• St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    February 28, 2014

     

    PARISH INFORMATION

    Priests of the Parish:  Fr. Michael Hegarty I.C. Fr. James Pollock I.C.

    Tel:  6125679 Fax: 6128071 E Mail stoliver@eircom.net

    Sister:  Sr. Mary Muckley Tel: 6125235

    Parish Office:  Open Monday – Friday 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

    Parish Website: www.stoliverspc.org

    Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/stoliverspc

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Helpline 086-0412328 or 6123878

    Local Safeguarding Representatives:  Margaret Waters 086-8917440 Fiona Stanley 087-9340382

    Bereavement Support:  Tel 6125679

     

    Lent is Approaching  Next Wednesday 5th March is Ash Wednesday the beginning of the Season of Lent. We are encouraged to do something special for Lent. Perhaps we might be able to attend daily Mass on some weekdays, particularly on Fridays. (Stations of the Cross after morning Mass on Fridays).

    Here in St. Oliver’s, Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the 10.00 a.m. Mass on Wednesday. There will be Mass again on Wednesday evening at 7.30 p.m. at which the blessed Ashes will be distributed.

    Each week-day of Lent (except Sundays) there will be two Masses 10.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Morning Mass on Saturdays at 11.30 a.m.

    Trócaire Boxes are available today near the Church doors.

     

     First Friday  Next Friday is the First Friday of the month. Sr. Mary and Fr. Hegarty will bring Holy Communion to the persons who have asked to receive it in their own homes.

     

    St. Vincent de Paul Monthly Collection will take place after all Masses this weekend Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March.

     

    Parish Pastoral Council  A meeting of the PPC will be held on Monday 3rd March at 8.00 p.m. New members always welcome.

     

    Eternal Rest  to Mary Grace R.I.P late of 43 Highfield Grove and to Kathleen Sweeney R.I.P. late of 124 Elm Park who died recently.

     

    Welcome into our Christian Community  Ava Aileen Condon who was baptised last weekend.

     

    Collection last weekend 

    Envelopes – €535.30  Notes and Coin – €447.70

    Thank You

     

    Do Something Special this Lent!  Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you know with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being. Take the Short-Term pledge and make a difference to someone’s life!  For more information visit www.pioneerassociation.ie or contact Raymond O’ Connor Tel 01– 8749464.

     

    Lenten Scripture Reflection/Prayer  We begin on Tuesday, 4th March at 7.30 p.m., and continue each Tuesday for 6 weeks.  This is a time of quiet reflection and prayer, so please feel free to come along and experience it for yourself. You are MOST welcome. Just “come and see”. Venue: 21, Heywood Heights. If you would like further information, contact Sr. Mary at 6125235.

     

    Stroke Support Group  Meeting for encouragement, support and advice for stroke survivors, family members and carers will take place at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre this Tuesday evening 4th March at 8.00 p.m.  Contact: Gemma 087-9129263 or Sandra 087-1419365.

     

    World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Service Over 3 million people in Ireland and worldwide will take part in the annual World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Service on Friday 7th March. This years’ service has been prepared by Christian women in Egypt. The Clonmel service will take place in the Friary at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

     

    Formation Training for New Ministers  (Word and Eucharist) will be offered at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre on:  Tuesday 4th March – Ministers of the Eucharist   Tuesday 11th March – Ministers of the Word (Readers) We look forward to having some new volunteers.

     

    Pope Francis’s Prayer to Our Lady Untier of Knots  Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the days of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the Devil was never capable to tie you around with his confusion.

    Once with your son you interceded for our difficulties, and, full of kindness and patience you gave us example of how to untie the knots of our life. And by remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order, and make more clear the ties that link us to the Lord.

    Holy Mother, Mother of God, and our Mother, to you, who untie with motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of person), and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks.

    Through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Sharing the Good News

    February 27, 2014

    Monthly newsletter for Dioceses and Parishes Issue 5 – March 2014

    Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

    Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare

    Theme of Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign 2014 – ‘Water’

    This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign is about the global water crisis. There are 1.1 billion people in our world who are living without access to a reliable source of water. Nine year old Enestina Muyeye (pictured), the young girl featured on this year’s Trócaire box, comes from a small rural community in Dedza, central Malawi. Enestina’s community has relied for years on a contaminated river for drinking water, washing and irrigation.

    Trócaire, working in partnership with the Catholic Church in Malawi, has recently installed a drinking water pump and is working to support people in this strong and vibrant community as they strive to improve their lives.

    Across the developing world Trócaire is addressing the serious impact of water scarcity by helping people to access safe water for drinking, sanitation and irrigation. This work is made possible through the generous support of parishes across Ireland, which is greatly appreciated. To find out more about Trócaire’s Lenten campaign visit trocaire.org/lent.

    Please bring home a Trócaire box this Lent.

    Migration conference papers and audio of speeches now available

    The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Councils for Immigrants and Emigrants jointly hosted a conference last month entitled ‘Journeying Together: Challenges Facing the Migrant Today’. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin delivered the keynote address saying: “The Church must be a space where real human concern reaches out from our hearts to the migrant or the refugee as a brother and sister and embraces the migrant really with that “Caritas Christi” which is the mark of the Christian life.” Full text and audio on catholicbishops.ie.

