The Rector writes… “ I am frequently asked why does God allow such pain and suffering to exist in our world and of course I never have an answer to this question. I can only ever say that where there is suffering, God is with us in our pain. St Augustine said that ‘God had one Son on earth without sin, but never without suffering’ and I suppose this is what we cling to – the knowledge that Jesus suffered too and knows first hand what we are struggling through. As a community, we share each others worries and suffering and of course as a wise person once observed ‘suffering shared is already suffering in retreat’. As we walk together through the reflective season of Lent, let us remember the vulnerable in our community and support one another in prayer“
TEA AND COFFEE after service in St Mary’s Church Hall this morning
MID-WEEK EUCHARIST in St Mary’s Church every Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. All are welcome to come along.
MOTHERS’ UNION will join with some of the young people to celebrate the Eucharist in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline on Ash Wednesday (next week) 22nd February at 7pm. “Non Lenten” pancakes afterwards in the Parish Hall! The 10.30am Eucharist will also take place that day and will incorporate the Ash Wednesday Liturgy.
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 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.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT begins on 27th February and we will reflect this in our services this morning. It is hoped that this might mark the beginning of the journey to becoming a Fairtrade parish. If anyone would like to help realise this, please contact the Rector.
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.
CORK CANCER RESEARCH are holding a Whist Drive in St Mary’s School Hall on Saturday 25th February at 8.30pm. Donations or raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated. Cork Cancer Research Centre investigates major issues in the development and treatment of cancer. Please do support this very worthy cause. Contact Henry Forbes.
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.
EVENSONG in St Johns on 11th March will be a “Songs of Praise”. Anybody who has a favourite hymn, or one which is special to them can tell us why they like it, then we will sing it together as a congregation. Hymn requests to Roger Ellis.
CONGRATULATIONS! Please let the Rector know if you or somebody in your family is celebrating good news like a birth, exam success, special wedding anniversary or indeed a significant birthday. This way we can all share in your joy through the Link Sheet.
PARENTING TEENS continues at 8pm on Thursday 23rd February at St Mary’s Parish Hall, Carrigaline. The topic this month is “Teenage Tensions — Boundaries and Battlefields”. Open to everyone! For info call Hilary Dring.
CHURCH OF IRELAND GAZETTE The Rector has been receiving some free copies of this weekly magazine and leaving them in the Church porch. If you would like to subscribe to this newspaper, please let her know. It costs 40 euro per year per person in a parish group.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE, on the theme of ‘Let Justice Prevail’ and prepared by the women of Malaysia, will take place on Friday, 2nd March at 8pm in Our Lady and St. John’s Church, Carrigaline. You are invited to come along – BOTH MEN AND WOMEN of all ages are very welcome. If you would like a lift or could offer a lift to someone else please contact the office or Hilary Dring.
Feb 22nd M.U. / Youth Eucharist , St Mary’s Church , 7 pm
Feb 23rd Parenting Teens, St Mary’s Parish Hall, 8pm
Feb 25th Whist Drive, Cancer Research. St Mary’s School Hall 8.30
Feb 28th Lenten Course begins, St Mary’s Parish Hall, 8 pm
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
June 10th Sunday School Prize giving. Parish Picnic in Rectory grounds.
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 with Crosshaven parish. More details nearer the time.
Collect for the Sunday before Lent
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
Give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
A reading from the Second book of Kings, Chapter 2, verses 1-12
Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets*who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know; keep silent.’ Elijah said to him, ‘Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they came to Jericho. The company of prophetswho were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he answered, ‘Yes, I know; be silent.’ Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ He responded, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.’ As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, ‘Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!’ But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
PSALM 50 (vs 1-6)—PAGE 648
A reading from the Secons book of Corinthinas Chapter 4, vs 3-6
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark, Chapter 9, verses 2-9
Random Notes III
In the first volume of the Clerical and Parochial records of Cork, Cloyne and Ross…, by William Maziere Brady (1825—1894), Dublin, 1863, is the following transcript, containing a most interesting account of Carrigaline Church, taken from the manuscript “Tour through his Diocese of Cork and Ross” by the Right Revd. Dive Downs (1653-1709, Bishop of Cork and Ross, 1699—1709, now held in the library of Trinity College, Dublin.
“1700. Thursday, Sept. 27. I saw Carrickoline Church; it is above 70 foot long, built with stone and clay, but the walls are pretty good; well slated, and well furnished with seats. In the church hangs the King’s Arms and Table of Marriage. A good vestry built on the north side of the church, at the charge of the Dean of Corke. In the vestry is a chest, where they have a vestry-book and registry for christenings, and book of canons, acts against swearing, and Common Prayer books, and Bible. There is linen for the Communion-table, a pewter flagon, chalice, paten and basin of silver, and a pewter font. The school is kept in the church, by Rich. Codner, the clerk of the parish. A large church-yard, at least an English acre, well fene’t, and set round with sycamores. There are five small parcels of glebe belonging to the Incumbent of thsi parish. Not far from the church is the old Castle of Carrickoline, tis almost ruinous; it formerly belong’d to the family of the Coghans, now it is the estate of the Ld. Shannon.
Near Douglas, in this parish, is a burying-place, in an open field: there is still remaining the foundation of a church, but they were carrying away the stones of the foundation. I charg’d them to carry away no more. The field is part of Sir John Mead’s, set to the Potter at Douglas. This was, about 100 years ago, the Church of Carrickoline, before the new church was built, where it now is, in the centre of ye parish. In this parish also there is another burying place, near a village call’d Balliarban, about four miles distant from Corke, on the left hand of the road from Corke to Carrickoline; it is an open field. There does not appear any foundation of a church, but the ground seems higher about the middle of the burying-place. the Irish bury in this place sometimes. It is thought that there was a church here.”
The above account is, as far as is known, the only description of the church which preceded that built in 1723. The reference to a pewter font is a little difficult to understand as the present stone font bears the date 1637, but perhaps it once contained a pewter bowl, and hence the reference. The “chalice, paten, and basin of silver”, the later presumably, but not certainly, the large silver alms plate, are those in use at the present time.
The portrait reproduced above is taken from “The Diocese of Cork” by Charles A. Webster, cork 1920, wherein it is captioned “Dive Downs, Bishop of Cork and Ross, In the Episcopal Palace, Cork. (from a photo by Dr. P. G. Lee, 1908)