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Carrigaline Union Notes for October 2018

Harvest Celebrations Our Harvest Celebrations began with the United Service in St Mary’s Church where the Preacher was Keith Roberts, well known to many of you as a friend and neighbour as well as a diocesan lay reader. This happened on Sunday 30th September, and the following Saturday night (6th) will be our Harvest Supper in the Canon McCrea Hall. This starts at 7:30pm and please let Millie Kingston or the Parish Office know if you are bringing a Salad or a Dessert. The next day, Sunday 7th , our United Harvest Service is at 11:15am in St John’s Church where the Preacher will be the Revd Edwin Hunter, also of this parish although he has been working down in far East Cork for a few years now! With Keith & Edwin, we have finished off on the ‘Series’ of Harvest Preachers who originated in this parish. The Rector has already planned a new series for next year!

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

Sunday Club had their first gathering of the year in September and some new children joined us. Richard Dring kindly covered the Service to allow the Rector be with the children and leaders. We spoke about God’s Creation and read ‘The Morning of the World’ , a lovely story adapted from Genesis by Bob Hartman, the master Story Teller! The children then made Creation Bookmarks. This month the theme of Sunday Club will be ‘Harvest’ and all school going children are welcome. 11 am in the Parish Hall on Sunday 14th October. For more details, please talk to the leaders : Tracey Pierce or Rachel Warren-Perry.

Youth Club The leaders met up for a ‘strategic’ session in the Rectory in September so great plans are afoot! The first date for your diary is the Focus Ireland sponsored Sleep Out in Crosshaven. This will be overnight on Friday 12th / Saturday 13th October. If you would like to be involved please speak with the Youth Leaders : Peter Coughlan, Brenda Haubold, Tracey Pierce & Rachel Warren-Perry. We hope to have a more detailed plan with dates in place by then. We wish Oriel Hosford well as she begins a CDYC/YMCA course ‘Leaders in Training’.

Mothers’ Union   Thank you to Revd Elaine for being with us for our Communion service in September and to Hazel Sweetnam for coming with the enterprise stall. There are also lots of gifts, cards and other items available on www.muenterprises.org  if you’d like to have a look. October brings with it the beautiful colours of autumn, nights draw in and we look forward to cosy evenings by the fire. How privileged we are to live in a land where there is peace. Many Mothers’ Union members lives are not so peaceful; remember to pray for all of our worldwide family, both near and faraway. Our Families Worldwide booklet helps us to do this. This month’s meeting, at time of writing, is not yet decided. Apologies for this; please keep an eye on our parish notices/MU noticeboard for information. You can also contact Hilary if you would like to find out what’s happening. The Getaway Weekend in Garryvoe is from 9 – 11 November; it’s not too late to book yourself in but you’d need to do it very soon. It will be a great weekend. Hope you can make it.   A verse for October – ‘For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.’ 2 Cor 4:6 (HD)

Monkstown Chamber Choir returned from our summer break to Choral Evensong in St John’s Church, Monkstown on 9th September. We continue to sing at Evensong on the second Sunday of the month. As well as this, we have a few other events to look forward to. The choir have been invited to join with other Cork Harbour Choirs to record a CD in support of CHASE, the group who are opposed to the incineration of imported toxic waste in Cork. For this, we are going to sing Philip Stopford’s “For The Beauty of the Earth” and we had a boot camp with the wonderful musician, Bebhinn Ni Mheara over the summer, to polish this up. The Remembrance Day Choral Evensong on 11th November, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One will be very special this year. Then we are in to the “silly season” of Advent and Christmas! Timoleague will be enjoyable, where they always make us so welcome to sing Advent Evensong, then of course the Traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St John’s, Monkstown on Sunday 23rd December at 4pm. A busy autumn/winter schedule ahead for this wonderful choir who celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2018.(RE)

Green Matters.   The Rector spoke to a group in our sister church of Our Lady & St John Carrigaline about the possibility of becoming an Eco Congregation. We have a lovely new set of Bins in the Parish Hall so please do be careful separating the various kind of rubbish. If you have any further ideas of how we ourselves 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 November Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th of October please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

1st Oct          Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

4th Oct          Select Vestry Meeting 8pm Rectory

6th Oct          Harvest Supper 7:30pm Canon McCrea Hall

7th  Oct         United Harvest Celebration 11:15am St John’s

Preacher : The Revd Edwin Hunter

11th Oct        Friendship Club 11am Rectory

12th Oct        Focus Ireland Youth Sleep-Out in Templebreedy

14th Oct        Sunday Club for Children 11am Parish Hall

14th Oct        Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s Church

26th Oct        CAMEO 10:30am Monkstown Sailing Club

15th , 16th & 17th November   Theatre Supper Nights in Douglas

 

Baptisms

1st September,   St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Caoimhe Michelle Fleming, daughter of Kevin and Andrea (nee Hickey)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for September 2018

Friendship Club  meet again on 13th September. We generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. Everyone is welcome and if you need a lift, please contact the Rector.

Toddlers Plus One are back again on 3rd 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  back again on 3rd September. We meet in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm every Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Theological Book Circle We are reading ‘The Gaze of Love’ by Ruth Patterson, Veritas (2016) and will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 1st October to discuss. All welcome to come along.

Sunday Club  The next Sunday Club will be September 9th  The Club meets in the Parish Hall from 11am on the 2nd Sunday of the Month.  If you have Primary School children they are welcome to come along and join us.

Holiday Club  This year’s Templebreedy & Carrigaline Union’s Holiday Club ‘The Big Top’  was a great success. 35 children and 20 teen leaders learnt about God’s strength, love, power, faithfulness and leadership through the characters of Samson, Jonah, Elijah, Daniel and Moses.

Youth Club    The Youth Club now meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 7 till 9pm in the Parish Hall. Meeting this month on September 23rd.

