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Carrigaline Union Notes for September 2017

Toddlers Plus One This group returns to the fray on Monday 4th September. We meet every Monday in the Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult

Monday Club are back on Monday 11th September. We meet in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm every Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. The Friendship Group will meet again after the summer break in the Rectory at 11am on Thursday 14th  September.  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘Champions!’was a great success on many levels. 50 children and 20 teen leaders (plus the usual boring ‘Adults’) ensured that a great time was had by all! The joint venture from Carrigaline Union and Templebreedy Group ensures that there is always a great mix of children. Thanks to all who helped out in any way. We will be back same time next year (16th to 20th July 2018) so make sure you don’t book your holidays and clash with the dates!

Mothers’ Union  Thank you to Sarah Foott for welcoming so many of us to her beautiful garden in July and for serving us such a lovely afternoon tea along with her helpers! We all really enjoyed it. It is always like visiting a small oasis. Hopefully everyone has been able to enjoy the sunshine and warmth, a good reminder of God’s care and love for us all. Now September is upon us and we will have our first local gathering on Wednesday 20th September at 8pm with a Communion Service in St. Mary’s Church with AGM and supper in the hall afterwards.  All welcome to come along. New members very welcome. On the 9th September Mothers’ Union right across Ireland will be celebrating our 130th Anniversary with the Big Sing at the National Concert Hall at 3pm. Then, on the 23rd September there will be a Diocesan event called ‘A Day Away From It All’. This will be at Inchidoney Island Lodge & Spa. The day will begin at 12 noon with lunch, which will be a multi-course style menu based around local food producers. Each course will have its own food story which Kate Ryan of FLAVOUR.IE will talk through as we dine. Welcome drink included. Lunch will be followed by a walk on the beach (weather permitting) and a visit to Clonakilty Community Garden finishing at approx 3.30pm. Ticket includes a donation to the community garden. ALL WELCOME – Bring your friends /partner /husband /sister ……Tickets €37.50 pp – book directly by 21st Sept 4pm at www.flavour.ie/mu2017/ or call Kate on 086- 2059360. For more information contact Hilary on 086-3680513, have a look at the Mothers’ Union Cork Facebook page or the website at www.cork.mothersunion.ie. We look forward to spreading the word about the work of Mothers’ Union during the coming months as well as sharing fellowship and friendship together again. (HD)

Green Matters.  The Rectory Laurel Hedge has come on so well that a Working Party removed the old wooden fencing from the outside perimeter and it looks lovely. This specially chosen hedge flowers in the spring for bees and has lovely berries later in the summer for the birds. A real winner! If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the October Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th of September please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

4th Sept      Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall

7th Sept      Select Vestry Meeting 8pm Rectory

8th Sept      Parish Barbecue 7:30pm  Rectory Garden

10th Sept    Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s

11th Sept     Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall

14th Sept    Friendship Club 11am Rectory

15th Sept    Youth Club 7:30pm till 9:30pm Parish Hall

18th Sept    Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

24th Sept    Blessing of Animals Service 11am St Mary’s

1st Oct          United Harvest Celebration 11am St Mary’s Preacher : Keith Dyde

7th Oct         Harvest Supper 7:30pm Canon McCrea Hall

8th Oct        United Harvest Celebration 11:15am St John’s Preacher : The Revd Tony Murphy

Baptisms

18th June   St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Sadie Rose McCarthy, daughter of Rosemary Fielding & Eoghan McCarthy

22nd July    St John’s Church, Monkstown – Tommy Donal George Lehane, son of Fin & Karyn Lehane

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for July & August 2017

St Mary’s School  Congratulations to all who participated in the Inter Schools Sports Association Athletics Competition held recently in CIT. St. Mary’s NS were the overall winners of the Beamish Cup for the 10th consecutive year having won it 21 times since the competition began. St. Mary’s NS was responsible for organising the very successful event this year. Well done to all pupils, staff, parents, supporters and friends of St. Mary’s NS who helped to make the occasion such a success. (VE)

Mothers’ Union We had a wonderful day in Kilkenny on the 1st June, despite the rain. We were welcomed so warmly to St. Canice’s Cathedral by Dean Katharine Poulton where we had service of Compline, a tour of the Cathedral followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea in the Chapter Room – provided by members of Kilkenny Mothers’ Union – a lovely treat for all of us. We thank them all. It is so good to share friendship with each other. This month (July) Sarah Foott will welcome us to her garden for tea at 2.30 on Thursday 13th July. It is always such a treat to visit her beautiful garden which is so full of botanical treasures. We thank her in advance. If anyone would like to go and needs a lift please ask. Our next, more official, meeting will be in the autumn, dates to be confirmed. In the meantime, please do come along at 10.30 am on the first Wednesday of the month to the Holy  Communion Service in St. Mary’s Church Carrigaline when we have special mention of Mothers’ Union and time for coffee and chat afterwards. Forward planning – there will be an All Ireland Women’s Get Away Weekend at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sligo on the 20th and 21st October. Bookings will need to be in during September. Watch this space for more details. Hopefully a car load of us from Carrigaline can make our way to it. Be blessed during these summer months, when we sometimes have a little more time to enjoy the wonder of creation all around us.     (HD)

Monkstown Chamber Choir have had a very busy few months. At the May Confirmation Service in St John’s we sang “The Fathers Love” by Simon Lole during the administration of communion. Then two days later we were invited back to sing at the annual Ecumenical Service in the Bons Secours Hospital, where we are always made to feel so welcome. This is a very moving Service where the relatives of patients who have died during the past year remember their loved ones. Choral Evensong has ceased now for the summer, but we will be back in September. We ended our spring/summer term with a weekend trip to Dhuin Chaoin in Co Kerry. On the recommendation of a choir member, we stayed in a beautiful guesthouse called “An Portan”, and sang at Mass on the Saturday evening in St Gobnait’s church. Being part of the Ghealtacht, the whole ceremony was in Irish, and this was a challenge for us all. However, with the assistance of The Revd Tony Murphy, we practised our pronunciation and learnt nine pieces, including five hymns and Sean O’Riada’s Mass parts. We were assured that there would be a keyboard in the church, but when we arrived, there wasn’t anything in sight….so we decided to sing “Acapella”…ie without accompaniment!! It was a lovely little church, and in fact, a keyboard would have distorted the voices of the choir. The weather was magnificent, and our little trip was a perfect way to start our summer break. (RCE )

Toddlers Plus One This group continue to meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays during the Summer. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club has ended for the summer months. We’ll be back on Monday 11th September. We meet in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. Thank you to all who came along on Thursday 8th June for the special Fundraiser Coffee Morning for Tilara, a 5 year old girl living in Midleton, the grand niece of one of Jean Buttimer, one of our parishioners. We wish Tilara and her family well as they head for vital medical treatment in the U.S. which will help with Tilara’s Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy (check out facebook.com/timefor tilara). We will keep them all in prayer.   The Friendship Group will meet again after the summer break in the Rectory at 11am on Thursday 14th  September.  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘Champions!’ will be from Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2017 are welcome. The cost will be 30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. Please contact the rector for more details if required.

Green Matters.   You may have noticed the lovely grassy clumps and verges in St Mary’s Graveyard? We aren’t being lazy! These are deliberately being left ‘wild’ for our Bee population. If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the September Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the end of July please.

FORWARD  PLANNER

17th – 21st July   Holiday Club ‘Champions!’  Canon McCrea Hall

1st – 26th August   Rector on holiday,

Douglas Clergy covering Pastoral Emergencies

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for June 2017

Confirmation We congratulate Katie Daunt and Sonia Daunt who were confirmed in St John’s Church Monkstown on Sunday 7th May. The weather was good and lots of people stayed around and had coffee and delicious cake afterwards. A lovely atmosphere. Thank you to the bishop for another memorable service. May Katie and Sonia’s journey in faith continue to be a blessing to them and their community.

Youth Group Well done to the young people who were  took part in the CDYC homelessness awareness event in St Ann’s Shandon and helped the voluntary team in Cork Penny Dinners. Thank you to Kristin for the arrangements and to Catriona and the team in Penny Dinners – for their guidance –  a really great and humbling experience. Hilda Connolly is running the next CDYC event on Wed 7th June- a trip to Tayto Park for a day of Rollercoasters and other fun activities. Spaces are limited so please let the youth leaders know asap if you’d like to go.(PK)

Exams Please keep all our young parishioners sitting State Exams in your prayers over the next couple of weeks.

Mothers’ Union  At the time of writing we look forward to hosting our Diocesan Festival Service on the 20th May which celebrates 13 Decades of Mothers’ Union in Ireland. What a day we will have had; a day of celebration, worship, fellowship and friendship. Thank you to all those who helped out in so many different ways. Thank you to all who came from far and near to be with us in our celebrations. In the midst of our celebrations we remember a very special lady who has been so involved in Mothers’ Union in the dioceses for so long and recently passed away. Marjorie Bond was an active member of her local branch, wherever she lived, and Carrigaline and Monkstown branch certainly benefited hugely from her commitment, experience and wisdom during her years in the parish. She was greatly loved by all and will be very much missed at our gatherings, whether they be small or large. Thank you to a wonderful person. May she rest in peace. Our outing to Kilkenny will also have happened by the time you read this and we look forward to a trip to Sarah Foott’s garden later in the summer. There is still time to volunteer for the Cork Show. Please let Hilary know if you are interested. May this summer be a time of rest and renewing for us all. (HD)

Parish Fête.  This year’s Parish Fête will be over by the time you are reading these notes while it is yet to happen in actual time…. Huge thanks to Eddie Pierce and all of his team for all the hard work (hope it didn’t rain!)

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays even during the Summer. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. We meet again this month on 8th . This month will be a special Fundraiser Coffee Morning for Tilara, a 5 year old girl living in Midleton and who is the grand niece of one of Jean Buttimer, one of our parishioners. Tilara’s family are raising money for a vital operation in the U.S. which will help with Tilara’s Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy (check out facebook.com/timefor tilara) and we are delighted to help. Come along to the Rectory on Thursday 8th from 10:30 – 12:30  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamant and will  meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Wednesday 14th June to discuss. All welcome.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘Champions!’ will be from Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2017 are welcome. The cost will be 30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. Please contact the rector for more details if required.

Green Matters.  About 25 brave people turned up at 5am on Sunday 14th Mary for the Ecumenical Dawn Chorus when Tony Nagle led us around Currabinny Woods listening to the first calls. We also learned a huge amount about the various trees in Currabinny. The rain held off until we had almost finished our breakfast (most of us had forgotten what rain was after the long dry spell!).

If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the July/August Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th June please.

FORWARD  PLANNER

1st June   Mothers’ Union outing to Kilkenny

8th June   Friendship Club/Coffee Morning for Tilara 10:30 till 12:30 Rectory

10th June  Diocesan Synod, Rochestown Hotel

14th June  Theological Book Circle, 8pm Rectory

28th June  6th Class Graduation Service 12 St Mary’s Church

17th – 21st July Holiday Club ‘Champions!’  Canon McCrea Hall

BURIAL

12th May   Marjorie Bond , St Luke’s Churchyard (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for May 2017

Parish Fête.  This year’s Parish Fête is on Saturday 27th May from 10am until 2pm in St Mary’s School, Waterpark, Carrigaline. This will be a great day for all the family with Bouncy Castle, Burgers, Bric-a-Brac, Books, Cakes, Plants, Toys, fantastic Raffle etc. Eddie Pierce and his team of helpers are again in charge of organising so do contact him if you would like to donate anything or if you would like to help out in any way. This is the major fundraiser for the parish each year so as well as being a great social occasion it is also extremely financially important for our parish that we all support it…. luckily it is so much fun that you don’t even notice that you’ve spent all your money! The Rector is on the Bric-a-Brac stall again this year and so will probably bring home more than she donates… again!…..See you there!

Bowls Club Congratulations to the teams who all did exceedingly well in the leagues this year.  They will be moving up a section. Well done!

Mothers’ Union Thank you to everyone  who came along to enjoy our Candlelight Supper on 24th March; it was a really lovely evening of friendship and chat which  raised €140 for the ‘Make a Mothers Day’ Mothers’  Union campaign.  Since then we have celebrated Holy Week and Easter and they are well behind us but the wonderful message of hope and resurrection remains with us all through the year. This month we have our very special celebratory Festival Service in St. Mary’s, Carrigaline at 2pm on the 20th May.  The All Ireland President, Phyllis Grothier, will be there and the Central MU Chaplain, Rev Andrew Proud, will be the preacher. There will be tea in the Canon McCrea Hall afterwards – lots of help needed for that. Please put the date in your diary and bring your friends along to celebrate with us. We are planning a day outing to Kilkenny on Thursday 1st June. We will leave early and be gone for the day; we plan to meet up with some Mothers’ Union members while we are there, as well as enjoying the beautiful city that it is. More details to follow. Please ask us if you are interested in coming along. Remember please if you wish to help out at the Mothers’ Union baby changing facilities marquee at Cork Show on 17th &18th June to let Gail Jonas or Hilary Dring know. Thanks (HD)

Youth Club had a fantastic bowling night on March 24 with our neighbours from Crosshaven. Garda Damien kindly drove us there n back in a Garda community bus !! It was a real bonus to be joined by German students Mirja and Miriam as well as French exchange students Louisa and Audrey.
Norman Jackson came from Crosshaven with his young people and we met up with diocesan youth officer Kristin in the Leisureplex with the Midleton youth group… 27 in the end. Great craic !  (PK) All Secondary level young people are welcome to the Youth Club on the 3rd Friday of each month. 7:30– 9:30pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline. Contact Peter Coughlan for details on any aspect of Youth work in Carrigaline Union.

Confirmation We congratulate Katie Daunt and Sonia Daunt who will be confirmed in St John’s Church Monkstown on Sunday 7th May. May their journey in faith continue to be a blessing to them and their community.

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat but none this month as it clashes with Holy Week. We meet again on 11th May. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamant and will  meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Wednesday 14th June to discuss. All welcome.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘Champions!’ will be from Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2017 are welcome. The cost will be 30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. Please contact the rector for more details if required.

Green Matters.  The Dawn Chorus this year is on Sunday May 14th when Tony Nagle will again lead us around Currabinny Woods listening to the first calls. Meeting at 5am in the Currabinny Woods Carpark, set your alarms and don’t forget to bring along a brekkie sandwich and flask for after the walk and the short prayer.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the June Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th May please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

7th May   Confirmation Service 11:15am St John’s Church, Monkstown

14th May  Dawn Chorus 5am Currabinny Woods

19th May  Youth Club 7.30pm to 9.30pm Parish Hall

20th May  Mothers’ Union Diocesan Service, 2pm St Mary’s Church

26th May  CAMEO 10.30 Monkstown Sailing Club

27th May  Parish Fete, 10am – 2pm St Mary’s School, Carrigaline

17th – 21st June Holiday Club ‘Champions!’  Canon McCrea Hall

HOLY MATRIMONY

25th March    St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline Jane Willis (Moviddy Union) and Alan Jennings (Ross Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for April 2017

St Mary’s School joined in with the Women’s World Day of Prayer again this year. Ms Collins and 4th Class led a wonderful Assembly using material prepared this year by the women in the Philippines. Well done to them for a most informative and interesting Assembly. Their Artwork also brightened up St Mary’s Church for the WWDP Service that evening. The children also collected an enormous amount of dry goods for Penny Dinners in their ‘Love your Neighbour’ appeal for St Valentine’s Day. It was very much appreciated by Penny Dinners.

Monkstown Chamber Choir were back to practice in February and our first Evensong took the form of a “Songs of Praise” where this year the choir chose their favourite hymns. Choral Evensong continues on the second Sunday of the month in St Johns Church, Monkstown and on 12th March, we sang the beautiful “Benedictus” by Karl Jenkins, as the anthem. On St Patricks eve, we have been invited to sing at a special service performed in Irish in St Mary’s, Carrigaline which promises to be very special.  Then there is the Confirmation service in St John’s Monkstown on 7th May and also the RSCM “Come and sing the Psalms” in St Fin Barres Cathedral during the month. Instead of our annual trip to Sherkin Island, this year we will perform Sean O’Riada’s mass in Dunquin, Co Kerry on 27th May. Busy, and most enjoyable few months ahead! (RE)

Mothers’ Union  Thank you to all who supported our Famine lunch in February which raised over €300 for the Overseas Fund; every euro makes a difference.  Some of us in the dioceses have just returned from a conference at An Grianan in Co. Louth where, amongst other things, we heard about the worldwide element of Mothers’ Union and how much even the smallest bit of support can change lives. So Thank You !! We trust that everyone will have thoroughly enjoyed our Candlelight Supper on 24th March; a lovely time for friendship and chat while also raising some money to support the work of Mothers’ Union. This month we remember and celebrate all that happened during Holy Week and at Easter; may it be a special time for all of us. We will not meet formally during April but hope that some of us will make the Council meeting in Bandon on the 29th. Details in the programme. It would be so lovely to have a few people from our branch coming along to hear about what is going on. Beyond that, a reminder about our very special celebratory Festival Service in St. Mary’s, Carrigaline at 2pm on the 20th May.  To finish with a short prayer from our worship at the weekend…’Loving God, we step forward in faith this day, trusting in your plans for our future and your presence with us at every stage. Amen’    (HD)

Youth Club     At the time of writing , the young people were looking forward to a Bowling & Tag night with Templebreedy and Midleton Youth Groups and during the St Patrick’s Day weekend, some of our Youth Club went to Ovoca Manor for Holiday Club Training along with other young people from Dublin & Glendalough and Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, it’s really great to join up with others in this way. Remember that all Secondary level young people are welcome to the Youth Club on the 3rd Friday of each month. 7:30– 9:30pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline. Contact Peter Coughlan for details on any aspect of Youth work in Carrigaline Union.

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat but none this month as it clashes with Holy Week. We meet again on 11th May. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young.  We next meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 3rd April to discuss it. All welcome.

Green Matters.  The ‘Irish Seed Savers Association’ Coffee Morning in the Rectory on 1st March (Ash Wednesday) was very well attended and a number of people ordered seeds and became members. Four people even represented our parish and went all the way to Co. Clare for their Open Day on 5th March.  Check out their website for more details www.irishseedsavers.ie. The Dawn Chorus this year is on Sunday May 14th when Tony Nagle will lead us around Currabinny Woods listening to the first calls.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the May Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th April please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

3rd April     Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

5th April     Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church

Evening Prayer 7:30pm St Mary’s Church

Lenten Bible Study 8pm Parish Hall

6th April     Select Vestry Meeting 8pm Rectory

9th April     Palm Sunday, United Service, 11am St Mary’s

Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s

10th April    Monday of Holy Week

Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church

Joining with Douglas in the evening for  Bishop Paul’s talk

11th April    Tuesday of Holy Week

Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church

Joining with Douglas in the evening for  Bishop Paul’s talk

12th April     Wednesday of Holy Week

Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church

Joining with Douglas in the evening for  Bishop Paul’s talk

13th April     Maundy Thursday

Chrism Eucharist 12 noon St Factna’s Cathedral Ross

Seder Meal 7pm Parish Hall (followed by Holy Communion)

14th April     Good Friday

Morning Prayer with Litany 10:30am St John’s

Evening Prayer with Litany  7:30pm  St Mary’s

15th April     Easter Eve

Easter Vigil Service 9pm St Mary’s

16th April     Easter Day

Dawn Ecumenical Service 6am St John’s

Holy Communion 9:30am St John’s

Holy Communion 11am St Mary’s

19th April     Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s

23rd April     Commission of Lay Ministers of the Eucharist

9:30am St John’s and 11am St Mary’s

24th April     Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall

30th April    United Christian Aid Service 11:15 St John’s

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s

 

 

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for March 2017

Lenten Talks  We are using the Bible Association of the Church of Ireland (BACI) Lenten Studies ‘God’s Heart for Migrants: Biblical Wisdom for a World in Turmoil’ . Come and join us on Wednesdays at 8pm in the Parish Hall (following Evening Prayer at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church).

Sunday Club  made a wonderful St Valentine’s Day Poster and brought it into Church to show everyone while at the same time distributing Heart Shaped Chocolates! The Rector was very sad that Richard Dring was taking the Service that day (bad planning!) Well done to Karen Holmes and Tracey Pierce, our Sunday Club Leaders on a very imaginative and delicious idea.  ‘Sunday Club’ meet once a month, on the 2nd Sunday. You can drop your children straight over to the Parish Hall in Carrigaline for an 11am start and they can be collected when the Service is over (usually around 11:45ish).   The other Sunday in the month that might appeal to the children is the 4th Sunday of the month when we have an All Age Service at 11am in St Mary’s Carrigaline.  

St Mary’s School joined in with Operation Transformation for the 10@10 on Friday 10th February. The Rector was exhausted just looking at them and luckily she was given the job of recording the event on the Principals phone. At the time of writing these notes, the children  were gathering together dry goods for Cork Penny Dinners in our annual ‘Love your Neighbour for St Valentine’s Day’ Appeal.

Mothers’ Union  Mothers’ Union. By the time you read this the season of Lent will have begun – a time of reflection and looking forward to Holy Week and Easter. We will have had our ‘Journey to South Africa’ with Clare and Cecil Poole, as well as our Famine Lunch in aid of the Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund; thank you to everyone who supported both these events. During March and April you are encouraged to join in the weekly parish Lenten Study each Wednesday at 8pm; because of this we will not have our usual 3rd Wednesday of the month gathering. There will however be a Ladies’ Candlelight Supper on Friday, 24th March, the weekend of Mothering Sunday, to which all are invited. It will be at the Parish Hall next to St. Mary’s church at 8pm. Please come along and bring a friend. The supper will be in aid of the ‘Make a Mothers’ Day’ campaign – €5 per person. If you can bring a salad or a dessert please let us know. A thought to finish with…”Fast from unkindness, thank God for the gift of love in your life, wherever you find it and pray for those who have forgotten how to love” (HD)

Youth Club   At the time of writing we were looking forward to welcoming Kristin Hollowell to join us for our February meeting! In March we hope to have a Bowling trip to Leisureplex with other youth clubs from east cork and the city, date tba.  All Secondary level young people welcome to the Youth Club on the 3rd Friday of each month. 7:30– 9pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline.

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever! We have just sent a load of knitted hats to the Mission to Seafarers in Dublin where they will be much appreciated by cash strapped Seafarers who visit the mission there.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet this month on 9th March. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young.  We next meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 3rd April to discuss it. All welcome.

Green Matters.  The Rector is planning a Coffee morning to support ‘Irish Seed Savers Association’ in the Rectory on 1st March (Ash Wednesday) after the 10:30 Eucharist. Their seed catalogue will be available with details on how to grow delicious produce while protecting and conserving Irish seed varieties. All welcome.  We will also have the annual Dawn Chorus again this year on Sunday May 14th when Tony Nagle will lead us around Currabinny Woods listening to the first calls.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the April Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th March please.

FORWARD  PLANNER

1st March   Ash Wednesday 10:30 & 7:30 Holy Communion with imposition of ashes St Mary’s Church

1st March  11:15  Irish Seed Savers Coffee Morning in the Rectory

3rd March  8pm World Day of Prayer St Mary’s Church

8th March  10:30 Holy Communion St Mary’s Church

7:30 Evening Prayer St Mary’s Church

8pm  Lenten Bible Study Parish Hall

9th March  11am Friendship Club Rectory

12th March 7pm Choral Evensong St John’s Church

15th March 10:30 Holy Communion St Mary’s Church

7:30 Evening Prayer St Mary’s Church

8pm  Lenten Bible Study Parish Hall

16th March  7:30 St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist ‘as Gaelige’

Preacher : The Rt Revd Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

18th March  10am – 2pm  Children’s Ministry Banner Making Workshop Parish Hall.

22nd March  10:30 Holy Communion St Mary’s Church

7:30 Evening Prayer St Mary’s Church

8pm  Lenten Bible Study Parish Hall

24th March  7pm  Mothers’ Union Candlelit Supper , Parish Hall

29th March  10:30 Holy Communion St Mary’s Church

7:30 Evening Prayer St Mary’s Church

8pm  Lenten Bible Study Parish Hall

 

Baptisms :

29th January 2017, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Conor Barbour, son of David Barbour and Niamh Hallihan.

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for February 2017

Lenten Talks  This year we will again be using the Bible Association of the Church of Ireland (BACI) Lenten Studies. This year’s theme is  ‘God’s Heart for Migrants: Biblical Wisdom for a World in Turmoil’ . We will begin on Wednesday 8th March at 8pm in the Parish Hall (following Evening Prayer at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church).

Sunday Club  From last month, January 2017, the newly named ‘Sunday Club’ are meeting only once a month, on the 2nd Sunday. You can drop your children straight over to the Parish Hall in Carrigaline for an 11am start and they can be collected when the Service is over (usually around 11:45ish).  We are hoping that this is something you can commit to as a family and that the children will be happy with the regularity of it.  It will also allow our trained and Garda vetted Sunday Club Teachers (Tracey & Karen) an opportunity to plan some really interesting crafts and games following the Church Seasons.  The other Sunday in the month that might appeal to the children is the 4th Sunday of the month when we have an All Age Service at 11am in St Mary’s Carrigaline. At this Service we try to include the children in reading, prayers and so on, which is great for building up their confidence. The more children who can come along each month to the new Sunday Club will make it all the more enjoyable as they learn about Jesus in a safe and fun-filled environment. Please ring the Rector if you’d like any more information.  

Congratulations to Lloyd Forbes and Susie McCarthy on their engagement.

St Mary’s School At the first Assembly of 2017, we again marked the Door with the Epiphany Symbols ’20 + C + M + B + 17′  (2017 , Casper, Melchior and Balthazar). The children were each given a piece of chalk and instructions to bring home with them so they could mark their own doors. This month of February is when we will gather together dry goods for Cork Penny Dinners in our annual ‘Love your Neighbour for St Valentine’s Day’ Appeal. Now in its 4th year, it is very much appreciated by the hard-working team in Penny Dinners.

Mothers’ Union  Mothers’ Union. Thank you to Tracey Pierce for stepping in at short notice to come and do a beauty evening for us last month. We hope everyone enjoyed it and got some tips. Clare and Cecil Poole were to come and tell us about their trip to South Africa but had to postpone as Clare’s step-mother, Hazel Chambers, had passed away. We extend our condolences to Clare and all Hazel’s family. We look forward to welcoming Clare and Cecil this month instead on Wednesday, 15th at 8pm at the Parish Hall. It’s always lovely to be an ‘armchair traveler’. On Saturday 18th, also in Carrigaline, there will be a Day of Reflection (Quiet Day) with Rev Kingsley Sutton; coffee at 10.30 for 11 am start. Soup will be provided but please bring your own lunch otherwise. On Sunday 26th February there will be a Famine Lunch after the 11 am service in Carrigaline in aid of the Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund. We may also have some cards etc on offer, the sale of which also supports the work of Mothers’ Union. We look forward to these various events and trust that they all can help us as we seek to put our faith into action each day  (HD)

Monkstown Chamber Choir enjoyed a break from singing during January, after a busy December. On 4th December we were afforded the usual West Cork welcome in Timoleague for our “Advent Choral Evensong”. Then on 10th we sang at the Alzheimers unit in Mahon for a Christmas sing-along. The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols inSt John’s, Monkstown was a wonderful community event, before we kicked off our cassocks for a delicious meal and Christmas party at Mount Rivers in Carrigaline. The choir seem to perform best now singing acapella (unaccompanied) with a conductor so we will be concentrating on this in 2017. Next year will be our 10th anniversary so many things to look forward to in 2018  (RE)

Youth Club  Our Young people were very busy last month…. (Alice and Alison & anyone else?!) in the Ashton production of ‘Elf’ , we also had the CDYC annual shopping and ice skating trip at Mahon Point (which is always an excellent opportunity for those in secondary school to have great craic and hang out with other young people from all-around the diocese) plus our annual Youth Leaders Training Weekend in the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty on January 27 to 29th (it is a great event , a lot of fun mixed with a lot of information and experience sharing and is ideal for for youth leaders, or people thinking of becoming youth leaders, over 18s only)…. A Busy January! All Secondary level young people welcome to the Youth Club on the 3rd Friday of each month. This month it is 7– 9pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline on Friday 17th February. (PC)

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet this month on 9th February. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young.  We next meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 3rd April to discuss it. All welcome.

Green Matters.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the March Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th February please.

FORWARD  PLANNER

9th Feb     Friendship Club 11am Rectory

12th Feb   Sunday Club 11am Parish Hall

15th Feb   Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

17th Feb   Youth Club 7 – 9pm Parish Hall

24th Feb   CAMEO 10.30 Monkstown Sailing Club

27th Feb   Revision of List of Vestry Members 7 -8 pm Parish Hall

Baptisms :

17th December 2016, St John’s Church, Monkstown, Ricky Young Foott, son of Neville Foott and Ruth Young.

8th January 2017, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Freddie Fleming, son of Peter and Jessica Fleming.

Funerals :

Cremation, 6th January 2017, Hazel Chambers nee Crennell (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for January 2017

 

Live Crib ‘Road to Bethlehem’ thank you to all of the hardworking team that put together our wonderful event in December, decorated the church, made the animal pens, acted in the pageant, made cakes, served tea & coffee, stewarded, whatever!. We hope that it made a real difference to our community’s understanding of the Incarnation. The local charities (SvP, Simon, Penny Dinners) will have certainly appreciated the gate money donated to them. Thank you all.

Advent Talks Thank you to Richard Dring, John Sweeney and Cecil Poole for leading the talks this year. Great evenings of listening, thinking and sharing. The Healer/Prayer group will lead the Lenten Series of talks but more of that later!

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet on 12th January. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘Our Merciful God’ by Wilfred Harrington OP (who was one of the Tutors in CITC when the Rector was training!). We meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Thursday 12th January to discuss. All welcome (even if you haven’t read the book why not come along on 12th anyway, have a listen and then read the chosen book for the next time….. a good time to start a New Year resolution!)

Youth Club

Well done to our young people who attended the annual CDYC soccer tournament in November, Jonathan Warren Perry won ‘Player of the tournament’ and Oriel Hosford was a great goalkeeper for the girls who won the ‘Team of the tournament’ title ! We hope that the CDYC overnight shopping trip to Dublin plus youth service in December was good fun and thanks a million to Tracey Pierce who was one of the leaders on the trip. On Saturday 14th January there will an ice skating trip to Cork on Ice followed by food and shopping in Mahon Point – that promises be another top CDYC fun event – contact Tracey or Peter for further details. The Youth Leaders would like to wish all the youth clubbers and their families and friends a Very Happy New Year. Apart from January, we will  continue to meet on the third Friday of the month in the Parish Hall Carrigaline from 7:30pm till 9:30pm. Anyone who is currently in Secondary School is welcome to come along. (PC)

St Mary’s School The school organised a Turkey Draw in December to help raise some money towards the cost of replacing the floor in the Canon McCrea Hall. As one of the pupils won the turkey there was great excitement at Assembly and over 600 euro was raised so well done St Mary’s! The children in the school have also been busy drawing beautiful pictures of rabbits to send to the 750 MEPs in Brussels ahead of a crucial vote on legislation on caged rabbits in farms. This is an initiative of the Compassion in World Farming Group who hope that the MEPs will remember their childhood idealism and vote for restrictions on caging animals.

Mothers’ Union   ‘Faith in Action’- the Mothers’ Union theme for 2017 – sums up what Mothers’ Union is all about in just three words. Being a Mothers’ Union member enables and provides ways for us to put our faith into action. In Carrigaline and Monkstown we have recently been able to donate toiletries to Cuanlee, the Women’s Refuge in Cork. It may seem a small thing to do, but every small act has an impact on someone and for that one person it is important and it makes a difference. Thank you to all who contributed. We look ahead to a new year, to finding ways to reach out in love to those around us and to sharing in fellowship and friendship with each other. We will meet Wednesday, 18th January at 8pm in Carrigaline – topic yet to be confirmed. We look forward to seeing you all there. As I write we are still in the middle of the 16 Days Campaign which highlights violence against women and children in particular, so I finish with a verse from our Vigil Service which also speaks about Faith in Action….”Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” Proverbs 31:8 (NLT) A very Happy New Year to all.(HD)

Monkstown Chamber Choir Thank you to all the choir members for their hard work in 2016, thanks to you we had some memorable evenings of delightful music. Happy New Year to you all.

Green Matters.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the February Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th January please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

1st Jan       United Christingle Service 11am St Mary’s

11th Jan     Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

12th Jan     Friendship Club 11am Rectory

14th Jan     Youth Club trip to ‘Cork on Ice’ with Templebreedy

18th Jan     Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

25th Jan     Ecumenical Service 7.30pm St Mary’s

29th Jan     United Service 11am St Mary’s

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for December 2016

Live Crib ‘Road to Bethlehem’ Saturday December 10th & Sunday 11th in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline 2pm – 6pm. All are welcome. Live animals, Nativity Pageant, Carol Singing, Mulled Wine, Teas  & Coffees and lots lots more. Adults €5 but Children free and all money will go to local charities.

Advent Talks continue for two more talks at 8pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline.

Wednesday 7th December  ‘Hope’   Dr John Sweeney, Monkstown Home Group Leader and Wednesday 14th December ‘Love’ Cecil Poole, Carrigaline Home Group Leader. All welcome.

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. We welcome some members of the Mothers’ Union on 19th December when we will have mulled wine/apple juice , mince pies and carols.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat but on December 8th we will join with the Mothers’ Union for a festive Lunch at 12:30 in Monkstown Golf Club. All welcome but please let Hilary Dring/Jocelyn Pierce know and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Youth Club -On 21st October, young people from the Carrigaline and Crosshaven Youth Groups gathered in the Templebreedy churchyard and slept out overnight on and in cardboard boxes to raise awareness and much needed funds for ‘Focus Ireland’ who support those who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless. A big thank you to Revd Isobel Jackson and her husband Norman who organised this event so well. We can be very proud of the young people who took part and and almost €1000 has been raised!! Well done to Oriel, Kyle, Alison and Jonathan for braving the cold. At the time of writing these notes, our next youth event is to be the 10th Annula CDYC 5-a-side Soccer Tournament in Ringaskiddy. It’s not just for soccer players or just for guys- it’s a great chance for everyone to meet old friends and make new ones !!! Tournament starts at 1pm and finishes at 6pm and Pizzas and fun guaranteed!! More on this next month.  During the year, we meet in the Parish Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 each 3rd Friday of the month. Any young person who is in Secondary School is welcome to come along. (PC)

Mothers’ Union   We have had a busy November with our conference in Ross, our prayer vigil in Carrigaline and our own branch get-together for a time of remembering. I hope you have been able to get to at least one of these events. This month we will enjoy our Christmas lunch together at Monkstown Golf Club at 12.30 on Thursday the 8th. Please contact Hilary or Jocelyn if you would like to come along. We really need numbers beforehand. All welcome; invite a friend if you would like to. In conjunction with the 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence we will collect toiletries again for the Women’s Refuge; if you can fill a wash bag or simply bring along a few items it would be really appreciated. Every little gift makes a difference to someone!    (HD) 

Monkstown Chamber Choir sang the anthem “For the Fallen” by Malcolm Archer at a special Remembrance Day Choral Evensong on 13th November in St John’s Church, Monkstown. This was accompanied by Robert Daunt White on the trumpet, which made the occasion all the more poignant. We are busy practicing now for the Christmas season, and looking forward to our now annual trip to sing Advent Evensong in the Church of the Ascension in Timoleague on 4th December where the congregation always makes us very welcome. On the 10th December we will join the families and residents at the Alzheimer Unit in Mahon and then the next day in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline at the “Live Crib” for a Christmas sing-along. Our event of the year – “The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will be in St John’s Church, Monkstown on Sunday 18th at 4pm. This is always very well attended by both parishioners and local people. Being a traditional occasion, it will feature all the old favourite Christmas Carols and a sprinkling of new pieces! (RE)

Green Matters.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the January Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) earlier than normal to fit in with the Printers Christmas Break, so before the 3rd December please.

FORWARD  PLANNER

3rd/4th Dec      St Mary’s School Christmas Fayre in GAA Hall

7th December   Advent talk ‘Hope’ 8pm Parish Hall

8th December   Friendship Club/Mothers’ Union Lunch

10th /11th Dec   ‘Road to Bethlehem’ Live Crib  at St Mary’s Church

14th December  Advent talk ‘Love’ 8pm Parish Hall

18th December Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church

19th December 3pm – 5pm Monday Club & MU Carol singing Parish Hall

24th December Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church

24th December First Eucharist of the Nativity 11:30pm St Mary’s Church

25th December 9.30am Eucharist St John’s, 11am Eucharist St Mary’s

HOLY BAPTISM

30th October, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – William Nicholas Haubold, son of Nik & Brenda

6th November, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Freddie Robert Burke, son of Shane Burke & Grace Powell

12th November, in St John’s Church, Monkstown – Merryn Leah Jill Rawbone, daughter of Steven Rawbone & Camilla Bywater

CHRISTIAN BURIAL

18th October, in St Mary’s Graveyard, Carrigaline, Bridget Stoney (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for November 2016

Harvest Celebrations Our Harvest Festival weekend this year was a marvelous affair. We began on Saturday night with a delicious Harvest Supper & Dance. The following day, at the United Harvest Eucharist, the Revd John Tanner spoke to us about seeds and what is needed for healthy growth in both plants and humans. The Revd David Bowles spoke about gratitude in life at the United Harvest Choral Evensong where the Choir’s anthem was ‘For the beauty of the Earth’ by Stopford. All of the produce went to Senior Citizens in Carrigaline and St Vincent de Paul in Monkstown and the monetary collection went to Bishops’ Appeal Syria Fund. Thank you to all who organised putting up (and taking down) the decorations in both churches and a special thanks to Henry Forbes, Adrian Bateman and their large team of helpers for a wonderful supper and dance. The ‘Two Marys’ (Cowhig & Murphy) skit at the Supper, which was written by Mary C,  was a hoot and was well delivered by both of them….what talent we have in the parish! We’ll have to start renting them out!.

Noah’s Ark Tapestry Mrs Helen Morgan kindly created a most beautiful framed tapestry of Noah’s Ark which she presented to the School at a special Assembly on the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. The children were thrilled with the tapestry.

Congratulations to our own Amy Kingston and her financé Dan Wardle on their recent engagement.

Advent Talks As last year, the format will be a short talk on Biblical insights on the theme which will be followed by discussion and will end with light refreshments. All welcome. 8pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline.

Wednesday 30th November ‘Faith’-Richard Dring,Diocesan Lay Reader

Wednesday 7th December  ‘Hope’ –Dr John Sweeney, Monkstown Home Group Leader

Wednesday 14th December ‘Love’-Cecil Poole, Carrigaline Home Group Leader

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet in November on Thursday 10th.  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Youth Club  Any young person who is in Secondary School is welcome to come along. We meet in the Parish Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 each 3rd Friday of the month.

Mothers’ Union  Thank you to Tracey Pierce for sharing some of her experiences from her CDYC trip to Cambodia during the summer.  It is always really interesting to hear from someone who has travelled to a part of the world we know so little about, and to get an insight into a culture that is so different to ours. Well done, Tracey! This month will be a busy one… (everyone is welcome to come along to all events). On Wednesday 16th November at 3pm we will meet at Carrigaline Parish Hall for ‘A Time to Remember’ (Please bring along a photo or memento to share a memory). The annual Women’s Getaway Weekend will be from 18th – 20th November at the Celtic Ross Hotel. The guest speaker will be the Revd Dr. Heather Morris. Booking forms available from hilarydring@gmail.com or at the back of the church. The deadline for booking was 31st October so if you would still like to go, get the form back to Oriel Lester really soon. Then on Saturday, 26th November from 7.30 – 9.30pm there will be a 16 Days Prayer Vigil at St. Mary’s Church in Carrigaline. This is part of the 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence which Mothers’ Union is supporting; Prayer Vigils are being organised across all dioceses that day. You are welcome to come along for a little or a long while. A thought for a time of praying and remembering ….. “It’s okay to cry if you’re in pain. Remember, tears are prayers too. They travel to God when we can’t speak.”  (HD)

Green Matters.  The Sunflower Competition Winner in the hotly contested Junior Category was Rebecca Mieklejohn and in the Senior Category the winner was Deirdre Whitely. Well done to all who entered. A great result. Check out the photos on the Noticeboard in the Parish Hall. If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items on any aspect of our parish life that you would like included in the December Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th November.

FORWARD  PLANNER

1st Nov            Reflective Service 7pm St Mary’s Church

3rd/4th Dec      St Mary’s School Christmas Fayre in GAA Hall

10th /11th Dec   ‘Road to Bethlehem’ Live Crib  at St Mary’s Church

HOLY BAPTISM

2nd October, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Mary Jane Aiwa Gleasure, daughter of Andrew & Lydia

HOLY MATRIMONY

7th October, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Julie Trotter & Simon Pope

CHRISTIAN BURIAL

11th October, in St John’s Cemetry, Ballinrae, Elizabeth Cotter née Morgan (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for October 2016

Harvest Celebrations Our Harvest Festival begins on Saturday night 8th  October with the Harvest Supper & Dance. 7.30pm in the Canon McCrea Hall, tickets available from Joy Keefe or any of the Select Vestry. The following day, Sunday 9th , the Harvest Eucharist will be in St Mary’s at 11am and the Harvest Evensong will be in St John’s at 7pm. The Revd John Tanner, who once lived in Carrigaline and is now the Rector of Tullow, Diocese of Dublin, will be our preacher in the morning in Carrigaline while The Revd David Bowles, Curate in Douglas will be our Preacher in the evening in Monkstown.

Toddlers Plus One This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet in October in Joyce Loney’s House on Thursday 13th. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Youth Club  Any young person who is in Secondary School is welcome to come along. We meet in the Parish Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 each 3rd Friday of the month.

Mothers’ Union We look forward this month to welcoming Tracey Pierce who will tell us about her recent trip to Cambodia on Wednesday 19th at 8pm in the Parish Hall (next to St. Mary’s Church). All welcome! Carrigaline Home Group will be joining us, as will parishioners, friends and family. It would be great to show our support by having a big turn out. On 22nd October you are welcome to join us at Carrigrohane Parish Centre for the Mothers’ Union Diocesan Council Meeting 10.30 coffee for 11 o’clock start; always a time to hear the latest MU news. What a faithful God we have; each season comes round again for us to enjoy and treasure. As we enjoy the beautiful autumn colours again here is a prayer… Loving God, we are called to be your colours in the world, to walk with each other, to share in love through our gifts in your service. Guide us to shine brightly in the world. Amen (HD) 

Theological Book Circle are reading Salley Vickers ‘Cleaner of Chartes’ and we will meet to discuss this on Monday 17th October 8pm in the Rectory. All welcome.

Monkstown Chamber Choir returned to practice in early September, and our first performance was at Choral Evensong on 11th with local Priest, Father Sean O’Sullivan preaching. He asked us to think about “Mercy”, which gave us all food for thought as we head in to a new season of singing. We were delighted to be asked to sing in the Sacred Heart Church, Monkstown on 29th September when our own Rector preached at Evening Prayer as part of their Triduum for St Theresa of Lisieux. Two days later, we were singing again at “Harbour Sounds”, a concert in St Mary’s Church, Marmullane, Passage West to raise funds for a replacement organ in that church.
Our Harvest Festival Choral Evensong is on Sunday 9th October and we look forward to meeting the Curate from Douglas Union of Parishes, David Bowles, that evening. The anthem will be “For the beauty of the earth” by Philip Stopford. Over the summer, we were given some copies of the RSCM book “Longing for peace – a prayer for justice”. Within this book, a beautiful piece written by Malcolm Archer called “For the Fallen” will be our anthem for our Remembrance Day Choral Evensong on 13th November.
As an affiliated parish to RSCM Ireland, we continue to enjoy the many benefits of this, including the events which happen through the year. On the 17th September, we enjoyed being part of an RSCM event “Come and Sing Choral Evensong” in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral led by Peter Stobart. The first hymn that evening, written by George Herbert (1593-1633) was perfect to start our autumn/winter season – “Let all the world in every corner sing “My God and King”. (RCE)

Green Matters.  The Sunflower Competition Winner will be announced at our morning Harvest Service on 9th October. Email a photo of your Sunflower along with the measurements to emit@eircom.net before 6th. If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

If you have any items that you would like included in the November    Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th October.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

 

8th Oct      Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

9th Oct      Harvest Thanksgiving Services

11am St Mary’s Church , Preacher: The Revd John Tanner

7pm  St John’s Church, Preacher: The Revd David Bowles

13th Oct     Friendship Club 11am Joyce Loney’s home

17th Oct     Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

19th Oct     Mothers’ Union – Tracey Pierce speaking about her trip to Cambodia

8pm Parish Hall, Carrigaline

23rd Oct     All Age ‘Sports Service’ 11am St Mary’s

30th Oct     United Service 11am St Mary’s

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s

1st Nov      Reflective Service 7pm St Mary’s

 

HOLY BAPTISM

28th August , in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Samuel Henry James Forbes, son of Clive & Debbie

 

HOLY MATRIMONY

27th August, in St John’s Church, Monkstown, Sharon McGarry & Andrew Masters

8th September, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Linda Gough & Dave Hornibrook

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for September 2016

Holiday Club  Carrigaline Union and Templebreedy Group of Parishes held a joint Holiday Club for the fifth successive year last week in St Mary’s National School Carrigaline. Forty children and 20 teen helpers (plus ‘Adult’ leaders!) exhausted themselves learning all about the story of Joseph, his many coloured coat, his many brothers and his many adventures – all presented within a ‘Cops & Robbers’ theme! The Revd Isobel Jackson and the Reverend Elaine Murray who organised the holidayclub would invite and encourage anyone thinking of running a Holiday Club in their parish to contact them for pointers. It really is a great way of connecting with the teens in your parish as well as teaching the children.

Harvest Celebrations Our Harvest Festival begins on Saturday night 8th  October with the Harvest Supper & Dance. 7.30pm in the Canon McCrea Hall, tickets available from Henry Forbes or any of the Select Vestry. The following day, Sunday 9th , the Harvest Eucharist will be in St Mary’s at 11am and the Harvest Evensong will be in St John’s at 7pm. The Revd John Tanner, who once lived in Carrigaline and is now the Rector of Tullow, will be our preacher in the morning in Carrigaline while The Revd David Bowles, Curate in Douglas will be our Preacher in the evening in Monkstown.

Toddlers Plus One resumes on 5th September. This group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Youth Club    It was great to have so many of the Youth Group helping out at the recent Holiday Club and they are really fantastic Junior Leaders. We return with our regular meetings on 16th September. Any young person who is in Secondary School is welcome to come along. We meet in the Parish Hall from 7 to 9 each 3rd Friday of the month.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet for the first time since May on 15th September. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Monday Club resumes on 5th September. Come along for a chat & cuppa in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

Mothers’ Union  What an amazing God we have! Let’s never forget to thank God for all our blessings, even when things are difficult. Having an attitude of thankfulness really  makes a difference. This month everything gets going again and we really look forward to meeting up after the summer break. On Wednesday, 21st September at 8pm, we will have a Communion Service  at St. Mary’s in Carrigaline as one of our celebrations of the 140th  anniversary of Mothers’ Union.   We would love you to join us for this special occasion. Please come along and bring your friends (HD)

Theological Book Circle are reading Salley Vickers ‘Cleaner of Chartes’ and we will meet to discuss this on Monday 17th October 8pm in the Rectory. All welcome.

Green Matters.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Please do support the Animal Blessing Service on 25th of September as this is part of our Green initiatives. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items that you would like included in the October   Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th September.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

2nd Sept   Parish BBQ 7.30pm Rectory Garden

5th Sept   Toddlers Plus One 10-12 Parish Hall

Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall

15th Sept  Friendship Club 11am Rectory

16th Sept  Youth Club 7-9pm Parish Hall

21st Sept   Mothers’ Union Service 8pm St Mary’s Church

25th Sept  Blessing of the Animals Service 11am St Mary’s Church

8th Oct      Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

9th Oct      Harvest Thanksgiving Services

11am St Mary’s Church , Preacher: The Revd John Tanner

7pm  St John’s Church, Preacher: The Revd David Bowles

 

HOLY BAPTISM

19th June, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Daisy Grace Molloy, daughter of Clodagh King & Neil Molloy

17th July, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Kevin Thomas Nation, son of Nicola & Sean

 

HOLY MATRIMONY

18th June, in St John’s Church, Monkstown, Hilary Skuse & Eamon O’Callaghan

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for July and August 2016

Culture for Cambodia Art Exhibition by Constance & Dorothee Roberts will take place in the Parish Hall, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline on Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July. Saturday opening 10am till 4pm, Sunday opening 12 noon to 4pm. 25% of all proceeds will go to Tracey Pierce to help fund her upcoming mission trip to Cambodia with CDYC and Tearfund. The Art Exhibitions  will be the last of her fundraisers and thank you to Dorothee and Constance Roberts for suggesting and organising them, indeed Tracey would like to thank  all who have supported her fundraising efforts over the last few months, especially Olna & Chris Trotter for organising the wonderful ‘Ceili for Cambodia’ on 10th June (and to Jocelyn who provided the delicious supper) and all who baked & bought goodies for the ‘Cakes for Cambodia’ at the end of May. We wish her a safe journey and hope it will be a life enhancing event for her and all whom she encounters.

Parish Fête This year’s fête was again a wonderful day. The sun shone and the people came…. what more do you need! It is always a day of great community spirit and fun and of course is our main fundraiser each year. Huge thanks to Eddie Pierce and his team of helpers for pulling out all the stops yet again. It just seems to get bigger and better every year and already some planning is happening for next May so watch this spot!

Holiday Club will take place from Monday 18th July until Friday 22nd July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along.  

Youth Club

A big thank you to all our young people who helped out at our annual Parish Fete, especially to Oriel and Jonathan, Ciara, Rebecca and friends who ran the bottle stall with such efficiency ! It all contributed to a very successful fundraising day for our Parish funds – Great job !!  Also a huge thanks to Hilary Dring, Hilary Warren Perry and helpers who ran the great combined Carrigaline Union Youth Group and Mothers’ Union Beetle Drive – we had a LOT of fun on the night (see photo of the prize winners) We are really looking forward to joining up with Isobel and Norman Jackson and the Templebreedy youth club on Thurs 23rd June for a BBQ and fun in Crosshaven. In addition, some of our group are joining in the Fantastic upcoming CDYC diocesan events at Tayto Fun Park and Summer Madness. The youth leaders wish you God Bless and have a wonderful Summer holidays. (PC)

Monkstown Chamber Choir have had a busy few months. In April we were pleased to be asked to return to the Bons Secours hospital for their annual ecumenical Service of Remembrance; then on 23rd April some of us joined other choristers to sing in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick for a very enjoyable RSCM Come and Sing event. On 1st May we joined the congregation of St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline for the Confirmation Service. Organist and Choirmaster of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Peter Stobart, visited us in St John’s, Monkstown the following week to hear us sing Choral Evensong. Then on Saturday 14th May we returned to sing Mass in St Mona’s Church on Sherkin Island which has now become an annual event. The usual tea, cakes and scones followed and of course Matt Murphy’s famous apple pie!!  We will take a break for the summer now but return to practice in September. (RE)

Mothers’ Union  As I write it is still June. It is a quiet time for our Mothers’ Union branch. We plan to join with the Methodist Ladies on a trip to Blarney. We are enjoying beautiful weather; we have so much to be grateful for. At the same time so many in our world continue to suffer; we have no answers and often feel helpless. With God’s help we can do the little things that make a difference; maybe just for one person but each person matters. Mothers’ Union reaches out in so many different ways, many of them seem insignificant but we make a real difference. Let’s continue to pray for all members, wherever they are supporting families and those in need. Enjoy the summer months; find time to rest and recharge the batteries and let us go into the autumn with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Some food for thought... ‘What’s the Christian life all about? It’s about loving God and loving what God loves. It’s about becoming passionate about God and participating in God’s passion for a different kind of world, here and now’ (Marcus Borg – Convictions) (HD)

Theological Book Circle summer reading is Salley Vickers ‘Cleaner of Chartes’ and we will meet to discuss this on Monday 17th October 8pm in the Rectory. All welcome.

If you have any items that you would like included in the September  Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th August.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

9th July     Art Exhibition 10am to 4pm Parish Hall

10th July   Art Exhibition 12 noon to 4pm Parish Hall

16th July   Art Exhibition 10am to 4pm Parish Hall

17th July   Art Exhibition 12 noon to 4pm Parish Hall

18th -20th July  Holiday Club St Mary’s School

31st July   United Service 11.15 St John’s Church

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s Church

1st – 23rd August Rector on annual leave

2nd Sept   Parish BBQ 7.30pm Rectory Garden

25th Sept  Blessing of the Animals Service 11am St Mary’s Church

8th Oct      Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

9th Oct      Harvest Thanksgiving Services

11am St Mary’s Church , Preacher: The Revd John Tanner

7pm  St John’s Church, Preacher: The Revd David Bowles

 

HOLY BAPTISM

12th June, in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Kate Elizabeth Valerie Fitzroy, daughter of Gary & Caroline

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for June 2016

Mothers’ Union-  we trust that our Family Beetle Drive was enjoyed by all who were able to come along. Thank you to the Youth Group for joining with us. Plans for June and beyond, i.e. outing, are all uncertain as of now so please watch the link sheet for details. We hope to pass on that info to you very soon. As I write some of us are at a Mothers’ Union ‘Equipped to Serve’ conference in England. We look forward to passing on the enthusiasm we feel here, as well as stories and practical ideas to as many as possible. It is a privilege to be here on your behalf. What an amazing organisation!! Pray for our Worldwide, All-Ireland and Diocesan presidents, please, as they lead us forward. (HD)

Youth Club  Oriel Hosford writes ‘The fun started at 10am on Saturday the 23rd of April when CDYC East met in St Anne’s Church to start the action packed day. As soon as everyone had arrived and met with their friends from around the diocese, we trekked up the steep, narrow steps of the tower, ringing the famous Shandon bells on the way. We reached the top to be met by a breath-taking view of Cork City and the miles beyond. With no time to spare we headed off for Penny Dinners to be greeted by the happy and humble atmosphere. After being told what Penny Dinners were all about we got our hands dirty making and packing sandwiches for the day ahead. Time went fast and before long we were left off for an hour to get some food and shop around the city. After our time in the city was up, we headed back to the church hall and had a speech of what the Simon Community does and why people become homeless. The day ended with a bible session (thanks to Revd. Tony Murphy), pizzas and games. Thank you Kristin for the brilliant day we had and we are all looking forward to the next big event (well I know I am anyway!)’ (OH)

Theological Book Circle will meet on June 13th to discuss the book ‘Convictions’ by Marcus J Borg.  8pm in the Rectory. This being our ‘summer’ meeting, we hope to have our refreshments in the Rectory Garden. Fingers crossed for decent weather.

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. The theme is ‘Cops & Robbers’(based on the Old Testament Story of Joseph) and will take place from Monday 18th July until Friday 22nd July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are available from the Parish Office or from the Rector.   

Eco Congregation.   If you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new ideas. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items that you would like included in the July/August Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th June.

FORWARD  PLANNER

9th June   Friendship Club 11am Rectory

10th June  Ceili for Cambodia 8pm Canon McCrea Hall

11th June  Diocesan Synod, Rochestown Park Hotel

12th June  Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s Church

13th June  Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

21st June   6th Class Graduation Service 11am St Mary’s Church

26th June   RTE Radio Broadcast of Service from St Mary’s Church

18th -20th July  Holiday Club St Mary’s School

31st July   United Service 11.15 St John’s Church

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s Church

1st – 23rd August Rector on annual leave

2nd Sept   Parish BBQ 7.30pm Rectory Garden

25th Sept  Blessing of the Animals Service 11am St Mary’s Church

8th Oct      Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

9th Oct      Harvest Thanksgiving Services

11am St Mary’s Church , Preacher: The Revd John Tanner

7pm  St John’s Church, Preacher: The Revd David Bowles

 

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for May 2016

Parish Fête.  This year’s Parish Fête is on Saturday 29th May from 10am until 2pm in St Mary’s School, Waterpark, Carrigaline. This will be a great day for all the family with Bouncy Castle, Burgers, Bric-a-Brac, Books, Cakes, Plants, Toys, fantastic Raffle etc. Eddie Pierce and his team of helpers are again in charge of organising so do contact him if you would like to donate anything or if you would like to help out in any way. This is the major fundraiser for the parish each year so as well as being a great social occasion it is also extremely financially important for our parish that we all support it…. luckily it is so much fun that you don’t even notice that you’ve spent all your money! See you there!

Easter Vestry. The Easter Vestry was the usual good humoured gathering that we have come to expect in the parish. The Rector’s Churchwardens are Barney Deane (St John’s), Hilary Warren-Perry (St Mary’s) and Cecil Poole (Glebe). The People’s Churchwardens are Henry Forbes (St John’s), Rowland Njoku (St Mary’s)  and Jonathan Fleury (Glebe). The Select Vestry are Rowland Newenham (Hon. Sec), Helen Arnopp (Hon. Treasurer), Millie Kingston, Eddie Pierce, Joy Keefe, Lesley Roberts, Simon Woodworth, Eric Wilson, Roger Clough, Madeleine Geary, Richard Dring and Mary Cowhig. We wish them well over the coming year. They will be prayerfully commissioned at the Choral Evensong in St John’s Church on 8th May to which all are welcome as always.

St Mary’s School. It was with great pleasure that the Rector dedicated (and the Acting Principal planted) the lovely Apple Tree given to the School by the Carrigaline Tidy Towns group. Situated right in front of the Staff room window, the teachers along with the children will really enjoy watching this tree grow strong and bear fruit, and hopefully someone will be inspired to make delicious apple tarts in time!

Confirmations This will probably already have happened by the time you are reading this (1st May) but we all wish Caia, Jonathan, Louis, Leah & Jack the very best as they continue on their Christian journey. May they be aware of the presence of God with them every step of the way.

Mothers’ Union Thank you to the Revd Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum who came to speak to us about Chaplaincy in April and we now look forward to the special Family Beetle Drive at 7.30pm on Friday evening 20th May in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School.   

Youth Club Our Youth group had a very special tour of the Carrigaline Youth Centre in April before heading back to the Parish Hall for games and it is hoped that we will connect up more with other local teens in various initiatives. The May Youth Club meeting which normally would be at 7pm on Friday 20th in the Parish Hall will instead be joining with the Mothers’ Union for their Family Beetle Drive which is at 7.30pm in the School…. Game on!

Theological Book Circle will meet next on June 13th to discuss the book ‘Convictions’ by Marcus J Borg.  8pm in the Rectory. This being our ‘summer’ meeting, we hope to have our refreshments in the Rectory Garden. Fingers crossed for decent weather.

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. The theme is ‘Cops & Robbers’(based on the Old Testament Story of Joseph) and will take place from Monday 18th July until Friday 22nd July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are available from the Parish Office or from the Rector.   

Eco Congregation.  Our Dawn Chorus is on Sunday 15th May this year , Pentecost Sunday, and we will meet at 5am in the Carpark in Currabinny Woods. Many thanks to Tony Nagle who will again be our guide. If you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new ideas. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items that you would like included in the June Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th May.

FORWARD  PLANNER

May 1st    Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church

May 15th  Dawn Chorus, 5am, Currabinny Woods Carpark

May 20th  Family Beetle Drive 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School

May 22nd Christian Aid themed Services in our Churches

May 27th  CAMEO Monkstown Sailing Club 10.30am

May 28th  Parish Fete, 10am till 2pm, St Mary’s School

May 29th  United Service 11am in St Mary’s Church, Sunday School Prizegiving followed by Parish Picnic in the Rectory Garden.

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s Church

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for April 2016

Easter Play. We are immensely grateful to Mary Murphy for all the work she has put into producing and directing the Easter Play this year. She, along with Olna Trotter, has taken a ragtag group of amateurs and beat us into a formidable team of thespians! Who would have thought such hard work could be so much fun. A special thank you also to Hazel Fleury for making such amazing costumes for us, seemingly out of thin air – well at least out of burlap sacks and old curtains anyway! Thanks also to Maurice and the Backstage Boys for all their hard work. Hopefully will be the start of a Parish Drama Society! Mind you, at the time of writing , the play had not yet happened so here’s hoping it all went well, if not, you’ll be reading about it next month!

St Mary’s School. It was the turn of 1st Class this year to do the special World Day of Prayer Assembly. The Cuban theme meant lots of colour and joyful singing. The special Assembly for Proclamation Day on March 15th was also fantastic, there was even a wonderful play based around what children in 1916 perceived as normal (‘I had a bath two weeks ago, I’m grand!) and what our children of 2016 expect (‘what do you mean there’s no iPads!). 6Th Class read out the school’s personal Proclamation to all those gathered. Again, well done to all the teachers and pupils for their hard work.

