The Rector writes ‘The 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in Germany, together with the 25th Anniversary of the Porvoo Common Statement were the themes running through the annual Clergy Conference at Ballylickey which I attended this week. The guest speaker, the Revd Dr Jan Eckerdal, Diocesan Chaplain with responsibility for Theological Education in the Diocese of Strängnäs in the Church of Sweden, spoke on the theme of The Lutheran Thread of the Church Catholic.
I thoroughly enjoyed the few days and in particular , wearing our Eco Congregation Hat, I had brought along the Climate Justice Candle which we had lit last Sunday at our Harvest in St John’s. This candle was lit every day during both Services and Talks. Finally on the last morning I led Morning Prayer when prayers for the environment were included and Mary Cowhig’s Hymn of gratitude for Creation was sung by all of the gathered clergy of the diocese. It sounded really lovely with so many male voices! ‘
All age service on October 22nd in St Mary’s Church is Sports and Games themed. Bring a ball, Hurley, hockey stick, tennis racquet, etc., or your favourite board or card game and wear your favourite club jersey!
The Supper Theatre tickets are now on sale. Please get in touch with the Parish Office if you plan on going. Limited tickets are available for each night so get cracking if you want to see our Drama Group along with Douglas Drama Group at this Fundraiser on 9th/10th/11th November.
A huge thank you to all those dedicated Thespians who are rehearsing like mad for the Plays, we are really looking forward to it……
it should be a fabulous night Darling! ’
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
Carrigaline Library To coincide with the hundred year anniversary of Ford Ireland, Carrigaline Library is hosting an exhibition, ‘Ford – the Cork Connection’. The exhibition focuses on various aspects of the Marina plant, why Cork was chosen, years of unrest, the Ford family’s Cork ties and the closure in 1984. The exhibition will be on display in the library until 18th October. There is also our Gramophone Recital, our popular gramophone recital will take place on Thursday 19th October, starting at 11.00am, refreshments will be served.
TAIZE FRANCE COMES TO BALLINCOLLIG–Brother Jean Marie, one of the key musicians of the Taize Community in France, is leading a Taize service at the Church of Christ our Light, Innismore, Ballincollig at 8.30pm on Sat 21st October. Fr George PP extends a warm welcome to everyone.
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16th Oct Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall
18th Oct 10:30 Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church
22nd Oct All Age Sports Service 11am St Mary’s Church
9th, 10th & 11th November Theatre Supper Nights in Douglas
9th & 10th December Live Crib Carrigaline
Random Notes No. CCXLIX
Given the popularity of the Cork Jazz Festival, it seems almost incredible that jazz was once regarded as the “devil’s music” and provoked hysterical criticism.
In the 1920’s, as young women bobbed their hair, shortened their skirts and danced the Charleston, many older people thought civilisation had collapsed. Here in Ireland, the government were so concerned that they set up a committee to consult experts on how to protect the morals of Irish young people from such corrupting influences as Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller.
In 1929, the Gaelic League announced that anyone attending “foreign” dances where jazz music was played, faced expulsion. A demonstration was held in Co. Leitrim. Three thousand people attended, some carrying banners which read “Down with Jazz” and “Out with Paganism”. Jazz dancing was described as suggestive” and a “source of scandal and ruin”. The League’s Secretary condemned the Minister of Finance for allowing RTE to play jazz music occasionally. He accused the Minister of “Jazzing every night of the week.” A local priest denounced the Gardaí, insisting that many members of the force were guilty if organising “depraved all night jazz dances.”
The outcry against these dances reached such a level that it resulted in the 1935 Dancehalls Act, requiring anyone who wished to hold a dance to apply for a licence. Since, however, the Act had the side effect of ending the tradition of holding Céilis in Irish rural homes, as this practice was now illegal, no doubt there were some red faces in the League!