Parish News – July 2011

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Following a recent vestry meeting again it was bought to our attention that unless we seriously increase our giving we will have a huge shortfall at the end of the year. To help with this expected shortfall one of the events we are having is a Parish Fete on the 13th August on the Grounds of St. James’ Church Mallow from 12noon to 4pm (more information further on in the newsletter).

Diosesan Synod

The Cork Cloyne & Ross Diocesan Synod was held, this year, in this parish – in the Charleville Park Hotel on Saturday the 11th June. The Synod service, at which the Bishop presided was held at 9.15am in St James’ Church Mallow. About 90 people from all over the dioceses attended the service. Many had never been in St. James’ before, and it was much admired. The music was provided by the Clarks Choral from Youghal, led by Ian Sexton on the organ. Then we left for Charleville in time for coffee and the start of Synod at 11am. The meeting began with a reading of scripture and prayer. Then there were various elections after which the Bishop addressed the meeting using an excellent Powerpoint presentation, which he puts together himself each year. He spoke about Irish identity, civil partnerships and the Fair Deal Nursing Home scheme among many other things. He then threw the floor open for discussion on his address. A good number of contributions were received, with many diverse views. Then he welcomed our Ecumenical visitors. Sadly Revd. Tom Kingston of the Methodist Church had a funeral and couldn’t be with us but Canon Sean Cotter was able to be with us for most of our Synod and gave us a warm welcome to Charleville. The Bishop invited him to say grace for us before we went to lunch. The afternoon was given over to discussion on the various reports. One from the General Synod 2011, then the Diocesan Council followed by the Diocesan Healing and Pastoral Care Committee, the Diocesan Youth Council, the Diocesan Council for Mission, the Diocesan Church Music Committee and the Education Committees. The Synod finished at 5 o’clock when we sang “Rise up oh men of God” and the Bishop gave a blessing. 31 of the 35 clergy attended (88.6%) and 116 of the 130 elected laity attended (89.2%) – so – by the Archdeacon’s reckoning the laity won the record for attendance this year! Thanks to all involved in getting the church looking so well for this day as many at the service had not been to Mallow before.

Christian Aid

Thanks to all who supported the Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in St. James Church after the service on the 15th May. €151.00 was raised for Christian Aid.

Sheep’s Head Hike 2011

When: Saturday 3 September 2011 Where: Sheep’s Head Way, West Cork Registration: 11:30am, Kilcrohane Community Hall, Kilcrohane Village Explore the heights and beautiful scenery of the Sheep’s Head Way. Take on the pathways and ridge ways of West Cork’s scenic Sheep’s Head Way and help support the work of Christian Aid in some of the world’s poorest communities. Enjoy a walk along this famous Irish peninsula, make new friends, enjoy a great community spirit and raise crucial funds for Christian Aid’s work.

For more information click here

Mothers Union a few different notes from Jennifer Kingston

First of all I want to say WELL DONE to everyone who helped during Cork Show, from Friday – Sunday. It was an amazing outreach from Mothers’ Union which was very much appreciated by all families. As I am so organised I have sent you a copy of the booking form for our Annual conference, which will be held from 18th-20th of November. This year the theme is Small Change-BIG Difference. Spread the word it will be a good opportunity to bring friends!!

I hope you are all keeping well. An exciting opportunity for ‘Mothers Union’ involvement in Bandon Grammar Schools new ‘Quiet Room’ which is opening in September has come arose, this is due to our involvement in the School!! We have been given the privilege to make some resources for the Quiet Room, and after long consideration I thought Bean Bag Chairs where the perfect idea to begin with! They are so comfortable and flexible and easy to store and the young people will love them!

As a result I would love if each Branch would make 2 bean bags (minimum)… The time limit is the end of August!! I will send you a copy by post of how to make the bean bags, step by step and each team can put their own creative stamp on them-with the Mothers’ Union logo sewed securely on the side. Whether you want them colorful or just one shade of color its up to you but I know the young people will appreciate your wonderful ideas!! (Also your unwanted curtain fabric or upholstery fabric can be recycled and used during this project..making it an even friendly environment!!!

This is also a great opportunity for fellowship with one another, serving and sharing…I truly appreciate all the work you do and continue to do with wonderful energy and I do hope nobody feels this as a burden. If anyone wants to ring me to ask any question feel free to do so! My apologies if this is the first you have heard about the ‘Quiet Room’, I have lost once again many of your contact numbers! Therefore;Please send them to me via email, so I can save once again to my phone,- hopefully they will remain stored this time !!

If you want a booking form for the conference or are able to sew and are willing to make a bean bag please talk to Diana Buckley as soon as possible.


We were all sorry to hear of the death of Hannah Ijisesan’s mother in Nigeria. Hannah has attended St. James’ church since she came to Mallow and has always been a very active member of the church.

She sings in the choir and is also part of the lady’s singing group. Her three children Sabrina, Stephen and Samuel attend Mallow No.1. It is particularly difficult for Hannah as she is so far from home and has no other family here. We offer her our deepest sympathy. We know that her great faith will sustain her at this sad time.

Also we send our sympathy to Pat MacDonagh, Andrew and Sandra and their families on the death of Ian MacDonagh during the week.


Congratulations to John and Jean Gardiner on becoming grand-parents again. A son David was born to their daughter Gillian and son in law Peader. Congratulations also to Barbara and Richard Riordan on the birth of a baby girl Megan a sister for Joshua.


Congratulations to Olwyn Finnegan and Dave Griffin from Dublin who got married in Castletownroche Church on Saturday the 25th June.

