Jan 27

Launch of a new CD of hymns and carols, as Gaeilge

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PREAS RÁITEAS- PRESS RELEASE (ENGLISH VERSION BELOW) 

Ardaígí bhur gcroíthe

AIbEiAIAAABECLyH5aqC79S59gEiC3ZjYXJkX3Bob3RvKigyYWY4MDAyODk3MmY2ZTk3NTY4MWNlM2M4NDM1ZWQyYTVjMzg0ODdlMAFxtVY-E_TUsrVw988l3kJQkq5IvgDé Sathairn, 31 Eanáir, seolfaidh Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise dlúthdhiosca nua d’iomainn agus de charúil i nGaeilge.  I dTeach Caibidle Ardteampaill N. Cainneach,  Cill Chainnigh, a bheidh an seoladh ar 10.30 am.

Tá an dlúthdhiosca seo de 16 iomann agus carúl, Iomainn agus Carúil Choitianta, as Gaeilge, á sheoladh ag Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise chun freastal ar riachtanais na bpobal – agus an líon pobal ag síor-fhás -  ar fud na tíre ar mian leo bheith ag adhradh trí Ghaeilge nó go dátheangach agus ar mhaith leo roinnt iomann a bheith mar chuid den tseirbhís.   Tá leabhar iomann dátheangach ag dul leis an dlúthdhiosca.   Tá sé i gceist go mbeadh an leabhar iomann seo mar bhreis ar Leabhar Iomann na hEaglaise ina bhfuil roinnt iomann i nGaeilge cheana féin.

Seolfaidh an Fíor-Oirmhinneach Michael Burrows, Easpag Chaisil, Fhearna agus Osraí, agus an Fíor-Oirmhinneach Robert Paterson, Easpag Sodor agus Mhanainn, i bpáirt le chéile an dlúthdhiosca is an leabhar agus labhróidh an tEaspag Paterson faoin tslí ina bhfuil Gaelg Mhanainn á shníomh isteach san adhradh ar Oileán Mhanainn.

Canfaidh na hamhránaithe aonair, Cárthach Mac Craith,  Jacynth Hamill, Éamonn Ó Faogáin agus Darren Ó Droma ag an seoladh agus Cór Fear na nDéise as Co. Phort Láirge á dtionlacan.

D’fháiltigh an tEaspag Michael Burrows, Éarlamh Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, roimh an tionscnamh agus dúirt sé:

“Cuireann an tionscnamh is déanaí seo de chuid Chumann Gaelach  na hEaglaise ríméad orm agus is ábhar áthais ar leith  é go bhfuil an seoladh seo ag tarlú i gCill Chainnigh le linn  chuairt an Easpaig Robert Paterson ó Oileán Mhanainn. Tá gaol cairdis le roinnt bliana anuas idir a dheoisesean agus ár ndeoise agus tá an-mheas agam ar an dóigh inar chuir sé úsáid Ghaelg Mhanainn chun cinn sa liotúirge.  Is annamh a chríochnaíonn sé féin seirbhís gan roinnt focal den dteanga a úsáid”.

Cuirfear críoch leis an seoladh le seirbhís ghairid ar 12 nóin a bheidh á tionlacan ag Roisin Rowley-Brooke, scoláire orgáin an ardtempaill, agus Cór Fear na nDéise. Curifear lón éadrom ar fáil ina dhiaidh.

Beidh an taispeántas, An Ghaeilge in Eaglaise na hÉireann, le feiceáil.  Tugann an taispeántas  léargas ar an ról a d’imir fir is mná iontacha san Eaglais a bhí ina dtacadóirí le hionad is le ról na Gaeilge i saol na hEaglaise.

Beidh fáilte roimh chách.

Tá tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó: Caroline Nolan, Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge

Teil: 00+353 85 1632772  nó  00+44 7885 633651 nó r-phost: gaeleaglais@gmail.com nówww.facebook.com/gaeleaglais

FAISNÉIS CHÚLRA Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise:  Bunaíodh Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise sa bhliain 1914 chun (1) meon na Sean-Eaglaise Ceiltí a choimeád beo in Eaglais na hÉireann agus baill na hEaglaise a chuireann spéis sa Ghaelachas a bhailiú le chéile, (2) úsáid na Gaeilge a leathnú san Eaglais, (3) iomainn agus ábhar diaga eile a bhailiú ó litríocht na Gaeilge agus (4) ceol agus ealaíon Éireannach a chur ar aghaidh in imeachtaí na hEaglaise. Suíomh gréasáin: http://www.facebook.com/gaeleaglais 

Lift up your hearts

ENGLISH VERSION

AIbEiAIAAABECLyH5aqC79S59gEiC3ZjYXJkX3Bob3RvKigyYWY4MDAyODk3MmY2ZTk3NTY4MWNlM2M4NDM1ZWQyYTVjMzg0ODdlMAFxtVY-E_TUsrVw988l3kJQkq5IvgOn Saturday 31 January , Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise will  launch a new  CD of hymns and carols, as Gaeilge,  in the Chapter House of St. Canice’s Cathedral,  Kilkenny, at 10.30am.

Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise is launching this CD of 16 hymns and carols,  Iomainn agus Carúil Choitianta, as Gaeilge,  to meet the needs of the growing number of congregations around the country that seek to worship in Irish or bilingually and would like to include some hymns in their services.  A bilingual hymnbook  accompanies the CD.  The hymnbook  is intended to supplement the Church Hymnal which already contains a number of hymns in Irish.

The CD will be launched jointly by the Right Rev Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory and the Right Rev Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor and Man who will speak to how Manx is being incorporated in worship in the Isle of Man.

The soloists,  Cárthach Mac Craith,  Jacynth Hamill, Éamonn Ó Faogáin and Darren Ó Droma will also perform at the launch and they will be accompanied by Cór Fear na nDéise from Co. Waterford.

Bishop Michael Burrows, Patron of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, welcomes this initiative, saying,

“I’m delighted about this latest initiative on the part of Cumann Gaelach  na hEaglaise and it is a particular pleasure that this launch is taking place in Kilkenny during the visit of Bishop Robert Paterson from the Isle of Man. His diocese and ours have had a companion relationship for some years now and I have admired the manner in which he has effectively promoted the use of Manx in liturgy… Rarely himself completing a service without using some words of it!”

The launch will be followed by a short concluding service at 12.00am, accompanied by Roisin Rowley-Brooke, the cathedral organ scolar, and Cór Fear na nDéise. There will be a light lunch afterwards.

The exhibition, An Ghaeilge in Eaglaise na hÉireann, be on display. It provides an insight into the role of extraordinary men and women in the Church who have been advocates for the place and role of the Irish language in the life of the church.

Everyone is welcome.

Further information is available from: Caroline Nolan, Irish Language Development Officer

Tel: 00+353 85 1632772  or  00+44 7885 633651 or by email: gaeleaglais@gmail.com orwww.facebook.com/gaeleaglais

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION  Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise:  The Irish Guild of the Church was founded in 1914 to (1) promote all that tends to preserve within the Church of Ireland the spirit of the ancient Celtic Church and to provide a bond of union for all members of the Church of Ireland inspired with Irish ideals, (2) promote the use of the Irish language in the Church, (3) collect from Irish sources suitable hymns and other devotional literature, (4) encourage the use of Irish art and music in the Church.  Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Gaeleaglais

Jan 07

The Revd Alec Purser settles into ministry in Stradbally (Laois)

DIOCESE OF CASHEL FERNS & OSSORY

DIOCESE OF LEIGHLIN

STRADBALLY UNION OF PARISHES

THE LITURGICAL INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY IN THE PARISHES OF

THE REVEREND ALEC PURSER (part-time Priest-in-Charge)

St PATRICK’S PARISH CHURCH, STRADBALLY

5th December, 2014

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The Revd Alec Purser pictured with the Bishop following his service of introduction as part-time priest-in-charge to the Union of Stradbally parishes, Co. Laois, on Friday 5th December 2014.

 

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The Advent Candles

God’s People of Stradbally Union and the wider community gathered in St Patrick’s Church, Stradbally to witness the introduction of the Revd Alec Purser to the parish and to welcome him formally.  He was already well known having acted as priest-in-charge during the vacancy. The Procession was heralded by the hymn ‘On Jordan’s bank the Baptist cry’…  and the Bishop welcomed everyone and then led the service.

The Archdeacon, the Ven. Andrew Orr presented the Revd Alec to be introduced by the Bishop who commended the prayers of the congregation and silence was kept.

The lessons were red by Yvonne Carter and Emma Purser and the Gospel by the Revd Canon Patrick Harvey.

The Sermon was given by the Revd Canon Patrick Harvey, Incumbent of Abbeyleix and Killermogh Union of Parishes, Diocese of Leighlin.

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Picking up Life’s Truth singly – the address

Canon Harvey referenced many things. Amongst them were … Psalm 19; an Epiphany image on the cover of the Abbeyleix & Killermogh December Parish Magazine – three people looking up into the sky at a vast comet, which he feared might draw the ire of the Church police. But are they the Magi?

