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    • Morning Prayer
      on Wed 18th December 2019 11:00am
      at St James' Church, Mallow
    • Morning Prayer & Children’s Jigsaw Club
      on Sun 22nd December 2019 10:00am
      at St Mary's Church, Doneraile
    • Jig Saw Club
      on Sun 22nd December 2019 11:30am
      at St James' Church Hall, Mallow
    • Morning Prayer & Children’s JigsawClub
      on Sun 22nd December 2019 11:45am
      at St James' Church, Mallow
    • Christmas Carol Service
      on Sun 22nd December 2019 3:00pm
      at St Mary's Church, Castletownroche
    • Christingle Service with Carols
      on Tue 24th December 2019 8:00pm
      at St. James' Church, Mallow
    • Christmas Eve Service
      on Tue 24th December 2019 11:30pm
      at St Mary's Church, Doneraile
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Ministry Team

Diocesan ReadersThe office of Reader is an ancient one which goes back to the early Church. Over the centuries it has been revived on a number of occasions and in 1907 the General Synod requested the bishops to institute the office into the Church of Ireland – in 1909 this came into effect.  The Diocesan Reader is licenced to lead Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, the Service of the Word and to preach.
Avril Gubbins

Avril Gubbins

Avril Gubbins Having done a three year preparatory course, Avril was licenced as a Diocesan Reader in 2003. She lives in Doneraile Parish with her husband, Pat, who is a Dairy Farmer. Her family, the Evans family, have lived in this area since 1694 and have been very active both in the church and the wider community. Avril’s father, a keen campanologist, was instrumental in keeping the Doneraile Bells going throughout his lifetime.
Avril sees her ministry, while serving within the Church of Ireland, essentially as reaching out to anyone in need.

Emmanuel Adebisi is our other Lay Reader.  Originally from Nigeria he has lived in Mallow with his wife, Maryanne and their family of two girls and a boy.  He was commissioned as a Diocesan Lay Reader in November 2013.

Licensing of Diocesan Readers, St Finbarr's.

     Emmanuel Adebisi

Lay Liturgical AssistantsLay Liturgical Assistants – formerly known in the Diocese as Parish Readers (as opposed to Diocesan Readers) – are recognised leaders within their own parish communities.  They are given permission by the Bishop, following a short period of training, to lead Mattins and Evening Prayer or a Service of the Word, in parishes which have so many churches that it would not be possible otherwise to gather the people for worship in every church on every Sunday.  They are not permitted to preach.
Susan Buckley    Susan Buckley is a Lay Liturgical Assistant.  She takes services once a month in St Mary’s Castletownroche where she is also the organist.