Parish Notices Sunday 12th October 2014

The Rector writes  ‘I recently heard someone on the Radio say ‘If you have a good Harvest,  share it’  and we are privileged that in this country we have a Harvest to share with others more needy than ourselves.

Our collections today from both of our Services will again go to Bishops’ Appeal Syria Fund.  This is the third year in a row that we have sent our Harvest Collection there and the situation seems to be getting worse each year.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of those suffering in this region.

The decorative fruit and vegetables, along with the children’s offerings of food,  will be given to the Senior Citizens Centre in Carrigaline and to the St Vincent de Paul in Monkstown. Thank you to all who have decorated and to all who have given produce.

Our preachers today are the Revd David White in St Mary’s and the Revd Sarah Marry in St John’s.  David is the Curate in Bandon and Sarah is the Curate in Douglas and we thank them for coming to Carrigaline Union and for sharing their harvest thoughts with us. ‘


FEED THE MINDS VISIT- We welcome two visitors from the charity FEED THE MINDS who will be speaking to us at our services next Sunday 19th. The Rector also invites you to come along and meet the visitors at the Rectory between 7pm and 9pm on Saturday 18th. Feed the Minds helps marginalised people transform their lives through education. We do this through community-led projects in the Global South. More details on

MOTHER’S UNION-Wednesday, 15th October at 8pm Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven. ‘What does Mothers’ Union do in Cork?’ (Find out about the Prison Work, Away from it All and other ways in which families are supported) with Hazel Sherlock, Avril Jennings and Joy Smyth.  Cards, calendars, diaries etc. for sale. ALL WELCOME.  Sowing Friendship (A Day for Young Women) A time to relax, have fun and make new friends. Speakers, crafts and pampering!! 10.30 – 3pm on Saturday, 18 October. Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, County Laois. Cost €25 includes lunch. Contact: Mary Bourke (Tel No: 071 9167365) – Hilary Dring(086-3680513) has booking forms if you need one. Book as soon as possible! Organised by Mothers’ Union.

Photographs and/or service details of relatives of  parishioners who served in World War I are being sought. These will be used for a silent visual  presentation as part of Remembrance Sunday Choral Evensong in Monkstown on  November 9th. Copies will also be passed to St Fin Barre’s to form part of the Cathedral’s World War I Remembrance. If you have any photographs (in uniform or otherwise), memories or details of those who served in the Great War, please contact Simon Woodworth at (086) 083 0639 or All material will handled with the utmost care. Once it is scanned and copied the originals will be returned promptly. Thank you!

EXHIBITION of work by the late Anna O’Hara: paintings and prints for sale in aid of  Nathan Kirwan Trust and Irish Cancer Society. November 1st from 12 noon – 4pm, then daily 10 – 4 until Sun 9th Nov., in Currabinny.

Bereavement Support. Our Lady and St John’s Parish is hosting a 7-week programme starting Monday 20th October. Information from Our Lady and St John’s Parish Office on 4371109 between 930am and 1pm.

EARTH IN DISTRESS Talks on Cosmology, Ecology & Christianity. A series of talks will be held in the Welcome English Centre in October/November. See poster in Church for more details or phone 086-3323658, email

Owenabue Garden and Flower Club, Carrigaline will hold their Decorative Show on Monday 20 October (note the 3rd Monday) at 8 pm in the Canon McCrea Hall in the school.  Carmel O’Driscoll will demonstrate “My World of Flowers”.  Visitors always welcome.  Enquiries to 086 3222615.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION Clodagh McKenna will give a cookery demo in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Thursday October 16th; doors open at 6.30pm when the audience can sample the products of artisan producers from the Cork region. Demo starts @ 7.30pm.Clodagh will demonstrate how to prepare and cook a delicious menu, a culinary must for all those interested in good food. Tickets available by contacting or 086 8697472.This is a fundraiser for Bandonbridge NS building fund.

A meeting of GIY (Grow It Yourself) will be held on Thursday 16 October at 7.30 in Church of Ireland school Hall. (Marmullane) . Passage West.. The subject for discussion will be “Soil Health” The meetings are open to all people interested in growing food at all levels – From growing a few herbs on a balcony to complete self sufficiency – From beginners to old hands. Entry €2 which includes tea etc.  Enquiries to 086 8091627



Oct 13th       Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.

Oct 15th       MU meet 8pm Crosshaven

Oct 16th      Junior Choir 6.30pm St Mary’s Church

Oct 18th       Visit of a group from Feed the Minds charity to parish.  Evening Gathering in the Rectory 7pm. All welcome.

Oct 19th Feed the Minds speaker in both churches.



Oct 30th Children’s Movie Night 6 to 8pm Parish Hall

Nov 1st Reflective Service of Remembering 7pm St Mary’s

Nov 7th Eco Congregation Seminar 7.30pm in Parish Hall. We will be presented with our Eco Congregation Award

Nov 13th Friendship Club meet in Drings at 11am

Nov 15th  Quiet Day in Parish Hall, 11am till 3pm, Bring & Share

Lunch. Leader/Speaker is Gerard Flynn on Celtic Spirituality.

Nov 23rd Gift Day in the Rectory


Random Notes CXVI                                       

Harvest Festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the harvest season on 1st August and was called “Lammas”, meaning “Loaf Mass”. Farmers would make loaves of bread from the new wheat crop and give them to their local church to be used as Communion bread. This custom ended when Henry 8th broke away from the Catholic Church. In 1843 however, the tradition was revived when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special Thanksgiving Service for the harvest at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall.

The Victorians quickly adopted the tradition and Harvest Festivals became increasingly popular. The sheet music pictured was found beside the organ in St John’s Church, Monkstown. “Fear Not, O Land” a Harvest Anthem composed by Caleb Simper. In feint writing is “Monkstown Choir – August 1895

Within the Church of Ireland, both urban and rural parishes celebrated the harvest with zeal. For rural communities in particular, it became not just a part of the Church calendar, but a very real celebration of God’s bounty. The farmers and farm workers would be at their busiest in August and September, and it was only once the harvest had literally been “Gathered In” that they could rest and celebrate. This is why many country parishes have their Harvest Festivals at a later date those in the cities and suburbs.



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