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CARRIGROHANE UNION OF PARISHES St Peter’s, Carrigrohane St Senan’s, Inniscarra The Church of the Resurrection, Blarney 021-4877260

September 2012 A few of our significant moments this summer... A great picnic after a GREAT concert in Inniscarra! Dave, Chriszine & Sean Backhouse on the arrival of baby Evelyn— and to Claire O’Reilly & Tom Burke on the arrival of baby Hannah Raising more than 1000 euro for Habitat for Humanity, the Methodist TOM team & Mothers’ Union—and having a great time at the...

Good wishes to Father Billy

...and work A busy & happy Holiday on Inniscarra Club ! begins !!!

Congratulations James & Helen

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Sympathy to the families & friends of Muriel Dawkins, Brian Cubitt & Mary Wood Amazing work on 24 Ard Dara View! Thanks to Fiona and all involved !

A wonderful time at New Wine, Sligo with Bishop Ken as keynote speaker

The Big Toddle For Barnardos


Diocesan events: Sat 8 & Sun 9 Sept—Flower Festival in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral from 9.30-5.30 on Sat & 1pm-3pm on Sun, followed by Songs of Praise at 4pm (Arrangements from each parish in the diocese (thanks Sylvia & Laurel!) — Proceeds in aid of restoration of cathedral organ). for more details.

Ordinations—to the priesthood of Rev Sarah Marry & Rev Tony Murphy on Sat 8 Sept at 11am in St Luke’s, Douglas. St Luke’s Home Education Centre—see church notice boards for latest training events. Dear Friends, A Bishop was asked once what would he do when starting a church. He replied. “Once you arrive, go to your office, sit down and remain there until you realise that what your church is doing is the most important mission in the community. And then give thanks that Christ has called you to be part of it.” As everything cranks up a gear this September, that phrase “most important mission in the community”, should help us to remain focussed and avoid discouragement, when we can feel our efforts are insignificant and not much worth by the world’s standards. In fact it is good to ask ourselves some questions: • How important is church to you? • Do you believe that God has a plan for the church? • Do you believe that what we are doing, preparing the world that the Kingdom of God is near by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is the most important work any group of people can do? • Do you believe that, or do you look at the church as just another organisation? In Carrigrohane Union these are important questions for all of us as we review our giving. Over the next five years we need to increase our income by 20% as we welcome Robert Ferris in November and pay an increased “Fair Share” to the Diocese. It is a big ask in these recessionary days! But, depending on how you’ve responded to the above questions then you will appreciate the importance of reviewing what we give. We come to God in faith, for as the title of the brochure we have produced about the needs and opportunities states: THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S - FEARLESS GIVING IN FEARFUL TIMES—Welcoming the King of Glory In The Damp Squib of a summer While most of us just cherished every little bit of sunshine and tried to make the most of things, we are conscious of the Robert challenges that the poor weather has meant for farming, garden centres and other weather dependent industries. In spite of the weather the “On your Marks” Holiday Club went well, and once again it was a joy to see the young leaders taking so much initiative, and to witness Katie and Matt as they encouraged and guided in the wings - there is nothing like participation to be more engaged with God and to make faith real. We were actually blessed with a fine sunny afternoon for the Family Fun fund-raising event. A good crowd of adults and children found plenty to amuse themselves with, and over a €1000 was raised for the various causes: • The MU 125th Appeal for supporting MU outreach at home and abroad. • Jane Moffatt as she leads a team to Mozambique under the auspices of Habitat for Humanity. • Caitlin Jonas and her year with the Methodist team on Mission (TOM) doing youth and children’s work. Thank you to everyone, especially those who put in so much preparation beforehand.

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Of course on the most beautiful day of the year, some of us spent time painting inside the minister’s house in Blarney! Much was done – thanks to everyone…but there was still be much to do—and we owe a special debt of thanks to Fiona Giles and her helpers for all they’ve achieved since then. Many of us from Carrigrohane were thoroughly refreshed at the New Wine conference in Sligo - - there were nearly a hundred from Cork in attendance including children. Many felt it to be the best yet as a seamless programme of worship and teaching, relaxing and socialising, made for a great mix. Before then we had the wedding of the year in Carrigrohane – well it has been the only one! It was wonderful to be in the company of Helen Lane and James Fleury as they made their vows and probably watched “a first” as Helen left James at “the altar” to the play the drums for one of the songs! The Daisy Chain Following Connect 2012 in February we are continuing as many suggested, by holding a few invitational events which are “daisy-chained” so that one will lead to another:-

Pet Blessing—Sunday 16 Sept at 3pm in the Parish Centre—All pets great & small welcome!

Café Connect—Saturday 29 Sept at 8pm in the Parish Centre...good coffee, good music & good craic—about things that matter. ‘Creation in Crisis—it Matters to Him, Her & You?’

