The Rector writes ’Last Thursday was the Feast of the Ascension , celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, which is always a Thursday so that means we always need to speak about the Ascension on the Sunday following as people are rarely able to attend church on a weekday.
Although this year, you may have been in church on Thursday night for Hilary’s wonderful commissioning as Mothers’ Union Diocesan President!
In Christian art, the ascending Jesus is often shown blessing an earthly group below him, signifying the entire Church. I like that as it reminds me that we are enabled to do his will in our own community with his blessing.
Thy Kingdom Come’ Prayer Initiative invites us to commit to public and communal prayer during the 10 days between Ascension Thursday and the day of Pentecost. This year our parish will be involved. St Mary’s Church will be open at 12 noon each day for prayer during those 10 days from 30th May until 9th June. Please do come & join in. There will be a short time of Prayer and then you can take away a candle to pass along to someone you know. Join the Global Wave of Prayer and help light up the world!
Mother’s Union Outing on Wednesday 26th June.
The day out includes a visit to Beechwood Garden in Glanmire and an early evening meal in the Elm Tree restaurant in Glounthaune.
Total cost €40 per head including coach. Please let Hilary Warren Perry know on 086-2637137 before Wednesday 19th June if you can join us. Further pick up details to follow.
ANNUAL PLANT & PRODUCE SALE in aid of Ethiopian Self Help Projects at Neptune Lodge Glenbrook, 100 metres from the Cross River Ferry. Saturday 8th June 11am-130pm. Admission €4. Children Free.
MONKSTOWN STREETFEAST is going ahead in Monkstown again this year on June 9th. Further information from Paula Flannery at 087- 2417032.
ANAM CARA CORK, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Remembrance Evening on Wednesday 5th June at 7:20pm at the Lough, Cork, followed by Tea and Coffee in the Hawthorn. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 085 2888888 to help us organise. Please note there are no Events in July or August.
30th May till 9th June. Thy Kingdom Come
Prayer each day at 12 noon in St Mary’s Church.
5th June Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
6th June Select Vestry 8pm Rectory
8th June Diocesan Synod Cork International Hotel
9th June Pentecost Sunday Club Prizegiving at 11am Service
10th June Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall
13th June Friendship Club 11am Rectory
22nd – 26th July THE ADVENTURE CRUISE
Holiday Club 10-1pm St Mary’s School-Forms now available from Parish Office-
Random Notes CCLXXI
Being a frequent user of the Cross River Ferry between Glenbrook and Carrigaloe, I often wondered how people traversed the river in times past. There used to be two small, wooden hand-rowed ferries. One from the pier in Monkstown to just beyond the dockyard at Rushbrooke and another from Ferrypoint in Glenbrook to Peg Twomeys pub at Carrigaloe. The Glenbrook to Carrigaloe ferry was run by the O’Connell family from Carrigaloe in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Recently deceased Eileen O’Connell and her niece Aine O’Callaghan, were talking with Jill Hingston and my Dad about their memories of this ferry a few years ago. If you needed to use the service, one would simply yell “ferry” to beckon the ferryman from the pub! With very little traffic on the roads, and before the days of IFI, the crossing was a much quieter place than today. During the war years, petrol was also only available to doctors and the clergy. It was not unknown for local lads to row the boat if the ferryman could not be lured away from his pint. And there was no doubt a sense of manly pride in getting the boat across in record time. My dad remembers a drunk man getting into the ferry one day and falling in to the river as they were about to embark. He was dragged back to the shore to recover and probably dried off in the Gluepot pub. Jill went to school in Rochelle, and in 1947 there was a bus strike. To get home she would walk to the train station in Cork, get the Cobh train to Carrigaloe then the ferry across the river before walking back to Horsehead. My dad got a lift to Cork Grammar with Benny Hosford who used to read the paper and enjoy a cigarette whilst driving. How times have changed!!