Women’s’ World Day of Prayer – Saturday 7th March at 10am in Our Lady & St John’s Parish Centre in Carrigaline – all welcome.
Owenabue Garden and Flower Club, Carrigaline will hold their next meeting on Monday 24 February @ 8 pm in the Canon McCrea hall. Colman Power will give a talk on “How to grow organic vegetables” New members and visitors welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615.
Anam Cara Cork the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Support Evening on Tuesday 25th February at 7.00pm in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Rd, Douglas, Cork. This event will be run in conjunction with Pieta House and Feilacain. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As we will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 24th February or call the Information number on 085 2888 888.
IPAD Class for 6 weeks starting Wednesday 11th March for 6 weeks 2 to 4pm.
Container Gardening 6 week course. Have fun planting your pots for the Spring/Summer. Starting Wednesday 26th February 2.15 to 3.45pm.
Courses are in the FETC Centre in Heron’s Wood, Carrigaline. Classes are free of charge, please ring 086-8238757 for further information or to register for course.
Carrigaline St Patrick’s Day Parade fundraising bake sale. Sunday 1st March 9.30am – 1.30pm in the Pipe Band Hall, Carrigaline. We are delighted to have local professional bakers sponsoring our cake sale this year, All proceeds going to the Carrigaline St. Patrick’s day parade.
Parish Lenten Study 2020. Given the crisis of climate change facing the world, this year we will be using the Bible Association of the Church of Ireland’s (BACI) 5 week course written by the noted scripture scholar Margaret Daly–Denton on the theme of ‘Caring for Creation’. Each Wednesday of Lent beginning 4th March. 8pm in the Parish Hall (preceded by 7:30pm Evening Prayer in St Mary’s Church )
Music Notes 23-02-2020
The beautiful hymn ‘Be still, for the presence of the Lord’ was written in 1985 by David J. Evans who leads worship in a ‘new’ church. It is an example of a modern hymn which has become a part of mainstream worship. The Companion to Church Hymnal says the hymn has ‘met a deep need in people from many different walks of life and Christian traditions. It has enabled many to find the spiritual presence of God in times of tragedy, grief and bereavement’.
23rd Feb Give us a Song charity concert. 8pm St Mary’s Church
24th Feb Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall
26th Feb Ash Wednesday 10:30am & 7:30pm Mary’s Church
27th Feb Women of the Bible Study. 7:45pm. Parish Hall
2nd March Review of Vestry Register 7:30pm Parish Hall
4th March Evening Prayer 7:30pm St Mary’s
8pm Lenten Bible Study in the Parish Hall
7th March Women’s World Day of Prayer. 10am Our Lady & St John’s Parish Centre
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
Random Notes no. CCCXXXII
Tying in to the Carrigaline Union of Parishes Eco Congregation mission, why not try growing your own tomatoes this year? It’s incredibly easy and nothing beats the smell and taste of warm freshly ripened fruit from your own plants. Check the instructions on the packet, but normally sow seeds 1-2cm deep in seed-trays or small pots indoors. Place them in a sunny position like a south facing windowsill. The compost should be kept moist, but not wet. Once the seedlings have germinated and grown to about 5cm, they can be thinned out i.e. choose the best ones, and throw the others onto the compost heap (or plant up and give to the Carrigaline Fete in May as young plants!!). Let the new plants grow on indoors until the last frost. Some varieties can be planted outside directly in to sheltered beds, or in less sheltered areas they can grow in greenhouses. When transferring young plants in to the ground or larger pots, be careful not to touch the stem. Instead, hold the seedlings by the leaf as tiny tender hairs on the stem are very sensitive. Why not experiment by trying a few indoors and a few outdoors?! If you have no garden, they will do perfectly well in a large container on a balcony or even just a south facing windowsill. Diseases are rare, so don’t worry about that. If they fail, they fail so having a few different varieties in different places is best. Feed the plants with a suitable liquid feed (read instructions) and keep relatively moist, but again, resist the temptation to over-water. As the shoots develop, allow the main stem and branches to grow upwards and cut-out any inner-shoots so that the plant is encouraged upwards rather than becoming bushy. Flowers will probably appear as the days warm up and eventually and miraculously turn in to firstly green, then as they ripen, juicy red or yellow sweet fruits.
The plants can be supported by small bamboo canes, gently tied-in to the stem or if grown in a greenhouse, by vertical string from the roof. Some popular varieties include “Mirabelle”, “Shirley” (medium round), “Gardeners delight” (cherry), “Marmande” (beefsteak) but try anything that takes your fancy. Once ripened, the sweet little treasures can be harvested directly off the plant and enjoyed as they are, or used for soup, chutneys or pasta sauce.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing and eating your own fruit and vegetables, and it is remarkably good for the soul!!