List of Christmas Season Church Services across this Diocese
DIOCESE OF CASHEL
CASHEL UNION OF PARISHES
14th December @ 7 p.m. Cashel Schools’ Community Carol Service in Cashel Cathedral
17th December @ 4 p.m. United Carol Service, Cashel Cathedral
Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th – Church of the Holy Spirit Magorban 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist; Cashel Cathedral, 11.30am Parish Eucharist.
Cashel Cathedral 5.00 p.m. Children’s Crib Service (See below for details); St. Sedna’s Clonbeg 9.00 p.m. Vigil Eucharist.
CHRISTMAS DAY: St. Mary’s Dundrum 9.30 a.m. Christmas Eucharist; St. Mary’s Tipperary 10.00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist; Cashel Cathedral 11.00 a.m. Christmas Family Eucharist.
Sunday 31st Cashel Cathedral 11.00 a.m. United Parish Eucharist.
Saturday 6th January 2018 – Feast of the Epiphany: Church of the Holy Spirit Magorban 8.00 p.m. Epiphany Readings and Carols by Candlelight.
CRIB SERVICE: In the Cathedral on Christmas Eve there will be a special service for the children at 5.00 p.m. (allowing plenty of time to be tucked up in bed before Santa’s visit).
The Crib is a special visual aid to our Christmas celebrations, and in this short service the children will experience the story of Christmas in a very interactive way as they help to build the Crib scene, which will remain in the Cathedral for the whole of the Christmas/Epiphany season.
We look forward to welcoming any families who would like to join us.
KILCOOLEY UNION OF PARISHES WITH FERTAGH
7th, 14th and 21st – Advent Scripture Reflection Group – St Mary’s Church, Littleton at 7.30 p.m.
Sunday, 24th December at 11 a.m. United morning Christingle Service, St Mary’s Church, Fertagh.
Sunday, 24th December at 11 p.m. Midnight Holy Communion, St Mary’s Church, Littleton.
10 a.m. Holy Communion, Crohane (celebrant The Very Reverend Dr Robert McCarthy)
10 a.m. Holy Communion, Kilcooley
11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Fertagh
New Year’s Eve at 11 a.m. United celebration of Holy Communion, Kilcooley Parish Church
TEMPLEMORE UNION OF PARISHES
10.45 a.m. Morning Worship St Mary’s Templemore and Morning Worship in Kilfithmone at 12 noon and Carols by Candlenight in St Mary’s Thurles at 8 p.m.
17th December – School Nativity Play & Carol Service at 10.45 a.m. in St Mary’s, Templemore.
24th December: 8 p.m. Kilfithmone Ist Communion of Christmas and
10 p.m. St Mary’s Thurles Holy Communion
10.45 a.m. St Mary’s, Templemore – Family service with Holy Communion
8 p.m. St Mary’s, Templemore – New Year’s Eve Watchnight Service
Holy Communion for the Epiphany in all three churches at the usual times – 9.30 a.m. in St Mary’s, Thurles, 10.45 a.m. St Mary’s, Templemore and 12 noon Kilfithmone.
DIOCESE OF WATERFORD
WATERFORD UNION OF PARISHES
3rd Cathedral: White Ribbon Sunday. In memory of all who have died by suicide
10th Carols: Tramore 3pm
17th Civic Carol Service, cathedral, 4pm
19th Christ Church School Primary Service 7pm
20th Carols Dunmore East 8pm
24th Morning service times as usual
24th Christmas Carols memorial Tree, Barronstrand St 3pm
24th Christmas Eve Cathedral Christmas Eve Eucharist 10pm
25th Christmas Day
- Cathedral HC 8.30am, 10am
- Annestown HC 10am
- Tramore HC 11.30am
- Dunmore East HC am
FIDDOWN UNION OF PARISHES
9.30 am Holy Trinity Portlaw Christmas Holy Communion
11.00 am Saint Mary’s Kilmeaden Christmas Holy Communion
11.00 am Saint Paul’s Piltown United Family Carol Service
CLONMEL UNION OF PARISHES
Carol Services Friday, 15th December in St Paul’s, Cahir 7.30 pm
Sunday, 17th December in Holy Trinity, Fethard 7.30 pm
Friday, 22nd December in Old St Mary’s, Clonmel 7.30 pm
LISMORE UNION OF PARISHES
10th December at 6 pm –Advent Carol Service when we celebrate a liturgy of Advent readings, carols and lighting of candles.
