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

    February 27, 2015

    PARISH INFORMATION

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

    Tel: 6125679   E Mail stoliver@eircom.net

    Sister: Sr. Mary Muckley  Tel: 6125235

    Parish Office: Open Monday – Friday 9.00 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 052 – 6123878

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

    Bereavement Support: Tel 6125679

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday 7.30 p.m. Glen & Adrian Hally (Anniv)

    Sunday   9.00 a.m. Tony O’ Connell (Anniv)

                    11.00 a.m. Confirmation 

                    Our prayers and good wishes to all who are involved

     

    Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)  The PPC will meet on Monday 2nd March at 8.00 p.m.

     

    Stroke Support Group  The March meeting will be on Monday evening 2nd March at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Centre. Please note change of day.  Contact: Gemma 087-9129263.

     

    Come See Explore  A meeting for young adults between ages of 20 and 35 years will take place on Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th 25th March from 7 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. at Wadding Hall, Lady Lane, Waterford. All are welcome.

     

    Journey through Lent in Faith  Spend some time with the new Irish Catechism for Adults. Discussion will take place on Thursday 5th & Thursday 12th March at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre at 7.30 p.m. led by trained facilitators.

     

    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.

     

    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 6th March. This years’ service has been prepared by Christian women of the Bahamas. The Clonmel service will take place in SS Peter & Paul’s Church at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome.

     

    St. Vincent de Paul Monthly Collection will take place after all Masses next weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March.

     

    Scripture Prayer/Reflection Our Scripture Prayer continues on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm. Perhaps you would like to ‘come and see’ for yourself this year. You are MOST WELCOME! Venue: 21 Heywood Heights.

     

    “Do This in Memory”  Our next Parish Preparation Mass for First Communion children and their parents/guardians takes place next Saturday 7th March at 7.30 p.m. We hope to see you all present.

     

    Pro-Life Event at Dáil   This very important event takes place outside the Dáil on Wednesday 11th March from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., challenging media bias on the abortion issue. In one fortnight recently, 33 articles appeared in national newspapers pushing for more abortion, with just 1 pro-life article during the same period. Please attend this event. For more information or to help organise a bus, call 087-2668702.

     

    Welcome into our Christian Community  Brogan Peter Brew Greene and Ben Patrick Delaney who were baptised last weekend.

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes €652.75        Notes and Coin – €489.25          Thank You

     

    Suggested Forms of Friday Penance during Lent

    The following are suggested as ways of fulfilling Friday penance:

    –  Abstaining from meat or some other food

    –  Abstaining from alcoholic drink or smoking

    –  Making a special effort at involvement in family prayer

    –  Making a special effort to participate in Mass on Fridays

    –  Visiting the Blessed Sacrament

    –  Making the Stations of the Cross

    –  Fasting from all food for a longer period than usual and perhaps giving what is saved to the needy

    –  Helping the poor, sick, old or lonely.

    From the Statement on Friday Penance issued by the Bishops’ Conference, 2011

     

    Message of Pope Francis for Lent (Continued)

    “If one member suffers, all suffer together”  (1Cor 12:26) -The Church

    “The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. This is clearly seen in the liturgy of Holy Thursday, with its rite of the washing of feet. Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet, but he came to realise that Jesus does not wish to be just an example of how we should wash one another’s feet. Only those who have first allowed Jesus to wash their own feet can then offer this service to others. Only they have “a part” with him (Jn 13:8) and thus can serve others.

    Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be indifferent to one another. “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy” (1 Cor 12:26).

    The Church is the communio sanctorum not only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation”.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Lent

    February 20, 2015

    PARISH INFORMATION

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

    Tel: 6125679    E Mail stoliver@eircom.net

    Sister: Sr. Mary Muckley Tel: 6125235

    Parish Website:www.stoliverspc.org

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

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Helpline 052 – 6123878

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

    Bereavement Support: Tel 6125679

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday   7.30 p.m. Joan Lee (Anniv)

    Sunday     9.00 a.m. Kathleen Ahearne (Anniv)

                      12 Noon Bridget Slattery & Mary & Mick Looby (Anniv)

     

     EUCHARISTIC ADORATION  Our Parish Eucharistic Adoration will finish every Monday during Lent at 7.30 p.m.

     

    Scripture Prayer/Reflection  Our Scripture Prayer continues on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm. Perhaps you would like to ‘come and see’ for yourself this year. You are MOST WELCOME any evening, or every evening! Venue: 21 Heywood Heights.

     

    Whist Drive will take place on Sunday 22nd February in the Bridge Centre, Clonmel at 2.30 p.m. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

     

    Something to do for Lent!  Journey through Lent in Faith  Spend some time with the new Irish Catechism for Adults. Discussion over three nights, Thursday 26th February, Thursday 5th & 12th March will take place at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre at 7.30 p.m. led by trained facilitators. All are welcome (donation only)

     

    Clonmel Area Parishes Social Evening  The Social Evening takes place on Friday February 27th in the Hotel Minella at 7.45 p.m. Parishioners from all the parishes across the Clonmel area as well as the Friary are invited to this special evening. Tickets are on sale at SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Office, the Church of the Resurrection, the Friary Office and Marian’s for €25. This entertaining evening will consist of dinner and dancing, music by Jeb.

