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

December 8, 2016


Priest of the Parish: Fr. Michael Hegarty I.C.

Deacon for the Clonmel Pastoral Area: Rev. Lazarus Gidolf

In Residence: Fr. James Pollock I.C.

Sister: Sr. Mary Muckley   Tel: 6125235

Parish Office: Open Monday – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.   Office Closed on Friday

Tel: 6125679     E Mail


Facebook Page:

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. Nora & Danny Dawson  (Anniv)    12 Noon David Ryan  (Birthday Rem)


Candlelit Christmas Concert Belle Voci Choir under the direction of Eamon O’ Malley and guests are holding a Candlelit Christmas Concert on Thursday December 15th at 8.00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Ferryhouse.  Admission free. Donations gratefully accepted in aid of Dolphin Swimming Club. Come along and enjoy this festive night of singing.


Carol Service The Rector and parishioners of Old St. Mary’s, Clonmel invite you to their Carol Service on Friday 16th December at 7.30 p.m.


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


Christmas at Clonacody featuring Derek Ryan and friends on Friday 16th and Sunday 18th December at 8.00 p.m. Contact Helen or Michael Tel 087-1689167.


Advent Scripture Reflective Prayer takes place on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. You are most welcome to come along to 21 Heywood Heights. If you would like further information contact Sr. Mary at 6125235.


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


Christmas Penitential Service in Clonmel will take place in the Friary Church on Wednesday 21st December at 7.30 p.m.


Our Family Mass Our next Family Mass will be at 12.00 Noon on New Year’s Day Sunday January 1st 2017. We invite all our families to come and receive a Blessing to start the New Year well.


St. Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Collection will be held this Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th 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.


Safeguarding our Children  Our local Safeguarding Representatives recently attended a study day on the Policy and Standards for the Church in Ireland regarding Safeguarding. In this parish we regard the safeguarding of children as paramount, and invite parents/guardians of children to be vigilant and to report any safeguarding concerns.


Family Blessings  Deacon Lazarus Gidolf is available to visit homes and bless families this Advent. Arrangements can be made on the Parish Website or the Parish Facebook page. Requests for the   blessings can also be made through St. Oliver’s Parish Office.


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.


Collection last weekend

Envelopes – €565.22    Notes and Coin – €523.78       Thank You


An Advent Prayer

Lord Jesus, you who wait at the gates, you who are so near to us, we pray to you:

Lock deep in our hearts the treasure of patience until the day of your coming, Lord.

As the labourer waits patiently for the precious fruit of the ground, let us likewise wait, in the peace of hope, for the time of the eternal harvest.

(Lucien Deiss – Biblical Prayers)





























































































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