Mothers’ Union What a wonderful warm summer we have had; so many of us have enjoyed the beautiful sunshine but we have been acutely aware of the lack of rain for so many weeks. We trust that by the time we read these notes there will have been plenty of rain to top up the reserves and that the farming community will not have been too adversely affected. September is always a month when lots of activities start up again after a quieter time. We look forward to meeting up again in St. Mary’s, Carrigaline for a Holy Communion Service at 8pm on Wednesday 19th of September, followed by supper. It’s always lovely to catch up with each other. We will hopefully have cards, calendars etc for sale. Earlier in September, on Tuesday 4th, there will be a trip to West Cork where we will visit the Sam Maguire Community Bells Project in Dunmanway; we hope to have the Rev Cliff Jeffers as our guide on the day. This will be followed by Afternoon Tea and a Garden Tour at Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty. We will leave from St. Mary’s Church at 11 am SHARP and return early evening. Please contact Hilary if you have not yet put your name down; it may not be too late to join us. We are delighted that Hilary Dring, our present branch leader, has been chosen by members in Cork to be their next Diocesan President; she will take over from Patsy Devoy on January 1st 2019. We wish her well; please pray for all in leadership in Mothers’ Union. A thought –  “When you arise in the morning. think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” (Marcus Aurelius) God bless. (HD)

Green Matters. After our summer of drought, these green matters are even more important …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 September please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

 

4th Sept        Mothers’ Union Day out to Dunmanway 11am

13th Sept      Friendship Club 11am Rectory

19th Sept      Mothers’ Union Service 8pm St Mary’s Church

21st Sept       Culture Night : Art Exhibition in Parish Hall

22nd Sept      Workshop in Reading / Intercessions 10am St Mary’s Church

23rd Sept      Blessing of the Animals, 11am St Mary’s Church

30th Sept      United Harvest Service 11:15am St Mary’s Church

Preacher : Mr Keith Roberts

1st Oct          Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

6th Oct          Harvest Supper 7:30pm Canon McCrea Hall

7th Oct          United Harvest Service 11:15am St John’s Church

Preacher : The Revd Edwin Hunter

Carrigaline Union Notes for July & August 2018

Friendship Club met on Thursday 14th June and drank our coffee and ate our delicious cake knowing that just down the road, Charles & Camilla were enjoying the delights of the English Market.. Perhaps we should have invited them to the Rectory to join us!. We will meet again on 13th September. We generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. Everyone is welcome and if you need a lift, please contact the Rector.

Toddlers Plus One are finished now for the summer months. Back again on 3rd 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  also finished up for July and August, back again on 3rd September. We meet in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm every Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Theological Book Circle We are reading Antonia Fraser’s ‘Gunpowder Plot : Terror & Faith in 1605’ and will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 23rd July to discuss. All welcome to come along.

Sunday Club had their Prize Giving day during the Service on Sunday 10th June when the children who had attended this year received a lovely present each.  Leaders Tracey and Rachel were presented with chocolates and a Thank you card for the amazing work they have done with the children this year. Please do think about setting aside this Sunday for your primary school children.  The next Sunday Club will be September 9th  The Club meets in the Parish Hall from 11am on the 2nd Sunday of the Month.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘The Big Top’ will be from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2018 are welcome. The cost remains at  30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. The application forms are available from the Paris Office or from the Rector.

Youth Club    The Youth Club now meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 7 till 9pm in the Parish Hall. The next meeting is September 23rd. Thank you to the Leaders, Peter, Brenda, Tracey and Rachel for all of their enthusiasm and energy.

Monkstown Chamber Choir were delighted to be invited back to sing again this year at the, now annual, St Patricks Eve service in Irish at St Mary’s Church in Carrigaline. Then we had the Confirmation service in April. We sing Choral Evensong on the second Sunday of the month in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 7pm but are now on our summer break until September. At the time of writing, we were looking forward to our annual trip to West Cork and singing Sean O Riada’s mass in St Monas Church on Sherkin Island in June. The islanders always make us so welcome and put on a delicious spread afterwards. We stay the night in the Islanders Rest Hotel, so no doubt a few pints or glasses of prosecco will be enjoyed as we celebrate our 10th anniversary year! (RE)

Green Matters.  The Recycling Workshop with Dan Boyle was excellent and will hopefully help us to know what goes where in our bins. We plan on buying some new bins for the Parish Hall Kitchen along with a laminated poster of what to put where. The Carrigaline Tidy Town Group’s ‘wildflower’ patch in St Mary’s Churchyard is slowly taking seed and hopefully we will see the rewards of it soon. There has been such a profusion of buttercups and daisies this year it is a pleasure to walk through the churchyard. 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 as the Rector is on holiday in August so will need to send in the notes earlier than usual.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

16-20th July  Holiday Club , Canon McCrea Hall , St Mary’s School

23rd July  Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

29th July  United Service 11:15am St Mary’s Church

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

13th Sept  Friendship Club 11am Rectory

23rd Sept  Blessing of the Animals, 11am St Mary’s Church

Christian Baptism

27th May  Ross Tracy, son of Shane & Jill in St John’s Church , Monkstown

27th May  Alex Valquez, son of Simon & Jackie in St John’s Church, Monkstown

27th May  Mila Valquez, daughter of Simon & Jackie in St John’s Church, Monkstown

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for June 2018

Parish Fête.  Thank you to Eddie Pierce and his intrepid gang of helpers for yet another fantastic Parish Fête. A wonderful day – socially, financially and indeed spiritually! Thank you to everyone who supported it.

Dawn Chorus Thank you again to Tony Nagle who guided us around Currabinny  Woods last month. It was truly an ecumenical occasion as Fr Pat , Fr Sean and Fr Con joined the Rector and various people from all their respective parishes. None of the clergy will own up and claim the local midges as parishioners mind you!

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. We meet this month at 11am on Thursday 14th June. Everyone is welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Toddlers Plus One 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  We meet in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm every Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Theological Book Circle We are reading Antonia Fraser’s ‘Gunpowder Plot : Terror & Faith in 1605’ and will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Monday 23rd July to discuss. All welcome to come along.

Sunday Club meet in the Parish Hall from 11am on the 2nd Sunday of the Month with Leaders Tracey and Rachel.  Last month the children celebrated Easter, Ascension and Pentecost with wonderful artwork. Check out their Noticeboard in Church. Well done to all.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘The Big Top’ will be from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2018 are welcome. The cost remains at  30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. The application forms are available from the Paris Office or from the Rector.

Youth Club    The Youth Club now meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 7 till 9pm in the Parish Hall. Thank you to the Leaders, Peter, Brenda, Tracey and Rachel for all of their enthusiasm and energy.

