From the Rector:

While there have been a few good days, all in all it has been a very disappointing summer. For all that, it has been a very busy few months in the parish since the last edition of our newsletter.

The first and main event of the summer was, of course, the Annual Parish Fete. While the set up went well, the day of the Fete started with heavy rain and thoughts were of having to cancel. Fortunately around one o’clock the sun came out and all was saved. Thanks to the hard work of so many people and the generosity of others, we achieved over €7,000.

Sunday 30th July as a busy day for the parish when we had the Baptism of Christopher George Twiss Pearson in Holy Trinity Church, Schull in the morning. The Pearson family all fly in from the States for the christening of all their children. Their great, great, great, grandfather was a one time rector of  the parish.

Our Crookhaven 300 season of Compline Services continued that evening as the Bishop launched the main week of festivities to mark the 300 years of the church. In his address he told us some of the history of Bishop Peter Browne who was instrumental in the building of the church.

On the Tuesday there was a Traditional Irish Music Concert in the Church. This was well attended and was a wonderful evening of music. On the Thursday local historian Jim O’Meara gave a talk to a packed church, on the Crookhaven area and its history.

Sunday 6th August was the keynote weekend of the festival and we were delighted that the Archbishop of Armagh was present and gave the address. Afterwards the Bishop dedicated the church for the further glory of God. Also in attendance on the evening were two former rectors, Canon Nicholas Cummins and Canon Eithne Lynch.

The series of services continued with the Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson who linked “the still small voice” of the hymn with the history and uniqueness of the church in Crookhaven. Then we had Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger who preached on Isaiah 54.

The season ended with the Rector preaching at the final service.

Earlier in the day he christened his grandson Shay Patrick in Altar Church.

After major restoration work on Holy Trinity Church, Schull, there was a concert in that church to raise some money to cover costs. The concert was well attended and thanks to the artists Camilla Greishel, Diana Llewellyn and Antoinette Baker we had a wonderful evening of diverse music.

Thanks to all who helped with the two concerts and the talk, over €3,000 was raised towards the cost of maintaining the fabric of the parish.

We extend our best wishes to a former Rector Canon Hilary Wakeman, as she and her family move back to Norwich in the U.K.

During the summer the Church of St. Brendan the Navigator was left a small legacy by Mrs Mary Pick. She and her husband used to holiday in Crookhaven during the summer months and we are very grateful that she remembered the church. It is proposed to buy a garden seat for the church grounds in memory of her.

Congratulation to Billy and Noelle Roycroft on celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

As can be seen from the list of services for the coming months, there are some changes to the order. Because the diocese will be providing cover after Sunday 1st October, both churches will have either Eucharist or Morning Prayer on those days. Please take note of those services you wish to attend.

Our Harvest Thanksgiving takes place on Sunday 17th September at 3.30 p.m. in Altar Church followed by afternoon tea in the rectory. As usual, any donations for the teas will be gratefully received.

The Rector has been asked to take and preach at the Mothers’ Union opening service which takes place in Ballydehob church on Thursday 7th September at 7.00 p.m. On Sunday 24th September the rector will preach in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork as part of his duties as a canon of the cathedral.