Pew Sheet – 1st October 2023

Lesley Roberts writes ’Parishioners will no doubt be aware that a book on the history, etc, of St, Mary’s Church is by now in an advanced state of preparation, with publication planned for January next.  Subscriptions towards the not inconsiderable cost of publication have, and continue to be sought, with, and it is good here to mention, that a goodly number of persons have already subscribed, and this note is but gentle reminder to those who intend to do so, to be perhaps good enough to put pen to paper, and complete their forms within the next couple of weeks if at all possible. As is mentioned in the ‘flyer’ for the book, reproduced on the reverse of this pew sheet,  the name of every subscriber will appear at the beginning of the book.

The compiler of this publication would here like record the quite extraordinary degree of assistance and help that he has received from two of his friends, namely William Warren-Perry, who has put together a collection of the most carefully taken and lovely photographs of the Church, both the interior and exterior, the silver, furniture, etc. etc., and John O’ Regan of ‘Gandon Editions’, publishers of the most gorgeous and sumptuous books on primarily Irish art and architecture, who has given a inordinate number of hours in the preparing and arranging of all for publication, and without whom the book quite simply would almost certainly have never come to fruition. ’

Dates for your Diary  


7th    Harvest Supper & Ceilidh in Canon McCrea Hall at 7:30pm

8th    Harvest Thanksgiving Services  9:30/11am

          Fr James McSweeney is our Harvest Preacher this year

15th   Healer/Prayer Services 9:30/11am

Lydia Monds of CMH:I (Churches Ministry of Healing)

will be our Preacher.

18th   The Rector will speak at the Mothers’ Union meeting about her recent trip to the Holy Land in the Parish Hall at 3pm

18th   Ecumenical Eco Congregation groups present a Film Night in the Parish Hall at 7:30pm  ‘The Letter’ is a powerful film about the environmental situation.

29th   United Service in St John’s Church at 11am


12th   Remembrance Services 9:30/11am

19th   ‘A Celebration of Lay Ministry’ 7pm

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

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

26th   Parish Gift Day 9:30/11am

Also 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.  More details nearer the time.

29th   First of the Advent Zoom Bible Studies (also on 6th, 13th and 20th December)


3rd   Tractor Run

5th    Movie Night ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ 7:30pm Parish  Hall

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

15th to 17th   Nativity Display in Parish Hall

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

24th   Carols around the Crib  4pm  St Mary’s Carrigaline 

                       Bicentenary Quilt

Our Bicentenary Quilt is coming together very nicely – thank you again to everyone who has made a square/squares and to Millie and her team who will put them all together.

Now it is time to gather up the stories to go with the squares. Thank you to everyone who has already sent theirs in; there are lots still to come though. Please get in touch with Hilary Dring 086-3680513 or with your story.

It would be just lovely to have a story/description for each square to help people appreciate all the thought and work that have gone into it. It can be one sentence or a paragraph or whatever you wish. If you would like some help with putting it into words, please let Hilary know. All stories should be in by mid-October if possible, so that we have plenty of time to put them together into a booklet.

Thank you.

Nativity / Crib  Festival
We are planning to have a display of special or unusual Cribs / Nativity sets in the Parish Hall this December.  Each exhibit will have a little explanation so that people visiting the Hall can understand where each one comes from, what it is made of and perhaps if there was any special meaning for you….. it would be really lovely to have your special ones there. They will be on display from
Friday 15th until  Sunday 17th of December so you will get them back in plenty of time for your own Christmas festivities.
Please let the Rector know if  you would like to be involved.
Decorating for Harvest
Joy Keefe invites anyone who would like to join her to help decorate St Mary’s Church for Harvest. 
Meeting at the Church at 11am
on Saturday 7th October



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 help 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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