Mothers’ Union  Mothers’ Union activities in our own and many other branches tend to quieten down for the summer months. We hope that everyone will have a good summer. We are delighted that Jocelyn Pierce recently delivered 150 comfort teddies to the Navy on our behalf so that they could travel on the L.E. Samuel Beckett to be a help to any refugee children that are rescued. They are really appreciated. At a Diocesan level there are several things coming up over the next few months. Cork Show will be on the 16th/17th June and you are very welcome to call in to the marquee while you are there. Anyone who would like to volunteer on either day at our baby-changing facility, please let us know. Mothers’ Union will also be at the Synod on the 9th June, so watch out for our stand there. A little bit of advance notice for you…On Friday 3rd August come and enjoy an hour apart from the busyness of life with an hour of reflection, from 1.30-2.30 pm followed by a Summertime Tea party from 3-5 pm in Carrigrohane Parish Centre – with a donations plate in aid of Mums in May.  Come to either or both. All welcome!   Also if anyone would like to join the ‘team’ for the Women’s Mini Marathon on 16 September – let us know! A thought for summer… “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” -John Lubbock  (HD)

Green Matters.  By the time you read this our Recycling Workshop will be over and hopefully many of you now have a better idea of exactly what goes where in our bins!. The Carrigaline Tidy Town Group have planted a ‘wildflower’ patch in St Mary’s Churchyard so we look forward to seeing a profusion of colour in the area on the right as you come in the gates. The children were given Sunflower seeds on Rogation Sunday so the competition is now on to see who will grow the tallest Sunflower by Harvest. Good luck to you all. 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

10th June  Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s Church

14th June  Friendship Club 11am Rectory

22nd June  Parish BBQ Rectory Garden

26th June   6th Class Graduation Service 11am St Mary’s Church

16-20th July  Holiday Club , Canon McCrea Hall , St Mary’s School

23rd July  Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

29th July  United Service 11:15am St Mary’s Church

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

Christian Burial

5th May  Denis McLoughlin, Ashes interred St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

 

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for May 2018

Parish Fête.  Reminder that this year’s Parish Fête is on Saturday 26th May 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 important financially 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! Hopefully we’ll see you there! (and as an added incentive…. if you show the Book Stall this Magazine note, you can have TWO books free! … normally its 3 books for 5 euro but if you show this note, you can have FIVE books for a fiver! Now there’s a bargain!)

Select Vestry for 2018/2019 We welcome the incoming Select Vestry for the coming year and thank them for their willingness to do this work for us all. Details are on the Church Noticeboards. They will be commissioned during the Choral Evensong on 13th May. Please keep them in your prayers during the coming year.

Dawn Chorus Thank you again to Tony Nagle who will lead us around Currabinny  Woods on Sunday morning 6th May which is also Rogation Sunday!. We meet at 5:45am in the Carpark. Wear weather appropriate clothes & shoes and bring along a flask of something hot for afterwards.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. We meet this month at 11am on Thursday 10th May (Ascension Day!) in the house of Joyce Loney as the Rector is at General Synod in Armagh. Everyone is welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Toddlers Plus One 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  We meet in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm every Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Sunday Club meet in the Parish Hall from 11am on the 2nd Sunday of the Month with Leaders Tracey and Rachel.  Last month the children made beautiul paper egg shapes which had lovely colours detailing the life of Jesus. Check out their Noticeboard in Church. Well done to all.

Confirmations Congratulations to the eight young people who were confirmed last month by the Bishop. May Charlie, David, Eoin, Harry, Luke, Ralph, Rebecca & Shane continue to reflect God’s light in our world.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘The Big Top’ will be from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2018 are welcome. The cost remains at  30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. The application forms are available from the Paris Office or from the Rector.

Youth Club    The Youth Club now meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 7 till 9 in the Parish Hall. Thank you to the Leaders, Peter, Brenda, Tracey and Rachel for all of their enthusiasm and energy.  We were delighted that the Carrigaline Team won the CDYC Annual Table Quiz which was held in our Parish Hall this year (but no cheating was involved!!) Well done to them all.

Mothers’ Union Thank you to Roisin Clough for a very enjoyable evening last month. We always appreciate having someone share their knowledge, life experiences, wisdom, insights etc with us. We can learn so much from each other. Hopefully by now the weather is a little warmer and the farming community will have been able to catch up on their work which has been so delayed by the rain and cold. Thank you to Esther Ross from our neighbouring parish who wrote a prayer for favourable weather. It was shared on our Facebook page where you can keep up to date with our news and events. Your prayers would be appreciated as elections for a new All Ireland president along with some other All Ireland posts take place. This month we look forward to an evening of friendship and reflection. We hope that Patsy Devoy will be able to be with us to share a little of what is happening in MU at the moment as well as giving us some thoughts for reflection. This will be on Wednesday 16th May at 8pm in the Parish Hall. The wonderful Cork Summer Show is coming up again on the 16th/17th June. If anyone is able to help out at the Mothers’ Union baby-changing tent please let us know. All help gratefully accepted.  A thought for this month…”Remember, one kind word can change someone’s entire day”. (HD)

Green Matters.  We have organised a Recyling Workshop for Monday 28th May in the Parish Hall. Dan Boyle, a VOICES Recyling Ambassador will be there to help us understand what can be a very confusing area.  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

6th May        Dawn Chorus in Currabinny Woods 5:45am

10th May      Friendship Club 11am Joyce Loney’s Home

13th May      Sunday Club 11am Parish Hall

13th May      Commissioning of Select Vestry 7pm St John’s Church

16th May      Mothers’ Union Meeting 8pm Parish Hall

20th May      Youth Club 7pm – 9pm Parish Hall

26th May      Parish Fete 10am – 2pm St Mary’s School, Waterpark

28th May       Recycling Workshop 8pm Parish Hall

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for April 2018

Annual Easter Vestry meet in the Parish Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 12th April. The new Select Vestry for the coming year will be voted in. Everyone is welcome to come along to hear an update of the previous year and, if you are registered on the General Vestry,  to vote in the new Select Vestry for the coming year.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘God’s Secretaries – The Making of the King James Bible’ by Adam Nicholson, Harper Perennial 2003, ISBN 978-0-6-083873-7 . We will meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 16th April to discuss. All welcome.

