The Rector writes ’Two weeks ago we had a choice of readings and I chose the Candlemas ones, telling of Simeon and Anna in the Temple but by doing this we didn’t get to hear the Beatitudes and so last weeks ’Salt & Light’ reading and this weeks ’You have heard it said…. but I tell you’ reading had missed out on what had actually undergirded their meaning.
So here is a reminder of what Jesus said that day to those who had gathered to listen to him.
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Think about these words as we hear our Gospel today’
Flower and Bell Ringing Rotas in St Mary’s. There are currently spaces on our rotas. Any new volunteers would be paired with an experienced person so don’t feel shy in putting your name forward. Anybody even thinking of bell ringing can learn by watching one of the existing bell ringers. It is very easy and not hard to pull when shown the correct method. Contact Joy Keefe @ 087 2559844 or Parish Office.
Wednesday 15th February. ‘A Trip to South Africa’ with Cecil and Clare Poole. 8pm Parish Hall.
Saturday 18th February. Diocesan Day of Reflection ‘Quiet Day’ in Parish Hall with the Revd Kingsley Sutton. 10.30am coffee for 11am start.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE are currently reading ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young and will meet in the Rectory on April 3rd to discuss. All welcome!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
13th Feb Toddlers plus One 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
15th Feb Holy Communion 10.30am St Mary’s Church
Mother’s Union 8pm Parish Hall.
18th Feb Diocesan Day of Reflection (Quiet Day) 10.30am Parish Hall
Confirmation Class 5 – 6.30 Rectory
24th Feb CAMEO Monkstown Sailing Club 10.30am
26th Feb Famine Lunch after 11am Service in Parish Hall.
27th Feb Revision of list of Vestry Members 7 to 8 pm in the Parish Hall (If you would like to register as a Vestry Member and have a vote at the Easter Vestry, please get a form from one of the Church Wardens)
3rd March World Day of Prayer Service. 8pm St Mary’s Church.
Random Notes CCXXII
On further looking into the subject of the Revd. William Spotswood Green being the first person to ascend Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, it would appear that whilst the newspapers of the day did indeed report that the climb was a success, and for practical purposes it was, the Rector of Carrigaline and his two co-climbers in fact got to within but twenty feet of the summit before most unfortunately being forced to turn back.
The following report, which illustrates the slight mistake, was published in Timau, a port town in the region of Canterbury, New Zealand, on Sunday, 12th March, 1882:
‘The Alpine Tourists, comprising the Rev. W.H. Green and two Swiss guides, returned to Timaru on Saturday night, after successfully ascending Mount Cook. Two unsuccessful attempts were made. For the third attempt a bivouac was made at an altitude of 7000 ft., nearly under the peak, and the party started at 6 a.m., on March 2, travelling on ice the whole distance. The ascent was made longer by numerous detours that were required to avoid the tracks of almost incessant avalanches. The party reached the summit at 6.20 p.m. It was impossible to return to their bivouac that night, and they stood on a narrow ledge 2000ft below the summit all night, wet through, and without food. They descended safely the next morning, and reached their camp at 7 p.m., having been on their feet 37 hours, and the last 22 hours without food. They set out for Timaru, and arrived safely. The ascent is not very difficult as far as climbing is concerned, but it is extremely dangerous on account of the almost incessant avalanches which roll down the side of the mountain.
The weather was unfortunately cloudy, so that no view as obtained from the summit. Mr. Green’s time is limited, or he would have ascended some other peaks, which he considers could be easily done. Mr. Green proceeds to Christchurch tomorrow, and home by the next Orient steamer.’ K.L.R.