25th Anniversary of Mothers’ Union Quiet Day in Ballydehob

Mothers’ Union members at the 25th Quiet Day in Ballydehob

Hilary Dring, President of the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, writes:

For more than 25 years members in Ballydehob/Aughadown Mothers’ Union branch have organised an Annual Quiet Day open to everyone from across the diocese. Each year the message about the date would arrive, branches were informed, and members and friends invited. Faithfulness is a wonderful attribute; it is indeed one of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22. We take this opportunity to thank all those who have been involved over the years; many of them are no longer with us. Their legacy lives on.

Each year the gathering in St. Matthew’s Hall near Church Cross offers a wonderful opportunity to take some time out of our busy lives to recalibrate at the beginning of the year. The Quiet Day has always been in January but, as with so many other events in recent times, COVID got in the way. So, on Wednesday 5 th October almost 30 members and friends met for a wonderful day of renewal and fellowship. Our speaker was former Diocesan President, Patsy Devoy, well known and much loved by our members. Patsy was the speaker at the very first Quiet Day on 15th January 1996 and so it was very appropriate that she should be invited to facilitate this special occasion. She chose gratitude as her theme and shaped the day around Psalm 139, especially focussing on the words “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Each of us has a very personal and special story to tell, a story unique to us. Patsy shared some of her special story, relating memories from her own life, as she reflected on who and what has shaped her into the person she has become. We each then had time to think about our own special story and to reflect on the things for which we are especially grateful. She said that this remembering “…might sometimes make us think of people we need to forgive…or are in the process of forgiving! Or sometimes we may think of someone of whom we need to ask forgiveness.”

Patsy then shared some stories from a book called ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’ by Philip Yancey and Paul Brand. We were encouraged to think about our faith journeys and who/what has helped us along the way so far. She remembered former Bishop Roy Warke coming to Carrigrohane to share some of his faith journey; she described how Bishop Roy spoke his experience of a gradual process of coming to faith rather than a ‘light-bulb’ moment. This was very encouraging to hear. A reminder yet again that every person’s story is unique to them, and no journey is better or less important than another.

We finished the day using Psalm 139 as the framework for our prayers and then joined the Archbishop of Canterbury as we listened to him reading the prayers for the 28 th of September on the Lectio365 App which also used some words from Psalm 139. LECTIO365 is a wonderful App which has prayers for morning and evening each day; the morning prayers end with this prayer –

Father, enable me to live this day to the full, being true to you in every way.
Jesus, enable me to give myself away to others, being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, enable me to love the lost, proclaiming Christ in all I do and say. Amen

Our thanks go to the local members who organised the day with tea and coffee, soup for lunch and a beautiful 25 th anniversary cake for the special occasion. Everyone who came was delighted to share in fellowship and friendship on the day, catching up with people we hadn’t been able to see for quite some time; a reminder again that Mothers’ Union is about reaching out into our communities and parishes and about being friends to and supporting one another.

Hilary Dring, Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union, Patsy Devoy, and Maria Swanton
Patsy Devoy, Maria Swanton and Essie Shannon
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Bishop Paul Colton to receive Ashton School Hall of Fame Award

On Friday next, 2nd December 2022, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton is to be presented with the Hall of Fame Award by his former secondary school, Ashton School in Cork.

The Ashton School Hall of Fame Award is awarded to past pupils of the School in recognition of outstanding achievement. Each year the Board of Management invites nominations for the award from members of the school community. Where the Board judges the achievement of one or more nominees to be outstanding, the Board makes the award.

The Ashton School Hall of Fame Award was awarded for the first time in November 2010 to five past pupils who had played Hockey for Ireland and represented their country more than 100 times (Dave Hobbs, Mark Black, Jason Black, Karl Burns and John Jermyn). On that first occasion it was awarded in the area of Sport. Over the last number of years it has been awarded for outstanding achievement in the areas of plasma physics (Brian Appelbe), maths/physics (Hugh McNamara), orthopaedic surgery (Ruth Delaney), stem cell research (Stephen Sullivan), corporate finance (Mark Hutchinson), film-making (Peter Foott), artistic performance (Camille O’Sullivan), humanitarian aid work (Mary Elmes) and percussion music (Alex Petcu).

