Pew Sheet – 10th March 2024

The Rector writes   ‘Our hearts are broken as we watch with horror the devastation in Gaza.  The Revd Dr Munther Isaac, posted a most poignant prayer on his Church Facebook page last week and I’d like to share it with you this morning.   We continue to keep them all in our prayers.’

Random Notes CDLI

The following description comes from an novel set in ancient Egypt and sounds like one of the most idyllic gardens ever made. It was created by a man who wished to show his pregnant wife how much he loved her.

‘And so, in a curve like the young moon, he planted trees to shield her from the sun at noon, and bushes with aromatic leaves to spice the air for her
refreshment. And for the bow-string of this living bow, there was the lapping water of the lake, which stretched its silver to the setting sun in the west. Then he mustered a host of grassy spears, which closed their ranks to make the smooth green lawns, and he starred them with little flowers, scarlet and yellow, violet, blue and white, which grew to make a carpet for her feet. From lands beyond the
boundaries of Egypt he brought the scarlet lilies of the Land of Gold, and trumpet vines that grow far to the south, and from the north he summoned lemon trees, white oleanders and anemones, and flowers that keep their perfume for the moon, to fill the dusk with their drowsy sweetness. And honeysuckle-entwined arbeta flowers and the blue convolvulus to make her wreaths.’

(And, if that doesn’t put all the bunches of flowers bought in local supermarkets to shame, I don’t know what does!)

       Choir Swap!

Our St Mary’s Gallery Singers are singing over in St Luke’s Church this morning and in turn we welcome the Choir from Douglas along with their Musical Director Veronica Tadman.

You are all very welcome to Carrigaline Union and we hope that you enjoy your time with us.

Thanks to Bébhinn and Veronica or organising this swap. A lovely idea…. and thank you to all the choir members for getting behind it!

Hymns in St Mary’s this morning :

108 Praise to the Holiest,

09 There’s a wideness, 

657 O God of Bethel (omit verse 5)

647 Guide me (Cwm Rhondda) 

The Choir will also sing the first seven verses of the Venite and the appointed Psalm

(do join in if you know the chant)

Diocesan Quiet Day tomorrow Monday 11th March from 10am to 3pm in St.Senan’s Church, Inniscarra with Rev.Abigail Sines facilitating the day. Bring your own picnic lunch! Teas/ coffees will be given in the hall behind the church.

Enquiries re lifts Deirdre  0862612442 or Valerie 0871270457.

Also on Wednesday 20th March at 3pm. 

 « Who do you think I am »

Bring a photo of your younger self to put up on a stand and let others guess!

Teas/coffees as always. 

Men’s coffee at 10am tomorrow, Monday 11th March , in the Carrigaline Court hotel.

All men welcome! 

Dates for your Diary


11th  Men’s Coffee 10am Carrigaline Court Hotel

             Mothers’ Union Diocesan Quiet Day 10am to 3pm Inniscarra

13th  Online Zoom  Lenten Study 8pm

20th  Online Zoom  Lenten Study 8pm

Mothers’ Union 3pm Parish Hall

Holy Week & Easter :

24th  Palm Sunday

9:30am Morning Prayer in St John’s. Palm & Passion Liturgies

11am Morning Prayer in St Mary’s including Palm Procession, with Palm

Liturgy in the Rectory Grounds before returning for Passion Liturgy

in the church.

25th – 27th  Monday – Wednesday  of Holy Week

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

28th  Maundy Thursday:

12 noon  Diocesan Chrism Eucharist in St Factna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery.

7:30pm Maundy Thursday Eucharist in St Mary’s,including washing of feet

9pm until Dawn    ‘Night/Gethsemane Watch’ , in St Mary’s Church

29th  Good Friday:

10.30am  St John’s – Morning Prayer with Litany

12 noon Stations of the Cross in St Mary’s Graveyard with our sister

church of Our Lady & St John

7.30pm    St Mary’s – Service of Tenebrae

30th  Saturday of Holy Week:

9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service, Pascal candle lit from outside byre.

31st  Easter Sunday:

9.30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist 

11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

Saint Luke’s Charity and Home have been a diocesan charity and project since the foundation of the Home in 1872 by the then Bishop’s daughter, Miss Fanny Gregg.

It costs approximately €13 million to do this work every year, of which approximately €600,000 has to be raised annually by the charity.  Fund-raising on a large scale is a perennial reality, therefore.  

This year the Charity is trying a major new initiative called Network Cycle.  At the level of cost involved for participation – albeit for a quality event – the primary target is most likely to be people who have corporate support.  Perhaps you or someone you know is an active and athletic cyclist who might like to commit to this sort of activity?  The event takes place on Friday, 10th May at Castlemartyr

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