Pew Sheet – 19th February 2023

The Rector writes  ‘At our Choral Evensong Service the other week, a ‘Book of the Gospels’ was dedicated for our Parish by the Bishop. This book was dedicated in memory of Vivienne Sharpe, part of whose bequest was used to purchase the book.  

I thought I’d write a little about exactly what it is.  A  Book of the Gospels is a bound volume containing all four Gospels according to the order of the liturgical calendar, for example, the Gospel reading for 2nd Sunday before Lent, Years A, B, C would be followed by today’s readings for the Sunday before Lent Year A, B, C and so on.  The liturgical use in churches of a distinct Gospel book remains normal, often compulsory, in Eastern Christianity, and very common in Roman Catholicism and also in some parts of Anglicanism (that’s us!) and also in Lutheranism.   In our denomination, the practice of using a Gospel Book was kind of recovered in the last 50 years or so and outside of Cathedrals it’s use is generally reserved for the big Holy Days, like Christmas, Easter and Pentecost or at special Services. Then we are bid that the gospel should “be read from a book or books of appropriate size and dignity”. Usually a deacon or a  server or acolyte  carries the gospel book in the entrance procession, holding the book as high as possible with arms fully extended, and places it on the altar until time for the gospel proclamation.

Afterward, it may be returned to the altar or placed on a side table or a stand. As most of you know, Vivienne knew her Bible backwards and forwards so it was a pleasure to have her name remembered in this special book. Do please take time to have a look at the book and the inside inscription. 

Last Sunday, we had a Retiring Collection for the awful disaster in Turkey/Syria. An amazing 830 euro was collected in our small community!  We will now add in 170 from our parish funds to bring it up to a whopping 1,000 and Helen Arnopp, our treasurer will ensure that Bishops’ Appeal receive it immediately. Thank you!  We will keep the baskets out for the time being’

Music Notes 19-02-2023

Hymns at St Mary’s

52       Christ whose glory fills the skies

206     Come let us to the Lord our God

643     Be thou my vision

388     Word of the living God

You have been hearing the Gallery Choir singing ‘Lord, have mercy’ and ‘Lamb of God’ over the last few months. We hope that you are becoming familiar with the melodies by now and we would love to hear the congregation join in with us.

The composer is Peter Nardone.  Here is a little bit about him from the Beaminster Church website in Dorset where he was appointed organist in 2021:

We have appointed a new organist for St Mary’s Church Beaminster. Dr Peter Nardone has been covering over the summer and liked us so much he decided to apply for the job. We look forward to some exciting music making to come.

Welcome Peter.

Peter is a freelance musician who lives locally. He was born in Renfrewshire and sang as a boy in Paisley Abbey Choir from the age of twelve. He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama both as a part-time student, and later as an undergraduate. During these three years he trained as an organist with piano as second study and  assisted at Paisley Abbey. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and, until recently, worked frequently as a singer and occasional conductor with The King’s Consort. He was a member of the Monteverdi Choir for seven years and holds an Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians. On his appointment Peter said, “Beaminster Church has shown to me nothing but warmth and welcome since I started playing for services in the summer.”

I had the same experience when I came to St Mary’s – thank you!

Bébhinn 087 228 5965

Random Notes CDXIX

The scale of the earthquake tragedy in both Turkey and Syria is very hard to comprehend. The ever-growing number of casualties represents countless tragedies.

However, there are  numerous personal stories that bring the tragedy down to a more human level.

Four Turkish football clubs have had to withdraw from the Turkish Super League and Turkey’s Second Tier League for the remainder of the 2022-2023 season.. The clubs are Hatayspor, Gazientep FK, Yeni Malatyaspor and Adanaspor. Their reason for withdrawal are as follows:


Total destruction of the club’s hometown, Antioquia. The club’s stadium still stands and has been converted into a processing centre for quake victims. Hatayspor’s attacker, Ghanaian international

Christian Atsu is still missing after the earthquake, as is the club’s sporting director, Taner Savut. The photo is of the club’s stadium amidst the ruins.

Gazientep FK

Extensive damage to the club’s hometown. A club official said, “Our struggle continues to heal the wounds of the earthquake disaster that affected our province and 9 neighbouring provinces on Feb. 6, 2023. After such a disaster, we cannot even talk about football.”

Yeni Malatyaspor

Goalkeeper Ahmet Eyüp Türkaslan died in the rubble of the earthquake in the club’s home town of Malatya


Substantial destruction of the club’s hometown, Adana.

The 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude quakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, were felt by 13 million people across 10 provinces, including Adana, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.

Compiled from various sports news sources

 by SDW, edited by SJFW

St. Mary’s Church are looking for volunteers for both the Flower Rota and the Bell Rota for 2023. Some months have been filled but we are short a few names for each rota.  We can pair any new volunteers with another person to make it easier for them. New bell ringers will be shown how to ring out Church bell which really is a very easy task. Any help would be very much appreciated and would make it easier for those who have already volunteered.  Please contact Joy Keefe re both rotas 087 2559844

The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club, Carrigaline will host a horticulture talk by

Klaus Laitenberg an Organic Inspector (IOFGA) Lecturer and Gardner, titled ‘Beginners Guide to Organic Gardening’.

Also horticulture and decorative competitions and sales table. 

On 27th February 2023 at 8pm in St. Mary’s NS, Waterpark, Carrigaline.  

All are welcome, visitors €7.

St Mary’s Church    Bicentenary Photo Exhibition 

Wanted : Photographs to display at a Photo Exhibition of St Mary’s Church.

The theme includes the immediate vicinity,  exterior, interior, or any detail.  Photo prints of ANY SIZE up to the maximum of 12” by 18”  Photos to be exhibited can be Current or Older, Colour or Black and White, and be Print or Digitally projected.

Closing date for entries is 1st March

Photos can be sent to;  

Lesley Roberts, Mount Rivers, Carrigaline,

Co Cork. P43 P497.  Tel no, 085 243 3920   or

William Warren-Perry, Beau Vallon, Strawhall, Monkstown, Co Cork. T12 TP9X.  Tel no, 086 332 7915

The Annual Eagle AC 5 mile road race will take place today Sunday 19th February around

Carrigaline.  Anyone attending St Mary’s

Service at 11am might bear this in mind as you leave the church.

The organisers sent us this note :

‘The race will be starting in Waterpark at 11am. This probably is not an issue for you as the church is beyond the one mile mark so by the time the race passes by the service should be under way, but you might ask people to take extra care after service if they are using the Rock Road going onto Fernhill Road. The race will be coming against them at that point, turning into Laurelmount in Waterpark. The road will not be closed, but if there are any alternative routes they could take we would really appreciate it, and if they are using that route, we just ask for co-operation with the race stewards and we will get everyone through safely as quickly as possible!’

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