The Rector writes ‘Words fail us when we witness such devastation in the Philippines. There is a retiring collection today and next Sunday which will be sent immediately to Bishops’ Appeal. Please help if you can and please keep those struggling to survive in the Philippines and also those who are from the Philippines and living in Ireland in your prayers’
A prayer for the Philippines
God of all love and compassion,
in the raging of violent storm and flood
Your people seek your face in vain.
amid the wreckage now
of lives, and homes, and cities,
Empower your church in the Philippines
to bring comfort, courage, and hope
to all your hurting people, that may they know
they do not walk alone. Amen
TEA and COFFEE will be available after the 11am Service in the Parish Hall.
GIFT DAY in the Rectory is next Sunday 24th. Everyone is encouraged to drop in and have a coffee/tea and chat from 12pm until 4pm.
DIOCESAN READERS COMMISSIONING The Commissioning of four new Diocesan Readers is to take place today, 17th November at 4 p.m. at Evensong at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork. All are welcome to attend.
THE CHURCH of IRELAND CENSUS will continue this Sunday and the following Sunday 24th to establish the age and gender profile of those attending church each week. Each person at church will receive a card on which they will record only their age and gender and it will be completely anonymous. This will then allow the Church to make decisions for the future based on really up-to-date analysis of the Church of Ireland’s actual population.
POSADA sheet is now in the porch of St Mary’s Church. If you would like to be involved in this year’s Posada, please sign up. This is a lovely tradition in the Carrigaline Union where families ‘mind’ Mary, Joseph and the Donkey in their house for one night during the period of Advent (1st December until 24th December) as Mary & Joseph symbolically make their way to Bethlehem for the birth of someone very special. If you haven’t been involved in this tradition before and would like to try it out, , just sign up, its very simple, the person before you rings you and delivers the figures to you and then you pass it on to the next household on the list. A great way to meet new people.
CONFIRMATIONS 2014 If you would like to be confirmed in 2014, could you please let the Rector know as she is planning to begin the preparation classes sometime towards the end of January/beginning of February.
Dog Show. Saturday 7th December at 1pm, Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. €5 per dog for entry into one class, €3 for a second class, €2 for a third class. All welcome. Proceeds in aid of Parish Funds. Please contact Adrian Bateman for further details on 086-8300379. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
MOTHERS’ UNION our Annual Women’s Conference takes place this year from 22nd-24th November in Garryvoe Hotel Further information and booking forms are available from Hilary. If you need any further information please contact either the parish office or talk to Hilary Dring at 4378439 or 086-3680513.
CARRIGALINE CHRISTMAS FAYRE is the main fundraising event for our parish School and this year Mothers’ Union have been asked to help with the home produce stall. We are appealing to the home-baking, jam-making brigade for help.! The Fayre is in the GAA Hall, Crosshaven Road from 11am – 5.30pm on Sat 30th Nov and Sun 1st Dec. Contributions can be dropped off from 9.30 on Sat, 30th Nov, from 10.30 on Sun, 1st Dec or at any time during either day or between 9.30 and 12.00 at the parish hall the day before. Please let Hilary Dring know if you able to help out – firstname.lastname@example.org / 086-3680513 / 021-4378439
CARRIGALINE & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB are holding their monthly CAR BOOT SALE at the Circus Field Carrigaline ( next to Lidl on Crosshaven Rd.) on Sunday 24th November. Proceeds are in aid of the Carrigaline Youth Centre Building Project. Gate open at 8.30 am for 10am start. Enquiries to Patrick Coughlan on 087 8360299
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY The Carrigaline Family Support Centre are organising a children’s day party on Sunday 17th November in Fernhill Golf Club from 4-6pm. In particular we are interested in inviting children with special needs and disabilities, their families and friends . DJ , sing song session, face painting. 5 euro per family and there will be lots of nice nibbles and fun to be had. There is also an Art & Story Competition for Children’s Day with primary and secondary schools in the area. A prize giving ceremony will take place in the library in Carrigaline on Children’s Day 20th November at 4pm for the winners and runners up. It will be an opportunity to hear the children read their stories and to display their art work. Local businesses have been very generous and shown their support for this initiative by providing lots of fantastic prizes and vouchers. It should be a time to remember!
CHRISTMAS FAIR to raise funds for the Ursuline/Kenyan Immersion project. All proceeds raised will go directly to help give girls from the poorest of the poor families a chance to have a couple of years secondary education they would otherwise not have. It costs 250euro to keep one girl in school for a year. The fair will be held on Sunday November 24th in the Church Hall behind St Michaels Church, Blackrock Rd, beginning at 12 o clock
OWENABUE GARDEN AND FLOWER CLUB next meeting in Canon McCrea Hall will be on Monday 25 November at the earlier time of 7pm. The demonstrator is Beatrice Hartog on “The magic of Christmas.” Visitors are welcome. Enquiries to 0868091627.
Nov 18th Toddlers plus one Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall
Nov 24th Annual Gift Day in the Rectory.
Nov 30th & Dec 1st School Christmas Craft Fayre GAA Club
Dec 1st Advent Sunday : Year A begins
Dec 7th Intercessions Workshop, St Mary’s Church 10am-midday
Dec 7th Dog Show. 1pm in Canon McCrea Hall.
Dec 20th Carrigaline Community Carols 7.30pm St Mary’s Church
Dec 22nd Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church
Dec 24th Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church