Parish News – June 2013

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Renewal of Marriage Vows:

Sam and Crystal Lynch had a service in St James’ Church on 6th May to renew the vows of marriage they had made 19 years previously in that church when they were married by Sam’s grandfather, Canon Fred Garrett. Sam and Crystal were visiting Ireland for the first time for 16 years, meeting the many new members of the Lynch clan who have arrived since!

Alzheimer Tea Day

Thanks to all who came or sent donations for the Alzheimer Tea Day at Mark and Diana Buckley’s on the 9th May. €511 was raised in total.
Parish Fete 17th August

The sub committee of the Fete met on the 15th May to discuss the Fete. The date of the Fete is 17th August from 11am to 3pm. It was decided to charge €2 at the gate and children are free. There will be a raffle on the gate ticket with 2 prizes. It was decided to again apply for a permit for a raffle. The 1st Prize for the raffle will be €100 and 2nd prize a hamper. We are asking all parishioners to contribution to the hamper again this year and it with be put together at the discretion of the Fete committee. If you have any other prizes you want included in the raffle please let one of the committee know before the Fete. The committee is Canon Eithne, Linda Deane, John Gardiner, Jackie Nagle, Richard Lynch and Diana Buckley.

Please ensure any items you send in for the Fete this year are in good working condition and that there are no items out of date.


On Sunday 26th of May we welcomed Christina, Lilian, Jonathan and Patricia Fourie Anoruo who were brought for baptism by their mother, Lucinda. We welcome them into the Christian community.

Congratulations to Tom and Susan Brennan who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently.


We wish to express our sympathy to the family of Ned McGrath who was buried recently in St. Gobnait’s, Mallow.

Blackwater Social Club

The Blackwater Social Club held their annual BBQ and Ice-cream Sunday on Sunday 26th May at Mark and Diana Buckley’s, Bridgetown, Castletownroche. Thanks to all who came and supported this event or to those who sent on donations. €600 was raised for Down Syndrome and approximately €300 each for Adair National School Fermoy and Mallow No. 1 School. Thanks to all the helpers who helped to make this day such a success.

On Thursday 30th May we welcomed a group of Mothers Union ladies from Cashel and Ossory who were returning from a few days away in Kerry and had asked to end their outing with a service in St. James Church Mallow. Canon Tom Sherlock took the service and was assisted by Canon Eithne. The service was followed by soup, sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea/coffee. Thanks to all involved with getting this lunch ready and serving it and to all you helped in anyway with the service. It was a lovely occasion to meet up with other members of the Mothers Union from another diocese and was really enjoyed by everyone present.

St John’s, Buttevant:

A memorial service was held on Thursday 30th May in St. John’s Church to remember those who are laid to rest in that churchyard and those members of our families that we wish to remember. Candles were lit as the names were read out. Thanks to Bert and Eva Daly who care for this church and make this service possible.

Congratulations to Tom and Susan Brennan who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently.

Mallow No. 1 National School

There will be another clothes collection on 4th June. Clothes, shoes, bags, curtains, sheets etc can all be included and will make money for the school. Bags of clothes may be left into the school on the morning of the 4th or at the Rectory any time in advance – or put them in the Rector’s car when you see her. Thanks for all your contributions for the last collection – most gratefully received.

Mini Fete 23rd June

Leah and Sean Flynn (Canon Tom and Hazel Sherlock’s grandchildren) are organizing a mini Fete on Sunday June 23rd from 2- 5.30pm at their house (next door to Canon Tom and Hazel in Kildorrery) all proceeds are going to the Irish Cancer Society. They are hoping to have a raffle, bric a brac, afternoon tea, book stall, handmade greetings cards, and possibly a few side stalls. Please come and support them at their Mini Fete.

John writes

Trinity Sunday at St. James I must say on behalf of the parishioners that it was a very joyous occasion celebrating together Holy Communion and Baptismal Service. Four children were baptised 3 little girls all dressed in white and a little boy. They all looked beautiful. We praise them as they begin their journey with God and the fullness of his love. At the same service we were all touched with sadness as it was our organists last Sunday playing, as Shirley is returning to America. We had a wonderful 12 months her dedication and commitment were unbelievable. She brought life to St. James. I for one will miss her greatly. After the service our Rector Canon Eithne presented Shirley with a small gift and flowers and thanked her for all she and her family had done for our parish. We all then enjoyed the beautiful reception organized by Ruth. Thank you very much ladies for providing the goodies it was all delicious. Shirley then returned to the organ and played all our favourite hymns, 12 in all, it was most enjoyable. We all felt very enriched. Thank you again Shirley and I sincerely hope we get somebody soon with the same love and commitment before I retire. I have spent well over 60 years in the choir and my only regret is that I never learn to play. It is too late now. Good Luck and God bless you Shirley. You will be missed by the parishioners of Mallow Union.

Rector’s Holidays:

The Rector is taking a holiday from 10th to 24th June During that time Canon Tom Sherlock has kindly agreed to look after the parish. He will take the regular services and will be available for any emergencies. His number is 022 40677 or 086 8104463.

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