Pew Sheet – 11th September 2022

Thank you to Ted Rea, Diocesan Lay Reader, for taking the services today.

Please keep Deacons Richard Dring, Carol Pound and Jean Carney in your prayers this weekend

as they prepare for their Ordination to the Priesthood , together with the Bishop and their  training Rectors, in the Mirfield Monastic Community, West Yorkshire. Their ordinations will take place on Wednesday 14th at 8pm in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

All are invited to join with Revd Richard and his family on Wednesday.    Revd Richard’s first Communion Service will be next Sunday 18th after which we will present him with a small gift from the parish to mark this special occasion.  See you all there.

Music Notes 11-09-2022

Hymns at St Mary’s

6          Immortal, invisible

105      O the deep, deep love of Jesus

94       In the name of Jesus

20       The King of love my shepherd is

You will hear an organ piece by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) as a prelude to our service this morning.

Stanford is the most famous composer of Irish origin in the period before independence. He was born in Dublin where his father was a prominent lawyer. Both parents were accomplished amateur musicians and encouraged the young Charles in his musical studies. He attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music before going on the Cambridge and Trinity College London to complete his music education.

Stanford visited Germany where he became friendly with Brahms and Offenbach and was appointed as the first Professor of Music at the Royal College of Music in London, a post he held until his death in 1924. He played the organ as well as piano and violin. The Prelude you hear today is from a collection of pieces for playing before and after services.

It has a gentle, lilting tune and an air of calm and tranquillity.

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Random Notes CDXXX

Written in the departure lounge of Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tuesday 6 September.

Here are two highlights from Seán’s and my visit to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. Last Wednesday Seán presented our donation of €1,500 to Prof. Gileard Masenga, director of the hospital and to Prof. Blandina Mmbaga, director of Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute. The presentation was made at the daily morning service in the hospital’s Lutheran chapel. You can see some of the hospital chaplains in their white coats in the background.

The donation will actually be transferred via SWIFT when we arrive home. The balance of thev funds raised was used to pay for some of Seán’s travel costs – vaccinations, insurance, provisions and some of his airline ticket.

The second highlight is this morning’s visit to Chekereni Dispensary. Here you can see the research team with the local clinic staff. Our plan is to pilot the electronic birth registry at this dispensary and two other health facilities, starting as soon as 16 October. The project has received enormous support from the local regional health office, and they are anxious to replace their paper based record keeping system with our electronic system as soon as possible.

The project’s Principal Investigator, Ali Khashan and I will be returning to Kilimanjaro in November. Seán and I expect to make a full presentation on the visit (including our safari) on a suitable date. Watch this space!


Wednesday 14th September

The Revd Richard Dring will be ordained to the Priesthood at 8pm in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. All welcome to be present to support Richard and his family.

Saturday 17th September

Bric-a-Brac Sale n the Parish Hall  10am – 4pm

Youth Group meet in the Parish Hall  7:30pm—9pm

Sunday 18th September

Presentation to the Revd Richard Dring in the Parish Hall after the 11am Service along with a special cake!

Wednesday 21st September

Mothers’ Union Opening Service 3:30pm St Mary’s Church

Sunday 25th September

The Animal Blessing Service returns at 11am in St Mary’s Church. ALL creatures welcome!

Saturday 1st October 

Harvest Supper 7:30pm Canon McCrea Hall

Sunday 2nd October

Harvest Thanksgiving Services in both churches. The Revd Canon Andrew Orr will be the Preacher.

Sunday 9th October

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral 3:30pm

Dr Simon Woodworth will be commissioned as Diocesan Lay reader.

Also this will be the diocesan farewell to Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson and the installation of the Very Reverend Cliff Jeffers as Chancellor. All Welcome.


If you would like to contribute either a Salad or a Dessert for the parish Harvest Supper on 1st October, please contact Millie Kingston on 086-8091443  

Millie is also kindly putting together a Rota of people to help set up the tables, to help serve on the night and to tidy up afterwards.

Please don’t leave this to the usual suspects!  If you can help on the night, please do contact Millie on 086-8091443.

Everyone who comes to this popular event has a great time but it doesn’t all come together as if by magic…. Please think about helping out this year…. As they say ‘Many hands make light work’!

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