The Rector writes ‘During this Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 we are being asked to join the Power of You campaign and to help to re-imagine a simple truth. The choices and actions we make can create a real difference in the lives of people who work very hard for very little reward, in order to bring us some of our favourite treats. Just look at the message on this picture ———>
you really can change the world, just one purchase at a time. Remember that what you spend your money on has an effect on your local community as well as on the international community so make your Euro be Effective!
TEA and COFFEE will be available after the 11am Service in the Parish Hall.
ASH WEDNESDAY- The usual Wednesday 10.30am Eucharist Service will take place in addition to a 7.30pm Eucharist Service, both in St Mary’s Church.
LENTEN SERVICES Each Wednesday during Lent beginning the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday there will be a 7.30pm Evening Prayer Service in St Mary’s Church which will be followed by a Bible Study in the Parish Hall. The course was created by BACI (Bible Association for the Church of Ireland) and is called ‘Church and Culture’ . The course will, over the weeks of Lent, explore different aspects of the Church’s relationship with its surrounding culture. It promises to be a very interesting course and of course everyone is welcome and indeed encouraged to come along and enjoy the fellowship. There is no need to worry if you feel that you are not ‘Biblically Literate’ enough as no-one will ever be put on the spot, none of us have done this course before and we will all follow the course together and learn both from it and from one another. Please do consider coming along and exploring the idea that we in the Church are of our Culture, in our Culture, through our Culture, against our Culture and beyond our Culture – all at the same time!
FAMINE LUNCH- Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Mothers’ Union Famine lunch last week. We raised 350 euro for the Overseas Fund so well done to all who made soup, prepared and served the food and helped on the day. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Mother’s Union-Pampering Day. Saturday 29th March at 2pm. Trident Hotel Kinsale. See fliers for details or contact Jennifer Kingston on 086-3236641 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mothersunion.ie.
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.
Whist Drive in aid of Marymount Hospice. Canon McCrea School Hall, St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. Saturday 15th March at 830pm.€5 entry. Great raffle prizes. Donations welcome. Contact Henry Forbes 087-2305000 or Oliver Webb 087-6963755.
The Coeliac Society of Ireland, Cork support Group, will have a meeting on Tuesday 4th March ,SMA Centre Wilton, Cork at 8pm.Topic-gathering and a search for volunteers plus info and support. All Welcome, €4 entrance fee, refreshment will be provided/They will also have their resident Dietician for those whom want to talk to her.
TABLE QUIZ Thank you to all of you who took part in the Table Quiz and supported this great fund-raiser. Our minds are still boggling on those Dingbats! Approximately 800 euro was raised for parish funds so well done to all who helped Adrian & Caroline on the night and to all those who donated spot prizes for the raffle. It was a great night and it seems to be turning into an Annual Indoor Picnic/Table Quiz. Next year I am definitely bringing a picnic basket full of goodies along!
March 3rd Toddlers plus one Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
Mar 5th Ash Wednesday, Lent begins,
10.30am Eucharist in St Mary’s-7.30pm Eucharist in St Mary’s
Mar 7th World Day of Prayer Service in Our Lady & St John’s 8pm
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. LXXXVII
“I love Church music and food. It is therefore no wonder that I often find myself comparing a piece of music or hymn with a particular dish. Coming up to St Patrick’s Day, I began to think about the various versions of “St Patrick’s Breastplate”.
Historically, we may recall Sir Charles Villiers Stanfords’s edition. This dramatic, colourful hymn is perhaps pompously arrogant but simply wonderful. It is, alas, no longer (but maybe understandably) not in our current hymn book. It might be compared to an elaborate Victorian dinner table? Plenty on display to promote ones wealth of “things”, with a gigantic centrepiece. Lots of silverware and crystal. On the menu may be mutton or pheasant, with sauces from across the Empire and of course some exotic fruit from one’s own conservatory – including a prize pineapple! All washed down with some particularly fine Claret.
Next we have “Christ be beside me” (number 611 in the current church hymnal). This Scots Gaelic melody is pleasant, simple and un-offensive. It is a lovely sweet hymn, pleasing on the ear and palate. It might be compared to a cheeseburger, chips and coke? Tasty – All the family enjoy it; not too challenging; a bit bland but perfectly adequate. Grand!
More recently then, we have a version of “St Patrick’s Breastplate”, called “The Deer’s Cry” by Shaun Davey from Glendalough, Co Wicklow (look it up on youtube). It is powerful, simple, haunting and spiritually challenging. Homely and honest, it brings to mind the wild West coast of Ireland. The food to accompany this anthem might be served in a good restaurant in deepest West Cork. We start with a bowl of steaming mussels served with soda bread and butter. The main course is wild fresh salmon (no sauce), accompanied by floury new potatoes and mashed turnip. This would be washed down with a few pints of the black stuff, and perhaps a small drop of Jameson for good measure – giving a Celtic kick of mysticism to an otherwise honest and homely meal.
There are no prizes for guessing which TWO versions of “St Patrick’s Breastplate” will be on the menu when Monkstown Chamber Choir sing a Celtic theamed Choral Evensong next Sunday 9th March, in St John’s Church, Monkstown at 7pm!!” RCE