The Rector writes ‘It is traditional in church matters that once it is past 2pm on a given day , it is considered the ‘Eve’ of the next day and so this evening, at 7pm, in St Mary’s, we will have a St Patrick’s Eve Service of Holy Communion as Gaelige. Our thanks to the Revd Tony Murphy, who despite being spirited off to far Dunmanway, has organised this lovely service again this year. It is by way of being unofficially a Diocesan Service which just happens to take place here in our Union, in Carrigaline to be precise (St Mary’s Church co-incidentally happens to be almost in Tony’s backyard.. interesting!) Everyone is welcome to attend this service tonight and if you can’t make it , we will also have a 10.30am Eucharist tomorrow morning on the actual day of our Patron Saint……. Happy St Patrick’s Day ‘
TEA and COFFEE will be available after the 11am Service in the Parish Hall.
ST PATRICK’S EVE Eucharist As Gaelige tonight at 7 pm in St Mary’s
ST PATRICK’S DAY Monday 17th March , Eucharist at 10.30 am in St Mary’s
Mother’s Union-Pampering Day. Saturday 29th March at 2pm. Trident Hotel Kinsale. See fliers for details or contact Jennifer Kingston on 086-3236641 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mothersunion.ie.
LENTEN SERVICES On Wednesdays during Lent there is a 7.30pm Evening Prayer Service in St Mary’s Church which is followed by a Bible Study in the Parish Hall. The course was created by BACI (Bible Association for the Church of Ireland) and is called ‘Church and Culture’ . The course will, over the weeks of Lent, explore different aspects of the Church’s relationship with its surrounding culture. It promises to be a very interesting course and of course everyone is welcome and indeed encouraged to come along and enjoy the fellowship. There is no need to worry if you feel that you are not ‘Biblically Literate’ enough as no-one will ever be put on the spot, none of us have done this course before and we will all follow the course together and learn both from it and from one another. Please do consider coming along and exploring the idea that we in the Church are of our Culture, in our Culture, through our Culture, against our Culture and beyond our Culture – all at the same time!
7th Annual CDYC TABLE QUIZ promises to be a great night as always!! Canon Packham Hall Douglas on Saturday 22 March at 7pm. Loads of prizes. Food and drinks afterwards. Secondary School ages. Download a booking form on cdyc.ie.
The Owenabue Garden and Flower club, Carrigaline, will hold their annual Spring Show in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Marys school on Monday 24 March at 8 pm. Demonstrator – Margot Allen – Theme “Arabian travels”. Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 086 3222615
YOUTH CLUB members had a great night at the recent parish quiz night and their music, sports entertainment and scholarly knowledge was a great plus to each team!! Thanks a million to Adrian for organising and all the helpers who provided cakes and refreshments afterwards.
The most recent CDYC (Diocesan Youth Group) event was a joint weekend with young people from the Limerick Diocese in Cahrue in Bandon. It was a fabulous event with Karting, Archery, Quizzes and games as well as an excellent and inspiring series of talks by Rev Sarah Marry from Douglas Union encouraging the young people to explore and develop their relationship with God and to “Take a step and make a difference” in our world. Thanks a million to Conor who volunteered as a leader and we encourage any young people who missed out to try it next year as it was a superb weekend. Notes for your Diary Youth Club ! the annual CDYC Youth Quiz will take place in Douglas (Canon Packham Hall) on Sat 22nd March – its always a great night of craic, refreshments and excellent prizes – hope you can make it. (PC)
March 24th Toddlers plus one Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
March 30th United Service 11am in St John’s
April 6th Commissioning of the Lay Ministers of the Eucharis at normal services of 9.30am in St Johns and 11am
in St Mary’s.
April 13th – 20th Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday
May 6th Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish, 7.30pm in Parish Hall.
May 14th Christian Aid Coffee Morning in Rectory 11am
May 31st Parish Fête
June 8th Pentecost Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s
Jun 15th Parish Picnic
Jun 21st St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 150 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. plus the Rector’s sponsored diet ends today (hooray!).
July 21st – July 25th Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’
Random Notes No. LXXXIX
Whilst Sunday Lunch may not be mentioned in the Constitution of The Church of Ireland, we certainly know how to do it well. It is a tradition which we can all relate to, even if we don’t experience it on a regular basis.
The preparation starts early on Sunday morning. Beef…Lamb…Chicken…Pork; the meat is seasoned with loving care and popped in to the oven to roast gently, before we trot off to Church. Blindly salivating, we enjoy the sermon and hymns. Two hours later, with He who would valiant be mumbling away in our ears, we return home to the gentle warm smell of the roast twitching our appetites.
Our empty stomachs are happily and encouragingly disturbed when our guests ring the doorbell, three minutes past one o’clock. The dogs go ballistic. We fondly greet our fellow diners with ridiculously surprised Oh hello…Do, come in…What a beautiful/terrible morning. The Diocesan magazine is handed to whoever hasn’t seen it yet, and a jar of homemade something is greeted with Oh you shouldn’t have – there really was no need.
Glasses of Sherry – Dry or sweet? are accompanied by a convivial but hungrily apprehensive discussion about the new Rector or Archdeacon.
Our host is casually, but secretly stressfully, liasing between kitchen and living room before eventually announcing that lunch is served. With mentions of Oh I’m starving…something smells good.. we are led to our places at table in the dining room where, after saying grace, we merrily enjoy the wonder that is Sunday Lunch. The dogs gently submit to our heels, in a humanly promised, immediately reactive, quiet, salivatory anticipation.