    A free bus, provided by O’ Donoghues, is also available to bring attendees to and from the hotel. The bus will pick up as follows: 7.15 p.m. Church of the Resurrection,  7.20 p.m. Bates Shop,  7.30 p.m. SS Peter & Paul’s  7.35 p.m. St. Mary’s Church and 7.40 p.m. the bus stop Old Bridge

     

    St. Oliver’s School Enrolment  If you intend to enrol your child in St. Oliver’s School for September 2015, enrolment forms are available from Kay in the school office. Closing date for enrolment is Friday 27th March. Birth Certificate is required.

     

    Liturgical Music Workshop presented by Irish Church Music Association will take place at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Saturday 28th February from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. A repertoire of Liturgical Music by Irish Composers. Co-ordinators: Rev Turlough Baxter, Sr. Moira Bergin RSM and Music Director: Derek Mahady.

     

    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 6th March. This years’ service has been prepared by Christian women of the Bahamas. The Clonmel service will take place in SS Peter & Paul’s Church at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome.

     

    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

     

    We pray for: Ann Pyke, late of 30 Elm Park who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes  –  €565.37      Notes and Coin  –  €520.63            Thank You

     

    Sacrament of Confirmation  Canon William Ryan P.P. Dungarvan, will be with us next Sunday 1st March to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation Mass will be at 11.00 a.m., hence there will be no 12.00 noon Mass next Sunday.

    Masses as usual on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. and on Sunday at 9.00 a.m. Please remember in your prayers all those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and their families, and also their teachers.

     

    Message of Pope Francis for Lent (continued) 

    “Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.

    God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all.

    The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6).

    But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded.

    God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    February 13, 2015

    PARISH INFORMATION

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

    Tel:  6125679            E Mail stoliver@eircom.net

    Sister:  Sr. Mary Muckley Tel: 6125235

    Parish Website:www.stoliverspc.org

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

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Helpline 052 – 6123878

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

    Bereavement Support:  Tel 6125679

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday   7.30 p.m. Gerry Cremmins (1st Anniv)

    Sunday      9.00 a.m. Nora Fogarty (Anniv)

                       12 Noon David Ryan (Anniv)

     

    Wellness Day Fundraiser  in aid of South Tipperary Hospice will take place on Sunday 15th February from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre. Treatments include Reiki, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Nutritional Advice, Food Allergy Testing and lots more.  €20 per treatment (no need to book) Refreshments also available. All proceeds will go to the South Tipperary Hospice. For further information Tel Ann Marie 086-3621777.

     

    Meeting  for all those interested in becoming involved in 3rd Annual Family Fun Walk in aid of the Parish Centre will take place at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 17th February in the Parish Centre.

     

    Scripture Prayer/Reflection  Lent is approaching! Our Scripture Prayer begins on Tuesday February 17th at 7.30 pm. and continues each Tuesday for 6 weeks. Perhaps you would like to ‘come and see’ for yourself this year. You are MOST WELCOME! Venue: 21 Heywood Heights.

     

    Journey through Lent in Faith  Spend some time with the new Irish Catechism for Adults. Discussion over three nights, Thursday 26th February, Thursday 5th & 12th March will take place at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre at 7.30 p.m. led by trained facilitators. All are welcome. (Donation only)

     

    Clonmel Area Parishes Social Evening  The Social Evening takes place on Friday February 27th in the Hotel Minella at 7.45 p.m. Parishioners from all the parishes across the Clonmel area as well as the Friary are invited to this special evening. Tickets are on sale at SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Office, the Church of the Resurrection, the Friary Office and Marian’s for €25. This entertaining evening will consist of dinner and dancing, music by Jeb.

     

    St. Oliver’s School Enrolment  If you intend to enrol your child in St. Oliver’s School for September 2015, enrolment forms are available from Kay in the school office. Closing date for enrolment is Friday 27th March.  Birth Certificate is required.

     

    Our New Bishop  We extend a sincere welcome to Father Alphonsus Cullinan who has been appointed as our Bishop. His ordination as Bishop will take place on Sunday 12th April 2015 in the Cathedral at 3.00 p.m.

     

    Welcome into our Christian Community  Mia Rose Pollard O’ Sullivan and Peter James O’ Reilly who were baptised last weekend.

     

    We pray for:  John Kerton late of Poulboy and formerly 31 Bianconi Drive, Noel Cummins late of 33 Ard Fatima and Eddie Bergin late of Baron Park who died recently. May they rest in peace.

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes  –  €715.18       Notes and Coin  –  €487.82        Thank You

     

    Lent is Approaching

    Next Wednesday 18th February 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).

