The Rector writes ‘’Last Monday, I attended the launch of the Lion’s Club ‘Message in a Bottle’ Initiative. Like all great ideas, it is a simple one. People are given a plastic bottle with a form inside of it which must be filled in and then the bottle is placed in their fridge. They are also given two green stickers which are placed on the front and back door of their house. In the event of an emergency, the First Responders, whether Ambulance or Gardai or Neighbours, on seeing the stickers on the door, will know to look in the fridge for this little green bottle which will contain all of the relevant information like who your doctor is, whether there are any pets that need looking after, what medication you are on, who to contact in your family to let them know that there has been a problem and so forth. This vital information could mean the difference of someone living or dying as so often time is wasted in finding out these details before anything else can be done. If you think this would be perfect for you or someone you know, please ask me for one of the bottles. Thanks to the Lions Club and Janssen their sponsors, this wonderful initiative is being provided completely free.’
RETIRING COLLECTION today is in aid of PACT Adoption Agency which provides a broad range of services in the area of adoption, information and tracing and unplanned pregnancy.
Parish Fundraising Table Quiz. Friday 22 March at 8pm in Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Waterpark. Raffle, tea, coffee and refreshments. A great family night assured! €10per person, €40 per table. Contact Adrian Bateman 086-8300379 or Hazel Kelleher 086-8988165 for further information. Helpers are required to assist with tea and coffee on the night, as well as donations of cakes, buns and biscuits. Please let Adrian or Hazel know if you can help.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAY CLUB meet tomorrow Monday 11th March in the parish hall. Toddlers group from 10am-midday and Monday club from 3-5pm.
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. During Lent, there will also be a 7.30pm Evening Prayer Service.
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.
Monkstown Home group will suspend meeting until after Easter to allow members to join the Lenten services and bible studies.
LENTEN STUDY Each Wednesday at 7.30pm during Lent, after a short Service in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline followed by a Bible Study. This year we will be using a Study Course which was developed by the Church of Ireland, on the theme of Economic Justice. All are welcome to attend. The remaining dates are as follows: Wed 13th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Wed 20th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Thank you to Tony for leading the sessions.
EASTER VESTRY This annual meeting, which is open to all parishioners, will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th April. Remember that while all are welcome to attend the Easter Vestry meeting only registered vestry persons may vote or be voted into office but please do come along and see how your parish is being run.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Thank you to everyone who helped to make the World Day of Prayer service last Friday such a meaningful evening. It was very much appreciated by all who came.
MOTHERS’ UNION-Festival Service in St. Peter’s Church, Carrigrohane on Saturday, 16th March at 12 noon. Reg Bailey, CEO of Mothers’ Union will speak and our new Diocesan President, Patsy Devoy, will be commissioned. Contact Hilary Dring 4378439 for more info.
Girls’ Night Out ‘with the dogs’ on Wednesday, 20th March at 8pm in Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven. Joy Saville, area co-ordinator for Irish Therapy Dogs will speak about her work and ministry with the dogs in providing physical, therapeutic and educational benefits to people – young and old, abled and disabled. Our Mothers’ Union branch is invited to come along. Everyone very welcome! Contact Hilary Dring 4378439 for more info.
Christian Aid NEWS-Count your Blessings Take time this Lent to count the blessings in your life and reflect on God’s abundant provision. You can download copies of this from http://www.christianaid.ie/getinvolved/lent-2013/count-your blessingsresources.aspx The Rector has put together saving boxes for the children to save some coins during Lent for the work of Christian Aid. Each box comes with a little booklet so that each day’s savings can be marked up. Please contact the Sunday School teachers if your child would like one.
GREAT GREENWAY CYCLE This fund raising Cycling event will take place on the Great Greenway from Westport to Achill Co. Mayo on Saturday 8th June. If this is something you would like to be involved with, please contact John Sweeney (021) 485 9826 (our Christian Aid representative) as he would love to put together a cycle team from Carrigaline Union.
Coffee Morning in the Rectory in aid of Cambodia Dental Mission. Saturday 16th March 10am – 1pm. “My Goddaughter Rebecca will be among a team of Dental Students giving up their time this summer to go to Cambodia as volunteers. They will be setting up children’s dental clinics in orphanages in rural areas. Based on previous years, they reckon that around 700 children will be treated during this time. As they have to pay their own way there and bring along masks, gloves etc. I am organising this coffee morning for her and her fellow students from Trinity College. Do come and join me on 16th March. Thank you. Elaine.”
Whist Drive-in aid of the RNLI will be held in St Mary’s School Hall, Carrigaline on Saturday 16th March at 8.30pm. For further information contact Henry Forbes on 087-2035000.
EASTER HOCKEY CAMP in Garryduff – 2nd – 4th April U. 8’s – U. 16’s – To book contact 021-4891978.
Organist/Musical Director required at Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven. The applicant needs to be a competent organist and pianist with the ability to train and direct their children’s choir. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 021-4831236 for further information.
MEN’s Shed All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Mens’ Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road. See leaflets at the back of the churches for more details or contact Roger @ 4372438.
Random Notes No. LII
Illustrated above is a somewhat decrepit and rather torn little notice, very likely once affixed to the door of the Church of Carrigaline, advertising the forthcoming Easter Vestry in 1833.
The writing is thought to be that of the Revd. John Lombard (1800-1837), then Curate of the parish, about whose monument within the Church, and tombstone without, parishioners with good memories will recall were the subject of some ‘random note’ a little while ago.
The notice reads as follows:
You are requested to take notice that / a vestry will be held in the vestry room of / the Parish Church of Carrigaline on Easter / Monday April 9th 1833 at 1 o’clock p.m. / for the purpose of electing Church Wardens, / Officers of Health Overseers, the appropriation / of Seats &c for the ensuing year.
Dated this 31st day of March 1833’
The meeting duly took place, and it is recorded in the vestry minute book,
‘Parish of Carrigaline, Co. Cork, April 9 1833, At a vestry held in said Church of Carrigaline pursuant to Legal notice at the hour of 12 o’clock at noon for the purposes noticed according to the act of Geo. The fourth, Chap 72, Benjm. Hutchins and Thos. Warren Esqrs were appointed Church Wardens for the ensuing year……’
It will be observed that for some unknown reason the meeting commenced an hour earlier than was advertised on the notice.