Bishop Paul is to receive the award for several achievements in various areas, mentioned by those in the school community who proposed his name, including:

  • many academic achievements and outstanding example as a scholar
  • work in the Church of Ireland Ministry
  • service to Ashton School as Chairperson of the Board during which he secured the patronage of the school for the future
  • service to the Diocese as Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross since 1999
  • care and support for people of Cork and service to the community
  • his community involvement with particular mention of COVID and Ukrainian crisis
  • and other awards he has received
Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
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Paddy Casey comes to Crosshaven for Penny Dinners Fundraising Concert

Holy Trinity Church packed for the fundraising concert.

The Rev. Isobel Jackson, Rector of Templebreedy Group of Parishes, writes:

What a fantastic weekend with Paddy Casey and Crosshaven Community Choir! We had two wonderful nights of music and song in Holy Trinity Church on the 18th and 19thof November. The Concerts were organised by Dr Eva McMullan, Director of the Crosshaven Community Choir. This choir was formed in 2017 and in conjunction with Holy Trinity, they have invited Irish artists to sing for local fundraisers. Our last concert just before Covid was with Brian Kennedy for the Alzheimer’s Society.

After a forced break we were delighted to welcome Paddy Casey and his daughter Saoirse Casey to entertain us at two sold out concerts for Penny Dinners. Our MC’s were Paul Linehan of the ‘Frank and Walters’ on Friday night and Caitriona Twomey of Penny Dinners on Saturday night. It was brilliant to have the community together again and we are already looking forward to the next concert.

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Souls of our Shoes – an art exhibition on the topic of domestic abuse – currently displayed in Carrigaline

Hilary Dring, Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union, writes:

A provocative exhibition which is touring Ireland is coming to St. Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, Co. Cork. It will take place during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which takes place each year from 25th November to 10th December.

Initially shown in Edinburgh in 2017, ‘Souls of our Shoes – A Journey into and out of Domestic Abuse’ is an exhibition which walks viewers through the reality of domestic abuse. This incredibly powerful and compelling exhibition is an initiative of Mothers’ Union Ireland; its main purpose is to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The first All-Ireland Souls of Our Shoes Exhibition was mounted in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin for the duration of the World Meeting of Families in 2018. It was a moving and meaningful experience, visited by thousands of visitors and pilgrims, many of whom echoed that domestic abuse was endemic in their own country. Some took photos, asked questions, and were excited to be taking this idea back to their own country.

Souls of Our Shoes is an exhibition of physical shoes accompanied by comments from those who have walked away from abuse, and from those who journey with them. Individuals and groups are welcome to drop in during this time to view the exhibition and stand in solidarity with all who experience domestic abuse.

The Rector of Carrigaline Union of Parishes, Revd Canon Elaine Murray commented:

As the Rector of Carrigaline Union, I am delighted to welcome this exhibition to St Mary’s Church. As Christian Communities, we are called to provide assistance to, seek safety and health for, and serve as an advocate for the victims of domestic abuse. If we ignore such abuse and politely act as if it does not exist, we perpetuate violence and leave the “least of these” as vulnerable victims of violence and abuse. Thank you to the Mothers’ Union for organising such a powerful witness.’  

The exhibition is open at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Church Road, Carrigaline, P43 F625
from every day from 12noon – 2pm from Friday 25th November to Thursday 1st December.

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The Twelve Hampers of Christmas

Kilmocomogue Union of Parishes is running an online fundraising Christmas raffle this year based on the 12 Days of Christmas.

Canon Paul Willoughby, Rector of Kilmocomogue Union, writes:

There will be twelve prizes, where each prize will increase by one item on the last, leading up to twelfth prize. The first prize will be a bottle of whiskey, the second prize will be a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of wine … The twelfth prize will be a fabulous Christmas hamper with twelve luxury items. All in all a delightful Christmas treat for a lucky winner! 

Because of the pandemic we have been unable to hold our annual Garden Fete for the past three years. As part of our parish fundraising efforts this year I am very grateful to Lorna O’Donovan who has come up with this imaginative idea for a Christmas raffle.

After buying tickets online a digital copy of the tickets will be emailed to the buyer. The prize draw will take place on Sunday, 18th December 2022. 

You can buy raffle tickets from parishioners, online here, or by messaging Kimocomogue Union on Facebook.  

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