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



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

Tel: 6125679     E Mail

Sister:  Sr. Mary Muckley   Tel: 6125235

Parish Office:  Open Monday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.


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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.   Joe Cremmins (Anniv)

Sunday      9.00 a.m.   Ellen Ryan (Anniv)

                  12 Noon   Mick & Jane Carroll (Anniv)


Our new Bishop will be here in St. Oliver’s for 12 Noon mass on Sunday 28th June. During the Mass he will ordain our parishioner Dr. Lazarus Gidolf to the Permanent Diaconate for this Diocese. Meanwhile, let us remember our Bishop-elect and Lazarus in our prayers.


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.


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


“Bullying in Society Today – Problems, Solutions and Supports” Weekend Workshop suitable for all individuals e.g. parents, teachers, health care professionals etc. will take place at Glencomeragh House of Prayer, Kilsheelan from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March. Including Councillors and legal representatives who provide remedies and solutions to victims and witnesses of bulling behaviour. Presenter: Terri Ryan (Author of multi-award winning ‘The Bullies Predatory Footprint’ For further information contact (052) 6133181 from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Monday – Friday.


Passion Accounts  The Passion of our Lord according to the Gospels with Facilitator: Dr. Michael Mullins, D.D. will take place at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Thursday 19th and 26th March at 7.30 p.m. Donation €5 including light refreshments.


Ministers of the Eucharist  A meeting will take place in the Parish Centre on Monday 23rd March 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. Venue: 21 Heywood Heights.


Want to play 25s or learn to play the game if you never played before. Come along on Tuesdays at 10.00 a.m. to Place 4 You Café in Morton Street. Bring a friend.


Confirmation 2015  Congratulations to the 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.


Free Pre-School Year  If your child will be aged 3 years 2 months or more before September then you are entitled to a free pre-school year. You will receive 3 hours per day Monday – Friday. Clonmel Childcare is now taking bookings for this scheme, for further information or to reserve your child’s place, contact Darren Ryan Tel 6126620 or


Collection last weekend

Envelopes  –  €387.20     Notes and Coin  –  €567.80        Thank You


The Pope’s Intentions for March

Universal: Scientists   That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.

For Evangelisation: Contribution of Women  That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognised always.


3rd Sunday of Lent

Would you like to know what Pope Francis thinks about the environment? In one of his first Papal addresses to the 1.2billion Catholics across the world he said:

‘Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!… Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care for creation and for our brothers and sisters, the way is opened up to destruction and our hearts are hardened’.

Let’s live Lent this year and become fully aware of our Christian responsibility towards the earth and our brothers and sisters in the developing world.  See www.Tró


Message of Pope Francis for Lent (Continued)

“Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9) – Parishes and Communities

“All that we have been saying about the universal Church must now be applied to the life of our parishes and communities. Do these ecclesial structures enable us to experience being part of one body? A body which receives and shares what God wishes to give? A body which acknowledges and cares for its weakest, poorest and most insignificant members? Or do we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, while failing to see the Lazarus sitting before our closed doors (Lk 16: 19-31)?

In order to receive what God gives us and to make it bear abundant fruit, we need to press beyond the boundaries of the visible Church in two ways.

In the first place, by uniting ourselves in prayer with the Church in heaven. The prayers of the Church on earth establish a communion of mutual service and goodness which reaches up into the sight of God. Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love. The Church in heaven is not triumphant because she has turned her back on the sufferings of the world and rejoices in splended isolation. Rather, the saints already joyfully contemplate the fact that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, they have triumphed once and for all over indifference, hardness of heart and hatred. Until this victory of love penetrates the whole world, the saints continue to accompany us on our pilgrim way.

Saint Thrérèse of Lisieux, a Doctor of the Church, expressed her conviction that the joy in heaven for the victory of crucified love remains incomplete as long as there is still a single man or woman on earth who suffers and cries out in pain: “I trust fully that I shall not remain idle in heaven; my desire is to continue to work for the Church and for souls” (Letter 254, July 14, 1897).

We share in the merits and joy of the saints, even as they share in our struggles and our longing for peace and reconciliation. Their joy in the victory of the Risen Christ gives us strength as we strive to overcome our indifference and hardness of heart”.








































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