The Rector writes ‘Thank you to those who were able to come to the Parish Barbecue in the Rectory last week. It was a lovely social evening and we were really lucky when you think of the torrential rain the next day! These occasions are not meant to be fundraisers, it is very important that we have events that are just for us to come and enjoy ourselves and not always feel like we have to make money from it. Obviously as a parish we have financial commitments (and there is a letter from our Treasurer in this Linksheet on that very subject) but it is equally important and vital to us as a community that we can gather together without counting the cost. The reason we have so many events over the course of a year is that not every social occasion will appeal to everyone so by having lots of different types of events, we can hopefully reach out to many.
But never feel guilty if you can’t support any particular event… nobody is keeping an Attendance sheet! ’
AN INVITATION TO REMEMBER A Service of Remembrance will be held By Cork University Maternity Hospital On Friday 7th October 2016 at 7.30pm In the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork All who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss are welcome to attend.
Scrap Metal Collection is back on track….. We can raise money for the Parish and also be environmentally friendly at the same time! For more information call Henry Forbes on 087-2035000.
ST MARY’S INDOOR BOWLS CLUB reopened on Tuesday 6th September at 7.45pm in St Mary’s School Hall. New members welcome. For enquiries contact Denis McLoughlin at 087-6100717 or Henry Forbes 087-2035000.
COME AND SING St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will be hosting a Come and Sing Choral Evensong on Saturday 17th September. Singers from across the diocese are encouraged to support this event and all abilities are most welcome! There will be a rehearsal at 2pm and the service itself is at 5pm. Tea and coffee will be served at 4.15pm. Music will be provided and will includes John Rutter’s beautiful anthem ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’. Contact Peter Stobart at the cathedral on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mothers’ Union begin a new season with a special Communion Service at St. Mary’s, Carrigaline on Wednesday, 21st September at 8pm. Please join us as we celebrate 140 years of Faith in Action. There will also be cards and calendars available for purchase. Look forward to seeing you there.
MEALS ON WHEELS is a wonderful service available to anyone in need, housebound, anyone after a hospital stay, etc. If you feel you would like this service, please contact Carrigaline Daycare Centre on 021-4373730. It is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday,3 course meal, €4 per day. You can have it delivered to your house or come to the centre to enjoy your meal. There is no age restriction.
CORK AUTISM CONFERENCE takes place on October 9th at the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork from 9am until 4.30pm. In this conference 5 highly respected medical practitioners and specialists in autism and aspergers syndrome share valuable resources for your child, family member, friend, student or yourself. You can avail of a special special early bird rate of only €49 until September, 18th. Find out more details here: www.bookwhen.com/corkautism or call Micheál on 0861719311.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
12th September Toddlers plus One 10am
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
15th September Friendship Club 11am Rectory
16th September Youth Club 7 to 9pm Parish Hall
21st September Mothers’ Union Service 8pm St Mary’s Church
25th September Blessing of the Animals Service 11am St Mary’s
8th October Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall
9th October Harvest Thanksgiving Services:
11am St Mary’s Church, Preacher: The Revd John Tanner
7pm St John’s Church, Preacher: The Revd David Bowles
17th Oct Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
23rd Oct All Age ‘Sports Service’ 11am St Mary’s Church
30th Oct United Service 11am St Mary’s
Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s
1st Nov Reflective Service 7pm St Mary’s
18-20th Nov Mother’s Union Weekend. Celtic Ross Hotel
Random Notes CCVI
At the “Blessing of Animals Service” on 25th September, we will celebrate our pets and the joy that they bring to our lives. There is a particular cat, however, who literally saved a man’s life. In his book “A Street Cat named Bob”, James Bowen tells us how he was bullied as a child growing up in Australia and England. He came to London and played the guitar in various bands and groups. Homeless, and feeling abandoned, he became addicted to heroin and began to fall down a very slippery slope. While living in sheltered accommodation, a young ginger tom cat befriended him and refused to leave his side (or shoulders!) while busking on the streets and selling “The Big Issue”. Strikingly intelligent, “Bob” accompanied James everywhere – on the bus, in shops and pubs. The two became inseparable, and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts. For the first time ever, James had someone else to worry about, feed, care and protect. The writing of his book also helped in the healing process, and the music which he played on guitar as well as the companionship of Bob led James in to a very different life in London. They appeared on BBC news, and tourists have taken millions of pictures of the famous busker and his ginger cat over the years. This moving and uplifting true story will touch the heart of anyone. Now, who says cats are selfish??!!