Parish Notices Sunday 3rd March 2013

The Rector writes ‘The Saturday Night Services have been taking place in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline on the 2nd Saturday of the month for many months now.   So far the Services have taken several different themes,. Last month was all about Creation,  January was about Epiphany,  December was about Advent and the initial service in November was all about the Prodigal Son.  They have been very well supported, with an average of 35-40 attending.  I’m not sure whether it is the timing of the service or the fact that we have lovely sausages afterwards that is proving to be the attraction but long may it last!  This month the Service will be on a theme of Fair Trade as we are in the middle of the ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’  which runs from 25th February till 10th March and so we will be blowing up the Banana and the  enormous Coffee Cup again.  I don’t think it is possible to get Fair Trade Sausages but they will be at least sourced locally and the tea and coffee will be fair trade. Do come along next Saturday 9th at 7pm and join us’


Parish Fundraising Table Quiz. Friday 22 March at 8pm in Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Waterpark. Raffle, tea, coffee and refreshments. A great family night assured! €10per person, €40 per table. Contact Adrian Bateman 086-8300379 or Hazel Kelleher 086-8988165 for further information.

 TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAY CLUB meet Monday 4th March in the parish hall. Toddlers group from 10am-midday and Monday club from 3-5pm.

MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome. During Lent, there will also be a 7.30pm Evening Prayer Service.

JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.

Monkstown Home group will suspend meeting until after Easter to allow members to join the Lenten services and bible studies.

Epiphany gifts- the Women’s Refuge ‘Cuan Lee’ in Cork City were very appreciative of all the gifts we had collected and sent into them and have sent a lovely Thank You note to us all.

Christian Aid NEWS-Count your Blessings Take time this Lent to count the blessings in your life and reflect on God’s abundant provision. You can download copies of this from blessingsresources.aspx  The Rector has put together saving boxes for the children to save some coins during Lent for the work of Christian Aid.  Each box comes with a little booklet so that each day’s savings can be marked up. Please contact the Sunday School teachers if your child would like one.

GREAT GREENWAY CYCLE- This fund raising Cycling event will take place on the Great Greenway from Westport to Achill Co. Mayo on Saturday 8th June. If this is something you would like to be involved with, please contact John Sweeney (021) 485 9826 (our Christian Aid representative) as he would love to put together a cycle team from Carrigaline Union.

EASTER VESTRY- This annual meeting, which is open to all parishioners, will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th April. Remember that while all are welcome to attend the Easter Vestry meeting only registered vestry persons may vote or be voted into office but please do come along and see how your parish is being run.

LENTEN STUDY- Each Wednesday at 7.30pm during Lent, we will have a short Service in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline followed by a Bible Study. This year we will be using a Study Course which was developed by the Church of Ireland,  on the theme of Economic Justice. All are welcome to attend. The remaining dates are as follows: Wed  6th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Wed 13th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Wed 20th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study. Thank you to Tony for leading the sessions.

MEN’s Shed-  All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Mens’ Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road.  See leaflets at the back of the churches for more details or contact  Roger @ 4372438.

Coffee Morning in the Rectory in aid of Cambodia Dental Mission. Saturday 16th March 10am – 1pm. “My Goddaughter Rebecca will be among a team of Dental Students giving up their time this summer to go to Cambodia as volunteers. They will be setting up children’s dental clinics in orphanages in rural areas. Based on previous years, they reckon that around 700 children will be treated during this time.  As they have to pay their own way there and bring along masks, gloves etc. I am organising this coffee morning for her and her fellow students from Trinity College. Do come and join me on 16th March. Thank you. Elaine.”

GARRYDUFF FUNDRAISING SCRAP METAL COLLECTION – Saturday 9th March 10am-4pm. All metal, large or small accepted (except fridges, freezers, cookers etc) Radiators, Gates, Boilers, Buckets, Biscuit tins, Cars (with log books), trampolines, saucepans, bikes, stainless steel, lead, aluminium etc. Garryduff Sports Centre, Rochestown.

EASTER HOCKEY CAMP in Garryduff – 2nd – 4th April  U. 8’s – U. 16’s  –  To book contact 021-4891978.