Confirmations 2016 The bishop’s Confirmation morning on 12th March was a great success as 100 young people from all over the dioceses gathered in St Luke’s Douglas to take part in workshops and groupwork around the theme of confirmation. Please continue to pray for Jonathan, Kaia, Louis, Jack and Leah as they prepare to be confirmed on 1st May.

Mothers’ Union We look forward to meeting up again as a branch after our ‘Lenten Break’. There is plenty happening in April if you would like to come along. On Wednesday, 6th April we will have a very special ‘Lady Day’ Service at 10.30 in St. Mary’s Church in Carrigaline. Lady Day is a special day in Mothers’ Union and this year, as we celebrate our 140th anniversary, it is an even more special occasion. There will be coffee afterwards and all are welcome, it is not just for Mothers’ Union members. Then on the 16th April, a Saturday, our annual Festival Service takes place at 11am in St. Luke’s Church in Douglas. This will be followed by lunch and our diocesan council, when lots of information about what is going on will be shared. It is also a great opportunity to meet up with others from around the dioceses. It is very nearby so I hope that as many as possible will come along. Finally, we very much look forward to welcoming the Revd Canon Dr Daniel Nuzum to talk to us ‘On being a Chaplain’. This will be on Monday, 18th April at 8pm in the parish hall in Carrigaline (next to the church). Take note that it is on a Monday!! Enjoy the spring and rejoice in the Easter season (HD)

Youth Club Our March Youth meeting was held at Canon Packham Hall in Douglas where Kyle Meiklejohn and Oriel Hosford represented us at the Annual Diocesan Table Quiz. Almost 35 people from round the Diocese attended, it was a great night with music questions, film quotes, dingbats, challenging questions, great prizes, spot prizes, pizzas and more! Kyle and Oriel (with the support of Tracey and Carolyn) did us proud by winning the under 16 section of the competition – Congratulations to them! Thanks a million to Hilda and all those who helped her out on the night – it was a LOT of fun and here’s to the 2017 Quiz ! (PC)

Theological Book Circle will meet next on April 6th to discuss the book ‘Vita Brevis’ by Jostein Gaarder ‘  8pm in the Rectory.

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. The theme is ‘Cops & Robbers’(based on the Old Testament Story of Joseph) and will take place from Monday 18th July until Friday 22nd July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms will be available from the Parish Office or from the Rector immediately after Easter.   

Eco Congregation.  Our Dawn Chorus is on Sunday 15th May this year , Pentecost Sunday, and we will meet at 5am in the Carpark in Currabinny Woods. Many thanks to Tony Nagle who will again be our guide. If you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new ideas. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items that you would like included in the May Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th April.

FORWARD  PLANNER

April 6th  Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

April 7th  Children’s Ministry Training Evening 7.30pm, St Luke’s Mahon

April 8th – 10th Holiday Club Youth Leader Training Weekend, Carhue, Bandon

April 14th Friendship Club 11am Rectory

April 14th Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall

April 15th Youth Club 7pm – 9pm Parish Hall

April 18th Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

April 22nd Table Quiz 8pm Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School

May 1st    Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church

May 15th  Dawn Chorus, 5am, Currabinny Woods Carpark

May 20th  Family Beetle Drive 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School

May 28th  Parish Fete, 10am till 2pm, St Mary’s School

HOLY BAPTISM:

6th March 2016, Lucy Clem Carroll, daughter of Nick & Gill, in St Mary’s, Carrigaline

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for March 2016

World Day of Prayer Service will take place at 10am on Saturday 5th March in Our Lady & St John Parish Centre in Carrigaline. The children in our parish school will also be using the material from the World Day of Prayer for their special Assembly at 9.15 on Friday 4th.

St Patrick’s Eve Service An Irish Language Service of Holy Communion will again take place in St. Mary’s Church at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 16th March. The Service is designed to be inclusive and a bilingual service sheet with translations of the Prayers and the Readings will be provided. Thank you to the Revd Tony Murphy for organising the Service.

Lenten Studies  As we have done over the past four years, we are using the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland Lenten Bible Studies. This year’s Series is called ‘Reconciliation’ and the Studies continue in the Parish Hall for two more Wednesdays in Lent after the 7.30pm Service in St Mary’s Church ‘Taking down the Walls (Mar 2nd) and finishing with  ‘Do as you would be done by’ (Mar 9th).

St Mary’s School. For the third year running, there was a fantasic response to the appeal to ‘Love your Neighbour for St Valentine’s Day’ and a huge amount of goods were delivered to the Penny Dinners Charity in Cork.  We are looking forward to Proclamation Day on March 15th when the children will reveal their personal proclamations for the nation.

Confirmations 2016 classes continue each week, please pray for the candidates Jonathan, Kaia, Louis, Jack and Leah as they prepare to be confirmed on 1st May.

Theological Book Circle will meet next on April 6th to discuss the book ‘Vita Brevis’ by Jostein Gaarder ‘  8pm in the Rectory.

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. The theme is ‘Cops & Robbers’(based on the Old Testament Story of Joseph) and will take place from Monday 18th July until Friday 22nd July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms will be available from the Parish Office or from the Rector immediately after Easter.  The Holiday Club Teen Leader’s Weekend is from 8th to 10th April, in Carhue when John Hardwick (who wrote all the Holiday Club material!) will be in attendance.

Eco Congregation. Earth Hour is on Saturday 19th March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm when we are all encouraged to turn off all lights in the house. As with last year, there will be a candle lit reading from Scripture and prayers during the hour in St Mary’s Church. All welcome. This year we are also joining in a ‘Clarion Call’ for the environment by ringing out our bells at 8.30pm to remind people in the vinicity to turn off their lights and to continue to do what they can in their lives to protect the environment.  If you google ‘Clarioncall’ you can check out their website for more details. If you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new ideas. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union Thank you to everyone who came to our Candlelight Supper and made it such a successful evening. Any surplus money from the evening will help with Mothers’ Union work overseas via the Make a Mothers’ Day Campaign. This month, as it is the Lenten season, is a quiet one for Mothers’ Union as far as meeting up is concerned but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening in the background!! We will meet again officially on Monday the 18th  April when the Rev Daniel Nuzum will speak about his work as  hospital chaplain. Take note of the date as it is NOT a Wednesday. (HD)

Youth Club The gang continue to meet on the 3rd Friday of the Month. 7 – 9pm in the Parish Hall. Contact Peter Coughlan for details.

If you have any items that you would like included in the April Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th March.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

March 5th World Day of Prayer Service 10am Our Lady & St John’s Parish Centre

March 10th Friendship Club 11am Rectory

March 12th Bishop’s Confirmation Morning, 10am – 1pm, St Luke’s Douglas

March 16th St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaelige 7.30pm St Mary’s

March 17th St Patrick’s Day Eucharist 10.30am St Mary’s

March 18th Music in March Concert 8pm St Mary’s

March 19th Earth Hour 8.30pm – 9.30pm St Mary’s

March 21st Monday  of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

March 22nd Tuesday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

March 23rd Wednesday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

March 24th Maundy Thursday:

7pm SEDER Meal in Parish Hall followed by Holy Communion.

March 25th Good Friday:

10.30am  St John’s  Morning Prayer with Litany

7.30pm    St Mary’s Drama/Play ‘No Name in the Street’

March 26th Easter Saturday:

9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service

March 27th Easter Sunday:

7am Ecumenical Dawn Service Monkstown

9.30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist

          11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

April 6th  Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

April 14th Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall

April 18th Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

May 1st    Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church

May 15th  Dawn Chorus, 5am, Currabinny Woods Carpark

May 28th  Parish Fete, 10am till 2pm, St Mary’s School

 

HOLY BAPTISM:

7th February 2016, Sebastian Peter Statham, son of Nick & Louise, in St John’s Church, Monkstown

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for February 2016

Lenten Studies 

As we have done over the past four years, we will again use the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland Lenten Bible Studies. This year’s Series is called ‘Reconciliation’ and the Studies will be in the Parish Hall each Wednesday in Lent after the 7.30pm Service in St Mary’s Church. The first Study ‘Power and Service’ is on Ash Wednesday 10th February, followed by ‘Transcending Boundaries’ (Feb 17th) , ‘Reaching out to Others’ (Feb 24th), Taking down the Walls (Mar 2nd) , ‘Do as you would be done by’ (Mar 9th).  The introduction to the Series of studies explains ‘Both the need and the hope for reconciliation – within and between churches, between cultures and continents, rich and poor, male and female, liberal and conservative – has recently captured more and more of our attention. New leadership in major churches, (Pope Francis in Rome, Archbishop Justin Welby in Canterbury and Bishop Michael Curry in The Episcopal Church) has offered new inspiration and increased our hope. But the work of reconciliation has to be done at the grass roots. Without us it will not come about.’

St Mary’s School. There was a lovely surprise for one of the pupils when the whole school assembled on 8th January to receive their gift from the State of the Irish Flag to mark the centenary of 1916.  When the party from Óglaigh na hÉireann arrived, she realised that her father, Sergeant Wrenne, was one of the group presenting the flag. To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the Government asked Óglaigh na hÉireann to deliver the National Flag to every Primary School in the country. After the acting Principal welcomed the group, the Rector read from a letter written by her maternal Grandfather of his experiences fighting in the Dublin Rising which helped set the scene. The Officer in command of the group then explained a little about the history of the Flag and the Proclamation after which she asked the children several questions to ensure that they all knew the rules surrounding the care of the National Flag (for instance it is never put on the ground, it flies above any other flag, etc.). The children then sang Amhrán na bhFiann and some of the parents who were there for the occasion remained behind for refreshments.

Confirmations 2016 classes begin on Saturday 6th February. The Bishop’s Confirmation morning will be held in Douglas on March 12th.  The date for the Confirmation itself will be announced as soon as possible.

Eco Congregation. The Rectory compost heap is being kept busy processing all of the paper cups used for delicious mulled wine and apple over the Christmas period but how wonderful to think it all goes back into the earth with no leftover waste product.  If you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new views. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union

As I write we are looking forward to starting the year with an enjoyable night when we will watch a film together. Hopefully the icy roads of the past few days will have disappeared by then! It is always good to have a time simply enjoying our friendship and relaxing together. Friendship is such a huge part of Mothers’ Union and is greatly valued by all. We think of members who are unwell or have been recently bereaved and continue to remember them in our prayers. Turning to this month, we will have a Ladies’ Candlelight Supper on Friday, 12th at 8 pm at the church hall. Let us know if you can bring a salad or dessert, please. Look forward to seeing you there; bring your friends (HD)

Youth Club

Our first Youth Club meeting of the new year took place on Friday January 15th January and the following day some of our group joined the ever popular CDYC shopping and iceskating event at Mahon Point. See you on Friday 18th for the regular meet-up in the Parish Hall (PK).

Monkstown Chamber Choir will return to practice on Thursday 4th February and our first performance will be at a “Songs of Praise Choral Evensong” in St John’s Church on Sunday 14th February. There is a lot planned for Spring/Summer 2016. In March, we will join the Carrigaline Singers and popular tenor, Dan Twomey, for a special concert in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. On St Patrick’s Eve, 16th March, we will be singing at an Irish Service again in St Mary’s. In April there is an RSCM Ireland event in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick where we will join other choristers for a “Come and Sing Handel’s Messiah”. Then in May, we take our voices to West Cork again. The community of Sherkin Island always make us very welcome, so on Saturday 14th, joined by “Templebreedy Church Choir” we will sing at Mass in St Mona’s Church, followed by the now traditional lavish West Cork spread, including Matt Murphy’s famous apple pie! A sing-song always follows our evening dinner at the “Jolly Roger” before a well deserved overnight at the “Islanders Rest” hotel. A busy, happy year ahead! (RE)

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

Feb 6th   Confirmation Class 6 – 8pm Rectory

Feb 10th Ash Wednesday Eucharist 7.30pm St Mary’s Church

Lenten Study 8pm Parish Hall

Feb 11th  Friendship Club 11am venue to be confirmed

Feb 12th  Mothers’ Union Candlelit Supper 8pm Parish Hall

Feb 14th  Songs of Praise Evensong 7pm St John’s Church

Feb 15th  Revision of list of Vestry Members 7pm Parish Hall

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for January 2016

Christmas Services –Thank you to those who decorated our churches so beautifully, who sang in our choirs, who encouraged and supported our charity initiatives and all who made time to come through our doors during this hectic time. just turned up!  We especially thank Roger Ellis and the Monkstown Chamber Choir for their beautiful  traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Monkstown and to the Carrigaline Singers for joining us for the Ecumenical Community Carols in Carrigaline.

Advent Talks  –Thank you to Deirdre McCrea, Vivienne Sharpe, John Sweeney and Richard Dring who each gave a Talk in our Advent Series on the Four Last Things (Death, Judgement , Heaven & Hell). They were very interesting and enjoyable evenings.

Sunday School- The children thank everyone who contributed cakes or bought cakes at their annual Cake Sale in December, the proceeds of the morning went to the Family Support Unit in Carrigaline

St Mary’s School- The children had their usual wonderful Christmas Nativity Plays in December which are always great fun for the children and for the Parents and family who attend. The school will again have a special Assembly on the Feast of the Epiphany (9.15am on Wednesday 6th January) and parishioners are welcome to join with the School community in the Canon McCrea Hall at that time or come along to the 10.30am Eucharist Service in St Mary’s Church. The new School Board of Management began on 1st December, the Board consists of Ollie Bradfield, acting Principal, Mairead Quinn as Teacher’s Representatives,  the Bishop, who is the Patron of the school, has as his representatives Dr Andrew Gleasure (Chair) and the Rector, the Parent’s representatives are Louise Graves and Peter O’Regan, the Community Representatives are Hilary Warren-Perry and Richard Dring.  The Parish showed their appreciation to Hazel Kelleher for her 19 years on the Board of Management of St Mary’s (most of those as Chair) at the end of year service in St Mary’s Church.  Thanks also to all who have served on the Board over the years. Your work has been much appreciated.

Confirmations 2016- If you would like to be confirmed next year, could you please let the Rector know as the preparation classes begin on Saturday 6th February.

Eco Congregation- We continue on our parish journey to live lightly on this Earth. Several parishioners joined the Rector in marching at the People’s Climate Change March on Advent Sunday in Cork City. If you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new views. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

Theological Book Circle- Our current book is ‘I  Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’ by Malala Yousafzai  (Author), Christina Lamb  (Contributor) and we will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 18th January to discuss the book. All welcome and if you haven’t read this book, you can still come along and listen!

Mothers’ Union –What a tasty Christmas lunch we had today in the very lovely surroundings of the Yacht Club in Crosshaven! Thank you to all the staff for looking after us so well. We celebrated Marjorie Bond’s many years of service to Mothers’ Union, both diocesan and local, and presented her with a beautiful window box full of flowers and a silver bracelet; thank you to Clare Poole for initiating this and speaking so from the heart about Marjorie’s quiet influence through the years. On Wednesday, 20th January, we will meet at the hall in Carrigaline to watch a film together. (It’s called a ‘Movie Night’ but sounds very American to me). We have yet to choose the film so it will be a surprise on the night; we hope it will be a time to relax together and enjoy. A reminder that Subs along with membership forms should be back to Frankie Stanley by 18th January at the latest please. Also a reminder that the Ballydehob Quiet Day will be in St Matthew’s Hall, Aughadown on Monday, 11th January. The speaker is Bishop Richard Henderson.  Coffee served at 10 am for 10.30 start. We wish you all  a very Happy New Year and look forward to a great year ahead. (HD)

Youth Club-The 9th annual CDYC mixed 5- a – side soccer tournament in Ringaskiddy took place on Sat 14th November. It was a windy and showery day but over 45 young people, volunteer helpers and leaders from all over the diocese helped to make the day a great success. Its so encouraging to see young people from around the diocese to get together, compete, have fun and make new friends.

A special well done to Jonathan, Louie, Oriel and Alice who competed in teams for Carrigaline Union . Our monthly youth group meeting was held in the Parish Hall on 20th November and December’s meeting is planned, at the time of writing, to be a night of 10 pin bowling, food and games at the Leisureplex in Cork. We are really looking forward to teaming up with Templebreedy’s Youth Group for that event which promises to be a lot of fun.  We hope that all the young people and their parents and families had a A Very Happy and Joyful Christmas!! (PK).

If you have any items that you would like included in the February Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th January.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

Jan 6th Epiphany Service in St Mary’s School 9.15am

Epiphany Eucharist Service in St Mary’s Church 10.30am

Jan 14th Friendship Club Rectory 11am

Jan 18th Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

Jan 20th Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

21st November 2015 Dolores ‘Clem’ Carroll, St Mary’s Churchyard, Burial of Ashes

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for December 2015

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. A great gang turned up in November despite Storm ‘Abigail’ lashing us with strong winds and rain. We are a hardy bunch here! We meet on 10th December and all are welcome. If you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Green Matters. At the time of writing some of us were planning to go to the Peoples Climate Change March in Cork city to send a message to those meeting in Paris for COP21 and hopefully it turned out to be well attended. Its not much but we have to do what we can. If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

Monkstown Chamber Choir The choir were invited back to sing a special Advent Choral Evensong in The Church of the Ascension, Timoleague on Advent Sunday 29th November. As that parish currently have no Rector, we felt privileged to be asked. On Saturday 12th December, we will sing some carols and seasonal pieces at the Alzheimers Unit in Mahon. This is always a special afternoon and appreciated by the residents and their families. Then the big event – “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Sunday 20th December in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 4pm. This has now become a real community favourite, and the congregation comes from Carrigaline, Monkstown and Passage West. This year, instead of a said blessing at the end of the service, the choir will sing “A Christmas Blessing” by Philip Stopford. It was commissioned for St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast specifically to be sung at the end of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and this is the first year that we will sing it in Monkstown. The Rector will still give the actual blessing, but instead of words being said by the Rector, they will be sung by the choir! Then we have our annual Christmas choir meal (and a glass or two of wine!) before a well deserved break for the month of January. (RCE)  

Mothers’ Union Thank you to Tracey Pierce for a great ‘crafty’ evening at the Rectory. We really enjoyed it. Thank you also to everyone for their contributions to the Mothers’ Union overseas fund this past month. Every cent adds up and makes a difference to what Mothers’ Union can do around the world. This month we will enjoy Christmas lunch together on Tuesday, 8th December at 12.30 at The Yacht Club in Crosshaven . Please contact either Hilary Dring or Jocelyn Pierce if you would like to join us. Everyone is welcome, MU member or not. We will also meet with the Monday Club at the Parish Hall on Monday, 21st December from 3-5pm for Carol Singing and Christmas Afternoon Tea. If there are any elderly people who would like to come and need a lift please get in touch. It would be lovely to have as many there as possible. To finish with here is a thought for Advent “Summer has ended, the leaves are falling, dark evenings are upon us. These changes remind us that Advent is drawing near. Into the midst of strife, broken hearts, lives and uncertainty, God comes with the promise of a Saviour who will bring peace, hope and comfort.” God, we ask that the Prince of Peace will rule in all our hearts this Advent as we begin to celebrate God coming to us in Jesus Christ. Amen.     (HD).

Youth Club Last month’s youth club meeting was very different as we joined with Templebreedy Parish youth for an overnight  ‘sleep out’ in recognition of the plight of homeless people and those in danger of becoming homeless. It was a fantastic event and such a worthwhile experience. Thank you to Rev Isobel and Norman Jackson for organising it and over €2,500.00 was raised for the charity Focus Ireland which is a superb effort. Well done to all who participated and thank you to all who supported through sponsorship. At the time of writing we were eagerly anticipating the 9th annual CDYC mixed 5- a – side soccer tournament in Ringaskiddy which is to take place on Sat 14th November. It’s a great day for young people from around the diocese to get together, compete, have fun and make new friends. (PC)   

If you have any items that you would like included in the January Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the earlier date of 5th December. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Toddlers Plus One is on from 10-12 every Monday except for Bank Holidays.

Monday Club is on from 3-5 every Monday except for Bank Holidays.

2nd December Advent Bible Study ‘Heaven’ 8pm Parish Hall

8th December MU Lunch 12.30pm RCYC Crosshaven

9th December Advent Bible Study ‘Judgement’ 8pm Parish Hall

10th December Friendship Club 11am Rectory

16th December Advent Bible Study ‘Death’ 8pm Parish Hall

18th December Community Carols 7.30pm St Mary’s Church

20th December Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church

21st December 3pm – 5pm Monday Club & MU Carol singing Parish Hall

23rd December Advent Bible Study ‘Hell’ 8pm Parish Hall

24th December Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church

24th December First Eucharist of the Nativity Midnight St Mary’s Church

25th December 9.30am Eucharist St John’s 11am Eucharist St Mary’s

 

Funeral:

18th October 2015, St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline, Pascha Newenham

19th October 2015, St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline, Ruth Stoney Bryans

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for November 2015

Harvest Festival  The Harvest Supper & Dance was a great success thanks to the huge amount of work put into it by Henry & Gladys Forbes who postponed the celebration of their Ruby (40th) Wedding Anniversary so as to concentrate on the Supper! Thanks also to Adrian & Caroline, Irene & Denis ,Trevor & Millie and all of the dedicated team of helpers. It really was a wonderful night, well supported,  with the Canon McCrea Hall full of laughing and happy people and that was even before the dancing began! Thanks to our speakers at the Sunday Services, the Revd Cliff Jeffers in Carrigaline in the morning and David O’Morchoe in Monkstown in the evening. It was also lovely to have our local Parish Priests with us, Fr Pat Fogarty in the morning and Fr Sean O’Sullivan in the evening. The Harvest collections were almost 1,100 euro which will be sent to Cork Simon Community Soup Run and as always the fruit and vegetables that decorated the churches and dry goods donated by the children went to Senior Citizens in Carrigaline and to St Vincent de Paul in Monkstown.

Musical Ensemble Thank you to Hilary Dring for gathering together some great musical talent in the parish. They played for the first time at the morning Harvest service in Carrigaline and we were all very impressed : Piano, Recorder, Cellos, Guitars and an Euphonium! We look forward to hearing from them again very soon, perhaps for our next united service on Advent Sunday 29th November? Well done all!

Refugee Crisis Thank you again for all the generous support. We sent away a cheque for 1,945 euro to Bishops’ Appeal.

Mothers’ Union  What a beautiful time of year autumn can be! A few words from a poem by John Birch “The Church is full of people in the Autumn of their years…All have a story to tell, all can offer support and shelter for saplings which grow beneath their leafy canopy.” One of those people is Joyce Loney and we really enjoyed celebrating her 90th birthday together at our meeting in September. A big thank you to Roisin Clough for coming to speak to us last month and showing us how to make our own Eco-friendly cleaning agents. It’s great to learn new ways to look after our planet, even though much of what we learn is not really new at all; it’s just being rediscovered!! This month we look forward to welcoming the very creative Tracey Pierce, who will give us some ideas for ‘Christmas Decorations with a Difference’. This will be on Wednesday, 25th November at 8 pm in the Rectory Carrigaline (note change of venue). Remember also the Getaway Conference in Garryvoe, 13th-15th November and the MU Diocesan Council meeting on the 21st in the Celtic Ross at 10.30 am with visiting speaker Lydia Mons. All are welcome to attend.    (HD).

Youth Club   A report on a recent meeting written by one of the young people……Youth club started at 7pm (as always). Kristin Hollowell the youth officer for Cork was there, along with Peter and the fantastic Tracy and Brenda!! Also there were Kyle, Kya, Jonathan, Alex, Oriel and Becky. The night was Rugby World Cup themed with Fiji vs. England. Fiji utterly destroyed England in a variety of balloon and music themed games. Then Kristin told us about the upcoming CDYC events and we had a discussion about the refugees in Syria and the homeless in Cork. Tracey also resolved to use the hot air popcorn maker next meeting. Kyle Meiklejohn

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet on 12th November and all are welcome. If you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Green Matters.  Jimmy Bond won first prize in the Sunflower Growing Competition this year. His sunflower grew to 1.75cm, well done Jimmy and well done to all of the children who grew Sunflowers from the seeds they were given at the Sunday School Prizeday. If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items that you would like included in the December Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the earlier date of 5th November. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Toddlers Plus One is on from 10-12 every Monday except for Bank Holidays.

Monday Club is on from 3-5 every Monday except for Bank Holidays.

1st Nov        Reflective Service for All Saints Day 7pm St Mary’s Carrigaline

12th Nov       Friendship Club 11am Rectory

21st Nov       Parish Quiet Day 11am – 3pm, Parish Hall.

22nd Nov       Gift Day in Rectory 12 – 3pm.

29th Nov       United Service 11am St Mary’s Carrigaline

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s Monkstown

 

BAPTISM :

4th October 2015 , St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Philip Zoufaly Sandes, son of Richard and Mareka

 

Marriage:

1st August 2015, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Sally Stoney Bryans and Charles Russell

Funeral:

21st September 2015, St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline, Ronnie Hackett

30th September 2015, Cremation, Bryan Isherwood (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for October 2015

Harvest Festival Our Harvest Festival begins on Saturday night 10th October with the Harvest Supper & Dance. 7.30pm in the Canon McCrea Hall, tickets available from Henry Forbes or any of the Select Vestry. The following day, Sunday 11th, the Harvest Eucharist will be in St Mary’s at 11am and the Harvest Evensong will be in St John’s at 7pm. The Revd Cliff Jeffers, who once lived in Carrigaline and is now the Rector of Fanlobbus, will be our preacher in the morning in Carrigaline while David O’Morchoe will speak to us in the evening in Monkstown.

Refugee Crisis We have all felt helpless as we watched this crisis develop in recent weeks and the scale of the tragedy seems insurmountable so we are all very grateful to some of our parishioners who over the weekend of 11th – 14th September organised a 4 hour Prayer Vigil, collections of clothes, blankets, toiletries etc for Cork/Calais Solidarity , and an ‘Afternoon Tea’ event which in the space of just 2 hours managed to raise almost 1,200 euro for Bishops’ Appeal. Thank you to all of you who supported the initiatives and especially thanks to the Woodworth family for organising and delivering the very large and generous collection of items and to Mary Murphy & Hazel Fleury for inspiring and executing the Afternoon Tea.

Dog Show Our best friends gathered on Saturday 12th September to vie with one another as to who was the best in show. There were many exciting classes, like ‘Best Rescue Dog’, ‘Most like their Owner’ ,’Fancy Dress’ as well as the normal Pedigree classings. Well done to all the entrants and a huge thanks to Adrian & Caroline Bateman for organising yet again a fabulous day. The sun shone for us and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (and that’s not just because the Rector’s dog was 1st in the small non-pedigree class !)

Mothers’ Union As I write we look forward to meeting up again in September. We have so much to share together as Mothers’ Union members; let’s encourage others to join us and support the work we do. In October we will meet on Wednesday, the 21st at St. Mary’s Church Hall at 8pm. Roisin Clough, one of our parishioners, has very kindly agreed to talk to us about how she makes all her own cleaning agents for the house etc. It should be very interesting and fits in well with being an Eco Parish!! Remember the Women’s Conference which is on 13th-15th November in Garryvoe. It is a wonderful time of rest, relaxation and reflection. I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy it thoroughly!! Everyone should have got a booking form but if you need one please talk to Hilary. Another date to put in your diary, if you can make it, is our council meeting on Saturday the 21st November, when we will have a special speaker, Lydia Monds; she will be well worth hearing. That day we will also mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, a campaign supported by many different groups. The council meeting will take place in the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, coffee at 10.30, meeting to begin at 11 am. Please remember to pray for our Mothers’ Union sisters and brothers around the world, especially where there is conflict and they face daily danger. (HD).

Youth Club  Thanks to Isobel and Norman Jackson who hosted an end of summer Bonfire and BBQ at the Templebreedy Rectory and kindly invited our Carrigaline gang to join them and, despite the rain, it was a lot of craic. Our next next regular meeting is on 16th November.  Any young person who is in Secondary School is welcome to come along. We meet in the Parish Hall from 7 to 9 each 3rd Friday of the month.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet on 8th October and all are welcome. If you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle We are now reading Ruth Patterson’s ‘Looking Back to Tomorrow – A Spirituality for between the times’ We will meet to discuss at 8pm in the Rectory on Wednesday 28th October. All are welcome.

Green Matters.  Congratulations to Dennehy’s Cross Parish (Fr. Berties new Parish) on attaining an Eco Congregation award.  Welcome to the gang! If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items that you would like included in the November   Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th October. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Toddlers Plus One is on from 10-12 every Monday except for Bank Holidays.

Monday Club is on from 3-5 every Monday except for Bank Holidays.

8th October   Friendship Club 11am Rectory

10th October  Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

16th October  Youth Club 7pm – 9pm Parish Hall

21st October  Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

28th October  Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

29th October  Children’s Movie Night 6pm Parish Hall

31st October  Rector preaching at Vigil Mass, Our Lady & St John, Carrigaline

1st Nov         Reflective Service for All Saints Day 7pm St Mary’s Carrigaline

21st Nov       Parish Quiet Day 11am – 3pm, Parish Hall.

22nd Nov       Gift Day in Rectory 12 – 3pm.

29th Nov       United Service 11am St Mary’s Carrigaline

Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s Monkstown

 

HOLY BAPTISM :

30th August 2015 , St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, John Thomas Whitley, son of Philip and Sarah.

HOLY MATRIMONY:

3rd September 2015, St Mary’s Church, Passage West, Tim Bywater and Michelle Clarke.

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for September 2015

Holiday Club. This year’s Jungle Jamboree Holiday Club was a fantastic week with 20 teenagers from both our parish of Carrigaline Union and Templebreedy Group involved as junior leaders. These energetic young leaders made sure that all of the children had a fun-filled week while simultaneously learning more about God and their journey of faith. Roll on next year when the rectors should just about have recovered their strength!

Monkstown Chamber Chamber Choir will return to practice on Thursday 3rd September in St John’s Church at 8pm, after our summer break.

