Once again, the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross will be offering the Certificate in Christian Studies. This is a two-year part-time course for those who wish to explore the Christian faith in greater depth and to understand its relevance in our lives and within in the communities of which we are a part. The course covers scripture, theology, church history, ethics, liturgy and ministry.
It is open to anyone who wishes to grow in their understanding of the Christian faith, as well as fulfilling the requirements for those who wish to offer ministry as a Lay Reader in the Diocese. The modules are led by clergy in the Diocese and the classes are interactive, with plenty of scope to learn through interaction and dialogue. Each module consists of six interactive lectures, with an assignment at the end, to help reflect on the learning that has taken place. The course will consist of both online and in-person learning at Northridge House Education Centre in Cork. The classes will take place in the evening with the starting date for the first module on 28th September 2023.
The Certificate in Christian Studies is a Level 7 Certificate Course and is accredited by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth.
For more information please email the Diocesan Further Education and Training Officer, the Rev. Terry Mitchell.
On Saturday, 12th August 2023, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral recorded over 1500 visitors for the Cork Heritage Open Day.
Eoin Murphy, Operations Manager at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, writes:
We were delighted to see the visitor numbers for the Heritage Open Day being up by 40% compared to 2022! In addition to the regular tours on the hour we made a number of improvements to the programme which were well received by the visitors. The main west doors were opened which allowed visitors easy access and flooded the Cathedral with natural light, giving a lovely warm atmosphere. We had a comprehensive programme of organ music on the half hour performed by our Director of Music Peter Stobart, and the opening of the doors meant that the sound was even audible in the courtyard, attracting more visitors. It was notable how visitors who were exiting decided to turn back when the organ music commenced!
We also had an audio visual presentation of the Cathedral Choir which encouraged visitors to linger and enjoy the magnificent choral music, and our tour guides prepared a very entertaining and engaging walking tours of the grounds and graveyard.
The preparation and execution of Heritage Day at the Cathedral was a great team effort and the benefit of the fabulous weather made it a wonderful day at a beautiful heritage site.
The 150th Anniversary of St. Matthew’s Church, Aughadown in Ballydehob Union was marked with a United Service of Celebration held last Sunday, 13th August, at which the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton officiated alongside the Rev. Stephen McCann, Rector of Ballydehob Union. The congregation included parishioners from Ballydehob Union and the wider Church of Ireland community, and a large number present included parishioners from the neighbouring Roman Catholic churches at Lisheen, Church Cross and Ballydehob among others, and parishioners from other denominations.
In his Anniversary Sermon, Bishop Colton drew on diocesan records and other church memorabilia dating back to the building and consecration of the church 150 years ago. Regaling those present with stories and remembrances, delivered in what one of those present said was ‘his unique and endearing brand of informality and good humour’, the Bishop underlined the important position that St. Matthew’s Church and the Ballydehob Union hold within the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
Amongst other speakers, whose contributions helped give life to the church’s long history, was Tadgh O’Donovan who spoke of St. Matthew’s earliest days. His talk was enhanced by an engraved silver trowel from his possessions, which was engraved to commemorate the laying of the church’s foundation stone by his great-grandfather. Deidre Pemberton talked about her great-grandfather, who was a well-known Dublin contractor of the period and who had been commissioned to built St. Matthew’s Church. Other speakers included the historian Willian Casey, parishioner Lucy Perrott, the Rev. Tom Kingston and guest organist Padraig O’Donovan.
Thanking all present for their attendance, the Rev. McCann was gracious in his praise of all involved in preparing the church and its surroundings in advance of the event and in making the detailed arrangements that led to its success. Following the service refreshments were served providing an opportunity for those present to mingle and share their recollections.
A prayer tree that was made by the students of Ashton School has been donated by Bishop Colton to St. Fachtna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery. It is currently being used as part of the ‘Souls of our Shoes’ exhibition which was put together by the Mothers’ Union to highlight the theme of Domestic Violence and which is on display at the cathedral from the 5th to 20th August 2023.
The prayer tree will remain in Ross Cathedral after the exhibition for visitors to offer prayers when they visit this beautiful historic building. The Dean and Chapter of Ross Cathedral would like to thank Bishop Colton and the students of Ashton School for the prayer tree.
The Very Rev. Cliff Jeffers, Dean of Ross said:
We are delighted that this prayer tree has been donated to St. Fachtna’s Cathedral and hope that it will facilitate the prayers of tourists and local people who visit the cathedral for many years to come.
On Thursday, 3rd August 2023, the Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving took place in St Anne Shandon during the Cork Pride Festival. This short service gives an opportunity to stop, reflect and remember those who have gone before from the LGBTQ+ Community as well as those who have supported members of the community, through their work, friendship or family network.
The Rev. Bruce Pierce presided at the service during which those in attendance were invited to light a candle in remembrance of loved ones, friends and companions on the journey.