Pew Sheet – 3rd March 2024

The Rector writes  ‘Fairtrade Fortnight begins tomorrow and this year the theme is  ‘Our World Is Boiling! It’s Time To Adjust The Heat!’

We can all see, hear and feel the truth of this, and it is affecting small farmers and workers more than most.  We all need to do our bit to adjust the heat, to adapt to the changing climate.   To reduce our contributions from how our homes, communities

and businesses that are creating chaotic climate change. This is also true for how Governments spend our money.  We need to ensure our politicians deliver climate finance to support the most vulnerable people in the face of chaotic climate change – small farmers and workers.  

Our political systems need to ensure that their responses are big and bold – and benefit the people who need the support most.

The climate finance required to adjust the heat has to:

· Support moves towards agroecology

· Support more sustainable business practices

· Help to transform trade for people and planet

At European and local elections in 2024, we are being asked to tell our political candidates to support fairer trade. To ask politicians to support a Local and a Global Green Deal – not just a European one. ‘

Check out the website for further details on this initiative.


 Music Notes 03-03-2024

Hymns at St Mary’s

696     God, we praise you!

384     Lord, thy word abideth

222     Here is love

34       O worship the King

The lyricist for our third hymn today is incorrectly labelled Robert Lowry (1826-91) in this edition of the Church Hymnal, although he did write the tune for the hymn. This hymn was written by the Reverend William Rees a Welshman born in 1802 on a farm in Clwyd in Wales. He worked on the family farm until he began preaching at the age of twenty-seven.

He eventually became a Congregational minister ending his time in a parish in Liverpool where he became a well-known writer on social issues such as the abolition of slavery.

Dr Robert Lowry (1826-99), an American Baptist minister, was a prolific writer of hymn tunes. This tune sounds very Welsh although written by an American. The Companion to the Church Hymnal notes its similarity to the Welsh folk tune Calon Lan.

Things will sound a little different in the gallery next Sunday (March 10th) as you will be listening to the choir and organist from St Luke’s Church, Douglas. The Gallery Singers will be visiting Douglas with me. This is the first of what I hope will be a number of ‘swap’ Sundays every year – please give our visitors the warmest of Carrigaline welcomes!

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Random Notes CDL

Early in 1974 was found in pieces on the floor of a basement room of Britfieldstown, near Roberts Cove, the large cup here illustrated. 


Some ten years later in 1984 Britfieldstown was unfortunately demolished, all remaining of it today remaining being a fragment of one corner and a heap of weed covered stones.

The cup, although missing a rather large chunk, was later re-assembled, and subsequently examined by Robin Emmnerson, the author of ‘British Teapots and Tea Drinking’, London, 1992, who of it, on Wednesday, 29th July, 1992, wrote as follows:

‘White earthenware transfer-printed in underglaze blue, probably Staffordshire about 1820. 6 x 31/4″.  Staffordshire price lists of the period indicate that the largest size of cup manufactured was called ‘Irish’, the next largest ‘Norfolk’, and the next ‘breakfast’, This is a rare example of this larger size, evidently made for the Irish market.’


Dates for your Diary


3rd     MU Famine Lunch after 11am Service

6th   Online Zoom Lenten Study  8pm

9th   Whist Evening 8pm Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School

13th  Online Zoom  Lenten Study 8pm

20th  Online Zoom  Lenten Study 8pm

Holy Week & Easter :

24th  Palm Sunday

9:30am Morning Prayer in St John’s. Palm & Passion Liturgies

11am Morning Prayer in St Mary’s including Palm Procession, with Palm

Liturgy in the Rectory Grounds before returning for Passion Liturgy

in the church.

25th – 27th  Monday – Wednesday  of Holy Week

10.30am Holy Communion in St Mary’s

28th  Maundy Thursday:

12 noon  Diocesan Chrism Eucharist in St Factna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery.

7:30pm Maundy Thursday Eucharist in St Mary’s,including washing of feet

9pm until Dawn    ‘Night/Gethsemane Watch’ , in St Mary’s Church

29th  Good Friday:

10.30am  St John’s – Morning Prayer with Litany

12 noon Stations of the Cross in St Mary’s Graveyard with our sister

church of Our Lady & St John

7.30pm    St Mary’s – Service of Tennebrae

30th  Saturday of Holy Week:

9pm St Mary’s – Easter Vigil Service, Pascal candle lit from outside byre.

31st  Easter Sunday:

9.30am St John’s – Easter Eucharist 

11am St Mary’s – Easter Eucharist

Please support the Famine Lunch today in the Parish Hall

after the 11am Service. 

All money raised will go to the Mothers’ Union Overseas Fund

Mothers’ Union Activities Worldwide

Training Mothers’ Union Workers in their local

communities; Promoting  Parenting and Literacy and Development; Initiating Family Life  Programmes; Supporting Mothers’ Union Overseas

and Relief Funds.

Worldwide reach

Globally, Mothers’ Union focuses its efforts on:

Creating a peaceful and safe environment for all,

Fighting for gender justice, and Building

individuals’ self-reliance.

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