:  11.30 p.m. The Eucharist

Youghal:  11.00 p.m. The First Eucharist of Christmas

Christmas Day ~ Wednesday, 25th December

Aughadown: 10.00 a.m.  Holy Communion

Ballinadee: 09.00 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist

Ballydehob: 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Ballyhooly: 09.45 a.m. Eucharist

Bandon: 11.30 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist

Bantry:  08.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Bantry:  10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Blackrock:  8.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Blackrock: 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Blarney: 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Brinny:  10.30 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist

Caheragh:  10.15 a.m.  The Eucharist

Carrigaline: 11.00 a.m. The Eucharist

Carrigrohane: 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Castlemartyr:  10 a.m. Christmas Family Eucharist

Castletownroche:  09.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Castletownshend:  09.00 a.m.  The Eucharist

Clonakilty:  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Cork – Saint Anne, Shandon:  10.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Cork – Saint Luke’s Home Chapel:  12 noon Holy Communion

Corkbeg: 09.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Crosshaven:  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Fermoy: 09.45 a.m. Eucharist

Frankfield:  10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Douglas:  11.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Drinagh:  09.00 a.m.  Holy Communion

Dunmanway: 11.00 a.m.  Holy Communion

Durrus: 11.45 a.m. Holy Communion

Frankfield:  10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Glenville: 11.15 a.m. Eucharist

Innishannon: 11.45 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist

Kilmalooda:  09.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Kilmurry: 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Kingston College, Mitchelstown:  10.30 a.m. Christmas Eucharist

Kinneigh: 11.00 a.m. United Parish Service of the Eucharist for Christmas Day

Kinsale:  08.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Kinsale: 11.30 a.m. Parish Christmas Eucharist

Knockmourne: 11.15 a.m. Eucharist

Leap: 10.00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist

Little Island:  11.30 a.m. Christmas Eucharist with traditional carols

Mallow:  11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Midleton: 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Monkstown: 09.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Nohoval:  10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Passage West: 09.45 a.m. Holy Communion

Rathclaren: 10.00 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist

Rushbrooke:  10.00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist with traditional carols

Schull:  10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Skibbereen:  11.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Templemartin: 09.45 a.m. Holy Communion

Templetrine: 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Timoleague:  10 a.m. Holy Communion

Toormore:  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Union Hall: 9.00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist

Youghal:  11.30 a.m. Christmas Family Eucharist

Sunday, 29th December ~ the First Sunday of Christmas

Aherla: 11.00 a.m. Service of the Word (United Service for Moviddy Union)

Aughadown: 10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Ballydehob: 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Bandon: 11.00 a.m. United Carol Service (no other Services in Bandon Union)

Bantry:  08.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Blackrock:  8.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Caheragh: 06.00 p.m.  Carol Service

Carrigaline:  11.15 a.m. United Christingle Service

Carrigrohane:  09.30 a.m.  Holy Communion with Carols

Carrigrohane:  11.00 a.m. Sunday AM for Christmas

Clonakilty:  11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer and Holy Baptism

Cork – Saint Anne, Shandon:  10.15 a.m. Morning Prayer

Cork – Shalom Park: . Hannukah Service (Cork 3 Faiths Forum)

Doneraile:  3 p.m.  Christmas Carol Service (Only Service in Mallow Union today)

Douglas:  11.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Durrus:  11.45 a.m. Carol Service

Farranthomas: 11.30 a.m. United Parish Service of the Eucharist

Frankfield:  10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Kingston College, Mitchelstown:  11.30 a.m.  The Eucharist

Rushbrooke:  10.30 a.m. The Eucharist with traditional carols

Schull:  10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Skibbereen:  08.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Skibbereen:  11.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Timoleague:  10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer with Carols

Toormore:  11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Youghal:  11 a.m. Carols and Readings for the New Year

