The Rector writes ‘ We welcome Olive Jennings to St John’s and Andrew Coleman to St Mary’s to speak to us about the work of Christian Aid as part of their special Christian Aid week which begins today. John Sweeney is our Christian Aid Representative in this parish and you can speak to him at any time about the organisation. This evening in St John’s we will have a very special Choral Evensong when we commemorate 100 years since the RMS Lusitania was sunk just 11 miles off our coast near the Old Head of Kinsale. In song and prayer, we will remember those who perished that day in 1915 and all who have died in this way off our coastline. The Lusitania
disaster in particular reaches out across the years because many of us have known people who had actually witnessed the bodies being brought back into Cobh in May 1915 and this of course makes it all the more poignant. We will also have a special prayer of commissioning for our incoming Select Vestry. I hope to see you there.‘
DAWN CHORUS We will meet at 4.30am in the Carpark of Currabinny Woods, dress warmly and bring a torch, raingear and some breakfast for afterwards. Tony Nagle will lead us around the woods listening to the birdsong as dawn breaks. We will have an Ecumenical Prayer and then eat our breakfast. See you there!
CHAMBER CHOIR COFFEE MORNING in order to raise some funds for sheet music and the like, the Monkstown Chamber Choir are having a coffee morning in the Rectory on Saturday 16th , please do come and support them, they may even sing for us!
Parish Fête. This year’s Parish Fête will take place at the end of this month, Saturday 30th May in the Canon McCrea Hall and the grounds of the School. Please contact Eddie Pierce (087-2557505) if you would like to be involved in helping out at a stall or if you have any items for any of the stalls.
This is a very important fund-raiser in the parish so please do dig around in the cupboards, attics and garages for good quality items! We can arrange to collect any items. Just shout! Items can also be left in the Parish Office during opening hours.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘JUNGLE JAMBOREE’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 20th to 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. 10am till 1pm. €30 per child or €70 per family, which includes snack. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or the Rector.
Recipes please ! We need your favourite recipes for inclusion in a fundraising cookbook. Please supply your name and instructions for tastebud – tickling treats (anything under the sun, sweet or savoury, food or drinks, plain or fancy) to the collection box at the back of the churches. Any questions? Just ask Lesley Roberts (085 243 3920), Millie Kingston (086 809 1443) or Ingrid Glen (085 888 8044). Or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies’ Night Out at the Rectory, Carrigaline on Friday, 22nd May, at 8pm. €5 per person, please let us know if you can bring a dessert, salad or something to drink. R.S.V.P. to Hilary by Tuesday, 19th May at 086-3680513 or email@example.com. Organised by Mothers’ Union.
‘Grace and Flavours’ – a collection of thoughts, prayers and graces accompanied by 50 delicious but simple seasonal recipes to take us through the church and calendar year. €4 per copy. Buy one after church on the 17th May or ask Hilary about them. Monies raised from both the ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ and the booklet sales will go towards our Mothers’ Union ‘Mums in May’ countrywide fundraising. Thanks for your support.
Cobh and Glanmire Garden Fete at St Mary’s Church, Church Hill Glanmire. Saturday 16th May at 2.30pm. A wide variety of stalls, children’s corner, raffle, Live music. All welcome.
Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church, Passage West. May 29th to 31st , The theme is ‘Journeys through life’ and we have been invited by Chris Bailey, Chairperson, to stage an exhibit as a Church Community. You may remember that Chris kindly helped us organise our own Flower Festival in 2013. Please see Jonathan Fleury for details.
May 11th Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3 – 5pm Parish Hall
May 14th Friendship Club 11am Rectory
May 16th Monkstown Chamber Choir Coffee Morning 10am till Noon in the Rectory
May 17th Dawn Chorus, 4.30am Currabinny Woods
May 22nd Ladies Supper 8pm Rectory.
May 30th Summer Fete
June 8th Charting the Future Parish Meeting 7.30pm Parish Hall.