The readings at the service were from the readings of the day – something about the forest, waiting patiently, about being a Christian, and a difficult Gospel passage to remind us that it’s His story, not ours. The Canon told a story of a young clergyman frustrated with Church rules who eventually became Rector in Abbeyleix. He listed many of the firsts Alec experienced in the Abbeyleix & Killermogh Union – a service of healing in Ballyroan, his first Abbeyleix Senior Citizens’ Party, his first celebration of Holy Communion One, first baptism and first harvest amongst many others. A paraphrased Talking Heads song ‘Once in a lifetime’ … how did I get to be in the challenging position of an ordained clergyman in the twenty first century? ‘And you may find yourself in a beautiful church … ‘.

He quoted the ordinal – priests are ‘to search for God’s children in the wilderness of this world’s temptations and to guide them through its confusions, so that they may be saved through Christ for ever’. The sense of the ordinary in Patrick Kavanagh’s poetry. A story about cutting the next day’s communion bread in a suit, a white shirt and a yellow polka dot bow tie. Heaven as perpetual Advent. Thy kingdom come.

The Canon thanked Mr Purser for his much appreciated and much missed ministry in the Abbeyleix & Killermogh Union of Parishes, and said how he envied him his fierce & passionate concern for the poor, the hungry, the outcast and the underprivileged. He wished him, Gill, Emma & Sam well in their new place.

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Introduction to a ‘new’ congregation

The bishop introduced Alec to the congregation and commending his ministry and asking him  to entrust to him now a share in the care of God’s people here and invited him to serve as Priest-in-Charge of this parish.

The bishop and Alec as priest-in-charge stood and faced the people as the bishop presented Alec to the congregation as priest and pastor asking them to support and encourage him in his ministry, praying for him as he will pray for them to which they agreed and they welcomed him with enthusiastic applause.

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The ‘Charge’

Then followed the ‘Charge’ to the congregation to be called to witness to the love of Christ and to serve others in the name of Christ. This is shown by presenting symbols of the teaching, pastoral and sacramental ministry of a priest by members of the congregation.

Ann Walsh Kemmis brought a bible from the pulpit; William Kerr presented a container of water from the font; Ian Meredith brought a copy of the Book of Common Prayer from the Prayer Desk; Gavin Stanley brought forward bread and wine; Ruth Wilkinson presented a vial of oil; Sharon Bradley presented a towel representing the washing of feet; and the Very Revd Tom Gordon presented copies of the Diocesan Directory and finally Lesley Colton as churchwarden brought forward the key of the church, which the Bishop remarked, hoped to keep the church open rather than locked. The Prayers of the People were led by the Revd Alec and he then announced the services for the Union for the following Sunday.

Refreshments were offered in the Parish Hall afterwards.

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Who’s in Charge?!

Priest-in-Charge the Revd Alec Purser flanked by Bishops Michael Burrows and Walton Empey.

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Jan 07

Three Diocesan Lay Readers commissioned

 

The Commissioning and Licensing of Readers

Awarding of Theological Certificates

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Three new Diocesan readers commissioned by the Bishop in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny On Advent Sunday , 30th November 2014: Mike O’Meara, Ms Nicola Rowan and Mr Jason Smith.

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Award of theThird-Level Bishop’s Medal

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Advent Sunday 30th November 2014

 

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The Bishop gathers Diocesan Readers, participants and award winners. 

THE ROLE OF THE LAY READER:

The term ‘reader’ is simply the English translation of ‘lector’, one of the minor orders of the ministry of the Church. In the Church of Scotland after the Reformation readers acted as assistants to the Presbyterian clergy and in a number of cases were given full pastoral responsibility for a parish. They were originally authorised to read the prayers, the lessons from Scripture and a homily and, after 1572, to perform baptisms and marriages.

In the Anglican church lay men (and more recently of course, lay women) have been licensed as readers since 1866. The ministry exercised by today’s readers is far more encompassing than before and liturgically, diocesan readers may inter alia read the morning and evening offices; read the Gospel, lead the prayers of the people and administer the chalice or paten at the Eucharist; and preach.

The ministry of reader is of enormous importance in the life of our dioceses and week-by-week Readers may be found conducting worship in churches. In some cases they are given extra pastoral responsibility and visit the sick and housebound and provide spiritual counsel in the absence of the clergy. They also on occasions administer Holy Communion by extension to homes, hospitals and nursing homes.

Our ceremony of commissioning reminds us all of our call to bear witness to the love of God in Christ. Together we pledge our support to the Church and the people in our parishes. 

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The Advent Candles where the light commences. 