In Advent, Morning Prayer will be said each day in the Cathedral at 9 a.m.
19th December IONA Service of Wholeness and Healing
22nd December Nine Lessons & Carols Service – in Cathedral at 7.00 p.m.
Christmas Eve – Carol Service From Advent to Christmas in Stradbally church at 11.00 a.m.
DIOCESE OF OSSORY
CASTLECOMER UNION OF PARISHES
+17 Dec Carol Service, the Colliery Church 8pm
+24 Dec Sunday 11am Holy Communion, St Mary’s
+24 Dec Christmas Eve: 7pm Bilboa, HC; Christmas Eve: 9 pm The Colliery, HC
+25 Dec Christmas Day: 10 am Mothel, HC; 11.30 am St Mary’s HC
+31 Dec Sunday (& New Year’s Eve) 10 am HC The Colliery (please note the time change)
+1 Jan The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus 11 am HC St Mary’s (followed by the Wellie Race in Castlecomer)
+7 Jan Epiphany themed Carol Service, Mothel Church 4 pm.
17 Dec Carol Service, the Colliery Church 8pm, featuring, as always our good friends from the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir. The only other service that Sunday will be one of Holy Communion in Bilboa at 10.30 am.
7 Jan 2018 Epiphany themed Carol Service, Mothel Church 4 pm. The only other service that Sunday will be one of Holy Communion in St Mary’s at 10.30 am.
CLONENAGH (Mountrath) GROUP OF PARISHES
Church Services in December
Seir Kieran 7pm E.P
Annatrim 11am M.P.
Mountrath 11.30am M.P.
Roskelton 9.30am H.C.
Borris at 11am H.C.
Seir Kieran at 9.30am H.C.
Mountrath at 11.30am H.C.
Lacca at 4pm Service of the Word .E.P
Mountrath 8pm Carol Service
Sunday 24th Christmas Eve
Lacca 10am H.C
Roskelton 11.30am H.C.
Seir Kieran 7pm H.C.
Borris in Ossary 8.30pm H.C.
Annatrim 10 am H.C.
Mountrath 11.30am H.C.
Mountrath 10.30am Group Service
KELLS UNION OF PARISHES WITH INISTIOGE
December 21st – Carol Service – Inistioge 7 p.m.
December 24th – United Service – Kilfane 11.00 a.m.
Children’s Service Kells 6 p.m.
Ennisnag 9 p.m.
Ennisnag 10.00 a.m.
Inistioge 11.45 a.m.
December 31st United Service Christingle Kells 11.00 a.m.
KILKENNY UNION OF PARISHES
Sunday 10th at 10am St John’s – with Christingles
Sunday 10th at 7pm Kilmanagh
Friday 15th Freshford 7pm
Sunday 17th at 5pm Cathedral Carol Service
8am St Canice’s Cathedral
11.30 am St Canice’s Cathedral
There are no other morning services in the Parish on this day.
7.30 pm St Canice’s Cathedral
Please note that this is in place of the midnight Communion. The hope is that people may find this a more friendly time to come to Church as many found the 11.30pm service too late.
8am St Canice’s Cathedral
9 am St. Lachtain’s, Freshford
10.15am St Aidan’s, Kilmanagh
RATHDOWNEY UNION OF PARISHES
December 10th 11am St Andrew’s Rathdowney Nativity Play and Gift Service. Followed by Christmas Sale with Refreshments 12noon to 1.30ish
Also 7.30pm Carol Service at St Andrew’s Rathdowney
Christmas Eve: 10.30am Christmas Communion at Castlefleming
Rathsaran 7pm Christmas Communion, Aghaboe 8.30pm Christmas Communion
Christmas Day 10am Donaghmore Christmas Communion
11am Rathdowney Christmas Communion
December 31st Joint Family Service Aghaboe 11am
Welcome in the New Year Rathdowney 8pm
DIOCESE OF LEIGHLIN
ABBEYLEIX & KILLERMOGH UNION OF PARISHES
NATIVITY PLAY: This year the Abbeyleix South National School pupils are performing their nativity play in St. Michael & All Angels’ Church, Abbeyleix, on Sunday 10th December at 7.00 pm. Much work and preparation goes into this extravaganza!