The events for the Autumn/Winter will include:-
Sunday 13th September, “Choral Evensong” in St John’s at 7pm
Sunday 11th October, “Harvest Festival Choral Evensong” in St John’s at 7pm
Saturday 31st October, “Come and Sing Faure’s Requiem” in St Bartholemew’s Church, Dublin 4. This is an RSCM Ireland event and will run from 2pm to 5pm.
Sunday 8th November, “Remembrance Choral Evensong” in St John’s at 7pm
Sunday 20th December, “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carol’s”, St John’s at 4pm
Our fundraising event in June was a great success and we are going to invest this in new sheet music for the choir from composers such as James MacMillain, Philip Stopford and Bernard Sexton. It will be lovely to have fresh music introduced to the choir-cupboard, which will sit happily alongside more traditional pieces from of old. In 2015/2016, we also look forward to developing stronger links with the other RSCM affiliated choir’s in Cork – Bandon, Crosshaven and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. We have limited spaces, and if anyone would like to join us please contact Roger Ellis, Organist and Choirmaster on 087 0539416 (RE)

Mothers’ Union What a lovely day we had for our outing on the 30th July! The weather forecast had not been good but yet again it was dry, if not overly warm, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Glenview Gardens near Enniskeane and at our superb meal at Dunmore House Hotel. The friendship and fellowship we share is always very special when we get together. God is good!! At the time of writing exam results will be out soon and we wish all our young people who have finished secondary school all the best for their futures, whatever path they may choose to follow. Remember that Mothers’ Union is in many countries around the world and you will find a warm welcome if you need any help away from home. We are delighted to hear Mothers’ Union has a new chief executive; Beverley Jullien took up her post on the 3rd August. We wish her well and look forward to seeing her in Cork sometime. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 16th September at 8pm at St. Mary’s Church at 8pm for a Service of Holy Communion followed by our AGM and tea. There will be cards, calendars, diaries etc. for sale on the night. Reminder about the Cork Women’s Mini Marathon on the 27th September at 1pm. (contact Patsy  or Hilary if you’d like to be part of an MU ‘team’!) Also a reminder about ‘A Time for Everything’  – Young Members’ Weekend – 9th & 10th October –details are included in the summer mailing. Not just for members!! As always we think of those going through challenging or sad times and remember them in prayer. We look forward to seeing everyone again in September (HD).

Youth Club  It was great to have so many of the Youth Group helping out at the Holiday Club and they were fantastic Junior Leaders. We return with our regular meetings on 18th September. Any young person who is in Secondary School is welcome to come along. We meet in the Parish Hall from 7 to 9 each 3rd Friday of the month.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet for the first time since June on 10th September. All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Theological Book Circle We all really enjoyed the Marcus Borg book which challenged us in many ways and are now reading Ruth Patterson’s ‘Looking Back to Tomorrow – A Spirituality for between the times’ We will meet to discuss at 8pm in the Rectory on Wednesday 28th October. All are welcome.

Green Matters.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we already do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Please do support the Animal Blessing Service on 27th of September as this is part of our Green initiatives. You can also find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

If you have any items that you would like included in the October  Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th September. Thank you.

FORWARD PLANNER

Sept 4th   Parish Barbecue 7.30pm Rectory Garden

Sept 27th Blessing of the Animals Service 11am St Mary’s Church

Oct 10th   Harvest Supper 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall

Oct 11th   Harvest Eucharist 11am St Mary’s Church,

Harvest Evensong 7pm St John’s Church

HOLY BAPTISM :

2nd August 2015 , St Mary’s Church , Carrigaline, Robbie Tadhg Horgan, son of Tadhg & Elvina Horgan

HOLY MATRIMONY:

13th June 2015, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Brenda Poole and Nicolai Haubold

9th July 2015, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Stephanie Kingston and David Breakey

6th August 2015, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Tara Powell and Kenneth Elliott

CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

1st July 2015, in St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline, Kathleen Frances Daunt

1st July 2015, in St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline, Margaret (Peg) Daunt (Ashes)

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for July/August 2015

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. ‘Jungle Jamboree’ will take place from Monday 20th July until Friday 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are still available from the Parish Office or from the Rector.

Charting a Future with Confidence A fair number of parishioners gathered on Monday 8th June to fill in questionnaires and speak about the current situation in the church and what might be good to see happen in the future. Thank you to Alicia St Leger,  Ruth Wolfe and Drew Ruttle for facilitating an excellent meeting and we wish you well in compiling a report from all the parishes in our united dioceses. It will be interesting to see what emerges. Richard Dring is our Parish Representative should you wish to find out more about this initiative.

Youth Club  It was great to have so many of the Youth Group helping out at stalls in our annual Parish fund-raising Fete at the end of May. We have  continued with our regular meetings on the 3rd Friday of the month,  At the time of writing we are hoping Kirsty Hollowell, the East Cork Youth Co-ordinator join us for our June evening and that she will share some new mad games and other ideas with us and if the weather holds out, we plan to fire up the ol’ Barbecue! No Friday meetings in July or August and see you all on 18th September. (PC)

Green Matters.  Over 50 people turned up at 4.30am for our inaugural Dawn Chorus in Currabinny. Thank you to our guide Tony Nagle. We heard many bird songs and calls before we could even see our hands in front of our faces and it was wonderful. A special treat was the sound of a juvenile long eared Owl. We drank our coffee and ate our breakfast sandwiches in the carpark of the forest beset by midges. Next year we’ll bring sprays!. If you have any other ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union  As promised here are the details of our summer outing. We hope it will be a very enjoyable day for all who come along. The outing will be on Thursday, 30th July. We will leave St. Mary’s church in Carrigaline at 1.30pm to go to Glenview Gardens near Enniskeane where we will have plenty of time to enjoy the variety such a big garden (3 acres) offers, along with tea and cake. From there we will go on to Dunmore House Hotel near Clonakilty for our evening meal at 6pm. All are welcome to come along, members and non-members. Please let either Hilary Dring (086-3680513) know by 20th July if you would like to come. Beyond that we will meet again on 16th September for our Communion Service and AGM. We wish everyone a very enjoyable summer and look forward to meeting at the end of July.     (HD)

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We met last on Thursday 11th June and now we will take a break during July and August and resume on 10th September.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘Reading the Bible again for the first time’ by Marcus J. Borg. We will meet to discuss in the Rectory garden on Thursday 16th July. All are welcome.

 

If you have any items that you would like included in the September Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 4th August (earlier time as rector on holidays in August). Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

 

July 11th  Parish Garden Party 2pm – 4pm in Church grounds Carrigaline

July 16th  Theological Book Circle, 8pm in Rectory

July 20th – 24th Children’s Holiday Club in Canon McCrea Hall

July 30th  Mothers’ Union Outing, 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

Sept 4th   Parish Barbecue 7.30pm Rectory Garden

 

HOLY BAPTISM :

17th May 2015, St John’s Church, Monkstown, Alexandra Philippa Whitaker, daughter of Andrew & Victoria.

24th May 2015 , St Mary’s Church , Carrigaline, Jessica Alice Nash, daughter of Giselle Campbell & Eamon Nash.

HOLY MATRIMONY:

4th June 2015, St John’s Church, Monkstown, Jillian Murphy and Niall Cronin

6th June 2015, Honan Chapel UCC, Richard Arnopp and Charlotte Ferry

 

CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

30th May 2015, John Gordon Baker, Cremation (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for June 2015

 

Parish Fête. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to our Fête . Whether you sent it items for the sale, helped put up the Marquee, manned the gate, cooked burgers, provided medical backup, made cakes, bought cakes, served cakes!  Bounced on the castle, brought plants or books or knicky knacks, set up or cleaned up… However you took part – Thank you!  Obviously none of this could happen without the energy and commitment of Eddie Pierce so a huge thank you to him. Please continue to support the businesses of all the sponsors of our Raffle, they are wonderful local businesses and deserve all the support we can give them.

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. ‘Jungle Jamboree’ will take place from Monday 20th July until Friday 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are now available from the Parish Office or from the Rector.

Youth Club  The Youth Club have continued with their regular meeting on the 3rd Friday of the month,  in May, at the monthly get together and chillout time in the Church Hall , a night of unusual games and craic took place! In April we had a great meeting and discovered the very impressive multi balloon juggling and nerf gun sponge dart target skills of Kyle, Alison and Oriel !
The Youth leaders would like to wish the Vicky Njoko and Becky Nagle all the very best and God’s Blessings after they were recently confirmed   (PC)

Green Matters.  Dawn Chorus hadn’t yet happened at time of writing so we hope all went well and no-one slept in for the 4.30am start. The Rector spoke about our road to becoming an EcoCongregation on a Christian Aid Climate Change Panel Fringe Event at General Synod in Armagh, very exciting stuff!  If you have any other ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union  Thank you to all who came and supported our Mums in May event – our ‘Ladies Night Out’ – on the 22nd May. We trust that everyone will have enjoyed the evening while raising money for a great cause. Thank you especially to Elaine for allowing us to use the rectory once again. We really do appreciate your hospitality and can’t say it often enough. June will be a quiet month in our local branch; our outing will be not be until the second half of July. At the time of writing this we are still working out the details. We are planning to go west this year for a change and full details will  be in next month’s magazine. This month the Cork Summer Show is on the 20th &21st; Mothers’ Union will once again have their much appreciated marquee with baby changing facilities etc. If you would like to help out please contact Hilary. Please remember to pray for the work of Mothers’ Union in this diocese and around the world; we think especially of those living in parts of the world where there is conflict. May we always be thankful for all the many blessings we have each day and for the peace we enjoy.   (HD)

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet on Thursday 11th June , take a break during July and August and resume on 10th September.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘Reading the Bible again for the first time’ by Marcus J. Borg. We will meet to discuss in the Rectory garden on Thursday 16th July. All are welcome.

If you have any items that you would like included in the July/August  Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th June. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

June 8th  ‘Charting a Future with Confidence’ Parish meeting 7.30 Parish Hall

June 11th Friendship Club 11am in Rectory

July 11th  Parish Garden Party in Church grounds Carrigaline

July 16th  Theological Book Circle, 8pm in Rectory

July 20th – 24th Children’s Holiday Club in Canon McCrea Hall

BAPTISM :

26th April 2015 , St Mary’s Church , Carrigaline, Iona Alexandra Wilson, daughter of Paula Harrison & Geoff Wilson.

 

Carraigaline Union Notes for May 2015

Parish Fête. This year’s Parish Fête will take place at the end of this month, Saturday 30th May in the Canon McCrea Hall and the grounds of the School. Please contact Eddie Pierce or the Rector if you would like to be involved in helping out at a stall or if you have any items for any of the stalls. This is a very important fund-raiser in the parish so please do dig around in the attics and garages! We can arrange to collect any items. Just shout! (EP)

 Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. ‘Jungle Jamboree’ will take place from Monday 20th July until Friday 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are now available from the Parish Office or from the Rector.

Youth Club  The Youth Club have continued with their regular meeting on the 3rd Friday of the month, meeting again on May 15th.
The Cork Diocesan Youth Council (CDYC) was set up to develop Christian youth work and youth ministry back in 2003 . One of the inaugural members was a parishioner of ours from Monkstown – James Fleury. James joined from 6th year in Ashton and subsequently became Secretary of the CDYC. He held that position for over 10 years and in that time gave selflessly of his time and put in an enormous amount of work organising youth events throughout the diocese. With a maturity well beyond his years, he was the most efficient of Secretaries for the committee. James combined all these skills with having a wonderful relaxed way with young people which often enabled young people to discuss important faith issues with him. In addition to that, James also willingly helped with the youth events that took place in our own parish of Carrigaline Union. James recently married Helen and has moved to Maynooth to start a new job and new life there. He has left his post at the CDYC and we miss him a lot. On Saturday March 28th, CDYC committee members (past and present) and their partners gathered at the home of Carolyn and Clive Buttimer for a meal to honour James and acknowledge his huge contribution to youth work in this diocese over the past12 years. James was presented with a number of gifts and received well deserved praise in a speech from the chairperson of the CDYC Judy Peters. It was a lovely event and we wish James and Helen all the very best in their future together. On a personal note, James – thanks for everything !! (PC)

Green Matters.  Don’t forget to mark our Dawn Chorus in your diary for May 17th, meeting at 4.30am in the carpark in Currabinny Woods.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union is about supporting families in many different ways and so we say thank you very much to Patrick Coughlan who spoke to us about Mental Health in April. What an important subject!! There is no doubt that it was interesting for all who came and those who were there will be able to pass on some of his advice. In that way many more can benefit and we can support those around us. This year the month of May is a special one for Mothers’ Union in Ireland as we celebrate our second ‘Mums in May’ initiative. All over the country events will be held to raise funds which will in turn support the Mothers’ Union Literacy Programme in Ethiopia, Mothers’ Union projects across Ireland and Mothers’ Union in the twelve dioceses of Ireland. In Carrigaline our ‘Mums in May’ event will be a special ‘Ladies Night Out’ supper at the Rectory on Friday, 22nd May at 8pm. All ladies welcome!! Thank you to Elaine once again for her hospitality. As to our annual outing, watch this space in next month’s magazine to discover what we have planned. Thank you to all for your continued support and encouragement.  (HD)

Monkstown Chamber Choir were delighted to be asked back to sing at an inter-church Service of Remembrance at the Bons Secours Chapel on 21st April. The staff there always make us feel very welcome, and the service is meaningful and atmospheric. On 10th May we will sing at a special Choral Evensong in St John’s to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Lusitania in Cork harbour. Cadets from the National Maritime College of Ireland will be in attendance to help us reflect on this tragedy. On Saturday 16th May, we will host a coffee morning in the Rectory to raise funds for the choir and purchase of new anthem books.(RE)

Friendship Club generally meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. We meet on Thursday 14th May at 11am in the Rectory.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘Reading the Bible again for the first time’ by Marcus J. Borg. We will meet to discuss in the Rectory garden on Thursday 16th July. All are welcome.

If you have any items that you would like included in the June Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th May. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

May 2nd  Kilkenny Youth Orchestra Concert in St Mary’s Church.

May 16th Coffee Morning in the Rectory, 10am – Noon. Fundraiser for the Monkstown Chamber Choir.

May17th  Dawn Chorus, 4.30am Carpark in Currabinny Woods.

May 22nd Mums in May, Supper in Rectory

May 30th Parish Fete

July 16th  Theological Book Circle, 8pm in Rectory

July 20th – 24th Children’s Holiday Club in Canon McCrea Hall

 

BAPTISM :

22nd March 2015, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Holly Mary, daughter of Julie Cavanagh and Colm Hogan.

11th April 2015 , St Mary’s Church , Carrigaline, Rupert William Byron, son of Claire and Andy Bate.

 

MARRIAGE :

14th April 2015, St John’s Church, Monkstown, Pauline Mckechnie and Roddy Hogan.

 

FUNERAL :

9th March 2015, Cremation, Winston Bruce (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for April 2015

Confirmations 2015 please continue to keep Becky & Vicky in your prayers as they prepare to confirm their baptismal vows at the Confirmation Service on 19th April in St John’s Church.

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. ‘Jungle Jamboree’ will take place from Monday 20th July until Friday 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are now available from the Parish Office or from the Rector. A training weekend for the Junior Leaders will take place from 8pm, Friday 24th until 10am, Sunday 26th April in Carhue Camp Centre, the rector has application forms.

Youth Club  The Youth Club have had a busy few weeks and it has been fantastic to see their enthusiasm for joining in both Parish and Diocesan events (take a bow guys !!)  On 20th February we had our monthly Youth club meeting in the Parish hall and christened our smart new Table Tennis table, plus we had some ‘Minute to win it “ team challenges which were good craic.

Thanks again to Rev Elaine and Hilary Warren Perry for supplying the mugs of hot chocolate at the end of the night ( and for showing the gang their silky table tennis skills !) The young people then entered their own team at the Parish Table Quiz on Friday 27th February and then went one better the following Saturday night (March 7th) at the Annual CDYC Diocesan Table Quiz in Canon Packham Hall in Douglas. Over 50 young people from youth clubs round the diocese attended and had a great night and our team won second prize in the Under 15s section. Congratulations to Lyn Sweetnam, Alana Butler, Kyle Meiklejohn and Oriel Hosford for flying the Carrigaline flag so well!! Thank you also to Tracy Pierce for her help and good humour on a very enjoyable night. The next Youth Club meeting will be held in the church hall on Friday 17th April at 7pm  (PC)

Green Matters. The Rector spoke about ‘The Environment and our Christian Response’in the Parish Centre of Our Lady & St John’s Church in Carrigaline as part of their Lenten talks. On Sunday April 26th the Parish and School Sponsored Walk will again be tying in with An Taisce’s national Spring Clean, Sponsor cards are available from the Parish or School Office, we will be leaving from St Mary’s Churchyard after the 11am Service. Don’t forget to mark our Dawn Chorus in your diary for May 17th, meeting at 4.30am in the carpark in Currabinny Woods.  If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on www.ecocongregationireland.co

Mothers’ Union.  Mothers’ Union activities have slowed a little during Lent to allow us time to join in Lent Studies and other times of reflection. It is good to take some time out every so often, even if it only for a short while. In Mothers’ Union Lady Day is celebrated on the 25th March each year; it is also the feast of the Annunciation. This year it coincided with our weekly Wednesday Communion service and so we were able to have a special celebration together and meet at the Rectory afterwards for fellowship and coffee. This month we are delighted to have Patrick Coughlan with us in Carrigaline on the 15th April at 8pm to speak about ‘Being Mentally Healthy’. We look forward to what he will share with us about a topic that is so important for everyone.  On Saturday, 18th April at 10.30 there will be a special Diocesan Council meeting in Northridge House at St. Luke’s Mahon. We would love to see lots of you there. There will be lunch of soup and sandwiches at a cost of €6.50. Please let Hilary know by the 12th if you intend to come. There will be a ‘Mums in May’ Supper at the Rectory on Friday, 22nd May at 8pm. More info to follow.   (HD)

Friendship Club generally meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. There is no meeting in April due to Easter but we will again on Thursday 14th May at 11am in the Rectory.

Theological Book Circle are reading Karen Armstrong’s book ‘Twelve steps to a Compassionate Life’ and we meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 13th April. All are welcome.

If you have any items that you would like included in the May Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th April. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

April 1st        Wednesday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

April 2nd       Maundy Thursday:

7pm SEDER Meal in Parish Hall followed by Holy Communion.

April 3rd        Good Friday:

10.30am  St John’s – Morning Prayer with Litany

7.30pm    St Mary’s – Evening Prayer with Litany

Children’s Easter Club 10am – 1pm, Parish Hall

April 4th        Easter Saturday:

9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service

April 5th        Easter Sunday:

6.45am Ecumenical Dawn Service St John’s Church

9.30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist

11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

April 16th Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish, 7.30pm in Parish Hall.

April 12th Kilternan Church Choir singing at United Eucharist Service 11am St Mary’s Church

April 19th United Confirmation Service 11am St John’s Church

April 26th Parish/School Sponsored Walk, after 11am Service St Mary’s Church

May 2nd  Kilkenny Youth Orchestra Concert in St Mary’s Church.

May 16th Coffee Morning in the Rectory, 10am – Noon. Fundraiser for Monkstown Chamber Choir trip to Jersey.

May17th  Dawn Chorus, 4.30am Carpark in Currabinny Woods.

May 22nd Mums in May, Supper in Rectory

May 30th Parish Fete

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for March 2015

World Day of Prayer  service will take place at 8 pm on Friday 6th March in our own St Mary’s Church in Carrigaline. The children in our parish school will also be using the material from the World Day of Prayer for their special Assembly at 9.15 on Friday 6th.

St Patrick’s Eve Service An Irish Language Service of Holy Communion will again take place in St. Mary’s Church at 7.00 pm on Monday 16th March. The Service is designed to be inclusive and a bilingual service sheet with translations of the Prayers and the Readings will be provided.

Lenten Bible Study ‘Same Sex Issues and the Bible’ continues on Wednesdays after the 7.30pm Service in St Mary’s Church.

Confirmations 2015 please continue to keep Becky & Vicky in your prayers over the next 6 weeks as they prepare to confirm their baptismal vows at the Confirmation Service on 19th April in St John’s Church.

St Mary’s School again had the ‘Love your Neighbour for St Valentine’s Day’ when the children all brought in an item of food for the Cork Penny Dinners Charity and learned that there was more to St Valentine’s day than cards, flowers and chocolate (nice as they are!)

Junior Choir have been working very hard on learning how to read and write music as well as practising some new songs for the All Age Services over the next few months. The weekly practice is on Thursday from 3.30 till 4.15pm in St Mary’s Church and if your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. The theme is ‘Jungle Jamboree’ and will take place from Monday 20th July until Friday 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms will be available from the Parish Office or from the Rector immediately after Easter.

Youth Club . Youth Club meet again for games craic n chillout time on Friday 20th March. Look forward to seeing you there! The diocesan youth leaders held their annual weekend gathering at the end of January in a hostel on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. It was cold down wesht ! But we were wonderfully led through challenging and thought-provoking sessions on the story of Jonah by Bishop Richard Henderson. It was a great weekend and all 29 attendees left on the Sunday afternoon encouraged and inspired in their Christian youth work. Many thanks to organisers Judy Peters, Hilda Buttimer and helpers (PC)

Eco Congregation  Earth Hour this year is on 28th March and some churches and communities throughout Ireland and the globe will switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday March 28th. In St Mary’s Church, the Rector will  light some candles and pray for the environment during this hour, please do join her there. Or you could do something yourself at home? It’s an ideal opportunity to organise a time of prayer and reflection and to invite family and friends to join you too. If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as an Eco parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union. Thank you to everyone who supported our Famine Lunch in aid of Mothers’ Union Relief Fund. This will enable Mothers’ Union to give help to communities around the world where there are emergency situations. We also thank Elaine for our Lenten reflection as we begin this special time of our church year. This month there will be a Festival Service in Fermoy on Sunday, 22nd at 3pm. All welcome to join us. In Carrigaline, we will celebrate Lady Day with a special service on Wednesday, 25th March at 10.30am followed by coffee at the rectory. There will be NO evening get-together; instead we encourage you to join the Lenten Study on Wednesday evenings or whatever is happening in your own parish. There will be a Pampering Day on Saturday, 14th in Kinsale. Book early to get a place. Talk to Hilary for more info. Do encourage younger women to come along, it’s a real treat and a great way to support a tired or stressed friend. Every blessing to all who read this.  (HD)

Monkstown Chamber Choir returned to practice at the end of January. The now customary Songs of Praise Choral Evensong proved very popular again on 8th February. On 8th March, Evensong will have a Celtic theme, when we plan to sing the very beautiful “The Deer’s Cry” by Shaun Davey as the anthem. On 10th May, we will commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania on 7th May 1915. The whole harbour area would have been affected by this tragedy 100 years ago, so it is right and fitting that we respectfully remember in Monkstown. Some cadet’s from the National Maritime College of Ireland will join us for this special Choral Evensong (RCE)

Friendship Club have continued to meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11am for tea, coffee & chat. The venue is the Rectory as it has the best facilities for access and parking. We meet in March on Thursday 12th .

Theological Book Circle are reading Karen Armstrong’s book ‘Twelve steps to a Compassionate Life’ and we meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 13th April. All are welcome to join this circle, we only read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the April Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th March. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

March 6th World Day of Prayer Service 8pm St Mary’s Church

March 11th Friendship Club 11am Rectory

March 16th St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaelige 7.30pm St Mary’s

March 29thPalm Sunday  United Service 11am St Mary’s

Ecumenical Palm Procession and Passion Liturgy

March 30th       Monday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

March 31st     Tuesday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

April 1st        Wednesday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

April 2nd       Maundy Thursday:

7pm SEDER Meal in Parish Hall followed by Holy Communion.

April 3rd        Good Friday:

10.30am  St John’s – Morning Prayer with Litany

7.30pm    St Mary’s – Evening Prayer with Litany

Children’s Easter Club 10am – 1pm, Parish Hall

April 4th        Easter Saturday:

9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service

April 5th        Easter Sunday:

6.45am Ecumenical Dawn Service St John’s Church

9.30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist

11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

April 16th Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish,

7.30pm in Parish Hall.

April 12th Kilternan Church Choir singing at United Eucharist Service

11am St Mary’s Church

April 19th United Confirmation Service 11am St John’s Church

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for February 2015

Confirmations If you would like to be confirmed this year, could you please let the Rector know immediately as the preparation classes begin on Saturday 7th February.

Lenten Study This year we will be using the resource  ‘Same–Sex Issues and the Bible’ which is the title of the 5–part series of Bible Studies for Lent 2015 put together by BACI (the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland) with a view to bringing the Church’s discussion and discernment process on these issues to everyday Christians in the Church of Ireland.  The Lenten Study will be held in the Parish Hall at 8pm each Wednesday night during Lent, immediately after the  7.30pm Evening Prayer Service in St Mary’s Church.

St Mary’s School The children enjoyed the special Service/Assembly on the Feast of the Epiphany (Tuesday 6th January) and some parishioners joined the school community for the Service. The chalk was blessed and all present were given a stick of chalk to bring home and write the 20+C+M+B+15 on their own door lintels, in fact this was their only written homework for the night! The special writing stands for (C)  Caspar, (M) Melchior, and (B) Balthasar who followed the star of God’s Son who became human (20) two thousand and (15) fifteen years ago.

Eco Congregation. We continue on our parish journey … if you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new views. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

Theological Book Circle Our new book is ‘Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life’ by Karen Armstrong, published by The Bodley Head (2011) and we will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 13th April to discuss the book. All welcome and if you haven’t read this book, you can still come along and listen! Then you can read the next book chosen.

Friendship Club will meet again at 11am on 12th February in the Rectory. If you need a lift, please contact the Rector.

Mothers’ Union

On Ash Wednesday 18th February, we will be meeting in the Parish Hall after the 7.30pm Eucharist Service in St Mary’s Church where there will be a time of reflection. On Sunday 22nd February we will have our annual ‘Famine Lunch’ in aid of Mothers’ Union. This will take place in the Parish Hall after the 11am Service.  (HD)

Youth Club

The Youth Club are looking forward to the second of our regular ‘3rd Friday of the month’ meetings on Friday  20th  7 – 9pm in the Parish Hall when there will be more games, activities and craic. (PC).

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. We are currently sharing skills like iPads, MS Word, Powerpoint, plus knitting hats for Mission to Seafarers and shopping online but  we need no instruction in how to chat and drink coffee & tea! Once a month we hope to learn some Yoga techniques thanks to Clodagh!.

If you have any items that you would like included in the March Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th February.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

Feb 4th Lectio Divina Parish Hall 8pm

Feb 7th Confirmation Classes begin 6 – 8pm Rectory

Feb 8th Songs of Praise 7pm St John’s Church

Feb 11th World Day of Prayer Bible Study after the Wednesday Midweek Eucharist in St Mary’s Church

Feb 12th Friendship Club Rectory 11am

Feb 16th Register of Vestry Members open for Revision

Feb 18th Ash Wednesday Eucharist 10.30am and 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church.

Feb 22nd Mothers’ Union Famine Lunch 12pm Parish Hall

Feb 25th Lenten Study 8pm Parish Hall

Feb 27th Table Quiz Night in Parish Hall.

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for January 2015

Christmas Services 

Thank you to those who decorated our churches so beautifully, who sang in our choirs, who encouraged and supported our charity initiatives and all who made time to come through our doors during this hectic time. just turned up!  We especially thank Roger Ellis and the Monkstown Chamber Choir for their beautiful  traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols and to Hilary Dring and the Junior Choir for their contribution to our lovely festive music.

Confirmations 2015 If you would like to be confirmed next year, could you please let the Rector know as she is planning to begin the preparation classes on Saturday 7th February.

Sunday School The children thank everyone who contributed cakes or bought cakes at their annual Cake Sale in December, the proceeds of the morning went to the Carrigaline Family Centre.

 

St Mary’s School The children had their usual wonderful Christmas Nativity Plays in December which are always great fun for the children and for the Parents and family who attend. The school will again have a special Assembly on the Feast of the Epiphany (Tuesday 6th January) and parishioners are welcome to join with the School community at 10am in the Canon McCrea Hall.

Eco Congregation. We continue on our parish journey to live lightly on this Earth. If you have any suggestions about what we could be doing better from an environmental point of view, contact the Rector who is always delighted to hear new views. If anyone in the diocese is interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation, please contact the Rector or check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

Theological Book Circle Our new book is ‘A Deep but Dazzling Darkness’ by Timothy Kinahan and we will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 12th January 2015 to discuss the book. All welcome and if you haven’t read this book, you can still come along and listen! Then you can read the next book chosen.

Friendship Club will meet again at 11am on 8th January in the Rectory. If you need a lift, please contact the Rector.

Mothers’ Union

We celebrate a New Year and give thanks for all the blessings we were privileged to enjoy during 2014. We trust that all who came enjoyed our Christmas lunch at the Yacht Club in Crosshaven. We look forward to all that God has in store for us as Mothers’ Union members in the year ahead. You might be interested to know that the Relief Fund ( Mothers Union emergency fund) has recently been able to help in Iraq, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Tanzania and Nigeria, all areas where there is great need of different types. Look forward to seeing you this month, as we meet on the 21st January at 8 o’clock at the church hall in Carrigaline to hear about walking the Camino Way. All welcome to join us.(HD)

Youth Club

The 8th Annual CDYC 5-a-side Soccer Tournament took place at the Maritime college in Ringaskiddy on Saturday 22nd November. Almost 50 young people and leaders gathered from all over the diocese to play their hearts out in 2 consecutive tournaments, one for senior teams played on an outdoor astroturf pitch and a second for junior and mixed teams played in the indoor sports hall. The young people played each match in a great spirit over the 3 hours and were a credit to their parishes.  A huge Thank You to everyone who participated and to all the enthusiastic leaders who helped make it another successful and Fun tournament- Hilda, Carrie, Conor, Norman, Matt, Kistin, Alice, Lisa, Maria, Ian (and anyone else I’ve forgotten.) The Youth Club will meet on the third Friday night of each month beginning on this month on Friday 16th January and we look forward to seeing you then (PK).

 

Monkstown Chamber Choir. We had a very poignant Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong with the combined voices of Douglas Union’s choirs on Sunday 9th November. 32 voices in total! Then on a cold and frosty Advent Sunday evening, we traveled to The Church of the Ascension, Timoleague to sing Evensong. The Revd Daniel Owen and congregation gave us a fantastic West Cork welcome, with delicious mince pies, whipped cream and mulled wine afterwards. At the time of writing, our big event of the year will be the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. Our new piece out of the bag this year is “Born in a Stable” by Philip Stopford which we will sing with the Junior Choir from Carrigaline, as well as all the traditional favourite carols. Then we will take a break for January until returning to practice in February. The choir have been invited to sing in St Peter’s Parish Church, Jersey, Channel Islands in summer 2015, so we will be digging out our buckets and spades early in the year in anticipation! (RE)

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. We are currently sharing skills like iPads, MS Word, Powerpoint, plus knitting hats for Mission to Seafarers but  we need no instruction in how to chat and drink coffee & tea! Once a month we are now learning some Yoga techniques thanks to Clodagh!.