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

Toddlers Plus One 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  We meet in the Parish Hall from 3pm till 5pm every Monday. Bring your knitting, Ipads or whatever!

Parish Fête.  This year’s Parish Fête is on Saturday 26th May 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 important financially 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 again bring home more than she donates… So put the date in your diary now and we’ll see you there!

Sunday Club meet in the Parish Hall from 11am on the 2nd Sunday of the Month with Leaders Tracey and Rachel.  Last month for Mothering Sunday, they put together lovely boquets of daffodils (thanks to the Newenhams in Coolmore) and some choccies in little paper baskets for every woman in the congregation at the 11am Service. Plus they produced some wonderful Mothering Sunday Art work for the Sunday Club Noticeboard in Church. Well done to all.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club ‘The Big Top’ will be from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2018 are welcome. The cost remains at  30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. The application forms will be available after Easter but please contact the rector for more details if required.

Youth Club    The Youth Club now meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 7 till 9 in the Parish Hall. Thank you to the Leaders, Peter, Brenda, Tracey and Rachel for all of their enthusiasm and energy.  By the time you are reading these notes , the CDYC Annual Table Quiz will have taken place and Carrigaline Union were delighted to have hosted it.

Mothers’ Union is an amazing organisation – members speak out and campaign on behalf of others, as well as all the other things they do. As I write there is a delegation of members from Sudan, Canada, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, the USA and the UK along with other Anglican Women, in New York at the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women. You may remember that last summer we were asked to take part in a survey about issues facing women in rural areas. The feedback gathered is being used to inform the Mothers’ Union statement to the UN; presentations are being made by the different delegates about what life is like for rural women in their countries and what they hope to achieve from attending the CSW, and so we can genuinely say that we are represented there by our sisters. Find out more about it on the Mothers’ Union website, Facebook page and on Twitter. Locally we also play our part; we are putting our faith into action every day. Last month we raised some funds for the work of Mothers’ Union through our Candlelight Supper – thank you to all who came. Meeting together for friendship and support is also an integral part of Mothers’ Union and so this month, on Wednesday the 18th April at 8pm we welcome Roisin Clough to our meeting in Carrigaline where she will share some of her ‘secrets’ about the skin care products she makes herself. We enjoyed her talk about homemade cleaning products and look forward to an interesting evening. We would love to welcome new members; please just ask if you are interested. Everyone is welcome to come to our evening with Roisin. (HD)

Green Matters.   The 3 Faiths Forum will again host an Earth Day Celebration in Bishop Lucey Park Cork at 2pm on 21st April. The theme this year is ‘End Plastic Pollution’ and all are welcome…… If you have any further 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

12th April EASTER VESTRY  7:30pm Parish Hall

14th April   Children’s Ministry ‘Godly Play’ Workshop, 10am – 1pm Northridge House, St Luke’s Mahon

15th April  Confirmation Service , United Service 11am, St Mary’s Churchyard

16th April   Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

18th April     Mother’s Union. 8pm. Parish Hall

20th April    Cheese and Wine Film Night 7.30pm Parish Hall

21st April   Cork 3 Faiths Forum, Earth Day Celebration 2pm Bp Lucey Park Cork

 

6th May Dawn Chorus 5:45am Currabinny Woods

28th May VOICE Recycling Workshop 8pm Parish Hall

 

Funerals :

24th January 2018, Doreen Draper (née Barton) St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

25th January 2018, DeeDee Dorman (née Gay) St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

28th January 2018, Edward and Linda Lee (née Meagher) Burial of Ashes,  St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

22nd February 2018, Deirdre McCrea, Burial of Ashes,  St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

24th February 2018, Edwin Kingston, St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for March 2018

Lenten Study  We continue with our Lenten Series on the 5 Anglican Marks of Mission,  Wednesdays 7th, 14th and 21st  at 8pm in the Parish Hall (following Evening Prayer at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church). We look forward to again joining with Douglas Parish on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week this year to hear Bishop David Chillingworth speak.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘God’s Secretaries – The Making of the King James Bible’ by Adam Nicholson, Harper Perennial 2003, ISBN 978-0-6-083873-7 . We will meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 16th April to discuss. All welcome.

Friendship Club generally meet in the Rectory on the 2nd Thursday of each month for tea, coffee & chat. We meet at 11am on Thursday 8th March , which is incidentally International Women’s Day but don’t let that put any men off! Everyone is welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Holiday Club  This year’s Holiday Club will be from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July, again in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. All children who are will be in Primary School in September 2018 are welcome. The cost remains at  30 per child with a maximum of 70 per family. The application forms will be available after Easter but please contact the rector for more details if required.

Youth Club   The Youth Club are looking forward to our Parish hosting the CDYC Annual Table Quiz night in our Parish Hall on Friday 24th March. There are also plans afoot to change around our monthly meeting from Fridays to Sundays so watch this space! Five of our teens will be heading up to Co. Wicklow this month to take part in the Holiday Club Junior Leader Training weekend along with young people from several other dioceses so we wish them well.

Mothers’ Union By the time most of you will be reading this the Getaway Weekend in Garryvoe will be almost over. Hopefully some of you will have been able to enjoy this special time away. It is always a wonderful time of rest and refreshment for all who come. Locally this month we will have an evening of fun and food when our Candlelight Supper takes place on Friday 23rd March at the Parish Hall in Carrigaline at 8pm. As always we ask people to bring either a salad or dessert, or even something to drink, if they can – please let us know which one – and the main course will be provided. The cost per person will be €6. All welcome. Money raised will go towards our ‘Mums in May’ Fundraising which supports local and overseas Mothers’ Union.  There will be no meeting on the third Wednesday of March to allow everyone to go to the Lenten Bible Study if they so wish. On Wednesday 18th April we look forward to having Roisin Clough share some of her skin care secrets with us. Details will be in next month’s notes. May the freshness of Spring remind us of God’s love and compassion; may the season of Lent give us time for reflection as we look forward to Easter.  (HD)

