Parish Notices 7th October 2012

The Rector writes- ‘Last week we had a lively Blessing of the Animals Service in St Mary’s in the morning, followed by a very moving reflective Healing Service in St John’s in the evening. Today we have the United Harvest Services… this morning in St Mary’s we will celebrate Harvest in the context of the Eucharist and we thank Sam Harper for coming to speak to us. At 7pm this evening in St John’s we continue to celebrate Harvest in the context of Evensong where our Monkstown Ecumenical Choral group, under the baton of Roger Ellis, have been hard at their rehearsing for this service. We are delighted to welcome the Revd Rupert Moreton, Dean’s Vicar in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral to speak to us at this service.  When Cranmer was redesigning the rhythm of worship back in the Reformation period in the 16th Century, he envisaged that people would attend THREE services each Sunday : Matins (Morning Prayer), Eucharist and Evensong (Evening Prayer). In 2012 this is no longer the pattern for most of us (except from Cathedral Clergy like Rupert I suppose!) but today I hope that many of you will attend both of our United Harvest Services – each of the services will be different, both in format and preaching, and I hope that together they remind us of God’s love and abundance.’

 HARVEST SERVICES- Our Harvest Collections in both churches will be sent to help the Syrian people who are in dire distress at this time. It is most likely that we will be routing our money through UNICEF who are working on the ground in Syria.

New READING ROTAS for both churches, and tea and coffee rota for St Mary’s available at the back of the church and in your email inbox!

MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church . The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome.

TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP continues on Monday, October 8th. This group of  Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) will meet each other in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am ‘till 12 for playtime and chats with perhaps a cup of tea thrown in. Contact the rector for details or just turn up!

MONDAY CLUB GROUP also continues on Monday, October 8th.. Adults who are free from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays are invited to St Mary’s Church hall for a cup of tea/coffee. While these meetings won’t be structured as such, we hope to gain a little knowledge from each other as we chat. Contact the rector for details.

ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 9th October at 8pm in Liz Hanna’s home, Victoria Cottage, Monkstown.

CONFIRMATION Please keep in prayer the eight young people from this parish who are to be confirmed by the bishop at 11am next week in St Mary’s. They are Amy Chambers, Sophie Cousins, Aaron Daunt, Rachel Lynch, Tobe Njoku, Nora Njoku, David Njoku and Rachel Warren Perry. They are a wonderful group and it was a pleasure for the rector to have been involved in their preparation. May the Spirit continue to lead them into all truth.

JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.

LAY PASTORAL ASSISTANTS We congratulate the six new Lay Pastoral Assistants who have completed their training and are to be commissioned at a Diocesan Service in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, at Evensong on Sunday 21st October at 7 p.m. The new Lay Pastoral Assistants are: Sidney Bradfield, Pat Culleton, Marjorie Garland, Sylvia Helen, Jennifer Kingston and Agnes Wilson.

CHARITY RETURNS-If you make regular donations to the Parish and have not already returned your Charity Return form (received during the  summer) please do so to Helen Arnopp. If you require another form please contact Christine in the office.

“A TRIP TO CHINA” with Irene McLoughlin. 17th October at 8pm, Carrigaline Church Hall. ALL WELCOME. Any donations will be divided between Mothers’ Union and Carrigaline Union of Parishes. There will also be MU Christmas Cards, Calendars etc. for sale. Organised by Mothers’ Union.

MOTHERS UNION CONFERENCE  – Your Gifts? Discover & Celebrate – A conference for women of all ages, 16th -18th  November 2012 in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. (Saturday attendance only also  possible) Book by the 29th of October. Guest Speaker: Rev. Liz  McElhinney. For booking forms contact: Hilary Dring 0863680513 or             Jennifer Kingston 0863236641 or email:

A WALKING GROUP is hoped to be set up in Monkstown. It will be open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Those interested can contact Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or . Days and times are yet to be set but most likely will be on Monday mornings with the possibility of  walking on Wednesdays also.

THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE   Philip Yancey’s book ’’What’s so amazing about Grace?’ was chosen for our next gathering which will be in the Rectory on November 14th at 8pm. If you are buying this book, please think about shopping locally… The Carrigaline Bookstore offers 5% discount to the Book Circle.

ALLOTMENTS FOR RENT-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at  Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots  available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.


Oct 8th       Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall.      Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall .

Oct 11th     Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.

Oct 14th      Parish Confirmation service. 11am in St Mary’s

United Evensong Service 7pm in St John’s

Oct 17th    “A Trip to China” with Irene McLoughlin. St Mary’s   Parish Hall at 8pm.

Oct 20th Children’s Ministry Course begins in St Luke’s Education Centre.

Oct 23rd   St John’s Home Group at 8pm.

Nov 10th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.

Nov 11th Remembrance Sunday Services & Remembrance Choral Evensong

Nov 14th  Theological Book Circle. 8pm in the Rectory.

Nov 25th Gift Day in the Rectory.

Dec 8th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.

Dec 23rd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. 4pm.

2013 dates for your diary


May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church with the theme  ‘Fruits of the Spirit’


Carrigaline Union – Service of Light

Amy Chambers

Sophie Cousins

Aaron Daunt

Rachel Lynch

Tobe Njoku

Nora Njoku

David Njoku

Rachel Warren Perry

hope to be confirmed on Sunday 14th October, 2012 in St Mary’s Church.

As a lighted candle is passed to each of the confirmation candidates representing the light of Christ, We remember the important role many people have had in the spiritual formation in their lives so far, and we thank all of them for their energy and commitment.

Let us pray for each of these candidates, that they might hold the light of Christ in their hearts and display his light in their lives.

We say together…..

We send you out in the power of the Spirit

We send you out in love – our love and the love of Christ

We send you out in faith with a God who is faithful for ever

Go and continue to be part of the transforming of the world.

Carry the light of Christ into all the corners of the earth

Go in the peace of Christ.  Amen.


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