Notice - Mass Time Adjustments:
Since the beginning of June you have been aware that there is only one priest in the Parish and we have three Churches to be catered for. Up to the present we have been blessed with Mass at 9.30am each weekday, two Saturday Vigil Masses and four Sunday Masses. I am blessed to have Fr. Pat Stafford (retired), who is willing to help regularly and I am most grateful to him for his support and generosity. When it comes to Fr. Pat or I going away for Pilgrimage or Holiday then it will be impossible for one priest to supply all Masses as at present. At least one hour and a quarter will be needed between Masses. Unfortunately, the morning Mass in Ballyduff will be dropped.
To help facilitate a comfortable time between Masses the following arrangement will commence on 10th/11th October:
Saturday Vigil Mass: Ferns: 6.15pm, Ballyduff: 7.30pm.
Sunday Mass: Ferns: 8.30am, Clologue: 9.45am, Ferns: 11.00am.
All areas will change a little but this seems best for the present, please understand…
You are most welcome to our parish of St. Aidan's, Ferns and we are delighted to have you as a parishioner or visitor. Below is our mission statement based on the message of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. His message has four areas which he regularly spoke about.
God - Self - Others - Environment
- A parish where Gospel Values are lived out and celebrated - in Behaviour, Eucharist and Sacrament.
- A parish where people would work together for the development and improvement of self and life in the parish.
- A parish where all people would be valued, respected and cared for and where children and vulnerable adults feel secure. A community where the disadvantaged would be cared for, educated and empowered to help themselves.
- A parish where the environment would be respected and enhanced.
Ballyduff Patron 2021.
Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 restrictions the normal Patron in Ballyduff could not be held again this year. Instead prayers were recited in Ballyduff cemetery during the week before the normal Patron day. Mass in Ballyduff Church on Saturday evening the 7th of August was offered as the Ballyduff Patron Mass especially for those interred in Ballyduff cemetery.
The recording of the prayers from the cemetery and the Patron Mass can be viewed at the links below:
Clologue & Ballyduff Accounts 2020.
The Clologue and Ballyduff accounts for 2020 in PDF format can be downloaded by clicking the buttons below.
Clologue Patron 2021.
Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 restrictions the normal Patron in Clologue could not be held again this year. Instead prayers were recited in Clologue cemetery and a recording of these was streamed before and after the 8.30am mass from Ferns on Sunday the 25th of July. This Mass was offered as the Patron Mass especially for those interred in Clologue cemetery.
A recording of the prayers from Clologue cemetery can be viewed at the following link:
A recording of the Patron Mass from Ferns church can be viewed at the following link:
Ferns Patron 2021.
Similar to last year a Patron Mass was offered from Ferns Church on Sunday 6th June at 12.30pm and this Mass is available to view at the link below. Prayers were recited in the cemetery on Tuesday evening 1st June. These prayers can be seen at the 2nd link below:
The Ferns Patron Mass can be viewed at the following link:
The Prayers recited in Ferns cemetery can be viewed at the link below:
Golden Jubilee of Ordination.
On Sunday the 6th of June Fr. Paddy Cushen will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his Ordination to the priesthood. To honour the event Bishop Brennan celebrated Mass in St. Aidan's Church, Ferns at 7.30pm on Friday 4th of June.
The celebration of Mass was in thanksgiving for Fr. Paddy's 50 years of loyal service in the various parishes he served. Fr. Paddy served in Chiswick London, (Diosese of Westminster) for just over 4 years, Murrinstown for 21 months, Wexford for 20 years, Marshalstown for 8 years and here in Ferns since August 2005, nearly 16 years.
We wish Fr. Paddy many more years of health, happiness and fruitful service in our Parish.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions we will have the celebration of Mass with no reception afterwards.
A recording of the Mass can be viewed at the following link:
Ferns Parish Newsletter.
Stations of the Cross.
You can view the Stations of the Cross that are located in Ferns Church by clicking the button below.
Latest - News
Covid-19 - Latest Public Health Measures
Church Re-opening - From the 10th of May 2021.
Thankfully, our Church doors will be open to the public for daily and week end Mass from Monday according to the usual schedule, which can be found at the Mass Times link at the top of this page.
The rules which were in place before the lockdown will continue. In Ballyduff & Clologue there will be a limit of 50 people with social distancing in place.
In Ferns Church we will be able to have 50 people in each pod, which will be the two sides and centre, so the maximum will be 150 people. The three distinct areas will use their own entrances and exits. For the side aisles, entrance will be from the car park side and exit from the Enniscorthy Road side. For the Main Entrance, entrance will be from the Enniscorthy side and exit from Main St. side.
There is no movement to be made from one pod to another. Please observe the seat and floor markings to help keep everyone safe.
Mass in the Convent Chapel will take place each Wednesday evening at 7.00pm as before the lockdown.
Face Masks must be worn at all times in Church/Chapel.
Sanitise your hands on entering and exiting the Church.
Social distancing must be maintained.
Please take every precaution to keep yourself and others safe.
Funerals, Weddings etc.:
For up to date information on the numbers that can attend other Church activities please visit the official government website:
A Prayer In The Time Of The Corona Virus
By Fr. Brian Grogan S.J.
Dear God, in 1879 the Apparation at Knock gave hope and courage to the people of Ireland in difficult times. We ask that Our Lady may now protect your beloved people from the Corona Virus.
May its victims be strengthened by the spititual support of the Christian community and restored soon to full health. We also pray for the medical personnel who deal with the virus.
This we ask in confidence through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Our Lady of Knock - Pray For Us.
St. Joseph - Pray For Us.
St. John the Evangelist - Pray For Us.
St. Patrick - Pray For Us.
St. Brigid - Pray For Us.
St. Aidan - Pray For Us.
St. Corona - Pray For Us.
Ballyduff - Blessing of the graves 2020
Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 restrictions this year we are unable to hold the normal Patron in Ballyduff.
In its place a short prayer ceremony was held during the week before the normal Patron day.
The recording of this ceremony will be available here from 9.00am on Sunday the 9th of August.
Fr. O' Connor commences with prayers for the deceased followed by the blessing of the graves and concludes with a decade of the rosary.