Bishop Nash and parishes of Ferns to offer Masses of Thanksgiving following hospital fire.
Since the shocking fire at Wexford General Hospital on Wednesday I have been overwhelmed by stories and examples of courage, kindness and mercy of the women and men of our emergency services and medical staff, whose prompt actions no doubt saved human lives.
I have been told of people who took risks in love and charity, and who went the extra mile to help the sick and vulnerable and remove them from the distressing circumstances of the raging fire. I wish to salute the bravery of our fire service personnel and, in particular, the leadership of hospital manager Linda O’Leary, and her management team. She has indicated that services are due to return on a phased basis as soon as vital infrastructure is restored. From the bottom of my heart I thank God for our unsung heroes, these Good Samaritans, in our community.
It is miraculous that there was no loss of life caused by this extensive hospital fire and that over 200 patients were safely protected and transferred to other hospitals. This weekend I intend to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving to God in gratitude that no person was killed by the fire, and for the intentions of every person who helped to remove patients from danger and successfully contain the fire. I invite each parish of the Diocese of Ferns to include prayers of Thanksgiving in their Masses over this weekend.
I have also been reassured by the prayers of the faithful who, through their spiritual works of mercy have been praying, and in Eucharistic Adoration, for the hospital patients who have suffered additional anxiety and had to be displaced because of the fire, as well as for all those who helped and took risks in the service of the common good.
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.
Ferns Parish Newsletter.
Ferns St. Patrick's Day Procession.
Andreas F. Borchert, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE, via Wikimedia Commons
A Procession was held after St. Patrick's Day mass this year. It commenced from the convent chapel, (site of the original parish church in Ferns), from where the original St. Patrick's Day Procession used to take place around 1890. An article from the People Newspaper of the time describes the procession of 1890.
St. Patrick’s Day in Ferns 1890 taken from ‘The People’ - Wednesday 26th March 1890.
The gateways to Fr. Ryan's parterre, Fr. Marshall’s avenue and Miss Ellen O'Brien’s courtyard were grandly ornamented, the latter especially deserving a special mention.
The members of the Confraternity in their best bib and tucker, with crimson scarves and glistening medals, put themselves in marching order in a field kindly given for the occasion by Mr. John Bolger. Mounted Steward, Mr. Aidan Walsh, opened the way through the dense crowds. The Ferns Temperance Brass Band led the way, discoursing magnificently the sweetest of music.
Then came the procession proper, which was unmistakably a soul - cheering, hope - stirring sight. Well may the priests and the people of Ferns take delight in honouring it; its numbers, its appearance, its general demeanour, taken in any way, or every way, there is no well wisher of Ireland, or the people, that must feel the sight entrancing.
The Ballybeg Fife and Drum Band, complete in every particular, and splendid mannered, brought up the rear making the air resonant with “many a bout of linked sweetness long drawn out”.
Master Lett, on his spirited pony, and Mr. J. Donohoe were the mounted stewards, closing up the processsion, the whole being personally conducted by Fr. Marshall. The route of the march was through Chapel Lane, Back Street, Enniscorthy Road, down Main Street, over Doran’s Bridge, through Pacifican, over Milltown bridge, through Main Street, to the Roman Catholic Church where Fr. Hore O.S.F. preached an eloquent sermon and the ceremonies closed with Benediction.
Ferns Accounts 2021.
The Ferns accounts for 2021 in PDF format can be downloaded by clicking the buttons below.
Clologue & Ballyduff Accounts 2021.
The Clologue and Ballyduff accounts for 2021 in PDF format can be downloaded by clicking the buttons below.
Welcome Bishop Ger
On the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of January we were delighted to welcome to our parish, our relatively new bishop, Bishop Ger Nash. He is visiting all parishes in the diocese and celebrating Mass in all the Churches. We were delighted that he came to grace us with his presence and to give parishioners an opportunity to meet him.
While Bishop Nash was here he opened and blessed our new Pastoral Centre. The Pastoral Centre will be a great asset to our parish as we prepare for new initiatives in our changing church.
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 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:
Stations of the Cross.
You can view the Stations of the Cross that are located in Ferns Church by clicking the button below.
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.