Pew Sheet – 16th October 2022

The Rector writes  ‘As some of you might already know, St Mary’s Church celebrates 200 years very soon….. the stone above the entrance says 1823 but as the Church wasn’t actually consecrated until 1824 we had a bit of a problem about which year to celebrate!

So after much thought we decided to celebrate for an entire year!    We will have an opening service on 7th February 2023 and then we will have one event every month until our closing service on 7th February 2024 (the actual 200th anniversary of the consecration and at which the Archbishop of Armagh will preach).

Lesley Roberts is heading up the 1823 Subcommittee of the Select Vestry and we are hoping to print an Events Programme very shortly. I am really looking forward to this celebration of all our diverse talents in this parish. Events will include Flower Festival, Garden Parties, a Photographic competition, Musical events, Pageants etc so watch this space!’

Music Notes 16-10-2022

Hymns at St Mary’s

80 Great is thy faithfulness
384 Lord, thy word abideth
324 God whose almighty word
662 He who would valiant be

Our final hymn today was written by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936), a rewriting of an earlier poem by John Bunyan. Dearmer was an important figure in the development of the Anglican hymn book. He was of Huguenot descent and ordained a priest in 1892 having taken his degree at Christ Church Oxford. He was influenced by the Oxford movement which emphasised beauty in worship, and by the Christian Socialist movement which promoted inclusiveness in religion.

Dearmer attracted talented composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams to the editorial committee of the English Hymnal published in 1906. Vaughan Williams was a keen collector of folk songs and used many
traditional tunes in setting hymn texts. Enjoy today’s tune Monks Gate as you appreciate Dearmer’s poetic language.

This hymn was requested by a member of the congregation – suggestions are always welcome.

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Random Notes CDXXXV

“Who was Johnnie Wheels?” is a book written by Victor Sullivan about the life of his great-uncle from the Beara peninsula who overcame the prejudices of disability in the 1800’s.  Victor tells us “This book has been rescued from intended oblivion. It tells of a life of courage, tenacity, endurance, creativity, squalor and humour that spans one seriously disabled man’s lifetime.

On a Sunday in 1872 a farm accident involving a sheep ensured that nine-year-old Johnnie Gill would never walk, stand or sit again. It was a time when many unfortunate individuals with a physical deformity or mental affliction were considered to be objects of great shame in a family. Something to be kept hidden in locked attics or incarcerated in lunatic asylums for life. But Johnnie Gill was determined to be DIFFERENT”     It reminds me of the old Irish term “More meat or I’ll appear”       


As part of our Bicentennial celebrations, we are planning to have a Parish Retreat weekend in Mount St Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre in Co. Laois (run by the Presentation Sisters).  This will take place in the first weekend of Lent 24th—26th February 2023. We will arrive to the Retreat Centre on Friday evening and return to Cork after the morning Service on the Sunday.


Our much missed parishioner, Vivienne Sharpe, who died in April 2021 thoughtfully left a bequest to the parish and the Select Vestry have kindly agreed to use some of this to partly subsidise the cost per person.  Vivienne was forever asking when the parish was going to have a retreat so I know that she would be delighted to have her generosity go towards finally making this happen.  


We don’t have final figures yet but after the subsidy it would probably work out at about 120 per person which would cover the two nights accommodation (dinners, breakfasts, lunch) and a Retreat speaker (tbc).

There is limited capacity (35 rooms) so it will be on a first come basis.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to go. It is a beautiful place indeed and I feel that anyone who gets to attend will truly feel the benefit of this tranquil place.    Elaine

Tuesday 1st November  7:30pm  Parish Hall

Lynda Meiklejohn, Linda Daunt, Iris Hosford and Hilary Warren-Perry are holding a reunion of anyone who was part of the ‘Mothers and Toddlers’ group from 1997 to 2012. 

This cohort has reached a milestone, many of the toddlers involved are now over 18 and they felt that the time was right to try and re-connect with all the friends made during that time.


Monday 24th October  8pm  St Mary’s NS

The Owenabue Garden & Flower Club, Carrigaline, will host an illustrated talk by Neil Porteous

called “Annesgrove – A Garden Restored ” on Monday 24 th October at 8pm. in St. Mary’s NS, Waterpark,

Carrigaline. There will be floral and horticulture competitions and a plant sales table.

This famous garden in County Cork, planted in the Robinsonian style, has been donated to the state by the Grove family and is currently being rediscovered and revived by the OPW under the supervision of plantsman, Neil Porteous.

All are welcome. Visitors: €7.

Advance Notice

Parish Fundraising Auction in February 2023

Items required for this general, not antique only  auction includes : Furniture, Pictures, Kitchen ware, Silver, Brass, Garden furniture and implements, Clocks, quality Toys, Jewellery, etc. etc.

Please do ensure that any items donated are in good order.

Contact Lesley Roberts for further details

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