The Rector writes ‘This Rogation Sunday we celebrate the goodness of God’s Creation and give thanks for all that will grow in our community over the coming season. In stark contrast, next Sunday 12th we will remember those in our world who are not so lucky as us. This is the beginning of Christian Aid Week and this year the focus is on the scandal of hunger in a world of plenty. 1 in 8 of God’s people go to bed hungry each night. This is neither inevitable nor necessary. There is enough for everyone to eat and have their fill, if only enough people care and persuade governments to make the changes that are needed. This year, Christian Aid is joining with many other organisations, agencies and churches in a major campaign to work for these changes. It was Jesus’ desire that everyone should eat and have enough. This Christian Aid Week invites all of us to give, act and pray in order to bite back at hunger. There will be a retiring collection at both services next week and there will be envelopes available in the pews. Helen, our treasurer, asks that if possible, to please put your name on the envelope and then this can be added to any other money you contribute to the parish over the year which enables the parish to claim additional tax back from your donation. John Sweeney is our Christian Aid Representative and we thank him for the work that he puts into this role.’
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAY CLUB won’t meet tomorrow due to the bank holiday but will continue as normal on 13th May. Toddlers group from 10am-midday and Monday club from 3-5pm.
Monkstown Home group meets on Wednesday 8th May at 8pm in the home of Jonathan & Hazel Fleury.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE met last week and all agreed that FrPeter McVerry’s book was an excellent read. Our new book is Joseph F. Girzone ‘Joshua : A Parable for today’ . We meet in the Rectory at 8pm on Wednesday 17th July to discuss. All welcome.
SUMMER FÊTE Tracey Pierce is organising a craft stall at this year’s Fête, (Saturday 1st June; put it in your diaries!). She is looking for wine bottle corks (not the plastic ones) to make various items from. Please save any you might have or use in the next few weeks and give them either to her, Eddie Pierce, the rector or the parish office by Sunday 19th May.
Junior Heroes Holiday Bible Club! Forms are available in the office for this year’s Summer Holiday Club run jointly by Templebreedy and Carrigaline Parishes. July 22-26 from 10am-1pm in the Canon McCrea School Hall.
GENERAL SYNOD will be in Armagh from 8th to 11th May. The Revd Isobel Jackson (4831236) will cover for pastoral emergencies while the Rector is away.
COFFEE JARS are again needed for Jams, Chutneys etc. Please leave any washed Coffee Jars in the office or the rectory and the rector will make sure they get a good home.
OPEN GARDEN Alison Flack will open her garden at Coolamber, Currabinny in aid of equipment for the new Ashton School. Saturday 11th May from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission €5.
The Promise-an adaptation of the Jacob & Esau story, Cork Arts Theatre, 7-11 May. Call 4505624 for bookings. For further information see www.parablesproductions.com
MEN’s Shed- All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Men’s Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road. See leaflets at back for further details.
May 8th Monkstown Home Group Fleury home 8pm
May 9th Junior Choir 6.30pm
May 11th MU/Youth Led Saturday Night Service 7pm St Mary’s Church
May 12th Christian Aid themed Services in both Churches
Evensong St John’s 7pm
May13th Toddlers plus One 10am-midday. Monday Club 3-5pm. St Mary’s Church Hall
May 15th MU Afternoon Tea in the Rectory 3pm
May 17th Flower Festival Opening Service, 8.30pm St Mary’s Church.
May 19th Closing Service, 7.30pm Bishop Michael Burrows preaching.
May 31st Kilkenny Mothers’ Union group visiting the Rectory
June 1st Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. 10am-2pm
June 9th Sunday School Prize giving and Parish Picnic in Rectory
July 17th Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
July 22nd –26th Children’s Summer Holiday Club Week.
Sept 29th United Service : Blessing of Animals St Mary’s 11am
Healing Service St John’s 7pm
Oct 13th St Mary’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist 11am
The Revd Trevor Lester preaching.
St John’s Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong 7pm
The Revd John Ardis preaching
Random Notes LVII
The earliest occupants of Spike Island were the monks of the monastery built there by St Carthach early in the 7th century. He received lands at Oilean Cathail, Ros Beg, Ros Mor and Inis Pich. Oilean Cathail has been identified as Rocky Island, Ros Beg as Ballybricken and Ros Mor as Barnahely. The community appears to have survived the raids by the Norsemen in the harbor in the 9th century.The first indication of anything like a fort on Spike Island is in an old map dated 1587, where “Enespike” has its castle indicated in the same style as the other better known castles in the harbor area. The island had many uses over the years including it’s use as a prison from 1847 to 1883 where prisoners were transported from Haulbowline over a footbridge which has long since gone. It housed many political prisoners including John Mitchell, whom the present day fort is named after. In 1938 the last British garrison departed and the island was handed back to the Irish people.”