The Rector writes ‘For some time now we have been experimenting with live streaming of the services from St Mary’s Church each Sunday, along with some special Services from St John’s like the Remembrance Sunday Evensong and the Nine Lessons & Carols. If you are at home on Sunday and have access to the Internet, just go to our website www.carrigalineunion.org and on the first screen that appears, up in the top right hand corner you will see ’Live Streaming of Services’. Just click on this and you will see ‘Click here’ which will bring you the Service live. It is still an experimental service so please bear with us and do let us know any feedback you might have.
New year: New opportunities to share your time and talents. At the recent Gift Day, some people registered their interest in sharing their time and talents within the Parish. If you haven’t already, do tick a few boxes on the Time and Talents form and share your ideas with us. Completed forms may be handed to Eddie Pierce (087 255 7505), Ingrid Glen (085 888 8044) or a Church Warden. From music to muscles, we will do our best to match-make!
TONIGHT Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s.
CONFIRMATION 2016 Confirmation Classes in the Rectory will start on Saturday February 6th. If you haven’t already, please let the Rector know if you would like to be confirmed in 2016. Confirmation will be on 1st May.
DIOCESAN MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS for 2016 are due by 31st January. The annual subscription is €23. Please pay Rowland Newenham or the Church Wardens.
Songs of Praise Choral Evensong. In St John’s Church, Monkstown on 14th February at 7pm, there will be a “Songs of Praise Choral Evensong”. This is an opportunity for parishioners to choose their favourite hymn from our hymn book, and ask people to sponsor the hymn at 50 cent per vote. The most popular hymns will be sung on the evening! Sponsorship cards are available at the back of the churches, or from the church wardens. The proceeds will be sent to the ever deserving charity – “Focus Ireland”.
LADIES’CANDLELIGHT SUPPER-Friday, 12th February at 8pm in Carrigaline Parish hall. €5 per person. All Welcome . Bring your friends. Wear your finest!!! If you can bring a salad or dessert please let Hilary Dring know at 086-3680513.
CARRIGALINE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE We as a community have a collective responsibility to mind each other by recognising and responding to calls for help or signs of suicidal behaviour. Carrigaline Family Support Centre are keen to empower people to feel confident in responding to people who may have suicidal thoughts. We are holding a SafeTalk programme here in the Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre on February 24th from 7pm till 10pm and invite you all to attend free of charge. As places are limited, please call us on 021-4919299 to reserve your place.
1st Feb Toddlers Plus One 10 to 12pm Parish Hall
Monday Club 3 to 5pm Parish Hall
6th Feb Confirmation Class 6 to 8pm Rectory
10th Feb Ash Wednesday. Lenten Study Course in Parish Hall at approx. 8pm immediately after the 7.30pm Eucharist Service in St Mary’s Church.
14th Feb Songs of Praise Choral Evensong. 7pm St John’s.
15th Feb Annual update of Vestry Register 7pm Parish Hall
18th Feb Children’s Movie Night 6pm Parish Hall
16th Mar St Patrick’s Eve Eucharist as Gaelige 7.30 St Mary’s
18th Mar ‘Music in March’ Concert 7.30pm St Mary’s Dan Twomey (Tenor) , The Carrigaline Singers,
Monkstown Chamber Choir.
14th Apr Annual Easter Vestry 7pm Parish Hall
1st May Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s Church
Random Notes CLXXX
We are all familiar with Irish accounts of the War of Independence, but have you ever wondered about the British side of the stories? Here are British soldiers accounts of their time in Ireland.
Diary. 7th Jan,. 12 noon,
“We have just received the good news (I don’t think) that were leaving for Ireland at 6 o’clock tonight. Our faces are long enough to step on”.
“Four nights ago we were on curfew patrol. At 10.05pm we went to round up any stragglers who were still out of door. We caught about 20 people, mostly homeless men and a couple of drunken cabbies. They gave us wonderful excuses. Some were going to the doctor, one had forgotten to feed the hens and wanted to check if they were asleep. We sat on some to keep them quiet, they roundly cursed our ancestors, ourselves and our future descendants, nobody can curse like a really angry Irishman.”
There were mixed opinions of the Auxiliaries (the Black and Tans). Some saw them as tough men doing a tough job, others viewed them as an unwelcome nuisance. One commanding officer complained that every time he tried to build a good relationship with the local people, the black and Tans would come along, cause havoc, and ruin all his efforts.
An officer based in Cobh had some pleasant memories of his time in Ireland.
“I enjoyed visiting Forts Carlisle and Camden. There was excellent mackerel fishing to be had. Some local families were friendly towards us, in spite of the rebels. A doctor in the town had several pretty daughters, two of them married officers in the regiment. On our off-duty periods, we passed the time by going to dances and football matches.”
That sounds like a very civilized war!