Rev Denis McCarthy’s Diocesan Notes
A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as your self.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” Luke 10:25-28
A couple of years ago the bold Seanie Maloney was celebrating his Tenth Wedding Anniversary, deciding to push the boat out he took his wife Madge off to Ballybunion for the weekend. Late on the Saturday night after a feed of fish and chips they where heading back to the Bed and Breakfast when they happened upon a man who was struggling as he carried a ladder, Seanie, offered to give him a hand which the man graciously accepted. As they were chatting while walking along the road a squad car slowed down as it passed by, as it did so the man dropped his end of the ladder and ran off. Before he knew what was happening Seanie was bundled into the squad car and taken off to the Garda Station where he was duly charged with stealing the ladder. For the ladder had been stolen earlier that evening in a break-in at a hardware store in the town. Luckily for Seanie it was another good deed which eventually led to the charges been dropped. You see, Seanie was a truck driver who traveled daily to Dublin, one day years back he picked up a young fellow who was thumping, it turned out the young man was a trainee Garda and for years Seanie would take him back and forth to Dublin on his days off, this young Garda had by now become a Sergeant and it was his intervention that got Seanie off the hook!
Being a Good Samaritan always involves an element of risk. Be it something that will cost you either a personal or financial price. You may like Seanie end up being accused of something you are innocent of, or you may be asked to do something that goes against the grain of your social and traditional heritage or religious upbringing. Just as for Seanie the Gospel reminds us that the pattern of our life is the pattern of our salvation.
On Sunday June the 13th Confirmation Service was held in St James` Church Mallow. Six candidates confirmed where Sara Barnby, Jonathan Hartnett, Emma Brennan, Rebecca O Reilly, Gladys Sherlock and Victoria Woulfe. We would like to say a special word of thanks to Bishop Paul who came to us on the back of what was a very busy week for him with the Institution of Canon Patrick Hewitt in Youghal on Tuesday and Rev. Brian O Reilly in Cobh on Wednesday and the Diocesan Synod on Saturday. The Bishop in his excellent sermon encouraged us to be like Zakumi the Mascot for 2010 World Cup, Zakumi is jolly, self-confident, adventurous, and spontaneous, he is warm-hearted and caring, and wants to make as many friends as possible. to connect with others and break down language barriers. He always carries his football around which he will use to invite people to play with him. He has therefore learned to adapt to new environments; enjoying the diversity in nature and people across the African continent He is a proud South African and wants to ensure that the world will come together in South Africa, Zakumi’s main priority is to turn the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa into one huge, joyful and unforgettable party and show the thousands of international guests the warmth and spirit of the African continent. Bishop Paul encorage those confirmed and the congregation to endeavour to live out the Christian life in the same way Zakumi seeks to fulfil his misssion as 2010 World Cup Mascot.
At the Synod on Saturday the Bishop paid tribute to those in our parishes who give so generously of there time and talents in the building up of Gods Kingdom amongst us. In this context I would like to thank all those who put a lot of work into getting the Church ready for the confirmation service, John Coulter and his merry band of helpers, Dinny “stremmer” Dineen, Ed Winters Organist and grass cutter, those who gave flowers and helped with the flower display, all those who prepared the refreshments, served them and washed up afterwards. The Church Wardens, Clllectors, the Choir and Musicans, Charlotte Kitto Guartist, the Ladies Singing Group, Brid Brennan and members of the Childrens Choir. Avril Gubbins Diocesan Reader. All those who baked or donated cakes and biscuits.
St James Church yard
I would like to thank James Good for clearing the Churchyard in St James Church, Mallow. There was a lot of branches and briars after the clean up day in St Anne’s Graveyard and the pruning of the trees, so I appreciate James coming in with his equipment and clearing the yard, this saved us quite a bit of money as it would have been expensive to rent a shredding machine for the branches.
BLACKWATER SOCIAL CLUB
A great day was had by all who came for BBQ lunch, games and ice-cream party held on the 23rd May at Mark and Diana Buckley’s farm. The weather was lovely and the games were enjoyed by all who took part even though some got a little wet. A total of 1552 Euro was raised for Down Syndrome Ireland.
Joy Sheehan held a coffee morning in support of Christian Aid on the 5th June, at which over €800 was raised, I would like to thank all those who supported it particularly those from the wider community and the ladies from the Roman Catholic Church Choir in Doneraile.
Gospel Choir 14th July
On Tuesday 14th July a visiting Youth Choir from Ohio will treat us to an evening of Gospel singing in St James Church Mallow, all welcome. Check our website for further details. www.mallow.cloyne.anglican.org.
Sunday 26th September 3.00pm St Mary’s` Castletownroche.
Sunday 3rd October 3.00pm St James` Mallow.
Sunday 10th October 3.00pm St Mary’s Doneraille.
Congratulations to Jane and Ian Wharton on the birth of their daughter Sarah Anne, a sister for Rachael, Matthew and William. Congratulations also go to Neville and Pauline Sweetnam on the birth of their daughter Ruby. Congratulations to Joy Sheehan on the safe arrival of a granddaughter a daughter for Tracey and Dick
On Saturday 19th June Dr. Conor Ramsden married Dr. Hannah Cookson in St Mary’s` Church Doneraile. We wish them both the very best as they begin their married life together.
NO WEEKLY SERVICES IN JULY AND AUGUST
There will be no weekly services for the months of July and August in St. James Church Mallow. Weekday service will resume as normal in September.
CHURCH TIME CHANGES
Please note that on Sunday the 4th July Castletownroche and Doneraile Service times will swop. Service time will be 9.00 am in Castletownroche and Doneraile will be 10.30 am.
We would like to extend our sympathy to Lena & Bill Young-Husband on the recent death of her brother Mortimer Mc Garry in Australia, after an illness bravely borne.
On Wednesday the 19th of May we were all very saddened to hear of the tragic death of Christopher Lysaght, who was killed in a work related accident. Christopher worked as a tree Surgeon, it was a job he really enjoyed sadly it was in the course of this work that Christopher was killed. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to his parents Ann and Bill, his sisters, DC, grandmothers and all the family.
We also express our sympathy to Maurice Clancy on the recent death of his cousin in Mallow.
May their souls and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen
Mallow 12 noon.