The rector writes….”Next week I will be at the inaugural Eco Congregation Conference up in Dromantine Co. Down (I am the Church of Ireland representative on Eco Congregation Ireland and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network ACEN ). The Parish Renewal Group will be taking this opportunity to ‘speak’ to you all through the Linksheet, giving you an update on how this initiative is progressing. One thing I would like you to think about over the coming months is what we , as a parish community, are about. My own personal vision is ‘To know Christ and to make him known’ , a short, snappy sentence which I ‘borrowed’ from the Roman Catholic Church in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, a town I lived in for 10 years before going to Theological College. What is our vision? This weekend we entered a Flower Display in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral’s Flower Festival which was supposed to represent what our Parish stands for. While it was tough to try and put together something that would represent who we are , the exercise was a good wake up call for me…. Please read what the Renewal Group says next week, have a think about it and share your thoughts!”
TREE PLANTING At the end of our normal service this morning, we will leave the church and go outside where we will be planting and dedicating two trees. The Green family will be remembering Sheila’s late mother G;adys Miller and the White family will be remembering George’s late wife Gerardine. Please do come and join with the two families as they remember in a very tangible way those who have meant so much to them.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE met recently to discuss ‘The Year of Living Biblically’ by A.J. Jacobs. Opinion was divided on a book that managed to be both stimulating and irritating! 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.
JUNIOR CHOIR will begin on 20th September. We will meet in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.30pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COURSE will begin on Saturday 20th October in St Luke’s Home Education Centre. The application forms are now available from the rector.
MOTHERS’ UNION Congratulations to Hilary Dring who takes over from Clare Poole as the leader of our Mothers’ Union Branch. Thank you to Clare for her many years of dedicated service. The Opening Service in St John’s Church, Monkstown is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th September. All are welcome.
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.
SEPTEMBER: Thursday 13th until Tuesday 18th
(The Revd Isobel Jackson 4831236)
CHORAL EVENSONG this evening at 7pm in St John’s Church, Monkstown.
FLOWER FESTIVAL IN ST FIN BARRE’S CATHEDRAL Closing ‘Songs of Praise’ Service at 4pm this afternoon. Carrigaline Union of Parishes, along with 14 other parish groups have a Flower Display within the Cathedral itself. Thank you to all who helped put this floral illustration of our Parish Mission together.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP Beginning on Monday, September 10th, this group of Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) hope to 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 will commence on Monday, September 10th. 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. To begin with, the rector will be showing how to “surf the web”, how to use email, Twitter & Facebook and most importantly how to shop and book flights online! But in the future, who knows what skills we will be sharing? Contact the rector for details.
FAIR TRADE We are delighted to announce that on 21st August, we were awarded Fair Trade Parish Status. Well done to us! Our beautiful certificates are being framed for display in our two churches. A Fairtrade parish is a community that has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade. This means we support disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries to trade their way out of poverty. Please do buy Fair Trade products when you can, if they are not on offer in the shops you use – ask for them! Please also support locally produced products whenever possible. Shop with your conscience and make your spending help others live a dignified life.
Sept 10th Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall . Find out how to “surf the web”!
Sept 12th Mothers’ Union Opening Service 7.30pm in St John’s
Sept 20th Junior Choir begins at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Sept 30th United Service Blessing of Animals 11am in St Mary’s.
Healing Service 7pm in St John’s.
Oct 7th Parish Harvest Thanksgivings:
United Eucharist Service 11am in St Mary’s
United Evensong Service 7pm in St John’s
Oct 14th Parish Confirmation Service 11am in St Mary’s.
Oct 20th Children’s Ministry Course begins in St Luke’s
Nov 10th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.
Nov 11th Remembrance Sunday Services & Remembrance Choral Evensong
Nov 25th Gift Day in the Rectory.
Dec 15th 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’
Random Notes XXVIII
Thirty years ago, in 1982, work began on a BBC TV series production of the novel “Good Behaviour” by Molly Keane. It was filmed in Ireland and the cast included Hannah Gordon, Daniel Massey and Timothy Sinclair. Amongst other locations, Coolmore was featured in some very short shots and indeed the late Worth Newenham spoke a few words whilst saddled on a horse in the production!
Molly Keane (1904-1996) was born Mary Skrine in Ryston Cottage, Newbridge, Co Kildare, to a typical Anglo-Irish family who cared about horses more than anything else in the world. She grew up in Ballyrankin, County Wexford, married Bobby Keane in 1938 and had two daughters, Sally & Virginia. Between 1928 and 1956 she wrote 11 novels under the pseudonym M.J.Farrell. Her husband died suddenly in 1946 and following the failure of a play she published nothing for twenty years. In 1981 “Good Behaviour” came out under her own name; the manuscript, which had languished in a drawer for many years, was lent to a visitor, the actress Peggy Ashcroft, who encouraged Keane to publish it. The novel was warmly received and was short listed for the Man Booker Prize. It tells a story of Irish society in the early twentieth century as narrated by the daughter of the St Charles family, Aroon, where nothing is as it seems. Beneath the sparkling façade of 1930’s Anglo-Irish life, lay dark, bitter truths.
After the death of her husband Molly Keane moved to Ardmore, County Waterford and is buried beside the Church of Ireland church, in the centre of the village. RCE