• St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Easter

    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

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday  7.30 p.m. Larry & Ann Bates (Anniv)

    Sunday  9.00 a.m. Kevin McGrath (Anniv)

                   12 Noon Josephine Kerton (Anniv)

     

    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).

     

    Thanks  We are grateful to all who helped with the Holy Week and Easter Celebrations. Thanks to all who prepared the Church, arranged the flowers etc. Thanks to the Choir, the Readers, the Eucharistic Ministers and the Baptismal Preparation Team members who participated.

     

    If you have not yet handed in your  Trocaire Box or Easter Collection Envelope they can be handed into the Church or to the Parish Office. The Easter Envelope is available in the box with your weekly family offering envelopes.

     

    St. Oliver’s School  re-opens on Monday 28th April at 9.00 a.m.

     

    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.

     

    Homeshare, Family based Respite Scheme  The Brothers of Charity Services are seeking Carers to provide short breaks to children with intellectual disabilities, involving them in everyday activity in your home whilst giving families a break. If you are interested, contact Children’s Homeshare Co-ordinator, The Brothers of Charity Services South East, Child & Family Centre, 2 Jervis Place, Parnell St, Clonmel. Tel 052-6124499 or email:childrenshomeshare@tipperary.brothersofcharity.ie

     

    Divine Mercy Celebrations  take place in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, Clonmel on this Sunday 27th April, Divine Mercy Sunday, at 2.30 p.m. ending with Mass. Celebrant Fr. Slawomir Jarzab C.C. Ss Peter & Paul’s. 1st class Relic of St. Faustina will be available. All are welcome.

     

    Anam Cara  is holding its monthly parent evening on Monday 28th April form 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. at the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles. This event is free, open to all bereaved parents and each Anam Cara support group has a bereavement professional present to answer any questions parents may have and signpost them to other services that are available in the area.

     

    Waterford Institute of Technology Department of Applied Arts Religious Studies of Theology Research Group “Believing and Belonging in a Secular Age: Unpacking the European Values Survey & European Social Survey” will take place on Tuesday 29th April at 7.00 p.m. in Room FO1 (Business School), Cork Road Campus. For more information contact:appliedarts@wit.ie

     

    Mental Health Awareness with Grow in Ireland are holding a series of talks for 4 weeks at the Clonmel Park Hotel. An introduction to understanding and minding your mental health. Week 4: Thursday 1st May at 7.30 p.m. How GROW Works. Guest Speaker: Christine Fitzgerald (Grow in Ireland). Plus information on Locally Available Supports.  To reserve your free place contact Caroline Crotty tel 086-4673239 or Mary Walsh tel 087-2843424 or email: marywalsh@grow.ie. Places are limited.

     

    St. Vincent de Paul Monthly Collection  will take place after all Masses next weekend Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May.

     

    A Reminder  The Waterford & Lismore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from 6th – 11th June, and there are still places for pilgrims and also for those who wish to travel as staff. It is always a very worthwhile and rewarding experience, and we would invite anyone who is interested in joining us to contact the Lourdes Office in Waterford City Tel 051- 878900, or in the Clonmel area John Healy Tel 052-6123791

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes  – €523.95      Notes and Coin  – €899.05             Thank You

     

    A Prayer for the Month of May

    Mary, Virgin and Mother, you who, moved by the Holy Spirit, welcomed the word of life in the depths of your humble faith: as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One, help us to say our own ‘yes’ to the urgent call, as pressing as ever, to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

    Filled with Christ’s presence, you brought joy to John the Baptist, making him exult in the womb of his mother.  Brimming over with joy, you sang of the great things done by God.  Standing at the foot of the cross with unyielding faith, you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection, and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit so that the evangelising Church might be born.

    Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection, that we may bring to all the Gospel of life which triumphs over death.  Give us a holy courage to seek new paths, that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman.  Virgin of listening and contemplation, Mother of love, Bride of the eternal wedding feast, pray for the Church, whose pure icon you are, that she may never be closed in on herself or lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom.

    Star of the new evangelisation, help us to bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor, that the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth, illuminating even the fringes of our world.  Mother of the living Gospel, wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones, Pray for us. Amen. Alleluia!

    (Pope Francis, EG, 288)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – Easter Sunday

     

    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

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday  7.30 p.m. John O’ Brien (Anniv)

    Sunday    9.00 a.m. Bridget (Sis) Burke & Sons Mark & John  (Anniv)

                       12 Noon Jimmy Pollard (Anniv)

     

    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).