If you have any items that you would like included in the February Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th January.

FORWARD  PLANNER

Jan 6th Epiphany Service in St Mary’s School 10am

Jan 7th Lectio Divina Parish Hall 8pm

Jan 11th Friendship Club Rectory 11am

 

CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

25th November 2014 Dolores ‘Clem’ Carroll, Cremation 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for December 2014

Christmas Services 

On Sunday 21st December at 4pm, the popular Nine Lessons and Carols Service will be in St John’s Church Monkstown. Thank you in advance to Roger and the Monkstown Chamber Choir and Hilary and the Junior Choir for singing this wonderfully atmospheric service which is a highlight for many in the parish.

At 4pm on Christmas Eve, the All Age ‘Carols around the Crib’ Service will take place in St Mary’s Church where the story of the Incarnation will be remembered through word, drama and song.

Later that night, at midnight to be exact, we will have the first Eucharist of the Nativity and then on Christmas Day, the normal 9.30 and 11am times will apply for the Eucharist Services.

On Sunday 28th December, the United Service will be at 11am in St Mary’s Church. It will take the form of a Family Eucharist with Christingles being distributed by the children (the children are invited to the Parish Hall from  10 – 12 on Saturday 27th to assemble the Christingles from oranges, red ribbon , dried fruit and candles).

Confirmations 2015 If you would like to be confirmed next year, could you please let the Rector know as she is planning to begin the preparation classes sometime toward the end of January/beginning of February.

Parish Quiet Day was led this year by Gerard Flynn of Maynooth University. He spoke about Celtic Christianity and its roots in Hebrew world. A fascinating day which left those who attended with much to think about.

Sunday School created a wonderful wall poster on Remembrance Sunday. It is on their Noticeboard in the church and will be sent up to the British Legion Offices in Dublin shortly.  The children will be hosting their annual Cake Sale supporting a local charity after the Service on Sunday 14th December, donations of cakes are welcomed.

 

St Mary’s School The children are stiill collecting stamps which will be passed onto the ISPCC Childline Stamp Appeal. No doubt there will be a great haul over the Christmas. They are also busy preparing for their Christmas Nativity plays which are on 16th (Junior) and 18th December (Senior).

Children’s Movie Night The children who gathered during Midterm on 30th November to watch a Scooby Doo film really appreciated our warm, dry Parish Hall. It is something that we need to use more often in our parish. Obviously it is available for rent to outside groups and we encourage you to pass on the word about it but we as a parish should also make use of this wonderful facility.

Eco Congregation. We were delighted to receive the Eco Congregation award at the Climate Justice event in our Parish Hall on 7th November. The noted Climatologist Professor John Sweeney was an excellent speaker on the night. Clonakilty Methodist Church also made a presentation of all they have been doing as an Eco Congregation. Anyone in the diocese interested  in  learning more about Eco Congregation can check out their website  www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

Theological Book Circle Our new book is ‘A Deep but Dazzling Darkness’ by Timothy Kinahan and we will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 12th January 2015 to discuss so still plenty of time to read the book.

Friendship Club had their second get-together on 13th November. A good number of people descended on Hilary Drings House in Currabinny for a lovely morning of chat, coffee, tea and delicious pumpkin & ginger bread. We will be back! There won’t be a get-together in December as it would clash with the Mothers’ Union Christmas Lunch. We look forward to meeting up again at 11am on 8th January in the Rectory.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. We are currently sharing skills like iPads, MS Word, Powerpoint, plus knitting hats for Mission to Seafarers but  we need no instruction in how to chat and drink coffee & tea! Our special Carol Singing session is on Monday 22nd December.

If you have any items that you would like included in the January Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 5th December (PLEASE NOTE EARLIER DATE).

FORWARD  PLANNER

Dec 3rd    Lectio Divina 8pm Parish Hall

Dec 14th   Sunday School Cake Sale in Parish Hall after 11am Service

Dec 21st    9 Lessons & Carols Service 4pm in St John’s Church

Dec 22nd    Monday Club Carols 3 – 5pm Parish Hall

Dec 24th    Carols around the Crib 4pm in St Mary’s Church

Dec 27th Christingle Workshop 10-12 Parish Hall

Dec 28th  United Service, Family Eucharist 11am St Mary’s Church

 

HOLY BAPTISM: 

18th October 2014 Shay Thomas Molloy, Son of Clodagh King and Neil Molloy, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

13th November 2014 Hannah Sellars, Cremation 

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for November 2014

Animal Blessing Service Thank you to all who brought their dogs, cats, chicks and ducklings along for this Service. All beautifully behaved as always!

Harvest Thank you to Henry Forbes and Adrian Bateman and their team for organising the wonderful Harvest Supper. Over 100 people attended and we had a great time! Thank you also to our preachers at our beautifully decorated  Harvest Services on Sunday 12th Revd David White spoke to us about being grateful for all creation including the Hairy Wood Ant (some of the Monday Club were googling it the next day!) Revd Sarah Marry reminded us that it was the coffee rather than the cup it was in that counted. A great Harvest Weekend. Fruit and vegetables were donated to the Senior Citizens in Carrigaline and to the SvP in Monkstown. Both Collections were passed onto Bishops’ Appeal Syria Fund.

Sunday School   At our morning Harvest Service, the Sunday School Sunflower growing prize was presented by last year’s winner Graham to Edward & Stephen  whose sunflower grew to a massive 5 foot 6 inches! Well done to them!.

St Mary’s School The children are all busy collecting stamps which will be passed onto the ISPCC Childline Stamp Appeal.

Monkstown Chamber Choir  will be joined by the choir of Douglas Union for a special Remembrance Day Choral Evensong on Sunday 9th November in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 7pm. Parishioners’ will remember friends and family who served or died in the First World War.  The choirs will join the congregation for remembrance hymns and sing the versicles, responses, psalm and anthem together. Then on Advent Sunday, 30th November at 7pm, we travel to the beautiful Church of the Ascension, Timoleague to celebrate Choral Evensong with a difference – come and join us to find out more! Carrigaline Union’s affiliation to RSCM Ireland seems to be infectious, as another local Parish have recently renewed their membership. RSCM Ireland support, encourage and promote Church music and this can only be good news for the Diocese. (RE)  

Eco Congregation. We are delighted that we have been successful in our attempt to become an Eco Congregation! The Award will be presented at the Climate Justice event in our Parish Hall on 7th November. This will be a very interesting evening as the main speaker will be the noted Climatologist Professor John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography at NUI Maynooth. This event is open to anyone in the diocese who may be interested so please do pass on the word. Come along and learn more about Eco Congregation www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

Theological Book Circle Our new book is ‘A Deep but Dazzling Darkness’ by Timothy Kinahan and we will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 12th January 2015 to discuss so plenty of time to read the book.

Friendship Club had their first get-together on 9th October. 26 of us gathered in the Rectory and the chat was mighty, we even had a strayed dog ‘Shadow’ join us as he waited to be collected by his owner. Thank you to all those who drove others. We look forward to meeting again next month on 13th  when Hilary Dring will be hosting. The Friendship Club will meet at various houses around the parish at 11am on the 2nd Thursday of the month if you want to put the dates in your diary ahead of time.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday. We are currently sharing skills like MS Word, Powerpoint, Knitting hats for Mission to Seafarers but  we need no instruction in how to chat and drink coffee & tea!

Mothers’ Union  October was a busy month for Mothers’ Union – we enjoyed an evening in Crosshaven finding out more about what it is exactly that Mothers’ Union does in Cork. There is a lot being done quietly to help and support families; there are also diocesan projects such as providing holidays for people in need, parenting groups, knitting for the neonatal unit at the maternity hospital, helping at the prison visitor centre, giving out cook books to students to support them in their first year at college and more. Please spread the word about what a great organisation it is. There was also a Quiet Day in St. Senan’s in Inniscarra and a Getaway Day for younger women in Portlaoise along with our gathering for the Wave of Prayer. This month we will meet at the Church Hall in Carrigaline at 8pm on Wednesday, 19th November for ‘Christmassy’ Crafts and Chat. If you have something crafty you are doing please feel free to bring it along and show it to others. Look forward to welcoming you. This month also sees the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence – if you wish to find out more ask Hilary or check out www.mothersunion.org to see what you could do to highlight this issue. (HD)  

If you have any items that you would like included in the December  Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th November

 

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Nov 1st  Reflective Service of Remembering 7pm St Mary’s

Nov 5th  Lectio Divinia 8pm Parish Hall

Nov 7th  Climate Justice Event 7.30pm in Parish Hall.

Nov 9th  Remembrance Choral Evensong 7pmSt John’s

Nov 13th Friendship Club, 11am Drings in Currabinny

Nov 16th Quiet Day in Parish Hall 11am – 3pm

Nov 23rd Gift Day in the Rectory 12 – 4pm

Nov 30th United Advent Service 11am St Mary’s

Nov 30th Service of Healing & Wholeness 7pm St John’s

 

HOLY BAPTISM: 

20th September 2014 Vivienne Rawbone, daughter of Steven and Camilla (nee Bywater), St John’s Church, Monkstown

 

 

 

 

 Carrigaline Union Notes for October 2014

Lectio Divinia continues on the first Wednesday of each month, 1st October, 5th November etc. You don’t need to bring along anything, Bibles will be provided. 8pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline. All welcome to come along to this quiet exploration of the coming Sunday’s Gospel reading.

Harvest as we did last year, we will have a Parish Harvest Supper on the night before our Harvest Thanksgiving Services. The Supper is at 7.30 pm on Saturday 11th October in the Canon McCrea Hall. Tickets (15 euro) are available from Henry Forbes or indeed from anyone on the Select Vestry. The preacher for the Harvest Eucharist Service in St Mary’s at 11am on Sunday 12th October is the Revd David White and the preacher for the Harvest Choral Evensong at 7pm in St John’s is the Revd Sarah Marry. We look forward to hearing what they have to say to us on the theme of Harvest. The fruit and vegetables will be donated to the Senior Citizens in Carrigaline and to the SvP in Monkstown. The Collections on the day will again be given to an Overseas charity helping children in distress.

Junior Choir has begun again. If your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Sunday School   Sunday School resumed in mid September. All children aged 4 until Confirmed are welcome to come along. If your child is aged 3 then may come to individual sessions accompanied by a parent/guardian and ‘test the waters’.

St Mary’s School   We are back with a bang! The new ‘Worship Wall’ in the School Hall has been filled with gloriously coloured prayer chains from all the children in the school. Assemblies led by the Rector are held each Friday morning.

Mothers’ Union-Many people don’t think of Mothers’ Union as a charity, but only as an organisation for women, in particular, mothers to meet together monthly. It is indeed an organisation whose members are mainly women but there is a lot more to it than this. There are two sides to Mothers’ Union. There is, on the one hand, the friendship, fellowship and prayers we share as members, and on the other hand all the different ways in which Mothers’ Union reaches out to support families, along with the work it does around the world as a charity. This is why it is so worth supporting! Thank you to all who do support Mothers’ Union through their giving and also through their membership and prayer. It is much appreciated. To help us learn more about what Mothers’ Union is doing in Cork in particular, all are invited to join us in HolyTrinityChurch in Crosshaven on Wednesday, 15th October at 8pm. We hope to have Avril Jennings, Hazel Sherlock and Joy Smyth there to tell us about the work they do at the prison visitor centre and some of the other projects Mothers’ Union is involved with locally. There will also be cards, calendars, books, etc. for sale and, as always, time for tea and chat afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there (HD)  

Youth Group-We hope all you youth club members had a great summer and enjoyed the sunshine. We wish you the best for the academic year ahead and especially those who have started First Year in a new school – its a big step.

Our first meeting for 2014/15 will be a BBQ held at the Woodworth’s on Sept 27th (Thanks a million to Simon and Michelle who “in a moment of weakness” !! offered their  home as the venue  –   we really appreciate it) . Looking forward to gathering everyone together for some games craic n grub and chatting about options for the year ahead. (Contact Peter Brenda or Conor for further information). Good luck and best wishes also to the older youth of the parish starting college or other career paths –  God Bless you all as you start this new chapter in your lives. (PC)  

Monkstown Chamber Choir-We dragged ourselves out of our summer slumber, back to practice at the end of August. We were honoured  to be asked to sing at the opening of the “CharlieHennessyPark” in Monkstown on 14th September. Then Choral Evensong in the evening when we sung the beautiful “Calm me Lord” by Margaret Rizza as the anthem. On 22nd October we have been invited back to sing at an ecumenical Remembrance Service in the BonsSecoursHospital which we all enjoyed last year. Edward Elgar’s “Ave Verum Corpus” will be our anthem for our Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong on 9th November, when we will be joined by the choir of Douglas Union. This promises to be a very special Evensong as we reflect on the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One. We started on the RSCM workbooks in September and these are proving very worthwhile. RSCM Ireland host many events during the year and the first event planned for the autumn is a “Come and sing Choral Evensong” in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny which we are all looking forward to. It will be a great opportunity to meet other choristers and church musicians from around the country. (RE)  

Eco Congregation. A reminder for your diary –  Eco Congregation will be hosting a Seminar here in our Parish Hall on 7th November. The Keynote speaker will be Professor John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography at NUI Maynooth, who was one of the contributing authors and review editors of the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and so shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with the many other IPCC  Climatologists. You may have already heard him speaking on RTE as he is regularly asked for contributions on Climate Issues. This event is open to anyone in the diocese who may be interested so please do pass on the word. Meanwhile we will continue in our day to day commitment to try and live lightly as a parish. One of the initiatives is that the children in the parish have been given Sunflower Seeds and there is a competition to see who will grow the tallest Sunflower with the prize being awarded at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on October 12th.  You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Theological Book Circle We will have met to discuss Gerd Theissen’s ‘The Shadow of the Galilean’ by the time you are reading these notes so please check out the Linksheet or the website for details of what we are currently reading an when we will meet again All are welcome to join this circle, we read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the November  Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th October. Thank you.

FORWARD PLANNER

Oct 11th Harvest Parish Supper 7.30pm in Canon McCrea Hall

Oct 12th Harvest Thanksgiving Services

                11am St Mary’s , Preacher The Revd David White

pm St John’s, Preacher The Revd Sarah Marry

Oct 18th Evening Gathering in the Rectory to meet the FEED THE MINDS  visitors

Oct 19th FEED THE MINDS speakers at both services.

Oct 30th Children’s Movie Night 6 to 8pm Parish Hall

Nov 1st  Reflective Service of Remembering 7pm St Mary’s

Nov 7th  EcoCongregation Seminar 7.30pm in Parish Hall.

Nov 16th Quiet Day in Parish Hall, more details later.

 

HOLY BAPTISM: 

31st August 2014 Aoife Ann Hobbs, daughter of Ashley and Claire, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

7th September 2014 Conor James Nation, son of Sean and Nicola (nee Poole) , St Mary’s Church, Carrigalin

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for September 2014

Healer/Prayer Group Thank you to Jessica Stone and Iva Beranek from the Church of Ireland Healing Ministry and who came all the way from Dublin to help us learn more about this important ministry and to the Revd Daniel Nuzum who was also involved in delivering this Workshop which was held over the weekend of 11th/12th July in our Parish Hall in Carrigaline. Thank you to the parish Intercessory team of Kay Treacy, Peter Coughlan, John Sweeney, Simon Woodworth, Hilary Dring, Joy Keefe and Richard Dring who gave up their weekend to take part. At the time of writing these notes we had yet to have our first Wholeness and Healing Service but by the time you are reading this it will have taken place (31st August).  It is intended that we will have such a service on the evening of each 5th Sunday.  If you want to know more about this area of Ministry, you can speak to the rector or for more details on this type of service, look up page 457 of the Book of Common Prayer or indeed check out the website www.ministryofhealing.ie

Lectio Divinia  will continue on the first Wednesday of each month, so 3rd September, 1st October etc. You don’t need to bring along anything, Bibles will be provided. 8pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline. All welcome to come along to this quiet exploration of the coming Sunday’s Gospel reading.

Saturday Evening Service in July was a carry on from the Healer/Prayer Workshop which had begun on the evening before and had continued on the Saturday so the natural theme suggested was that of healing. We of course consumed the sausages and rolls afterwards – workshops are hard work after all! The August Service was led by Richard Dring as the Rector was on holidays in August so thank you to Richard for this. September’s Service is on 13th and all are welcome to join us then. We hope to begin shortly to incorporate the idea of MessyChurch into our Saturday Night Services so watch this space in the Autumn. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Junior Choir will begin again on September 11th. If your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Sunday School   Sunday School will resume in September. We wish the children and the teachers well for the upcoming year.

St Mary’s School   We wish all the children, parents and teachers good luck as they resume this month. A special welcome to all the new families to the school. Congratulations also to the School on achieving a Green Flag, well done to all those involved in this initiative.

Mothers’ Union Almost 40 of us gathered at the end of July to enjoy the beautiful gardens at the Old Deanery in Cloyne for our annual outing. The weather was beautiful; we were blessed with the day, and we thoroughly enjoyed the welcome we received and the delicious afternoon tea that was provided. We then went on to Shanagarry and Garryvoe and enjoyed a really good meal, accompanied by plenty of chat and fellowship, at the Garryvoe Hotel and some fresh air at the beach. We look forward now to meeting up again this month, on Wednesday, 17th September, when we will have our opening service of Holy Communion followed by our AGM and tea. We also hope to have cards, diaries, calendars etc for sale that evening. All this will be at St. Mary’s Church in Carrigaline, at 8 pm. We are excited about the work that Mothers’ Union is doing, both in our own dioceses and around the world, and hope to learn even more about it during the year along with finding ways to support that work. All are welcome to join us. (HD)  

Sponsored Diet ended on 21st June with a public weigh-in by the Rector (lost 41 pounds) and the Parish Priest (lost 31.5 pounds) Thank you to everyone who supported us on the diet. While the final figures are not yet known as Fr Pat is on holidays, the rector has raised €2226.70 for the Carrigaline Lion’s Club Youth Centre. Thank you all.

Cooking Demo on 19th June had a great turnout and all agreed was a fantastic night. Noelle Morrison from Glenwood House was a really wonderful teacher and produced there and then on the night a brilliant summer BBQ type menu which we all then ate sitting outside in the balmy evening, a magical evening… and they say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating and so far this summer, the exact menu has been re-created in the Rectory not once but twice to great acclaim (and no little surprise!)  so again thank you Adrian & Caroline for organising such a great, informative and fun night!.

Midsummer Garden Party on 21st June was a wonderful occasion when we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the St Nicholas’ Brass Band with music, strawberries & cream, fancy cakes and hats and all things summery! The sun even shone on us so the parish marquee provided shade rather than shelter from the rain as is so often the case in Irish summers.  Thanks to the members of St Nicholas’ Brass Band for playing for us and especially thanks to Jonathan Fleury and his hardworking team for a well organised and great day. It already feels like it is an annual event!

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy ‘Starship Discovery’  was great fun. Over 40 children and 15 teen leaders took part. Thank you to all the adult leaders who helped out during the week and to all those who baked goodies for the voracious hordes!

Eco Congregation. We are delighted to announce that Eco Congregation will be hosting a Seminar here in our Parish Hall on 7th November. The Keynote speaker will be Professor John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography at NUI Maynooth, who was one of the contributing authors and review editors of the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and so shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with the many other IPCC  Climatologists. You may have already heard him speaking on RTE as he is regularly asked for contributions on Climate Issues. This event is open to anyone in the diocese who may be interested so please do pass on the word. Meanwhile we will continue in our day to day commitment to try and live lightly as a parish. One of the initiatives is that the children in the parish have been given Sunflower Seeds and there is a competition to see who will grow the tallest Sunflower with the prize being awarded at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on October 12th.  You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

Theological Book Circle We are currently reading Gerd Theissen’s ‘The Shadow of the Galilean’ and will meet at 8pm on 29th September to discuss over refreshments in the Rectory. All are welcome to join this circle, we read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the October  Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th September. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Sept 3rd Lectio Divinia 8pm Parish Hall

Sept 5th Parish BBQ 8pm (Adults) in RectoryGarden

Sept 29th Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

Oct 11th Harvest Parish Supper 7.30pm in Canon McCrea Hall

Oct 12th Harvest Thanksgiving Services 11am St Mary’s and 7pm St John’s.

Oct 18th/19th Visit of a group from FEED THE MINDS charity to our parish. More details later.

Oct 30th Children’s Movie Night 6 to 8pm Parish Hall

Nov 1st  Reflective Service of Remembering 7pm St Mary’s

Nov 7th  EcoCongregation Seminar 7.30pm in Parish Hall.

Nov 16th Quiet Day in Parish Hall, more details later.

 

HOLY BAPTISM: 

27th July 2014 James Adam Kwabena Gleasure, son of Andrew and Lydia, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

27th July 2014 Samantha Rose Towl, daughter of Richard and Rosemary (nee Gleasure) , St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

HOLY MATRIMONY: 

19TH July 2014 Joy Forbes and Richard Walsh, St John’s Church, Monkstown

15th August 2014 Andrea Hickey and Kevin Fleming, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

FUNERALS:

21st July 2014 Aghada Presbyterian Church Graveyard,  Audrey Jeffery, Carrigaline Union

26th July 2014 St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline, Anna O’Hara (ashes) 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for July and August 2014

Saturday Evening Service in June was on the theme of Church Seasons and what exactly is ‘Ordinary Time’ The July Service is on 12th and the August Service is on 9th with the usual sausages etc available after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Easter Vestry Results Thank you to all who came to the Easter Vestry meeting on May 6th. The results of the elections are as follows:

St John’s Rector’s Churchwarden : Barney Deane, People’s Churchwarden : Henry Forbes. St Mary’s Rector’s Churchwarden : Simon Woodworth, People’s Churchwarden : Clem Carroll. Rector’s Glebewarden : Cecil Poole, People’s Glebewarden : Jonathan Fleury (Health & Safety Officer). Select Vestry: Rowland Newenham (Hon. Secretary), Helen Arnopp (Hon. Treasurer), Adrian Bateman, Richard Dring, Ingrid Glen, Joy Keefe, Millie Kingston, David Kirk, Hazel Fleury, Eddie Pierce, Lesley Roberts and Eric Wilson.

The following were elected as Diocesan Synodspersons : Rowland Newenham, Richard Dring, Simon Woodworth, Helen Arnopp and Conor Murray.

Parochial Nominators are : Rowland Newenham, Helen Arnopp, Jonathan Fleury and Lesley Roberts.

Parish Fête Thank you to all who came to our Fête on 31st May. It was a resounding success due in equal parts to the huge amount of hard work by Eddie Pierce and his dedicated team and also to the glorious weather on the day! It was wonderful to see the children on the bouncy slides etc. We are also very grateful to all our generous sponsors and of course please do support our local businesses because as that loud Ad says ‘When they’re gone, they’re gone!’ and our localities will be the poorer without them.

Monkstown Chamber Choir  Our last big “gig” of the season was the Pentecost Confirmation Service on 8th June in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. What a wonderful occasion this was, made all the more poignant, as choir members’ relatives were involved! Irene O’Loughlin’s grand-daughter was being confirmed as well as Rowland Njoku’s son. The opportunity to sing a Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus as well as the Agnus Dei, was very special for this talented group of eclectic singers. Marie Radley sang the solo part of the Agnus Dei, responded by the other choristers. In the last few days, we were delighted to meet the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) Ireland representative, Mark Bowyer, in St John’s. We chatted about the benefits to both the choir and congregation of being affiliated to the RSCM. When we return to practice after our summer break, we will begin the “Voice For Life” programme, which encourages and teaches musical knowledge and good practice in Church music. It is hoped that we can include the Junior Choir based in St Mary’s, and led by Hilary Dring, to join the programme. Sometimes it feels like we are just “treading water” with the Chamber Choir, but this programme will give a structure to the choristers and we can chart our progress through the levels of achievement.
For now though, we can enjoy lazy summer days on the beach, before starting to think about Harvest Anthems, Remembrance Sunday music, Advent and Christmas!! (RCE)

Junior Choir will begin again on September 11th. If your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Sunday School We had the annual Prize giving day on June 15th followed by the Parish Picnic. Thanks to all the teachers who work so hard during the year imparting the light of Christ to our young children. It is a real vocation and we really appreciate their input into our children’s lives. Well done to all the children who received prizes on the day. Sunday School will resume in September.

St Mary’s School  The young people from 6th Class came to St Mary’s Church for the Midweek Holy Communion Service on Wednesday 18th June where they were each given a laminated personal prayer from the Parish community. We wish them well in this new phase in their lives and hope that their secondary education will be as happy a time for them as was their time in St Mary’s School. The Board of Management joined with the Parent’s Association for a social evening in the Rectory.  We wish all the children, parents and teachers a restful and enriching summer and look forward to meeting them again in September.

Confirmations 2014 Lorna, Alanna, Michael A, Gary, Oriel, Nicole, Rebecca, Alison, Ryan & Michael N were confirmed in St Mary’s on  8th June, the day of Pentecost. Thank you to the Bishop for a most entertaining polyglot sermon! Thank you to Roger Ellis and the Monkstown Chamber Choir for the beautiful music. Thank you to all who were involved in preparing the church for the day, doing the flowers, cleaning, polishing, cutting the grass and for providing the hospitality afterwards. A special thank you to Hilary Warren-Perry for producing a marvelous cake which was everything the Rector had hoped for! We assure all of the young people of our continuing prayers for them on their journey of faith.

Youth Club. The youth club members were a great help at the annual St Marys church fete held at the school. A BIG Thank you to Aaron Elliffe, Simon Dring, Christina Dring, Nicole Lynch and Alexander Coughlan who ran the bottle stall throughout the day in a highly professional manner! Also thank you to Alana Butler, Oriel Hosford Alison Warren Perry and the other young people who assisted in supervising the Bouncy Castles. Great job everyone!!!  Also the Youth Club leaders would like to congratulate Rebecca, Michael A, Alana, Oriel, Alison, Michael N, Ryan, Nicole and Gary on their confirmation at a great service in St Mary’s on Sunday 8th June. God Bless you all (PC)

Mothers’ Union   Mothers’ Union. Last month we met for a service of Holy Communion in St. John’s, Monkstown. We thank Sarah Foott very much for her hospitality. We also thank Rev. Elaine for her continued enthusiastic support for Mothers’ Union all year round. It is really appreciated. Our monthly Mothers’ Union prayers at the Wednesday Communion Service at 10.30am in St. Mary’s, with coffee afterwards, continue during the summer and all are welcome. Our outing will be on Wednesday, 30th July, when we will visit The Old Deanery Gardens in Cloyne, stop off at Shanagarry and go for our evening meal at Garryvoe Hotel. We will depart from outside St. Mary’s Church in Carrigaline at 1.30 pm. We look forward to an enjoyable day. Please contact Hilary or Jocelyn if you wish to come. Everyone is welcome to join us. We will meet again in September for our Opening Communion Service and AGM. Date to be confirmed. Prayer for July “Heavenly Father, help us to sow a future together which will enable our work to flourish. May God, in his people, be served as we live out our faith through action. Amen” (HD)

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy is upon us! ‘Starship Discovery’ will take place from Monday 21st July until Friday 25th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are still available from the Parish Office or from the rector but pre-booking is essential as we need to know how many to cater for.

Eco Congregation. We continue in our day to day commitment to try and live lightly as a parish. Watch this space for ideas and plans in the coming months.

The children in the parish have been given Sunflower Seeds and there is a competition to see who will grow the tallest Sunflower with the prize being awarded at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on October 12th.  You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Sponsored Diet will have ended by the time you are reading these notes and no doubt the Rector’s Easter Egg will finally have been joyfully consumed! If you have sponsored the Rector or Fr Pat, please return the money to the Lions Club as soon as you can. Hopefully both of the clergy managed to raise a fair amount of money for the Carrigaline & District Lion’s Club’s Youth Centre Initiative. Thank you to all of you who sponsored them!

Theological Book Circle will have met to discuss Salley Vicker’s ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’ at the end of June. Check the parish website or the latest Linksheet for details of our current book and date of the next meeting. All are welcome to join this circle, we read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult! This group will continue through the summer months but please remember that no school going children can come along. It is specifically for babies and toddlers and the older children would be too ‘active’ for the group!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the September Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the end of July. Thank you

 

FORWARD PLANNER

July 21st – 25th  Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’

Sept 5th       Parish BBQ

Oct 11th       Parish Harvest Supper

 

HOLY BAPTISM: 

25th May 2014 Grace Martha Kathleen Forbes, daughter of Clive and Debbie, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

25th May 2014 Stuart Max Linkous Musgrave, son of Stuart and Gemma, St John’s Church, Monkstown

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for June 2014

Saturday Evening Service in May was on the eve of Christian Aid Week and so yet again the theme was determined! Thank you to Hilary Dring and Simon Woodworth who led the service as the rector was travelling back from General Synod in Dublin. The June Service is on 14th and sausages etc will be available after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Easter Vestry Results Thank you to all who came to the Easter Vestry meeting on May 6th. The results of the elections are as follows:

St John’s Rector’s Churchwarden : Barney Deane, People’s Churchwarden : Henry Forbes. St Mary’s Rector’s Churchwarden : Simon Woodworth, People’s Churchwarden : Clem Carroll. Rector’s Glebewarden : Cecil Poole, People’s Glebewarden : Jonathan Fleury. Select Vestry:

Christian Aid Week We celebrated Christian Aid Week by inviting Susan Helen to come and speak to us at Church Services in St John’s and St Mary’s on Sunday 11th May. Thank you to her for a most informative talk on her recent experiences in Zimbabwe. We also had a Coffee Morning in the Rectory on the Wednesday of the week. Thank you to all who came along on the morning and to those who baked goodies for the day.

Exams Good luck to all of our young people who are sitting state exams this month. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Carrigaline Community School give the Parish a candle and a printed prayer each year to place in St Mary’s Church during Exam time which is specifically directed at the 6th year students. The prayer is as follows ‘Loving Father, through the symbol of this candle we ask for your special blessing on the students in our parish as they enter a new phase in their lives. Help them in their studies and for the step in the journey of life which is opening before them. Strengthen our faith, enliven our hope and make our love more wholehearted’ Amen!

