The Rector writes ’As you know we already have 3 bags at the back of our churches for Cork Simon Community, Penny Dinners & Women’s Refuge. When the bags are full I drop them into the charities. Many of you find this a useful way to get practical help to those who need it the most. Last week I visited the Direct Provision Centre on the Kinsale Road as I had 4 Sewing Machines for them.
I also brought them some new School Shirts ,Socks & Stationary (and thanks to some of the Wednesday HC gang for funding this). Asylum-seekers and their children have spent years living in these institutional settings that were really only designed to be a short-term solution and most find the going very tough, especially those with school going children as it is so expensive to kit them out. In the coming weeks, I plan to set up a 4th bag at the back of the churches for the DP Centre. I have asked my contact there to let me know exactly the sort of things they need.’
HARVEST SUPPER Millie Kingston is co-ordinating the dishes (Salads/Dessert) for the Harvest Supper on 6th October so please contact her and let her know whether you can bring dessert or salad so we get the balance right! Contact Millie Kingston at 086-8091443.
Monkstown home group will recommence on Tuesday 25th September at 8pm at Suaimhneas, Upper Ardmore Passage West T12 X46N. We welcome existing and new members. For further details call John Sweeney on 087-0656290.
Carrigaline Home Group will recommence on Wednesday 26th September at 8pm in the Poole’s home. We are at a stage when we would like to think of some fresh ideas for ‘The Saplings’ Home Group so put your thinking caps on and join us on the night. New members are always welcome, just contact Cecil Poole at 087-2722826 for more information.
GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT PROGRAMME An 8 Week course starting Monday 8th October till Monday 26th November (8pm-10pm) at the Parish Centre, Our Lady & St John’s Church. Further information and registration, please contact Ber 021-4371109 before Friday 5th October.
GREEN ISSUES Our sister church of Our Lady and Saint John in Carrigaline are organising an environmental awareness Course entitled ‘The World as a Joyful Mystery’ which involves 6 Thursday evenings 7pm—9:30pm from 27th September till 1st November, plus 1 full day on Saturday 20th October from 10am till 5pm. The Course is free but places are limited so prior booking essential. Contact Ber Parfrey 086-8469405 or email email@example.com.
Grow It Yourself Group in Passage, Glenbrook & Monkstown welcome guest speaker Bryn Perrin from West Cork Garlic on Thursday 27 September. Find out everything you need to know about growing garlic – and purchase some seed too. Meeting in Church Ireland Hall, Passage West at 7pm. €5 on door. Visitors welcome. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 3rd of October at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. For more information see anamcara.ie or call their Information Line on 085 2888 888.
Dates for your Diary
25th Sept Monkstown Home Group 8pm
26th Sept Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
26th Sept Carrigaline Home Group 8pm
30th Sept United Harvest Service 11:15am St Mary’s Church
Preacher : Mr Keith Roberts
1st Oct Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
6th Oct Harvest Supper 7:30pm Canon McCrea Hall
7th Oct United Harvest Service 11:15am St John’s Church
Preacher : The Revd Edwin Hunter
Random Notes No. CCLXXXV
Since today is the Animal Blessing service let’s see what various writers had to say about our four-legged friends.
Pam Ayres. “Ode to a Jack Russell.”
“Oh why must you bark at the postman?
Why must you batter my ears?
Don’t you know that very same postman
Has come here daily for twenty-five years?”
Rudyard Kipling. “The power of the dog.”
“There is sorrow enough in the natural way
from men and women to fill our day,
And when we are certain of sorrow in store
why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
of giving you heart to a dog to tear.”
“Buy a pup and your money will buy
love unflinching that cannot lie.
Perfect passion and worship fed
by a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
to risk your heart for a dog to tear. “
Ogden Nash. “The Cow”.
“The cow is of the bovine ilk.
One end is moo and the other is milk.”