The Rector writes …………………‘So yet again Lent has begun!
Ash Wednesday marked the first day of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter as Sundays are never included in the count. Lent as we know it developed in the fourth century from the ancient paschal fast that began as a two-day observance before Easter but was gradually lengthened to 40 days. This is a time when many of us prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The whole purpose of whatever we choose to do is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
I wish you all a Holy Lent’
CHORAL EVENSONG with a Celtic theme, tonight at 7pm in St John’s Church, Monkstown.
Mother’s Union-Pampering Day. Saturday 29th March at 2pm. Trident Hotel Kinsale. See fliers for details or contact Jennifer Kingston on 086-3236641 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mothersunion.ie.
Whist Drive in aid of Marymount Hospice. Canon McCrea School Hall, St Mary’s School, Carrigaline. Saturday 15th March at 830pm.€5 entry. Great raffle prizes. Donations welcome. Contact Henry Forbes 087-2305000 or Oliver Webb 087-6963755.
LENTEN SERVICES Each Wednesday during Lent there will be a 7.30pm Evening Prayer Service in St Mary’s Church which will be followed by a Bible Study in the Parish Hall. The course was created by BACI (Bible Association for the Church of Ireland) and is called ‘Church and Culture’ . The course will, over the weeks of Lent, explore different aspects of the Church’s relationship with its surrounding culture. It promises to be a very interesting course and of course everyone is welcome and indeed encouraged to come along and enjoy the fellowship. There is no need to worry if you feel that you are not ‘Biblically Literate’ enough as no-one will ever be put on the spot, none of us have done this course before and we will all follow the course together and learn both from it and from one another. Please do consider coming along and exploring the idea that we in the Church are of our Culture, in our Culture, through our Culture, against our Culture and beyond our Culture – all at the same time!
An Irish Language Service of Holy Communion will take place in St. Mary’s at 7.00pm on Sunday 16th March (Eve of St Patrick’s Day). This year we will again be joined by Cór Cois Abhann under Ian Sexton, Musical Director .The Service is designed to be inclusive and a bilingual service sheet with translations of the Prayers and the Readings will be provided.
March 10th Toddlers plus one Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
Mar 12th 7.30pm Service in St Mary’s followed by Bible Study
Mar 16th St Patrick’s Eve Service as Gaelige 7pm St Mary’s
April 13th – 20th Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday
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. LXXXVIII
Illustrated above, from a small collection of such things preserved at Mount Rivers, is a now twenty-two year old Order of service for the ‘Dedication of New Rectory, and Thanksgiving for Restoration of St. Mary’s Church, on the evening of Friday, 4th September, 1992.
The new Rectory was built to designs of Johnson, Connolly & Co., Architects and Surveyors, of Castlefreke, nr. Rosscarbery, co. Cork, by Mr Eddie Sweeney, of Carrigaline, at a total cost of £172, 823.35. It was completed, and first occupied in 1992, during the incumbency of Revd. Arthur James Houston, Rector from 1991 to 1999.
The re-roofing and’ restoration’ of the Church was undertaken by the building firm of Kilmoney Constructions Ltd., of Carrigaline.