Green Matters.  We are delighted that our neighbouring parish of Douglas Union with Frankfield are beginning their Eco Congregation Journey and wish them all the very best.  In February we published the new guidelines on recycling as there seems to be a lot of confusion around what goes into which Bin! Check out the very clear instructions http://recyclinglistireland.ie/  If you have any further 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

3rd March Women’s World Day of Prayer 10am Our Lady & St John’s Church, Carrigaline

8th March Friendship Club 11am Rectory

16th March  St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7:30pm St Mary’s Church

Preacher : Sr Kathleen McGarvey, Provincial Leader of the Irish province of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles (OLA’s )

22nd March, Carrigaline Singers Charity Concert 7:30pm St Mary’s Church

23rd March, Mothers’ Union Candlelist Supper, 8pm Parish Hall, Carrigaline

24th March  CDYC Annual Quiz, Parish Hall, Carrigaline

25th March Palm Sunday:

  • 9:30am Service in St John’s – Palm & Passion Liturgy
  • 11am Service in St Mary’s – Palm Procession with Billy the Donkey through the Estuary Estate, with Palm Liturgy in the Rectory Grounds before returning for Passion Liturgy.

26th March Monday of Holy Week:

  • 30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s
  • Joining with Douglas Congregation to hear Bishop David Chillingworth speak. 7.30pm in St Luke’s Church Douglas

27th March Tuesday of Holy Week:

  • 30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s
  • Joining with Douglas Congregation to hear Bishop David Chillingworth speak. 7.30pm in St Luke’s Church Douglas

28th March Wednesday of Holy Week:

  • 30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s
  • Joining with Douglas Congregation to hear Bishop David Chillingworth speak. 7.30pm in St Luke’s Church Douglas

29th March Maundy Thursday:

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

29th March Good Friday:

  • 30am St John’s – Morning Prayer with Litany
  • 12 (tbc) Ecumenical Walking the Stations of the Cross in Carrigaline
  • 30pm St Mary’s – Evening Prayer with Litany

31st March Easter Saturday:

  • 9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service

1st April Easter Sunday:

  • Dawn Service, meeting at 6:15am at St John’s Church Monkstown, walking with the parishioners of the Harbour Parishes to the Sea wall (Car Park) for the Ecumenical Service which will be followed by breakfast in the Gill Room.
  • 30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist
  • 11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

12th April EASTER VESTRY  7:30pm Parish Hall

14th April   Children’s Ministry ‘Godly Play’ Workshop, 10am – 1pm Northridge House, St Luke’s Mahon

15th April  Confirmation Service , United Service 11am, St Mary’s Churchyard

16th April   Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

Funerals :

24th January 2018, Doreen Draper (née Barton) St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

25th January 2018, DeeDee Dorman (née Gay) St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

28th January 2018, Edward and Linda Lee (née Meagher) Burial of Ashes,  St Mary’s Churchyard, Carrigaline

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for February 2018

Lenten Study  This year we will once again be using the Bible Association of the Church of Ireland (BACI) Lenten Studies. We have found them excellent in the past and this year looks like being no different! Based on the 5 Anglican Marks of Mission, the 2018 theme is entitled “As the Father sent me, so I send you” (John:20.21) the five studies focus in turn on the TELL, TEACH, TEND, TRANSFORM, TREASURE aspects of mission, moving from the teaching and pastoral care required after initial conversion to the wider social and environmental challenges of the Gospel. The writers are the Revd Jack Kinkead, the Revd Lesley Robinson, Mr Philip McKinley, Canon Paul Houston and Mr David Ritchie of the RCB.  We will begin on Wednesday 21st February at 8pm in the Parish Hall (following Evening Prayer at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church).

Toddlers Plus One 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  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. We will meet again at 11am on Thursday 8th February.  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Youth Club We want to extend a very warm Carrigaline welcome to Hilda Connolly in her new role as the Diocesan Youth Officer and we look forward to working with her to promote Christian youth work in our Union of parishes and throughout the Diocese. The CDYC Youth leaders weekend will probably be well over by the time you are reading these notes. This year’s theme in Clonakilty was Global Justice , led by Tearfund. It’s always a great event and youth leaders and potential youth leaders from round the diocese are grateful to be able to meet, share, learn and pray in a relaxed social setting with plenty of laughs also guaranteed!!. (PC)

Monkstown Chamber Choir will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018. Our first performance of choral evensong was on Sunday 3rd February 2008 and an article was published in the “County” supplement of the Irish Examiner recording the resurrection of this wonderful service after five decades in Monkstown. We are looking forward to marking this special year in many ways, but our usual regular calendar includes Choral Evensong on the second Sunday of the month in St John’s Church, Monkstown, the St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaelige in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline and of course our annual trip to West Cork. (RE)

Mothers’ Union Thank you to Lesley Roberts and Clodagh King for their presentation about Carrigaline Pottery which was very much appreciated at our January branch meeting. It has played such an important role in the history of Carrigaline and surrounding areas. Lesley’s vast knowledge of things historical never ceases to amaze and, along with Clodagh’s photography skills, gave us an excellent insight into the pottery. In February we will not have any evening meeting in order to allow people to go to the Lenten Studies on Wednesdays during Lent.  Come along instead to the monthly Friendship Club on Thursday 8th  February at the Rectory in Carrigaline for some fellowship and tasty coffee and treats.  On Sunday 25th February, the day before Fairtrade Fortnight, there will be a Famine Lunch in aid of Mothers’ Union. It will take place after the 11 o’clock service in St. Mary’s in Carrigaline at approx 12 noon. We hope to have Mothers’ Union cards etc available for purchase which also supports the work of Mothers’ Union around the world. We look forward also to a Candlelight Supper in March. Details to follow next month. Our Diocesan Women’s Getaway weekend will take place 2nd – 4th March in Garryvoe.  Booking Forms available from Hilary Dring. All welcome – it is not just for Mothers’ Union members!! Treat yourself and come along. By the time you read this there will hopefully be some spring flowers peeping out and cheering us up to remind us of God’s faithfulness year after year. God never lets us down.   (HD)

Green Matters.  If you have any further 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

