The Rector writes… “I read an interesting little observation during the week ’The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese’ and I thought it was a good metaphor for me as today I mark my first three months among you…. …while I don’t think I have been too radical or ’first-mouse-ish’ in my ministry, I do hope that these last few months have marked a new fresh beginning in our journey together as a parish. So much was already happening here in the Carrigaline Union and I am very glad to tap into that as well as to perhaps bring something new of myself into the mix. So Happy 1/4 Year Anniversary to us all! Elaine “
MID-WEEK EUCHARIST in St Mary’s Church every Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. All are welcome to come along.
ST PATRICK’S DAY EUCHARIST in St Mary’s Church at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday next 17th March.
SUNDAY SCHOOL this morning and next Sunday also in St Marys Church Hall. All children welcome.
PRAYER REQUEST SHEETS are at the back of both churches. This allows anyone to request prayers which will be incorporated into the prayers said at our Sunday and midweek services. Please just write the date and the first name of the person you would like to be prayed for. More details may be written but names will be not be mentioned aloud but will be remembered silently during our time of corporate and private prayer.
ST MARYS NATIONAL SCHOOL Parents Association website is going live on Friday March 16th www.stmarysnspa.ie. All upcoming activities will be outlined. Don’t forget to get your kids to enter the St Patricks Day competition and be in with a chance to win a family ticket to Mahon Point Cinema!
INTERCESSIONS IN CHURCH If you would like to be involved in doing prayer intercessions at our church services, please contact the Rector who will put together a rota of all interested persons . As it will involve a little training in this area, the Rector has put together a small instruction booklet which will help anyone who is new to this area of ministry.
EVENSONG in St Johns this evening is a “Songs of Praise”. All welcome.
CHRISTIAN AID appeal for the Phillipines in St Johns and St Marys recently collected €745. Sincere thanks to all parishioners for their generosity. Christian Aid Envelopes are always available at the back of the church and can be placed in the collection basket.
BISHOPS’ APPEAL There are envelopes for the Bishops’ Appeal available in both churches. The Sunday School teachers have a special Bishops’ Appeal Family collection box together with activity sheets to help the children understand the difference we can make to the lives of others. Lent is a traditional time for remembering those less fortunate than ourselves so if you have given up something for Lent, then perhaps you might like to put aside a little of the money saved into the Bishops’ Appeal fund.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE sounds fancy but really only involves reading a particular book every three months. The book chosen for our first meeting in the Rectory on Tuesday evening 1st May is “The Lost Message of Jesus” by Steve Chalke and Alan Mann. This is an interesting, thought-provoking book rooted in good scholarship yet accessible to anyone. Jerome in the “Carrigaline Bookshop” has offered to source these books and offers us a 5% discount as well. Please do support our local shops and keep jobs in the community.
MOTHERS UNION meeting in Crosshaven Church (Templebreedy) Weds 21st March, 8pm. Guest speaker will talk about female nutrition through the ages. All welcome.
PARISH WEBSITE. www.carrigalineunion.org. This is a very useful source of information covering all aspects of our parish life. It is only by people using and contributing items for inclusion that it is kept both fresh and relevant. Please contact the parish administrator if you have any updates for the website or if you have any difficulty in accessing it.
CENTENARY DINNER – Cork Church of Ireland Men’s Hockey. Saturday 31st March in Garryduff Sports Centre. All welcome. Contact Daphne Hales.
TITANIC TALK. Renowned Titanic expert, Alicia St Ledger will give a free talk on this tragedy in St Mary’s School on Weds. 25th April at 8pm
April 19th Easter Vestry. St Mary’s Parish Hall 7.30pm
April 29th Parish sponsored walk after United service in St Mary’s
May 1st Theological Book Circle, Rectory, 8 pm
May 25th Official Opening of School Extension
May 26th Mothers Union 125th birthday celebration Brunch in Rectory
June 10th Sunday School Prize giving in St Mary’s.
Parish Picnic in Rectory grounds for all.
June 23rd Parish Fete
June 24th Patronal Evensong in St John’s Church, 3.30 pm with
the combined choirs of Monkstown Chamber Choir and the choir of St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
July 4th ‘Champions!’ children’s day of fun.
Sept 30th Blessing of Animals United Service in St Mary’s.
Oct 7th Parish Harvest Thanksgiving.
United Eucharist Service in St Mary’s 11am
United Evensong Service in St John’s 7pm