Live Crib and nativity
We are hiring a much larger marquee and we are also upgrading the sound system for this year’s live crib. The estimated combined cost is €2000. We are looking for sponsorship, corporate or private. If you can help us please contact Rowland Newenham (0872522541).
Helpers are needed for teas on 9th & 10th, 4 people for each session, 1-3pm & 3-6pm. Bakers are also wanted to make tray bakes, biscuits or small cakes for both days. Please contact Madeline Geary to confirm help or baking. 087-4189811.
THE Dominican community in Ennismore hold a series of “Monday Night Conversations” between October and March each year. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation two speakers from the Church of Ireland have been invited to deliver papers. Monday 27th November at 7.30PM Rev Tony Murphy will deliver a talk on Anglican Hymnody. All are welcome. Directions to Ennismore: Take the Road up from the Silversprings Hotel and take a left turn at the first traffic lights . First entrance is to a Meditation Centre. Main House is second entrance on the left
St Luke’s Ladies Lunch is on 8th December at 12.30pm in Carrigaline Court Hotel. Tickets are €40pp. If you’d like to join a table please ring Madeline 087-4189811 by 1st December.
CORK DIOCESAN YOUTH COUNCIL 20’s & 30’s invite you to come and join us for dinner, music, reunion, treats and lot of chat. Friday 8th December at 7 pm Venue: Munster Arms hotel , Bandon, Co. Cork. Cost: 22 euros text 087-3642324 Viridiana Kingston-Castro. cdyc.ballineen.com.
THE Owenabue Garden & Flower club, Carigaline will host their Gala Christmas Floral Demonstration supporting Cancer Research, on Monday 27 November at 8 pm in St Mary’s school hall. Demonstrator will be Christopher White AOIFA. Refreshments will be served. Visitors always welcome. Admission €10. Enquiries 086 3222615.
On numerous occasions the lights have been left on in St Mary’s and St John’s churches and also the Parish Hall. Please apply the LO-LO principle and make sure all buildings are secure. This means Last Out-Lights Out and Windows Closed. (JF -Health & Safety Officer of Carrigaline Union)
27th Nov Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall
29th Nov Holy Communion 10:30am in St Mary’s Church
2nd & 3rd Dec Carrigaline Craft Fayre GAA Hall.
6th, 13th & 20th Dec Advent Talks 8pm Parish Hall
7th December MU lunch in Carrigaline Court Hotel
9th & 10th December Live Crib Carrigaline
14th December Friendship Club 11am Rectory
15th December Community Carols 7:30pm St Mary’s with the Carrigaline Singers
17th December Nine Lessons & Carols 4pm St John’s with the Monkstown Chamber Choir
Next Sunday , 3rd December, we begin the Season of Advent
Advent Patrick Kavanagh
We have tested and tasted too much, lover –
Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
Of penance will charm back the luxury
Of a child’s soul, we’ll return to Doom
The knowledge we stole but could not use.
And the newness that was in every stale thing
When we looked at it as children: the spirit-shocking
Wonder in a black slanting Ulster hill
Or the prophetic astonishment in the tedious talking
Of an old fool will awake for us and bring
You and me to the yard gate to watch the whins
And the bog-holes, cart-tracks, old stables where Time begins.
O after Christmas we’ll have no need to go searching
For the difference that sets an old phrase burning –
We’ll hear it in the whispered argument of a churning
Or in the streets where the village boys are lurching.
And we’ll hear it among decent men too
Who barrow dung in gardens under trees,
Wherever life pours ordinary plenty.
Won’t we be rich, my love and I, and please
God we shall not ask for reason’s payment,
The why of heart-breaking strangeness in dreeping hedges
Nor analyse God’s breath in common statement.
We have thrown into the dust-bin the clay-minted wages
Of pleasure, knowledge and the conscious hour –
And Christ comes with a January flower.