Monkstown Chamber Choir The choir are looking forward to singing at the United Service of Confirmation on 8th June in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. The Sanctus is by James MacMillain, the Agnus Dei by Bob Hurd and a particularly beautiful communion piece by Michel Guimont. Stalwart choir member, Irene O’Loughlin is particularly looking forward to singing for her grand-daughters Confirmation celebration and Rowland Njoku who joined the choir recently has a son being confirmed as well! We will then take a break from Choral Evensong for the summer months, but a Service of Compline will continue on the second Sunday of June, July and August until we return to singing in September. With a total membership of seventeen, this robed choir of enthusiastic choristers plan to enhance the regular Choral Evensong Service in future years. We will all meet and chat over the summer, and we may, perhaps consider making it more of a community celebration, involving local people and clergy. We may also consider inviting other choirs to join us, from time to time, to celebrate the lovely traditional Service of Anglican Choral Evensong. (RCE)

Junior Choir As By the time you are reading this, the Junior Choir will have had the final practice (and Party!) for this year. We will begin again on September 11th so until then. If your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Sunday School Thank you to all the children who beautifully decorated the two boxes in which the Easter Eggs were collected for the Women’s Refuge in Cork. They were delighted with the huge number of eggs as well as the pretty boxes. The annual Prizegiving day will be on June 15th and we will have our Parish Picnic after the Service. If it rains on the day we will put our blankets down in the Parish Hall and pretend we are outside!

St Mary’s School  The Parish/School Sponsored Walk on Sunday 27th April was well attended and we were lucky to have decent weather for it, especially as later on that afternoon the heavens opened! Thanks to all those who helped out on the day, whether with the stewarding, catering or general organising. Karen Holmes in particular had put a lot of work into the organising but was unwell in the week before the event and so had to hand over the reins to others so thank you to her for all her spade work – it made it so much easier for the rest of us!.

Confirmations 2014 As we join with Lorna, Alanna, Michael A, Gary, Oriel, Nicole, Rebecca, Alison, Ryan & Michael N at their Confirmation in St Mary’s on  8th of this month, the Day of Pentecost, we assure them of our continuing prayers for them on their journey of faith.

Youth Club.  The youth club met in the Church Hall during the Easter holidays and had a great night which included a quiz – mad games and also involved speed hunting for sweets and chocolates against the clock outside in the church grounds!! – We were also very pleased with our discussion time where we spoke about Lent and Easter and what these important Christian periods mean to young people. The evening concluded with Hot Chocolate ‘n Marshmallows – delicious  (Thanks Brenda!)  Also a special thank you to Tracy Chambers  from our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy for her input in chatting to the young people about her work with the Christian Unions in the different colleges and universities around Munster. As always thanks to Conor and Brenda for their great ideas and help. (PC)

Mothers’ Union  How lovely to feel the warmth of the sun again and enjoy the longer evenings. Enjoying the beauty around us is such a blessing. We are indeed privileged to live in peace. Pray especially for all members who live in parts of the world torn by war, famine and other difficulties; ‘rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep’…and…’be constant in prayer’( Romans 12). By the time you read this we will have visited Alison Flack’s garden; we thank her very much for her hospitality. This month we will gather for a service of Holy Communion in St. John’s, Monkstown on Wednesday, 23rd June at 10.30 am. Sarah Foott is kind enough to welcome us to her house and garden (weather permitting) for coffee afterwards and we hope that this will suit everyone. Our outing will be on Wednesday, 30th July, when we will visit The Old Deanery Gardens in Cloyne, stop off at Shanagarry and go for a meal to one of the local hotels. We will confirm all details in next month’s magazine. We hope it will be something to look forward to during the summer months. (HD)

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy is getting near! ‘Starship Discovery’ will take place from Monday 21st July until Friday 25th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are still available from the Parish Office or from the rector but pre-booking is essential as we need to know how many to cater for.

Eco Congregation. The Sponsored Walkers on 27th April picked up rubbish as they walked as part of An Taisce’s Springclean Initiative. It has to be said that there wasn’t much rubbish really as Carrigaline is well looked after by a very effective Tidy Towns Group so every little helps! Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Sponsored Diet continues for just 21 more days (if you are reading this on 1st June!) so hopefully both of the clergy are still well down on their January weight and manage to raise a fair amount of money for the Carrigaline & District Lion’s Club’s Youth Centre Initiative. Thank you to all who sponsored them!

Theological Book Circle are reading Salley Vicker’s ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’ and will meet to discuss in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 30th June. We hope to be in the garden for this meeting so fingers crossed for decent weather. All are welcome to join this circle, we read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult! This group will continue through the summer months but please remember that no school going children can come along. It is specifically for babies and toddlers and the older children would be too ‘active’ for the group!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the July/August Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th June. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

June 4th       Lectio Divina 8pm Parish Hall.

June 8th       Confirmation Service – Pentecost, 11am St Mary’s

                    Church, Carrigaline

June 15th     Sunday School Prizegiving & Parish Picnic

June 21st     St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 100 years, will

                    be performing at the Mid Summer’s Day Garden

                    Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. Plus the Rector’s

                    sponsored diet ends today (hooray!)

June 30th     Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

July 21st – 25th  Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’

 

HOLY BAPTISM: 

26th April 2014 Joshua Jack Hanna, son of Colin and Vanessa, St John’s Church , Monkstown

4th May 2014 Renee Riemens, daughter of Andre and Gwen, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

11th May 2014 Amanda Faye Statham, daughter of Nick and Louise, St John’s Church, Monkstown

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for May 2014

Saturday Evening Service in April was on the eve of Palm Sunday so the theme was fixed! Those gathered for the Service decorated the Bible Illustration for the 6th Sunday of Lent which fits in with all of the other lovely window displays created by members of the Mothers’ Union and friends in both churches. The May Service is on 10th, and the Youth Leaders together with the Mothers’ Union will be organising the Service as the rector will be at General Synod. Of course sausages etc will be available after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Lenten Bible Study The Lenten course ‘Christ and Culture’ prepared by BACI was a great success and the conversations generated were both spirited and far ranging! We will attempt to harness that intellectual commitment to be able to put words around the hope that is in us by beginning, from June, a monthly Lectio Divinia evening, meeting in the Parish Hall at 8pm on the first Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to come along and explore prayerfully the Gospel reading for the following Sunday and of course the fellowship , chat & coffee that always follows!

Lay Ministers of the Eucharist Fourteen members of our congregation were commissioned as Lay Ministers of the Eucharist on Sunday 6th April. Congratulations and thank you to all of them for taking the time and effort for this most valuable ministry in our Parish. Those commissioned are Jack Hanna, Kay Treacy, Jonathan Fleury and John Sweeney for St John’s; Joy Keefe, Eddie Pierce, Clem Carroll, Clare Poole, Stephanie Coughlan, Rachel Warren-Perry, Vivienne Sharpe, Evelyn Wilson, William Warren-Perry & Peter Coughlan for St Mary’s.

Monkstown Chamber Choir The choir have just returned from their trip to West Cork last weekend. The usual delicious tea and buns were enjoyed by everyone after singing at 4pm Mass in St Mona’s Church on Sherkin Island. Our next Choral Evensong is at 7pm in St John’s Church, Monkstown on Sunday 11th May. Then on 8th June, we will be singing at the Parish Confirmation service in St Mary’s, Carrigaline at 11am. So, a busy few weeks before we break up for summer! (RE)

Junior Choir As well as the All-Age Services, the children sang at the Easter Club Service on Good Friday. The weekly practice is on Thursday from 6.30 till 7.15pm in St Mary’s Church and if your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Sunday School Thank you to all the children and the teachers in Sunday School for making such gorgeous tokens to distribute on Mothering Sunday. The little baby Moses (deliciously made of sweets) in the paper basket was really lovely and much appreciated by all the women at our United Service in St John’s. It was especially appropriate as we baptized and welcomed Alielle into our congregation during the service so well done!

St Mary’s School  The children all dressed up as characters from their favourite books for their Bring & Buy Book Day on Friday 11th April. The rector joined them, dressed as Mary (any one of the Mary’s) from the Gospels (as the Bible is obviously her favourite book!). The teachers too joined in the fun, among them Ms Elliffe as Reepicheep, the swashbuckling talking Mouse from the Narnia books and Ms Schilling was almost unrecognizable as Mrs Twit from the Roald Dahl Book.

Confirmations 2014 Please continue to keep Lorna, Alanna, Michael A, Gary, Oriel, Nicole, Rebecca, Alison, Ryan & Michael N in your prayers over the next few months as they continue to prepare to confirm their baptismal vows at the Confirmation Service in St Mary’s on  8th June, the Day of Pentecost.

Youth Club. The Cork Diocesan Youth Council held their 8th annual table quiz in Canon Packham Hall Douglas on Saturday 22nd March. It was a great success and as always very popular – Over 50 young people attended including leaders.

Well done to Alice Woodworth who represented the Carrigaline youth club at the event with her friends from the Templebreedy parish. Thanks a million to the organisers, to Brenda Poole for supervising and helping on the night and to Norman and Isobel Jackson for all their assistance. (PC)

Mothers’ Union Our local Mothers’ Union has been having a quieter time during Lent to enable everyone to join in their own parish Lent activities; hopefully this has been a time of reflection and looking forward to Easter for us all. Thank you to all who helped with the visual displays of the Lenten Gospels in both of our churches. Some of us managed to get to the Festival Service in Clonakilty which was a wonderful evening which included the commissioning of new Diocesan Officers. Please pray for all who have responsibility in Mothers’ Union for wisdom and guidance in all they do. We thank everyone who contributed to the retiring collection for the ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ appeal at our Mothering Sunday service for their generosity; every euro makes a difference. Looking ahead – we usually meet on the third Wednesday of the month and look forward to meeting up again as a branch after a couple of months. We are really delighted that Alison Flack is opening her garden in Currabinny to us on Wednesday, the 21st May at 3.30pm. Please get in touch with Hilary or Jocelyn to let us know if you are coming, in order to give Alison numbers for the tea. Our outing will be towards the end of June – date still to be confirmed. Suggestions welcome!!  Watch this space in the June edition for more details. (HD)

Parish Fête. This year’s Parish Fête will take place at the end of this month, Saturday 31st May in the Canon McCrea Hall and the grounds of the School. Please contact Eddie Pierce or the Rector if you would like to be involved in helping out at a stall or if you have any items for any of the stalls. This is a very important fund-raiser in the parish so please do dig around in the attics and garages! We can arrange to collect any items. Just shout!

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. The theme is ‘Starship Discovery’ and will take place from Monday 21st July until Friday 25th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms are available from the Parish Office or from the rector.  

 

Eco Congregation. The Parish/School Sponsored Walk on Sunday 27th April had yet to take place at time of writing these notes but there seems to be great interest within the school for the event which will again be an excuse to clean up our area as we walk from the Church to Drake’s Pool before returning to the Parish Hall for refreshments. We have registered the event with An Taisce’s Spring Clean initiative. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

Sponsored Diet continues, both of the clergy are still down on their January weight and remain on target to raise a fair amount of money for the Carrigaline & District Lion’s Club’s Youth Centre Initiative. The rector and Fr. Pat Fogarty, PP of Carrigaline Parish are also planning on walking the ‘Great Railway Run’ from Shanbally to Carrigaline which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday May 5th This ties in nicely with the diet as it is also a fundraiser for the Youth Centre. The diet will last until 21st June and sponsorship cards are still available from the Parish Office, the Rector or the Church Wardens. Remember that even though it is for a very good cause, be careful how much per pound you sponsor as there are a lot of pounds to be lost over the 5 month period from Jan 7th till June 21st!

 

Theological Book Circle are reading Salley Vicker’s ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’ and will meet to discuss in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 30th June. We hope to be in the garden for this meeting so fingers crossed for decent weather. All are welcome to join this circle, we read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

 

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

 

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

 

 

If you have any items that you would like included in the June Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th May. Thank you.

 

 

 

FORWARD PLANNER

May 5th        Great Railway Run, Lions Club fundraiser for

                   Carrigaline Youth Centre

May 6th        Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish,

                    7.30pm in Parish Hall.

May 14th      Christian Aid Coffee morning in Rectory 11am

May 31st      Parish F?te

June 4th       Lectio Divina 8pm Parish Hall.

June 8th       Confirmation Service – Pentecost, 11am St Mary’s

                    Church, Carrigaline

June 15th     Sunday School Prizegiving & Parish Picnic

June 21st     St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 100 years, will

                    be performing at the Mid Summer’s Day Garden

                    Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. Plus the Rector’s

                    sponsored diet ends today (hooray!)

June 30th     Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

July 21st – 25th  Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’

 

 

 

 

HOLY BAPTISM: 

30th March 2014 Alielle Terezia Sarah Foote, daughter of Stephen and Terezia, St John’s Church , Monkstown

 

FUNERALS:

12th March 2014  Cremation – Dorothy Ross (Carrigaline Union)

19th March 2014 In St Lappan’s Churchyard, Little Island – Valerie Dring (Carrigaline Union), 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for April 2014

Saturday Evening Service in March had the theme of ‘Spring’ and during our prayers, each family in the church received a Daffodil which had still to blossom, together with the verse from Isaiah 35 reminding us all that ‘the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom’. The April Service is on 12th, the day before Palm Sunday and sausages etc will be available after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Lenten Bible Study The Lenten course ‘Christ and Culture’ prepared by BACI continues on Wednesdays 2nd and 9th at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church. Please check out the Forward Planner at the end of these notes for details on Holy Week Services.

Lay Ministers of the Eucharist A selected group of people from our parish recently took part in a 6 week training course ‘Celebrating Communion’ in preparation for commissioning as Lay Ministers of the Eucharist. This commissioning takes place every three years and the commissioning of this group of 14 people (which includes 7 people who were previously in this role along with 7 new people) will take place during the normal services in St John’s and St Mary’s on Sunday April 6th. Thank you to all of them for taking the time and effort to become Lay Ministers of the Eucharist. It is a most valuable ministry in our Parish.

Monkstown Chamber Choir The Choral Evensong on 9th March had a distinct “Celtic” theme and included two versions of St Patricks’s Breastplate. For the anthem we sung the hauntingly beautiful “The Deer’s Cry” by Shaun Davey, then our closing hymn was the traditional floury version by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. The choir have now become accustomed to singing acapella (unaccompanied) and with this in mind, we hope to sing an anthem in April by Italian composer Luigi Mulfino – “O Sacrum Convivium”. This piece is only about 16 bars of music long, but can take up to three minutes to sing, so we have all had to learn to relax and wind-down before singing it! We welcomed a new singer to the choir in January. Roger Clough has joined Liam, John and Maeve in the tenor section and he brings our membership to seventeen now, which is great. The next Choral Evensong is at 7pm on Sunday 13th April in St John’s Church, Monkstown. (RE)

Holiday Club. This year’s Holiday Club with again be run with our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy. The theme is ‘Starship Discovery’ and will take place from Monday 21st July until Friday 25th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. All children currently in National School or who will be starting in National School in September are welcome to come along. The forms will be available from the Parish Office or from the rector immediately after Easter.

St Mary’s School 4th Class held a wonderful Assembly on 7th March using the children’s version of the World Day of Prayer Service. This year the service had been prepared by the women of Egypt and the children (and the rector) were dressed appropriately. Thank you to Mr Twomey and the Class for a colourful Assembly especially as they had such a short time to prepare for it. Well done.

Junior Choir The children managed to fit in one last Alleluia hymn at the All Age Service in February just in time before the Alleluia Butterflies were locked up for Lent. The weekly practice is on Thursday from 6.30 till 7.15pm in St Mary’s Church and if your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Confirmations 2014 All 10 of our Confirmation Candidates enjoyed the trip to Douglas in March for the Bishop’s Confirmation morning. There were approximately 120 young people from across the diocese and an army of helpers on the day. There was a wonderful atmosphere and it is great for all to know that they are part of a wider diocesan family as they prepare for their confirmation. Please continue to keep Lorna, Alanna, Michael A, Gary, Oriel, Nicole, Rebecca, Alison, Ryan & Michael N in your prayers over the next few months as they continue to prepare to confirm their baptismal vows at the Confirmation Service on  8th June, very appropriately the Day of Pentecost.

Youth Club. Youth Club members had a great night at the recent parish quiz night and their music, sports entertainment and scholarly knowledge was a great plus to each team!! Thanks a million to Adrian for organising and all the helpers who provided cakes and refreshments afterwards. The most recent CDYC (Diocesan Youth Group) event was a joint weekend with young people from the Limerick Diocese in Cahrue in Bandon. It was a fabulous event with Karting, Archery, Quizzes and games as well as an excellent and inspiring series of talks by Rev Sarah Marry from Douglas Union encouraging the young people to explore and develop their relationship with God and to  “Take a step and make a difference”  in our world. Thanks a million to Conor who volunteered as a leader and we encourage any young people who missed out to try it next year as it was a superb weekend. (PC)

Eco Congregation. The Parish/School Sponsored Walk on Sunday 27th April will again be an excuse to clean up our area as we walk from the Church to Drake’s Pool before returning to the Parish Hall for refreshments. We have registered the event with An Taisce’s Spring Clean initiative. Sponsorship cards are available from the Parish Office and all of the children in the Parish School will have received one to bring home.  Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union February was a busy month for Mothers’ Union in Carrigaline and Monkstown. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported our Famine Lunch which raised €350 for the Relief and Overseas Funds. This money will change people’s lives; your contribution really does make a difference on the ground. We also thank all who came to our Candlelit Dinner at the rectory for making it such a wonderful evening. Everyone enjoyed the great food and the friendship and chat. Thank you especially to those who cooked for it. The surplus monies, €165, will be added to our retiring collection on Mothering Sunday and will go to the ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ Appeal which also supports Mothers’ Union work around the world. During Lent we are having a quieter time; we hope to be joining in our parish Lenten studies and having some time for reflection. We will meet again after Easter when the days will be longer and hopefully the summer will be well on its way. Several from our dioceses were privileged to attend the All Ireland training weekend in March where we were joined by the Worldwide president, a wonderful woman, Lynne Tembey. We hope to share some of what we learned with you over the next while; what an amazing organisation Mothers’ Union is!! Lynne will be back in Ireland for the General Meeting on 21st June in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast – when EVERYONE, not just delegates at a Conference, will have an opportunity to hear about the work of Mothers’ Union. Admission to the Conference is by ticket available from the Waterfront www.waterfront.co.uk or by telephone 048 90 334455. This is the first General Meeting to be held in Ireland since 2006 and it is a very exciting opportunity – don’t miss it! Book today! Wishing everyone a very Happy and Blessed Easter. (HD)

Sponsored Diet continues, the rector and Fr. Pat Fogarty, PP of Carrigaline Parish made it to the Runway of the recent Lion’s Club Fashion Show in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. There was some slight trouble with a wonky weighing scales but both of the clergy are well down on their January weight and are on target to raise a fair amount of money for the Carrigaline & District Lion’s Club’s Youth Centre Initiative. The diet will last until 21st June and sponsorship cards are still available from the Parish Office, the Rector or the Church Wardens. Remember that even though it is for a very good cause, be careful how much per pound you sponsor as there are a lot of pounds to be lost over the 5 month period from Jan 7th till June 21st!

Theological Book Circle are reading C. S. Lewis’s ‘The Four Loves’ and will meet to discuss in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 7th April. All are welcome to join this circle, we read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

Congratulations to the Venerable Adrian Wilkinson on his appointment as Archdeacon. We will keep him and his family in our prayers as he takes on this new responsibility within the diocese.

If you have any items that you would like included in the May Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th April. Thank you

 

FORWARD PLANNER

April 6th       Commissioning of Lay Ministers of the Eucharist-9.30am St Johns and 11am St Mary’s

HOLY WEEK:

April 13th  Palm Sunday

          9.30am St Johns – Palm Liturgy and Passion Liturgy

          11am St Mary’s – Palm Procession and Passion Liturgy

April 14th  Monday of Holy Week:

          10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

          7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

April 15th Tuesday of Holy Week:

          10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

          7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

April 16th  Wednesday of Holy Week:

          10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

          7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s

April 17th Maundy Thursday:

          7pm SEDER Meal in Parish Hall followed by Holy Communion.

April 18th Good Friday:

          10.30am  St John’s – Morning Prayer with Litany

          7.30pm    St Mary’s – Evening Prayer with Litany

          Children’s Easter Club 10am – 1pm, Parish Hall

April 19th Easter Saturday: 9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service

April 20th Easter Sunday:Dawn Service, meeting at 6.15am at St John’s Church Monkstown, walking with the parishioners of the Church of    the Sacred Heart to the Sea wall (Car Park) for the Ecumenical Service which will be followed by breakfast in the Gill Room, Church of the Sacred Heart,Monkstown.

          9.30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist

          11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

May 6th        Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish,

                    7.30pm in Parish Hall.

May 14th      Christian Aid Coffee morning in Rectory 11am

May 31st      Parish F?te

June 8th       Confirmation Service – Pentecost, 11am St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

June 21st     St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 150 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer’s Day Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. Plus the Rector’s sponsored diet ends today (hooray!)

July 21st – 25th  Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for March 2014

Songs of Praise Service in St John’s in February was a most enjoyable evening. This year we had a slightly different format as it was an open vote for favourite hymns within certain categories rather than having to choose between five hymns in each category. There were some surprises and some old favourites and the Monkstown Chamber Choir along with the congregation enjoyed singing each one of them. Each winning hymn was introduced with a little history of the hymn itself and in some cases, also with the rector’s own personal connection with the hymn. Thank you to all who voted and to those who came along on the night. The March Evensong in St John’s will have a Celtic theme and is at 7pm on Sunday March 9th.

Saturday Evening Service in February had the theme of loving your neighbour, using an updated version of the Good Samaritan Story, with Leinster and Munster supporters involved in the story. Thank you to some of this years confirmation candidates who read the intercession prayers which were based on the Sarum Primer (the dismissal prayer we often use at Funerals). The March  Service is on 8th and sausages etc will be available after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

United Service the last Sunday of March is a ‘5th’ Sunday and will be a United Service, this time at 11am in St John’s Church Monkstown. As well as being a gathering of people from both St Mary’s and St John’s, we will also have a Baptism as part of our Service. We are delighted to be able to welcome another baby into our community on Mothering Sunday.

World Day of Prayer the liturgy this year was written by the women of Egypt and the service will take place at 8 pm on Friday 7th March in our sister church of Our Lady & St John in Carrigaline. All are welcome, men and women, as while the liturgies are still written by women of different countries, the service itself is of course open to all.

St Patrick’s Eve Service An Irish Language Service of Holy Communion will take place in St. Mary’s Church at 7.00 pm on Sunday 16th March which is the Eve of St Patrick’s Day. This year we will again be joined by Cór Cois Abhann under Ian Sexton, Musical Director. The Service is designed to be inclusive and a bilingual service sheet with translations of the Prayers and the Readings will be provided.  All are welcome and Clergy and Lay Readers are invited to robe.

Beidh Ceiliúradh na Comaoineach Naofa In Eaglais Naomh Muire as 7.00 i.n. De Domhnaigh 16ú Márta (Oíche roimh Lá Le Pádraig) Beidh Cór Cois Abhann faoi stiúir Ian Sexton linn arís I mbliana. Beidh an seirbhís dá theangach le billeog dá theangach  ar fáil le aistriucháin des na paidreacha agus na léachtanna.

Lenten Bible Study The Lenten course this year is ‘Christ and Culture’ which has been prepared by the Church of Ireland Bible Association (BACI) and thank you to them for producing such an interesting course. At 7.30pm each Wednesday, beginning on Ash Wednesday 5th March, there will be a service in St Mary’s Church, followed by the Bible Study in the Parish Hall. Even though it is Lent and the Rector is on a sponsored diet, there will of course be refreshments!

Sunday School Seven of the Sunday School teachers enjoyed the recent Children’s Ministry Course in St Luke’s Education Centre. The workshops were very varied with sessions on Drama, Creative Prayer, Messy Church, Puppets and  Music being on offer. Approximately 75 participants were there on the day which was a fantastic take-up from the diocese. Well done to the Revd Anne Skuse and her team for a brilliant day. We hope it is an annual event as we are already looking forward to next year.

Confirmations 2014 please continue to keep Lorna, Alanna, Michael A, Gary, Oriel, Nicole, Alison, Ryan & Michael N in your prayers over the next few months as they prepare to confirm their baptismal vows at the Confirmation Service on  8th June, very appropriately the Day of Pentecost.

St Mary’s School Dr Mary Stack inspected the school recently to judge whether the coveted Green Flag will be awarded and we await with bated breath the decision which will probably be made in April. The Green School Committee and the children in the school have worked really hard to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ so we hope that it will be a positive outcome. Another recent initiative was the ‘Love your Neighbour for St Valentine’s Day’ when the children all brought in an item of food for the Cork Penny Dinners Charity and learned that there was more to St Valentine’s day than cards, flowers and chocolate (nice as they are!)

Junior Choir have been working very hard on some new pieces of music and they look forward to singing at the All Age Services over the next few months. The weekly practice is on Thursday from 6.30 till 7.15pm in St Mary’s Church and if your child is interested in joining the choir (1st Class upwards), please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Youth Club recently travelled to Bandon to join up with the UCY youth group (Bandon Parish) and had a great night. The leaders arranged games, a quiz, videos, pizzas, snacks and more and over 20 young people really enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to Olivia, Jean, Jennifer, Amy and the other UCY leaders for their hospitality and to all of their club members for making us all so welcome– thank you also to Conor for his help with games and Brenda for being a designated driver for the night. (PC)

Eco Congregation The rector was delighted to be contacted recently by a parishioner from the Faith in Action group from Dennehy’s Cross Parish where Fr Bertie is now PP. They are interested in pursuing the Eco Congregation route and we are delighted to be of help to them in this initiative. The rector has also been invited to speak on Green issues in Carrigrohane at one of their Harvest Thanksgivings, ‘Care for Creation’ being the 5th mark of Mission along with Evangelization, Pastoral Care, Education and Healthcare and the struggle for Justice and Peace. If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Mothers’ Union During February we had readings which reminded us of the importance of loving our neighbour. In over 80 countries worldwide Mothers’ Union members do just this in many different ways. Recently the Mothers’ Union Emergency Relief Fund gave £25,000 to South Sudan to help bring urgent food and medical aid to displaced families there. On Sunday, 23rd Feb, we had a Famine Lunch in aid of the Mothers’ Union Overseas/Relief Fund.  Thank you to all who supported this so generously. Buying a Mothering Sunday gift through the ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ appeal at www.makeamothersday.org is another way of helping our neighbour. Gifts start at €5. Since 2007 the appeal has raised over £1 million to help Mothers’ Union support mums and families all over the world. Our Mothering Sunday retiring collection on 30th March will go to this appeal. During Lent we encourage all our members to join in with the Parish Lenten Study on Wednesday evenings in Carrigaline or in their own parish. With Lent just beginning there are some good resources to use in the family at www.mothersunion.org/content/faith-resources-lent, along with lots of other interesting articles. (HD)

Sponsored Diet  continues….the rector and Fr. Pat Fogarty, PP of Carrigaline Parish have been doing well on their sponsored diet for the Carrigaline & District Lion’s Club’s Youth Centre Initiative. The diet will last until 21st June and sponsorship cards are still available from the Parish Office, the Rector or the Church Wardens. Remember that even though it is for a very good cause, be careful how much per pound you sponsor as there are a lot of pounds to be lost over the 5 month period from Jan 7th till June 21st!

Theological Book Circle are reading C. S. Lewis’s ‘The Four Loves’ and will meet to discuss in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 7th April. All are welcome to join this circle, we read a book every three months so it’s not too onerous! If you like reading and chatting and a cup of tea/coffee, this might be perfect for you.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Mar 5th    Ash Wednesday, Lent begins, Evening Prayer & Bible Study 7.30pm each Wednesday evening

Mar 8th    Saturday Evening Service 7pm St Mary’s

Mar 9th   Choral Evensong with a Celtic theme 7pm St John’s

Mar 16th   St Patrick’s Eve Service ‘as Gaelige’ 7pm St Mary’s

Mar 30th   United Service 11am St John’s Church

April 13th – 10th Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday

May 6th    Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish, 7.30pm in Parish Hall.

May 14th Christian Aid Coffee morning in Rectory 11am

May 31st Parish F?te

June 8th    Confirmation Service – Pentecost, 11am St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

June 21st St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 150 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer’s Day Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. Plus the Rector’s sponsored diet ends today (hooray!)

July 21st – 25th  Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’

Carrigaline Union Notes for February 2014

Christingle and Year’s end Service We had a United Eucharist Service on 29th December where instead of a sermon, we had a powerpoint presentation of photos of all the parish occasions and events of 2013. It was such a success (applause even!) that it will become a regular Year-end event! It is amazing when you look back at how much we have done. Our minds play tricks but the camera never lies! The Christingles that the children had prepared the day before were distributed at the end of the Service and we all went home ready to greet the New Year with confidence.

Epiphany Service We were lucky enough to have the Bishop join with us in our celebration of Epiphany on Monday 6th January when the children and teaching staff of St Mary’s School and some of our parishioners joined together in remembering the feast of the Epiphany. This year ‘Church’ had to come to ‘School’ as the children were already back from their break! After a service where we explored the gifts brought by the Kings by smelling the Myrrh, burning the Francincense and distributing Gold (chocolate coins), the Bishop blessed chalk and wrote on the Lintel of the Hall the marks ‘20+C+M+B+14’ which comes from a middle European tradition of using the names of the three kings (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) and the year (2014).Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally “mark” the occasion, a symbolism harking back to the Exodus ritual. People then brought home chalk to do the same to the Lintels in their homes.

Sunday School The Sunday School have been using different teaching resources since the beginning of Advent, ‘Living Stones’ follows the set lectionary every week which helps the children be more integrated in the liturgy. Six of our Sunday School teachers are hoping to attend the Children’s Ministry Course being run in St Luke’s Education Centre on 8th February. Thank you to all of our  dedicated teachers for giving their time to teach our children.

Confirmations 2014 Classes have now begun for our candidates. Please keep Lorna, Alanna, Lynn, Michael A, Gary, Oriel, Nicole, Alison, Ryan & Michael N in your prayers over the next few months as they prepare to confirm their baptismal vows at the Confirmation Service on  8th June, very appropriately the Day of Pentecost.

