Pew Sheet – 7th January 2024

The Rector writes One of the Healer/Prayer Group in the parish has suggested that we might return to the 7pm communal prayer time we had in the early days of the Ukraine War…. this time we could pray in particular for peace in Gaza/Israel, as well as in the Ukraine and also remember the increasing number of other trouble spots throughout the world.

The idea would be that we each set an alarm for 7pm and safely stop, whatever we are doing and wherever we are, to pray for our troubled world…

” at that time each day we could join our prayers together to our loving (and grieving) father for peace and a ceasefire and for hope and light for the darknesses?”

I am happy to recommend this to all of us, and I am so thankful for the Healer/Prayer Group who provide such a prayerful support for our entire parish.

At times of great trouble it can seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel and yet in faith we are called to believe in Jesus, the Light who has come to the World.’

Random Notes CDXLIII

Many of the readers of these notes will no doubt be familiar with, and very likely will in fact have visited the country house, Doneraile Court in north Cork, once the home of the family of St. Leger, Viscounts Donerile, and which is now, after many years of effort and work by initially the Irish Georgian
Society, and later the Office of Public Works, open for the public to view. Illustrated herewith is a recently acquired little memento from the house, which presumably once formed a part of the library dispersed in its entirety by public auction in December, 1969.

The book, or rather a catalogue, published in 1823, is entitled
‘Hortus Cantabrigiensis; or an accented catalogue of Indigenous and Exotic Plants, cultivated in the Cambridge Botanic Garden. By the late James Donn, curator, Fellow of the Linnean and Horticultural Societies, Improved and augmented with references to figures and plates, by Frederick Pursh, author of the “Flora of North America ”. 

Half bound in calf and marbled paper, the book bears stamped in gilt on a red morocco label on the front cover the name of its owner, ‘Viscountess Doneraile’, with inside at the head of the title page her signature and date, ‘C.E. Doneraile, June 1823’, this being Charlotte Esther St. Leger, Viscountess Doneraile (1794-1846), a daughter of Francis Bernard, 1st Earl of Bandon, and wife (m.1816) of Hayes St. Leger, 3rd Viscount Doneraile (1786-1854).


Confirmation   2024

If you would like to be confirmed this year then you will need to get in touch with the Rector as soon as possible. 

The names of those wishing to be confirmed must be sent to the Bishop in mid January.  

The 12 classes will be in the Parish Hall from 5pm to 6:30pm each Thursday, beginning Thursday 18th

January until Thursday 25th April (with a couple of exceptions for midterm, Easter break etc.) 

Please note that there will also be a special ‘Bishop’s Confirmation

Morning’ in Douglas from 10am till 1pm on Saturday 9th March to which everyone who wishes to be confirmed in 2024 MUST attend.

Men’s coffee at 10am on Monday January 8th , in the Carrigaline Court hotel. All men welcome! 


subscriptions now due. €30 for 2024 
You may hand your subscription to one of the churchwardens, you may post your subscription

to Rowland Newenham, Cooleens, Church Road, Carrigaline P43 FR88, you may pay by Revolut @rowlandnewenham, or you may  pay online to Rowland Newenham.
IBAN IE14 BOFI 9029 7916 8630 62

20th January 2024: Carrigaline Youth Group Bowling night. Age: 6th class+

Please RSPV  to Oriel on 0873412445 by the 13th of January 2024 so that spaces can be booked.

Our New Year MU meeting:
Wednesday January 17th at 3.00p.m. in the Parish Hall when a talk on
“Some Tales of my Travels“
will be given  by John Burnett with beautiful photographs and his travel experience which will be well worth coming for. Teas/coffees and chat afterwards as always

Dates for your Diary


8th   Mens’ Coffee 10am Carrigaline Court Hotel

17th    Mothers’ Union Meeting 3pm Parish Hall

18th  Confirmation Classes begin. 5—6:30pm Parish Hall

19th  Launch of St Mary’s History Book 7:30pm Parish Hall

with viewing of Parish Silverplate. Raffle of Dorothee Roberts Painting of St Mary’s Church. (Raffle Tickets are still available from St Mary’s Church Wardens)

20th  Youth Club Bowling Night (see details on other page)


7th Closing Service of St Mary’s Bicentennial Year 7:30pm

The Bishop will dedicate the renovated Reredos, the new Credence Table and the Bicentennial Quilt. The Archbishop of Armagh will preach. St Fin Barre’s Choir will sing the Choral Evensong.

12th  Mens’ Coffee 10am Carrigaline Court Hotel

14th  Ash Wednesday

10:30am & 7:30pm Holy Communion and

Impostition of Ashes Services in St Mary’s Church

28th  Lenten Study begins  – Reading the Apocrypha over

4 weeks. 8pm each Wednesday by Zoom

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