Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

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 For immediate release: Monday, 8th June 2020

 Church of Ireland Launches
Returning to In-Church Worship Protocols

The Church of Ireland has published protocols for a return to in-church worship to provide guidance to parishes – in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – in relation to the reopening of places of worship that have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Returning to In-Church Worship Protocols document is now available in the Parish Resources section of the Church of Ireland website: www.ireland.anglican.org/parish-resources

In a joint introduction, the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell, and the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, write: “Reopening churches for public worship is only possible if it can be done safely and by minimising the risk of spreading Covid-19. We strongly commend the implementation of these protocols.”

Nine stages for reopening church buildings are set out, starting with communicating with workers and parishioners prior to opening on a specific date.  The protocols have been prepared by representatives from the House of Bishops, the Representative Body Executive Committee, and the staff of the Representative Church Body, the Church’s central trustee body.

At all times, churches must comply fully with all relevant current legislation in their respective jurisdiction, and follow the advice of health authorities, particularly in relation to social distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory hygiene.

A mere cup of cold water

The Peace of the Lord be always with you!

bishopWelcome to the website of the Diocese of Cashel Ferns and Ossory.

We are one of the twelve dioceses of the Church of Ireland, covering a large area of the South East from Rosslare to Mountrath and from Gorey to Cahir.

We hope what you see and read on this site will give you an impression of our life, worship and witness and make you feel very welcome to join in our activities.

We have a long history and nearly one hundred and fifty church buildings, including six ancient cathedrals. But at the end of the day we are about people…. Bringing them into fellowship with God and with each another as week by week we gather to break the bread and to tell the ever – fresh story of God’s loving presence in Jesus Christ and in the whole life of the world.

Some find faith easy, some find it very challenging, but wherever you are on your journey of faith we welcome you and wish to walk with you in the quest for hope and holiness.

Web pages, however captivating, are no substitute for human contact or for the love and care we all need if we are to face the turbulence and pace of modern life. We hope what you read here will draw you into our midst as we seek though worship and personal encounter to make our response to the human experience of God.

Michael Cashel Ferns and Ossory

Diocesan Magazine

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Mrs Denise Hughes
The Diocesan Office
The Palace Coach House
Church Lane Kilkenny
Tel: 056 7761910
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Ferns Diocesan Board of Education Grant – First Year Child Assistance for Secondary School



Ferns Diocesan Board of Education also offers Scholarships to Irish College


Latest News

04 Jul: New Rector welcomed in Castlecomer

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12 Jun: New All-Ireland Mothers’ Union website launched

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09 Jun: Great Grandma Iris having ‘virtual’ garden open day fundraiser

Iris Dungan lives near Enniscorthy and reached 100 years of age last March.  She was due to host a garden…

08 Jun: Bishop’s Monthly Letter – June 2020 – plans for resumption of public worship on July 5th

Dear Friends Some brief words of greeting and I hope encouragement too. Normally what appears here is an online version…

22 May: Keep your video conference safe

The Church of Ireland Press Office has issued guidelines on keeping video conferences safe. Please see this link to the…

08 May: Simply Divine, Saturday 25th April

Bishop Burrows being interviewed by Christian Media Trust presenter, Maria Colfer, on her regular Saturday morning programme Simply Divine which is broadcast…

Lent has become truly a desert time  

Bishop’s April 2020 letter

Upcoming Events

EVENTS uncertain due to covid-19 pandemic

RSS Church of Ireland

  • Sun, 5th July 2020
    Principal Service A cycle:Genesis 24: 34–38, 42–49, 58–67Psalm 45: 10–17Romans 7: 15–25aMatthew 11: 16–19, 25–30B cycle:Zechariah 9:9–12Psalm 145:8–14Romans 7: 15–25aMatthew 11: 16–19, 25–30 Second Service A cycle:2 Samuel 2: 1–11; 3: 1Psalms 56, [57]Luke 18: 31 – 19: 10B cycle:2 Samuel 2: 1–11; 3: 1Psalms 56, [57]Luke 18: 31 – 19: 10