Julie,Nicholas, Philip, Rachel, Rian
Mother’s Union Commissioning Service
7:30pm on Thursday 30th May,
Ascension Day in St Mary’s Church. Hilary Dring will be commissioned as Mothers’ Union Diocesan President. Please come along and support her.
Kinneigh Mothers’ Union are holding a Songs of Praise Service in aid of Mums in May on Sunday the 19th of May at 3pm in Kilmeen Church. All welcome.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Prayer Initiative from the Church of England invites us to commit to public and communal prayer during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. St Mary’s Church will be open at 12 noon each day for prayer, from 30th May until 9th June. please do come & join in.
Time to think about what is lying around in the Attic or the Garage! Only two more weeks until 25th May and our Parish Féte in St Mary’s School. Boxes are available to take away and fill up with all of your unwanted treasures…. Talk to one of the Church Wardens.
13th May Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall
15th May Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
16th –18th May General Synod meeting in Derry.
20th May Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
21st May Rector’s talk on ‘Ecumenism in Ecology’ 7:30pm,
Sacred Heart Church, Monkstown
25th May Parish Fete 10-2pm St Mary’s School & Grounds
Youth BBQ 7-9pm St Mary’s Churchyard
30th May till 9th June. Thy Kingdom Come. Prayer at 12 noon in St Mary’s Church.
30th May Commissioning of Hilary Dring as MU Diocesan President 7:30pm St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline
22nd – 26th July THE ADVENTURE CRUISE Holiday Club 10-1pm St Mary’s School. Forms now available from Parish Office.
Today, the 4th Sunday of Easter, is also known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ so it is a wonderful day to have the Bishop visit us for the Confirmation of our young people.
The Bishop’s Crozier or pastoral staff, is of course a symbol of the Good Shepherd. The ‘Good Shepherd’ is taken from the gospel reading for the day, which is always from the 10th chapter of John’s Gospel where Christ is described as the “Good Shepherd” who lays down his life for his sheep.
The image of Christ as our Good Shepherd has always appealed to our human nature. In fact, one of the earliest paintings of Christ in the Roman catacombs represents him as carrying an injured sheep on his shoulders.
This image of Christ is a manifestation of love which touches our innermost feelings and we don’t mind being likened to sheep in this context!’