THE SERVICE OF LIGHT:

The ceremony began with service of light. The congregation stood in the silence of the darkened cathedral with readings from Genesis (1: 1-5) and John (1: 1-5)

A light in the form of a candle is presented to the bishop with the words: ‘Jesus Christ is the Light of the world.’ The congregation responded ‘A light no darkness can quench’

A large candle is lit in the midst of the people and from this the congregational candles are lit and was followed by the hymn ‘Hail, gladdening light, of his pure glory poured…’ as the atmosphere grew with the candles creating the soft yellow flickering beams of light.

The Bishop then formally introduced the service.

The Choir of St Canice’s Cathedral led the music and was directed by Mr David Forde and organist Mr Malcolm Proud.

The lessons were read by Ms Nicola Rowan and Mr Jason Smith. The Gospel was read by the Revd Canon Barbara Fryday, Warden of Readers.

IMG_5289The Bishop, the Warden of Readers and the Dean of Leighin along with the newly commissioned Diocesan Readers and those who were awarded certificates of academic awards: Barbara Buckley, Patricia Cobbe, Audrey Clarke-Gordon, John Jarvis, Folayan Iyiola Lawal, Susan Luke, Mike O’Meara, Nicola Rowan and Tom Wheatley also Emma Purser who was presented with The Bishop’s inaugural Third Level Medal – all among the atmosphere of shafts of light.

Address:

The sermon was given by the Very Revd Gerald Field, Dean of Cashel who began by challenging the candidates why they had been ‘called’. This would often apply to anyone getting into difficulties and asking God why and never receiving an answer. Whether it to be ordained or diocesan reader ministry; whether it be as a churchwarden, member of the select vestry, Sunday school or youth leader……..whatever one’s particular ministry within the family of the Church may be, there must surely have been a time when everyone has all wondered, ‘Why me?’

And directly addressing Mike, Nicola and Jason, and those of who have been or will be Commissioned in one’s own Dioceses, may well have asked that question already during study and in leading of worship, in preparation for the ministry to which all have been called by God and his Church, and for which all are being commissioned.

This was Advent Sunday beginning the season in preparation for celebration of Christ’s coming and also preparing for his coming again.

It’s during Advent that there is reflection on those whom God sent, over the centuries, to prepare for His first coming; and, as these weeks will show, they were people to whom were seldom give a second glance such as the prophets, John the Baptist – all a rag-bag lot!  So it is more the potential one has to become the person God needs rather than the ‘somebody’ one might be. It is also not what a person has but what he might give how there is the opportunity to respond and so realise that potential. During the service the candidates will all be asked to give of their time, talents and ability in this office and work to the glory of God and the welfare of his church and by God’s grace it is His gift to them and, like the ministry to which they are called, should be valued, cherished and never taken for granted.

Finally the Dean reminded the congregation that the ‘call’ is for everyone in different ways and to pray for that Grace and to bear witness to the love of God in Christ. It is not others who send but each person who offers himself or herself in their own way and for readers and people alike to say ‘Here am I, Lord, send me!

Presentation of candidates:

Following the creed the candidate readers, Jason Smith, Mike O’Meara and Nicola Rowan, are presented to the Bishop by the warden of readers the Revd Canon Barbara Fryday. The Declaration was signed by the candidate readers and was read by the Bishop.

The candidates promised to give of their time and talents to the best of their ability in this office and work, to the glory of God and the welfare of his church.  And so the Bishop admitted the three candidates as readers and presented them to the congregation. 

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The new Readers are presented to the congregation.

The collection went to benefit the Bishop’s Ministry Fund, which includes in its task the support of training for Readership and other lay ministries.

Conclusion:

During the celebration of Communion the new readers exercised their new ministries.

After the Service, certificates of academic awards were presented to Barbara Buckley, Patricia Cobbe, Audrey Clarke-Gordon, John Jarvis, Folayan iyiola Lawal, Susan Luke,

Mike O’Meara, Nicola Rowan and Tom Wheatley.

The Bishop’s inaugural Third Level Medal was also awarded to Emma Purser.

Refreshments were then served in the cathedral.

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Wexford award winner Folayan iyiola Lawal flanked by his clergy the Revd Canon Arthur Minon and the Revd Nicola Halford.

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Emma Purser who was also awarded the Bishop’s inaugural Third Level Medal.

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Jan 07

The Revd Mellissa Jeffers begins her ministry in Fiddown

THE LITURGICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE MINISTRY

IN THE FIDDOWN UNION OF PARISHES OF THE

REVD MELLISSA JEFFERS (part-time priest-in-charge)

St Paul’s Church, Piltown on Friday 28th November 2014.

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The Revd Mellissa Jeffers pictured with the Bishop before her service of introduction as part-time priest-in-charge to the Union of Fiddown parishes in St Paul’s Church, Piltown on Friday 28th November 2014.

