Rosscarbery Union holds Confirmation Service at St Fachtna’s Cathedral

On Sunday, 12th September 2021, the first of two Confirmation Services that day was held at St Fachtna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery. Seven young people were confirmed and one person reaffirmed their confirmation vows. 

The Confirmands with their Dean, the Very Rev. Chris Peters (left), and their Bishop, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton (middle)

The Very Rev. Chris Peters, Dean of Ross and Rector of Ross Union, said: 

It was a real joy to have the confirmation service after such a long wait. This will be the last confirmation group and service before my retirement. Heartfelt thanks to the Bishop, also to the candidates and their families.

The Bishop noted that this would be the last occasion that he would be in Rosscarbery Cathedral prior to the retirement of Dean Christopher Peters on Sunday 31st October.  

The Bishop said:

Having known Dean Peters and his wife Judy since 1985, and having worked so closely with them in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, I know what a faithful pastor and preacher he has been. Judy is not retiring, but in respect of her work together with Chris, I also thank her. I thank them both. I wish Dean Peters every blessing and contentment in his retirement.

St Fachtna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery
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Confirmation Service held in Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Last Saturday 11th September 2021, the second of four Confirmation Services that weekend was held at Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen. It was a joint confirmation for candidates from Abbeystrewry Union of Parishes and Ballydehob Union of Parishes. 

The confirmands with their Bishop, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton (middle), and their Rectors, the Rev. Steve McCann (left) and the Rev. John Ardis (right)

A minute’s silence was observed during the service to mark the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The Gospel was read by the Rev. Carole Pound, who had been ordained Deacon the previous Sunday in the same church, and the prayers were read by the Rector of Ballydehob, the Rev. Steve McCann. 

The Rector of Abbeystrewry Union, the Rev. John Ardis, sang a solo during the service and was accompanied on the organ by his son Joe, who was also one of the confirmands. 

The Rev. John Ardis said:

I would like to pay tribute to all of the candidates who have had a very disrupted preparation for their confirmations. They have shown great perseverance, and have even endured confirmation classes over Zoom. There was a real sense of joy and accomplishment after the service, and perhaps some were wondering whether they would ever be confirmed!

I would like to congratulate all those confirmed this year, and I wish them all well as they continue in their Christian discipleship. 

Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
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A Gem in West Cork – St Fachtna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery

In this week’s “People and Places” video, the Very Rev. Christopher Peters shows us around St Fachtna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery. In this video he talks about the history of the cathedral and about his time as Dean of Ross and Rector of Ross Union. 

There will be an extended video detailing some more of the history of St Fachtna’s Cathedral posted in the coming weeks. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you won’t miss it. 

Watch the video here

St Fachtna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery
Looking West
East Window in St Fachtna’s Cathedral
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First Confirmation Service in Cork, Cloyne and Ross since 2019 held in Kilgariffe Union

On Friday, 10th September, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, confirmed ten young people from Kilgarrife Union. It was the first Confirmation Service in the Diocese since 2019. 

Confirmation Candidates of Kilgariffe Union with the Rev. Kingsley Sutton and their Bishop, Dr Paul Colton

The Rev. Kingsley Sutton, Rector of Kilgariffe Union, said: 

When we started Confirmation preparation, most of our candidates were in sixth class in primary school. They are now in second year in secondary school! We’re delighted to have got there on our third attempt at holding a Confirmation Service. Many thanks to Bishop Paul, and congratulations to each one who was finally confirmed.

The Rev. Kingsley Sutton, Rector of Kilgariffe Union

Bishop Colton said:

The pandemic has disrupted our community life and, in particular, our opportunity to worship together in person. It was simply wonderful to start these weeks of catching up on Confirmations in Clonakilty and also to be with people from the Diocese whom I had not seen for too long.

The Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
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Priest ordained in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

On Wednesday, 8th September 2021 Pat Culleton was ordained priest by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton. The Ordination Service took place in St Peter’s Church, Bandon Union of Parishes, where Pat has been ordained Priest into Ordained Local Ministry. In line with the current guidelines there were limits on attendance, but the congregation included Pat’s family and friends, and members of the parish. 

The Rev. Pat Culleton and Bishop Colton

In his sermon Bishop Colton said that, in addition to the routine and rhythm of the ‘normal’ in priestly ministry, there is predominantly the unexpected and lots of surprises.

He said:

The ministry has its routines and so it should. As disciples we follow a discipline and a rule of life – things that are common to each day.  Things that you are going to promise to do as a Priest when I put the questions to you.  My overriding sense, however, is that ministry takes unexpected turns – joys and opportunities, challenges and disappointments, beautiful art and blank walls, and many alternatives – and all of us in ministry need to be ready for that – in every pastoral encounter, in each engagement with Scripture – most especially in our reading and study of those passages we think we are already familiar with – in our sacramental ministrations, in God’s on-going revelation to us of grace, of faith, hope and love.

Bishop Colton during his sermon

Being the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop Colton said:

One of those who, more than most, illustrates what I am trying to say is the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose birth we celebrate today.  The scriptures are full of people who, like her, are confronted by God with unexpected demands and asked to go to places they never imagined they would ever go, to do things they didn’t think they could do. As you are ordained this evening, her response to God and her example should inspire you and all of us in ministry.

The Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Rev. Pat Culleton and the Rev. Anne Skuse (Bishop’s Chaplain)

Pat is being ordained Priest into Ordained Local Ministry to serve in Bandon Union of Parishes. He has formerly been a Lay Pastoral Assistant and a Diocesan Reader in the Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross for a number of years prior to his going on to study for ordained ministry. Until his retirement ten years ago, Pat served as Chief Technician with Cork County Council (Western Division) after completing forty years of service. Before this, Pat joined the Army Apprentice Scheme as a ‘boy soldier’ and served his time qualifying as a carpenter and joiner.  During his period of nine years of army service, he served a tour of duty with the 7th Irish Infantry Group, United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

The Rev. Pat Culleton
The Rev. Pat Culleton and his family
The Rev. Pat Culleton, newly ordained priest, the Rev. Anne Skuse (Bishop’s chaplain), the Ven. Adrian Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Rev. Carole Pound, the Rev. Denis MacCarthy (Rector of Bandon Union)
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