The Rector writes ‘The Confirmation classes begin next Thursday 23rd and you will be seeing lots of young faces in church every week in the coming months. Do chat to the young confirmands and make them welcome.
During these months I always take the opportunity to explain a little more about the liturgy during the Service , why we do things in this particular way. Some of you know all of this stuff off by heart but to some it may be something new & fresh. Bear with me as we travel alongside Sean, Sally, Graham, Samantha, Abbie, Rachel & Shane in the coming months and let their enthusiasm rub off on you!’
Monkstown Home Group is scheduled for Wednesday 22nd January at 8pm in the home of Gerlene Kennedy at Glenbrook.
Climate Change-The Challenge for Carrigaline.
A Public Information night hosted by Carrigaline Community Association. Monday 27th January at 7.30pm in Carrigaline Community Complex. All welcome.
There will be a concert in St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Glanmire onFriday, February 28 at 8 p.m. in aid of AWARE (via donation). Taking part will be Kinsale Voices, conducted by Mary Walsh. Music students of Cork ETB School of Music will also take part. This concert will take approximately 60 minutes.
20th Jan Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall
22nd Jan Monkstown Home Group. 8pm in Gerlene Kennedy’s home
23rd Jan Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
27th Jan Climate Change Information night. 7:30pm in the Carrigaline Community Complex
3rd Feb Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
29th March No morning services in Monkstown/Carrigaline, 11:30am Installation of the Rector as Canon in St Factna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery.
7pm Service of Wholeness & Healing St John’s
Music Notes 19-01-2020
The hymn Make Way was written by Graham Kendrick, the son of a Baptist minister, who is one of the most prolific of contemporary hymn writers. As a young man he became interested in the use of rock and folk music to attract a greater diversity of worshippers to services. He now belongs to the Ichthus Fellowship, which grew out of the ‘House Church’ movement , placing an emphasis on evangelism, mission and social action. To date Graham Kendrick has written over 170 worship songs.
Random Notes CCCXXIX
Without getting involved in the recent debacle about the RIC, the following extract from Liam McNiffe’s book “A History of the Garda Siochana” makes interesting reading. After the RIC was disbanded, the Civic Guard’s were formed before the Garda Siochana were established in 1922.
Previous Trade of Garda Siochana Recruits, 1922-32
“Farmer usually meant the son of a farmer who lived and worked on the family farm. The majority of labourers were agricultural labourers. About 50 per cent of the force were either farmers or worked on the land. As Eoin O’Duffy (chief of staff) said
‘The son of the peasant is the backbone of the force’.
Over 98.5% of guards who joined the force by 1932 were Catholic. Approximately 123 men were Protestant. Of these, 56 belonged to the Church of Ireland, 14 were Presbyterians and 4 were Methodists. The remaining 49 were entered just as Protestant. There is a strong probability, however, that they were Church of Ireland members. In 1926, approximately 7.5% of the Free State’s population was Protestant, yet only 1.5% of the Garda Siochana was Protestant. The fact that Protestants accounted for a disproportionately large section of the higher social classes in the country may account for the small number of them wishing to join the guards. There was no discrimination on the part of the Garda authorities. In fact, O’Duffy stated in 1931 that ‘owing to the small number of non-Catholics in the force, I have consistently given preference to such applicants (Protestant)’. Protestant members of the force are not known to have suffered any adverse discrimination from the authorities or from fellow members, or to have received any special advantages.
Most of the guards recruited in the 1922-32 period came from an agricultural background, were Catholic and from the western half of the new state, and had been in the IRA. They were young, in good health, over 5 feet 9” in height and had a fairly basic primary education.”