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Clerical line-up for the serivce of introduction for the Revd Melissa Jeffers on

Friday 28th November 2014 

‘All people that on earth do dwell’ was the familiar hmyn that opened the service with the congregation led by Ms Kelly Caldbeck, organist.

The Bishop introduced the service and greeted the congregation made up from those parishes in the Fiddown Union and also from further field, especially from the Diocese of Connor from where the Revd Mellissa was transferring.

The Archdeacon, the Very Revd Andrew Orr, then presented her to the Bishop for the ceremony.

The lessons were read by Mr Leslie Bowers and the Revd Tony Murphy with Gospel read by the Revd James Mulhall.

The Revd Elizabetih Hanna from the Diocese of Connor based her address on the three readings.

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Lady Waterford welcomes the Revd Mellissa

The Bishop then introduced the Revd Mellissa Jeffers to be commended as priest-in-charge.

Having entrusted her to share in the care of God’s people in the parish, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor and also proclain the Gospel.

The Bishop then presented Mellissa to the congregation as their new priest and pastor to enthusiastic affirmation.

Coming to the final part of the ceremony the Bishop exhorted the congregation to live together through the Holy Spirit with all humility and gentleness with patience, love and peace.

Symbolically members of the congregation presented various items to Mellissa.  Mr Norman Storey brought a bible from the pulpit; Ms Corinne Power O’Mahoney presented a container of water from the font; Mr Hew Bowers and Ms Emma McMahon brought a copy of the Book of Common Prayer from the Prayer Desk; Mr John Thompson brought forward bread and wine; Ms Heather Byrne presented a vial of oil; Ms Diane O’Dea presented a towel representing the washing of feet; and Archdeacon the Ven. Chris Long presented copies of the Diocesan Directory and finally Ms Ruth Kennington as churchwarden brought forward the key of the church, which the Bishop remarked, hoped to keep the church open rather than locked. The Prayers of the People were led by the Revd Mellissa and she then announced the services for the Union for the following Sunday.

 

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Ann Phelan T.D., John Paul Phelan T.D. and John and Josephine Burke Piltown Community Centre

After the services speeches of welcome were made in the church: Mr Ron Dool from Fiddown Union, Fr Pascal Moore parish priest from Templorum, Mr Wattie Walsh, Chairman of the Iverk Show, Cllr Anne Phelan TD Minister of State; MC for this part of the occasion concluded with some appropriate words of welcome of his own and the congregation along with their new priest retired to partake of refreshment and fellowship.

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Nov 26

Recent Appointments, etc.

 

ORourke copy- BRIAN O ROURKE to Portlaoise and Ballyfin Union on Friday 9th January at 8 p.m. in Portlaoise.

 

 

 

 

 

Mairt Hanley copyThe Reverend MAIRT HANLEY, at present priest in charge in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, has been nominated to the incumbency of Baltinglass. We will welcome him among us at his Institution on Sunday 11th January at 7 p.m. in Baltinglass Parish Church.

 

sykes- MARGARET SYKES to New Ross and Fethard Union on Friday 16th January at 7.30 p.m. (NOTE TIME) in New Ross.

At this service Margaret’s new role as Diocesan President of the MU, in which we wish her well, will also be recognised.

 

 

 

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Nov 26

Diocesan Attendance at the Ploughing Championship 2014

PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

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Moo-meter’ may have been the buzzword around Ratheniska at the record-breaking National Ploughing Championship this year, but tucked away in a quiet but visible corner was positioned the Church of Ireland ‘Welcome’ Stand.  Created, organised and mainly manned by Cashel, Ferns and Ossory since in its Diocese it lay.

Flagged by attractive looking posters, there was an inviting appeal for everyone to stop by, say hello and take momentary respite from the rigours of the crowds and the walking.

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Headed up by the Ven. Andrew Orr and Canon Susan Green, each of the three days had a rota of crew, both clerical and lay, to meet and greet the many visitors who called in.

The centre-piece of the marquee was the Prayer Tree, created by the Art Department of Kilkenny College.  It was designed so that visitors could take paper ‘leaves’ on which personal prayers could be written and placed on the outreaching branches.

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Both adults and children were encouraged to participate with further steps available to both groups as a prayer desk was provided in one corner for those who felt inclined to pray and in another there was a children’s corner where they could sit and draw.  The walls here were decorated by prints of the winners of the annual Bishop’s Lenten Art Competition.

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The life of the diocese and beyond was well represented with bright displays from BB, GFS, Bishops’ Appeal and the C of I youth department.