8th Feb          Friendship Club 11am Rectory

11th Feb        Sunday Club 11am Parish Hall

11th Feb        Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s Church

14th Feb        Ash Wednesday Eucharist 10:30am & 7:30pm St Mary’s Church

16th Feb        Youth Club 7:30pm – 9:30pm  Parish Hall

21st Feb        Lenten Study 8pm Parish Hall

(immediately after 7:30 Evening Prayer in St Mary’s Church)

25th Feb        Famine Lunch in Parish Hall

(immediately following the 11am Fair Trade themed All Age Service)

 

Baptisms :

31st December 2017, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Abigail Eleanor Henrietta Anderson-Roberts, daughter of John Anderson and Charlotte Roberts

 

Funerals :

27th November 2017, Cremation, Deirdre McCrea née Miskelly (Carrigaline Union)

2nd January 2018, Cremation, Linda Lee née Meagher (Carrigaline Union)

3rd January 2018, St John’s Cemetery, Ballinrae, Christopher Hare (Carrigaline Union)

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for January 2018

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 yet again it made a real difference to our community’s understanding of the Incarnation. The local charities (SvP, Cork Simon, Charlie’s Equine Rescue) will have certainly appreciated the gate money donated to them. Thank you all.

Advent Talks Thank you to John Sweeney for helping lead the talks this year. Great evenings of listening, thinking and sharing.

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘The Divine Dance’ by Richard Rohr, SPCK 2016  and we will meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 15th January to discuss. All welcome.

Toddlers Plus One 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  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. We will meet again at 11am on Thursday 11th January.  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Mothers’ Union   A New Year, a new beginning, for Mothers’ Union a new Theme… “In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps” is the theme for 2018. As we look to the future and the year ahead we want, as an organisation, to build on our heritage, and in particular, the life and vision of Mary Sumner and on her faith and resolve to follow God’s call to make a difference to families and society.  Mary Sumner started Mothers’ Union in 1876, over 140 years ago; today over 4 million members still make a difference around the world. We meet as Carrigaline and Monkstown branch and all are welcome to join us. This month, on Wednesday 17th at 8pm, we look forward to a visit from Lesley Roberts when he will tell us about Carrigaline Pottery, for so long part of the fabric of the town. Clodagh King’s photography skills will be put to good use as she helps Lesley with his presentation. We will meet in the Parish Hall in Carrigaline next to the church. Please remember that membership fees are due in January; forms have been posted/emailed out and are also available from Hilary Dring if you would like one. We would love to have some new members so please just ask one of us about it. We will be delighted to help. Wishing everyone who reads this many blessings for the New Year. “The 1st January is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ? Brad Paisley. (HD)

Green Matters.  If you have any further 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

11th Jan        Friendship Club 11am Rectory

15th Jan        Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

17th Jan        Mothers’ Unon 8pm Parish Hall

19th Jan        Youth Club 7:30pm – 9:30pm  Parish Hall

Baptism: 3rd December , St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Benjamin David, son of David Barbour and Niamh Hallinan

Funerals : Cremation, 27th November 2017, Deirdre McCrea née Miskelly (Carrigaline Union)

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for December 2017

Live Crib ‘Road to Bethlehem’ Saturday December 9th & Sunday 10th 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 €7 but children are free and like last year all money will go to local charities. Please come along and support it, it is a magical experience.

Advent Talks are on for just three nights this year, all on Wednesdays at 8pm in the Parish Hall, Carrigaline. 6th December, 13th and 20th December. All welcome to come along as we explore the actual theology behind the tinsel, turkey and trappings.

Drama Group  Thank you to the Director Mary Murphy, Producer Olna Trotter and their wonderful group of Actors, Wardrobe & Props people for three fantastic nights at the Douglas Theatre Supper in early November. It truly was so professional and very very funny! We were all so proud of you. Thank you also to Madeleine Geary and her intrepid band of caterers for looking after all of the logistics. It was lovely for our parish to be involved in such an enterprise with our neighbouring parish of Douglas and Frankfield especially as so many of us are closely connected with them. We look forward to the next collaboration but in the meantime we have the Live Crib Pageant to enjoy so no pressure!

Theological Book Circle are reading ‘The Divine Dance’ by Richard Rohr, SPCK 2016  and we will meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Monday 15th January to discuss. All welcome.

Youth Club.   It has been an amazing couple of weeks for the young people of Carrigaline Union:

-On Friday 13th Oct, six of our youth club (Kyle, Oriel plus a pal, Alice, Jonathan and Alison) teamed up with Templebreedy parish youth and on a very damp and chilly night slept outside under a shelter in the church grounds to highlight the plight of the homeless and those facing homelessness in Ireland today.

The 20 young people raised over €1,200.00 euro in sponsorship for Focus Ireland – a really superb effort – and we can be very proud of them and learn from them. They really do understand that it is not right to have so many people (especially children) homeless in our country at this time and they want it to change. Thank you once again to Revd Isobel and Norman Jackson who organised this superb event and a special call out also for Oriel Hosford who attended this event plus more or less every other youth club meeting and event over the past few years  (fair play Oriel )

-At the recent Ashton School awards Rachel Warren Perry was named ‘Senior Student of the Year’ and Kyle Meiklejohn bagged the ‘Junior Student of the Year’ award (as well as a number of other prizes!) Superb , both of you!!

-Alice Woolworth was accepted into Mensa.  Brilliant Alice!

-Christina Dring (at just 18 years of age) has just played in the FAI Women’s Cup Final match for Cork City WFC against UCD Waves on Nov 5th at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and has come home with a winners medal!!(Cork won 1-0!)

– Add to this the Musical and Archery Talents of Alison Warren Perry plus the hockey and soccer skills of Jonathan Warren Perry and we have a group of young people with a huge range of talents!.

Big Congratulations to you all !!!

The Youth Leaders, Sunday School teachers and the entire parish are very proud of your achievements and wish you well with your future plans.

