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Denis MacCarthy’s Diocesan Notes for November 2010
I would like to thank the people of Mallow Union for all they have done for family and me during my time as Rector. Being Rector in Mallow Union has been has been a tremendous experience; it has been a time of great learning and development for me both on a spiritual and personal level. I thank you for all you have taught me and shared with me as we journeyed together, for the enthusiasm in which we embraced as one the many challenges we encountered on our pilgrim way. I say thanks to all those who work to continue making Mallow Union a place where the Gospel is lived out, the Good News proclaimed and the stranger welcomed. I would like to thank the Vestry, The Church Wardens, my Glebe Wardens, The Organists, The Choir, Worship Group, The Children’s Choir, The Bible Club, The Church 21 Group, Our Church Cleaners, Readers, Flower Arrangers, Church Function Organisers Youth Club, Mothers Union, The staff and BOM of Mallow No 1 National School, Ministers of the Cup of Tea and of course the institution that is Mr John Coulter for his commitment and dedication to our Church.
I would also like to thank our Diocesan Readers Avril Gubbins and Olive Buckley for all their assistance, advice and shared discipleship.
This year we celebrated the Harvest festival Season, with Services in Castletownroche on Sept 26th where the very Revd. Pat Scanlon PP of Castletownroche was our guest
Preacher. On Sunday the 3rd of October Revd Adrian Wilkinson preached in Mallow on Stetson Hats and Bonanza sorry I meant Bonsai Trees (it’s a new branch of Theology) thank you Adrian for an excellent sermon and for travelling so far to be with us and for exporting some excellent parishioners to us in recent years! I would like to thank John Coulter for all the work he put into making our church look so well, our adult choir, Children’s Choir, Organist Ed Winters, Our African Singers and Dancers, Church Wardens and all those who helped with the refreshments and the clean up.
On Sunday the 10th of October the man from the county Down came calling looking for the Sam Maguire! Revd. David Armstrong from Carraigaline was our Preacher; he preached an excellent sermon on “Patience” (However, it has left me with a fear of umbrellas!). Other special guests on the day were Fr. Tobias BLit the new Parish Priest of Doneraile, Fr. Anthony Curate in Doneraile, members of the congregation of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Doneraile. Members of their Church Choir also joined ours for the singing on the day; Dr Evelyn played the Organ Edward Winters played the piano and not forgetting our Bell Ringers. To all those who helped prepare our Churches throughout the Union for the Harvest Festival I would like to express my thanks, Our thanks also goes to those who organised the refreshments on each Sunday.
The Thomas Davis Memorial Service was held on Friday 15th October in St James Church Mallow. It was followed by a Lecture from Sen. Labras O Murchu, Ard Stiurthoir Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. The title of the lecture was “I care not who writes my country’s laws, if I can write her songs.”
Wedding Anniversary Celebrations.
David and Linda Deane celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at the end of September. While Lena and Bill Young-Husband celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary in early October. We send our congratulations to both couples!
Congratulations, to Mary Ann Adebsei who celebrated her 40th Birthday with a Service of Thanksgiving in St James Church on Saturday 9th October.