The Rector writes ‘Today we celebrate ‘The Presentation of Christ in the Temple’ or ‘Candlemas’ as it is also known, and at the end of our Eucharist Service there will be a short liturgy which reflects the essence of this ‘hinge’ moment in our Christian year. Also today or rather this evening, the annual Cork Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity will take place at 7pm in St. Luke’s Church of Ireland, Douglas and our own Monkstown Chamber Choir will be singing at it. The service will be led by the Cork Ecumenical Standing committee which along with Canon Daniel Nuzum consists of The Revd Geraldine Gracie of the Methodist Church; Valerie Fletcher from the Presbyterian Church and Fr. Christy Fitzgerald, of the Roman Catholic Church. The sermon will be preached this year by Fr. Christy Fitzgerald. If you are free , do go and support Roger and our choir. Speaking of singing, today is the last day to use the voting papers at the back of the Churches for the Songs of Praise Service which takes place at 7pm next Sunday evening in St John’s Monkstown. If your favourite hymn is not in, it can’t win! So there you are, something to do this Sunday and next Sunday evening! See you there.’
TEA and COFFEE will be available after the 11am Service in the Parish Hall.
Monkstown Home Group-Liz Hanna’s home on Wed 5th Feb at 8pm.
SONGS OF PRAISE is back! Voting papers are available at the back of the Churches and the Service will be in St John’s Monkstown at 7pm on Sunday 9th February. Vote for your favourite hymns today and come along on the night to see which hymns have won and will be sung by choir and congregation.
Parish walking group A group of people are thinking about meeting up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings to walk. Meeting at the Railway Walk Car park nearest Carrigaline at approx. 9.40am. Beginning this Monday 3rd February, contact Heather Nuzum or the Rector for more details if needed.
Parenting Group 6 Week course starting Tuesday 25th February at 8pm in the Parish Hall. It will be for parents of children up to age 11 years approx. Fliers at the back of the church of via email. Please contact Hilary on 086-3680513 or firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you are interested. It will only run if the group is big enough.
Parish Table Quiz. 8.30pm Canon McCrea School Hall, Waterpark, Carrigaline. Friday 21st February at 8.30pm. €10per person. €40 per table.Refreshments. Raffle. Great fun to be had. All proceeds in aid of Parish funds. Contact Adrian Bateman for further information 086 8300379.
Call My Bluff – can you identify what wine or beer you are tasting from the experts’ description? Fundraiser for Nohoval Templebreedy Parish Restoration Fund. Great prizes followed by a Vintners’ Supper. Friday 7th February at 7.30 p.m., Robert’s Cove Inn. Tickets €20 from Robert’s Cove Inn 021 4887100 or Joyce Gleasure 086 8480950.
St Luke’s Home Education Centre- Evening courses will be taking place in Mindfulness (6 Tuesdays from 4th February), Addressing Loss (6 Wednesdays from 19th February) and Basic Listening Skills ( 4 Thursdays from 6th March) The courses run from 7:30 – 9:30pm. A Saturday Morning Introduction to Mindfulness will take place on 25th January from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Please contact Claire at 021.4536551 for further details.
SHEP is offering a Spring 2014 programme of short 20 hour courses, many of which are at no charge, in topics Men’s Health, Managing Stress, Women’s Health, Effective Communication for Better Relationships, Introduction to Personal Development, Seasons for Growth – Living with Grief, Loss & Change, Intercultural Awareness, and Family Communication. If you wish to enquire further please call Geraldine Flanagan or Liam Mc Carthy on 021-4666180.
Feb 2nd Ecumenical Service 7pm in St Luke’s Douglas
Feb 3rd Toddlers plus one Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall
Feb 5th Monkstown Home Group 8pm Liz Hanna’s home.
Feb 8th Sunday School Training Day in St Luke’s
Feb 8th Sausage Service 7pm St Mary’s.
Feb 9th Songs of Praise Evensong 7pm St John’s
Feb 17th Annual Review of Vestry Register 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome.
Feb 20th Children’s Movie Night 6-8pm Parish Hall
Feb 21st Parish Table Quiz. 8.30pm Canon McCrea School Hall
Mar 1st Preparation for Confirmation Morning with Bishop in Douglas
Mar 5th Ash Wednesday, Lent begins, Evening Prayer & Bible Study 7.30pm each Wednesday evening
Mar 7th World Day of Prayer Service in Our Lady & St John’s time still to be decided.
Mar 16th St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaelige 7pm St Mary’s
April 13th – 10th Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday
May 6th Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish, 7.30pm in Parish Hall.
May 14th Christian Aid Coffee Morning in Rectory 11am
May 31st Parish Fête
June 8th Pentecost Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s
Jun 15th Parish Picnic
Jun 21st St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 150 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. plus the Rector’s sponsored diet ends today (hooray!).
July 21st – July 25th Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’
Random Notes No. LXXXIII
“With Monkstown Chamber Choir singing at the Interdenominational Service this evening in Douglas, I started thinking about the history of different religions in Cork. The Quakers for instance.
The Quaker movement evolved in Northern England about 1650, in an atmosphere of unrest and radical political and religious dissent. George Fox, a pure and sincere seeker, could find no satisfaction in the answers proposed to him by the mainstream religious traditions. The Quaker message was brought to Ireland in 1653 by William Edmundson. Rather than a traditional hierarchical structure, members of the Quakers refer to each other as “Friends” and in Cork, they are known as “The Cork Society of Friends”.
Their original meeting house was at Grattan Street, but in 1939 a new premises was built at Summerhill South beside the burial ground. In 1988, a room in the original Grattan Street premises was handed back to the Cork Society of Friends as an additional meeting room. Some of the more famous Cork Quakers include James Beale and the Pike family who lived at Bessborough House, Blackrock. Also John B Haughton (Brooks Haughton) and Samuel Newsom who had a merchant tea and coffee business at 40/41 Patrick Street, Cork.
The Quakers are very strong believers of ethics in business and indeed Bewleys and Cadbury both have Quaker foundations”.