Keep it up Guys !, be humble in your victories and Thank God for these talents God has given you and enjoy them to the full. (Peter Coughlan)

Mothers’ Union   Thank you to Tracey Pierce for the wonderful Crafts evening in November. Our MU Christmas lunch will be on the 7th December at 12.30 in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. Please contact Hilary Dring or Jocelyn Pierce if you would like to come. For more information on upcoming events, please contact me on 086-3680513, or have a look at the Mothers’ Union Cork Facebook page or the website at www.cork.mothersunion.ie.  (Hilary Dring)

While we, the people of Carrigaline Union, were delighted that the Climate Justice Candle at our United Harvest Service appeared as the cover photo for the November Diocesan Magazine, the caption with the photo unfortunately said that St John’s Church was in Carrigaline. While St John’s Church is indeed one of two churches in the Carrigaline Union of parishes,  the Church has resided proudly in the beautiful village of Monkstown since 1832.  St John’s Church, along with it’s sister church of St Mary’s Carrigaline (1823),  has services every Sunday, in fact St John’s Church has an additional Service at 7pm on the second Sunday of each month when the 16 strong robed Monkstown Chamber Choir, directed by Roger Ellis, treat us all to wonderful Choral Evensong, a service that is rarely experienced outside of a Cathedral setting. All are welcome to join with us if you are in the area.

At that United Harvest in St John’s Church Monkstown depicted on the front cover of last month’s diocesan magazine, the preacher was the Revd Tony Murphy. Many of you already know him because, although he lives in Carrigaline, in his capacity as a Non Stipendiary Minister in this diocese , he is a frequent visitor to many of your churches.

That particular day he preached on Vocation and many of those who heard him asked me to somehow allow his words to go further than just the people who had gathered for the United Harvest. Someone suggested the Diocesan Magazine, so I am unashamedly hitching his slightly scaled down sermon onto my few words about St John’s Church in the hope that when you read it, you too will be nurtured by its quiet wisdom and perhaps there may even be one or two of you who will also feel a quiet stirring in your soul – and who knows where that will lead!

The Revd Tony Murphy’s Sermon at the United Harvest in St John’s Monkstown:

1: As Rev Elaine in recent years has invited as Harvest Preachers those who began their journey to the Ministry in this Parish I would like to change focus this morning to  the start of the Harvest cycle and reflect on how the seeds of ministry are set within the Christian Community in Parishes.

2: In recent decades there has been a broadening on the  roles of Ministries in the Churches. The Church of Ireland has a long tradition Lay Readership. In recent years  we have developed Pastoral Assistants;  Healing Ministry; Lay Assistants at the Eucharist together with more traditional ministries such as Wardens , Organists etc . It is sobering to recall that these insights were available from the early years of the Church but were overlooked when there was a highly clericalised structure. The Apostle Paul (Romans 12: 6-8) reminded his readers that we ALL have gifts to offer –gifts  that differ according to the Grace given to us. The key issue is not what grace or talent we have been given but, as we see from the story of the talents what we do with it. ,(Matthew 25: 14-30)

3: While we have experienced a growth in some ministries  there  has been a clear decline in vocations to the Ordained Ministry. The reasons for this are many but one has to accept that– compared to the present day —  the society in which people lived  in the past, the culture and the Parishes all  helped people to process the possibility of a call to Ministry.

However The Church of God has a structure of Bishops ,Priest and Deacons since the time of the Apostles and it is the responsibility of the Church in our day  to  ensure that the Church  continues to serve the People of God and Proclaim its witness.

4: What is the role of a Christian Community in relation to encouraging vocations to the Ministry?.

Could I suggest in the first case that it is  something that we should include in our prayers.  In Matthew9: 36-38 we are asked us to pray  to the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers into his harvest. How often do we follow this instruction?

Apart from the efficacy of prayer ,such a practice keeps the Ordained Ministry as part of the life of the Parish and not something that is disconnected . One should never underestimate the impact of prayer or talk on the Ministry to those who may be privately  agonising as to whether they have a genuine call to the Ministry.

5: Obviously the Church Community cannot cause vocations. That is the role of the Holy Spirit. The Church community can only help a person who believes that he or she has that call from God. However the Holy Spirit is not limited by our narrow vision or petty prejudices. My experience at a selection conference and viewing the diversity of people present in terms of age , gender, educational levels, churchmanship and personality brought me to the conclusion that it could not eb a human agency which brought this group together.

6: We will be entering a new phase in the life of the Church with the creation of Local Ordained Ministry. Trying to understand if one genuinely has such a call is a demanding experience but remember the repeated phrase from the first chapter of the Book of Joshua when the Lord appointed him as successor to Moses “ Be strong and courageous”.   We all have to place ourselves into Gods hands and have confidence that he will be with us through trying times as well as joyous ones.

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

2nd /3rd  Dec   St Mary’s School Christmas Fayre in GAA Hall

6th December  Advent talk 8pm Parish Hall

7th December  Mothers’ Union Lunch, Carrigaline Court Hotel

9th /10th Dec   ‘Road to Bethlehem’ Live Crib  at St Mary’s Church

13th December  Advent talk 8pm Parish Hall

15th December  Carrigaline Community Carols 7:30pm St Mary’s Church

17th December Eucharist 11am St Mary’s Church

Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church (no 9:30am)

18th December 10am Toddlers + 1 Christmas & Carols Parish Hall

3pm Monday Club & MU Carol singing Parish Hall

24th December Eucharist 9:30am St John’s Church

Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church (no 11am)

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

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

27th December 10:30am Eucharist St Mary’s Church

31st December 11am United Christingle Service St Mary’s Church

 

 

Baptism:

15th October, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Alex Chris Pope, son of Simon & Julie (nee Trotter)

28th October, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Sam Alan McConnell, son of Warren & Aoife

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for November 2017

Harvest Celebrations  We had an entire week of celebrations for Harvest this year, beginning with the St Mary’s Harvest Service when preacher Keith Dyde (from the Church Army who lived in Carrigaline for many years while a Missioner in this diocese) spoke to us about ‘Fruits of the Spirit’. We had a lovely ‘Bring & Share’ lunch after this service so that everyone  had a chance to speak with Keith and his wife Susanna. The following Saturday evening we had the Harvest Supper Dinner & Dance which was very well attended and thanks as always to Henry Forbes and his hardworking team for pulling off yet another brilliant Harvest event. The next morning we had the St John’s Harvest Service when our own Revd Tony Murphy spoke to us on the theme of the workers required for the Harvest and Vocations in general. It was an inspiring and timely sermon and many have requested that it be published here within our notes to ensure a wider readership. Tony will attempt to trim it down as much as possible and hopefully it will be here on our page in next months edition. We hosted the Climate Justice Candle at this service (see more under ‘Green Notes’). The Harvest collection this year went to Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF) Rohingya Fund while the produce used in decoration went to Carrigaline Senior Citizens / Meals on Wheels and Monkstown SvP / Meals on Wheels. Thank you to all who decorated the churches so beautifully and anyone who helped out. It was a truly wonderful week.

