The Revd Tony Murphy writes ’The year 2018 has been designated by the Irish Government as “Bliain na Gaeilge” (The Year of Irish) to mark the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Gaelic League by Douglas Hyde, a member of the Church of Ireland. 22 years after its foundation the League (and the language) suffered a damaging split between those who had a cultural interest in the language and others who associated it with a political agenda. Fortunately in recent years there has once again been a revival of interest in the Irish Language as a cultural and heritage item embracing diverse groupings throughout the country. For the past 6 years Carrigaline Union has been kind enough to include a bilingual service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church on the Eve of St Patrick’s Day. While the celebration is in the Irish Language, our objective has always been to make the service inclusive by offering translations of the prayers, the hymns and the readings. We are delighted once again that our Monkstown Chamber Choir will be with us. The address will be given by Kathleen Mc Garvey who is the head of the Missionary Order (OLA’s) in Ireland. Kathleen has extensive experience in Africa and involvement in Christian Muslim relations here in Ireland. The Celebrant will be the Revd Hazel Minion and we will be joined by Clergy and Parishioners from a number of Parishes, offering a diocesan wide input into our celebrations’
Ladies Candlelight Supper. Friday 23 March at 8pm. Parish Hall, Carrigaline. All welcome. €6 per person. Bring your friends….Wear your finest! If you can bring a salad or dessert please let Hilary or Jocelyn know.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Joy Keefe is looking for new volunteers for bell ringing and flower rotas in St Mary’s. Any new people would be put with an experienced person so there’s no need to be shy about expressing an interest! Contact the Parish office or Joy Keefe 087-2559844.
CYCLING FILM Wednesday 14th March 8pm, UCC Boole 3. ‘Why We Cycle’. This is a documentary film about the Dutch cycling culture and will be followed by a discussion about cycling in Cork. Anyone who cycles or who has an interest/opinion on cycling would be very welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Lucia O’Donovan 087-2942285 firstname.lastname@example.org
LECTURE The 2018 E. T. S. Walton Lecture on Science and Religion is ‘Are Natural Disasters Acts of God?’ Prof. Robert White who is the Director of the The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge. Tuesday 20 March 2018 19:30, Room W5, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, University College Cork
Time to think about what is lying around in the Attic or the Garage! It won’t be long now until 26th May and our Parish Féte in St Mary’s School.
12th Mar Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall
14th March Holy Communion 10:30am in St Mary’s Church
Lenten Bible Study 8pm Parish Hall after 7:30 Evening Prayer
16th Mar St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7:30pm St Mary’s Church
22nd Mar Carrigaline Singers Charity Concert 7:30pm St Mary’s Church
23rd Mar Mothers’ Union Candlelit Supper, 8pm Parish Hall, Carrigaline
24th Mar CDYC Annual Quiz, Parish Hall, Carrigaline
25th March Palm Sunday
26th March Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday of Holy Week:
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:
31st March Easter Saturday 9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service
1st April Easter Sunday:
12th April EASTER VESTRY 7:30pm Parish Hall
15th April Confirmation Service , United Service 11am, St Mary’s Church
16th April Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory