The Rector writes- ‘I am delighted that the Revd Tony Murphy, ordained as priest in September, has been assigned by the Bishop to work alongside myself as Rector and Richard Dring as Lay Reader in the Carrigaline Union. I hope his ministry among us will be fruitful. Last December when I arrived among you, the ‘Posada’ tradition was in full swing. I believe this has been happening for a good many years in the parish. For those of you new to this idea, what happens is that the Crib Figures of Mary, Joseph and the Donkey travel from house to house in the Parish until they eventually arrive in St Mary’s Church just in time for the Carols around the Crib Service on 24th December. The idea behind the Posada tradition is that people get to know the next family on the list because they have hand delivered the Holy Family to them. The Archers brought the figures to me last year on 23rd December and I found the experience both holy and moving. I am in the process of putting together the names of families who would like to welcome the figures overnight in their homes and while I have last years list of names to work with, I wonder if there are any other families reading this who would like to be involved this year? Mary, Joseph and the Donkey begin their Journey on the first day of Advent which is Sunday 2nd December so I will need to have our list of families organised very soon so get in touch with me as soon as possible please’
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP continues on Monday, November 5th. This group of Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) meet each other in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am ‘till 12 for playtime and chats with a cup of tea/coffee thrown in. Contact the rector for details or just turn up!
MONDAY CLUB GROUP also continues on Monday, November 5th. Adults who are free from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays are invited to St Mary’s Church Hall for a cup of tea/coffee. Our aim is to gain a little knowledge from each other as we chat. We are currently looking at how to use the internet and other computer stuff. Contact the rector for details.
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.
ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 7th November at 8pm the Warren-Perry’s home in Monkstown. Note change of day!
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.
YOUTH –7th Annual C.D.Y.C. Soccer Tournament. NMCI, Maritime College,Ringaskiddy, Cork. Saturday 17th November, 1-6pm for young people of secondary school age. Please speak to Peter Coughlan if you wish to attend on 0863453361.Young people MUST bring the completed booking form on the day. Forms available at the back of the church or download them from cdyc.ie.
Youth News-We held our second meeting of our senior youth club with a visit from the youth club in Bandon on Friday 19th October 2012. Attendance was doubled with the visit of the Bandon Youth club and their 3 leaders Olivia, Amy and Jean. We were also joined by Leah and Paul from Crosshaven (Templebreedy). It was a really great evening -full of infectious energy mad games,music quizzes and laughs. (Great singing skills Jessica White !!!) The 2 groups of teenagers got on very well together and we ended the evening with some pizzas and soft drinks and then we closed in a prayer of thanks to God for all the fun and for the safe travel home of our visitors. Our next meeting will be after the First Saturday night Service in St Marys on Nov 10th.
PARISH FUND RAISER The newly formed Fund Raising Committee have planned a wonderful 70s/80s Disco Night to take place in the Carrigaline Hotel on Friday 30th November from 9pm till late. Tickets 10 euro available from any of the Committee or on the night from the Hotel Reception. (Contact Adrian Bateman 086-8300379, Hazel Kelleher 086-8988165, Frances McCarthy 086-1500980)
Mothers ‘Union Conference – Your Gifts? Discover & Celebrate – A conference for women of all ages, 16th -18th November 2012 in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. (Saturday attendance only also possible) Book by the 29th of October. Guest Speaker: Rev. Liz McElhinney. For booking forms contact: Hilary Dring 0863680513 or Jennifer Kingston 0863236641 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone has small toys for the church toy bags could they kindly leave them to the parish office during working hours or simply leave them in the church porch on Sundays and they will be sorted and added to the bags. Thank you!
EAPPI Don’t forget to pray for Kate Cargin as she experiences day to day life as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank. You can find out more about Kate in Palestine by going to her blog site at www.kateinpalestine.wordpress.com. We will get a chance to meet her in person when she comes to speak to us at our services on February 17th 2013.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE Philip Yancey’s book ’’What’s so amazing about Grace?’ was chosen for our next gathering which will be in the Rectory on November 14th at 8pm. If you are buying this book, please think about shopping locally… The Carrigaline Bookstore offers 5% discount to the Book Circle.
RNLI COFFFEE MORNING The annual RNLI Coffee Morning will be held on Wednesday 7th November from 10.30 until 12 in the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven. Come along and support the RNLI.
A walking group is hoped to be set up in Monkstown. It will be open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Those interested can contact Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or email@example.com. Days and times are yet to be set but most likely will be on Monday mornings with the possibility of walking on Wednesdays also.
Allotments For Rent-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.
Nov 5th Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall.
Nov 7th Monkstown Home Group. 8pm.
Nov 8th Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Nov 10th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.
Nov 11th Remembrance Sunday Services & Remembrance Choral Evensong.
Nov 14th Theological Book Circle. 8pm in the Rectory.
Nov 16th-18th Mother’s Union Conference.
Nov 17th CDYC Soccer Tournament.
Nov 25th Gift Day in the Rectory 12 – 4pm,
Nov 30th 70s/80s Disco Parish Fundraiser 9pm Carrigaline Hotel.
Dec 8th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.
Dec 23rd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. 4pm.
2013 dates for your diary
March 1st World Day of Prayer at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline.
May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church with the theme ‘Fruits of the Spirit’