    There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Monday 21st April which is a Public Holiday. Adoration as usual on Monday 28th April.

     

    Visitation of Parish – Legion of Mary  Members of the Legion of Mary will visit the houses in our Parish on the 24th and 25th April. They have asked for our prayers, that God will bless their work.

     

    If you have not yet handed in your Trocaire Box or Easter Collection Envelope they can be handed into the Church or to the Parish Office.  The Easter Envelope is available in the box with your weekly family offering envelopes.

     

    Eternal Rest  to Sarah Dillon R.I.P. late of 18 Ard Caoin who died recently and whose Funeral Mass was in St. Oliver’s Church.

     

    Mental Health Awareness with Grow in Ireland are holding a series of talks for 4 weeks at the Clonmel Park Hotel. An introduction to understanding and minding your mental health. Week 3: Thursday 24th April at 7.30 p.m. Building Resilience. Guest Speaker: Linda Thorpe (Mental Health Ireland). To reserve your free place contact Caroline Crotty tel 086-4673239 or Mary Walsh tel 087-2843424 or email: marywalsh@grow.ie. Places are limited.

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes  – €799.45      Notes and Coin  – €516.55        Thank You

     

    Community Suicide Awareness Workers (C-Saw) will hold a Suicide Awareness Open Information Evening “Taking Time to Talk” in Hotel Minella on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.00 p.m. All are welcome.

     

    St Vincent de Paul  St. Mary’s Choral Society have graciously donated the net proceeds of the opening night to their new production of Fiddler on the Roof to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Opening night is Friday 25th April at the White Memorial Theatre. Please support this opening night to help generate much needed funds for the society. Tickets available from Marians, O’ Connell Street, Clonmel.

     

    Céili  in aid of South Tipperary Hospice will take place at Hillview, Sports Club, Mountain Road, Clonmel on Friday 25th April at 9.00 p.m. Music by Tim Joe and Anne. Admission €10. Refreshments served.

     

    Easter Reflection  will take place at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Saturday 26th April at 10.00 a.m. Facilitator: Antoinette Dilworth rsj.  Allowing ourselves to ‘flesh out’ in our everyday lives, the grace of inner light and freedom that Easter celebrates.

     

    Divine Mercy Celebrations  take place in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, Clonmel on Sunday 27th April, Divine Mercy Sunday, at 2.30 p.m. ending with Mass. Celebrant Fr. Slawomir Jarzab C.C. Ss Peter & Paul’s.  1st class Relic of St. Faustina will be available. All are welcome.

     

    Anam Cara  is holding its monthly parent evening on Monday 28th April form 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. at the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles. This event is free, open to all bereaved parents and each Anam Cara support group has a bereavement professional present to answer any questions parents may have and signpost them to other services that are available in the area.

     

    Traditional Easter Day Prayer

    Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate

    Christ is Risen: The Spirits of evil are fallen

    Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing

    Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty

    Christ is Risen indeed from the dead the first of the sleepers

    Glory and power are his forever and ever.

    (St. Hippolytus AD 190-236)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

    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

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday  7.30 p.m. Cathy & Paddy Daly (Anniv)

    Sunday    9.00 a.m.

                       12 Noon Carol Lee (Anniv)

     

    The Mass of Chrism  will take place in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Waterford on Holy Thursday morning at 10.30 p.m.

     

    Trócaire  will be taken up on Good Friday. This Collection goes towards the upkeep of the places in the Holy Land associated with the life and death of Jesus.

     

     Holy Places Collection  will be taken up on Good Friday. This Collection goes towards the upkeep of the places in the Holy Land associated with the life and death of Jesus.

     

     Visitation of Parish – Legion of Mary  Members of the Legion of Mary will visit the houses in our Parish on the 24th and 25th April. They have asked for our prayers, that God will bless their work.

     

    Welcome into our Christian Community  Amelia Olivia Slattery and Bruce John Anderson who were baptised last weekend.

     

    Eucharistic Ministers Rota  for April – June ’14 is now available in the Sacristy in the church. We need some more Eucharistic Ministers.

     

    St. Vincent de Paul box  is available on the side door to the Day Chapel next to the office door.