Bishop Michael Burrows was on hand for much of the time, greeting members of his diocese and also those from the wider community.  His Roman Catholic counterpart, Bishop Denis Nulty also paid a visit, calling in from the their stand next door, as did the Papal Nuncio.

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The Ven. Andrew Orr also represented the Church of Ireland and the Bishop at the official opening when he took part in the opening ceremony in the presence of An tUachtarain Michael D. Higgins.

 

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Nov 26

Outing of the Friends of Saint Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny

Annual outing of the Friends of Saint Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny

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Bright sunlight provided the perfect backdrop to the popular outing of the Friends of Saint Canice on 20th September last.  This time the destination was the town of Kildare and its imposing Saint Bridget’s cathedral. As is now well-established practice, the route taken is very far from the most direct, motorway option. So it was up the hills behind Johnswell and on to Mount Nugent and the high ground straddling the three counties borders of Kilkenny, Laois and Carlow.  There a real find was the delightful hostelry, The Ridge Bar, run by the Rory Sheerin and family where morning coffee and warm scones were enjoyed helped by copious amounts of cream and jam.

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The numerous personalities of Carlow from Pierce Butler one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, William Dargan father of the Irish railway system, Olivia O’Leary and John Tyndall, the scientist and mountain climber were all discussed as the coach wound its way in the capable hands of Ger Ronan along roads more suited to much smaller modes of transport.  We paused at Holy Trinity Church, Bilbo where Averill Matthews told the inspiring story of her mother’s family relocating there during the sad time of the 1918 flu pandemic.

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The churches grounds were given by the Alexander Family which in the person of Mrs Frances Alexander (née Fanny Humphreys (composer of the popular ‘All things bright and beautiful’)  which prompted all in the coach to join in a joyous rendering of the song.

The 9,000 plus year long story of forestry in Ireland was to the fore as we continued along the tree bedecked ridge drive before descending past the 19th century, state-of-the-art water reservoir.

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to view the inspiring Romanesque doorway of the Killeshin Church with its links to Saint Diarmait who died in 565AD. It was he who pronounced the famous legal principal ‘to every cow its calf, to every book its copy’.

Carlow, the Barrow Navigation, Saint Patrick’s confession, Shrule Castle Castledermot, Athy and Gordon Bennett were all touched upon and their stories duly told. Finally Kildare was reached with a concluding puzzle, involving old money occasioned much scratching of heads before the remainder of £66-16 shillings and no pence and three farthings  less £44-5 shillings, 4pence and one farthing was finally agreed.

After a pleasant lunch in the stylish Silken Thomas restaurant was enjoyed we took part in a short service in the imposing Cathedral taken by Richard Codd who joined us from Tullow. This was followed by a tour of the church and the grounds by Ken Dunne of the Select Vestry.

Off again on the return journey with a nod to Count John McCormack in Monasterevin where we were just in time to watch the lifting bridge in action over one of the very few aqueducts which carries the Grand Canal over the River Barrow. Then onwards to Durrow and our final meal in the Durrow Hotel where once again Joseph Murphy did the honours with style.  Another wonderful day of fellowship concluded with the short journey back to Kilkenny.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 10

Diocesan Rules – Amended

CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE DIOCESAN RULES AS A PDF

DIOC RULES-amended

 

Oct 05

Tributes paid to Maureen Lanigan

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MAUREEN CONSTANCE LANIGAN

1945 – 2014

It was with deep sadness that the Diocese learned of the death of Maureen Lanigan in the first week of September following illness.

She died at Waterford Regional Hospital Thursday 4th September and her funeral took place on Saturday 6th September, in St Canice’s Cathedral with Requiem Eucharist. Her burial followed at St Peter’s, Kington Langley, Wiltshire, England.

The Diocese expressed its deepest sympathies to her companion Pierce, her brother Andrew, her family and friends.

Maureen, English by birth had worked as a nurse in the WAAFs and married in England to Conor. She then came to Ireland as her husband was Irish and when he retired he wished to return to Kilkenny.  They settled in the house in Joiner’s Folly on the outskirts of Kilkenny and Maureen became part of the parish scene of St Canice’s Cathedral.

When her husband died, the former dean the Very Revd Norman Lynas took the funeral service and subsequently suggested to Maureen that she should consider going for lay reading as she continued to reside in Kilkenny.

She involved herself in a variety of aspects of Kilkenny life, including acting as a doctor’s receptionist, working in the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and was instrumental among others in setting up the Kilkenny Rape Crisis Centre.

And then latterly she found friendship in her special companion: Pierce.

There was no avoiding the presence of Maureen in the early years, as she came to service in the cathedral, smartly attired with wide-brimmed hat and high heels.

