Popular Community Carol Service goes online this year


A popular Community Carol Service which brings people together at Christmas, has had to change how they perform this year.

Revd Colin McConaghie, Rector of Carrickmacross Parish in Co. Monaghan, explained that 2020 has resulted in everyone having to alter the way they are used to doing things with businesses up and down the country having to adapt to Covid regulations.

“Our churches have been no different with church buildings closed for almost half of the year and clergy having to think of initiative ways to worship.

“With Christmas approaching we would normally be listening to Christmas carols with nativities and Christmas pageants. Unfortunately, with restricted numbers churches are having to adapt the celebrations this year.”

The annual Carrickmacross Community Carols Service which normally alternates between St Joseph's and St Finbarr's cannot go ahead this year so Monsignor Shane McCaughey and Revd Colin McConaghie have been working on an online alternative as a way of thanks to all local businesses and a celebration of the community spirit that has seen them through this most difficult of years.

Revd McConaghie says Christmas readings have been pre-recorded in a variety of shops and businesses in Carrickmacross and some wonderfully talented local musicians have provided Christmas Carols.

“The message of the service will be one of hope with Monsignor McCaughey sharing a message reminding us of the true reason for the season.”

Rev McConaghie says he is excited to see the final product.

'The service promises to be a wonderful celebration of our local community. I don't want to give too much away but you will see plenty of familiar faces and hear some beautiful singing. As churches we wanted to thank all who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic as well as giving a message of hope to all who have struggled.'

The Community Carol Service will be available on the Facebook Pages of the two churches (St Joseph's Church, Carrickmacross and Carrickmacross Group Church of Ireland) from the evening of Tuesday, 15th December.