St. Oliver’s Parish Newsletter – 5th 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.   Patricia O’ Donnell (Anniv)

Sunday     9.00 a.m.

                 12 Noon   Tom Foran (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.


We pray for: Christina Farrell late of 131 Mountain View, Elm Park, Clonmel who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


Eucharistic Ministers Rota for April – June ’15 is now available in the Sacristy in the church.


Welcome into our Christian Community Brianna O’ Reilly and Maja Anne Ryniec who were baptised last weekend.


Collections last weekend

Sunday 15th March   Envelopes – €785.30   Notes and Coin – €375.70

Tuesday 17th March   Envelopes – €363.62   Notes and Coin – €458.38 

(St. Patrick’s Day)                                                                                    Thank You


Whist Drive will take place on Sunday 22nd March in the Bridge Centre, Clonmel at 2.30 p.m. New players welcome. Afternoon tea served.


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


Coffee Morning in aid of The Irish Cancer Society will take place in Elm Tree Community Centre on Friday 27th March, Daffodil Day from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. All are welcome.


Holy Week, a journey of Life, Death & Resurrection A morning of reflection through prayer, reflection & music will take place at St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford on Saturday 28th March from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Facilitator: Antoinette Dilworth rsj.


“Personal and Ancestral Healing”  One Day Workshop exploring aspects of personal and ancestral healing as part of our journey towards wholeness will take place at Glencomeragh House of Prayer, Kilsheelan on Saturday 28th March.  Presenter Fr. Jim Cogley (Author of the popular ‘Would You Believe’ series).  For further information contact (052) 6133181 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.


Clonmel Vintage and Classic Car Club Raffle  Tickets for the above event which takes place on Sunday May 3rd in Powerstown Park, Clonmel are available from Jimmy Moloney, Leo Fitzgerald and St. Oliver’s Parish Office. Last year the parish received €5,000 from the event and will also benefit this year. Tickets €5 each or 3 for €10.


Our New Parish Centre

Target:  €130,000.00        Donated so far:   €107,274.52

Thanks for all your generosity


A Lay helper of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver will be in this parish this weekend to appeal on behalf of the missions. Pat will tell us about the work of the Sisters and will be grateful for your financial support. E-mail:  Web: Tel 01-4909360  Charity Number: Ch 3462


5th Sunday of Lent

In the Gospel today we see the image of the wheat grain that falls on the ground and dies. We are reminded of the progress of death that comes before new life. Each day we are called to die to our selfishness so that we can be renewed and become who we are meant to be in the eyes of our Creator.

Take some time this week to remind yourself of the story of Mahlet, the child on this years Trócaire box by reading the side of your Trócaire box at home. Pray that our lifestyles may be renewed so that young lives like Mahlet’s who are experiencing first-hand the destructive effects of climate change may be eased.


Message of Pope Francis for Lent (Continued)

“Make your hearts firm! (James 5:8) – Individual Christians

As individuals too, we are tempted by indifference. Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help. What can we do to avoid being caught up in this spiral of distress and powerlessness?

First, we can pray in communion with the Church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! (…)

Second, we can help by acts of charity, reaching out to both those near and far through the Church’s many charitable organisations. Lent is a favourable time for showing this concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to one human family.

Third, the suffering of others is a call to conversion, since their need reminds me of the uncertainty of my own life and my dependence on God and my brothers and sisters. If we humbly implore God’s grace and accept our own limitations, we will trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us. We will also be able to resist the diabolical temptation of thinking that by our own efforts we can save the world and ourselves.

As a way of overcoming indifference and our pretensions to self-sufficiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XV1 called a formation of the heart (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 31). A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realises its own poverty and gives itself freely for others.

During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalisation of indifference.








































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