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February 2021 Newsletter

Mallow Union Newsletter

St. James’  Mallow, St. Mary’s Doneraile,  St. Mary’s Castletownroche

    February 2021        


         Rector: Rev’d Meurig Williams 


Email: mllwyd@aol.com

Website: www.mallow.cork.anglican.org

Facebook: Mallow Union of Parishes

Lay Readers:  Avril Gubbins 022/24267

Emmanuel Adebisi 022/20477



We hope this finds you safe and well, as we continue with the current restrictions as individuals and as a church community.


Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

We might not think it but days are lengthening and as a sign of it the Church kept the wonderful feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (or Candlemas) on February 2nd.  We hope this moment together provided us with a moment to turn our minds and hearts from the celebration of the birth of Christ towards his passion and resurrection, with Lent coming into view (February 17th).  Thanks to all who joined in this service and despite the rather slow start due to technical issues, we celebrated the feast in a meaningful way.


Diocesan Magazine

Payment for the diocesan magazine for the year 2021 is now due.  Please contact Susan Buckley (025/39387) to arrange payment of these.  February 2021 has been printed but due to restrictions cannot be collected.  If  you want a copy emailed to you please contact Diana Buckley (dianabuckley2@gmail.com)

Notes of Zoom Select Vestry Meeting 21/1/2021

This was the first Select Vestry Meeting for the new Rector to chair and the first time he had seen most of the vestry members so the meeting started with everyone introducing themselves and saying something about themselves.

Minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Matters arising – Thanks to Linda Deane for the minutes.

Thanks to Susan and Emma Brennan for all the work for the concert, to Maurice Clancy for decorating the church and to Linda Deane for the Mince pies.

Doneraile had an online Community Carol Service in December and thanks to Avril Gubbins and Vit Gardiner for all the work they put into putting it together and to everyone for taking part in the service. 

Thanks to Mary St. Leger for designing the Christmas Cards and  to Diana Buckley for getting them printed off with the service times for Christmas on them.  Thanks to Diana and Linda Deane for posting them out with December newsletter. 

Thanks to Chris Bond, Victor Wolfe, Linda Deane and Diana Buckley for taking the bookings for the Christmas Eve/Day Services. 

Thanks to all Canon Alan Marley, Rev. Tony Murphy, Avril Gubbins and Emmanuel Adebisi for all the services during the vacancy and anyone else that helped in any way.

Correspondence – Jackie Nagle was after receiving letter about the Fairshare which was €58,627 for the year and Priority funds €584.

Finances – Jackie Nagle reported on the accounts for 31/12/2020 and there was a shortfall .  She thanked everyone for giving so generously in such difficult times.  It will be a challenge for 2021 and if anyone has any fundraising ideas for the year please let some of the vestry members know.

Rectory – the Rector had been in the Rectory since 18th December and was generally delighted with the rectory.  Thanks to everyone for all the work they had done in the Rectory.  The exterior is still to be painted and Andrew Gardiner is to look at getting this done.

St. James’ Church – There are repairs to be done to the vestry roof and the tower louvers.  They have applied for a grant and are awaiting a reply.

St. Mary’s Castletownroche – New gravel has been put down around church and driveway.  We are waiting for someone to come and fix slates and clean shutts.

St. Mary’s Doneraile – Cork Co. Council are to look at the flooding in the carpark and the outside light.  The Fas worker will be there until April or maybe longer.

Safeguarding Trust – Myrtle Forde, David Deane and the Rector to meet on February 1st to fill in the 2019 Annual Diocesan safeguarding return.

Health and Safety – Victor Wolfe is updating statements and the Rector is to sign them.

Rector’s Business/any other business – The Rector thanked all for the welcome he had received to the parish and for people’s prayers for him around the time of his Institution on the Epiphany. He had arrived into Cork during a pandemic which means it will take time to get to know each other.  He shared his hope that the churches of Mallow Union would become more visible in the community. Having a parish logo would be useful, for starters.


Date of next meeting – 25th February at 8pm on Zoom.





Wednesday 17th February                      Ash Wednesday Service on Zoom 8pm

Wednesday 24th February      Lent Study on next Sunday’s readings on Zoom 8pm

Thursday 25th February                         Select Vestry Meeting on Zoom 8pm






7th February (2nd Sunday before Lent)                                  Green

Proverbs 8: 1, 22-31  Psalm 104: 26-37  Colossians 1: 15-20  John 1: 1-14


14th February (The Sunday before Lent)                              White or Green

2 Kings 2: 1-12  Psalm 50: 1-6  2 Corinthians 4: 3-6  Mark 9: 2-9


21st February (1st Sunday in Lent)                                         Violet

Genesis 9: 8-17  Psalm 25: 1-9  1 Peter 3: 18-22  Mark 1: 9-15


28th February (2nd Sunday in Lent)                                        Violet

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16  Psalm 22: 23-31  Romans 4: 13-25  Mark 8: 31-38


7th March (3rd Sunday in Lent)                                               Violet

Exodus 20: 1-17  Psalm 19  1 Corinthians 1: 18-25  John 2: 13-22



If you have anything to put in the March magazine please give to Diana Buckley before Friday 12th February and for the March Newsletter please give to Diana before Wednesday 3rd March.   Email: dianabuckley2@gmail.com or mobile 086/1547810 or address Bridgetown, Castletownroche.