The Rector writes ‘ Thursday last was Ascension Thursday, when our Risen Lord returned to his Father in heaven.
Ascension Thursday is exactly 40 days from Easter Day, then we have another 10 days until Pentecost, so in all there are 50 days from Easter to Pentecost. This is the time we call ‘Easter-tide’ when we have the Pascal Candle lit and beside the Altar, tangibly reminding us of the presence of Jesus among us.
Today I have given out special ‘Charting the Future’ Bookmarks. The bishop would like us to keep this initiative in our prayers over the coming period as we discern what the future might entail for us here in the diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross. We will be having a ‘Charting the Future’ meeting here in our parish on Monday 8th June in the Parish Hall to which ALL are invited. Please do mark it in your diaries now. If you would like to know more about this initiative, Richard Dring, who was voted by the Select Vestry as our Parish Representative, will be more than happy to talk to you.
Parish Fête. This year’s Parish Fête will take place at the end of this month, Saturday 30th May in the Canon McCrea Hall and the grounds of the School.
Please contact Eddie Pierce (087-2557505) if you would like to be involved in helping out at a stall or if you have any items for any of the stalls.
This is a very important fund-raiser in the parish so please do dig around in the cupboards, attics and garages for good quality items! We can arrange to collect any items. Just shout! Items can also be left in the Parish Office during opening hours.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘JUNGLE JAMBOREE’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 20th to 24th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. 10am till 1pm. €30 per child or €70 per family, which includes snack. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or the Rector.
MUMS IN MAY Organised by Mothers’ Union.
– Ladies’ Night Out at the Rectory, Carrigaline on Friday, 22nd May, at 8pm. €5 per person, please let us know if you can bring a dessert, salad or something to drink. R.S.V.P. to Hilary by Tuesday, 19th May at 086-3680513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– ‘Grace and Flavours’ – a collection of thoughts, prayers and graces accompanied by 50 delicious but simple seasonal recipes to take us through the church and calendar year. €4 per copy. Buy one after church or ask Hilary about them. Monies raised from both the ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ and the booklet sales will go towards our Mothers’ Union ‘Mums in May’ countrywide fundraising. Thanks for your support. (HD)
Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church, Passage West. May 29th to 31st , The theme is ‘Journeys through life’ and we have been invited by Chris Bailey, Chairperson, to stage an exhibit as a Church Community. You may remember that Chris kindly helped us organise our own Flower Festival in 2013. Please see Jonathan Fleury for details.
Recipes please ! We need your favourite recipes for inclusion in a fundraising cookbook. Please supply your name and instructions for tastebud – tickling treats (anything under the sun, sweet or savoury, food or drinks, plain or fancy) to the collection box at the back of the churches. Any questions? Just ask Lesley Roberts (085 243 3920), Millie Kingston (086 809 1443) or Ingrid Glen (085 888 8044). Or email them to email@example.com
Scrap Metal Collection For information call Adrian Bateman on 0868300379 or Henry Forbes on 0872035000 A full listing of acceptable items and materials is on the website.
May 18th Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3 – 5pm Parish Hall
May 22nd Ladies Supper 8pm Rectory.
May 29th CAMEO,10.30am Sailing Club, Monkstown.
May 30th Summer Fete
June 8th Charting the Future Parish Meeting 7.30pm Parish Hall.
Random Notes CXXXX
Richard William George Hingston was born in 1887 and spent most of his early life in the home of his Aunt, Miss Elizabeth Sandiford, at Horsehead, Passage West, Co Cork.
As a child growing up in the area, Horsehead was just another big house to me, little did I know about the exploits of Major Hingston-an extraordinary world respected figure whose children-Richard, Jill and Maureen (RIP) would go on to inherit Horsehead . Richard Hingston was part of the ill-fated 1924 Mallory & Irvine Mount Everest expedition, but this was only the start of this man’s accomplishments.
As a naturalist and author he was in the forefront of the exploration of the Rainforests in South America and leader of an expedition to British Guiana in 1928.
In 1930 he travelled to East Africa on behalf of the “Society for the Preservation of the Fauna of the Empire”, with the objective of getting support for the establishment of National Parks for the unique animals of that area. The Serengeti National Park is perhaps the greatest testament of Major Hingston’s foresight and powers of persuasion against the many vested interests at that time, that today, animals such as the Rhino, Zebra, Elephant, Buffalo and Gorilla are still in existence.
During the Second World War he was in charge of several military hospitals in India before returning to Passage West in 1946.
In the 1950’s, Major Hingston would erect the tents from his Himalayan and Everest adventures on the front lawn of Horsehead during the summer, much to the amusement and curiosity of locals. Suffering from arthritis for the last twenty years of his life, Major Hingston died at his home in Horsehead on 5th August 1966.