The Coeliac Society of Ireland, Cork support Group, are holding a meeting on Tuesday 5th March at 8pm in SMA Centre Wilton, Cork. Topic: bread making demo and a search for volunteers. All Welcome, €4 entrance fee, refreshment will be provided. We will also have our resident Dietician for those who want to talk to her.

Organist/Musical Director required at Holy Trinity Church, Crosshaven. The applicant needs to be a competent organist and pianist with the ability to train and direct their children’s choir. Contact or  021-4831236 for further information.



Mar 4th           Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall                           Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall.

Mar 6h          Evening Prayer St Mary’s  7.30pm.

Feb 7th           Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.

Mar 9th           Saturday Service 7pm St Mary’s Church.

Mar 10th        Choral Evensong 7pm St John’s Church.

Mar 16th       Coffee Morning in the Rectory 10am till 1pm.

Mar 16th       Eucharist Service “as Gaeilge” 7.30pm St Mary’s Church.

Mar 22nd     Parish Fundraising Table Quiz 8pm St Mary’s School.

Mar 29th       Children’s Easter Club.

Mar 31st        Easter Sunday Dawn Service, Monkstown.

Apr 11th        Annual Vestry Meeting 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Hall.

Apr 25th      Theological Book Circle 8pm The Rectory.

Apr 27th       MU Brunch in Rectory.

May 17th        Flower Festival Opening Service, 7pm St Mary’s Church.

May 19th        Closing Service, 7pm  Bishop Michael Burrows preaching.

May 31st         Kilkenny Mothers’ Union group visiting Rectory

June 1st          Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline.

July 22nd –26th Children’s Summer Holiday Club Week.

Oct 13th     St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am.The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.

St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm


Random Notes      No. LI

Maureen Fox was a journalist with the “Cork Examiner” from 1971 to 1992. Thanks to her creativity, her imagination and her skills of communication she became in a few short years one of the most popular journalists in the South of Ireland. In her writing she was open, direct, often controversial. She defended the needy, the disabled, the elderly and many more. Animals were her dearest friends.

Maureen was born in 1938 and grew up in Blackrock. Her parents were  members of the Church of Ireland. Her father, Cyril Fox had been in charge of “Booth & Fox”, an enterprise specialising in mattresses and bedding on Lavitt’s Quay in Cork. Her mother was English, Kathy Larner and both of her parents taught her to respect others, irrespective of race or faith, and to put others first.

She was a bright and mischievous child. She told stories of stealing apples from a neighbours orchard; stealing money from the maid to buy sweets (a lousy thing to do!); spitting competitions from the toilets of “Rochelle”, sometimes aiming at the heads of passers by! Expelled from “Rochelle” and again from “Hillcourt”, a posh boarding school in Glenageary, Co Dublin, a letter was written in 1954, with the prophecy “You will come to no good in life”.

After meeting at a beer party in Kilkenny, she married a German, Karl Steich in 1965 and moved to Windsor in 1967 where her daughter Tanya was born. The marriage ended in 1969 and Maureen returned to Cork with Tanya. A new life started, that of a single mother, nearly unheard of in a country like Ireland in those days. In 1970 she found a job as a copytaker with the “Cork Examiner” and quickly rose to the position of Women’s Editor. Many parishioners will remember her popular articles “Midweek with Maureen” and laterly “Paws Awhile” which was “written” by her dog Erskine, known to her readers as “Ponsonby”!

In the 1980’s, “Miss Fox” lived in Coolmore Lodges and will be remembered locally as being glamorous, full-of-fun, perfectly made up, wearing beautiful silk suits and towering high heels. Her bright yellow Triumph Spitfire completed the glittering image. The Spitfire was also very well known to traffic wardens around the city!!

She married Jan van Putten in 1989 and they moved to West Waterford soon after. Jan became assistant organist and choirmaster at St Fin Barres Cathedral under Colin Nicholls, and afterwards led the Lismore Choir. The couple moved to France in 2005 where Maureen passed away peacefully on 17th December 2010.

After her death one of her readers wrote to the Examiner “There must be very few people who did so much good in their lives and left such a legacy of love and goodness to those in need”.

I end this week’s Random Notes the same way Maureen ended many of her columns: “Write to me and let me know what you think of it yourself, what you would have added or omitted or changed”.

Maureen Fox, Memories and Articles


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