CAROLS with CHOIR from St. CANICE’S CATHEDRAL, KILKENNY: We are delighted that the Choir from St. Canice’s Cathedral will again be coming to take part in our annual Christmas Carol Service in St. Fintan’s Church, Durrow, on Tuesday 19th December at 8.00 pm. The choir will sing seasonal items alternating with congregational singing and organ music. This will be a gift service in aid of works to the Church. The traditional Durrow mulled wine (from a secret recipe) and mince pies will be served after the service. All welcome!
BALTINGLASS GROUP OF PARISHES
- The Hospital Carol service is at 2 pm on the 16th
- Christmas Carol service is on Sunday the 17th December in Baltinglass at 11am (this is also running as a 5th Sunday)
- 20th at 8 pm is the carol service in Ballynure followed by sausage rolls and mince pies
- 23rd the Saturday evening service is in Stratford
- 24th 11 am said Communion in Baltinglass
- 30 pm Christmas eve vigil service in Rathvilly
- Christmas services as last year,
- Sunday after Christmas 31st. Only service 11 am Rathvilly
CARLOW UNION OF PARISHES
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols: This service will take place in St. Mary’s at 7.30 pm
on the 17th of December. Stephen Adams will be our organist and the evening promises to be an enjoyable way of entering the spirit of Christmas through word and song.
Christmas Eve: Staplestown MP: 9.30 am
St. Mary’s HC: 9 pm
Christmas Day: Staplestown: 9.30 am
St. Mary’s: 10.45 am
Urglin: 12.00 Noon
Sunday 31 December: HC & Covenant Service: Staplestown: 11 am
DUNLECKNEY UNION OF PARISHES
Christmas Eve (24th December) – Church of the Good Shepherd, Lorum @ 9 p.m. St Peter’s Church, Killedmond @ 11 p.m. Bishop Michael will officiate at both these Services.
Christmas Day – St John’s Church, Nurney @ 10 a.m. St Mary’s Church, Bagenalstown @ 11.30 a.m. Ven. Robin Bantry White will officiate at these Services.
FENAGH, MYSHALL, AGHADE, ARDOYNE GROUP OF PARISHES
10th December – Service of Nine Lesson and Carols at the Adelaide Memorial Church, Myshall 7 p.m.
17TH December – United All-Age Family Service at All Saints’ Fenagh 11.15 a.m.
Christmas Eve – Holy Trinity, Ardoyne 9 p.m. and the Adelaide Memorial Church, Myshall 11 p.m.
Christmas Day – All Saints’, Fenagh 9.30 a.m. and All Saints’ Aghade, 11. 15 a.m.
New Year’s Eve – All Saints’ Aghade: Carolling with seasonal prayer and meditation in preparation for the New Year 2018 @ 9.30 a.m.
KILLESHIN UNION OF PARISHES
Saturday 16th Mayo Church 7.30 p.m.
Sunday 17th Castletown 11 a.m.
Sunday 17th Killeshin 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 20th Cloydagh 7.30 p.m.
24th December 11 a.m. in Castletown church and 8 p.m. in Killeshin
Christmas Day – 10 a.m. in Cloydagh and 11.30 in Mayo
KILTEGAN GROUP OF PARISHES
17th December – Carol Service – Kiltegan at 11 a.m.
Christmas Eve: Clonmore HC at 8.30 p.m. and Kiltegan HC at 10.30 p.m.
Christmas Day: Moyne HC at 9.30 a.m., Hacketstown HC at 10.45 a.m. and Kiltegan HC at 12 noon.
31st December – Youth Carol Service at 11 a.m.