    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

    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.

     

    Lent starts this Wedneday 18th February – Ash Wednesday

    Extract from the Message of his Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015 “Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)

    “Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us.

    Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.

    When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference”.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    February 6, 2015

     

    PARISH INFORMATION

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

    Tel: 6125679      E Mail stoliver@eircom.net

    Sister: Sr. Mary Muckley   Tel: 6125235

    Parish Office: Open Monday – Friday 9.00 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 052 – 6123878

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

    Bereavement Support: Tel 6125679

     

    Masses for Weekend

    Saturday   7.30 p.m. Breda Campbell (Anniv)

    Sunday      9.00 a.m. Bridget Mackey (Anniv)

                     12 Noon Donagh & Nuala Wall (Anniv)

     

    Would you like to play 25’s  Come to Place4u, Morton Street on Tuesdays from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. starting 10th February, where you can learn to play cards and have a tea/coffee for only €5. All are welcome.

     

    Introduction to Digital Photography  Weekend Workshop will take place at Glencomeragh House, Kilsheelan, Clonmel from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th February. A beginners level course ideal for the Digital Single Lens Reflex user and point and shoot enthusiasts. Tel 6133181 for details.

     

    Do This in Memory  Our next Parish Preparation Mass for First Communion children and their parents/guardians takes place next Saturday 14th February at 7.30 p.m. We hope to see you all present.

     

    Wellness Day Fundraiser in aid of South Tipperary Hospice will take place on Sunday 15th February from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. at St. Oliver’s Parish Centre. Treatments include Reiki, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Bio Energy, Nutritional Advice, Food Allergy Testing and lots more.  €20 per treatment (no need to book) Tea, Coffee and Refreshments also available. All proceeds will go to the South Tipperary Hospice. For further information Tel Ann Marie 086-3621777.

     

    Scripture Prayer/Reflection  Lent is approaching! Our Scripture Prayer begins on Tuesday February 18th at 7.30 pm. and continues each Tuesday for 6 weeks. Perhaps you would like to ‘come and see’ for yourself this year. You are MOST WELCOME any evening, or every evening! Venue: 21 Heywood Heights.

     

    Clonmel Area Parishes Social Evening  The Social Evening takes place on Friday February 27th in the Hotel Minella at 7.45 p.m. Parishioners from all the parishes across the Clonmel area as well as the Friary are invited to this special evening. Tickets are on sale at SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Office, the Church of the Resurrection, the Friary Office and Marian’s for €25. This entertaining evening will consist of dinner and dancing, music by Jeb.

     

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

     

    Irish Heart Foundation would like to thank most sincerely, the parishioners of St. Oliver’s for the generosity they showed during their recent Church Gate Collection. Total amounted to €258.00.

     

    Irish Wheelchair Association  will hold their annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February.

     

    Welcome into our Christian Community  Odhrán Cináed Costello and Cailey Megan Newman who were baptised last weekend.

     

    Collection last weekend

    Envelopes  –  €558.72     Notes and Coin  –  €514.28             Thank You

     

    The Pope’s Intentions for February

    Universal: Prisoners  That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.

    For Evangelisation: Separated Spouses  That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.

     

    First International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

    We are invited to say this prayer

    “O God, when we hear of children and adults deceived and taken to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour, and organ ‘harvesting’, our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are ignored through threats, lies and force.

    We cry out against the evil practice of this modern slavery, and pray with St. Bakhita for it to end.  Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and stand with those whose bodies, hearts and spirits have been so wounded, so that together we may make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good.

    Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be converted from their wickedness, and help us all to claim the freedom that is your gift to your children. Amen”.

     

    World Day of Prayer – 8th February 2015

    Reflection and Action on the Slave Trade. We invoke the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita for all those enslaved or trafficked.

    St. Josephine Bakhita  Born in 1869 in the region of Darfur in southern Sudan, Josephine – the name given to her at her baptism – says of her early years, ‘I lived a very happy and carefree life, without knowing suffering’. But things changed when around eight or nine years old she was kidnapped by Arab slave traders. Over the next twelve years she was sold several times as a slave.

    Traumatised and abused, she even forgot her name, taking the name bakhita, Arabic for ‘fortunate’ or ’lucky’. At one time she said, ’No day passed without some wound or other, including from whipping and the multilations of tattooing and marks on her body.

    In 1885 the Italian consul bought her, treated her well, brought her to Italy, eventually ending up in the custody of the Canossian sisters in Venice. She became a Christian, receiving the sacraments of initiation on 9 January 1890, taking the names Josephine Margaret. At the end of 1893 she entered the Canossian sisters and after her peofession went to their convent in Schio in the province of Vicenza, where she spent the rest of her life.

    She often told the story of her early experience as a slave, was renowned for her care of the townspeople and her encouragement of sisters to work in Africa. She died on 8 February 1947. Beatified in 1992 and canonised as saint in 2000, her feast is 8 February, though not celebrated this year as it is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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