Toddlers Plus One 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  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. We will meet again at 11am on Thursday 9th November.  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Youth Club.  Six of our young people, along with leaders Peter & Tracey, slept out of doors with Revd Isobel and her gang in Crosshaven on a most miserable October night – Friday 13th indeed!. They were highlighting and raising money for ‘Focus Ireland’ and well done to them!  The Soccer/Funday in Ringaskiddy (Secondary School age) is on November 11th. Details from Peter Coughlan.

Mothers’ Union  At our November 15th meeting, Tracey Pierce will again be leading us through another wonderful evening making ‘Crafts for Christmas’ which was so popular last time. For more information on upcoming events, please contact Hilary on 086-3680513, or have a look at the Mothers’ Union Cork Facebook page or the website at www.cork.mothersunion.ie.   

Monkstown Chamber Choir returned to practice in September and sang at Choral Evensong in St John’s on the 10th. Later in the month, we were invited to accompany choir member Charlotte O’Connor in St Mary’s Church (Marmullane), Passage West as part of Culture Night. This was a very pleasant evening, where we also heard Paula Mealy sing beautifully with Dermot Locke on the new organ. Colman O’Mahony told us about the history of the church and the night was washed down with wine and olives! The combined Harvest service followed in early October where we sang the anthem “For the beauty of the earth” by Philip Stopford. Christmas will be busy again this year, but before that starts, we look forward to travelling to Timoleague on 3rd December for what has now become a traditional event – Advent Choral Evensong. (RE)

Green Matters.  We were delighted that we had the Eco Congregation Climate Justice Candle for the United Harvest Service in St John’s Church. Special prayers were said and a pledge taken to honour the environment in whatever way we can. The Rector also brought it along to the Clergy Conference in Ballylickey and it was lit for all of our Talks and Services there so hopefully it will encourage other clergy in the diocese to go the Eco Congregation route. Eco Congregation have wonderful online resources full of ideas on how to take an eco-friendly approach to church life – practically, spiritually and by connecting with your local community and with people in developing countries already impacted by climate change. The Tallest Sunflower grown from the seeds distributed on Rogation Sunday Competition Prizes were handed out at the St John’s Harvest too. Graham White won first prize with his 2m 6cm whopper and John Kennedy was second with 1m 99cm. First Class in St Mary’s had a lovely tall Sunflower too so well done to you all! If you have any further 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 of November please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

9th November Friendship Club, 11am Rectory

9th,10th & 11th November   Theatre Supper Nights in Douglas

11th November CDYC Ringaskiddy Soccer Tournament

12th November  Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s

15th November Mothers’ Union 8pm Parish Hall

26th November Gift Day in the Rectory 12 noon until 3pm

9th & 10th December  Live Crib Carrigaline

Baptism:

23rd September, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Christopher Anthony Hegewald-McElroy, son of Ed and Bianca.

Funeral:

23rd September,  The Churchyard at Ballyfoyle , Edith Noélle Roberts  (Carrigaline Union)

 

 

Carrigaline Union Notes for October 2017

Harvest Celebrations The first of our Harvest Celebrations is the United Service at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Carrrigaline where the Preacher will be Keith Dyde, known to many of you when he worked in this diocese for the Church Army. We are delighted he has come back to speak to us and look forward to chatting with him and his wife Susannah at the Bring & Share Harvest Lunch in the Parish Hall after the Service.  The following Saturday night (7th) is our Harvest Supper in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School. This starts at 7:30pm and please let the Parish Office know if you are bringing a Salad or a Dessert. The next day, Sunday 8th , our United Service is at 11:15am in St John’s Church, Monkstown where the Preacher will be the Revd Tony Murphy of this parish! At this Service we will also be lighting the Climate Justice Candle which is winging its way around church communities in the whole Island. See the Green notes for more details.

Toddlers Plus One 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  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. We will meet again at 11am on Thursday 12th  October.  All welcome and if you need a lift please contact the Rector.

Mothers’ Union  ‘Digging Deeper’ is what we will be doing when we meet in the Parish Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 18th  October to hear from a  (yet to be confirmed) guest on their personal Faith Journey.  At our November meeting, Tracey Pierce will again be leading us through another wonderful evening making ‘Crafts for Christmas’ which was so popular last time. For more information on upcoming events, please contact Hilary on 086-3680513, or have a look at the Mothers’ Union Cork Facebook page or the website at www.cork.mothersunion.ie.   

Green Matters.  We are delighted that we are hosting the Climate Justice Candle in our parish in October.  So many churches throughout Ireland have joined in the Eco Congregation  ‘Shine a Light on Climate Justice’ initiative, since it was launched at the National Ecumenical Prayer Service for COP21 in the presence of President Michael D Higgins in November 2015.  Eco Congregation hopes , by taking part in this initiative, our churches will be encouraged to include prayers for climate justice in every Service/Mass and to take actions to ‘green’ our churches. Eco Congregation have online resources full of ideas on how to take an eco-friendly approach to church life – practically, spiritually and by connecting with your local community and with people in developing countries already impacted by climate change. If you have any further 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 November Magazine, please email them to the rector (emit@eircom.net) before the 10th of October please.

 

FORWARD  PLANNER

1st Oct       United Harvest Celebration 11am St Mary’s

Preacher : Keith Dyde

Bring & Share Lunch in the Parish Hall

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

8th Oct         United Harvest Celebration 11:15am St John’s

Preacher : The Revd Tony Murphy

9th,10th & 11th November   Theatre Supper Nights in Douglas

9th & 10th December  Live Crib Carrigaline

 

Baptisms

27th August   St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Noah Alan Cavanagh-Hogan, son of Julie Cavanagh and Colm Hogan

3rd September, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – Andrew Edward Bateman, son of Ross and Gemma Bateman

10th September, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline – James Robert Whitley, son of Philip and Sarah Whitley.

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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