LEIGHLIN UNION OF PARISHES
FIRST COMMUNION OF CHRISTMAS
Grange Sylvae @ 9.30pm
St Laserian’s Cathedral @ 11.30pm
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST with CAROLS @ 10am
Saint Laserian’s Cathedral
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST with CAROLS @ 11.30am
Christmas 1. New Year’s Eve (Sunday December 31st)
SHORTENED MORNING PRAYER (said) @ 10am
Saint Laserian’s Cathedral
CHRISTINGLE EUCHARIST @ 11am
PORTLAOISE & BALLYFIN UNION OF PARISHES
Sunday 10th December, 2nd Sunday of Advent:
9.30 The Rock H.C. Canon Susan Green
10.45 Portlaoise H.C. Canon Susan Green
12 noon Ballyfin H.C. Canon Susan Green
Wednesday, 13th BALLYFIN:
8 p.m. ECUMENICAL CAROL SERVICE Ven. Andrew Orr
Sunday 17th December, 3rd Sunday of Advent:
11 a.m. (Note time) Portlaoise Carol Service – Ms Gillian Purser
12 noon Ballyfin M.P. (to be confirmed)
Sunday 24th December. 4th Sunday of Advent:
11 a.m. (Note time) Portlaoise M.P. Mr Charlie Wallace
Monday 25th – Christmas Day:
9.30 The Rock H.C. Bishop Burrows
10.45 Portlaoise H.C. Bishop Burrows
12 noon Ballyfin H.C. Bishop Burrows
Sunday, 31st December – 1st Sunday of Christmas:
9.30 The Rock M.P. – To be confirmed
10.45 Portlaoise M.P. – To be confirmed
12 noon Ballyfin M.P. – To be confirmed
STRADBALLY UNION OF PARISHES
Sunday December 17th 7.30pm Carols by Candlelight St. Patrick’s Church
Sunday December 24th 11.00 pm Christmas Eve Service Ballintubbert Church
Christmas Day 9.00 Luggacurran
TULLOW GROUP OF PARISHES
10th December: Shillelagh School Carols 11.15a.m.
Sunday 17th: Carol service in Shillelagh 11 am (note the time!) Service of Nine lessons and Carols: Tullow 7p.m. also drawing of the parish Raffle afterwards! No other services that morning
24th December: Christmas Eucharist 9.00p.m. Mullinacuffe
25th December: Christmas Family Eucharist with All age sermon
11.00 a.m. Shillelagh
31st December: Group carol service in Mullinacuffe 11 a.m.
DIOCESE OF FERNS
ARDAMINE, KILNAMANAGH & MONAMOLIN GROUP
Carol services will take place in Ardamine on Sunday 10 December at 10.15 am;
in Monamolin on Sunday 17 December at 11 am (the only service in the Group that day)
and in Kilmuckridge on Sunday 31 December at 11 am (again, the only service in the Group on that day).
Christmas services are as follows:
Christmas Eve – Ardamine 11 am (Morning Prayer);
Clonevan 8.30 pm (Holy Communion).
Christmas Day – Monamolin 9 am; Kiltennel 10.15 am
and Kilnamanagh 11.45 am (all services Holy Communion).
At all services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Bishops’ Appeal.
BUNCLODY UNION OF PARISHES
Bunclody Union Christmas Services
We will be celebrating, our Candle Lit Christingle Service in St Fiaac’s Church, Clonegal on Sunday 17th December at 4.00pm. On Wednesday 20th December, we will be having our Carrigduff NS Carol Service in St Mary’s Bunclody at 7.30pm.
Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve Holy Communion in St Fiaac’s Church, Clonegal at 7.00pm
Monday 25th December Christmas Day Holy Communion:
St Paul’s, Kildavin at 9.00am
St Brigid’s, Kilrush at 10.15am
St Mary’s, Bunclody at 11.30am.
