The Rector writes ‘ The Dean of Waterford, Maria Jansson recalls how a couple of years ago a well organised fascist demonstration was set up in the area surrounding Vasteras Cathedral in Sweden. As the rally began, with swastikas and hate-filled speeches, the doors of the cathedral were closed and the cathedral bells tolled loud and clear over the city, totally drowning out the sounds of hate and racism. The invitation to join with Christ Church Waterford Bells today was extended to all in order to raise a different voice in our world and so it is that church bells will ring out at 11am today on five different continents! Here in the Carrigaline Union, we will be ringing the Bells for 15 minutes in St Mary’s Church beginning at exactly 11am which is when our normal Sunday Service in St Mary’s would start. During the ringing, prayers will be said, joining with our bells to peal a very different message, saying that racism and xenophobia have no place in our world. Check out the back pages of this Linksheet for more on this initiative’.
LADIES’ CANDLELIGHT SUPPER Friday, 24th March 8pm,Carrigaline Church Hall. €5 per person. All Welcome-Bring your friends. Wear your finest!! If you can bring a salad or dessert please let us know at 086-3680513.
FLOWERPOTS Hazel Fleury is looking for 6inch (& larger)Flowerpots. If you have any to pass on to her please contact her on 086-8157821.
Don’t Forget the Lenten Bible Study ‘God’s heart for Migrants’ continues on Wednesdays at 8pm in the Parish Hall.
YOUTH NEWS – On Friday 24th March (No meeting on 17th March) we are joining up with the Midleton and Crosshaven youth clubs for a night of Bowling, Laser Tag and Pizza at the Leisureplex, Cork. Transportation will be arranged and we will meet in the car park of the new youth centre Waterpark (Time to be confirmed) See you there !! Contact Peter Coughlan to confirm your place.
CARRIGALINE SINGERS Spring Concert in St Mary’s Church, 8pm Thursday 30th March, Admission 12 euro, tickets at the door or contact 086-2550368/087-2212174 This event is a Fundraiser for Cork Association for Autism.
A Leeside Fauré Three choirs from Cork, Galway and Rome will come together in the glorious North Cathedral, Cork, to perform Fauré’s Requiem and an eclectic mix of other choral favourites. Performed by Cork’s PfizerPfonics, Galway’s Dunmore Church Choir and Rome’s Coro Luigi Colacicchi on Saturday 1st April at 8pm. Featuring the acclaimed soloists: Mary Flaherty – Soprano Gordon Garde – Baritone ,and Organist Richard Rudkins. Tickets are available from Pro Musica, 20 Oliver Plunkett Street. 021-4271659.
The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club, Carrigaline, will hold their annual Spring Show on Monday 27 March at 8pm in the Canon McCrea hall. “Nature Awakens” will be demonstrated by Bernadette Scanlon of AOIFA. Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615.
Christian Aid Fundraising Raffle-The Rector and Church Wardens have Raffle tickets for sale for a wonderful colourful crochet throw, made by Gerlene Kennedy during Advent. The lucky winner will be drawn at the United Christian Aid Service in St John’s Church on April 30th.
GIY The Passage, Glenbrook & Monkstown Grow It Yourself welcome Bryan Riney who will be talking on the topic of Beekeeping on Thursday 23 March 2017. There will also bee beneficial plants and herbs for sale, bring some seeds to swap too. Church Of Ireland Hall, off Church Hill, Passage West, 7:30pm. €5. All welcome, youngsters free. Further details 086 2405573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
20th March Toddlers plus One 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
22nd March Holy Communion 10:30 St Mary’s Church
Evening Prayer 7:30 St Mary’s Church
Lenten Bible Study ‘God’s heart for Migrants’ 8pm Parish Hall
24th March Mother’s Union Ladies Candlelight Supper 8pm Parish Hall
30th March Carrigaline Singers Spring Concert 8pm St Mary’s Church
31st March CAMEO 10.30 Monkstown Sailing Club
From the Diocesan Notes
On Sunday 19th March church bells in a number of churches in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross will ring out around the globe in solidarity with immigrants and refugees who are facing increasing racism and xenophobia throughout the world. The ‘Joy Bells’ initiative started in Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, and is the brainchild of Dean Maria Jansson.
The wave of empathy has spread and the ‘Joy Bells’ will now be sounded on five continents on Sunday next. Dean Jansson points out that bells can sound alarm but also solidarity. She said: Bells are part of many cultures and religions, ringing out the old and ringing in the new. Their sound will herald joy not hate, welcome not exclusion, co–responsibility not exploitation. It is time for the Christian message of love to be proclaimed in solidarity with women and men terrified by the increased legitimising of hate that has emerged over the last months. We will ring out hate, xenophobia, exploitation and fear and ring in a call for solidarity, truth and justice.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral (Cork), St Anne’s, Shandon (Cork), St Mary’s Church (Carrigaline), Abbeystrewry Parish Church (Skibbereen), St John the Baptist (Midleton), the Chapel of Kingston College(Mitchelstown), and Saint Anne (Castlemartyr) all in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, will be among the many Christian Churches across the world ringing their bells at 11am on March 19. The ringing will continue for 15 minutes while the gathered congregations pray in solidarity with all who are terrified by the growing acceptance of hatred and racism, increased fear and suspicion of ‘the other’ and all who are affected by deepening divisions in our world..