The Rector writes ‘I’d like to draw your attention to the notices contained within this Linksheet about the two Home Groups that exist in the Parish. The ‘Saplings’ Home group and the ‘Monkstown’ Home group have been around longer that I have but some of you might be wondering what exactly a ‘Home Group’ is… basically they are just smaller groupings of the same people whom you meet at Church on a Sunday but they get together in each other’s homes each month to read, listen and talk about God and in fellowship together they try to experience God in that smaller and more intimate setting. If this is something that might interest you, then just talk to Cecil Poole (Saplings) or John Sweeney (Monkstown) and they will be more than happy to let you know all about the Home Groups in our parish.’
Saplings Home Group will be held at the home of Trevor and Millie Kingston, Ballinrea, on Wed. 23rd January at 8pm. Please text Millie if you are able to come on 086 8091443. Looking forward to seeing you.
Monkstown home group will take place at the home of John Sweeney at 8pm on Wednesday, 30th January. All welcome.
CONFIRMATION 2019 If you would like to be confirmed next year, please let the Rector know immediate as the classes will be beginning on 7th February (in the Rectory on Thursdays 5-6:30pm) The Confirmation Service itself will be at a United Service at 11:15 on Sunday May 12th in St John’s Church.
DIOCESAN MAGAZINE subscriptions due. €25 for 2019. Please give your subscription to the Church Wardens or leave in the Parish Office.
FUNDRAISING EVENT Scoil Barra Naofa, Monkstown “Entertaining at Home” A Cookery Demonstration, with award winning chef Mark Doe will take place in Monkstown Golf Club at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 25th January. Tickets cost €20 including tasting plate. Available to purchase from School Office, Passage West Pharmacy, Paula O Brien 087 2417032, Beckie Cooke 087 2452940. All proceeds raised will be going towards the Classroom Renovation Fund.
Next Sunday 27th January the 11am All Age Service in St Mary’s Church will be in remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and also in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It was first held in January 2001 and has been on the same date every year since. As it falls on a Sunday this year, we will have appropriate prayers to mark the day. The chosen date, 27th January is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945.
21st Jan Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall.
Monday Club 3-5 Parish Hall.
Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
23rd Jan Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
Saplings Home Group. 8pm Kingston’s Home.
27th Jan Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 11am St Mary’s Church
30th Jan Monkstown Home Group. 8pm John Sweeney’s Home.
7th Feb Confirmation Classes begin 5-6:30pm Rectory
9th Feb Children’s Ministry Workshop 10-2 in Northridge House
Mental Health Training for working with children
22nd & 23rd Feb Carrigaline ‘OSKARS’ Night , Carrigaline Court Hotel
Come and support our 6 actors in the films ‘The Field’ and ‘Sister Act’
25th Feb Annual Registration for Vestry, 7:30pm Parish Hall
9th Mar Parish Retreat Day ‘Wellsprings’ in the Parish Hall
Random Notes No. CCLXXXVIII
Many English pubs have a long and fascinating history. Some of them are listed below.
The Leicester Arms, Penshurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. In the days of Elizabeth 1, the Leicester Arms was known as a royal trysting place. Elizabeth often met Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, here. The pub gets its name from his Coat of Arms.
White Horse, Chilham, Nr Canterbury, Kent. Dating back to 1460, this pub is reputedly haunted. Some years ago, during alterations, workmen found a pair of skeletons, which were promptly laid to rest in the village churchyard.
Dog and Badger, Medmenham, Buckinghamshire. This inn dates back to 1390 and was owned originally by the Church. At one time, all the Banns for local marriages were read here, though to this day, nobody knows why. Nell Gwynn, Charles II’s mistress, met her lovers here.
Boars Head, Hoghton, Nr Preston, Lancashire. Centuries ago, parties of noblemen set off from here on boar hunting expeditions, which is how the pub got its name, It has a copy of the large menu for James I when he spent the weekend at Hoghton Tower (a stately home visible from the pub) as a guest of the de Hoghton family. It was during Sunday dinner there on Aug 17th 1617, that the loin of beef so pleased the King that, according to the well-known story, he knighted it, hence “Sirloin”. (It probably never happened, but makes a great story. ) Among other dishes in the same menu were roast swan, haunch of venison, venison paté, snipe pie, 6 quails for the King, roast curlew, red deer pie and hot heron roast. (3 in a dish).
Ye Old Man & Scythe, Church Gate, Preston, Lancashire. Known to be Lancashire’s oldest pub in continuous existence, built in 1231 and rebuilt in 1636. In 1651, when Cromwell won his final victory over the Royalists in the Battle of Worcester, the 7th Earl of Derby was taken from the pub and beheaded in the old market place. Hanging from the pub wall is an old chair used by the Earl just before his execution. The pewter tankard he used is also on display.
A far more impressive tankard is also there, this one large enough to hold half a gallon of beer. It was originally kept behind the bar for the personal use of Churchwarden Isaac Pennington (we are not told how often it had to be refilled each night he used it)