    Increased demand for ACCORD

    New figures for the year 2013, released by ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service, indicate an increase in demand for its two key services. During 2011 and 2012, there was a modest increase in demand for ACCORD marriage preparation courses, however during 2013 demand increased significantly by 7.2% with over 7,600 couples taking part. Demand from individuals and couples for ACCORD’s marriage and relationship counselling service continues to rise. ACCORD           counsellors delivered a total of 50,952 counselling hours in 2013, an increase on 2012.

    See accord.ie.

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    February 21, 2014

    PARISH INFORMATION

    Priests of the Parish:  Fr. Michael Hegarty I.C. Fr. James Pollock I.C.

    Tel: 6125679 Fax: 6128071 E Mail stoliver@eircom.net

    Sister: Sr. Mary Muckley Tel: 6125235

    Parish Office: Open Monday – Friday 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

    Parish Website: www.stoliverspc.org Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/stoliverspc

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Helpline 086-0412328 or 6123878. Local Safeguarding Representatives: Margaret Waters 086-8917440 Fiona Stanley 087-9340382. Bereavement Support: Tel 6125679

    EUCHARISTIC ADORATION  Our Parish Eucharistic Adoration takes place each week Monday from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. (except when Monday is a Public Holiday).

    Fr. Bernard Hughes I.C.  has now taken up a position as Administrator of the Parish of Rathgormack, and moved there during the past week. We are grateful to him for helping us with the “Do This in Memory” programme for the First Communion children. He will be available to complete that programme this year.

    Welcome into our Christian Community  Jake Robert Hickey and Cian William Anthony Gilligan who were baptised last weekend.

    The Irish Catholic  The price of The Irish Catholic will increase to €1.60 on Saturday 1st March.

    Collection last weekend  Envelopes –  €708.85      Notes and Coin – €491.15 Thank You

    Information Evening  regarding the John Paul 11 Awards will take place on Thursday 27th February – for Clonmel Area – St Oliver’s Parish Centre. Students, parents, teachers and members of Parish Councils are invited to attend.

    Clonmel Daffodil Day  A Coffee Morning to launch Clonmel Daffodil Day fundraising for 2014 will be held in the Clonmel Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 1st March commencing at 10.30 a.m. Access through the Gas House Bridge car park. Please support this worthy cause.

    Lenten Scripture Reflection/Prayer  We begin on Tuesday, 4th March at 7.30 p.m., and continue each Tuesday for 6 weeks.  This is a time of quiet reflection and prayer, so please feel free to come along and experience it for yourself. You are MOST welcome. Just “come and see”. Venue: 21, Heywood Heights. If you would like further information, contact Sr. Mary at 6125235.

    World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Service  Over 3 million people in Ireland and worldwide will take part in the annual World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Service on Friday 7th March. This years’ service has been prepared by Christian women in Egypt. The Clonmel service will take place in the Friary at 7.30 p.m. All parishes in the Clonmel area are participating. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

    Formation Training for New Ministers (Word and Eucharist) will be offered in Clonmel at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre in March.  Tuesday 4th March – Ministers of the Eucharist  Tuesday 11th March – Ministers of the Word (Readers)  We look forward to having some new volunteers.  Please hand in names by this weekend.

    Caring for the Carer  will take place at Glencomeragh House, Kilsheelan on Wednesday 26th March from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. This is a gentle day of empowering, self-care that will focus on you, and your needs as a care provider. Presenter: Dee Hennessy, BD. Cost €50 – booking deposit €20. Booking: Contact the Secretary at 052-6133181 between 10.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday or email: info@glencomeragh.ie

    Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage  56th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage of Waterford & Lismore will take place from Friday 6th – Wednesday 11th June 2014. Information for sick pilgrims: contact John Healy Tel 052-6123791. Bookings are now being taken.

    Our New Parish Centre

    Target:  €130,000.00      Donated so far:  €81,816.35

    Thanks for all you generosity.

    Called to be Holy

    Holiness is wholeness. The follower of Jesus must strive for a harmonious wholeness of body, mind, soul, and emotions, a wholeness that rules out vengeance, anger, and lack of charity.

    Indeed the Christian must always bear in his heart these words of Jesus, “You must be made perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”. To some these words may seem perplexing, and one may ask, “How can I be perfect when only God is that good”?

    But Matthew is not speaking about absolute perfection, for only God is perfect in that sense. Rather the evangelist is stressing the necessity of the wholeness that is holiness.

    Alone of the world’s religions, Christianity makes the demand that practitioners love their enemies. Some religions and philosophies oppose violence and advocate nonresistance; others urge acceptance of whatever abuse enemies inflict. Only Christianity demands love toward those who do us harm.                                                                                                                (P.J. Sena C.PP.S)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) – Appeal for New Members to Join

    February 8, 2014

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    Many people have served the Parish as members of the PPC. We now need new members. We have made several appeals, but people seem to be very hesitant. Perhaps they are unsure as to what a PPC is, and does. The best way to learn is to come to a meeting and, hopefully, find out more.

    This is an urgent invitation to come to a meeting on Monday the 3rd of March in St. Oliver’s Parish Centre at 8pm. The meeting usually runs for one hour. Read more about PPC.

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