Public Commissioning of New Lay Assistants

Thanks to Susan Buckley, Linda Deane, Kathlyn Foott, Lena Young-Husband, Ina Lillis and Ruth Sherlock for aggreeing to assist with Holy Communion. They were commissed in their own church recently.

Royal National Lifeboat Institute

There will be a collection after each of the three churches for the RNLI on Sunday the 10th July. Please give to this very worthy cause.

Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival 5th to 7th August

Doneraile are have a Literary and Arts Festival on the 5th to the 7th August and during this the following events are happening in St. Marys Church, Doneraile

Saturday 6th August
1pm Talk on Elizabeth Bowen by Donncha O’Dulaing
2pm Lecture by Dr. Andrew King on Edmund Spenser
3pm Poetry by Gabriel Fitzmaurice
4pm Reading by Gaye Walsh

These event are by ticket only which are available from the festival Office only Main Street, Doneraile.

Sunday 7th August 4pm Bell ringing in St. Mary’s Church

A date for your diary the 13th August 2011.

A Meeting of the Fete Committee was held recently. Those in attendance were Canon Eithne and Richard Lynch, Linda Deane, John Coulter, John Gardiner and Diana Buckley.

The date for the fete is the 13th August 2011. Time 12noon to 4pm on the grounds of St. James Church, Mallow.

A list of the stalls and games were made as follows: Raffle, Gate, Bottle Stall, Bric-a-Brac, Cakes, Plants, Country Market, Books and Toys, Teas, BBQ, Face Painting or Hair Brading, Smash the Crockery, Splat the Rat, Guess the weight of the cake, Guess the sweets in the jar and Name the teddy. We have put one person in charge of each stall and we want people to give their names to Diana Buckley as to what time they are available to help on a stall as she is making out a rota for the day. We are hoping people will at least give two hours of there time to help and make this fete a huge success.

It was decided to have an entrance fee of €3 and €5 for two people and everyone including helpers are to pay this. Children are free.

It was decided to have a Raffle. Instead of printing tickets we have printed sheets ourselves with 20 lines on each sheet. €2 a line or 3 lines for €5. The prizes will be

  • 1st Prize €100.00
  • 2nd Prize a Hamper made up with contributions from the parishioners (Please give your contributions for this hamper to Ruth Sherlock, Linda Deane or Diana Buckley before the 7th August)
  • 3rd Prize A bottle of Whiskey and numerous other prizes.

Ruth Sherlock, Linda Deane and Diana Buckley have these sheets so please contact one of them if you have not already got a sheet to sell. Please return these sheets sold or unsold with money before the 7th August so Diana can organise them for the raffle.

Also on the day we have a Cork Jersey donated to us to Auction. This auction is to take place around 3pm so please tell any of your friends about this that may be interested in the Cork Jersey.

Food for the teas. Scones, tray bakes and cakes will be needed for the teas. Can you please let Ruth, Linda or Diana know what you might be able to make so that they can sort out a variety of food for the teas.

If you have something to be included in the September Diocesan Magazine please give to Diana before the 14th August and if you have anything to put in the August Newsletter please give to Diana before Wednesday 3rd August. Email: or mobile 086/1547810


There will be no Weekday Services in St. James on Wednesdays for July/August

Tuesday 5th July Rural Dean Inspections

Sunday 10th July RNLI Collection after all three services


Saturday 6th August 1pm Talk on Elizabeth Bowen by Donncha O’Dulaing
Saturday 6th August 2pm Lecture by Dr. Andrew King on Edmund Spenser
Saturday 6th August 3pm Poetry by Gabriel Fitzmaurice
Saturday 6th August 4pm Reading by Gaye Walsh
Sunday 7th August 4pm St. Mary’s Doneraile Belling Ringing, St. Marys Doneraile
Saturday 13th August Fete in St. James Church grounds, Mallow
Tuesday 23rd August Concert in St. James Church Mallow
Saturday 4th September Sheeps Head Hike
Wednesday 7th September Select Vestry Meeting in St. James’ Hall Mallow 8pm Saturday 24th September Concert in Mallow Church
Sunday 25th September Castletownroche Harvest Service 3pm Rev. Denis McCarthy
Sunday 2nd October Confirmation in Doneraile 10am
Sunday 9th October Doneraile Harvest Service 3pm
Sunday 16th October Mallow Harvest Service 3pm Rev. Brian O’Rourke


3rd July (Trinity 2)

Genesis 24: 34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Psalm 45: 10-17 Romans 7: 15-25a Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30
Castletownroche 10am M.P.

Doneraile 10am H.C.

Mallow 11.45am H.C.
<p>10th July (Trinity 3)</p>
Genesis 25: 19-34 Psalm 119: 105-112 Romans 8: 1-11 Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

10am Castletownroche Family Service

10am Doneraile Family Service 11.45am

Mallow Family Service

17th July (Trinity 4)

Genesis 28: 10-19a Psalm 139: 1-11, 23-24 Romans 8: 12-25 Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

Castletownroche 10am M.P.

Doneraile 10am H.C.

Mallow 11.45am H.C.
24th July (Trinity 5)
Genesis 29: 15-28 Psalm 105: 1-11, 45b or 128 Romans 8: 26-39 Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 Castletownroche 10am H.C.. Doneraile 10am M.P. Mallow 11.45am M.P.
31st July ( Trinity 6)
Genesis 32: 22-31 Psalm 17: 1-7, 16 Romans 9: 1-5 Matthew 14: 13-21 Mallow 11am United Service
7th August (Trinity 7) Green
Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b Romans 10: 5-15 Matthew 14: 22-33 Castletownroche 10am M.P. Doneraile 10am H.C. Mallow 11.45am H.C.

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