The Rector writes ‘Today is Palm Sunday and Holy Week begins. There is a Holy Week Schedule on the back page to help you plan ahead for the services which are spread across our two churches. This week is the most important week in our Church Calendar as it is our opportunity to relive our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection in our Liturgies.
Someone once said that a Priest’s main job was to ‘Gather the people, Tell the Stories, Break the Bread’ and Holy Week is the most magnetic of times to do just that. Personally I am looking forward to listening to visiting preacher Bishop David Chillingworth in St Luke’s Douglas in the early part of the week and to attending the Chrism Eucharist at 12 noon in St Factna’s Cathedral Roscarbery. Everyone, especially those in lay or ordained Ministry, may attend this most atmospheric Service as the Oils are blessed for use in the coming year.
I look forward to journeying through Holy Week with you.
EASTER EGG DONATIONS A box will be at the back of St Mary’s Church to receive any donations of Easter Eggs for the children in Cuan Lee Women’s Refuge Centre in Cork City. These will be delivered to them on Easter Sunday immediately after our 11am Service.
CHRISTIAN AID INFORMATION EVENING
8pm in the Gateway Centre, (Bandon Methodist Church)
St Finbarr’s Place, Bandon on Friday 6th April. This year’s Christian Aid Week from 13th to 19th May appeal will focus on the work of the Christian Aid partner KORAL in Haiti and the work of Christian Aid in that country. This will be an occasion to hear about the work of our partners and is aimed at Christian Aid supporter’s, clergy, and the general public.
Owenabue Gardening and Flower club Carrigaline will hold their annual Spring Show on Monday 26 March at 8 pm in St Mary’s school hall. Easter flower arrangements will be demonstrated by Chris Bailey. Visitors are always welcome. Enquiries to 086 3222615.
ANAM CARA , an organisation that supports parents after the death of a child, will host its monthly Cork meeting for bereaved parents in the Clayton Hotel (Silver Springs) on Wednesday 4th April from 7.30pm-9pm. For more information or to order a free copy of the Anam Cara Information Pack, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888.
Healthy Ireland at your Library Do you enjoy singing? Do you like meeting other people? Singing for the Brain with Musician Patrick D’Alton at Carrigaline Library on Thursday 29th March at 2.30pm. Everyone welcome, no experience required. Refreshments provided.
Come along and support Carrigaline Country Market in their new location in the Band Hall, Carrigaline. Open every Friday from 830-1030am. All local produce.
Time to think about what is lying around in the Attic or the Garage! It won’t be long now until 26th May and our Parish Féte in St Mary’s School.
26th March Monday , Tuesday & Wednesday :
10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s
Joining with Douglas Congregation to hear Bishop David Chillingworth speak. 7.30pm in St Luke’s Church Douglas
29th March Maundy Thursday
12 noon Chrism Eucharist Roscarbery
7pm Seder Meal in Parish Hall followed by Holy Communion.
30th Mar Good Friday:
10.30am St John’s – Morning Prayer with Litany
7.30pm St Mary’s – Evening Prayer with Litany
31st Mar Easter Eve (Saturday) :
9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service
1st April Easter Day (Sunday) :
6:15am Dawn Ecumenical Service
Meeting at St John’s Church Monkstown.
9.30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist
11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist
9th April Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall
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