Parish Notices Sunday 21st February 2016

Christian Aid


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Invitation for all to attend The World Day of Prayer Service – “Receive Children, Receive Me” prepared by the Christian Women of Cuba, on Saturday 5th March 2016 at 10am in Our Lady and St John Parish Centre. If there are any adults or children who would like to do a reading or prayer,  please let Millie Kingston know by 17th February  mobile 086-8091443  or email


CARRIGALINE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE  We as a community have a collective responsibility to mind each other by recognising and responding to calls for help or signs of suicidal behaviour.

Carrigaline Family Support Centre are keen to empower people to feel confident in responding to people who may have suicidal thoughts. We are holding a SafeTalk programme in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre on February 24th from 7pm till 10pm and invite you all to attend free of charge. As places are limited, please call us on 021-4919299 to  reserve your place.

Owenabue Garden and Flower club, Carrigaline, will hold their next meeting on Monday 22 February at 8 pm in St Mary’s school hall. There will be a talk on “Encouraging wildlife to our gardens” by Michael Cobley of Ravens Oak Garden, Bantry. Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615.


Poppy the Cow is expecting.. Would you like to guess when Poppy will give birth?  She is due sometime in April and if you can guess the exact date of birth and the closest to the time of birth, you will either win the calf itself, or if you don’t have a herd number, or want an extra calf, you will win the value of the calf after it is sold at the Mart. To be in with a chance of winning, tickets are €5 each, or three tickets for €10 and they are available from : Mrs Edith Draper on 086 3577765, Mrs Georgina Deane on 023 8847594 or the Revd Stella Jones on 023 8847047.



22nd Feb   Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall Monday Club 3 to 5pm Parish Hall

22/23rd    BLOOD DONOR CLINIC 5pm to 8.30pm GAA Club, Carrigaline

24th Feb   Compline 7.30pm St Mary’s Lenten Study 8pm Parish Hall

28th Feb   Christian Aid Choral Evensong 3.30pm St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Preacher: The Rt Revd Rowan Williams



5th Mar     World Day of Prayer 10am OL & St J Parish Centre

16th Mar   St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7.30 St Mary’s

18th Mar   ‘Music in March’ Concert 7.30pm St Mary’s Dan Twomey (Tenor) , The Carrigaline Singers,

Monkstown Chamber Choir

19th Mar   Earth Hour 8.30 to 9.30pm  Candlelit Prayers in St Mary’s Church

Charity Whist Night, Canon McCrea Hall, 8pm

6th Apr     Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory

14th Apr   Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall

1st May     Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church

15th May   Dawn Chorus 5am Currabinny Woods Carpark

28th May   Parish Féte 10am till 2pm St Mary’s School


Random Notes CLXXXIII


Stephansdom (St Stephen’s cathedral) in Vienna dates back to 1137 and is an astonishing amalgam of both Gothic and Romanesque construction. The cathedral has existed in its current form more or less intact since 1359, though construction of the towers did not stop until 1511. Up until 1955,   the South Tower served as a defensive observation point, used in latter years as a place to spot fire outbreaks within the walled city.

The cathedral’s most striking feature is its colourful tiled roof, which is so steep that rain washes the tiles clean and snow rarely sticks to it.  The cathedral is open to visitors up until 2200 each evening, which is how the author ended up there after a pleasant dinner in a restaurant called, coincidentally, the Twelve Apostles.

A Lenten tradition in Stephansdom is to display a Fasting Cloth. Given the enormous size and scale of the cathedral, it is not surprising that this year’s Fasting Cloth measures 11m by 5m and hangs in front of the East Window. The piece, by Slovenian artist Eva Petric, is titled Collective Heart. It is assembled from one thousand second hand laces and crochets. Fasting Cloths are a German tradition where it was felt appropriate to veil parts of the church during Lent. This meant that the church community fasted from the visual elements of their worship space during Lent.

It is hard for the author to judge the effectiveness of the Fasting Cloth as the cathedral nave is closed off from the public at night. One wonders whether having a piece of decorative art rather defeats the stated purpose of a Fasting Cloth, though! Nevertheless, Stephansdom is spectacular at night, especially with an organist playing suitably dramatic music.



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