Pew Sheet – 12th March 2023

The Rector writes ‘As most of you already know, Fair Trade Fortnight ends today. As a Fairtrade Parish since 2012 we usually try to focus on Fairtrade issues during this time of year.

In 2023 the organisers of the fortnight are focusing on the

effect Climate Change is having on Fairtrade farmers .

Throughout the world , they are already experiencing increasingly extreme weather that has damaged their land and  livelihoods.

Fairtrade Co-ops can help tackle cost-of-living across the world

• Due to the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium on significant sales, Co-ops can deliver fairer incomes for farmers and workers

• Low- or no-interest loans support Co-op Members in earning money from other sources.

• The extra income and security Fairtrade can offer means farmers can better plan for and adapt to the cost of living crisis and the effects of climate change.

..and before you mention the Cost of Living here in Ireland, Fairtrade doesn’t have to cost you more!   Fairtrade is about pay, protection and power for farmers and workers across the world. It’s not about how much we have to pay for products. That’s why so many supermarket own-brand ranges have Fairtrade options, and why you can find Fairtrade options in so many Discount retailers. Check out Supervalu, Dunnes & Lidl –it’s amazing how many Fairtrade items are available now compared to 10 years ago when we became a Fairtrade Parish. Happy Fairtrade shopping!’ 

Music Notes 12-03-2023

Hymns at St Mary’s

327     Christ is our cornerstone

687     Come let us praise the Lord

680     Will your anchor hold?

294     Come down, O Love Divine

Our third hymn today was chosen by Sally.  It was written by Priscilla Owens  (1829-1907). Priscilla was born in Baltimore, Maryland in the US and taught in the public school system there for 49 years. She was a teacher in the Union Square Methodist Episcopal Church’s Sunday School for even longer. She composed poetry and prose on a wide range of topics,

including ballads relating to the Civil War, religious verse, and hymns and Sunday school songs. She is famous for ‘Will your anchor hold in the storms of life’, the Boys’ Brigade hymn known in many countries.

Pleasing to have a hymn written by a lady, chosen for us by a lady, and played on the organ by another lady! Here is a little snippet from my research on lady organists in the nineteenth century – a notice from the Argus newspaper in Nova Scotia in October 1891  

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Random Notes CDXXI

Some rather strange things have been granted official days

Toilet Day

Naked Gardening Day

Left-handed Day

Underwear Day

Beer and Cycling Day

Ask a Stupid Question Day

Badger Day

Lego Master Day

Sandwich Day

Mickey Mouse Day

Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

National Compliment Day

International Puppy Day

Talk like a Pirate Day

Eat Icecream for Breakfast Day



2nd April   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.

3rd April   Monday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

4th April  Tuesday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

5th April  Wednesday of Holy Week:

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

6th April  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 the feet.

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

7th April  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 – Evening Prayer with Litany

8th April  Saturday of Holy Week:

9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service , confirmation candidates reading the first lesson, Pascal candle lit from outside byre.

9th April  Easter Sunday:

Dawn Service, meeting at 6am at St John’s Church Monkstown, walking with the parishioners of the Harbour Parishes to the Sea wall (Car Park) for an Ecumenical Service. (tbc)

9.30am   St John’s – Easter Eucharist 

11am    St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

There will be a box at the back of  St Mary’s Church in the next few weeks for 
Easter Egg donations for Cuan Lee , the women & children’s refuge centre in Cork City. Thanks!

Wednesday 15th March at 3pm in the Parish Hall.
The title is: Songs of our Youth; a Musical Trip Down Memory Lane, with Bebhinn Ni Mheara.
Teas/coffees and tempting tasties as always


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