The Rector writes ‘I head over tomorrow morning to a ten day ’Clergy Consultation’ in St George’s Chapel in Windsor which is entitled ‘Conversations about God’.
The subjects being discussed are : Poetry, Today’s Church, Global Poverty, Health, God and the Arts, Politics, Sustainability and Agriculture. Each day a different ‘Expert’ in that subject will present a paper to the group, which is then followed by a Bible Study led by one of the participants (I have to do Isaiah 28 and Agriculture’ ! ) and finally we will have group discussions.
I have no doubt that after all this thinking my sermons will double in length! I am very grateful to the Bishop for the opportunity to expand my theological boundaries,
especially now after 11 years in ordained ministry. Thank you to the Revd Isobel Jackson who will be covering for Pastoral emergencies while I am away and also to the Revd Edwin Hunter who will look after next Wednesday’s Holy Communion and to Bishop Mayes who will look after the Services next Sunday 10th July.’
PARISH OFFICE-PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR JULY ANDAUGUST THE PARISH OFFICE WILL ONLY OPEN ON WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY MORNINGS.
Scrap Metal Collection is back on track….. We can raise money for the Parish and also be environmentally friendly at the same time! For more information call Henry Forbes on 087-2035000.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘COPS & ROBBERS’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 18th to 22nd July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. 10am till 1pm. €30 per child or €70 per family, which includes snack. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or the Rector.
Mothers’ Union and friends are invited to join the Methodist Ladies for an afternoon at Blarney House on Wednesday, 13th July. Meet at Blarney Castle car park at 1.30pm. Entry cost €11 at most. Tearooms on site for refreshments not included in the price. All welcome. Contact Val Andrew 087-1270457 or Jocelyn 0872237321 if you need a lift.
9th July ’Culture for Cambodia’ Art Exhibition 10 –4 Parish Hall
10th July ’Culture for Cambodia’ Art Exhibition 12 –4 Parish Hall
13th July Mother’s Union Outing. 1.30pm Blarney Castle.
16th July ’Culture for Cambodia’ Art Exhibition 10 –4 Parish Hall
17th July ’Culture for Cambodia’ Art Exhibition 12 –4 Parish Hall
18th to 20th July Holiday Club in St Mary’s School
23rd July Open Garden at Ricky & Sarah Footts in Monkstown- fundraiser for C.U.H. Chapel.
31st July United Service 11.15am St John’s Church
Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St Mary’s Church
1st—23rd August Rector on Annual Leave
2nd September Parish Barbecue 7.30pm Rectory Garden
25th September Blessing of the Animals Service 11am St Mary’s
8th October Harvest Supper & Dance 7.30pm Canon McCrea Hall
9th October Harvest Thanksgiving Services:
11am St Mary’s Church, Preacher: The Revd John Tanner
7pm St John’s Church, Preacher: The Revd David Bowles
Random Notes CXCVIV
In 1795, William Henry Ireland was a lowly 19 year old law clerk in London, the son of Samuel Ireland, a respected engraver. The two men had never been close, so William Henry, in an effort to impress his father, forged a document and passed it off as one written in Shakespeare’s own hand. Having successfully convinced critics that it was genuine, he carried on, forging letters to Anne Hathaway, Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Southampton. Next came notes in the books of “Shakespeare’s library”, the original manuscript of King Lear and part of Hamlet. He produced hundreds of forged documents. Finally, he grew so confident that he produced an entirely new play, “Vortigern”, a five act historical tragedy. This was to cause his downfall. The play was staged in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on Saturday, April 2nd 1796. The critics who attended it realised it wasn’t like Shakespeare’s other work and grew so suspicious that an inquiry was held in to its authenticity. Eventually William Henry confessed that he had forged everything. The affair became a cause celebre. Samuel’s reputation was damaged as a result, as he was suspected of being his son’s accomplice.
For the rest of his life, Samuel remained convinced that William couldn’t have forged everything by himself, others must have been involved.
As for William Henry, he went on to write a 13th century romance, “Gondez the monk”, this time under his own name. As time passed, his exploits as a forger became the subject of several books and a play, “Solemn mockeries,” performed by the Independent Shakespeare company.