The Rector writes- ‘The annual cycle of the Church’s year ends today with the feast of Christ the King. The year that began with the hope of the coming Messiah last Advent now ends with the proclamation of his universal sovereignty and next week we begin all over again! I read a lovely saying of C.S. Lewis during the week – ‘The pages of the Gospel rustle with a secret hope’ and it is this hope that is articulated beautifully in the liturgies of Advent as we await with hopeful expectation the coming of our Lord. Today is sometimes referred to as ‘Stir up Sunday’ as the appointed collect ‘Stir up we beseech thee, O Lord the wills of thy faithful people.’ has traditionally been a reminder to people to make their Christmas Puddings! – while this is both useful and timely the actual purpose is to remind us to stir up and bring forth ‘the fruits of good works’ in order to follow in the footsteps of our King, for Christ’s Kingship is not based on human power and authority but on loving and serving others.’
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP continues on Monday, November 26th. This group of Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) meet each other in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am ‘till 12 for playtime and chats with a cup of tea/coffee thrown in. Contact the rector for details or just turn up!
MONDAY CLUB GROUP also continues on Monday, November 26th. Adults who are free from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays are invited to St Mary’s Church Hall for a cup of tea/coffee. Our aim is to gain a little knowledge from each other as we chat. We are currently looking at how to use the internet and other computer stuff. Contact the rector for details.
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.
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.
ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 4th December at 8pm.Note change of day!
CAMEO Club meets on the last Friday of each month in the Monkstown Bay Sailing Clubhouse (near the Bosun) in Monkstown. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a coffee, home baking and a chat. New comers to the area, senior citizens and those who live alone are particularly welcome. Time: 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
PARISH FUND RAISER
The newly formed Fund Raising Committee have planned a wonderful 70s/80s Disco Night to take place in the Carrigaline Hotel on Friday 30th November from 9pm till late. Tickets 10 euro available from any of the Committee, the Parish Office and from the Hotel Reception. (Contact Adrian Bateman 086-8300379, Hazel Kelleher 086-8988165, Frances McCarthy 086-1500980). Donations are required for the fundraising raffle on the night. These can be left in the Parish office during opening hours or call Adrian for alternative arrangements. The Party Company, beside Smyths off the Kinsale Road Roundabout are offering 20% discount off outfits for the disco night. They can be contacted on 4318119 (ask for Lorna)
POSADA-The sign-up form for the ‘Posada’ (the journeying of Mary, Joseph & Donkey figures around the parish homes during Advent) is in the St Mary’s Church Porch.
St. Marys National School are holding their annual Christmas Craft Fayre on December 1st and 2nd in Carrigaline GAA Hall. Do pencil this date into your diary. There will be a wide range of art, craft and gift stalls, a raffle, café, fun for children. A great place to purchase Christmas gifts! Santa is arriving by tractor on Saturday at 12. He will be in residence both days 12-5.30.
A walking group meets on a Monday morning at 11am in the car park opposite the Bosun in Monkstown. It is open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Further details by contacting Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mothers’ Union and Friends Christmas Lunch – Tuesday, 11th December at 12.30 in Hassetts Restaurant in Crosshaven. Please contact Hilary Dring 086-3680513/4378439 to confirm your attendance. We need numbers by the 7th December. ALL WELCOME TO JOIN US!!!
Would Mothers’ Union members who wish to make an donation to the Overseas Fund this year please give it to June Hosford or Val Andrew. Latest date for doing so is the 11th December at our Christmas Lunch. Thank you.
The Theological Book Circle met on Wednesday 15th to discuss the Philip Yancey book. All were agreed that it was a great book, easy to read but very profound and thought provoking. The new book chosen is ‘Christianity with Attitude’ by Giles Fraser (Canterbury Press Norwich 2007 ISBN 978-1-85311-782-4) and we meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Thursday 31st January to discuss. All welcome.
If anyone has small toys for the church toy bags could they kindly leave them to the parish office during working hours or simply leave them in the church porch on Sundays and they will be sorted and added to the bags. Thank you!
Concert– Friday, December 7th at 8 p.m. in St Peter’s Church, Bandon. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of St Peter’s Church. Taking part will be Clonakilty Brass Band, Bandon Grammar School Choir, Glaslinn Ladies’ Choir, Orla Fogarty (Soprano) and students of the County Cork School of Music (CCSM).
The Owenabue Garden Club, Carrigaline are hosting their Christmas Gala night on Monday 26 November at the earlier time of 7 pm in the C. of I. school hall (entrance beside the main gates to the Community school). The demonstrator will be Teresa Collins on “Christmas Tidings”. Visitors welcome. Enquiries to 086 8091627.
EAPPI Don’t forget to pray for Kate Cargin as she experiences day to day life as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank. You can find out more about Kate in Palestine by going to her blog site at www.kateinpalestine.wordpress.com. We will get a chance to meet her in person when she comes to speak to us at our services on February 17th 2013.
Allotments For Rent-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.
Nov 26th Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall.
Nov 29th Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Nov 30th CAMEO. Monkstown Sailing Club. 10.30am
Nov 30th 70s/80s Disco Parish Fundraiser 9pm Carrigaline Hotel.
Dec 5th Monkstown Home Group. 8pm.
Dec 8th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.
Dec 19th Carrigaline Community Carol Service at 7.30pm in our sister parish of Our Lady and Saint John.
Dec 23rd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. 4pm.
Jan 31st Theological Book Circle. The Rectory at 8pm
2013 dates for your diary
March 1st World Day of Prayer at 8pm in St Mary’s.
May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church
with the theme ‘Fruits of the Spirit.’