She was for some years the Hon. Secretary of the Cathedral Select Vestry and when the parishes became a Union she continued to give of herself and sat on the Advisory Committee.

But it was as lay reader that Maureen came into her own.

Initially taking intercessions and readings in the church, she took it on herself to greet people brightly in the pew on a Sunday morning.

She attended the courses laid on by the Very Revd Tom Gordon and was commissioned as Diocesan Reader on Advent Sunday, 2nd December 2007 by the Bishop in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny.   Many of the parish readers became Diocesan Readers and could then be requested to go further afield from their own parishes to assist with services.   Maureen took on this expanded task and endeared herself to other parts of the Diocese as can been read in the notes and news of many of the parishes in this issue of the Magazine.

But, as can also be seen in this edition, her interest and loyalty to the Mothers’ Union was equally paramount.  First as a member of the Kilkenny Branch, then Branch Leader and then finally as Diocesan President.  And it was only this time last year in May 2013 that she was instituted at the Mothers’ Union Festival Service in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.

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Flanked by bishops and MU officers, Maureen in pictured following her institution as Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union.

 

An occasion when she was most obviously at her happiest.  It is sad to consider that she never really had the opportunity to discharge her duties in that role.  At her funeral service, the Bishop paid tribute to the officers of the Mothers’ Union in that they never let her think that through her absence with illness, she had been replaced.

Maureen may have been of slight build but she had a strong voice and mind.  Her high-registered English accent made her easily heard and she was not averse to speaking her mind.  As the Bishop also recalled, Maureen was a member of General Synod and he remembered with affection and gratitude how she spoke out fiercely with guts and clarity from the rostrum defending her bishop when he was under considerable pressure in the wider church.

 

Her funeral service was one she devised herself requesting a celebration of the Eucharist and the music of Stanford, Croft (funeral sentences) and Bach with the singing led by the choir under the direction of Malcolm Proud and David Forde.   The service was led by the Vicar, the Revd Tim Irvine, the lesson was read by Maureen’s friend and Reader Carol Hennessy and the Gospel also by fellow Diocesan Reader George Kidd.

Prayers were led by Janet Crampton and the Warden of Readers, the Revd Canon Barbara Fryday.

Maureen was well enough to robe at St Laserian’s Cathedral for the Restoration of the Lady Chapel and continued to work in the Diocese, including joining the Mothers’ Union in their project meeting the families of prisoners at the family centre at the gates of Portlaoise prison.

She had hoped to be present at the MU Festival Service on 7th September but when she realised that she could only be there in spirit, she insisted that it go ahead, which it did, with the congregation very mindful of their late President.

A recent relapse had been too severe for her to combat and as the Vicar said in his address that the final word for Maureen was not her illness, suffering and death, but the new life in Christ which she now shares in all its fullness. That was the hope that Maureen celebrated each week when she carried out her duties as a diocesan lay reader, leading the community in its celebration of the first day of the new creation, the day on which all things were made new through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

And so the Diocese gave its servant and its friend back to God on 4th September 2014.

‘My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my Spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour’.

 

The Revd Norman Lynas sent this tribute to Maureen from Bermuda on receiving the news of her death. He had been dean of St Canice’s Cathedral and had been instrumental in encouraging Maureen to consider lay reading.

 

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Maureen Diocesan Reader Sam Harper following their commissioning as Diocesan Readers on Sunday 2nd December 2007 and pictured with with the former Dean of St Canice’s Cathedral the Very Revd Norman Lynas and the former Vicar of Kilkenny the Revd Elaine Murray.

 

It was with no small measure of sadness that I received the news of Maureen’s death yet aware that for some time she had a clarity and perspective arising from a deep faith that enabled her to face the inevitable with courage and grace.

My first contact with Maureen was in early 1992 when on the daily round visiting her home at Joiner’s Folly. She was an active member of the congregation that attended St Canice’s Cathedral and some time after was elected to serve as a member of the Select Vestry. Diligent, punctual and concise were the qualities I observed and these were utilised to the full when she became the Secretary to the Select Vestry.

Also an active member of the Mothers’ Union she served on the organising committee with a calm and dignity that always sought to see the best in everyone. These qualities were recognised in her appointment as Diocesan President of the MU.

Her training as a Queen Alexandra nurse gave her an insight into the suffering of others and I was often struck by her willingness to visit those facing hardship due to the unrelenting assault of prolonged illness. She was no stranger to grief and hardship having lost her husband whom she met through nursing, in 1994.

Maureen had a conviction that never left her, namely that she had a call to serve in the Church and this call would take the form of training to be a Diocesan Lay Reader. Having fulfilled the training required she was commissioned in 2007 and was clearly delighted with the support she received from the then Kilkenny Group of Parishes now a Union.

