Pew Sheet – 19th November 2023

The Rector writes ‘We have a busy week ahead. Next Friday we have the Bicentennial Pageant at 7:30pm in St Mary’s Church. I have been at some of the rehearsals and I can guarantee you an enjoyable, informative and amusing evening. Thank you to the Drama Group for all the hard work.      Also as next Sunday is the last Sunday of our Liturgical year, Christ the King, we will, as usual, mark our annual ‘Gift Day’. There will be gift envelopes available in both churches.

I will be sending an email during the week to all parishioners with details of our ‘financials’ and ways to help out.

Finally and very importantly, next Sunday we will launch the moving Exhibition ’Souls of our Shoes  –   A journey into and out of Domestic Abuse’   at the 11am Morning Service in St Mary’s Church.

Mary Cullinane (Cuanlee Refuge for Abused Women and Children) and Debra O’ Flynn (OSS Cork Support Services to all adult’s victims of domestic abuse) will speak to us during the Service.

After the Service, there will be an opportunity to speak to them at the Bring & Share lunch in the Parish Hall. The usual rules apply… bring some food for yourself and a little extra to share with others.

The exhibition itself walks viewers through the reality of domestic abuse, using a display of physical shoes accompanied by comments from those who have walked away from abuse.  It will be open on Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 12 pm and 2pm to 5pm. Thank you to the parish GBV Working team for all their hard work in organising this exhibition and please do invite others to come to see it over the 4 days.’

Random Notes CDXXXIX

On Tuesday 5th of December there will be a Parish Movie Night in the parish hall, starting at 1930. The movie is  “The Scarlet and the Black,” based on the true story of Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty and his efforts to rescue Allied prisoners and Jews in Rome during World War II. The film stars Gregory Peck, John Gielgud and Christopher Plummer, with music by Ennio Morricone. 2023 is the 60th anniversary of Msgr O’Flaherty’s death and the 40th anniversary of the making of the movie itself.

Hugh O’Flaherty originally came from Kiskeam and grew up in Killarney. The photo, taken by me, is of a statue of him, just outside the National Park. He is well remembered in Killarney, but his exploits have received very little attention in Ireland. He very cleverly used his considerable charm and diplomatic connections (including his lifelong love of golf) to build a network in Rome to smuggle people out under the nose of the Nazis. He and his fellow conspirators came close to death on multiple occasions. He is a hero who put his beliefs into action at great personal risk.

I don’t want to say too much else about Hugh O’Flaherty’s life here because that would spoil the story!

The movie is about 2 hours and 20 minutes long so on the night we plan to start at 1930 sharp and have an intermission with time for a cup of tea and a chat. Just like the old days in the cinema!

I’ll also bring some background materials about his life because the movie, detailed though it is, of necessity leaves out a lot of fascinating background.

Michelle and I look forward to seeing you there.


Dates for your Diary


22nd  Mothers’ Union meeting at 3.00 pm in the Parish Hall.

The title is “Christmas Flower Zing” with Brenda

Haubold inspiring us for Christmas. Her arrangements will be raffled for MU Overseas funds. Hazel Sweetnam and Margorie Garland will be there as well with M.U. Christmas cards, Birthday/Sympathy cards, calendars and other gift ideas

24th   Pageant/Drama 7:30pm in St Mary’s Church

26th   Parish Gift Day 9:30/11am

Two Speakers on Gender Based Violence (from

Cuanlee Refuge & OSS Cork Support Services) will be at the 11am Service to launch the exhibition ‘Souls of our Shoes’ which will run until Wednesday 29th. 

There will be a Bring & Share Lunch in the Parish Hall.   

29th   Advent Zoom Bible Study 8pm  ‘Song of Zechariah’


3rd   AM:  Bible Buddies/Posada      PM: Tractor Run

5th    Movie Night ‘The Scarlet and the Black’

           7:30pm Parish Hall

6th Advent Zoom Bible Study 8pm ‘Song of Mary’

11th    Mens’ Coffee  10am Carrigaline Court Hotel

13th Advent Zoom Bible Study 8pm ‘Song of the Angels’

15th   Community Carols in St Marys Church 7:30pm

15th to 17th   Nativity Display in Parish Hall

(please contact the Rector if you would like your nativity set/Crib to be part of the


17th   Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm  St John’s Monkstown

20th Advent Zoom Bible Study 8pm ‘’Song of Simeon’

24th   Carols around the Crib  11am St Mary’s Carrigaline Posada returns.

31st United Christingle Service in St Mary’s Church at 11am


Adoption during the morning Services on Advent Sunday 3rd December….. Please let the Rector know if your child is going to adopt a cuddly as she will need to organise enough to go round!

24th  November Bicentennial 

Pageant/Drama 7:30pm in St Mary’s Church

Come and enjoy a thrilling tale of 200 years!

The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club,

Carrigaline will host “Tis the Season” our Gala Christmas Floral Demonstration by Sandra Jackson AOIFA On Monday 27th November 2023 at 8pm in St. Mary’s NS, Waterpark, Carrigaline.  All welcome, the €10 entrance fee for all will be donated to the AOIFA charity of the year


This Advent we will again be having our lovely ’Posada’, the tradition of the wooden figures of Joseph, Mary and the Donkey travelling from home to home in the parish throughout the four weeks of the Advent Season. Heading out to the first house after the Advent Sunday Service on 3rd December and finally arriving back to the Carols around the Crib Service at 11am on 24th December, Christmas Eve (which is a Sunday this year).  

If you would like to welcome the Posada to your home during this time, the signup sheet is at the back of St Mary’s Church. It’s very easy, the person before you will ring you up and arrange to drop the figures to you and so on.

Just talk to the Rector if you’d like any more details about the tradition.  

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