Parish News – October 2012

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Harvest Services
Our first Harvest Service was on Sunday 16th September in Doneraile at 4pm when our Preacher was the Revd. Steve McCann who traveled from Ballydehob to be with us. Today, Sunday 7th October Castletownroche is at 3pm and the Preacher will be the Revd. William Montgomery from Fermoy Presbyterian Church.
On Friday 12th of October St. James Church Mallow will be decorated in preparation for our annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 14th at 3pm. The church will be decorated to reflect the produce of land, sea, industry, craft, fair-trade including those of other cultures. The public are invited to come along on both Saturday and Sunday to view the exhibition and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee Sat Noon to 6pm. Sunday Thanksgiving Service 3pm. Preacher Canon George Salter.

We continue to pray for our seven candidates. Nicola Barrett, Arthan Jansen, George St. Leger Mewis, Leah O’Flynn, Ciara O’Keeffe, Richard O’Sullivan and Matthew Wharton who were confirmed by the Bishop on Sunday the 9th September in St. James Mallow.

Mothers’ Union and Friends
Our autumn meetings started on September 11th at 8pm in St. James Hall, Mallow using our theme for the year “Your Gift – Discover and Celebrate”. Some members displayed their crafts and explained how they were made. We had a great variety including Jewellery, Encaustic Art, Tapestry, Rug making, Knitting, Flowers etc. One lady brought in her dog and spoke about pet therapy and how it can be used in nursing homes. We finished our meeting with a PowerPoint showing the different projects the Mothers Union can be involved in. We were reminded with God in our lives it helps to develop our gifts. Thanks to everyone who contributed on the night. Our next meeting is on Tuesday October 16th at 8pm in St. James Hall when Richard Lynch will share with us about his trip to Uganda in 2010. This meeting is open to all parishioners.

Also we will have MU Literature available for sale that night and a reminder to our members that our membership is due to be paid to our treasurer.
The Mothers Union are having a Conference on the 16th to the 18th November 2012 in the Celtic Ross Hotel Rosscarbery costing €135 for the full weekend or €50 for Saturday only. Please contact Ruth Sherlock or Vivian Wharton if you want any further information or a booking form (booking must be sent in by 29th October).
Our New Diocesan President has been elected Mrs. Patsy Devoy and will take up office in January 2013.

Saturday Bible Club
Saturday bible club started on the 6th October and will continue most Saturday mornings from 11.30am to 1pm. This is for children aged between 4 and 12 years.

Youth Club
The youth club has started meeting again every second Friday from 8pm – 9.30pm. Further details from Aoife Ladd or the Rector.

To Rebecca Hales and Jervis Ottman who were married in Castletownroche on Wednesday the 12th September.
Best wishes to David Deane who celebrated his 50th Birthday recently.

We express out sympathy to Hazel Ladd and family on the death of her uncle Joe St. Leger in Cork recently. Also to Brian Deane (Dairygold) and his family on the death of his father Jack Deane of Dunmanway. Sympathy also to the family and friends of Margaret O’Riordan (nee Barrett & Searls) whose funeral took place in St. James’ Church on 18th September.

Irish Therapy Dogs
Could your dog bring comfort and joy to people in care centres?
Would you with your dog like to volunteer for this valuable work?
Or, would you like a volunteer/dog team to visit your care centre?
Irish Therapy Dogs 01-218 9302
Or, call Anne Dundon (087-903 5219) or Shirley Sullivan (022-55808).

Do you give more than €250.00 to the church each year?
If so it might be of benefit to join the Parish envelope scheme. There is a “Tax Back” scheme for charities where if the charity (in this case the parish) can show that a person has given over €250 in a year the tax will be returned. If you are a PAYE worker the tax is sent straight to the parish; in the case of Self-employed the credit goes to you. While we feel great sympathy for the Tax Man in these hard time we still feel that the parish is a deserving cause!! If you would like to have envelopes please put your name on the list in the back of the church and we will organise a pack of envelopes for you.

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