About Us

The Diocese of Waterford

Christ Church is the cathedral parish of the Waterford Union of Parishes which comprises Waterford,  St. Andrew’s Dunmore East, Christ Church, Tramore and St John the Baptist, Annestown. In fact, the parish is a diocese, albeit the smallest in the country.  Waterford is part of an amalgamation of dioceses , (Waterford, Cashel, Leighlin, Ferns, Ossory and Lismore) entitled Cashel, Ferns and Ossory under the oversight of the   Rt Revd Michael Burrows who lives in Kilkenny.

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Who We Are

The Anglican Reformation was quite different from that of the French, Scottish, Swiss or German Reformations in that no one leader or spiritual figurehead headed the reforms. Instead, both Roman Catholic spiritual traditions as well as the new insights of the reforming Protesters made their way into a national church in 16th century England.

In the 19th century there was an intellectual reformation within Anglicanism that fostered not just faith in the traditional creeds of the church, or belief that God speaks to us through scripture but that faith also is served by reason and learning. So to be Anglican is to be within a community that of its nature reflects the diversity of the ways in which people respond to God in their lives. We strive to work for unity amid this diversity as there are very real theological differences in emphasis within the Communion. However, there is a shared conviction that belief in the Trinity, in Christ as Lord and Saviour, in Holy Scripture, in sacrament, Common Prayer, the constitutional ordering of the church, the three-fold ordering of ministry (deacon, priest and bishop) hold things together.

 

In 1870, the Church of Ireland became independent of the Church of England. Since then it has been a national, parliamentary church covering both the jurisdictions of Northern Ireland and the Republic. General Synod (parliament) comprises the House of Bishops and the Houses of Representatives (made up of elected members of the clergy and laity) and it orders all aspects of church governance and policy. The Bishops hold responsibility for the integrity of church doctrine and teaching.

Sunday School

In Christ Church Cathedral we have a Sunday School session during the 10 o'Clock service for any children of primary school age to come along to join in with our worship through stories, craft and games. The children will hear the Gospel or lesson appropriate to each Sunday and we end the session in prayer together.

 

Sunday School runs every Sunday during school term times except on the third Sunday which is our inclusive Family Service. If any over 18 year olds would like to come along and help out with cutting, gluing and colouring please get in touch with Georgi McGeary on 0861712994.

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Bellringers

We have eight bells and a very dedicated number of ringers led by Mr Richard de Courcy. They ring on Sundays at 9.30am for 10 am worship and on other appropriate occasions.

Visiting bands are welcome but their ringing time is limited to one hour as the Cathedral is in a built-up area.

The Church of Ireland

Christ Church is the cathedral parish of the Waterford Union of Parishes which comprises Waterford,  St. Andrew’s Dunmore East, Christ Church, Tramore and St John the Baptist, Annestown. In fact, the parish is a diocese, albeit the smallest in the country.  Waterford is part of an amalgamation of dioceses , (Waterford, Cashel, Leighlin, Ferns, Ossory and Lismore) entitled Cashel, Ferns and Ossory under the oversight of the   Rt Revd Michael Burrows who lives in Kilkenny.

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The Place of
Common Prayer

At the core of our community is shared worship. Above all else it says who we are as a church. The table-fellowship of Jesus was where the disciples were formed into church, where there was teaching and fellowship, where there was fun and where pain and guilt were met with the healing touch of Christ. At that table was engagement with God’s word – conversation, laughter as well as tears. Connections were made between the traditions of the past, the present encounter with each other in the presence of Christ and new hopes for the future. Familiar old words from the sacred scriptures took on new meaning. A feature of Jesus’ ministry is that he fed the people and encouraged them to feed each other. In that breaking of bread was his total self-giving to God and he asked his disciples to do this also in memory of him. Those who gathered in that table fellowship were commissioned, sent out to be forces for good, to be bearers of hope, to give witness to that new way of relating to God and to each other.

We gather in his name in many different ways to get to know each other, to provide places and meetings where those who may not ‘do church’ can meet church and meet in joy. We listen and enter into conversation with God’s word, are called to respond and be healed, forgiven, enlightened, led, encouraged and empowered. In Holy Communion remembrance of Jesus’ table fellowship, the ordinary becomes holy, not just the bread but also the every day matter of our lives. To enter into communion is to allow everything to be changed by God’s grace. Then there is a going out, a leave-taking from the security of that fellowship to ‘go in peace to love and serve’.

 

What happens in church in Holy Communion articulates the very life of the parish. God’s people become the living Temple where the vulnerable find shelter, where the young grow strong in goodness and faith, where all find welcome, where God’s presence is celebrated among us and where God’s purpose is worked out through us.

Times of Service

Times of Services in Waterford Union of Parishes

Holy Communion is celebrated in the cathedral side chapel on Thursday  at 1.15 pm

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Friends of Christ Church

The Friends of Christ Church are a group of volunteers from the parish and wider community who welcome visitors to the cathedral from Monday to Saturday throughout the year. Whatever the reason for one’s visit, prayer, tourism or simply curiosity, they are there to offer support, a friendly presence and information.

 

We are always looking for new people to join the friends of the cathedral.  If you have a couple of hours a week to spare and would like to welcome visitors from around the world to the cathedral please send us an email, or speak with Isobell Greene or one of the clergy after the Sunday service.