The Rector writes ‘Advent is the most wonderful time of our liturgical year, a time of expectation , of anticipation, as we wait for the coming of our Lord. Our united service today is a celebration of that feeling of waiting.
The other service today is one of Wholeness and Healing and is at 7pm tonight in St John’s Church. This will be a quiet reflective service where people can bring their worries and doubts to the Lord in prayer. There will be an opportunity to share private prayer with our small team of prayer ministers who have been trained specifically in this confidential and essential ministry. There will also be an opportunity to be anointed by me with oil that has been blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Eucharist on Maundy Thursday in Holy Week. If you have a weight of any kind on your shoulders at this time, perhaps this will be just the ministry that you need to help you to cope in your life.’
Christmas Craft Fayre St. Marys National School continues their annual Fayre today in Carrigaline GAA Hall.. 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!
Monkstown Home Group Tuesday 9th December at Hilary Warren-Perry’s house; the home group will reconvene then in January 2015. Newcomers most welcome.
Mother’s Union Christmas Lunch. Thursday 11th December at 1230pm in Crosshaven Royal Yacht Club. RSVP by 8th December to Hilary Dring on 0863680513. All welcome.
BISHOPS’ APPEAL EBOLA RETIRING COLLECTION all the monies collected during the month will be sent to Bishops’ Appeal in Dublin. Thank you for your support.
YOUTH NEWS The 8th Annual CDYC 5-a-side Soccer Tournament took place at the Maritime college in Ringaskiddy on Saturday 22nd November. Almost 50 young people and leaders gathered from all over the diocese to play their hearts out in 2 consecutive tournaments, one for senior teams played on an outdoor Astroturf pitch and a second for junior and mixed teams played in the indoor sports hall. The young people played each match in a great spirit over the 3 hours and were a credit to their parishes. Take a bow young people !! The Senior Winners were “Smooth Cactii” from Bandon, the runners up were “Chelsea”.The Junior trophy was won by “Gru and his Minions” from Carrigrohane with the runners up “Team Six” (which included our own Alice Woodworth and her Aston School colleague Gemma Coughlan – well done to them both) The choice of Player of the tournament was Robert White from Templebreedy. It was a great day out with lots of fun and Thank God, very few bruises!!! A special Thank You to Rev. Elaine Murray (Chaplain of the NMCI) for popping in and leading us in prayer at the end of the day before we tucked into Pizzas ‘n Fries, and to the Rev. Sally Marry who gave a great talk to the young people about role models in sport and how our greatest role model to emulate in our lives is Jesus. A huge Thank You to everyone who participated and to all the enthusiastic leaders who helped make it another successful and Fun tournament- Hilda, Carrie, Conor, Norman, Matt, Kistin, Alice, Lisa, Maria, Ian (and anyone else I’ve forgotten.) PC
Carrigaline Family Support Centre need Volunteers for their Befriending Service. The service offers support in conjunction with Age Action for the elderly in our community and involves a weekly two hour visit to an elderly person in their own home who is often living alone with little or no support. If you have time to spare please contact the centre on 0214919299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 1st Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.
Dec 3rd Midweek Eucharist 10.30am St Mary’s
Dec 3rd Lectio Divina 8pm Parish Hall
Dec 9th Monkstown Home Group 8pm. Warren-Perry’s home
Dec 14th Sunday School Cake Sale in Parish Hall after 11am Service
Dec 21st 9 Lessons & Carols Service 4pm in St John’s Church
Dec 22nd Monday Club Carols 3 – 5pm Parish Hall
Dec 24th Carols around the Crib 4pm in St Mary’s Church
Dec 27th Christingle Workshop 10-12 Parish Hall
Dec 28th United Service, Family Eucharist 11am in St Mary’s Church
Random Notes CXXI
The subject of this week’s Random Notes illustration is a somewhat recent item of interest from the ever on-going development and evolving history of the Carrigaline Union of Parishes.
The order of service for ‘The Institution of the Reverend Arthur James Houston, B.A., to the Incumbency of Carrigaline Union of Parishes, by The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, The Right Reverend R.A Warke, B.D., in St. Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Friday, 1st March, 1991, at 8.00 p.m.’
A number of present day parishioners will no doubt well remember the occasion now some twenty-three years ago, at which no less than five hymns were sung, and, by a note made at the time ‘a good sermon’ was delivered by the Bishop! As is usual there appeared on the final page the customary ‘The Congregation is invited to refreshments in the McCrea Hall after the service.’