The Rector writes ‘While the theme of Advent is a focus on the coming of Jesus in three ways : his first coming as a baby born in the town of Bethlehem, his present coming into our everyday lives and hearts, and his final coming when he shall come to judge the world , the readings for today , the third Sunday of Advent- Gaudete Sunday , Rejoice Sunday – deal with rejoicing in the Lord , with our joy, as well as detailing the mission of John the Baptist and his special connection with Advent – John the Baptist of course being the final prophet shouting out to all who would listen to prepare the way for the coming of our Saviour! That is why we light the Pink Candle (Pink representing Joy!)’
DIOCESAN MAGAZINE subscriptions due. €25 for 2019. Please give your subscription to the Church Wardens or leave to the Parish Office.
HEALTH & SAFETY ISSUE The local community have generously provided defibrillators all over Carrigaline; we see them in the old telephone boxes. To allow speedy and easy access to this life saving equipment we ask all parishioners and visitors to our church not to park on the new pavement outside the box. In addition, parking on the pavement outside the church makes it very difficult for those among us with reduced mobility to walk on the pavement. It should be noted that there is an ongoing appeal generally for people not to park on pavements as people with poor sight do not expect to come across parked vehicles while walking. There is more than adequate parking available in the area around the church which means those of us with greater mobility can park further away. We can then enjoy the short walk knowing we have not obstructed others who may not find it so easy to make their way in to the church. (Richard Dring, Parish Health & Safety Officer )
CARRIGALINE LIBRARY STAFF would like to wish all a Happy Christmas and remind everyone that the final Gramophone recital is on 20th December at 11.00am which will be a nice way to round off the year with some Christmas music.
FUNDRAISING EVENT SCOIL BARRA NAOFA MONKSTOWN “Entertaining at Home” A Cookery Demonstration, with award winning chef Mark Doe will take place in Monkstown Golf Club at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 25th of January 2019. Tickets cost €20 including tasting plate. Available to purchase from School Office, Passage West Pharmacy, Paula O Brien 087 2417032, Beckie Cooke 087 2452940. All proceeds raised will be going towards the Classroom Renovation Fund.
CAROL SERVICE-St Mary’s Church Marmullane Carol Service. Sunday 16th December at 7pm. Come and enjoy a variety of seasonal music as well as ecumenical input from the Passage West Folk Group.
CONCERT St Mary’s and All Saints’ Church of Ireland, Glanmire –There will be a concert in on Friday, January 18 at 8 p.m. Taking part are two choirs: Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir, St Joseph’s Church Choir from Rivertown, Glanmire and students of the Cork ETB School of Music based in Glanmire and Ballincollig. Donations accepted towards the upkeep of the church and towards the Simon Community.
17th Dec Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall. Carol singing!
Monday Club 3-5 Parish Hall. Carol singing!
19th Dec Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
Advent Film Night – The Nativity 7pm Parish Hall
23rd Dec Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church
24th Dec Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church
First Eucharist of the Nativity 11:30pm St Mary’s
25th Dec Christmas Day Services :
9:30 St John’s Church
11am St Mary’s Church
26th Dec St Stephen’s Day 10:30am St Mary’s Church
7th Jan Whist Class for Beginners 7:30pm Parish Hall
10th Jan Friendship Club 11am Joyce Loney’s Home
19th Jan Special Whist Night for Famine Relief in Yemen
8:30pm in the Canon McCrea Hall
21st Jan Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
22nd & 23rd Feb Carrigaline ‘OSKARS’ Night , Carrigaline Court Hotel
Random Notes No. CCLXXXIV
In 1979, the late Sean Doyle of Monkstown wrote a poem for “Our Place”, an amateur magazine celebrating all things local. It was a long poem, but some interesting verses are included below.
With your beautiful old houses kneeling on the steps of the hill
As if in veneration.
Your two lovely Churches credit to architects design
Reminding all that God is with us till the end of time.
To stand on Scotsman’s Road with its magnificent view of Ring
With its old Martello tower
Relic of the British rule
And Napoleon’s fall from power.
In by-gone days many a felon left your strand after
Travelling by the old Cork road unheralded and unsung
passing the old tree at Gort na Mona
From which once a priest was hung.
Your old demesne with its pillared arch and time worn gates
And that little fairy house neath Blackmans walk
Where as children we gazed in awe to see the Leprechaun
In dead silence even afraid to talk.
All I ask dear Monkstown
Is that your beauty shall not cease
Where I’ve lived my life in happiness
And where I hope to die in peace.
Your grand old Castle
with its enormous fire places tilted weather vane
Pitted by the passage of time
With its gothic arches of sand stone and lime.
There stands the old Graveyard
Where Protestant and Catholic lie together in peace
Mamber, Bolster, Murphy, Flynn, they are all the same interred within
Like God the Father and God the Son
within sacred dust they are all the one.
And last to the beautiful bay which bears your name
Which saw the passage of sail and steam
And many the heart broken emigrant
That sailed over your rippling stream.