The Rector writes ‘‘The Supper Theatre tickets are now on sale. Please get in touch with the Parish Office (or me) if you plan on going. Limited tickets are available for each night so get cracking if you want to see our Drama Group along with Douglas Drama Group at this Fundraiser on 9th/10th/11th November.
A huge thank you to all those dedicated Thespians who are rehearsing like mad for the Plays, we are really looking forward to it……it should be a fabulous night Darling! ’
We are delighted that we will be hosting the Climate Justice Candle in our parish today. So many churches throughout the entire Island of Ireland have joined in the Eco Congregation ‘Shine a Light on Climate Justice’ initiative since it was launched at the National Ecumenical Prayer Service for COP21 in the presence of President Michael D Higgins in November 2015.
Eco Congregation hopes, by taking part in this initiative, our churches will be encouraged to include prayers for climate justice in every Service/Mass and to take actions to ‘green’ our churches. Eco Congregation have online resources full of ideas on how to take an eco-friendly approach to church life – practically, spiritually and by connecting with your local community and with people in developing countries already impacted by climate change.
Monkstown Home group next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th October at 8pm at Kay Treacy’s home in Fountainstown. All welcome. The theme this year is “My favourite bible story and why.”
Saplings Home group Wednesday 11th October at 8pm. Theme for the year is “ My favourite book in the Bible and why”. Speaker is Keith Roberts. Meeting at Leslie & Joy Smyth’s home. All welcome. Contact Clare for further information on 087 2649523.
Job Vacancy Carrigaline Community Employment Scheme has a Vacancy for a Cleaner for St Mary’s Church and Parish hall. Applicants must be in receipt of a Department of Social Protection payment. CV to Room 2, Community Complex Carrigaline, Phone 4375191.
ANNUAL CUMH SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE will be on Friday 13 October at 7:30pm at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork City followed by refreshments.
TAIZE FRANCE COMES TO BALLINCOLLIG-Brother Jean Marie, one of the key musicians of the Taize Community in France, is leading a Taize service at the Church of Christ our Light, Innismore, Ballincollig at 8.30pm on Sat 21st October 2017. Fr George PP extends a warm welcome to everyone.
9th to 11th Oct Rector at Clergy Conference in Ballylickey
9th Oct Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall
10th Oct Monkstown Home Group 8pm Kay Treacy’s home.
11th Oct 10:30 Morning Prayer in St Mary’s Church
11th Oct Saplings Home Group 8pm. Leslie & Joy Smyth’s home.
12th Oct Friendship Club 11am Rectory
Select Vestry Meeting 8pm Rectory
9th, 10th & 11th November Theatre Supper Nights in Douglas
9th & 10th December Live Crib Carrigaline
Random Notes No. CCXLVIII
A trip to Youghal afforded us the opportunity to visit the Collegiate Church of St Mary, which claims to be the oldest church in continuous use in Ireland. The church stands at the North end of town, surrounded by a graveyard which backs on to the town wall. The trusses in the nave roof have been carbon dated back to the 12th century. Recent excavations of the nave floor revealed a forced hot air heating system, similar to those of Roman design.
To do the church’s history justice in this space is impossible. However, a few facts are worth noting:
Church activity on the site dates back to St Declan in the 5th century. The church became a collegiate church after the construction of Our Lady’s College of Yoghill in the 15th century. Apparently Youghal boasted 4 separate seminaries at one point.
In the South Transepts is the Boyle Chapel, a large and elaborate memorial to Richard Boyle, the First Earl of Cork. He died in 1643. The Earl had a son, Robert, whose contribution to science is notable: An alchemist who was born in Lismore Castle, he is regarded as the father of modern chemistry. Boyle’s Law describes the relationship between the pressure, temperature and volume of gases. Additionally, he explained how air conducts sound waves. These are two of his numerous contributions to science.
Astonishingly, Boyle formulated a “wish list” of 24 possible inventions which included “the prolongation of life”, the “art of flying”, “perpetual light”, “making armour light and extremely hard”, “a ship to sail with all winds, and a ship not to be sunk”, “practicable and certain way of finding longitudes”, “potent drugs to alter or exalt imagination, waking, memory and other functions and appease pain, procure innocent sleep, harmless dreams, etc.” Not a few of these ideas have subsequently become realities.
The church offers up other notable titbits of history. Cromwell gave a graveside oration to a fallen officer while he was in Youghal. Much more recently, a helicopter crash occurred in the graveyard. In 1950, a joint British – Irish coastal survey was being conducted. The Royal Navy helicopter in use suffered a mechanical failure and crashed near the Collegiate Church. It is rumoured that the remains of the aircraft were cleared very quickly for security reasons! Luckily no-one was hurt in the crash. The church easily justifies a day trip to Youghal. It is open throughout the week and more information may be found at http://youghal.cloyne.anglican.org/youghal_stmary. Guided tours may be arranged.