Harvest Sunday—14 October at 3.30pm in St Peter’s Carrigrohane—Bishop Ken Good...with all our senses we celebrate God’s Good Creation—Fruitful People for a Hungry World

Men’s Breakfast—Saturday 20 October at 9.30am in Nosh & Coffee, talk about things that interest men ’Making Work Green’ - only 7 euro for a cooked breakfast—ring Parish Office to book your place. The Eyes to Seek God Holding to a constant vision and staying focussed is difficult in the routine of parish life. Therefore, the Select Vestry is proposing to set up a Vision and Development Group which will be prayerful, called out by God (Acts 1 v 23f etc.) to meet 5/6 times a year. It will be drawn from the Select Vestry and members who you feel are suitable. To assist us in our planning we welcome one of the churches leading thinkers on Ministry Development, Bishop Ken Good for a special United Celebration on Sunday 14 October: Here are the details. I am the Vine and my Father is the Gardener - John 15 Lessons for God’s People to Discover His Will and Purposes “A United Celebration Special” 10.30am with worship, teaching, coffee/discussion, with Bishop Ken Good bringing it altogether. Followed by a Harvest Thanksgiving @ 3.30pm in St Peter’s, and Harvest Supper and dance. People After being in and out of hospital, Muriel Dawkins collapsed and died in her own natural surroundings. We pray for all those who mourn her death and as a union of churches acknowledge that we have effectively reached an end of a certain generation of worshippers in Blarney. …..continued over

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Mary Wood died after a few days in the Bons and was buried in St Senan’s graveyard on 16 August after a wonderful service of thanksgiving for her life. We remember Richard, Pamela, Grace & Rachel, Doris, Edgar, Christopher & Miriam and all the wider family and many friends in our prayers – and give thanks for a life that touched and enriched so many others. It’s one of those bitter sweet experiences when someone moves on for new challenges and that is certainly true of Father Billy who has been a friend of Carrigrohane Union for many years. He has recently been appointed to Turner’s Cross parish. We assure Billy of our prayers and continued friendship, albeit once removed.


Regular events starting again… Small groups, meeting in a relaxed and informal way, will reconvene in September and are open to everyone. Details on the website or from the parish office. Toddlers in Carrigrohane (7 Sept) & Blarney (11 Sept) will also be back in action, along with the usual Sunday activities for children. Services in St Peter’s are back to 9am and 10am as usual from the beginning of Sept. Sunday PM - starting a new series on ’ACTS’ this Autumn—kicking off on 9th September with a social at the Jenkinsons’ house (outside on the lake if the weather is good). The plan is for some time boating and chatting over a BBQ at the usual time of 5.30-7.30pm. Sunday PM is a bible study & fellowship group for all young people in secondary school—you are most welcome, especially if you have never been before, to come and check us out. Glow Max – Parish Centre at 7.30 on Friday 14 Sept—a youth café space for secondary school age young people with games, pool, table tennis etc and a short talk. Glow—at 7pm on Friday 21 Sept—is for national school age young people in 4th-6th class, like Glow Max, only noisier! Other parish events for your diary… Friday 7 September – Prayer Evening in the Parish Centre at 8pm – Seeking His Face The Ladies’ Guild/Mothers’ Union will meet on Monday 17 September at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. Xperimental - 5.30-7.30pm on Sunday 23 September – a relaxed and alternative time of worship, teaching & fellowship for all ages – everyone welcome. Growing Leaders 2—for young people (TY/4th year upwards) who are committed Christians and want to develop as leaders - meeting monthly on Sunday afternoons (3-5pm). There is a taster session to find out more on Sept 23 so please come along if you are interested. A new Parenting Group may be meeting in the Parish Centre on Thursday evenings for 7 weeks, beginning on 27 September. Enquiries to the Parish Office (4877260). The Lighthouse—Sunday 7 October from 3.30-5pm in Blarney Blarney Growth group will be hosting an Alpha in Rathpeacon Community Centre beginning Thursday 4 October. Saturday 6 October—A Quiet Day in Scala, Blackrock from 10am-4pm, hosted by the Tuesday evening fellowship group and led by Father James Macsweeney of Colaiste Choilm. All welcome! More details from Laurel or Rosemary. The next Seniors’ Lunch will be on Wednesday 10 October

Parish Contacts: Rector: Canon Ian Jonas – 4871106 email: Parish Office: 4877260 (Mon-Fri mornings) email: Youth Workers: Matt Gould: 085 1080067 & Katie Gould: 085 1080030) email: Parish website: We change the answer machine message at the beginning of each week— and include the times of the services for the following Sunday. PDF Creator - PDF4Free v3.0 http://www.pd

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