The Rector writes… “At last week’s services, we celebrated the beginning of the Fairtrade Fortnight which runs this year from 27th February until 11th March. The sermon in St John’s was about how our Covenantal relationship with God reflects real issues of social justice in our world, while in St Mary’s the entire All Age Service embodied these very same concerns. The theme for Fairtrade fortnight is ‘Take a step in 2012’ and by becoming a Fair Trade parish we hope to do just that. This step will mean that as a community we will be committing ourselves to support disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries, helping them to trade their way out of poverty . Conventional trade traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers so we will try to serve only Fairly Traded products at our gatherings, and to actively encourage others in our wider community
to think ‘Fair Trade’ too. “
MID-WEEK EUCHARIST in St Mary’s Church every Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. All are welcome to come along.
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.
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 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. The choir themselves have chosen the wonderful “St Patrick’s Breastplate” by Charles Villiers Stanford. 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.
CHRISTIAN AID appeal for the Phillipines in St Johns and St Marys recently collected €745. Sincere thanks to all parishioners for their generosity. Envelopes are still available at the back of the church and can be handed to Helen Arnopp or John Sweeney.
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.
CENTENARY DINNER – Cork Church of Ireland Men’s Hockey. Saturday 31st March in Garryduff Sports Centre. All welcome. Contact Daphne Hales.
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.
RECTOR AWAY Elaine is in Holland this weekend for a family wedding. She returns on Tuesday 6th March. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact the Revd Isabel Jackson.
HOLY COMMUNION next Sunday in both St Johns and St Marys Churches.
BISHOPS’ APPEAL We hope to have some collection boxes and envelopes for Bishops’ Appeal available in the churches during the next couple of weeks. 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. Keep an eye out for these ‘receptacles’ during the next 5 weeks!
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
Random Notes V
In the book of the minutes of meetings of the select vestry of Carrigaline Parish, 1834-1950, are a great number of most interesting entries relating to the Church, etc., excerpts of which it is intended to transcribe over the coming months and publish as ‘Random Notes’. Two particularly interesting entries, undated, but known to be written, the first in 1831, the other in 1835, concern the building of the south transept, to designs of William Hill (1798-1844), of Cork .
‘A certain Plan having been submitted to the vestry for opening and enlarging the Church It was resolved that a power be given by the same to the Church Wardens and under named committee to undertake and prosecute the same, if they think proper.
The Church Wardens
‘In consequence of the want of accommodation for a large portion of the poor in the body of the Church, That the sum of one hundred and thirty six pounds vested in the Saving bank in the hands of W.H.W.Newenham and Michl.Roberts be applied to the purpose of building a Transept to the same.
Resolved the following Gentlemen be appointed a committee to carry the above resolution into effect and they are hereby authorised to contract for building the Transept agreeable to the plan furnished by Mr.Hill.
Wm Martin Esqrs.