Pew Sheet – 21st June 2020

The Rector writes  ‘The Lead Response Group (LRG is a sub committee of the Select Vestry charged with all Covid-19 related issues) is continuing to get ready for the church opening on 5th July. A couple of important changes, firstly in order to facilitate our numbers we are going to change to having  three services in our union each Sunday. There will be a 9am Service in St Mary’s, followed by a 10am Service in St John’s and finally an 11am Service in St Mary’s (which will also be live streamed for those who would prefer to remain at home for the present).   This will allow us to fit all of our normal congregation into one of the three services and also to allow us to clean St Mary’s in between services.  Secondly I’m afraid it won’t just be a case of turning up to whichever Service you’d prefer, unfortunately we will have to know in advance which Service you hope to attend so that we can make sure we can cope with the numbers.  I’m asking you to get in touch with me and let me know your preference and then I will attempt to put together the numbers. We can fit 40 in St Mary’s and 25 in St John’s.  Please text/ring/email me during this coming week and let me know which Service you would like to attend on 5th July.

021- 4372224 / 087-2363100

I will then put the numbers together and hopefully you will all be able to attend the time of your choice but please do be patient with us as we attempt to reopen our churches both safely and smoothly. Remember it’s  very new to us all and we are doing our best to keep us safe‘

Music notes 21/06/2020

Greetings from the Music Department!

Firstly, thank you to those who have been in touch with feedback on the service music and suggestions for contributions to the music. In these troubled times it feels good to know that music is keeping us in touch with each other.   

The organ music list for today includes some of my favourite composers from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as music nearer to our own times.

The pre-service music is by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, a Dutch composer of the sixteenth century. He was organist at the Oude Kirk in Amsterdam and was a highly respected  musician all over Europe. When the Calvinist church authorities banned organ music from church services the city elders instituted a series of ‘Sacred Concerts’ on Sunday afternoons, so that the citizens could still enjoy his music. Today’s piece is a set of variations on a tune entitled ‘Fortune My Foe’ originally a folk song popularised by the English composer John Dowland.

The organ prelude to the service is the first of ‘Three Liturgical Preludes’ by George Oldroyd (1887-1956) an English composer who was organist in Holborn and Croydon. He wrote a number of liturgical pieces for organ and choral music also. This is a gentle meditative piece based on a fragment of plainchant.

Clodagh King contributes a modern praise hymn before the prayers – ‘I Watch the Sunrise’ – a song by Daniel O’Donnell.

The Offertory hymn today is ‘Be Thou my Vision’ in an arrangement by Don Michael Dicie, an American composer whose last post was as organist and music director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. This setting intersperses verses of the hymn with a folk-like interlude on oboe which reflects the origin of this hymn tune as an Irish traditional melody.

The final organ piece today is ‘Corrente Italiana’ by a Spanish composer of the seventeenth century, Juan Cabanilles. He was organist at Valencia cathedral from 1644 until his death in 1712. I enjoy playing this piece for the opportunities to use different sounds as each section repeats, and the joyful ending.

If you have favourite hymns, or if you would like to contribute to the services do please let me know.

It’s always good to hear from you!


Please contact the rector for Bébhinn’s details

How to view Live Stream Services

If you are on a PC , just go to the parish website and under the top right hand corner of the screen you’ll see  ‘’Live Streaming of Services’  If you click on that you will be able to choose to view the service.  You can also google ‘Carrigaline Union of Parishes Youtube’ and click on the link to see the recorded services.  A huge thank you to Simon Woodworth for all the work he is doing to keep our online presence possible.  This pew sheet has the readings for today and the prayers of intercession. A copy of the Holy Communion Service was sent out with previous emails, if you’d like a copy just let me know.  The Church of Ireland website has all of the Book of Common Prayer online if you’d like to look at it click on the link below. .

The sermon and the Intercessions along with the contents of the Pew Sheet are put up on the parish website on Mondays if you want to read them there. 

Parish Finances  

Some of you were asking me what to do about your giving during this time of not being able to gather in our churches.

If you use envelopes, you can post it to Helen Arnopp, our Honorary Treasurer, at her address in Ballea, Carrigaline, P43 HT95 or if you’d rather set up a standing order or transfer , here are the details of our deposit bank account:

IBAN – IE47BOFI90297974081798   BIC – BOFIIE2D

There is also a GoFundMe link on the Parish Facebook page and as of this week we have  an iDonate link on our parish website and on our Facebook page (under the odd sounding  ‘Shop Now’ Button!) … it’s all very ‘hi-tech’ ! 

But there is also the ‘lo-tech’ way as well! Some parishioners have set up a jam jar at home and are putting their usual ‘Plate’ giving into the jar with the intention of passing it on to the Parish when this is all over.

People to manage the streaming of services at 11am on Sundays.

It’s important that more than one person can do this so we can reliably maintain our internet presence and reduce workload for all involved.

All equipment and instructional materials will be provided, including a laptop to practice on if needed!

Some competence in computer use is a prerequisite. Training will be provided by Simon Woodworth, our parish Webmaster, during July and should be no more than 3 hours in total duration.   Simon expects to remain involved in service streaming but, the more people who know how to do this, the less any one person has to do!

If you are interested please contact Simon directly at



Every Wednesday at 10:30am there is a Morning Prayer from the Rectory by Zoom. The Link can be obtained from the Rector

The Wednesday nights Zoom Gatherings are finished now until the Autumn.  
 If you have any problems with installing Zoom, let me know and I will try and walk through it with you. I’m afraid we are going to be relying on it for some time yet!

God bless, Elaine


Random Notes CCCXLV

In the Victorian era, class distinction was widespread, this was reflected in the new railway companies which were springing up at the time.

The train carriages were labelled as 1st class (for aristocrats), 2nd class (middle class) and 3rd class (working class).   The Directors hoped to make the biggest profits from the 1st and 2nd class travellers whose carriages were equipped with every refinement a well-heeled passenger could possibly want. To the director’s horror, stories began to spread that travellers who would have been expected to use 1st class were instead buying the much cheaper 3rd class tickets, meaning that the busiest and most potentially profitable routes weren’t doing as well as hoped. The problem was worst in and around London.    One director was so shocked by this news that he decided to investigate for himself. He spent some weeks travelling on trains across and around the city. A large number of well-dressed people were riding in carriages meant for lesser mortals. Those behaving badly included landowners, gentlemen farmers and (God between us and all harm) even the odd baronet!   How could this carry-on be stopped?  The director came up with a solution. He suggested that ‘to return these people to a proper sense of their position in life and swell the company’s revenues, I recommend the introduction of ‘special inconveniences’.   On a fine Spring day in 1850 these ‘inconveniences’ were launched. The ‘soot bag men’ were about to teach these upper-class cheapskates a lesson. The men were a team of 4 chimney sweeps who were tipped off by a senior porter as to which carriages held the cost-cutters. The sweeps entered those carriages, armed with bags that had recently held soot, then they began to unfold them and shake them out, covering everyone in a coat of grime, to the horror of the better-dressed passengers.    Any complainants were told that they should have been in 1st class.   It worked like a charm. Nobody wanted a second encounter with the ‘soot bag men’ and 1st class tickets sales increased. A slightly different version of the plan was used in more rural areas, sheep and pigs were often carried in 3rd class.

Not surprisingly , this was equally effective!


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