On a lighter side Maureen was a quintessential English woman who had difficulty on occasion translating the subversive use of the English language employed by her fellow parishioners. Thus she did not comprehend that the word ‘no” did not mean ‘never’ but had a variety of renderings depending on the intonation of the person addressing her.

Maureen will be missed by her own, as well as the parish and diocesan family for her integrity and humility, and I will remember her with fondness and with thanksgiving as one who made a difference.

Rest eternal grant unto her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful by the mercy of God rest in peace.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Norman Lynas.

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Oct 03

The Mothers’ Union Festival Service 2014

 

The Mothers’ Union Festival Service

Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

‘Sowing the Future together’

St Michael and All Angels’ Church Abbeyleix

Sunday 7th September 2014

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The sun shone as if it were the height of summer, all of which brought out the brightly coloured dresses of the ladies of the Mothers’ Union as they filled the large church in Abbeyleix.  Not to forget the sprinkling of gentlemen among the congregation!

The Service was taking place at a different time of year and in a slightly different format, it was conducted by the Bishop assisted by the rector the Revd Canon Patrick Harvey.

The Preacher was the Mothers’ Union All-Ireland President Mrs Phyllis Grothier and the singing was led by the organist Mrs Phyllis Clegg.

Through the opening hymn of ‘All things bright and beautiful’ the procession of banners made its way up the aisle to the Chancel after which the service was introduced by the Bishop and the Rector.

Bishop Michael spoke of this being the occasion following the funeral of Maureen Lanigan that had taken place the day before in Kilkenny and to which many of the same members of the Mothers’ Union now in front of him for this service, had been in St Canice’s Cathedral the day before.

He recalled that the last time everyone had gathered similarly was in the Spring of last year in Inistioge when Maureen had been commissioned as Mothers’ Union Diocesan President.  He paid tribute to those who had kept the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese functioning and thriving and at the same time ensuring that Maureen felt that she was still in office.

When the Bishop talked to her only a few days ago, Maureen talked emphatically in the future tense and that this service would happen this weekend come what may.

And so, said the Bishop, we continue to hold Maureen in love before God as we chart the way forward and before the service commenced, what was properly a joyful occasion, he asked the congregation to keep silence and cherish particular memories.

The Bishop reminded the congregation that this was the eve of one of the days of Mary in the calendar and with the Mothers’ Union so concerned for the motherhood of Mary and all motherhood by derivation, this then is the observance of the eve of the feast of the birth of Mary.  He elaborated a little more coming to the conclusion that the liturgical calendar is much neater than life and that liturgy is all about trying to encapsulate something that is neat and beautiful.

At this point the rector, the Revd Canon Patrick Harvey formally welcomed everyone and said what a privilege it was to be hosting this year’s Diocesan Mothers’ Union Festival service here in St Michael and All Angels’ Church in Abbeyleix and invited everyone to partake of refreshments in the South National School just ‘over the hedge’ nearby!

Service of the Word

The lessons were read by Ms Aubrey Hastings and the Revd Margaret Sykes and the Gospel was read by Mrs Pat Costain, the Mothers’ Union President, Isle of Man.

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Address – Click on next line to open full account of Phyllis Grothier address

Festival Service Abbeyleix address

Commissioning

There then followed the commissioning of the Public Relations’ Officer, Ms Vivien Black.

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The Intercessions were led by the Unit-Coordinators Ms Phyllis Foot (Action and Outreach), Ms Frances Bradley (Finance and Central Services), Ms Lilia Harper (Marketing), Ms Vivien Black (P.R.O.), and the Revd Margaret Sykes (Faith and Policy).

Q/A

Through the preliminaries of the celebration of the Passover-style family Eucharist there was prayer which included dialogue between the Rector and Ms Alice Twist.

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Acknowledgements

At the conclusion of the service, Vice-President Janet Crampton spoke and offered acknowledgements to all those who had been in the preparation of the service and the hospitality.

She thanked the rector for being so welcoming and also the local branch of the MU for all their preparation. She thanked the Bishop for his support over the past few days and Phyllis Grothier for her thought-provoking and inspirational address. She thanked the visitors who had come from the Isle of Man and also for the members of the clergy who had given up their Sunday afternoon to be present.  She thanked everyone for coming and that it was a good sign of the numbers that the ‘order of service’ sheets had run out.  She thanked the organist for standing in at the last moment.

She also thanked the Kilkenny Branch for all the work and preparation that was involved for the funeral of Maureen the previous day.

To conclude the banners were paraded out of the church and into the evening sunlight and all made their way to the adjacent national school for refreshments and fellowship.

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