The Rector writes ‘The Annual Easter Vestry takes place at 7.30 pm this coming Thursday 11th April. At this meeting, which is open to everyone, the already approved parish accounts will be adopted. As the Rector of this Union, I will speak about parish life in the year gone by, what has been achieved during that time and thanking all those who have been instrumental in the running of our parish. Then the Church Wardens and the Select Vestry will be voted in by those who are gathered and who are on the registrar of vestry people (This registrar, or list of names, is open to any parishioner who wishes to put their names on it. It is reviewed annually around February so do watch out next year and add your name in if it isn’t already there). But whether you are registered as a voter in the parish or not, might I appeal to you to come along to the Easter Vestry anyway? This is your parish and you should inform yourself about what is being done in your name. I guarantee you that you won’t be pushed into any job that you don’t want to take on. If you haven’t already attended an Easter Vestry, why not try it this year – you may surprise yourself by enjoying it! See you there!”
Parish Office– Please note the Parish Office will be closed from 12.15pm on Wednesday 10th April and will be open again as normal on Wednesday 17th. All items for next week’s linksheet to be submitted by 9am on Wednesday 10th April.
EASTER EGG COLLECTION Thank you to all those who put Easter Eggs into box for the Cork Women’s Refuge Cuanlee The children were thrilled to receive them on Easter Sunday.
New reading rotas and tea and coffee rotas available at the back of the church and in your email inbox. Please do note when you are rostered on and if you are not available that Sunday please arrange in advance to swop with someone else or let Christine in the office know. Thank you!
This week our mid-week Communion Service in St. Mary’s will be a special one for Lady Day which Mothers’ Union usually celebrate on the 25th March which, this year, was during Holy Week. There will be coffee afterwards and we would love as many as possible to join us. It’s on Wednesday, 10th April at 10.30.
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.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAY CLUB resumes on Monday 15th April. Toddlers group from 10am-midday and Monday club from 3-5pm.
JUNIOR CHOIR resumes on Thursday 18th April All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.
Movie Night for younger ladies in our church family, Wednesday, 17th April at 8pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall. Take time out, bring a friend and enjoy a fun evening. Light supper (finger food). Contact Hilary at 086-3680513 if you want to know more.
Job Vacancy for a Parish Secretary for the Templebreedy Group of Parishes. 12 hours per week. For more information please contact: Rev Isobel Jackson, Tel: 021 4831236 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT programme starting in the Parish Centre of Our Lady and St John Church, Carrigaline for an 8 week period Monday 8th April to Monday 27th May. Contact 4371109 before 5th April if you feel this may be for you.
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 the back of the churches for more details or contact Roger @ 4372438.
Apr 11th Annual Vestry Meeting 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Hall.
Apr 13th Saturday Service 7pm St Mary’s Church.
Apr 14th Evensong. 7pm St John’s Church.
Apr 17th Movie night for younger ladies. 8pm St Mary’s Church Hall.
Apr 25th Theological Book Circle 8pm The Rectory.
Apr 27th MU Brunch in Rectory.
Apr 28th Parish/School Sponsored Walk
May 11th MU/Youth Led Saturday Night Service 7pm St Mary’s Church
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, 7pm Bishop Michael Burrows preaching.
May 31st Kilkenny Mothers’ Union group visiting Rectory
June 1st Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline.
June 9th Sunday School Prize giving and Parish Picnic in 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 No. LIII
Colman O’Mahony’s wonderful book “Mansions and Monuments”, published in 2011, provides in detail, a history of Monkstown and the surrounding areas. A chapter in the book sets out to tell individual happenings in certain houses. Number 3 Alta Terrace was home to the Bruce family in 1888 and below is an extract from the “Cork Constitution” newspaper on 17th August 1888:-
“16th August 1888, a bazaar to raise funds for repairs to the organ in the Monkstown Protestant Church was held at no. 3, the home of the Bruce family. Entrance to the full event cost 6d. or just 3d. for the evening entertainment. Mrs Bruce, associated with many ladies, succeeded in obtaining by purchase, and as gifts, a collection of fancy articles of a very varied description that would have done honour to a more pretentious bazaar. These were arranged in an effective and tasteful manner, and many were disposed of remuneratively during the day, either by sale or raffle. Among the ladies assisting at the different tables were:- Mrs Bruce, Mrs Payne, Mrs Beamish, Mrs A Exham, Mrs Weekes and the Misses Exham. At the indispensable refreshment table, Mrs Babington presided. A vocal and instrumental concert was given in the afternoon, in which the Misses Weekes, Miss Harman, Miss Walker and others took part. The event continued on the following day and a large amount of money was raised.”