Parish News – October 2013

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Choir Practice – Doneraile:
Choir practice for the Doneraile Harvest Thanksgiving will be held on Monday 7th October at 8.00pm in St. Mary’s Church, Doneraile. Please come and support us. We will be delighted to see anyone!

St. James Chess Club
A Chess club has started up in St. James Hall Mallow on a Wednesday evening at 7.45pm. This is open to beginners and advanced players. Please come along and join in the fun.

Ecumenical Service
Tuesday 8th October there will be an Ecumenical Service in St Mary’s Church Mallow at 8pm as part of the celebration of 50 years of the Credit Union opening in Mallow.

Irish Lung Fibrosis Foundation
The Irish Lung Fibrosis Foundation is holding a patient/carer Open Info Day at Elm Tree Restaurant in Glounthane Co. Cork on Sat 12th October next. Meeting to conclude by 1pm and light refreshments afterwards. Further details 0872865297

Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Committee for Social Affairs
Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Committee for Social Affairs invite clergy and people concerned for rural Ireland to a day conference. “Caring for Rural Communities in Times of Change: A Church of Ireland Response” takes place on Saturday, 12th October 2013 at Horse and Jockey, Co Tipperary. The conference is free for anyone who wishes to attend, but places must be booked to facilitate catering. Please contact Ian Poulton at or at The Rectory, Portlaoise Road, Mountrath, Co. Laois, not later than Saturday, 5th October, if you hope to attend.

CIT Engineering Roadshow
CIT Engineering Roadshow -Monday 14th October in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 7.00 p.m. Cork Institute of Technology cordially invites you to attend its Engineering Roadshow. It aims to provide students, guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors with the information they require about engineering courses, careers and research options available at CIT. Places may be reserved by email addressed to or tel: 021 4335450. Book early as places are limited.
October 2013

Barnardos Ireland
Barnardos Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting for Volunteer Coordinators and Volunteer Collectors for their National Collection Day taking place on Friday, 25th October 2013 in the following Tesco Stores in Co Cork – Douglas, Mahon, Mallow, Midleton, Mitchelstown, Wilton and Paul Street, Cork City. The role of the Volunteer Collector is to collect money at one of the Tesco Store during an agreed 21⁄2 hour time slot. If interested in either roles please contact Suzanne on 01-7080431 or email for more information.

Service of the Word in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
On Saturday 19th October Mark Russell will give the keynote address at a Service of the Word in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral at 12 noon. His theme is “A Time for Confidence” . More details of this in the Bishop’s letter in the Diocesan Mag. Mark Russell is Chief Executive of the Church Army.

Starcamp are running a childrens Halloween Camp in The Aemilian Theatre at St Marys Secondary School Mallow from the 29th of October to the 1st of November from 9.30am to 2.30pm daily with a finale show on the Friday for parents to come and see. The camp is a fun filled way for boys and girls aged 4-12 to spend their school holidays. Singing, acting and dancing in a non competitive self esteem building environment. To book your childs place visit or call us on (021) 4377900

We pray for those who are preparing for confirmation on Sunday the 3rd November in St. Mary’s Church, Doneraile at 11am. For Jessie Maddix, Sabrina Ijisesan, Corey and Ethan Knipe. If there is anyone who wants to get confirmed in 2014 please let the rector know as the Bishop wants to arrange his confirmations for 2014.

Building Blocks Children’s Ministry Conference
Building Blocks Children’s Ministry Conference will take place at All Hallows College, Drumcondra on 23rd November 2013. The keynote speaker this year is John Hardwick and as always there are a wide variety of seminars. If you have not already received an application form by post, you should be able to get one from your rector. Completed forms together with payment should be posted to ‘ Building Blocks Children’s Ministry Conference. C/o Rathfarnham Rectory, 41, Rarthfarnmam Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W.

Well Done
Well done to Richard Lynch and Christy Sherlock on completing the Sheep’s Head Hike for Christian Aid in the beginning of September.

Congratulations to Canon Tom Sherlock on being installed by the Bishop as Chaplain to Kingston College.

