• St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Christmas and The Epiphany of the Lord

    December 23, 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 – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Friday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 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.  Kieran, Helen & Anthony Burke (Anniv)
    Sunday    9.00 a.m.  Jimmy Corcoran (Anniv)   12 Noon  Michael Pollard (Anniv)

    Masses for the Epiphany
    Tuesday 5th 7.30 p.m. Tony Curran (Months Mind)
    Wednesday 6th 9.00 a.m.                                         12 Noon Margaret & Christopher Hughes (Anniv) & Statia & Joe Greene (Anniv)

     

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

     

    St. Oliver’s School re-opens on Wednesday 6th January.

     

    Waterford & Lismore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 58th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from Monday 6th – Saturday 11th June 2016. Information for sick pilgrims: contact John Healy Tel 052-6123791. Booking from 6th January 2016.

     

    Our New Parish Centre

    Target: €130,000.00   Donated so far: €127,883.87

    Thanks for all your generosity

     

    The Pope’s Intentions for January
    Universal: Interreligious Dialogue That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.

    For Evangelisation: Christian Unity That, by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.

     

    Dates for your Diary

    First Holy Communion 2016
    Saturday 14th May – 11.00 a.m. & 2.00 p.m.

    Confirmation 2016
    Thursday 19th May – 2.00 p.m.

     

    The Epiphany of the Lord – Wednesday 6th January
    The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. (CCC, 528)

    Masses: 7.30 p.m. on Monday 5th January
                   9.00 a.m. & 12 Noon on Tuesday 6th January

     

    A Prayer for the New Year

    Lord, in this New Year, which we have begun,

    may we have enough happiness to keep us agreeable,

    enough trials to keep us strong,

    enough sorrow to keep us human,

    enough freedom to keep us happy,

    enough failure to keep us humble,

    enough success to keep us eager,

    enough wealth to meet our needs,

    enough faith to banish depression,

    enough hope to look forward,

    enough love to give us comfort,

    and enough determination to keep going.
    (Anon)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

    December 23, 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 – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Friday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 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.  Nessa McCarthy (Anniv)
    Sunday   9.00 a.m.  Patricia (Tricia) Ryan (Anniv)  12 Noon  James Power (Anniv) & Joe Croke (Anniv)

     

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

    No Adoration on Bank Holiday Monday 28th December.

     

    We ask God give eternal rest and peace to Sophie Burke, 283 St. Oliver’s Close, Elm Park and to all who died during the year.

     

    First Friday Next Friday is the First Friday of the month.

     

    Eucharistic Ministers Rota for January – March ’16 is available in the Sacristy in the church.

     

    Our Family Mass We will have our Family Mass next Sunday 3rd January 2016 at 12 Noon. We already have volunteers for Readings etc. If your family would like to be involved in future Masses, please let us know.

     

    Collection last weekend
    Envelopes – €707.20   Notes and Coin – €505.80    Thank You

     

    Our New Parish Centre

    Target: €130,000.00   Donated so far: €127,883.87

    Thanks for all your generosity

     

    The Holy Family – Sunday 27th December
    The Holy Family is seen as the model for the human family, the religious community and the Church itself. The celebration of the Incarnation has brought us to see God’s closeness.

    In the Holy Family we see the ordinariness of the life of Jesus, the simple acceptance by Mary and Joseph of the marvels of God.

    In the daily life of family and community we can touch the divine, we can come close to God. But we have to learn to live centred on God, with respect and love for each other.

     

    Friday 1st January 2016 – Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God and World Day of Peace

    At the message of the angel, the Virgin Mary received the Word of God in her heart and in her body, and gave Life to the world. Hence she is acknowledged and honoured as being truly the Mother of God and Mother of the Redeemer (Lumen gentium, 52).

    Mass at 10.00 a.m. Start the New Year well by attending Mass today.

     

    Holy Year of Mercy
    It is proper to God to exercise mercy, and he manifests his omnipotence particularly in this way. Saint Thomas Aquinas’ words show that God’s mercy, rather than a sign of weakness, is the mark of his omnipotence. For this reason the liturgy, in one of its most ancient collects, has us pray: ‘O God, who reveal your power above all in your mercy and forgiveness…’ Throughout the historyof humanity, God will always be the One who is present, close, provident, holy and merciful.

    ‘Patient and merciful’. These words often go together in the Old Testament to describe God’s nature. His being merciful is concretely demonstrated in his many actions throughout the history of salvation where his goodness prevails over punishment and destruction. In a special way the Psalms bring to the fore the grandeur of his merciful action: ‘He forgives all your iniquity, he heals all your diseases, he redeems your life from the pit, he crowns you with steadfast love and mercy’ (Ps 103:3-4).   Another psalm, in an even more explicit way, attests to the concrete signs of his mercy: ‘He executes justice for the oppressed and he gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous; The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin (Ps 146:7-9)
    (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus n. 6.)

