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St Mary’s 200

Our Bicentennial year at a glance  

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February 2023

Tuesday 7th    7:30pm

Opening Service in St Mary’s Church, Preacher: the Rt Revd Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross. Rededication of the recently renovated Parish Hall and dedication of the 4 Gospels Book in memory of the late Vivienne Sharpe. Choir : The Vicars Choral

Saturday 18th    1pm

Parish Auction in Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Waterpark Auctioneer Stuart Cole. 

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th   

Parish Retreat to Mount St Anne’s Laois. Leader Dr Anne Francis

March 2023

 Friday 10th  to Sunday 12th     Bicentenary Photo Exhibition 

April 2023

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th   

Dorothee Roberts Exhibition of Paintings

May 2023

Sunday 14th May in both churches

The amazing customised St Mary’s Church Chocolate Bar will go on sale this month. 4 euro. Please contact the Rector if you would like to buy more than will be available at the back of the churches

June 2023

Saturday 24th    11am till 3pm

Parish Fête and Mid-Summer Garden Party, with St Nicholas Band in attendance, in St Mary’s School and grounds

July 2023

Friday 14th till Sunday 16th   

Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church Theme:  ‘Flowers through the Ages’

Opening Service at 7:30pm on Friday 14th, followed by Wine & Cheese in the Parish Hall

Open Saturday 15th 10am till 5pm and Sunday 16th 2pm till 5pm for viewing. Teas & Coffees served in the Parish Hall  

We hosted a group of 20 people from our link Parish of Perton in the UK.

August 2023

Sunday 27th  

Family BBQ after Sunday Service in St Mary’s Church grounds.

September 2023

Saturday 23rd    7:30pm

Musical Evening in St Mary’s Church. Refreshments in the Parish Hall

Sunday 24th 11am  

Animal Blessing Service in St Mary’s Church (with an outdoor pen for farm animals)

October 2023

Saturday 7th      

Harvest Supper & Ceilidh in Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School, Waterpark.

The Monsignor goes for a spin with Hilary D

November 2023

Friday 24th 7:30pm   

Play/Pageant in St Mary’s Church.

December 2023

Sunday 3rd

Tractor Run

Friday 15th    7:30pm

Community Carol Service in St Mary’s Church with the Carrigaline Singers , followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Hall

Friday 15th   (after Carol Service) till Sunday 17th

Nativity/Crib Festival in Parish Hall

January 2024

Friday 19th    7:30pm

Launch of ‘History of St Mary’s Church’ Book (edited by Lesley Roberts and produced by Gandon Editions) by Dr Alicia St Leger in the Parish Hall. Dorothee Robert’s wonderful Painting of St Mary’s Church was raffled on the night and the Church Silver Plate was on display.

February 2024

Sunday 4th after the 11am Service

An Oak tree to remember the Bicentennial year was planted and a Time Capsule was buried.

The Bicentennial Oak Tree is planted by Zoe who grew it from an Acorn

Wednesday 7th 7:30pm

Closing Evensong Service, The Rt Revd Dr Paul Colton. Preacher was the Archbishop of Armagh preacher, the Most Revd John McDowell. The Choir of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral sang and 27 children from St Mary’s School sang a specially commissioned piece written by Mr Peter Stobart for the occasion. The Dedication of the Reredos, Credence Table and the Bicentennial Quilt took place during the Service. An Oak tree was planted by the Bishops in the Churchyard after the Service to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Rt Revd Dr Paul Colton becoming bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross. All this was followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall

The Bishops planting the Oak Tree to commemorate 25 years since the consecration of Bishop Paul Colton

Councillor Jack White with the Rector after the Service

Some acknowledgments after the Service

The Rector pointing out ‘her’ square on the amazing Bicentennial Quilt, a brainchild and work of art by Millie Kingston

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