The Rector writes ‘ Most of you have heard by now about the Nathan Kirwan Trust. (NKT) It was set up to organise fundraising activities to pay for expensive physical therapy for young Nathan Kirwan from Currabinny who had a tragic accident and was left paralysed following a fall from a tree earlier this summer. 24 year old Nathan suffered a broken neck after he fell 30 feet from a tree in June just two weeks before he was due to graduate from the National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy as a Marine Engineer. As well as living in our area, Nathan is a past pupil of our parish school. The children from the Sunday School are going to have a Cake Sale as part of the after Service Tea/Coffee in St Mary’s next Sunday 15th and all of the proceeds will be given to the Nathan Kirwan Trust. If you would like to bake a cake and pass it on to the Sunday School teachers I’m sure they will be delighted to include it in the sale. It is very good for the children to be involved in this kind of activity as it helps them realise that there are people out there that really need their help. ‘
TEA and COFFEE will be available after the 11am Service in the Parish Hall.
Sunday School party– Children should be dropped over before the 11am Service and collected afterwards. Cost 2euro/child, max 5euro per family. (Junior Infants – 6th Class; any younger ones would need to be accompanied by a parent).
THE REVD TONY We will have a sending off for him as part of the Advent Evensong tonight in St John’s Monkstown when we will have the chance to thank him for the work done over the last year in our parish.
Wednesdays in Advent during Advent , our 10.30am Wednesday Eucharist Service will be in the language of Form 1 (traditional language). All are welcome to this midweek Service in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline.
MOTHERS’ UNION-Christmas Lunch, Thursday 12th December at 12.30 at Monkstown Golf Club. Please contact either Hilary Dring or Jocelyn Pierce if you would like to join us. Everyone is welcome, MU member or not. If anyone would still like to contribute to the Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund please bring it with you to the lunch.
Monday, 16th December from 3-5pm there will be Carol Singing and Christmas Afternoon Tea. If there are any elderly people who would like to come and need a lift please get in touch. Invite your friends – it would be lovely to have as many at both events as possible.
CONFIRMATIONS 2014- If you would like to be confirmed in 2014, could you please let the Rector know as the classes will begin on 23rd January. All those who have already put their name down will be contacted before then.
Youth Club! We plan to go ice skating at Mahon Point on Sat 14th Dec -Meet at the rink at 3.45pm -followed by food in the food hall over in Mahon point and finish up at 7pm. Ross youth club will be there too so it should be a lot of fun. Cost:€10 each for skating ( young people to bring their own money for food.) consent forms must be completed in advance . They will be at back of church on Sunday or in parish office during the week.. Please let Peter (086 3453361) know asap if you will attend – some lifts are available – Hope u can make it!!
THANK YOU to all of you who provided cakes, jams, chutneys, vegetables etc for the Home Produce Stall at last week’s Christmas Craft Fayre. The Parents Association of our Parish School really appreciates the effort you all put into their fundraising endeavours. It was an exhausting but wonderful two days for all of the organisers. Thank you again.
8th ANNUAL YOUTH LEADERS TRAINING WEEKEND 24th—26th January The Quality Hotel, Clonakilty. Cost: €120 (waged) or €60 (unwaged). This great deal includes: dinner x 2, accommodation x 2 nights, breakfast x 2, lunch x 1 and access to pool and leisure centre! Booking form available from the Diocesan Youth Council of the Church of Ireland in Cork www.cdyc.ie
RAINBOW PROGRAMME FOR 2014. a 12 week Rainbows Programme will be running for children in Spring 2014. It is a peer-support programme to assist children and young people who have experienced loss in their lives through divorce or separation in their family. It is for children aged 9-12 years old and the programme runs for one hour every week in the Carrigaline Family Support Centre. No cost. They will also be running 2 Parenting Plus courses for parents in March 2014. They will run the adolescent’s (11-16 years) and children’s (0-6 years) programmes. These are 8 week courses and will take place in the Carrigaline Community School. To find out more information or to reserve a place on either of these programmes please call 4919299.
Dec 8th Sunday School Party during service in St Mary’s School Hall.
Dec 8th Advent Evensong 7pm St John’s Church
(including a send-off for the Revd Tony Murphy)
Dec 9th Toddlers plus one Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall
Dec 12th Mothers’ Union Christmas Lunch12.30pm
Monkstown Golf Club
Dec 15th Sunday School Cake Sale in Parish Hall after 11am Service
Dec 16th MU Carol Singing & Afternoon Tea 3-5pm Parish Hall.
Dec 20th Carrigaline Community Carols 7.30pm St Mary’s Church
Dec 22nd Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s Church
Dec 24th Carols around the Crib 4pm St Mary’s Church
Random Notes LXXVI
Over Christmas, Monkstown Chamber Choir will sing “Lully, Lulla, Lullay” by Belfast composer Philip Stopford. This is his interpretation of the traditional “Coventry Carol”. The choir are also practising other pieces by this young composer.
Stopford (born 1977), does not conform. He refuses to sign-up with the big publishers like Oxford University Press, and instead, formed his own publishing company. This is probably why we do not hear more of his music on the radio. Appointed Director of Music at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast in 2003, the Cathedral Choir were pivotal in celebrating the consecration of the “Spire of Hope” in 2007. Controversially, his position in Belfast was closed in 2010, causing five of the Cathedral’s board members to resign.
In July 2013, I travelled to Rome with St Coleman’s Cathedral Chamber Choir. We performed the debut of his piece “Do not be afraid” in St Peter’s Basilica, accompanied by Stopford. This was a truly memorable experience for us all.
His style is gentle, like Rutter, but also wonderfully refreshing and spine tingling at times. The Community Carol Service in St Mary’s on 20th December, or the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St John’s on 22nd will be worth coming to if only to experience the hauntingly beautiful “Lully, Lulla, Lullay” by this marvellous young Irish composer!!