The Rector writes ‘Fair Trade Fortnight begins tomorrow and the theme this year is to ‘Check out Fair Trade’ . As you are all aware, we have been a Fair Trade Parish since 2012 and when possible we buy Fair Trade goods like tea, coffee, sugar etc. and we try and promote fairtrade initiatives when we can. This year we are being encouraged to check out that fair trade products are readily available for sale in our local shops. Don’t be afraid to ask for a fairtrade item… Shops will always only stock what people are looking for… it is up to us to demand that they stock fairtrade goods. As the picture says… Caution! because we really can change the world! When farmers and workers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal: an opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers us a powerful way to reduce poverty through our everyday shopping.’
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Joy Keefe is looking for new volunteers for bell ringing and flower rotas in St Mary’s. Any new people would be put with an experienced person so there’s no need to be shy about expressing an interest! Contact the Parish office or Joy Keefe 087-2559844.
World Day of Prayer Bible Study – ‘All God’s Creation is Good’ – Wednesday, 28th February, after 10.30 Holy Communion service in St Mary’s Church. Tea & Coffee provided. All welcome. Women’s World Day of Prayer Service is at 10am on Saturday 3rd March in Our Lady & St John’s Church, Carrigaline. All welcome.
ANAM CARA , the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 7th of March from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.
POLIO SURVIVORS IRELAND, which is the new name for the Post Polio Support Group, would like to let you know about our plan for our new National Polio Register. People who had in polio are asked to sign up to the new National Polio Register. While it is estimated that as many as 7,000 people who had polio live in Ireland, many are not in touch with the charity Polio Survivors Ireland, making it difficult to lobby for improved services and support for those living with the impact of polio. The Register is being launched in Cork this March, we are asking parishioners to help promote and support the Polio Register and also relay this information to polio survivors and their families. Please contact me if you need more information or materials, Contact Niamh 01 889 8920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is www.polio.ie.
Singing for the Brain is a fun, informal event where people from all walks of life are brought together in a friendly and stimulating environment. Participants enjoy the wellness aspects of singing such as reduced stress and improved mood. Musician Patrick D’Alton will facilitate the session, songs are sung from different eras, musical styles and traditions . You do not have to be a Tenor or Soprano to attend; no singing experience or talent is necessary to enjoy this fun and sociable experience. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. Venue—Carrigaline Library- 2nd March at 11.00am.
26th Feb Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall Annual update of the Register of Vestry People 7:30pm Parish Hall.
28th Feb Holy Communion 10:30am in St Mary’s Church
Lenten Bible Study 8pm Parish Hall after 7:30 Evening Prayer
3rd March Women’s World Day of Prayer 10am
Our Lady & St John’s Church, Carrigaline
8th Mar Friendship Club 11am Rectory
16th Mar St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7:30pm St Mary’s Church
22nd Mar Carrigaline Singers Charity Concert 7:30pm St Mary’s Church
23rd Mar Mothers’ Union Candlelit Supper, 8pm Parish Hall, Carrigaline
24th Mar CDYC Annual Quiz, Parish Hall, Carrigaline
12th April EASTER VESTRY 7:30pm Parish Hall
15th April Confirmation Service , United Service 11am, St Mary’s Church
16th April Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
Random Notes No. CCLXII
The following poem was recited recently (word perfectly!) by Mrs Helen Morgan, evidence of her sharp memory at the age of 96. It was written by Frances Darwin Cornford, one of Charles Darwin’s granddaughters. She was born in 1886 and married Francis Cornford in 1909.
On moony nights the dogs bark shrill
Down the valley and up the hill.
There’s one is angry to behold
The moon so unafraid and cold,
That makes the earth as bright as day,
but yet unhappy, dead, and grey.
Another in his strawy lair
says: ‘Who’s a-howling over there?
By heavens I will stop him soon
from interfering with the moon.’
So back he barks, with throat upthrown:
‘You leave our moon, our moon alone.’
And other distant dogs respond
beyond the fields, beyond, beyond.