The Rector writes ‘ Today, as part of the Services in both of our churches, we will have the commissioning of 14 Lay Assistants at Holy Communion. They are Jack Hanna, Kay Treacy, Jonathan Fleury and John Sweeney for St John’s Church and Eddie Pierce, Joy Keefe, Peter Coughlan, Clem Carroll, Clare Poole, Evelyn Wilson, Stephanie Coughlan, Vivienne Sharpe, William Warren-Perry and Rachel Warren-Perry for St Mary’s Church. Richard Dring is already commissioned as part of his duty as a Diocesan lay Reader.
I want to thank all of these people for agreeing to take on this important role in our parish life and also for undertaking and completing the 6 week course ‘Celebrating Communion’ that the training involved. We look forward to their ministry among us.’
LENTEN SERVICES continue on Wednesdays. Our 7.30pm Evening Prayer Service in St Mary’s Church is followed by a Bible Study in the Parish Hall.
LENTEN TALKS IN OUR LADY AND ST JOHN PARISH CENTRE-8pm Thursday 10th April: ‘The Cross and the Resurrection’. Speaker: Martina Lehane-Sheehan.
EASTER EGG COLLECTION- boxes are at the back of the churches for the Women’s Refuge in Cork. The eggs will be delivered to the children in Cuan Lee on Easter Sunday after church. Last year the children in the Refuge were absolutely delighted with the special Egg delivery.
EASTER CLUB is happening again this Good Friday 18th April in the Parish Hall beside St. Mary’s Church 10 am until 1pm. The Club is for children of primary school age and those who will start school in September only. Registration forms will be available in both churches and via email from the Parish Office. All children who would like to come must be registered beforehand as places will be limited for safety reasons. Contact the parish office 021-4374045 or the Rector at 087-2363100.
Carrigaline Union of Parishes & St. Mary’s National School, Carrigaline – Annual sponsored walk from St. Mary’s Church to Drake’s Pool and back to St. Mary’s Church. Sunday 27th April. Walk starts after registration in the Church Hall at 11.45 a.m. Refreshments afterwards in the Church Hall. Any donations of sandwiches or cakes on the day would be gratefully received thank you – please contact the Parish Office 021- 4374045 or Karen Holmes: 085 7155893.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘STARSHIP DISCOVERY’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 21st—25th 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 immediately after Easter.
Buttons and bottle corks Tracey Pierce is looking for these for crafts. If you have any please pass them on to her or leave them in the parish office.
Bell ringing- Please note there is a rota for the Bell ringing in St Mary’s available at the back of the church.
April 6th, 7th Exhibition of Anna O’Hara’s Paintings 12 til 5 in the Parish Hall.
April 7th NO Toddlers plus One Group OR Monday Club.
April 13th Palm Sunday, services at normal times.
April 14th 16th Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week
10.30am Eucharist in St Mary’s
7.30pm Evening Prayer in St John’s
April 17th Maundy Thursday , Seder Meal 7pm Parish Hall
April 18th Good Friday-10.30am Morning Prayer in St John’s
‘Easter Holiday Club’ 10am to 1pm Parish Hall
7.30pm Evening Prayer in St Mary’s
April 19th Easter Saturday Vigil Service 9pm St Mary’s
April 20th Easter Sunday – Ecumenical Dawn Service 6am St John’s
Normal Sunday Eucharist Services at 9.30/11am
April 25th Weigh-in for Rector and Fr Pat, Parish Hall 7.30pm
April 27th Parish Sponsored Walk 12am from Parish Hall
May 6th Easter Vestry, Annual General Meeting of Parish, 7.30pm in Parish Hall.
May 14th Christian Aid Coffee Morning in Rectory 11am
May 31st Parish Fête
June 8th Pentecost Confirmation Service 11am St Mary’s
Jun 15th Parish Picnic
Jun 21st St Nicholas’ Brass Band celebrating 150 years, will be performing at the Mid Summer Garden Party in St Mary’s Churchyard…. plus the Rector’s sponsored diet ends today (hooray!).
July 21st – July 25th Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’
Random Notes No. XCII
Illustrated above is a photograph of the opening of the Carrigaline Church Hall taken on the morning of Sunday, 4th June, 1995, with, from left to right, Alan Mc Connell, of Ballinrea; Helen Arnopp, of Ballea; the Revd. Arthur James Houston, Rector of Carrigaline, 1991-1999; the Right Revd. Robert Alexander Warke, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, 1988-1998, and speaking, the late George Stoney, of Currabinny.
An account of the hall, written at the time of its opening, has recently come to light, and a full transcription of its content is given beneath:
‘On Sunday morning last, the 4th of June, the new hall and office in the grounds of St. Mary’s Church, Carrigaline were officially opened after morning service by the right Revd. Robert Warke, B.D.
The Carrigaline Church Hall as it is to be known, was designed by a local architect, Mr. Flor. McCarthy of Ballea, who incorporated into its design much of the ground plan and some of the features of the previous two buildings which had long occupied the site, and which on account of their poor state of repair had to be totally demolished.
Five windows, gothic in form face south over the churchyard, echoing the five doorways which had previously existed in that part of the building built in years gone by as stabling for the horses used then to transport parishioners to Church on Sunday mornings. Inside, lit by these windows, is a large room or hall, carpeted and comfortable, used for Sunday School, Meetings, and for the serving of coffee to thirsty present-day parishioners on Sunday mornings. The eastern end of the build, occupying the site of the former Sexton’s house (many older residents of Carrigaline will remember George Tate, and his sister ‘Cissie’ who for many years lived there) contains an office, a new departure, and a most useful addition for the parish, competently cared for by ‘Sandi’ Norton, a native of Boston, who with her husband has come to live in Carrigaline for a number of years.
The building of the Carrigaline Church Hall was entrusted to Mr. ‘Eddie’ Sweeny, who had built the nearby Rectory some years earlier, and in both buildings is to be found the quality and thoroughness of his work which has been established as his trademark.
In the construction of the present hall a conscious effort has been made to maintain the balance or relationship with the nearby Church, built in 1823 to designs of the eminent Cork architects, George Richard Pain, and his brother, James Pain, that the previous buildings had enjoyed, and for this purpose the choice of old slate, obtained from a supplier in north Cork was considered to be of the greatest importance. The colour of the external plaster was also carefully thought about before a final choice was made.’