Saturday Evening Service in January had an Epiphany theme of God’s Light  being passed on from generation to generation. Thank you to Sophie, Rachel and Norah who performed the drama so well. The February Service is on 12th and sausages etc will be available after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Lenten Bible Study The chosen course this year is ‘Christ and Culture’ which has been prepared by the Church of Ireland Bible Association (BACI) and thank you to them for producing such an interesting course. At 7.30pm each Wednesday beginning on Ash Wednesday 5th March, there will be a service in St Mary’s Church, followed by the Bible Study in the Parish Hall. Even though it is Lent and the Rector is on a sponsored diet, there will of course be refreshments!

Eco Congregation If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

St Mary’s School The children all enjoyed the Service for Epiphany which was on their first day back after a long Christmas break. They each received chocolate gold coins to bring home with them having heard all about the gifts the Kings had brought to the baby Jesus. The Frankincense was a major source of interest for some of the little ones who thought the smelly smoke was ‘brilliant’! We hope to soon arrange to have a ‘Worship Wall’ in the Canon McCrea Hall and display some of the children’s prayers and items from our Assembly etc there.

Junior Choir Hilary, the Rector and Jessica were very proud of all the Junior Choir who were wonderful during their very busy Christmas when they sang at the Community Carols in Carrigaline, the 9 Lessons & Carols Service in Monkstown and at the Carols around the Crib Service on Christmas Eve in Carrigaline. Well done to all of you. You sang beautifully and behaved beautifully. We resumed our weekly practises on January 16th and will be learning new pieces to sing at our All Age Services. If your child is interested in joining the choir which meets weekly on Thursday evenings, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Mothers’ Union A New Year has begun and with every new year come new joys and challenges. We rejoice with those families where a new baby has been born, we sympathise with all who have had to say farewell to loved ones over recent months and we pray for all who are going through difficult times for whatever reason. Mothers’ Union is there to love, support and pray. This month we look forward to joining with Crosshaven on Wednesday, 19th in Crosshaven Church. Keep an eye on the link-sheet for details!! On Sunday the 23rd there will be a Famine Lunch in aid of the Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund. It will be in the Parish Hall after the 11 o’clock service in St. Mary’s Church. Please join us to raise funds for the really worthwhile work Mothers’ Union does around the world. In complete contrast we will be celebrating together with a Candlelit Dinner at the Rectory on Friday 28th at 8pm. We would like all women/ladies of the parish to feel welcome to come along and bring a friend. Please let Hilary (086-3680513) know if you would like to come. We continue to have Mothers’ Union prayers at the Holy Communion service on the 1st Wednesday of the month followed by coffee. All welcome. Come and be encouraged : The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23  (HD)

Sponsored Diet  The Rector and Fr. Pat Fogarty, PP of Carrigaline Parish have begun a sponsored diet for the Carrigaline & District Lion’s Club’s Youth Centre Initiative. The diet will last until 21st June and sponsorship cards are available from the Rector or from Patrick Coughlan (or any Lion’s Club member). Even though it is for a very good cause, be careful how much per pound you sponsor as there are a lot of pounds to be lost!

Theological Book Circle will have met to discuss Jostein Gaarder’s ‘The Christmas Mystery’ by the time you are reading these notes so please check the Linksheet or the Website for details of the current book and time of next meeting.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Centre from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Centre from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the March Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th February. Thank you.

FORWARD PLANNER

Feb  9th   Songs of Praise Evensong 7pm St John’s Monkstown

Feb 21st  Parish Table Quiz in Canon McCrea Hall Carrigaline

Feb 23rd MU Famine Lunch in Parish Hall after 11am Service

Feb 28th CAMEO in Monkstown Sailing Club 10.30

Mar 5th  Ash Wednesday, Lent begins, Evening Prayer & Bible        Study 7.30pm each Wednesday evening

Mar 16th St Patrick’s Eve Service ‘as Gaelige’ 7pm St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

April 13th – 10th Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday

May 6th    Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish, 7.30pm in Parish Hall.

May 14th Christian Aid Coffee morning in Rectory 11am

May 31st Parish F?te

June 8th    Confirmation Service – Pentecost, 11am St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline

June 21st St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 150 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer’s Day Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. Plus the Rector’s sponsored diet ends today (hooray!)

July 21st – 25th  Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’

 

Christian Burial

9th October 2013 in St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline – David Nicholson

30th December 2013 Cremation – Anna O’Hara (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for January 2014

The Revd Tony Murphy At the end of November, we said goodbye to ministry of the Revd Tony as he left us for pastures new , such being the lot of the non-Stipendiary Ministry, they must go where the greatest need exists. While they  await a new Rector in Dunmanway, they will enjoy a great preacher and deep thinker in Tony and we will miss him and his caring pastoral skills greatly. Thank you to him for the last year of ministry here in the Carrigaline Union. I would remind him that technically he is still a parishioner so we will be keeping our pastoral eye on him!

Christmas Services As usual these notes are being written before the Christmas Services have taken place but I’m sure that my expression of gratitude will be as richly deserved this year as in previous years. There is always so much ‘decorating, baking, mulled-wine making’ to be done at Christmas that it really can be hard work but it is appreciated and worthwhile. The churches always look so magnificent, the hospitality always so warm and inviting, the music so beautiful. Thank you all!

Sunday School The children were holding a Cake Sale after church on Sunday 15th December for the Nathan Kirwan Trust. Thank you to each of the children for helping a young man who had been a pupil in our parish school. We keep Nathan in our prayers as he continues to recover from his devastating accident.

Confirmations 2014 If you would like to be confirmed next year, could you please let the Rector immediately as the preparation classes begin on Saturday January 23rd and once the classes begin, it isn’t possible to just ‘join in’  the preparation as each week builds on the previous week’s content.

Saturday Evening Service in December was an Advent themed service. The January service on 11th will explore Epiphany as a time of Mission. Sausages etc after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Parish Quiet Day led by Fr James McSweeney was a wonderful time out day just before Advent began and those attending really enjoyed the quiet reflective time to just remember ‘Our Story’ which was Fr Jame’s theme on the day. Thank you so much to him for being with us.

Safe Guarding Trust Following on from Panel training in December, the Parish Panel is now Rosemary Powell, John Sweeney and the Rector.  There will be new brightly coloured posters in the churches and halls very shortly which will be more visually appealing and accessible for anyone who is looking to speak with one of the panel. Thank you to the Revd Daniel Nuzum who very kindly remained on the Panel until the training was completed, we are grateful to him for the time he committed to us.

Parish Dog Show An unusual fundraiser for the parish was on 7th December. It was such great fun and no-one had to break up any fights. A great day and huge thanks and well done to Adrian, Caroline and their team of helpers, human and canine.

Eco Congregation If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Parish Gift Day Thank you to all who visited the Rectory on the day and those who yet again gave generously to the parish.

St Mary’s School The children were practicing some of the music for their Christmas Plays and it promises to be a wonderful display from both the Junior and Senior parts of the school.  A special mention for the children from 3rd Class who, on the suggestion of the rector at Assembly, wrote their own prayers. These prayers were very moving and heartfelt and to quote just a couple of lines: ‘Thank you Lord for the birds to the feeder each morning’  or ‘I see you Lord when my Mum holds my hand’  lots of wonderful prayers written by wonderful children. Thank you to Mrs Chambers and 3rd Class. We hope to arrange a ‘Worship Wall’ in the Canon McCrea Hall and display them there, or perhaps we will organise to print a school prayer book and involve all of the children in the school – with talent like this anything is possible!  The annual Christmas Craft Fayre was a great success and a big thank you to the dedicated band of people in the Parents Association who run this each year. Thank you also to the Mothers’ Union who contributed to the Home Produce stand.

Junior Choir The choir had a wonderful visit to St Fin Barre’s Cathedral at the end of November and thank you so much to Malcolm Wisener for a fascinating tour of the Organ and Cathedral and to Hilary for organising it. It is really good for the children to see the bigger diocesan picture and they absolutely loved singing Jubilate at the top of their voices as Malcolm pulled out all the stops! If your child is interested in joining the choir which meets weekly on Thursday evenings, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Youth Club The 7th annual CDYC Diocesan mixed soccer tournament took place on Saturday 9th November at the National Maritime College Ringaskiddy and was a great success – over 60 teenagers (boys and girls) from youth groups all round the diocese participated. Our youth club combined with young people from our neighbours in the Templebreedy group of parishes and their team did really well – winning a trophy for the team displaying the best team spirit during the day. Well done guys! Bandon youth club won The Junior Trophy and Midleton emerged victorious from the senior competition. Congratulations to all the participants who were a credit to their parishes and many thanks to all who helped on the day.  Our next event on 14th December (which had not actually taken place at time of writing these notes), we are teaming up with the Ross Union youth club for a combined event including ice skating and Christmas shopping at Mahon Point – it promises to be a great day and we are looking forward to it. We hope that all our young people, our youth leaders and all the families they represent had a really relaxing and Blessed Christmas. (PC)

Mothers’ Union We begin the New Year with best wishes to all who read these notes; we give thanks for all we have enjoyed and been able to do during the past year and look forward to new  opportunities ahead.  This month we will meet for ‘A Night at the Movies’ (popcorn included!) on Wednesday the 15th in St Mary’s church hall at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for what should be a thought-provoking and enjoyable evening. (HD)

Theological Book Circle will have met to discuss Jostein Gaarder’s ‘The Christmas Mystery’ by the time you are reading these notes so please check the Linksheet or the Website for details of the current book and time of next meeting.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Centre from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Centre from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the February Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th January. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Jan 11th Saturday Service 7pm St Mary’s Church

Jan 23rd Confirmation Classes begin 6 – 8pm in Rectory

Feb 8th   Sunday School Training Day in St Luke’s

Feb 9th   Songs of Praise Evensong 7pm St John’s

Mar 1st  Preparation for Confirmation Morning with Bishop in Douglas

Mar 7th St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaelige 7pm St Mary’s

Mar 5th Ash Wednesday,  Lent begins, Evening Prayer & Bible Study- 7.30pm each Wednesday evening

April 13th – 10th Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday

May 14th  Christian Aid Coffee Morning in Rectory 11

May 31st Parish Fête

Jun 15th Parish Picnic

Jun 21st St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 150 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard.

Burial of Ashes :  30th November in St Mary’s Churchyard – The Revd Canon Basil Wolfe McCrea.

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for December 2013

Christmas Services This year it is our turn to host the Carrigaline Community Carols which will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 20th December in St Mary’s. We are delighted to welcome back the Carrigaline Singers who will ‘share the stage’ with our own Monkstown Chamber Choir and the Junior Choir. There will also be a chance for us all to sing so put the date and time in your diary now.

On Sunday 22nd December at 4pm, the popular Nine Lessons and Carols Service will be in St John’s Church Monkstown. Thank you in advance to Roger and the Monkstown Chamber Choir and Hilary and the Junior Choir for singing this wonderfully atmospheric service which is a highlight for many in the parish.

At 4pm on Christmas Eve, the All Age ‘Carols around the Crib’ Service will take place in St Mary’s Church where the story of the Incarnation will be remembered through word, drama and song.

Later that night, at midnight to be exact, we will have the first Eucharist of the Nativity and then on Christmas Day, the normal 9.30 and 11am times will apply for the  Eucharist Services.

On Sunday 29th December, a fifth Sunday, the United Service will be at 11am in St Mary’s Church. It will take the form of a Family Eucharist with Christingles being distributed by the children (the children will gather in the Parish Hall from  10 – 12 on Saturday 28th to assemble the Christingles from oranges, red ribbon , dried fruit and candles).

 

Sunday School The children wrote some lovely acrostics for the word POPPY during the Remembrance Day service (see photo) Thank you to the teachers for helping them remember the past in such an imaginative way. There is a Charity Cake Sale planned for this month, a new initiative led by the children of Sunday School and will take place on Sunday 15th December in the Parish Hall after the 11am Service in St Mary’s. Proceeds from the sale will go to local Charity NKT – the Nathan Kirwan Trust. Nathan, who is recovering from a serious accident and needs a lot of expensive therapy, lives in Currabinny and is a past pupil of our Parish School.  If you can help by baking a cake or biscuits to be sold on the day, please contact any of the Sunday School teachers.

 

Confirmations 2014 If you would like to be confirmed next year, could you please let the Rector know as she is planning to begin the preparation classes sometime toward the end of January/beginning of February.

Intercessions Workshop If you would like to join the team of people in both churches who do the intercessions, then you are welcome to come along on Saturday 7th December 10am -12pm in St Mary’s Church where the Rector  will run a workshop in how to prepare and lead intercessions.

Saturday Evening Service in November was again led by the Revd Tony and the theme of the service was Ageing. He had everyone sing ‘When I’m 64’ at the end of the service so it was possible to immediately spot those who actually were 64 (or near it) as they knew the air and the words off by heart!) December’s Service is on 14th at 7pm and will have an Advent theme. Of course there will be sausages etc after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Parish Quiet Day led by Fr James McSweeney had yet to take place at time of writing. More on that in the January notes.

Welcome Area The newly refurbished entrance area in St Mary’s is providing a spacious welcome as people enter the church. The church looks so much more tidy now with the books held at the back of the church. We were very lucky with the bookshelves as they were donated to us by AshtonSchool when they were throwing out no longer required school furniture during their recent renovation and we were doubly lucky to have our local Men’s Shed sand and varnish them to a very high quality. Thank you to all involved.

Parish Dog Show An unusual fundraiser for the parish. Saturday 7th December at 1pm in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. The cost is 5 euro per dog for entry in one class, 3 euro for a second class and 2 euro for a third class. All welcome. Contact Adrian Bateman on 086-8300379 for further details. The Rector’s dog Chester is really looking forward to it!

Eco Congregation If you have any ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Parish Gift Day Again this day planned for 24th November, Christ the King, hadn’t taken place at time of submitting the magazine notes so there will be an update in the next issue.

St Mary’s School The children had a Dress Up day for Charity on Friday 25th October and there were loads of wonderful costumes and as usual the teachers really entered into the fun of it. Can you recognise Cleopatra in the photo? They raised much needed money for the children’s unit in CUH. Well done to all.

Mrs Daunt’s group, 5th class, came on a Field trip to St Mary’s Church on 12th November and were welcomed by the Rector. This trip was planned by assistant teacher Ms Jeffery and the children seemed to really enjoy the ‘trail’ that she had put together which had the children scurrying around looking for answers to clues on their sheets. This exercise managed to encompass both the liturgy and the history of the church. Well done to her and we wish her well in this her final year at the Church of Ireland College of Education (C.I.C.E.)

Children’s Movie Night The 19 children who gathered during Midterm on 30th November to watch a film really appreciated our warm, dry Parish Hall. It is something that we need to use more often in our parish. Obviously it is available for rent to outside groups but we as a parish should avail of this wonderful facility which other parishes would only love to have.

Junior Choir The choir meets each Thursday 6.30 till 7.15 in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Youth Club The club met for pre Halloween games & craic in the church hall. We had some highly professional ‘apple dunkers’ attend and we also had some interesting discussion on God’s love for us as his children – inspired by a Youtube clip of a dad singing with his 4 year old daughter to get her mind off her fears at night time. We finished the night off with some hot chocolate and thanks to Michael Archer’s birthday we had a delicious chocolate cake to go with it. Thanks to all the group for making it an enjoyable night and to Ivan and Brenda for all their assistance. The 7th annual indoor soccer CDYC tournament took place on Saturday 9th November at the Maritime College in Ringaskiddy and over 60 teenagers (boys and girls) from youth groups all round the diocese participated. Congratulations to the combined Carrigaline/Crosshaven side who were chosen as displaying the best team spirit during the day!! It was a great event and all the participants were a credit to the parishes they represented. Many thanks to all who helped on the day. (PC)

 

Mothers’ Union Thank you to everyone for their contributions to the Mothers’  Union overseas fund this past month. Every cent adds up and makes a difference to what Mothers’ Union can do around the world. This month we will enjoy Christmas lunch together on Thursday 12th  December at 12.30 at Monkstown Golf Club. Please contact either Hilary Dring or Jocelyn Pierce if you would like to join us. Everyone is welcome, MU member or not. We will also meet at the Church Hall on Monday, 16th December from 3-5pm for Carol Singing and Christmas Afternoon Tea. If there are any elderly people who would like to come and need a lift please get in touch. It would be lovely to have as many there as possible. To finish with I include something for Advent from the Mothers’ Union Ireland website – Summer has ended, the leaves are falling, dark evenings are upon us. These changes remind us that Advent is drawing near. Into the midst of strife, broken hearts, lives and uncertainty God comes with the promise of a Saviour who will bring peace, hope and comfort. God, we ask that the Prince of Peace will rule in all our hearts this Advent as we begin to celebrate God coming to us in Jesus Christ. Amen. (HD)

Theological Book Circle are currently reading Jostein Gaarder’s ‘The Christmas Mystery’ and will meet in the Rectory to discuss at 8pm on Wednesday 29th January, 2014. All are welcome.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Centre from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Centre from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the January Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 6th December as there is an earlier deadline for the January magazine.  Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

 

Dec 7th    Intercessions Workshop, St Mary’s Church 10am -12pm

Dec 7th     1pm DOG Show in Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School

Dec 15th   Sunday School Cake Sale in Parish Hall after 11am Service

Dec 20th   Carrigaline Community Carols in St Mary’s Church

Dec 22nd    9 Lessons & Carols Service 4pm in St John’sChurch

Dec 24th    Carols around the Crib 4pm in St Mary’s Church

Dec 28th Christingle Workshop 10-12 Parish Hall

Dec 29th  United Service, Family Eucharist 11am St Mary’s Church

Holy Baptism: 10th November in St John’s Church Monkstown –  George Thomas Byron Creighton, son of Peter and Kerrianne.

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for November 2013

Blessing of Animals Service was as expected a most joyful occasion. St Mary’s Church was filled with dogs, cats, guinea pigs, ducks & hens. No-one so much as growled at anyone else and the animals were very well behaved too! It was also a poignant service in the light of the news about Peggy Mangan, the lady in Dublin who had been found dead just the night before, with her faithful spaniel still by her side. A reminder of how much these pets can mean to us and we remembered her family in our prayers on the day.

Service of Healing and Wholeness was in complete contrast to the Animal Blessing earlier that day. A quiet reflective evening Eucharist in St John’s was enjoyed by those who attended and came forward for laying on of hands. Prayers were also offered for all those we knew of in the parish and the wider community who need healing at this time.

Saturday Evening Service in October was led by the Revd Tony and the theme of the service was Faith. While he knew this particular service wouldn’t be well attended (due to everyone being at the Harvest Supper) he was glad to welcome four others to join him, as he said, he had ‘faith that some would turn up’. November’s Saturday Service is on 9th November at 7pm and there will be sausages etc after the Service as normal. Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services were wonderful this year. We began in St Mary’s with a Eucharist Service and the Revd Trevor Lester, rector of Kilmoe Union and former parishioner, preached. We were also delighted to have Fr Pat Fogarty, the new Parish Priest in Carrigaline join us for the service. We continued our thanksgivings in St John’s with a Choral Evensong at 7pm and this time the Revd John Ardis, the newly appointed rector of Abbeystrewry preached.  We were delighted that Fr Sean O’Sullivan, Parish Priest in Monkstown, joined us for the second year for our Harvest Service. Thank you to Roger Ellis and the Monkstown Chamber Choir who sounded (and looked!) magnificent and we really appreciate their dedication in their weekly practices and singing at the monthly Choral Evensong in St John’s on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Harvest Supper was a great success, thanks to the efforts of Henry Forbes, Adrian & Caroline Bateman and their team of helpers. It was a great night, good food, good fun & chat, good music and of course great dancing! All were agreed that this kind of event is something that we should be doing more often. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful facility as the Canon McCrea Hall and we definitely should be using it more frequently.

Harvest Herald Newsletter was published and we feel that this kind of annual communication is worthwhile. All of the parish activities, structure, finances and services are listed with contact names and numbers. Each of the groups active in the parish wrote themselves about what they do and how to get involved. Most of these Newsletters have been distributed but if you haven’t received one and would like one, please contact the rector 087-2363100 or check the Parish Website www.carrigalineunion.org where there is a link to enable you to read it online.

Gift Day in the Rectory on Sunday November 24th. As we did last year, the tea & coffee after the 11am Service will be in the Rectory and it will be a chance to have a look at the refurbished grounds and enjoy the ambience of the lovely reception rooms in the Rectory. There will be also be Gift envelopes available if you would like to make a one-off gift towards parish funds but please do drop into the Rectory at any time during the day.

Census In November, we will be undertaking a ‘census’ of the worshiping Church of Ireland population for the first time in many years. On three Sundays in November (3rd November, 17th November and 24th November) we will be attempting to ascertain the age profile and gender profile of those attending services in St John’s and St Mary’s as will be the case with every Church of Ireland Church throughout Ireland. Those attending on those Sundays will receive a card on which they will be asked to indicate their gender and age. The card will be completely anonymous. The objective of the census is to provide information on the worshiping Church of Ireland population and to enable parishes, dioceses and the Church at an island-wide level to make decisions for the future based on an up to date analysis of the Church of Ireland’s population.  It is anticipated that the 2013 census will be repeated every three years in order to enable the Church to examine trends in worship attendance and ministry throughout Ireland. It is anticipated that a summary of the figures will be printed in the Book of Reports for the General Synod in 2014.

Eco Congregation The work continued on the Rectory Garden with the ground being leveled out, the remaining tree trunks and roots being removed and new grass seed sown.  The children’s Sunflower Competition was won by Graham White who brought along a lovely photo of himself with the towering Sunflowers behind him (and some of his lovely sunflowers in a vase) to the Harvest Service in St Mary’s. Well done Graham and all those who grew Sunflowers from the seeds given to us by Christian Aid in May. The Rectory Sunflowers did very well too, some reaching 9 feet tall and we will keep the seeds from these, distribute them in June and have a competition for Harvest again next year. Don’t forget, if you have any further ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Junior Choir The choir meets each Thursday 6.30 till 7.15 in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Youth Club meet once or twice a month on Friday nights in the Parish Centre. Young people attending secondary school are welcome to attend. The club is a place to relax after a busy week at school – to chat, meet friends, make new ones, play some crazy games, have a laugh and learn something about God and develop our relationship with Him into the bargain. Our Youth Club also tie in with the excellent diocesan youth events run by the Cork Diocesan Youth Council. (For more info on events run by the CDYC, go to www.cdyc.ie. )

We had our first 2013/2014 event last weekend – a Barbeque held in the rectory garden – we had lots of craic and a great turnout (Including 5 young people from our neighbouring Templebreedy group of parishes). We had some interesting chat about some of the recent challenging events in our lives such as starting secondary school or preparing for big exams and how God can support us in those challenges. We managed to do  serious damage to burgers, sausages and pizzas as well as delicious cakes dropped in by some of the Parents! Thank you to them and also to our leaders Conor, Brenda and Ivan for their enthusiastic help and sense of fun. For more info, contact Peter at 086 3453361 or email the office at stmaryscarrigaline@eircom.net (PC)

Mothers’ Union Thank you to Patsy Devoy who was with us in October to share some of her experiences of Mothers’ Union worldwide. It is wonderful to be reminded that we are connected to so many around the world. One of the ways we are connected is through prayer and on the 26th October we hope to have met at Marjorie’s house for our turn in the Wave of Prayer, a cycle of prayer which encourages all members to pray for each other throughout the year. At the end of October members worldwide will be praying for our own diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross along with our link dioceses in Kenya, Canada and Nigeria. Next month we meet in Carrigaline at 8pm on Wednesday, 20th November for ‘Past-Times’. Please bring a photo of someone in your family who is/has been important to you and we can share memories about these special people. Remember the Women’s Conference which takes place this year from 22nd-24th November in Garryvoe Hotel. It is always a relaxing, inspiring, fun weekend and really worth attending. Bookings were supposed to be in by the end of October but talk to Hilary if you would still like to go and have missed the deadline. I’m sure there will still be a space for you. If you need any further information please contact either the parish office or talk to Hilary Dring at 021-4378439 (HD)

Theological Book Circle are currently reading Jostein Gaarder’s ‘The Christmas Mystery’ and will meet in the Rectory to discuss at 8pm on Wednesday 29th January, 2014. All are welcome.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in Parish Centre from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group continue to meet each week. Come along and chat and share skills in the Parish Centre from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any items that you would like included in the December Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th November. Thank you.

FORWARD PLANNER

Nov 16th Parish Quiet Day led by Fr James McSweeney,

Meet at Parish Centre at 9.30am for coffee, ending at 2pm

Nov 21st Film night in Parish Centre 8pm

Nov 24th            Annual Gift Day in the Rectory

Dec 7th    Intercessions Workshop, St Mary’s Church 10-12

Dec 20th   Carrigaline Community Carols in St Mary’s Church

Dec 22nd    9 Lessons & Carols Service 4pm in St John’sChurch

Dec 24th    Carols around the Crib 4pm in St Mary’s Church

Holy Matrimony: Philip Whitely and Sarah Allen, St Mary’s Church Carrigaline,  21st September 2013

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for October 2013

Confirmations Our Confirmation Service was a wonderful occasion for the whole parish. Thank you to all who prepared and served the refreshments and to those who had St John’sChurch looking so beautiful for the day.  Thank you to the Chamber Choir who gave our hymn singing a special deep rounded sound.

A special thanks to the bishop who persevered and delivered a profound sermon reminding us all of the need to read our Bible asking ourselves two questions; where am I in this reading and what is God doing in this reading …..and this despite the best efforts of antique furniture to put a spanner in the works! We give our best wishes to the seven candidates who have worked hard preparing for their big day in the last months. Congratulations to Aaron, Alexander, Ali, Christina, Daniel, Michael and Robbie and may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, establish, strengthen and settle you in the faith.

Congratulations to the Revd Tony Murphy who celebrated the first anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday 8th September. We are lucky to have him ministering among us in the Carrigaline Union and we thank him for his thoughtful and challenging preaching and for his sensitive pastoral touch.

We also congratulate and welcome the Revd David White to the diocese. His ordination to the Priesthood on 14th September was an occasion of great joy and we look forward to hearing him preach sometime soon in Carrigaline. May his time in Bandon Union be a blessed one.

Congratulations also  (albeit belated ones!) to Nicola Poole and Sean Nation who were married in St Mary’s Carrigaline on a glorious day in June. We wish them all the best in their married life.

Parish Barbecue Our Parish Barbecue in the Rectory was a fantastic night of fun, food and fellowship (isn’t that the 3 Fs Select Vestries are supposed to look after?) It was an ‘Adult Only’ affair, wording which when sent around to parishioners caused the Parish Administrator’s email to be put into SPAM accounts apparently! Thank you to all who prepared food, served and cleaned up. It was lovely to see everyone so relaxed and to see the Rectory Garden being used for this purpose. It really is good for us to have something that isn’t a fundraiser at least once in the year and it will no doubt become an annual event.

Blessing of Animals Service This United Service, in its second year, will have taken place by the time you are reading these notes but hadn’t actually happened at the time the notes are being written so a full report with photos will be in the November Magazine. One can only hope we all survived!

Harvest Supper 7.30pm on Saturday 12th October in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. All Welcome. Ticket 15 euro includes supper and dancing. Contact Henry Forbes or Adrian Bateman for tickets.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services We look forward to hearing our two Harvest Thanksgiving Preachers this year on Sunday 13th October. The Revd Trevor Lester, rector of Kilmoe Union and former parishioner, will preach at the 11am Harvest Eucharist in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline and the Revd John Ardis, the newly appointed rector of Abbeystrewry will preach at the 7pm Harvest Evensong in St John’s Church, Monkstown.

Saturday Evening Service Our Saturday Evening Service in September had a theme of Racial Justice. This Saturday Service always takes place on the 2nd Sunday will have a theme of every month so please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them. October’s Service is at 7pm on Saturday 12th October and as the Parish Supper begins at 7.30pm there won’t be any refreshments after this service but of course all those at the service are welcome to come and join us down in the Canon McCrea Hall (see Harvest Supper notes above).

Eco Congregation A six month report was submitted to Eco Congregation on our journey so far and it has appeared in their ‘Eco Examples’ on their website, if you are interested in reading about it and other examples around the country, the link is http://ecocongregationireland.com/archives/4290   We are well on our way to becoming an Eco Congregation. Don’t forget, if you have any further ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Junior Choir The choir meets each Thursday 6.30 till 7.15 in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Children’s Movie Night All primary school children are welcome to come along to a Movie Night on Wednesday 30th October (Midterm) 6pm – 7.45pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Carrigaline.

Mothers’ Union Mothers’ Union is an amazing organisation! I am even more convinced of this having been away at a conference over the past few days where approx 250 women and men met in Swanwick to share and learn together. The 4 ‘Corkonians’ hope to be able to share some of their experience with you when we meet with members around the dioceses. Please do ask more about it if you would like to. We can benefit so much by being aware that we are part of an amazing world-wide organisation which shows Christian care for families; we do make a difference in people’s lives.  This month at 8pm on Wednesday, 16th October our diocesan president, Patsy Devoy, will be with us in St. Mary’s church hall to share some of her own experience of world-wide MU through her role for six years as worldwide co-ordinator for the Faith and Policy unit. We would like to express our sympathy to Patsy and her family at the unexpected death of her father and remember her in our prayers.  We will also have our annual ‘Wave of Prayer’ gathering on Saturday, 26th October at 11.15 am at Marjorie’s house. On the 18th September a revamped brand new Mothers Union website at www.mothersunion.org  will go live; do have a look at it and make use of it. Hilary Dring

Theological Book Circle Our next book to be tackled is M. Scott Peck’s book ‘A Road less travelled’ and we will meet to discuss this book on Wednesday 2nd October at 8pm in the Rectory.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group resume on Monday 9th September. Come along and chat and share skills in St Mary’s Church Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

If you have any item that you would like included in the November Diocesan Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th October. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

Oct 12th    Saturday Night Service 7pm in St Mary’s Church

Oct 12th    Parish Supper in the Canon McCrea Hall 7.30pm

Oct 13th   St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am

The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.

St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm

The Revd John Ardis preaching.

Oct 30th    Children’s Movie Night, 6pm St Mary’s Church Hall

Nov 16th Parish Quiet Day led by Fr James McSweeney, more details nearer the time.

