The Rector writes…“ Last Sunday we celebrated the work of Christian Aid. Thank you to all who gave so generously and if you would like to contribute there are envelopes at the back of both churches. Mission is a funny thing and we tend to think of it as something to be DONE to others but really it works both ways. Andrew Coleman spoke very movingly last week about how he had been changed by his trip to Haiti and this is something you hear all the time from anyone involved in this area. Parishioners speak of how being involved with the Romanian project in the past had made a difference in their own lives. Perhaps we need to think about how we can support some other community in the world. Something may develop out of Simon Woodworth’s current involvement in Malawi , but we do need to explore that element of our communal life. What can we give to others? What can we gain from others? The Creed today was written by a man who was deeply changed by his work in Africa, he found that by bringing the Gospel to others, his own faith was enriched by the culture in which he served. Indeed ALL humanity bear witness to the essential search for God!.“
HOLY COMMUNION every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church at 10.30am. All welcome
TEA & COFFEE this morning in St Mary’s Church Hall after service.
PRAYER REQUEST SHEETS are at the back of both churches.
INTERCESSIONS IN CHURCH If you would like to be involved in doing prayer intercessions at our church services, please contact the Rector.
COMPANION Lady in Parish with car is available as part-time companion. For more information please contact the rector.
SUMMER FETE Saturday 23rd June. 10am to 2pm. Books, Bric-a-Brac, Plants, Country produce, Café &home baking, Toys, Bouncy Castles, Kids Entertainment and fantastic raffle! Mark this date in your diary now to ensure that this year’s event is as successful as previous years.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE At the last meeting, the book ‘The Year of Living Biblically’ by A. J. Jacobs was chosen for our next gathering. A great summer read and we will chat about it in the Rectory at 8pm on 29th August.
MUNSTER RUGBY JERSEY There is a signed and framed Munster rugby jersey in the parish office. We think it’s dated from about ten years ago, but not really sure. If anyone knows who owns this, or how it ended up in the office please let Roger know.
BISHOPS’ APPEAL A reminder to any family who still have the Lenten Bishops’ Appeal box to please return it to the Rector. Thank you.
INVITATION TO WEST CORK The Revd Trevor and Oriel Lester have kindly invited the parish to join them in their Rectory in Altar, Toormore for a Barbeque at 6pm on 22nd July and then join with their parish to attend an Evensong in St Brendan’s Church Crookhaven where Elaine will be preaching the Epilogue. Some parishioners have suggested we could hire a bus. Please let the Rector know if you would be interested in travelling by bus.
PICCOLO FUND UPDATE Thank you to those who have already donated money towards the purchase and installation of our new Piccolo pipes. As a matter of interest, it was discovered that some of the existing pipes on the north end of the organ in St John’s are decorated. This is unusual as the pipes are not visible from the church. The old window in the wall between the organ and church is, however, only covered in plywood so the internal decorated pipes would originally have been visible. Parishioners have already been extremely generous, some remembering family members by donations to the fund. We will have a dedication of the new pipes once fully installed. Please contact the rector if you would like to make a donation.
JUNIOR CHOIR We hope to start up a Junior Choir who will sing and play at the All Age Service. The weekly practices in the Church Hall will begin in mid September, with a day and time to be confirmed later. Contact the Rector or Hilary Dring if you would like to help in any way with this initiative or if your child would be interested in taking part.
PARISH WEBSITE is updated weekly and displays notices, photographs, articles and details of other parochial events. Please do check it out. Submissions from parishioners are welcome. www.carrigalineunion.org
FUND FOR THE FUTURE An appeal by the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross for future generations. Badges cost €5 and are at the back of the church.