Pew Sheet – 8th January 2023

The Rector writes ‘We are now in the season of Epiphany, when we remember the coming of the wise men with gifts to the Holy Infant.

I have no doubt that we have all had our share of gifts, given & received, in the last couple of weeks.

I would like to remind you of the existence of our beautiful Giving Tree, situated in St Mary’s Church. If you have any unwanted gifts you can place them on this tree during Epiphany and then, at Candlemas, when the season is over, I will gather all the gifts and pass them onto our charities (Cork Simon, Cuan Lee Women’s Refuge and Cork Penny Dinners) on your behalf. We have so much in our lives and it is good to pass it on in any way we can. Thank you all for your generous hearts’

Music Notes 08-01-2023

Hymns at St Mary’s

201    We three kings

204    When Jesus came to Jordan

605    Will you come and follow me?

196    O worship the Lord

Our first hymn today is a reminder of the Epiphany of Christ on the 6th of January – our final chance to sing a song of the Christmas season. It was written by John Henry Hopkins (1820-1891). Hopkins was born in Pittsburgh to immigrant parents, his mother came from Hamburg and his father from Dublin. He was ordained a priest and was one of the first to lead the way in the development of hymnody in the US.

The family gathered at Christmas time each year in Vermont and Hopkins wrote the words and music for ‘We three Kings’ as a present for his nephews and nieces in 1857. The carol quickly became very popular in America and travelled across the Atlantic when it was included in a collection printed in Britain in 1871.

Our parish choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday 19th January at 7.30 p.m. New members are very


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Random Notes CDXLIV

 Recently entrusted to the care of the compiler of this note is a not uninteresting artefact dating from more or less precisely seventy years ago. 

A line block of St, Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, it was prepared by the Eagle Printing Company, then of the South Mall, Cork, for the printing of the cover of the Cork, Cloyne, and Ross Diocesan Magazine in 1953, the month of which is presently unknown.

What is also as yet unknown is from whose drawing of the Church the block was prepared. It is thought to be quite possible to have been executed by Edith Hollowey Stoney, nee Ogilvie (d.1964), of Currabinny, who about five years later produced a not dissimilar drawing, a drawing which was also used for the cover of an issue of the Diocesan Magazine.

It is hoped at a later time to pull some prints from this, and the other block, and any reader who may be interested in securing copies of these is asked to let Lesley Roberts know; nothing can of course be guaranteed, but best efforts will be made to obtain reasonable quality prints!


Advance Notice

Parish Fundraising Auction, Saturday, 18th February, 2023

If you have have any furniture, pictures, silver, jewellery, brass ware  kitchen ware or appliances (in good and working order!), garden furniture and implements, clocks, toys (in good order), etc., etc., and would be prepared to donate same for the forthcoming, and much needed, auction, please contact any of the following:

Madeleine Geary, Rowland Newenham, Cecil Poole, Olna Trotter, or Lesley Roberts. 

Collection of larger items etc. can be arranged. 



Tickets now for sale for our productions on the 27th and 28th January Tickets are 15 euros and will be available after church for the next 3 Sundays or from cast members 

Confirmation 2023
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 10 classes will be in the Parish Hall
from 5pm to 6:30pm each Thursday,
beginning Thursday 26th January until
Thursday 27th 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 4th March
to which everyone who wishes to be confirmed in 2023 MUST attend.

Jesus said to them   ‘Come away to a deserted place all by

                                       yourselves and rest a while’      Mark 6:31

Mount St Anne’s Grounds

Enjoy a retreat from everyday life and return feeling refreshed and renewed to continue hearing the ‘still small voice of calm’

Carrigaline Union Parish Retreat takes place in February 2023, during the first weekend of Lent.

From Friday evening 24th till Sunday morning 26th February we will be in the lovely peaceful Mount St Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre in Killenard, Portarlington, County Laois.

Our Retreat Leader will be Dr Anne Francis  

Anne has worked in ministry, spirituality and theology for over 35 years. She is a member of the Pastoral Care Team at Marymount and is married with three adult children

Contact the Rector for further details.

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