The Rector writes ‘Next week is the beginning of the annual week of Christian Unity, where our various denominational branches of the Church of Christ try to visibly demonstrate the unity that Jesus called for when he said to his Father in heaven ‘The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me’ (John 17:22-23).
Next Saturday 19th I will be preaching at the 7pm Mass in our sister Church in Carrigaline and Tony will be preaching at the 6pm Mass in our sister Church in Monkstown. Then the following day, Sunday 20th, we will welcome Fr Sean O’Sullivan pp to preach at the 9.30am Service in St John’s Church Monkstown and Canon Bertie O’Mahoney pp to preach at the 11am Service in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline. Please feel free to come and join myself or Tony on the Saturday night in addition to being present at our usual Sunday Morning Services as it will perhaps be interesting to hear the different sermons preached based on our common lectionary.’
New reading rotas for both Parishes and flower & tea and coffee rotas for St Mary’s available in your email inbox and at the back of the church. If anyone would like to go on one of these rotas then please contact Christine in the office.
SUNDAY SCHOOL From January 2013, as well as welcoming children from age 4 in Sunday School, we also encourage children from age 3 to join with the older children as long as one of the parents can accompany them. In this way, they will get used to Sunday School in an informal way and be completely ready to go ‘solo’ from age 4. Thank you to the dedicated Sunday School teachers for all the effort they put into helping our children learn about God. It is very much appreciated by us all.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAY CLUB meet tomorrow Monday 14th January in the parish hall. Toddlers group from 10-midday and Monday club from 3-5pm.
MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome.
Mothers’ Union meet on Wednesday, 16th January at 8pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall — An Evening Together for our Branch: Celebration, Reflection, Looking Forward, Chat and Food. Look forward to seeing you there. Contact Hilary Dring if you need more details 4378439.
JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.
ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th January at 8 pm in Kay Treacy’s home,Spindlewood, Monkstown.
Diocesan Magazine Subscriptions for 2013 are now due. Please give payment of €20 to Wardens or Rowland Newenham.
EASTER VESTRY- this annual meeting, which is open to all parishioners, will take place in the St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th April. If you would like to have a vote at this meeting, you will need to register as a vestry person. Please see the Rector or the Church Wardens for the relevant forms. All are welcome to attend the meeting but only registered vestry persons may vote or be voted into office.
Mother’s Union- Come and join us at 8 pm on Thursday, 24th January at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Carrigaline for a presentation on Safer Internet and Screen Time. Desserts, tea and coffee and an opportunity to chat about our own and our children’s screen time and use of the Internet. All welcome.
A walking group meets on a Monday morning at 11am in the car park opposite the Bosun in Monkstown. It is open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Further details by contacting Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or email@example.com.
The Theological Book Circle- The current book is ‘Christianity with Attitude’ by Giles Fraser (Canterbury Press Norwich 2007 ISBN 978-1-85311-782-4) and we will meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Thursday 31st January to discuss. All welcome.
Parking in Carrigaline. Please be careful not to block the entrance to the Church when you are parking outside St Mary’s Church. If parking is tight on Church Road, please do come around to the Rectory and park as there is plenty of room in the Rectory garden.
MEN’s Shed -All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Mens’ Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road. See leaflets at the back of the churches for more details.
Allotments For Rent- Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.
Jan 13th Evensong. St John’s Monkstown 7pm.
Jan16th Monkstown Home Group 8pm.
Jan 16th MU Evening of Reflection, St Mary’s Church Hall 8pm
Jan 19th The Revd Tony Murphy preaching in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 6pm Rector preaching in Our Lady and Saint Johns Church Carrigaline at 7pm
Jan 20th Fr. Sean O’Sullivan pp preaching in St John’s at 9.30 am
Canon O’Mahony pp preaching in St Mary’s 11am
Jan 24th MU Cyber Fun meeting in St Mary’s Church Hall 8pm
Jan 27th The Revd Canon Richard Bartlett, diocese of London and member of the Board of USPG speaking in both churches.
Jan 31st Theological Book Circle 8pm The Rectory
Feb 9th Saturday Service 7pm in St Mary’s.
Feb 13th Ash Wednesday 10.30am and 7.30pm Services
Feb 17th Kate Cargin, EAPPI recently returned from the Holy Land speaking in both churches.
Mar 1st World Day of Prayer. Claire Jackson speaking 8pm St Mary’s
Mar 16th Eucharist Service “as Gaeilge”
Mar 31st Easter Sunday Dawn Service, Monkstown.
Apr 11th Annual Vestry Meeting 7pm St Mary’s Church Hall
Apr 27th MU Brunch in Rectory
May 17th Flower Festival Opening Service, 7pm St Mary’s Church
May 19th Closing Service, 7pm Bishop Michael Burrows preaching
June 1st Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline.
If you are planning on being confirmed this coming autumn, please put Saturday 9th March in your diary for the ‘Confirmation Morning with the Bishop.’ This is an event which everyone wishing to be confirmed in 2013 must attend. Please let the Rector know if you wish to be confirmed this year as she is putting the class plan together. She will let everyone know the actual date for this year’s Confirmations as soon as the Bishop decides on one.
Each Wednesday at 7.30pm during Lent, we will have a short Service in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline followed by a Bible Study. This year we will be using a Study Course which was developed by the Church of Ireland, on the theme of Economic Justice. All are welcome to attend.
The dates are as follows:
Wed 13th February (Ash Wednesday) 7.30 Eucharist, followed by Bible Study in the Church.
Wed 20th February 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by a talk in the Hall given by Dr Alicia St Leger, courtesy of the Mothers’ Union.
Wed 27th February 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Wed 6th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Wed 13th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Wed 20th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Random Notes No. XXXXIV
Further to Random Notes no. XXXXIII, wherein the monument to the Revd. John Johnson (1809-1837) was partially illustrated and transcribed, readers of these notes (all three of you, that is!) may find the accompanying illustrations to be of some interest.
The photograph below is of the tomb, in the Churchyard at Carrigaline, (a little to the south of the Church), of the Revd. John Johnson, which has cut upon it an inscription as follows:
‘Beneath this Stone are / deposited the earthly remains / of the Rev. John Johnson / for 7 years / the beloved curate of this / Parish / Aged 37 years / “He being dead yet speaketh”.’
The illustration is photographed from an entry, dated Wednesday, 15th May, 1833,in the minute book of the Select Vestry of Carrigaline, showing at the top the signature, ‘John Johnson, Clk’ [Clerk, in Holy Orders], a form frequently used, the other being ‘John Johnson, Curate’.