Pew Sheet – 26th November 2023

The Rector writes  ‘In our Anglican tradition, the Feast of Christ the King falls on “the Sunday next before Advent,” when “the year that begins with the hope of the coming Messiah ends with the proclamation of his universal sovereignty.” 

Painting of Christ in Majesty 
from the Ghent Altarpiece 
by Hubert and Jan van Eyck 
(AD 1427)

and of course we will begin our new liturgical year next Sunday 3rd December , Advent Sunday, when the figures of Mary, Joseph and the Donkey begin their journey around our parish homes. If you would like to be involved, please let me know before next Wednesday.’ 


Random Notes CDXL

“The Sark Lark” was a situation which allowed a resident of Sark in the Channel Islands, to be an offshore
director of a UK registered company while disguising the real beneficial owners. This way, UK taxes could be avoided. An elaborate and complex company and trust administration scheme developed to support the structure.

Sark is a beautiful island, three miles by one and a half. The only mode is transport is by horse, bicycle or on foot. The lush, green countryside is like a posh Sherkin Island and the way-of-life is completely relaxed and friendly.

In the 1990’s I visited the island with some work colleagues and we were looking for somewhere to have lunch. We were directed to “La Sablonnerie” at the end of the island. Upon arrival, a very distinguished lady in her 50’s, dressed in a tweed suit, and wearing lashings of make-up told us that they were fully booked, but they would be happy to serve us sandwiches, which we agreed to. We were expecting the equivalent of a packed lunch in tinfoil. However, a few minutes later we were directed
on to a neatly clipped lawn and a plaid blanket was laid before us with linen napkins and silver cutlery.
Then to our astonishment the waiter arrived with a silver salver for each of us with the most dainty but delicious crust-less sandwiches!! The only way to get to Sark is by boat from Guernsey or Jersey and it is a most scenic journey.
The “Sark Lark” has now been banned…!!


Dates for your Diary


26th  Souls of our Shoes Exhibition 2pm – 5pm,

27th  Souls of our Shoes Exhibition 10am-12pm 2pm – 5pm 

28th  Souls of our Shoes Exhibition 10am-12pm 2pm – 5pm 

29th  Souls of our Shoes Exhibition 10am-12pm 2pm – 5pm 

Advent Zoom Bible Study 8pm  ‘Song of Zechariah’


2nd – The Carrigrohane Union of Parishes’ Pop-up Christmas Craft Market is on The Carraig Centre West Wing in Ballincollig from 10am to 4.30pm

–   Nohoval Church Christmas Concert 8pm

3rd   9:30/11am  Bible Buddies/Posada begins the journey  

1pm 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 followed

 by Mince Pies and Mulled Wine in the Parish Hall

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 Display)

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

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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