The Rector writes- ‘I would like to invite you to the Rectory next Sunday 25thNovember. I will be having an ‘Open House’ from after the 11am Service until 4 pm and all are welcome to come along and enjoy fellowship and refreshments. We have designated this particular Sunday (which is the lastSunday of the Liturgical year ‘Christ the King’) as our annual Gift Day when we intend celebrating all of the gifts we have within the parish. At the Rectory we hope to have all of the diverse groups within the Parish who will explain all that they do. The Sunday School, the Junior Choir, the Mothers’ Union, the Youth Group, the Select Vestry, the Parish Renewal Team, The Liturgy Group, the Theological Book Circle, the Choral Group , CAMEO , the Home groups and so on. With the aid of modern technology, we will be able to see visually all the wonderful events of the last year! Please do come along and think about how you can help ; whether it is by offering some of your own valuable time to a parish endeavour, by contributing to the parish finances with a gift of money, or by committing to uphold the work of the parish in prayer. We are a community of people who aim to advance the kingdom of God here in Carrigaline and Monkstown, now in this year of our Lord 2012. We aim to do this , with the help of God, by giving of ourselves in whatever way we can. Thank you for being part of this community and for all that you already do and give. I hope to see you next Sunday 25th…. With all God’s blessings, Elaine.’
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP continues on Monday, November 19th. This group of Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) meet each other in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am ‘till 12 for playtime and chats with a cup of tea/coffee thrown in. Contact the rector for details or just turn up!
MONDAY CLUB GROUP also continues on Monday, November 19th. Adults who are free from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays are invited to St Mary’s Church Hall for a cup of tea/coffee. Our aim is to gain a little knowledge from each other as we chat. We are currently looking at how to use the internet and other computer stuff. Contact the rector for details.
MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome.
ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 21st November at 8pm in the Fleury’s home in Monkstown. Tel. 4841383. Note change of day!
JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.
PARISH FUND RAISER-The newly formed Fund Raising Committee have planned a wonderful 70s/80s Disco Night to take place in the Carrigaline Hotel on Friday 30th November from 9pm till late. Tickets 10 euro available from any of the Committee, the Parish Office and from the Hotel Reception.(Contact Adrian Bateman 086-8300379, Hazel Kelleher 086-8988165, Frances McCarthy 086-1500980). Donations are required for the fundraising raffle on the night. These can be left in the Parish office during opening hours or call Adrian for alternative arrangements. The Party Company, beside Smyths off the Kinsale Road Roundabout are offering 20% discount off outfits for the disco night. They can be contacted on 4318119 (ask for Lorna)
POSADA The sign-up form for the ‘Posada’ (the journeying of Mary, Joseph & Donkey figures around the parish homes during Advent) is in the St Mary’s Church Porch.
St. Marys National School are holding their annual Christmas Craft Fayre on December 1st and 2nd in Carrigaline GAA Hall. Do pencil this date into your diary. There will be a wide range of art, craft and gift stalls, a raffle, café, fun for children. A great place to purchase Christmas gifts! Santa is arriving by tractor on Saturday at 12. He will be in residence both days 12-5.30.
A performance of Handel’s MESSIAH will take place in St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh at 8pm on Saturday 24th November. Tickets 15 euro.
A walking group meets on a Monday morning at 11am in the car park opposite the Bosun in Monkstown. It is open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Further details by contacting Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Theological Book Circle met on Wednesday 15th to discuss the Philip Yancey book. All were agreed that it was a great book, easy to read but very profound and thought provoking. The new book chosen is ‘Christianity with Attitude’ by Giles Fraser (Canterbury Press Norwich 2007 ISBN 978-1-85311-782-4) and we meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Thursday 31st January to discuss. All welcome.
If anyone has small toys for the church toy bags could they kindly leave them to the parish office during working hours or simply leave them in the church porch on Sundays and they will be sorted and added to the bags. Thank you!
EAPPI Don’t forget to pray for Kate Cargin as she experiences day to day life as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank. You can find out more about Kate in Palestine by going to her blog site at www.kateinpalestine.wordpress.com. We will get a chance to meet her in person when she comes to speak to us at our services on February 17th 2013.
The Social & Health Education Project (SHEP) is running two short courses in Cork City Centre in November: (1) Men’s Health and Well-being Course & (2) Seasons for Growth – Coping with Grief, Loss and Change in Life for people affected by suicide. For further information phone 021 466 6180.
The Owenabue Garden Club, Carrigaline are hosting their Christmas Gala night on Monday 26 November at the earlier time of 7 pm in the C. of I. school hall (entrance beside the main gates to the Community school). The demonstrator will be Teresa Collins on “Christmas Tidings”. Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 086 8091627.
Allotments For Rent-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.
Nov 19th Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall.
Nov 21st Monkstown Home Group. 8pm.
Nov 22nd Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Nov 25th Gift Day in the Rectory 12 – 4pm.
Nov 30th 70s/80s Disco Parish Fundraiser 9pm Carrigaline Hotel.
Dec 8th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.
Dec 19th Carrigaline Community Carol Service at 7.30pm in our sister parish of Our Lady and Saint John.
Dec 23rd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. 4pm.
2013 dates for your diary
March 1st World Day of Prayer at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline.
May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church
with the theme ‘Fruits of the Spirit’
MTN?h”?fP?bi-font-family:”Gill Sans MT Light”;mso-latin-font-family: “Gill Sans MT Light”;mso-greek-font-family:Calibri;mso-cyrillic-font-family: Calibri;mso-armenian-font-family:Calibri;mso-hebrew-font-family:Calibri; mso-currency-font-family:Calibri;mso-latinext-font-family:Calibri;color:black; language:en-IE;mso-ansi-language:en-IE’>Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.