The Rector writes ‘Next week is the week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th to 25th January) We will be marking the event in our parish community by ‘Exchanging Pulpits’ with the clergy of our local sister churches.
I will be preaching in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Monkstown at the 6pm Mass on Saturday 17th and on the next day, Sunday 18th, I will preach at the 12.30pm Mass in Our Lady & St John’s Church, Carrigaline.
Fr Sean O’Sullivan PP of the Harbour Parishes will preach at our 9.30am Service of Morning Prayer in St John’s Monkstown and Fr Pat Fogarty PP of Carrigaline Parish will preach at our 11am Eucharist Service in St Mary’s Carrigaline. I would encourage all of you to attend any (or all!) of these Services even just to compare notes on preaching (bearing in mind that we all use the same Gospel on the day!)’
MONKSTOWN HOME GROUP the next meeting of the Monkstown home group will take place on Tuesday 13th January at 8.00 pm at the home of Lesley Roberts, Mount Rivers House, Carrrigaline.
DIOCESAN MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS for 2015 are due by 31 January. The annual subscription has increased slightly to €23 to cover rising printing and publication costs. Please pay Rowland Newenham or the Church Wardens.
CONFIRMATION The classes are on Saturdays, from 6pm to 8pm in the Rectory and will begin on Saturday 7th February with a view to the candidates being confirmed in St John’s Church during Easter-tide (this could be any Sunday in April , May , June, the date is entirely at the Bishop’s discretion) If you or anyone you know is interested in preparing for confirmation this year then please let the rector know in the next couple of weeks.
Mother’s Union Annual Quiet Day on Monday 12th January in St. Matthew’s Hall, Church Cross, Skibbereen from 10:30 am – 2:30pm.Tea & Coffee will be served from 10:00 – 10:30 am. Leading the Quiet Day on our theme for 2015 “United in Prayer” will be Bishop Richard Henderson. There will be a Communion Service at 2pm. If you would like to join us, those interested should bring a packed lunch with them. Soup, tea & coffee will be available. A contribution of €3.00 would be appreciated. If you require more information please contact Valerie Stevenson on 028 38027
MOTHERS’ UNION – Wednesday, 21st January at 8pm St. Mary’s Church Hall. Walking the Camino de Santiago Way’. Some Parishioners will speak about their experiences walking this famous route. All welcome. Please remember membership forms and subs are due.
We are holding a Scrap Metal Collection over the next few weeks to raise funds for the Parish. So have a clear out of your shed, garage and attic! If you require your scrap metal to be collected then we can arrange to collect it from your home or business. for information on where to drop off or if you need it collected Call Adrian Bateman on 0868300379 or Henry Forbes on 0872035000 .A full listing of acceptable items and materials is on the website www.carrigalineunion.org
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE RESULTS The Tapestry was won by Sam & Ben Gash, Robert’s Cove and the Crochet Blanket was won by Hazel Fleury, Monkstown. Thank you to Helen Morgan and Ger Kennedy for the lovely prizes and to all who bought tickets.
CARRIGALINE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE are running a 12 week Rainbows Programme for children in January 2015. It is a peer-support programme to assist children and young people who have experienced loss in their lives through divorce or separation in their family. It is for children aged 9-12 years old and the programme runs for one hour every week in the Carrigaline Family Support Centre. No cost. They will also be running 3 Parenting Plus courses for parents in January/February. They will run the Adolescents (11-16 years), Childrens (6-11 years) and Early Years (0-6 years) programmes. These courses run for 8 weeks. To find out more information or to reserve a place on either of these programmes please call 021-4919299.
Jan 12th Toddler Plus 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3 – 5pm Parish Hall
Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
Jan 13th Monkstown Home Group. 8pm. Lesley Robert’s home.
Jan 14th World Day of Prayer Bible Study after 10.30 Eucharist Service in St Mary’s Church
Jan 16th Youth Club 7 to 9pm Parish Hall
Jan 21st MU Meeting 8pm Parish Hall
Feb 7th Confirmation Classes 6 -8pm in Rectory
Another Year Is Dawning
Another year is dawning,
Dear Master, let it be,
In working, or in waiting,
Another year with Thee.
Another year of mercies,
Of faithfulness and grace;
Another year of gladness
In the shining of Thy face.
Another year of progress,
Another year of praise,
Another year of proving
Thy presence all the days.
Another year of service,
Of witness of Thy love,
Another year of training
For holier work above.
Another year is dawning,
Dear Master, let it be
On earth, or else in heaven
Another year for Thee.
–Francis Ridley Havergal (1874)