     

    Mental Health Awareness  with Grow in Ireland are holding a series of talks for 4 weeks at the Clonmel Park Hotel. An introduction to understanding and minding your mental health. Week 2: Thursday 17th April at 7.30 p.m. Understand and Minding your Mental Health.  Guest Speaker: Derry O’Malley (Therapist).  To reserve your free place contact Caroline Crotty tel 086-4673239 or Mary Walsh tel 087-2843424 or email: marywalsh@grow.ie. Places are limited.

     

    Pilgrim Paths Day 2014 – St. Declan’s Way Walk  will commence at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 19th April in Goatenbridge. Walkers will gather at Mount Melleray at 10. 00 a.m. from where they will get buses to Goatenbridge. The cost of entry is €15. Please visit www.kmdactive.com to book online. Direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com or phone Kevin O’ Donnell on 086-3541700.

     

    Céili  in aid of South Tipperary Hospice will take place at Hillview, Sports Club, Mountain Road, Clonmel on Friday 25th April at 9.00 p.m. Music by Tim Joe and Anne. Admission €10. Refreshments served.

     

    Easter Reflection  will take place at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Saturday 26th April at 10.00 a.m. Facilitator: Antoinette Dilworth rsj.  Allowing ourselves to ‘flesh out’ in our everyday lives, the grace of inner light and freedom that Easter celebrates.

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes  – €704.82      Notes and Coin  – €473.18          Thank You

     

    Our Parish Centre

    Target:  €130,000.00      Donated so far: €84,320.34               

    Thanks for all your generosity.

     

    A Reflection for Holy Week

    At the beginning of Lent we asked, “Why was Jesus tempted”?  Now, at the season’s close we ask, “Why did he suffer”? The early Church knew that he did suffer and die. She also knew that this had to be in accord with God’s plan, or as St Paul calls it, with his mystery.

    One hint is found in an enigmatic figure described in the Old Testment. In the second part of the Book of Isaiah (cc.40-55), written during the exile in Babylon, there appears in four distinct poems, one who is called the Servant of Yahweh. In the third, and especially in the fourth, the servant is said to suffer at the hands of others.

    The first of this Sunday’s readings is the third of these “Suffering Servant” poems. Monday of this Holy Week will offer the first poem, Tuesday the second, Wednesday the third again, and Good Friday the fourth and climactic one. In the last one the Servant is said to suffer and die for the sins of others. “… He gives his life as an offering for sin”.

    It is clear from this liturgical usage that the Church considers Jesus to be the fulfilment of the ancient oracles. They provide the answer, at least partially, to our question. Jesus suffered and died for the sins of humankind. His passion and death become our means of salvation.

    (The Word Alive, pp. 31-32)

     

     HOLY WEEK & EASTER CELEBRATIONS 2014

    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – Masses 10 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

    Wednesday 16th April   Penitential Service/Confessions Friary Church at 7.30 p.m.

    Holy Thursday 17th April  The only Mass on Thursday morning will be the Mass with the Blessing of the Holy Oils in the Cathedral Waterford at 10.30 a.m.

    Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper  at 7.30 p.m.  (Procession with Holy Oils, participation of Eucharistic Ministers, Holy Communion under both kinds)

    Adoration at the Altar of Repose to finish at 10.00 p.m.

    Good Friday 18th April  12.00 Noon Special Celebration of the Stations of the Cross for Children.  Children need to be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian.

    3.00 p.m. The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord. Liturgy of the Word followed by the Solemn Intercessions; Adoration of the Holy Cross; HolyCommunion.

    Confessions 4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

    7.30 p.m. Prayer around the Cross.  We hope you can join us in this Reflection time of prayer.

    Holy Saturday 19th April  Confessions 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. 5.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

    7.30 p.m.  Blessing of the Paschal Fire at Old St. Mary’s Church.

    8.00 p.m.  Easter Vigil Mass in St. Oliver’s (with participation of Baptismal Team Members)

    Easter Sunday 20th April Masses at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 Noon.  Banna Cluain Meala will be present at 12.00 Noon Mass

    Easter Week:  Masses each morning at 10.00 a.m.   Saturday 26th April Morning Mass at 11.30 a.m.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 5th Sunday of Lent

     

    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

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday  7.30 p.m. Ted & Nellie Johnson (Anniv)

    Sunday     9.00 a.m. Paddy Hogan (Anniv)

                      12 Noon Patrick Hally & Deceased Family Members (Anniv)

     

    Next Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and the beginning of Holy Week. The Blessing of Palms will take place at the Vigil Mass on Saturday Evening and blessed Palm will be available at all the other Masses on Sunday.

