The Rector writes ‘ During our morning services, there will be a short Act of Remembrance and then tonight at 7pm we will have the special Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong in St John’s Church, Monkstown. The choir will accompany those gathered to sing reflective hymns as well as singing the soulful anthem “For the fallen” by Malcolm Archer. We are delighted to welcome Robert Daunt White from our neighbouring parish of Templebreedy who will accompany the choir on Trumpet. During this evening’s Act of Remembrance, Robert will also play “The Last Post” as we honour those who have lost their lives in all conflicts and in particular as we remember our own community of 100 years ago. I have included in this Linksheet a short article about the significance of the Last Post which I hope you will find as interesting as I did and indeed I hope many of you will join me tonight in St John’s for this special service.’
Live Crib and nativity pageant :We are hiring a much larger marquee and we are also upgrading the sound system for this year’s live crib. The estimated combined cost is €2000. We are looking for sponsorship, corporate or private. If you can help us please contact Rowland Newenham (0872522541).
The Nativity Pageant which is to be the focus of the day complete with live animals is also short five participants. It promises to be very enjoyable so please come forward to help in this venture. For further details just contact Olna Trotter on 4373069 or Mary Murphy on 4374605.
TABLE TENNIS If anyone-young (or not so young!) would be interested in playing table tennis socially in the Parish then please contact Jan Walsh 086-0840216.
MONKSTOWN HOME GROUP The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 21 November at Jonathan & Hazel Fleury’s home. The rector will be leading this meeting on“ My favourite book in the Bible and why”.
Job Vacancy Carrigaline Community Employment Scheme has a Vacancy for a Cleaner for St Mary’s Church and Parish hall. Applicants must be in receipt of a Department of Social Protection payment. CV to Room 2, Community Complex Carrigaline, Phone 4375191 .
13th Nov Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall
15th Nov Holy Communion 10:30am in St Mary’s Church
21st Nov Monkstown Home Group. 8pm. Fleury’s home.
26th Nov Gift Day : 12 noon till 3pm in the Rectory
2nd & 3rd Dec Carrigaline Craft Fayre GAA Hall.
6th, 13th & 20th Dec Advent Talks 8pm Parish Hall
9th & 10th December Live Crib Carrigaline
Random Notes No. CCLIII
Wars have been fought all through the history of mankind. Napoleon Bonaparte is quoted as saying that “a soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of coloured ribbon.” In the 1860’s, British publishers began to cash in on the fascination with war by introducing comics for boys which glorified battles and made army and naval life seem like the most exciting adventure imaginable, with such stories as, “from Drummer to General” and “from Powder Monkey to Admiral”. By the late 19th Century, these stories had so inspired their readers that young men from all over Britain joined up to fight for their country. (The British were always the heroes, of course, it never occurred to anyone that the natives of other countries had any rights!). Occasionally tragic results of war were featured, “The Boys Own Paper”, in September 1881 printed verses by Paul Blake.
All in the darkness they rapidly form.
They charge at the foe with a rush like a storm
The fight is soon over, but, wounded and slain,
Many gallant young fellows be stretched on the plain.
And many a mother will weep for her son
As she kneels on the bed when the day is done
And many a maiden will sorrow in vain
For the lover she never will welcome again.
Usually however the comics showed war as little more than a jolly romp.