Sunday 31st December United Carol Service in St Brigid’s Church, Kilrush at 10.30am
ENNISCORTHY AND MONART UNION OF PARISHES
Sunday 17th December
9.00 am – Monart. Holy Communion
10.15 am – Clonmore. Morning Prayer
11.30 am – St. Mary’s. Morning Prayer
7.00 pm – St. Mary’s. Carols by Candlelight
Saturday 23rd December
7.00 pm – St Mary’s – “A Quiet Christmas” service
Sunday 24th December. Christmas Eve
9.45 am – Templescobin. Carol service with Holy Communion
11.15 am – Clonmore. Carol service with Holy Communion
7.00 pm – Clone. Christmas Eucharist
Monday 25th December. Christmas Day
9.45 am – Monart. Christmas Eucharist
11.30 am – St. Mary’s. Christmas Eucharist
Sunday 31st December
10.30 am – United 5th Sunday Family Eucharist in Clonmore
FERNS UNION OF PARISHES
Ferns Advent Carol Service and Installation of Canons. St Edan’s, 10th December, 5 p.m. The Ferns Advent Carol Service this year will be held in the context of Evening Prayer with the installation of Canon Ruth Elmes as our new Canon on the Cathedral Chapter and Canon Hayden will now become Precentor with Canon Minion as Chancellor and Canon Stevenson as Treasurer.
Christmas Service Schedule: Sunday 17th December, 10.30 am St Edan’s Cathedral, Service of Nine Lessons and Carols and at 4.00 pm on the same day St Edan’s National School Christmas Pageant with Children’s Christmas Party immediately after in Parish Hall.
Sunday 24th December sees Christmas Eve Holy Communion Services in Camolin at 7.30pm and Ballymore at 9.00 pm.
Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day Holy Communion Services are as follows: 9.00 am Ballycarney, 10.15 am St Edan’s Cathedral, and 11.30 am Kilcormack.
GOREY GROUP OF PARISHES
Sunday December 17th St. Luke’s Leskinfere Carol Service 7pm.
Thursday December 21st Gorey Central School Carol Service 7pm.
Sunday December 24th St. John’s Hollyfort Carol Service 10.15am; Christ Church Gorey Carol Service 11.30am;
Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service St. Mogue’s Ballycanew 8pm.
Christmas Day: Christ Church Gorey Holy Communion Service 8.30am; St. Luke’s Leskinfere Holy Communion Service 10am; St. John’s Hollyfort Holy Communion Service 10am; Christ Church Gorey Holy Communion Service 11.30am.
First Sunday after Christmas December 31st: Holy Communion Service Gorey 8.30am; Carol Service Ballycanew 7pm. No other services this day.
KILLANE UNION OF PARISHES
St. Anne’s, Killanne are holding their Annual Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday 10th December at 7.30 p.m.
NEW ROSS AND FETHARD UNION OF PARISHES
There will be a carol service in St Mogue’s Church Fethard-on-Sea on Friday December 15th at 8pm.
New Ross carol service will take place on Sunday 17th at 8 pm. New Ross Singers and HF Brass Band will take part.
On December 24th, Christmas Eve, there will be a service of the Holy Communion in Killesk at 9.00pm and in Whitechurch at 11 pm.
On Christmas Day, 25th, there will be a service of the Holy Communion in Fethard at 9 am and in New Ross at 11 am.
TINAHELY & CARNEW UNION OF PARISHES
Sunday 17th December
8.30 a.m. Preban Holy Communion Rite 1
11 a.m. All Saints Church Carnew Parish Carol Service and Schools Nativity Play
7 p.m. Blue Christmas
Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve
7.30 pm Holy Communion Kilcommon
Monday 25th December Christmas Day
8.30 a.m. Kilpipe
10 a.m. All Saints Carnew
11.30 a.m. St. John’s Preban
WEXFORD & KILSCORAN UNION OF PARISHES
Friday 15th December: St. David’s Church, Mulrankin, Service of Nine Lessons
and Carols at 7.30p.m.
Christmas Eve: St. Enoch’s Church, Killinick. Holy Communion at 9.30 am.
Killurin Church. Holy Communion at 10 am.
St .James’ Church Horetown. Holy Communion at 11.30 am.
St. Iberius’ Church, Wexford Carol Service at 4 pm.
St. Paul’s Church, Balloughton. Holy Communion at 7 pm.
Christmas Day: St. Peter’s Church, Kilscoran. Holy Communion at 9.30 am.
St. Iberius’ Church. Holy Communion at 11.15 am.
St. Munn’s Church, Taghmon. Holy Communion at 11.30 am.
New Year’s Eve: Ardcolm Church, Castlebridge. Holy Communion at 10.00 am.
St. Iberius’ Church, Wexford. Holy Communion at 11.15 am.
St. Peter’s Church, Kilscoran. Holy Communion at 11.30 am.