Congratulations to Noel and Hazel Murphy on the birth of their daughter Sarah Louise and to her grandparents Norman and Margaret Bolster. Sarah was christened on Saturday 31st of August by her uncle Monsignor Joseph Murphy who welcomed her into the Christian faith at Stuake Church, Donoughmore. God Bless you Sarah.

We wish to express our sympathy to Mrs. Margo Bolster and family on the death of her aunt, Mrs. Dorothy Kingston (nee Bolster)of Cappoquin. Also we sympathise with the Daly family on the death of Dorothy (nee Kerr) to her daughters Helen and Patricia and the wider family circle.

Mothers’ Union
On Tuesday 17th September we held our opening service. Thank you to Canon Eithne for taking the service and also to Mrs. Susan Buckley for playing the organ. A special thank you to the members who helped with the window for the Mallow Harvest. It was great to be able to promote the Mothers’ Union work.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th October at 8pm. Mary St. Leger Mewis will be out guest speaker. She will demonstrate how to make a collage. Members are welcome to bring old buttons, bits of fabric etc. to make up their own collage. It will be an evening of fun and creativity. Everyone welcome.

Also on the night we will have the Mothers Union literature for sale.

MU Wave of Prayer is on the last week in October. Mallow’s allotted time is 12noon on Wednesday 30th October. So the normal Wednesday morning service will be at 12 noon and not at the usual time of 11am. This service is open to everyone and will include the mothers union wave of prayer.

‘Growing Together’ – the 22-24 November Womens’ Conference is in Garryvoe. If you want a booking form please contact Ruth Sherlock. Please encourage people to consider and book. If finance is a problem for someone who would like to go, please contact Patsy Devoy in confidence – or ask the person to.

Lovely knitted ‘Comfort Teddies’ have begun to come in for the team in the visitors centre in Cork Prison – so please encourage any knitters out there! We’ll be giving them away – so a constant supply will be needed.

St. Luke’s Home
Are you Caring for an older relative at home. St. Luke’s Home is running courses in October and November. For further details and to book your place, please contact Claire at Northridge House, St Luke’s Home, Castle Rd., Mahon on 021 4536551 or email:

Our experienced care team will cover a number of topics including:
• the ageing process
• self-care for the carer
• dementia and associated behaviours
• people handling skills & associated risks
• informal question & answer time Hand-outs & support materials including access to resources for the older person will be available to take away.

John writes:
Harvest Festival at St. James has come and gone for this year and what a great occasion it was to see so many people giving thanks to the Lord after having such a wonderful year, we have a lot to be thankful for. We all know people are finding times very hard but we have to be grateful for what we have, the good times will come again.

Rev. Edwin Hunter spoke of this in his address about giving thanks and not to worry, it was great to see him back in St. James.

Our Harvest this year was celebrated with Holy Communion and having The Clerks Choral leading the singing really enhanced the service making it very inspiring.
The Clerks Choral were very impressed with the decorations and said what a display it is a very big undertaking and I am very grateful to all the people who decorated the windows. It was great to see the Mothers Union represented this year, they do great work (thank you members)

Our school children sang their hymn beautifully with their teacher at the organ. She has told me they hope they can keep up the tradition doing their harvest scene it is always much admired. The dahlias were beautiful.

I must not forget our Africian friends bringing their offerings to the Holy table what a display of colour proceeding up the aisle they really complimented the windows. Several people remarked that they were so colourful.

The Church was full. The collection is going to Vincent de Paul and No 1 School two deserving causes.

We have a new helper assisted with the flower arranging in St. James only for him I would never have got it completed and I must say it was all very rewarding.
Thanking you again to all the people involved and to our Canon Eithne for preparing a lovely service and the printing of invitations for me, people have to be contacted.

Thanks to the ladies for providing the refreshments it was all delicious. Looking forward to seeing you all at Doneraile and Castletownroche this month. Dates on the newsletter for the Harvest Festivals.

Kind regards,
John Coulter Ruth Sherlock (People Warden) on behalf of the parishioners