Parish Notices Sunday 7th May 2017

Congratulations to Katie Daunt and Sonia Daunt who are being confirmed this morning. We will keep them in our prayers as they continue in their journey of faith’

PARISH Fête  Don’t forget that our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up in a couple of weeks! Saturday 27th May from 10am  until 2pm in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline.  Check out your attic and your garage and give Eddie Pierce a shout! … and put the date in your diary too! See you there……

YOUTH NEWS The Diocesan Youth Officer Kristin Hollowell is running an “Event Combating Homelessness in Cork City” next Sunday, May 14th in Cork City which was such a great success last year. The purpose of it is to help young people find ways to help the homeless in their community. Starting with a Service in St. Anne’s at 10:30am, throughout the afternoon we will visit and help at Penny Dinners, make care packages to give to Simon Community and discuss what we can do in our own communities to help those in the need. There will also be the opportunity to ring the famous Shandon Bells!  Ask Peter Coughlan or Tracey Pierce about consent forms.

Champions holiday club


Summer Holiday Club 17th –21st July. Application forms now available in the Parish Office.





GARDEN FÊTE Cobh  & Glanmire Parish-at St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Glanmire on Saturday 6th May  at 2.30 p.m. All welcome.

GALA CONCERT to be held at Sacred Heart Church Monkstown on Saturday the 13th May next. at 8pm, featuring CARA O’SULLIVAN and others.)Tickets are €15 each, from : Mark Elmes  085/7880333  John Cunningham  086/2551321. Mamie Bowen   087/7444212. Funds raised will go towards the enormous legal expenses accumulated by C.H.A.S.E. in their appeal against the proposed INCINERATOR in the Harbour area.



8th May       Toddlers plus One 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall

11th May       Friendship Club 11am Rectory

14th May       Ecumenical Dawn Chorus  5am Currabinny Woods

Sunday Club 11am Parish Hall

Youth Day Trip to Cork ‘Combating Homelessness’

20th May      Mothers’ Union Diocesan Service 2pm St Mary’s

26th May      CAMEO 10:30am Sailing Club Monkstown

27th May       Parish Fête  10am – 2pm St Mary’s School

17th –21st July  Holiday Club ‘Champions!’ Canon McCrea Hall


Random Notes No. CCXXX


Sunday the 9th of April, 2017 was Palm Sunday. Choral Evensong was arranged for 7pm in St John’s Church, Monkstown and the choir were to sing the anthem “The Fathers Love” by Simon Lole. As this piece has five sharps in it, I arrived early at the Church for a practice. By 5.30, I decided to go outside to enjoy a cigarette.

It was a beautiful calm, warm April evening. Not a breath of wind. The harbour was like a mirror. The gardens in St John’s are lovingly maintained with each shrub and plant telling its own story. There was a strong, sweet aroma from one of the flowering shrubs and I sat on the grass, looking out to Monkstown bay.

The wood pigeons were cooing “take TWO scones wont you, take TWO”;  tennis balls were bouncing on courts in the background; children were playing in the park; someone was mowing their lawn; and a small fishing boat was gently “put-puting” out to sea.

As the choir began to arrive for practice, it seemed almost immoral to venture indoors. But we did, and merrily chatted as we donned our red and white choir robes for service. The slow, gentle church bell tolled in the background with the warm tones of the organ filling the already heady, sweet evening atmosphere.

Sometimes we need to just stop.

That evening I felt like a spectator and wondered about the lives and loves of generations before me, in Monkstown.

Are they spectators too?



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