The Rector writes ‘ Here is the Immigrant’s Creed I read aloud last week as we rang the Bells. Many of you had asked me for it.’
I believe in Almighty God, who guided the people in exile and in exodus, the God of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon, the God of foreigners and immigrants.
I believe in Jesus Christ, a displaced Galilean, who was born away from his people and his home, who fled his country with his parents when his life was in danger. When he returned to his own country he suffered under the oppression of Pontius Pilate, the servant of a foreign power. Jesus was persecuted, beaten, tortured, and unjustly condemned to death. But on the third day Jesus rose from the dead, not as a scorned foreigner but to offer us citizenship in God’s kingdom.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the eternal immigrant from God’s kingdom among us, who speaks all languages, lives in all countries, and reunites all races.
I believe that the Church is the secure home for foreigners and for all believers.
I believe that the communion of saints begins when we embrace all God’s people in all their diversity.
I believe in forgiveness, which makes us all equal before God, and in reconciliation, which heals our brokenness.
I believe that in the Resurrection God will unite us as one people
in which all are distinct and all are alike at the same time.
I believe in life eternal, in which no one will be foreigner
but all will be citizens of the kingdom where God reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Written by Jose Luis Casal, Presbyterian Church Pastor in Texas, USA
Don’t Forget the Lenten Bible Study ‘God’s heart for Migrants’ continues on Wednesdays at 8pm in the Parish Hall.
FLOWERPOTS Hazel Fleury is looking for 6inch (& larger) Flowerpots. If you have any to pass on to her please contact her on 086-8157821.
The Rector and Church Wardens have Raffle tickets for sale for a wonderful colourful crochet throw, made by Gerlene Kennedy during Advent. The lucky winner will be drawn at the United Christian Aid Service in St John’s Church on April 30th.
Thank you to all who contributed to the recent Famine Lunch. €325 was raised which will do towards the Mother’s Union Overseas Fund.
The Revd Tony Murphy writes “I would like to thank all those from the parish who took part in our service on the Eve of St Patrick’s Day including The Monkstown Chamber Choir with Roger Ellis whose singing of liturgical prayers added so much to the service; Kevin Carroll & Seán Woodworth who led the Intercessory Prayers; Hilary , Church Wardens , Olna and Lesley for the catering in the Parish Hall and Hazel who played such a critical role for the post service reception off site. Finally for all the Parishioners who took part in this inclusive celebration of the Feast Day of our National Apostle , not forgetting the Rector who opens the Church for this Diocesan Wide celebration.”
Retiring Collections in both Churches from now until Easter Day are for the Bishops’ Appeal East Africa Crisis Fund. Thank you for your generosity and please keep all those who are suffering from hunger in your daily prayers.
CARRIGALINE SINGERS Spring Concert in St Mary’s Church, 8pm Thursday 30th March, Admission 12 euro, tickets at the door or contact 086-2550368/087-2212174 This event is a Fundraiser for Cork Association for Autism.
A Leeside Fauré Three choirs from Cork, Galway and Rome will come together in the glorious North Cathedral, Cork, to perform Fauré’s Requiem and an eclectic mix of other choral favourites. Performed by Cork’s PfizerPfonics, Galway’s Dunmore Church Choir and Rome’s Coro Luigi Colacicchi on Saturday 1st April at 8pm. Featuring the acclaimed soloists: Mary Flaherty – Soprano, Gordon Garde – Baritone ,and Organist Richard Rudkins. Tickets are available from Pro Musica, 20 Oliver Plunkett Street. 021-4271659.
Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents holds its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of April 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.
The Treasures of the Town. What do you love about living in the Carrigaline area? What are the special joys, the real treasures of living here? Is it the People, Places, Traditions, Innovations, Neighbours, Sports, Peace and quiet or something else that you consider unique to the area? This year the Carrigaline library is running a project to find out what you hold most dear in the locality and to celebrate ten aspects of life here that could truly be called treasures. Open to all, the project will start with an introductory workshop and will run two further workshops in the next month to identify a top ten of local treasures. For people who are interested in artistic, heritage and craft activities of all kinds there will then be three further workshops to create objects of your choice which will be mounted in the library during the Bealtaine festival in May. Interested? Why not come along to the first workshop in Carrigaline Library on Thursday 30th March from 11.00am – 1.00pm and see if some or, all of the project might suit you?
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
27th March Toddlers plus One 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
29thMarch Holy Communion 10:30 St Mary’s Church
Evening Prayer 7:30 St Mary’s Church
Lenten Bible Study ‘God’s heart for Migrants’ 8pm Parish Hall
30th March Carrigaline Singers Spring Concert 8pm St Mary’s Church
31st March CAMEO 10.30 Monkstown Sailing Club
Random Notes CCXXVII
In his book, “The Voyage of the Beagle”, Charles Darwin gave some wonderful descriptions of the wildlife he saw in South America. Here is part of his diary entry for July 5th, 1832.
“In the morning, we got underway and sailed out of the splendid harbour of Rio de Janeiro. In our passage to the river Plata, one day we saw a great shoal of Porpoises, many hundreds in number. The whole sea was in places sorrowed by them. A most extraordinary spectacle was presented as hundreds proceeded together in jumps, in which their whole bodies were exposed out of the water. When the ship was running nine knots an hour, these animals could cross and recross the bows with the greatest ease and then dash away right ahead. As soon as we entered the Plata estuary, the weather was very unsettled. One dark night we were surrounded by numerous seals and penguins, which made such strange noises that the officer on watch reported that he could hear the cattle bellowing on shore.
On a second night we witnessed a splendid scene of natural fireworks, the mast-head and yard-arm-ends shone with St Elmo’s light and the form of the vane could almost be traced, as if it had been rubbed with phosphorous. The sea was so highly luminous that the tracks of the penguins were marked by a fiery wake and the darkness of the sky was momentarily illuminated by the most vivid lightning.”