     

    Confirmation 2014  Congratulations to the fifty girls and boys who received the Sacrament of Confirmation here last Sunday. Thanks to all who helped: parents, teachers, Liam O’ Shea and the Choir, Elaine and our own staff here. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide these young people and help them to take their full part in the christian community.

     

    Eucharistic Ministers Rota for April – June ’14 is now available in the Sacristy in the church.

     

    Befriending Project  The Carers Association are offering a new befriending service on a pilot basis. This new service is free of charge and to help elderly people and those living alone, especially those with disabilities, mobility issues or related issues. It is not designed to replace the provision of home care services but to provide an additional outlet to people. All volunteers have Garda Clearance. Tel Richie Molloy 052-6170455 for information.

     

    St. Vincent de Paul Monthly Collection will take place after all Masses this weekend Saturday 5th and 6th April.

     

    Saint Pio Prayer Group  will take place on Monday 7th April in St. Mary’s Church, Irishtown, Clonmel. Rosary and prayers at 6.30 p.m. Mass at 7.00 p.m. for petitions placed in the basket on the altar. All are welcome.

     

    Mental Health Awareness with Grow in Ireland will hold a series of talks for 4 weeks at the Clonmel Park Hotel, beginning on Thursday 10th April at 7.30 p.m. An introduction to understanding and minding your mental health.Week 1: Mental Health Awareness. Guest Speaker: John Lonergan.  To reserve your free place contact Caroline Crotty tel 086-4673239 or Mary Walsh tel 087-2843424 or email: marywalsh@grow.ie. Places are limited.

     

    Fundraising Cycle in aid of Clonmel Red Cross will take place on Sunday 13th April starting at 10.30 a.m. from Clonmel Park Hotel. Registration open from 9.00 a.m. €15 for adults, €10 for U16’s.  Route1: Clonmel, Ardfinnan, Clogheen, Newcastle, Clonmel (55km)  Route 2: Clonmel, Ardfinnan, Newcastle, Clonmel (40 km). For information contact Darren Ryan 087 – 9276516 or John Walsh 087 – 2897549.

     

    Time for Reflection  Looking to do a little extra something this Lent? Why not join us on Thursday nights at 7.30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Pastoral Centre, Irishtown, for a period of quiet reflection on the Lenten Sunday Readings with Sr. Angela Ryan (Presentations Sisters).

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes – €478.50      Notes and Coin – €612.50                Thank You

     

    Our New Parish Centre

    Target: €130,000.00             Donated so far: €84,243.14

    Thanks for all your generosity.

     

    The Pope’s Intentions for April

    Universal:  That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.

    For Evangelisation: That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

     

    “I am the Resurrection and the Life”

    Several statements in our readings have the power to move us if we let them. But surely the most startling is Jesus’ proclamation in the Gospel: “I am the resurrection and the life!” No ordinary person would say anything like that. It is as though a doctor were to say, “I am the operation that will save you”. One who heard a doctor say that to a patient would surely advise the patient to change doctors.

    Yet Jesus made that statement. For close to two thousand years people have been hearing it. Some have laughed it off as ludicrous. Others have found it too profound to think about. But others have reflected on it, discovering a meaning, and believed in him.

    In all of the so-called “I am” statements in John’s Gospel where Jesus identifies himself with some other reality, such as “the light of the world” (8:12), “the sheepgate” (10:7), “the good shepherd” (10:11), “the true vine” (15:1), there is intended a salvific relationship to others. In other words, that other reality symolizes or expresses some saving effect Jesus will have on believers.

    Thus when Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life”, he is not referring simply to his own resurrection from the dead. He is talking about resurrection and life that he will bring to those who believe in him. Such people will be raised from the dead; they will have life. 

    But there is more. He does not mean only the resurrection to life on the last day. (That is implied in v. 24 where Martha expresses belief in such a resurrection). He means, also and especially, a new kind of life that is already shared here and now. This is indicated by another remarkable statement,… “whoever is alive and believes in me will never die”.

    This kind of life is what has traditionally been called the “life of grace”. It is a life that puts one in intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Spirit. And it is a relationship that may never cease. Thus, even though physical death will intervene, the union of God will continue.                            (The Word Alive, p.30)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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