     

    A Happy New Year to Everybody

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Advent

    December 18, 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 – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Friday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 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.  Kit Pollard (Anniv)
    Sunday    9.00 a.m.  Bridget Gibbons (Anniv)   12 Noon  Josie Bates (Anniv)

    Masses for Christmas Day
    Wednesday 7.30 p.m.  James & Anthony Power (Anniv)
    Thursday    9.00 a.m.  Tommy & Mary Guiry (Anniv)   12 Noon  Roy Grant (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 Church Holiday or a Public Holiday).  No Exposition on Bank Holiday Monday 28th December.

     

    Christmas Celebrations in St.Oliver’s Church

    Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
    Mass at 10.00 a.m.
    Confession from 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. or any time on request
    Carol Singing from 7.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
    Vigil Mass of Christmas at 7.30 p.m.
    Blessing of the Crib before Mass.

    Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)
    Masses at 9.00 a.m. and at 12.00 Noon.

    Saturday 26th December
    Morning Mass at 11.30 a.m. and Vigil Mass at 7.30 p.m.

    Sunday 27th December (The Holy Family)
    Masses at 9.00 a.m. and at 12.00 Noon.

     

    Christmas Penitential Service  for all the Parishes in the Clonmel Pastoral area will take place in the Friary Church on Monday 21st December at 7.30 p.m.

     

    Christmas Reflection will take place at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Monday 21st December from 7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Facilitators: Antoinette Dilworth rsj and Ann O Farrell. An opportunity to slow down our hurried pace of life to prepare our minds and hearts to receive the gift of Emmanuel.

     

    Family Offering Envelopes The Parish and the Diocese need your support. Twelve and a half per cent of the Ordinary Offerings goes to the Diocese. There are many houses in the Parish not taking envelopes. If there are people who would like to start, or start again, please contact the Parish Office.

     

    Eucharistic Ministers Rota for January – March ’16 is available in the Sacristy in the church.

     

    Collection last weekend
    Envelopes – €733.53    Notes and Coin – €473.47     Thank You

     

    Our New Parish Centre

    Target: €130,000.00   Donated so far: €127,108.37

    Thanks for all your generosity

     

    Merciful Like the Father
    Jesus Christ is THE FACE of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, ‘rich in mercy’ (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as ‘a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’ (Ex 34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the ‘fullness of time’ (Gal 4:4), when everything has been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person’ reveals the mercy of God.

    We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serentiy, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of very person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life.  Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.  Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, Nos 1 and 2

     

    Our Family Mass
    Thanks to all who helped at short notice with our Family Mass last Sunday. Thanks to the Readers and those who read Prayers of the Faithful and to  our new Altar Servers. Thanks to Liam O’ Shea for his accompaniment of music and singing. Thanks also to Bríd Quinlivan N.T. for posters etc.

    Our next Family Mass will be at 12.00 Noon on Sunday 3rd January 2016, and normally on the First Sunday of each month. Ideally, one or two families will take responsibility for the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful etc.

     

    Happy Christmas to All
    And thanks to all who contributed to the life of our Parish during the past year. Please remember all those who are spending Christmas in exile or in prison or in hospital.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Advent

    December 11, 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 – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Friday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 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.  Nora & Danny Dawson (Anniv)
    Sunday    9.00 a.m.  Celia Sweeney (2nd Anniv) & her Father Patrick, Brother Patrick & Sister Rita (Anniv)    12 Noon  David Ryan (Birthday Rem)

     

    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 Church Holiday or a Public Holiday).

     

    Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat Youth 2000 invites all young adults between 16 – 35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat taking place from 18th – 20th December at Newbridge College, Co Kildare. This will be an exciting weekend attracting over 600 young people form all over the country. Booking is essential. For more information or to book your place see www.youth2000.ie, Youth 2000 Ireland Facebook page or Tel 01-6753690.

     

    Christmas Penitential Services in Clonmel will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Irishtown on Saturday 19th December from 10.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. and in the Friary Church on Monday 21st December at 7.30 p.m.

     

    Christmas Reflection will take place at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Monday 21st December from 7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Facilitators: Antoinette Dilworth rsj and Ann O Farrell. An opportunity to slow down our hurried pace of life to prepare our minds and hearts to receive the gift of Emmanuel.

     

    Family Offering Envelopes are being distributed to the houses in the Parish. The Parish depends for its income on these offerings. We thank you for your support and generosity. If anybody has not received envelopes please contact the Parish Office Tel 6125679.

     

    We pray for Tony Curran late of 275 St. Oliver’s Close, Elm Park who died during the week.

     

    Welcome into our Christian Community Holly Orna Carroll, already baptised, who was received into the Church on Saturday last.

