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Parish Notices Sunday 11th November 2012

The Rector writes- “Today is Remembrance Sunday when we traditionally remember those who died in wartime. This tradition. a strong one in our Church of Ireland communities, stems from the fact that on 11th November 1918, ‘at 11am on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’, the First World War came to an end. This war and the huge amounts of casualties suffered stunned Europe (It is now reckoned that perhaps as many as 9 million soldiers died with about 27 million wounded). At the time, it seemed like the treasured ideal that Civilisation was steadily progressing had also died at the same time. An innocence was lost – no longer did people feel that their tomorrows would necessarily be better than their todays. No longer did anyone believe that improving technology would guarantee a better world. The war to come (1939-1945) was to show how technological advances could be used for pure evil. In Ireland, November is a month where we remember with respect and gratitude those who have gone before us and in remembering those who died for their countries in war,  we especially pray that all humanity will learn the lesson of the importance of peace.”

TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP continues on Monday, November 12th. This group of  Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) meet each other in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am ‘till 12 for playtime and chats with a cup of tea/coffee thrown in. Contact the rector for details or just turn up!

MONDAY CLUB GROUP also continues on Monday, November 12th. Adults who are free from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays are invited to St Mary’s Church Hall for a cup of tea/coffee.  Our aim is to gain a little knowledge from each other as we chat. We are currently looking at how to use the internet and other computer stuff. Contact the rector for details.

MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome.

THEOLOGICAL BOOK CIRCLE   Philip Yancey’s book ’’What’s so amazing about Grace?’ was chosen for our next gathering which will be in the Rectory on Wednesday November 14th at 8pm. If you are buying this book, please think about shopping locally… The Carrigaline Bookstore offers 5% discount to the Book Circle.

ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 21st November at 8pm in the Fleury’s home in Monkstown.  Tel. 4841383. Note change of day!

JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.

Coffee Morning in aid of the Alzheimer Society and Cork Simon Community. Tuesday 13th November 10.30-midday at Hilary Dring’s home, Westwood, Currabinny.

PARISH FUND RAISER The newly formed Fund Raising Committee have planned a wonderful 70s/80s Disco Night to take place in the Carrigaline Hotel on Friday 30th November from 9pm till late. Tickets 10 euro available from any of the Committee, the Parish Office and from the Hotel Reception. (Contact Adrian Bateman 086-8300379, Hazel Kelleher 086-8988165, Frances McCarthy 086-1500980).

Mothers ‘Union Conference  – Your Gifts? Discover & Celebrate – A conference for women of all ages, 16th -18th  November 2012 in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. (Saturday attendance only also possible). Guest Speaker: Rev. Liz McElhinney. For booking forms contact: Hilary Dring 0863680513 or  Jennifer Kingston 0863236641 or email:

Ardfallen Autumn Fair -Saturday 17th November 2012 10.30 – 2pm, Ardfallen House, Douglas Road. Admission Adults 2 euro, Children free.

YOUTH –7th Annual C.D.Y.C. Soccer Tournament. NMCI, Maritime College, Ringaskiddy, Cork. Saturday 17th November, 1-6pm for young people of secondary school age. Please speak to Peter Coughlan if you wish to attend on 0863453361.Young people MUST bring the completed booking form on the day. Forms available at the back of the church or download them from

A walking group meets on a Monday morning at 11am in the car park opposite the Bosun in Monkstown. It is open to everyone and for all levels of    fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Further details by contacting Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or

If anyone has small toys for the church toy bags could they kindly leave them to the parish office during working hours or simply leave them in the church porch on Sundays and they will be sorted and added to the bags. Thank you!

EAPPI Don’t forget to pray for Kate Cargin as she experiences day to day life as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank. You can find out more about Kate in Palestine by going to her blog site at We will get a chance to meet her in person when she comes to speak to us at our services on February 17th 2013.

The Social & Health Education Project (SHEP) is running two short courses in Cork City Centre in November: (1) Men’s Health and Well-being Course & (2) Seasons for Growth – Coping with Grief, Loss and Change in Life for people affected by suicide. For further information phone 021 466 6180.

Allotments For Rent-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.


Nov 11th    Remembrance Choral Evensong St John’s at 7pm.

Nov 12th    Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall                         Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall.

Nov 14th  Theological Book Circle. 8pm in the Rectory.

Nov 15th Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.

Nov 16th-18th   Mother’s Union Conference.

Nov 17th CDYC Soccer Tournament.

Nov 21st Monkstown Home Group. 8pm.

Nov 25th Gift Day in the Rectory 12  – 4pm.

Nov 30th 70s/80s Disco Parish Fundraiser 9pm Carrigaline Hotel.

Dec 8th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.

Dec 19th     Carrigaline Community Carol Service at 7.30pm in our               sister parish of Our Lady and Saint John.

Dec 23rd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. 4pm.


2013 dates for your diary

March 1st  World Day of Prayer at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Carrigaline.

May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church with the theme  ‘Fruits of the Spirit’



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