The Rector writes ‘It was very interesting to hear last Sunday from Kate Cargin who had recently been an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine and Israel. I promised you that I would print the moving prayer that she used at the end of her talk and so here it is:
Pray not for Arab or Jew, for Palestinian or Israeli, but pray rather for ourselves, that we might not divide them in our prayers but keep them both together in our hearts. Oh God, you bring hope out of emptiness, energy out of fear, new life out of grief and loss. Comfort all who have lost their homes through persecution, war or exile, or deliberate destruction. Give security, a place to live, and neighbours they trust to be with them, a new sign of peace in the world. Amen
Please do keep the region and its people in your prayers and if you want to learn more about what Kate experienced in the Holy Land, you can look up her articles on the following website:
Parish Fundraising Table Quiz. Friday 22 March at 8pm in Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Waterpark. Raffle, tea, coffee and refreshments. A great family night assured! €10per person, €40 per table. Contact Adrian Bateman 086-8300379 or Hazel Kelleher 086-8988165 for further information.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAYLU CB meet tomorrow Monday 25th February in the parish hall. Toddlers group from 10am-midday and Monday club from 3-5pm.
MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome. During Lent, there will also be a 7.30pm Evening Prayer Service.
JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.
Monkstown Home group will suspend meeting until after Easter to allow members to join the Lenten services and bible studies.
Congratulations to Stephen White (son of John and Janet) who has been selected for the Cork Senior Hurling team. A wonderful achievement!
Christian Aid news-Count your Blessings Take time this Lent to count the blessings in your life and reflect on God’s abundant provision. You can download copies of this from http://www.christianaid.ie/getinvolved/lent-2013/count-your blessingsresources.aspx The Rector has put together saving boxes for the children to save some coins during Lent for the work of Christian Aid. Each box comes with a little booklet so that each day’s savings can be marked up. Please contact the Sunday School teachers if your child would like one.
GREAT GREENWAY CYCLE This fund raising Cycling event will take place on the Great Greenway from Westport to Achill Co. Mayo on Saturday 8th June. If this is something you would like to be involved with, please contact John Sweeney (021) 485 9826 (our Christian Aid representative) as he would love to put together a cycle team from Carrigaline Union
EASTER VESTRY This annual meeting, which is open to all parishioners, will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th April. Remember that while all are welcome to attend the Easter Vestry meeting only registered vestry persons may vote or be voted into office but please do come along and see how your parish is being run.
LENTEN STUDY Each Wednesday at 7.30pm during Lent, we will have a short Service in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline followed by a Bible Study. This year we will be using a Study Course which was developed by the Church of Ireland, on the theme of Economic Justice. All are welcome to attend. The remaining dates are as follows: Wed 27th February 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Wed 6th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Wed 13th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Wed 20th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
MEN’s Shed All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Mens’ Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road. See leaflets at the back of the churches for more details.
Coffee Morning in the Rectory in aid of Cambodia Dental Mission. Saturday 16th March 10am – 1pm. “My Goddaughter Rebecca will be among a team of Dental Students giving up their time this summer to go to Cambodia as volunteers. They will be setting up children’s dental clinics in orphanages in rural areas. Based on previous years, they reckon that around 700 children will be treated during this time. As they have to pay their own way there and bring along masks, gloves etc. I am organising this coffee morning for her and her fellow students from Trinity College. Do come and join me on 16th March. Thank you. Elaine.”
GARRYDUFF FUNDRAISING SCRAP METAL COLLECTION – Saturday 9th March 10am-4pm. All metal, large or small accepted (except fridges, freezers, cookers etc) Radiators, Gates, Boilers, Buckets, Biscuit tins, Cars (with log books), trampolines, saucepans, bikes, stainless steel, lead, aluminium etc. Garryduff Sports Centre, Rochestown.
EASTER HOCKEY CAMP in Garryduff – 2nd – 4th April U. 8’s – U. 16’s – To book contact 021-4891978.
Feb 25th Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall.
Feb 27th Evening Prayer St Mary’s 7.30pm.
Feb 28th Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Mar 1st World Day of Prayer. Claire Jackson speaking 8pm St Mary’s.
Mar 9th Saturday Service 7pm St Mary’s Church.
Mar 16th Eucharist Service “as Gaeilge” 7.30pm St Mary’s Church.
Mar 22nd Parish Fundraising Table Quiz 8pm St Mary’s School.
Mar 29th Children’s Easter Club.
Mar 31st Easter Sunday Dawn Service, Monkstown.
Apr 11th Annual Vestry Meeting 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Hall.
Apr 25th Theological Book Circle 8pm The Rectory.
Apr 27th MU Brunch in Rectory.
May 17th Flower Festival Opening Service, 7pm St Mary’s Church.
May 19th Closing Service, 7pm Bishop Michael Burrows preaching.
May 31st Kilkenny Mothers’ Union group visiting Rectory
June 1st Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline.
July 22nd –26th Children’s Summer Holiday Club Week.
Oct 13th St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am
The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.
St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm
The Right Revd Ken Good preaching.
Random Notes No. L
Amongst the papers of Hodder.W. B. Roberts (1878-1852), of Mount Rivers, presently there preserved, is the above rather interesting letter, sent to one of his fellow parochial nominators (the other being Austin Love, of Kilmoney), ‘Mr J. Stanley, Ballynameetagh, Monkstown, Co. Cork.’
The letter, addressed from ‘The Rectory, Mallow, Co. Cork.’, is dated 7th February 1925, marked ‘Private’ and was written by the then Rector of that place, the Revd. Samuel Henry Ponsonby Harman (b.1869), previously Rector of Carrigaline, from 1900 to 1909, and is here transcribed.
Suffice it to say by way of an addendum to the letter that the recommendation was taken, and the Revd. Charles John Smyth, later Archdeacon of Cork, was duly appointed, and over the years became a much loved and respected Rector of Carrigaline, a position he held for over twenty years, from 1925–1946, when he became Rector of Glanmire. He and his wife are both buried in the Churchyard at Carrigaline.
‘Dear Mr. Stanley,
Please allow me to bring to your notice a man trained in the university by myself as a very suitable clergyman for Carrigaline, Mr. C. J. Smyth at present clergyman-in-charge of St. Paul’s, Cork.
I know him very well as he was ordained for the Curacy of this parish, & was with me for 4 years. He conducts the services in a very reverent way, preaches a straightforward & good sermon. His wife is a very nice sensible woman, & has much social talent, & can play the organ.
I have the spiritual interests of dear old Carrigaline at heart, & would not recommend Smyth unless I thought he would really suit.
S. H. P. Harman’