     

    Remembrance Garden C-Saw in partnership with Tipperary Co. Council and various voluntary helpers, have created a Remembrance Garden at Toberaheena (Access near O’ Leary’s Garage and also from Abbey Road – watch for signs). This is a space to remember and grieve without having to visit a cemetery.

     

    Offertory Collections
    Sunday 6th December  Envelopes – €554.95   Notes and Coin – €594.05
    Tuesday 8th December  Envelopes – €173.58   Notes and Coin – €127.42
    (Immaculate Conception) Thank You

     

    The Pope’s Intentions for December
    Universal: Experiencing God’s Mercy That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.

    Evangelisation: Families That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope.

     

    Our New Parish Centre

    Target: €130,000.00   Donated so far: €127,108.37

    Thanks for all your generosity

     

    Holy Year of Mercy  8th December 2015 – 20th November 2016

    Motto for the year: “Merciful like the Father”

    “Loving God as we begin our Year of Mercy, we prepare during this Advent time to welcome your Son Jesus Christ into the world.

    We pray that we might hear your voice and respond to your call to forgive and be forgiven.   We ask this through Christ our Lord”. Amen.

     

    Our Mercy Tree in the Church
    Please read the quotations attached to the tree and, if you wish, place a petition in the box near the tree.

    It would be good to dwell on the Logo which is on the Lectern.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Advent and The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    December 4, 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 – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Friday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 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.  Janet & Edward Lee (Anniv)
    Sunday    9.00 a.m.  Mai Anderson (Anniv)   12 Noon  John Maunsell (Anniv) & Josie Maunsell (Months Mind)

    Masses for Immaculate Conception
    Monday 7.30 p.m.  Michael Burke (Months Mind)
    Tuesday 9.00 a.m.  William & Ruth Kennedy (Anniv)  12 Noon  John & Josie Brady (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 Church Holiday or a Public Holiday).

     

    Advent Scripture Reflection/Prayer continues each Tuesday for the next two weeks. You are most welcome to come and experience this quiet reflective time at 21 Heywood Heights. Tel 052-6125235.

     

    SS Peter & Paul’s Church present their Annual Christmas Festive Concert on Sunday 6th December at 8.00 p.m. featuring the Clonmel Concert Band, bass/baritone singer Derek Ryan and the Gaudeamus Choir. Tickets €15 on sale from the Church Parish Office, Marians and will also be available at the door on the night.

     

    Saint Pio Prayer Group There will be no St. Padre Pio Mass on Monday 7th December in St. Mary’s Church, Irishtown, Clommel.

     

    Reflection on the Advent & Christmas Scripture Readings will take place in St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Thursday 10th December at 7.30 p.m. Facilitator: Fr. Michael Mullins DD. Fr. Michael will look at the scripture readings of Advent and Christmas. €5 including light refreshments.

     

    Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat Youth 2000 invites all young adults between ages 16 – 35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat taking place from 18th – 20th December at Newbridge College, Co Kildare. This will be an exciting weekend attracting over 600 young people form all over the country. Booking is essential. For more information or to book your place see www.youth2000.ie, Youth 2000 Ireland Facebook page or Tel 01-6753690.

     

    St. Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Collection will be held this Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December after all the Masses. We appeal for your support to continue our work in the parish and we wish to thank you for your generosity in the past.

     

    Masses for The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Monday 7th December – 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass for the Solemnity the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    Tuesday 8th December – 9.00 a.m., 12 Noon.

     

    Sports – Congratulations Congratulations to ‘Commercials’ on their great victory and to all the past pupils of St. Oliver’s School who were on the panel, also to St. Mary’s Minor Hurlers. Congratulations also to Clonmel Boxing Club on all their achievements during the year.

     

    Welcome into our Christian Community Elsie Margaret O’ Shea Healy, Grace Amelia Matthews and Fionn Kemal Carroll who were baptised last weekend.

     

    Collection last weekend
    Envelopes – €497.37   Notes and Coin – €539.63    Thank You

     

    Our New Parish Centre

    Target: €130,000.00   Donated so far: €125,688.37

    Thanks for all your generosity

     

    2nd Sunday of Advent and Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    The Jubilee (Holy) Year of Mercy begins on the 8th December. Pope Francis asks us to be involved:
    “It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy.

    Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples.  Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.  And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead”.

     

    Our Family Mass
    The 12.00 noon Mass next Sunday will be celebrated as a Family Mass. People who wish to be involved and help at this and future Family Masses, please put names and phone numbers in the Box near the Altar.

     

    The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Mary said, ‘yes’ to God at that first moment, even though she was disturbed and confused by the message. She could not have known then where her yes would take her. It was a brave move, which would bring her both joy and heartbreak, but she knew it was right and she took that first step. We all have opportunities every day to say a heartfelt ‘yes’ to what God is calling us to do. Can we say yes today?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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