Nov 24th            Annual Gift Day in the Rectory

Dec 20th   Carrigaline Community Carols in St Mary’s Church

Dec 22nd    9 Lessons & Carols Service 4pm in St John’sChurch

Dec 24th    Carols around the Crib 4pm in St Mary’s Church

Holy Matrimony: Nicola Poole and Sean Nation, St Mary’s Church Carrigaline, 8th June 2013

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for September 2013

Confirmations Our Confirmation Service will be in St John’s Church Monkstown at 11am on Sunday 15th September. Keep the group of seven young people being confirmed in our parish in your prayers : Aaron, Alexander, Ali, Christina, Daniel, Michael & Robbie. Please note that the parking near the church is limited so if possible, use the parking down on the seafront or in the car park beside the Monk Inn and leave the area near the church for those who find it difficult to walk up the hill.

Blessing of Animals Service This United Service will take place on 29th September at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. All animals are welcome, the domesticated animals come inside the church for the service while the slightly ‘wilder’ species can remain outside and the rector will go outside to bless them.

Healing Service this quiet reflective Service of Healing will take place at 7pm on Sunday 29th September in St John’sChurch, Monkstown.

Harvest Supper 7.30pm on Saturday 12th October in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. All Welcome. Ticket 15 euro includes supper and dancing.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services We look forward to hearing our two Harvest Thanksgiving Preachers this year on Sunday 13th October. The Revd Trevor Lester, rector of Kilmoe Union and former parishioner, will preach at the 11am Harvest Eucharist in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline and the Revd John Ardis, the newly appointed rector of Abbeystrewry will preach at the 7pm Harvest Evensong in St John’s Church, Monkstown.

Saturday Evening Service Our Saturday Evening Services in July and August were quiet affairs as one would expect in Summertime Carrigaline Union. In July, we had a contemplative theme and in August we used labels and guessing games to think about our attachment to material things.  On both occasions we retired to the Hall for sausages of course! The September Service on 13th will have a theme of Racial Justice. This Saturday Service always takes place on the 2nd Sunday of every month so please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this time might prove ideal for them.

Eco Congregation The bee population in the Rectory Garden has been phenomenal this summer. Whether it is due to our efforts in this area or because of the glorious summer we have had is debatable but one way or another the bees are back! The Christian Aid Sunflower seeds were distributed to the children and we await with great interest the outcome. The Rectory Sunflower is taller than the rector (which admittedly isn’t very hard) but this sunflower is not in the competition as it was sown before the other seeds were even distributed so that would be cheating! A six month report was submitted to Eco Congregation on our journey so far and some of our photos will be appearing in their ‘Eco Examples’ on their website. We are well on our way to becoming an Eco Congregation. Don’t forget, if you have any further ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Junior Choir return to action this month on 12th September. The choir meets each Thursday 6.30 till 7.15 in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Holiday Club Week Our parish, together with Templebreedy Group of Parishes held a Children’s Holiday Club Week in July and it was a great success. The 30 children and Teen Leaders and Adults managed to survive each other and learn all about some “Junior Heroes!” from the Bible. Already we are looking forward to next year and will be trying to encourage other local parishes to get involved.

Children’s Movie Night All primary school children are welcome to come along to a Movie Night on Wednesday 30th October (Midterm) 6pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Carrigaline.

Mothers’ Union We look forward to meeting up again after the summer break and will have our opening service at 8pm on Wednesday, 18th September at St. Mary’s Church in Carrigaline. This will be followed by a short AGM and a time of fellowship and tea. There will be a collection for the Mothers’ Union Relief Fund and there will be an opportunity to buy Christmas cards, other cards and calendars etc., the proceeds of which go towards Mothers’ Union work round the world. Please make a note of our annual Women’s Conference which takes place this year from 22nd-24th November in Garryvoe Hotel. It is always a relaxing, inspiring, fun weekend and really worth attending. Further information and booking forms will be available soon. We would love to welcome new members and would like you to know that everyone of any age is welcome to join us, not just mothers!! If you need any further information please contact either the parish office or talk to Hilary Dring at 021-4378439 (HD)

Theological Book Circle We met in the Rectory on a glorious sunny evening in July to discuss Joseph F. Girzone’s book ‘Joshua : a Parable for Today’ All of us had enjoyed the deceptive simplicity and profound spirituality of the book. Our next book to be tackled is M. Scott Peck’s book ‘A Road less travelled’ and we will meet to discuss this book on Wednesday 2nd October at 8pm in the Rectory.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group resume on Monday 9th September. Come along and chat and share skills in St Mary’s Church Hall from 3pm till 5pm each Monday.

 

If you have any item that you would like included in the October  Diocesan Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th September. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

 

Sept 6th    Parish BBQ Rectory Garden 7.30pm

Sept 15th Parish Confirmation St Johns 11am

Sept 29th  United Service Blessing of Animals St Mary’s 11am

Healing Service St John’s 7pm

Oct 12th    Parish Supper in the Canon McCrea Hall 7.30pm

Oct 13th   St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am

The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.

St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm

The Revd John Ardis preaching.

Oct 30th    Children’s Movie Night, 6pm St Mary’s Church Hall

Nov 16th Parish Quiet Day, details nearer time

Nov 24th            Annual Gift Day in the Rectory

Dec 20th   Carrigaline Community Carols in St Mary’s Church

Dec 23rd   9 Lessons & Carols Service 4pm in St John’sChurch

 

Holy Baptism:

July 14th in St John’sChurch, Monkstown – Rafael Jacques Hanna and Chloe Elizabeth Hanna, son and daughter of Darren Hanna and Armelle Blancet, Belgium.

July 14th in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Aiya J Payne, daughter of Gavin Payne and Beverly O’Connell, Dubai.

July 21st in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Matilda Grace Roberts, daughter of Brian and Nickeah Roberts, Australia.

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for June 2013

United Service June 30th is a 5th Sunday and this time our United Service will be at 11am in St John’s Church, Monkstown.

Congratulations to Helen Bannon, Hilary Dring and Tracey Pierce who successfully completed their Certificate in Children’s Ministry. Well done to them and well done to the Revd Anne Skuse who has been the driving force behind having this wonderful course in Cork. We all look forward to seeing the benefits of their skills in the parish.

Sunday School The annual Prize-giving will be at the 11am Service in St Mary’s Carrigaline on 9th June. This will be followed by a Parish Picnic in the Rectory Grounds (if it rains, we will sit on our picnic blankets in the Church Hall!). All parishioners are invited to come along to the picnic, just bring your blanket and food.

Saturday Evening Service Our Saturday Evening Service in May was led by the Mothers’ Union and the Youth Group. Thanks to Peter and his team and Hilary and her team for ensuring that the service took place while the rector and the lay reader made their way back from Armagh’s General Synod. The June Service will be on Saturday 8th at 7pm. This service will be led by the Revd Tony Murphy as the Rector has a wedding that day but I’m guessing that he will make sure there are plenty of sausages etc in the Hall afterwards.  Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this Saturday Night Service might prove ideal for them.

Confirmations We still don’t have a date for the confirmations but please keep the group of seven young people being confirmed in our parish in your prayers : Aaron, Alexander, Ali, Christina, Daniel, Michael & Robbie.

Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline over the Pentecost Weekend hasn’t actually taken place at the time of writing. We are all still in the throes of preparing to welcome visitors to the Church. We hope it will be a great success as a lot of work was done by a lot of people. A huge thank you to Jonathan Fleury for heading up a very hardworking Flower committee and also thanks to all who will take part in all the different aspects of the festival.

Summer F?te will also have taken place by the time you are reading these notes. A big thank you to Eddie Pierce and his dedicated team of helpers for yet again organising this important Parish fundraiser. It is quite the Carrigaline institution at this stage. I know from my stint of selling raffle tickets outside Supervalu that the Summer F?te , along with the School’s Craft Fayre at Christmas, have really become an integral part of the wider community’s calendar of events.

Eco Congregation  We have finally sourced 100% compostable cups, plates and napkins in our quest to become greener. They can be recycled along with food waste in the Rectory Compost Bin.  These will only be used for big parish occasions like the recent Flower Festival and our own authentic ‘Carrrigaline Pottery’ will be in use for normal after church gatherings. We managed to pick up several bags of rubbish during our annual Parish/School Walk at the end of April and Cork County Council collected these bags free of charge as part of the National Spring Clean initiative. Check out St Mary’s School notes to see how they have also managed to reduce their rubbish in the last little while. If you have any other ideas of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish, please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Junior Choir joined with the Senior Choir to sing at the Flower Festival Closing Service in May. The choir meets each Thursday 6.30 till 7.15 in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Senior Choir News The choir had a wonderful sabbatical to Sherkin Island at the end of April and came back refreshed for our May Sung Evensong which had an Ascension theme. The choir also joined with the Junior choir for the Flower Festival closing service in St Mary’s. Before they break up for the summer, they will be travelling to Kilkenny to sing with the St Canice’s Cathedral Choir at the Morning Service on Sunday 16th June. We wish them well. Thank you to the choir for helping us to worship God so magnificently on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Holiday Club Week Our parish, together with Templebreedy Group of Parishes are organising a Children’s Holiday Club Week in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s National School, Carrigaline from 22nd to 26th July this year. This year we are following a program called “Junior Heroes!”, where with the armour of God to aid us in our quest, our modern-day Junior Heroes can explore the lives of five biblical children (Samuel; the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus; David ; Naaman’s servant girl and King Josiah) through drama, story, games, puppets, crafts, memory verses, quizzes, and many more action-packed activities, combined in an Superhero Theme. The Holiday Club is for children who are currently in Primary School or who will be starting in Primary School this September. As only a certain number of children can be catered for, it will be essential to register. The Registration forms are available from the Parish Office. Contact the rector if you would like to know more about the week.

St Mary’s School Thank you to all the parents and children who took part in the joint Church/School sponsored walk.  Since the beginning of the school year the school’s ‘Green Schools’ Committee have been looking at reducing waste and increasing awareness of recycling in the school and they have managed to reduce their waste output from 3 bins per week to 1 bin per week thanks to the great effort of all pupils and staff.

Youth Club joined with members of the Mothers Union for the Monthly Saturday night ‘Sausage Service” on 11th May. We shared in the service together and learnt about Timothy and how his mother and grandmother and their Faith in God was very influential on him becoming such a loyal disciple. We also thought about the ‘generations ‘we represented in God’s church family and how St Paul challenged us of the slightly more mature variety (!) to protect the ‘deposit’ of the precious word of the Good News of Jesus Christ and share it with young people and nurture it in them. We then had lovely food and refreshments in the church hall and when the adults left , we had some crazy games and welcomed new members Lynn , Alice , Nicole ,Lorna , Alison  & Oriel to the group. We followed this up by starting our ‘Movie Night’ as suggested by the young people at our previous meeting. We got the popcorn, pizzas n chewy sweets ready and watched a Pixar animated DVD called “Despicable Me”. It was a great night and thank you to Brenda and her friends who assisted us so well in the kitchen.
Our next event will be on Saturday June 1st when Conor will organise a series of Frisbee matches as part of fundraising at the Church Fete taking place at the same time. See you there guys. (PC)

Mothers’ Union We thoroughly enjoyed watching ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ at our movie night. What an enjoyable film!  Thank you to those who provided the popcorn and other nibbles. We hope to organise another one in the not too distant future. Well done to everyone who made our Brunch such a success by contributing delicious food and helping us to raise money for the Centenary Fund and the Away from it All holidays. Thank you to Phyllis and Patsi for coming along. Thank you also to Elaine for opening the Rectory to us, not just once but again for our afternoon tea in May. Later in May we will have welcomed some Mothers’ Union members from Kilkenny to Carrigaline.  This month we will be heading off on our outing on the 19th June, leaving early afternoon to visit LakemountGarden in Glanmire, a garden centre nearby and have a meal together.  We need numbers for the outing as soon as possible.

We are thrilled that Mothers’ Union Cork has just started helping out at the Visitor Centre at the prison in Cork and would love if you could help by knitting teddies for the children who come to visit there. For a pattern or more information and for anyone who would like to come along on the outing please contact Hilary Dring 086-3680513 (HD)

Theological Book Circle We are currently reading Joseph F. Girzone’s book ‘Joshua : a Parable for Today’ and we will meet to discuss this book on Wednesday July 17th when we hope to be in the RectoryGarden. The Carrigaline Book Store offers 5% discount if you buy the book there. All are welcome to join the Book Circle, it is very informal and we usually just chat over a cup of coffee .  We are definitely not eggheads so don’t be afraid to dip in.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult! We have decided to keep this initiative going during the summer months although it will still only be open to children who are not yet in school.

Monday Club group meet to chat and share skills in St Mary’s Church Hall from 3pm till 5pm on Mondays. All welcome. Cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit guaranteed but the craic depends on you!

If you have any item that you would like included in the July/August Diocesan Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th June. Thank you.

FORWARD PLANNER

June 1st     Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline

June 9th    Sunday School Prize-giving and Parish Picnic in Rectory

June 30th  United Service 11am in St John’s Monkstown

July 22nd – 26th Children’s Holiday Club Week

Sept 29th  United Service Blessing of Animals St Mary’s 11am

Healing Service St John’s 7pm

Oct 12th    Parish Supper in the Canon McCrea Hall

Oct 13th   St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am

The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.

St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm

The Revd John Ardis preaching

 

FUNERALS:

May 13th in St Mary’s Cemetery, Carrigaline – Joyce Nelson.

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for May 2013

Flower Festival win St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline from Friday 17th until Sunday 19th May. The theme is ‘Pentecost : Fruit of the Spirit’ . There will be many attractions as well as the floral exhibitions : Plant Sale , Art Exhibition & Sale, Refreshments Marquee, Children’s Activity sheets etc.  All Monies raised in aid of Church funds and Cork Arc & Cancer Support House. The Festival will be opened at 8.30pm on Friday 17th May by Mr Simon Coveney, Minister of Agriculture & Food and a near neighbour to us in Carrigaline and the preacher at the closing service at 7.30 pm on Sunday 19th will be The Right Revd Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel & Ossory and well known to many of you in this diocese.

Summer F?te will take place on Saturday 1st  June in St Mary’s School, Waterpark Carrigaline. 10am to 2pm. Books, Bric-a-Brac, Plants, Country produce, Café & Home Baking, Toys, Bouncy Castles, Kids Entertainment and fantastic raffle! Mark this date in your diary now to ensure that this year’s event is as successful as previous years (EP).

Saturday Evening Service Our Saturday Evening Service in April took us on a journey to Emmaus in the company of Jesus, thank to this year’s confirmation class for acting it out. The May Service will be on Saturday 11th May at 7pm. This service will be led by the Mothers’ Union and the Youth Group as the Rector will be returning from the General Synod but the sausages etc will still be in the Hall afterwards.  Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this Saturday Night Service might prove ideal for them.

Confirmations The group of seven young people being confirmed in our parish have begun their ‘training’ and have helped out with the Good Friday Holiday Club and also did the initial readings (in the dark!) at the Easter Vigil Service. It is very much a hands on training this year, please continue to keep Aaron, Alexander, Ali, Christina, Daniel, Michael & Robbie in your prayers over the coming months. At the time of writing these notes, the actual Confirmation Service date still wasn’t known but as soon as the rector knows, she will let all those involved know immediately.

Annual Vestry Meeting The annual vestry meeting , more commonly known as the Easter Vestry took place  on Thursday April 11th. The elected members were as follows:

St Mary’s Rector’s Churchwarden : Clem Carroll

St Mary’s People’s Churchwarden : Edward Pierce

St John’s Rector’s Churchwarden :  Barney Deane

St John’s People’s Churchwarden :  Henry Forbes

Rector’s Glebewarden : Cecil Poole

People’s Glebewarden : Adrian Bateman

Select Vestry Members 2013-14

Valerie Andrew

Helen Arnopp (Treasurer)

Derek Buttimer

Richard Dring

Jonathan Fleury (Health & Safety Officer)

Joy Keefe

David Kirk

Julia Miller

Rowland Newenham (Secretary)

Jocelyn Pierce

Lesley Roberts

Eric Wilson

Thanks to all for agreeing to be part of this years team. There was a special prayer of commissioning at the Sung Evensong on Sunday 14th April.

 

Eco Congregation  We continue in our efforts to become ‘greener’ and hope that the environmental awareness element of our annual Parish Walk on April 8th went to plan. More about that next month. I have noticed several Bees buzzing around the rectory so can only assume that our ‘Bee Friendly’ scrubs, trees and hedging are helping to boost the Bee population in Carrigaline. If you have any idea of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish , please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

Books for Loan A reminder that we have many excellent theological and general Religious books in excellent condition in the Parish. These books are available for loan to any parishioner who is interested in them. The Bookcase is  in the parish office and as it is mobile, it is wheeled into the Church Hall whenever we are gathered there. Please do have a look at these books and borrow any of them.

Parish Table Quiz A huge thank you to Adrian Bateman and his fundraising team for a great night at the end of March. The Canon McCrea Hall was packed with all ages and the competition was fierce!  The winning team was led by Sally Orren,  a Sunday School Teacher, the second place was headed up by Richard Dring, our Diocesan Reader, the third by The Revd Tony Murphy and the fourth by the rector… surely a case of Divine Inspiration! A really enjoyable night. Thanks to all who supported it.

 

Junior Choir meets each Thursday 6.30 till 7.15 in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

Senior Choir News The April Sung Evensong was very special as we welcomed and prayed for the incoming Select Vestry most of whom were in attendance. Roger and the choir introduced some lovely new hymns which they will also sing at a Mass on their annual ‘retreat’ to Sherkin Island at the end of April. Thank you to the choir for helping us to worship God so magnificently on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Holiday Club Week Our parish, together with Templebreedy Group of Parishes are organising a Children’s Holiday Club Week from 22nd to 26th July this year. This year we are following a program called “Junior Heroes!”, where with the armour of God to aid us in our quest, our modern-day Junior Heroes can explore the lives of five biblical children (Samuel; the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus; David ; Naaman’s servant girl and King Josiah) through drama, story, games, puppets, crafts, memory verses, quizzes, and many more action-packed activities, combined in an Superhero Theme. The Holiday Club is for children who are currently in Primary School or who will be starting in Primary School this September. As only a certain number of children can be catered for, it will be essential to register. The Registration forms are available from the Parish Office. Contact the rector if you would like to know more about the week.

St Mary’s School  The Rector was delighted to be in the congregation at the Church of Our Lady and St John when several of the pupils of 6th Class were confirmed by Bishop John Buckley.  Congratulations to Ken Hegarty, the father of a past pupil from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit at St Mary’s School who ran the Parish Marathon on April 7th, raising money for the unit. Despite an injury half way into the run, he bravely finished the marathon and has raised a substantial amount of money for the school. Well done to him and thank you.

Youth Club met after Rev Elaine’s “sausage service”  on Saturday night (April 14th). Once we had taken some time out to reflect n recharge in church- we enjoyed hot dogs n chat. We followed this with some mad games which included intensive balloon bursting and blindfolded attacks on some very well built indoor forts !!  The young people participated in their usual energetic and enthusiastic way and a good nite was had by all. Thank you to all who provided the yummy supper and to Conor Murray for all his help. (PC)

Mothers’ Union What a wonderful day we had for the Festival Service in Carrigrohane when our new president, Patsi Devoy,  was commissioned along with others who are willing to serve at diocesan level. We wish them all every blessing in their different roles. Quite a number of us also enjoyed the evening in Crosshaven about the Irish Therapy Dogs. In our own branch we will have had our Movie night and Brunch during April and thank everyone who helped to organise these events. Over the coming month we look forward to joining with our young people for the Saturday evening service on the 11th May at 7 pm, followed by some fun together. Please try to come along to what has become known as the ‘Sausage Service’. On Wednesday, 15th May at 3pm we will be having afternoon tea at the rectory; please think about who might like to join us. There may be elderly people who don’t get out very often who would like to come. We also look forward to the Flower Festival; Mothers’ Union will be co-ordinating the refreshments for the Saturday and Sunday.  We’ll need all hands on deck!! On the 31st May there will be a Mothers’ Union group visiting from Kilkenny and we hope some of us will be able to meet up with them at the rectory. News on our outing is still not very definite; we are looking at the possibility of having it in the autumn as the first few weeks of June seem to be very busy. We will have had an update on this at our brunch, so by the time you read this things should be clearer (HD)

Theological Book Circle We are reading Fr Peter McVerry’s ‘Jesus, Social Revolutionary?’ published by Veritas, and we meet to discuss it in the Rectory at 8pm on Thursday April 25th Come along and enjoy the refreshments and the conversation.

Toddlers Plus One group meet in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

Monday Club group meet to chat and share skills in St Mary’s Church Hall from 3pm till 5pm on Mondays. All welcome.

If you have any item that you would like included in the June Diocesan Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th May. Thank you.

 

FORWARD PLANNER

May 11th   MU/Youth Led Saturday Night Service 7pm St Mary’s Church

May 15th   MU Afternoon Tea in the Rectory 3pm

May 17th   Flower Festival Official Opening 8.30pm St Mary’s Church

May 19th   Flower Festival Closing Service, 7.30pm  St Mary’s Church

Bishop Michael Burrows preaching

May 31st   Kilkenny Mothers’ Union visit

June 1st     Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline

June 9th    Sunday School Prizegiving and Parish Picnic in Rectory

July 22nd – 26th Children’s Holiday Club Week

Sept 29th  United Service Blessing of Animals St Mary’s 11am

Healing Service St John’s 7pm

Oct 12th    Parish Dinner in the Canon McCrae Hall

Oct 13th   St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am

The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.

St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm

The Revd John Ardis preaching.

 

 

BAPTISMS:

March 17th , St Mary’s Carrigaline. Isla Wilson, daughter of Geoff and Paula.

FUNERALS:

April 1st  Vola Newenham, in St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

April 15th Cremation – The Revd Canon Basil McCrae (Carrigaline Union)

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for April 2013

 

Saturday Evening Service Our Saturday Evening Service in March was all about Fairtrade issues and although we clashed with the CYDC Quiz, we managed to put back a few sausages after the service (although the sausages cooked by the rector were judged inedible as they were cremated) The April Service will be on Saturday 13th April at 7pm. As usual we will adjourn to the Hall for (non cremated) Sausages etc. afterwards.  Please pass the word on to anyone who finds it hard to get to Church on Sunday mornings as this Saturday Night Service might prove ideal for them.

 

Confirmations The group of seven young people being confirmed in our parish this year attended the ‘Confirmation Morning with the Bishop’ in Douglas on March 9th. Thank you to the bishop for organising it and for Douglas Union for hosting it. They seemed to really enjoy themselves and especially thanked the REALITY schools team for helping to make it so much fun. The preparation classes for confirmation began in the Rectory from 6-8pm on Saturday 23rd March. Please keep Aaron, Alexander, Ali, Christina, Daniel, Michael & Robbie in your prayers over the coming months. The actual Confirmation Service date won’t be known until after Easter when the Bishop has a chance to assign a date to us.

 

Annual Vestry Meeting This annual meeting is sometimes called the Easter Vestry and is open to ALL. This year it takes place on Thursday April 11th at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to give everyone a feeling of what has happened in our parish in the previous year. The audited and approved accounts of the previous year are presented. The Rector announces her Church wardens and all those who are registered in the ‘list of Vestry people’ vote on who should be the People’s Wardens and who should be on the Select Vestry for the coming year. This ‘list of vestry people’ is reviewed annually and there is an advertised open meeting to update it each year with anyone who is a resident or accustomed parishioner (this review took place this year on 13th February) It can’t be emphasised enough that the Annual Vestry Meeting should be attended by every parishioner that possibly can. If you want to know what is happening in your parish, then this is your opportunity. The Rector will guarantee that no one is ever landed with a job that they don’t want – in fact, you’ll find that there are more than enough volunteers for the Select Vestry but if you want to be informed, please do put the time and date in your diary now.  There is no use complaining that no one tells you what is going on if you don’t make an effort to find out for yourself. If you have any questions about the governance of your parish, please do contact the rector and she will take time to explain it to you.

 

Senior Choir News the Monkstown Choir gave us a wonderful rendition of Stanford’s St Patrick’s Breastplate at the Sung Evensong on March 10th. It was a service with a distinctive Celtic flavour in honour of our Patron Saint. The April 14th Sung Evensong will be equally special as we hope as many as possible of the incoming Select Vestry will be in attendance in order to be welcomed by the wider parish and to allow their coming efforts on behalf of the whole parish will be held up in prayer on the night.

 

Eco Congregation  We have stopped using Styrofoam Cups for our After Church refreshments and we hope to source eco paper cups for any bigger events. Thank you to all those involved for taking on the additional work of washing and drying the cups etc . We have now two bins in the kitchen in the Church Hall, to allow separation of recyclable and non-recyclable materials.

The planting of ‘Bee Friendly’ scrubs, trees and hedging in the Rectory to replace the felled trees is now complete and we look forward to helping to ensure the survival of our essential Bee population. Again thank you to all those who helped do this work.  If you have any idea of how we can improve on what we do environmentally as a parish , please do contact the rector or any of the Select Vestry. Watch this space for many other ideas and plans in the coming year. You can find out more about Eco Congregation on their website www.ecocongregationireland.com

 

Fair Trade News We celebrated FairTrade fortnight this year with a themed Saturday Night Service on 9th March. The rector subcontracted the blowing up of the enormous plastic Coffee Cup and Banana as this was literally beyond her abilityies. The display which include products available in the supermarkets locally remained in the church for the Service the following day. As a Fairtrade Parish we try to use fairly traded products when possible and encourage others to look for the Fairtrade Logo in the shops. Buying ethically is one area where the ordinary people like us actually have the power to change the living conditions of those people in the world who have the least power. Check out www.fairtrade.ie for details on how you can help.

 

Books for Loan We received a gift of many theological and general Religious books in excellent condition from James Fleury. These books will be available for loan to any parishioner who is interested in them. The Bookcase will generally ‘live’ in the parish office and as it is mobile, it can be wheeled into the Church Hall whenever we are gathered there. Please do have a look at these books and borrow any of them. We are very grateful to James for the generous gift and to Frances McCarthy for providing us with the means to display them so attractively on the mobile bookcase.

 

Junior Choir meets each Thursday 6.30 till 7.15 in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Hilary Dring or the Rector.

 

Holiday Club Week Our parish, together with Templebreedy Group of Parishes are organising a Children’s Holiday Club Week from 22nd to 26th July this year. This year we are following a program called “Junior Heroes!”, where with the armour of God to aid us in our quest, our modern-day Junior Heroes can

explore the lives of five biblical children (Samuel; the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus; David ; Naaman’s servant girl and King Josiah) through drama, story, games, puppets, crafts, memory verses, quizzes, and many more action-packed activities, combined in an Superhero Theme. The Holiday Club is for children who are currently in Primary School or who will be starting in Primary School this September. As only a certain number of children can be catered for, it will be essential to register. The Registration forms will be available after Easter. Contact the rector if you would like to know more about the week.

 

St Mary’s School  Following on from the successful Pencil Case Collection for  schools in Swaziland, Linda Chambers, the Director of the charity Us Ireland (formerly known as USPG)  has promised to link our school directly with one of the schools they support in Swaziland. Linda will be travelling to Swaziland during the summer and so we hope that this Link can begin from the beginning of the next Academic Year in September. Thank you to the Principal Ms Elliffe for agreeing to the initiative which we hope will be a blessing for both schools in the link.  The children (and teachers!) of 2nd Class worked really hard this year to produce a fantastic World Day of Prayer Service at Assembly on 1st March. The women of France had written this year’s service and the children had made French flags for decoration and brought in yummy French food and wore French clothes (they even lent the Rector a rather fetching Beret to wear for the Assembly!) They had learned their lines so well that they didn’t even need to look at bits of paper and the whole school sang the appointed hymns beautifully. Hilary Dring who leads up the WDP team locally and the Rector were very impressed with their delivery. Well done to all those involved.

 Youth News The Senior Youth Club met on Friday night 23rd February and we were delighted that some young people from Templebreedy could join us.

We had a great night – Plenty of mad games interspersed with some

interesting discussion on the importance and relevance of Lent – recognising
Jesus’ time of fasting and preparation in the desert plus some other topics.
You should be proud of these young people – they are well able to think topics through and present and justify their points of view – I was impressed and learnt a lot myself !  We followed that up by doing some serious damage to some large pizzas and Rev Elaine closed for us with prayer. The youth leaders would like to say Well Done to the gang who supported the 6th annual Diocesan Youth Table Quiz in Douglas on March 9th, the Carrigaline team were runners up on the night which was a great performance! Thanks a million to Lisa Tracey and the other helpers for putting this very popular event together. (PC)

 

Mothers’ Union unites Christians of all ages across the world. Members are not all mothers, or even all women, but are single, married, parents, grandparents or young adults who are just beginning to express their social conscience. Mothers’ Union provides a network through which members can support families through practical outreach and prayer, as well as a place to find support and fellowship as we seek to serve Christ in our communities. Be encouraged to find out more about what Mothers’ Union does through the website  http://www.themothersunion.org. This month there will be a Movie Night for the ‘younger’ ladies of the parish on Wednesday, 17th  April at 8pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall to give busy and maybe not so busy people a chance to meet up and enjoy some time together. On Saturday, 27thApril there will be a Brunch at the Rectory in Carrigaline from 10.30 – 12.30. Our new All Ireland president, Phyllis Grothier, is planning to join us and the morning will help to raise funds for the Centenary Fund (which was set up to celebrate the centenary of the Mothers’ Union in Ireland and offers  financial  support  to  clergy  in  training) as well as the Away From It All Fund. Please invite your friends to join us. Beyond April we are invited by Carrigaline Youth Group to join them on Saturday, 11th May for the monthly evening service at 7pm followed by a fun time together in the hall, and there are plans to meet up on Wednesday, 15th May at 3pm in the rectory for afternoon tea,to help out at the Flower Festival and to enjoy an outing in mid June. Please contact Hilary Dring 4378439 if you have any queries about any of these events. (HD)

 

Theological Book Circle We are reading Fr Peter McVerry’s ‘Jesus, Social Revolutionary?’ published by Veritas, and we meet to discuss it in the Rectory at 8pm on Thursday April 25th  Come along and enjoy the refreshments and the conversation.

 

Toddlers Plus One group meet in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am till 12pm on Mondays. All babies and toddlers are welcome as long as they bring along one adult!

 

Monday Club group meet to chat and share skills in St Mary’s Church Hall from 3pm till 5pm on Mondays. All welcome.

 

BAPTISMS:

March 3rd, St Mary’s Carrigaline. Áine and Nathan Horgan, daughter and son of Tadhg and Elvina.

 

If you have any item that you would like included in the April Diocesan Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before 10th April. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

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