Tuesday, 31st December 2019 – New Year’s Eve

Doneraile:  11.50 p.m.  Ringing in the New Year

Dunmanway: 11.15 p.m. Prayers reflecting on the past year

Dunmanway: 11.45 p.m. Ringing out the old year and ringing in the new

Wednesday, 1st January 2020 ~ the Naming of Jesus

Douglas:  11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Kingston College, Mitchelstown:  10.30 a.m.  The Eucharist

Skibbereen:  10.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Sunday, 5th January 2020  

Aughadown: 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Ballydehob:  11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Ballinadee:  09.00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Bandon: 08.00 a.m. The Eucharist

Bandon: 11.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Bantry: 08.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Bantry:  10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Blackrock:  8.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Blackrock:  8.30 a.m. Service of the Word

Brinny:  10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Caheragh:  10.15 a.m.  The Eucharist

Carrigrohane:  09.30 a.m.  Holy Communion

Carrigrohane:  11.00 a.m. United Celebration

Castlemartyr:  10 a.m. Morning Prayer

Castletownroche: 10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Castletownshend:  09.00 a.m.  The Eucharist

Cork – Saint Anne, Shandon:  10.15 a.m. Holy Communion

Doneraile: 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Douglas:  11.15 a.m. Service of the Word

Durrus:  11.45 a.m. Holy Communion

East Ferry:  09.15 a.m. Morning Prayer

Frankfield: 10.00 a.m. Service of the Word

Innishannon: 11.45 a.m. Morning Prayer

Kilmurry: 11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Mallow: 11.45 a.m. Holy Communion

Midleton: 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Passage West: 09.45 a.m. Service of the Word

Rathclaren: 10.00 a.m. The Eucharist

Schull:  10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Skibbereen:  11.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Templemartin:  09.45 a.m. Morning Prayer

Toormore:  11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Youghal:  11.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Monday, 6th January 2020  ~ The Epiphany

Carrigaline: At St Mary’s School, Waterpark 10.00 a.m. Epiphany Service

Douglas:  11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

Youghal:  10.30 a.m. The Eucharist

Sunday, 12th January 2020  ~ The Baptism of Christ

Douglas:  11.15 a.m. Baptism Tree Reception for those who were baptised in 2019 in the Canon Packham Hall after the 11.15 service

For further information or information about places not listed please contact the local clergy directly using the links to places HERE.

Posted in Advent, Advertisement, Cathedral, Cathedral Choir, Christmas, Church Services, Churches in Cork, Community Involvement, Diocese, Five Marks of Mission, Parish News, People from the Diocese, Worship

Faith in Action in the Community in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

In common with parishes throughout the Church of Ireland, parishes in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, engaged with the Five Marks of Mission, regularly seek to find ways to put their faith into action in ways big and small which support the local community.

Here are two recent examples.

The Parish of St Mary & All Saints’, Glanmire, held the first concert of its annual Winter Concert Series.  The concert was in aid of Cara Junior School, Mayfield to help them purchase sensory equipment for pupils with learning difficulties. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Ireland Choir, and students from the Cork ETB School of Music delighted the audience with a large variety and range of music.

The Revd Paul Arbuthnot, Rector of Cobh & Glanmire Union of Parishes commented:

The Winter Concert Series is a much anticipated and valued part of the parish’s calendar. It is wonderful to welcome talented musicians, and the wider community into our church to raise money for such worthwhile causes.

Also, recently, the Carrigaline Union of Parishes in Cork hosted an information evening in their Parish Hall entitled Faith in Action A variety of groups including  Samaritans, Simon Community, Street Pastors, Mothers’ Union, Christian Aid, Eco-Congregation, International Justice Mission, Carrigaline Welcomes Group & Meals on Wheel came along to provide information about what they do in the community and how ordinary people can help.  It was an evening about how people can put faith into action in the community: not fundraising but an awareness-raising evening to motivate and inspire people to get involved.


Posted in Charities in the Diocese, Charity Work, Christian Aid, Church in Society, Church Music, Churches in Cork, Community Involvement, Diocese, Five Marks of Mission, Making Connections, Parish News, Patronal Festival, People from Cork, People from the Diocese, People in Need, Vocations, Voluntary Work