I would like to thank all those who helped prepare our Churches for the Easter Ceremonies, a word of thanks particularly to our flower arrangers, choir, musicians, Church Wardens and cleaners. On Good Friday our young people in the Bible Club under the direction of Diana Buckley presented the passion of Christ in story, drama and song. Following the young peoples service we held the annual Easter egg hunt. The Easter Vigil was held again this year in Castletownroche I would like to thank Victor Woulfe for ensuring the Paschal Fire lit this year without a hitch.
We held our Easter General Vestry on the 23rd of March, the vestry for the year ahead is as follows:
Rectors Church Warden: Emmanuel Adebisi
Peoples Church Warden: Ruth Sherlock.
Rectors Church Warden: Robert Gardiner
Peoples Church Warden: Jackie Nagle
Rectors Church Warden: Diana Buckley
Peoples Church Warden: Marilyn Cassey.
Rectors Glebe Warden: Victor Woulfe.
Peoples Glebe Warden: Andrew Gardiner.
Other Elected members of the Vestry: William Bartels, Susan Brennan, Susan Buckley, John Coulter, Linda Deane, Kathlyn Foott, Myrtle Forde, John Gardiner, Avril Gubbins, Hazel Ladd, John Nagle and Edward Winters. Linda Deane was re-elected Secretary & John Nagle Treasurer.
I would like to congratulate the pupils and staff of the Church of Ireland National School, Mallow No.1, on coming First in the Schools and Education Category in the Mallow St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the theme for their presentation was the Green Environment.
Church 21, On Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st of April a series of meetings were held in Doneraile, Castletownroche and Mallow, to draw up an action plan for the development of our Faith Community and Church in each particular area of the parish. I would like to thank all those who attended and engaged in helping to develop a blue pint for the way forward.
Alpha Course commenced on Thursday 22nd April in St James Hall, Mallow, it was well attended and will run for six weeks, among the contributors are Fr. Harrington C.C. Ballincollig, Fr Pat Scanlon P.P. Castletownroche, Heather Smith, Olive Buckley, Andrew Watson, Avril Gubbins and Revd Peter Rhys Thomas. I would also like to thank Canon Casey P.P. of Doneraile for actively promoting it in his parish and including it in his notices and Parish Newsletter.
On Wednesday the 28th of April, we took members of our Young People’s Choir to a Concert performed by a number of other Youth Choirs from through the country in Killarney. It was a great night and gave huge encouragement to our own young people. I would like to thank Susan Brennan for organising this. Who knows it won’t be long before we will be singing in Killarney ourselves.
The Charleville Inter- Church Prayer Meeting, continues to held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 7.30pm in the Old Mac Auley Nursing Home in Charleville, all are welcome.
Alzheimers Tea Day 7th May will be held in Mark & Diana Buckley’s Castletownroche
BBQ & Ice Cream in Aid of Down Syndrome Ireland will be held Sunday 23rd May in Mark & Diana Buckley’s.
Baptism in Doneraile. On Saturday 3rd of April Fred Henry James Parker, son to Isobel and James Parker was baptised in St. Mary’s Doneraile.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bertie Daly on the death of his beloved wife Iris on Saturday April 10th. Iris was a lovely lady with a warm personality and a great sense of humour, she enjoyed nature, gardening and walking in the country. On a Sunday if the weather was good she be gone off on a jaunt stopping off in churches around Kerry and West Cork for Sunday Service. Iris was a much valued member of our Union in Mallow and will be sadly missed by all.
We would also like to offer our sympathy to Gordon Mewis on death of his father in England, and to Ruth Sherlock on death of her aunt in Kerry. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.