Parish Notices Sunday 15th December 2019

The Rector writes ‘The spirit of the liturgy all through Advent is one of expectation and preparation for the feast of Christmas as well as for the second coming of Christ, and it is a penitential time (not that you’d notice generally !) but today , on the third Sunday of Advent,  Gaudete Sunday , we officially suspend that for a while in order to symbolize the joy and gladness that is ours in the promised Redemption. …..Gaudete means …

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Carrigaline Welcome Christmas Gift Cards are available from the Parish Office, costing 10 euro each, your donation will go towards the resettlement of a Refugee family in our area.

Thank you to William Warren-Perry for making our wonderful Giving Tree in St Mary’s Church. We have our usual bags at the back of the church all year round but this tree allows us to really associate our giving with our Christmas traditions. Just place items on the tree and they will be sorted and delivered to Cork Simon, Penny Dinners, Cuanlee Women’s Refuge and Direct Provision in Christmas Week. Thank you.

Littlies Plus One-HELP! The toddler group needs some more people to help out. Are you free on a Monday morning for 2.5 hours? Could you go on our rota and help out every 4/5 weeks? Please contact Hilary on 086-3680513.

Christian Aid Calendars for 2020 are available at the back of both churches at a price of €10. Payment can be given to the wardens who will pass it on to John Sweeney, our Christian Aid rep.

Greater Chernobyl Cause-Christmas Fair –Fountainstown Tennis Club. Sunday 15th DECEMBER 12-3pm. An excellent array of gifts including: Knitwear and Creations by top Irish Clothes Designers, Jewellery, Ceramics, Candles, Books and Cards etc., reasonable prices.  All items have been donated for sale by very generous artists.  Your Christmas presents can be purchased under the one roof at Rock Bottom prices!

Music Notes 15-12-2019

The beautiful hymn Gabriel’s Message is a Basque carol freely translated by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924). Baring-Gould was a teacher, clergyman and folk music enthusiast who was a friend of the famous English folk song collector Cecil Sharp. Frank McNally in a recent article in the Irish Times pointed out that Sharp must have been named for St. Cecilia (patron saint of musicians) as he was born on her feast day, November 22nd, in 1859.   For YouTube users interested in knowing more about Anglican chant, look for Introduction to Anglican Chant by Michael Sanchez – excellent, clear and short!

15th Dec      Carrigaline Community Carols, 7:30pm St Mary’s  

16th Dec     Littlies + One Christmas Party! 10-12 Parish Hall

18th Dec     Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church  

22nd Dec      Nine Lessons & Carols, 4pm , St John’s Church

24th Dec      Carols around the Crib, 4pm , St Mary’s 

                    First Eucharist of the Nativity 11:30pm St Mary’s 

25th Dec       Eucharist 9.30am St John’s  11am  St Mary’s

29th Dec       11:15am United Christingle Service St Mary’s 

    Hannukah Ceremony Service, 4:30 in Shalom Park , Cork City.

6th January   10am Epiphany Service in St Mary’s School, 

6th  & 13th    8pm Whist Class, Parish Hall

18th Jan        Special Whist Night 8:30pm in Canon McCrea Hall for CEPT Carrigaline Welcomes Group

Random Notes CCCXXVII

As parishioners will no doubt recall, our Rector, the Revd. Canon Elaine Murray was, on the afternoon of Sunday, 24th November, 2019, installed to the Prebendaries of Desertmore and Killanully, in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross.

It might therefore perhaps be of some interest to know a little more about both Desertmore and Killanully. Killanully, a parish of antiquity, variously spelt Killingley, lies not far from Ballygarvan, and a few miles to the west of Carrigaline. The Church (Christ Church), which is still extant, although now used as a residence, was built in 1865, damaged, or perhaps destroyed by fire in either late December 1887 or early in the following month; a note in the preacher’s book for Sunday, 15th January, 1888 reads ‘Service held this Sunday in school house consequent of the Church having been burnt down.’ The Church was quickly restored; it being recorded on Tuesday, 18th December, 1888, ‘Re-opening of Church, collection of £6-12-1 in aid of Church re-building fund.’

The Church at Killanully was closed after a final service held there on the morning of Sunday, 25th February, 1990.

Desertmore, another ancient parish, lies not far from Ovens, and a very short distance south east of Kilcrea Friary. The Church (St. John), capable, of accommodating eighty persons, was built in 1815 on the site of the old Church, at a cost of £553 16s 8d, an amount granted by way of gift by the Board of First Fruits. The new Church had but a brief life, succumbing in 1888 to the demolisher’s hammer, some sixteen years following the resignation of the last rector, the Revd. Henry Constable, who in 1872 moved to London to become chaplain to the City of London Hospital in Betnal Green, and at which time the decision was taken to unite the parish to that of Athnowen (St. Mary), now also since closed.

The site of the Church within its enclosure, and the former rectory nearby, built in 1824, now known as Desertmore House, are extant.


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