The Rector writes ‘ The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul—so we are already in the middle of it. This year the theme is ‘Is Christ divided?’ I was invited to write an article for the Harbour Parishes Newsletter for this Ecumenical week and I was delighted to do that. The Harbour Parishes consist of Monkstown, Ringaskiddy, Shanbally and Passage West, Fr Sean O’Sullivan is their Parish Priest while Fr Pat Fogarty is the Parish Priest in Carrigaline. Last year we had ‘Pulpit Swaps’ to mark the week but this year as Fr Sean and Fr Pat are heading off with their diocesan team to Peru in South America tomorrow we are just marking the week by having lunch together today in the Rectory, table fellowship being a very biblical concept! The other ecumenical initiative is of course the sponsored diet that both myself and Fr Pat are on, one that we hope will be of benefit to the youth community in Carrigaline. Should you wish to sponsor us, the forms are at the back of the churches but do be careful how much per pound you sponsor as there will hopefully be a lot of pounds involved! ‘
TEA and COFFEE will be available after the 11am Service in the Parish Hall.
DIOCESAN MAGAZINE- Subscriptions for 2014 are now due at a rate of €20 for the year. Please pay Rowland Newenham or a warden.
St John’s Homegroup will meet at 8pm on Wednesday 22nd January at the home of Hazel Fleury. New members most welcome and further details from John Sweeney 087-0656290.
Monkstown Chamber Choir resume rehearsals on Thursday 23rd January at 8pm in St John’s Monkstown.
SONGS OF PRAISE is back! Voting papers are available at the back of the Church and the Service will be in St John’s Monkstown at 7pm on Sunday 9th February. Vote for your favourite hymns and come along on the night to see which hymns have won.
CONFIRMATIONS 2014 The Service will take place on Pentecost Sunday 8th June at the 11am Service in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline. All those who have already given the rector their name have been contacted by now. If you would like to be confirmed in 2014 and haven’t yet contacted the rector, could you please do this in the next couple of weeks as after the classes begin on Saturday 25th January it will be too late to join in with the 2014 group of candidates.
8th ANNUAL YOUTH LEADERS TRAINING WEEKEND 24th—26th January The Quality Hotel, Clonakilty. Cost: €120 (waged) or €60 (unwaged). This great deal includes: dinner x 2, accommodation x 2 nights, breakfast x 2, lunch x 1 and access to pool and leisure centre! Booking form available from the Diocesan Youth Council of the Church of Ireland in Cork www.cdyc.ie
St Luke’s Home Education Centre- Evening courses will be taking place in Mindfulness (6 Tuesdays from 4th February), Addressing Loss (6 Wednesdays from 19th February) and Basic Listening Skills ( 4 Thursdays from 6th March) The courses run from 7:30 – 9:30pm. A Saturday Morning Introduction to Mindfulness will take place on 25th January from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Please contact Claire at 021.4536551 for further details
OWENABUE GARDEN AND FLOWER CLUB The next meeting will be held in the Canon McCrea Hall in the school on Monday 27th January. There will be a talk on “Food matters – The importance of organic food” given by Tim and Willie, after the AGM at approx 8.45 pm. Enquiries to 086 8091627.
CARRIGALINE ADULT EDUCATION SERVICE have workshops in budgeting and healthy eating staring 9th/10th January, leading to an optional 6 week course. We also have sewing and alteration workshops, educational guidance, C.V. preparing and interview skills staring shortly. There is also computer courses starting in January. Please ring 021-4371109 or 086-8238757 for further details of these FREE courses.
Jan 20th Toddlers plus one Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall
Jan22nd St John’s Homegroup 8pm Fleury’s home
Jan 25th Confirmation Classes begin Sat 6 – 8pm in Rectory
Jan 29th Theological Book Circle. 8pm Rectory.
Feb 8th Sunday School Training Day in St Luke’s
Feb 9th Songs of Praise Evensong 7pm St John’s
Feb 20th Children’s Movie Night 6-8pm Parish Hall
Feb 21st Table Quiz—Canon McCrae School Hall
Mar 1st Preparation for Confirmation Morning withBishop in Douglas
Mar 5th Ash Wednesday, Lent begins, Evening Prayer & Bible Study 7.30pm each Wednesday evening
Mar 16th St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaelige 7pm St Mary’s
April 13th – 10th 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
Random Notes No. LXXXI
For Christmas, I received a recently published book – “The Church of Ireland – An illustrated history”. The new 400 page book is produced in hardback and full colour. In the foreword, the Archbishop’s of Armagh and Dublin state “This volume comprises the work of over sixty historians, editors and photographers from all over Ireland with a diverse range of interests and approaches. Each tells the story of the Church in his or her own way and the variety of this material reflects the diversity within the Church itself…This book achieves the remarkable task of covering every parish or union/group of parishes, with illustrations of over two thirds of all the churches”.
The book is easily read and pleasing on the eye. It can be picked up for just a few moments or researched for hours. While there are a few anomalies (people love to pick up on these!) the book is a must for everyone who is interested in the Church of Ireland. The early history was particularly Interesting for me. It also reminded me of the very many fascinating Church of Ireland figures from the past such as Swift and Berkeley to more recently C.S Lewis, Bishop Bishop MacNeice, Sam Maguire and Edith Somerville.
There are chapters on various areas including the history of church music, our built heritage and our relationship with the Irish language.
The select vestry have agreed that the Rector order a copy for both of our Churches.” RCE