Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018
Welcome to Clonmel Union of Parishes ( Church of Ireland, a province of the Anglican Communion ), parish, page..


Rector: The Rev Canon Barbara Y. Fryday



Clonmel Union of Parishes, Parish Office :
The Rectory,
7, Linden Lea,
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary

Tel: 052 619 05 97
Mobile: 086 275 07 35
email: clonmelunion2@gmail.com

Clonmel Union of Parishes Website www.clonmel.lismore.anglican.org

Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Website http://cashel.anglican.org/


CHURCH SERVICES

1st & 3rd Sundays

8.30am Holy Communion Old St. Mary's, Clonmel
9.30am Holy Communion Holy Trinity, Fethard
9.30am Morning Prayer St. Paul's, Cahir
11.00am Holy Communion Old St. Mary's, Clonmel


2nd & 4th Sundays

8.30am Holy Communion Old St. Mary's, Clonmel

9.30am Holy Communion St. Paul's, Cahir
9.30am Morning Prayer Holy Trinity, Fethard
11.00am Holy Communion Tullaghmeelan
11.00am Service of the Word Old St. Mary's, Clonmel

5th Sunday, Central Services in St. Patrick’s Church, Inishlonaught (Marlfield)




Wednesday Services at Old St. Mary's, Clonmel
Holy Communion 10.30am

Service times for Holy Days and Festivals as announced on Parish Newsletter


Clonmel Union of Parishes is a Church of Ireland parish group in South Tipperary, Ireland, and as such, is part of the Anglican Communion (Episcopalian).

NEWS:

What follows is Parish News..............

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Newletter - February 2019


First of all, my apologies to those who did not receive a newsletter last month. I, unfortunately, had a bug that laid me low for some time!
As we enter the 2nd month of the new year; it seems that time is passing faster than ever.

Please read your newsletter carefully and be aware that all may take part in our parish activities. Everybody is welcome!

Our plan is to be more active this year and going forward.
Like every parish, we need to fundraise and we need help with that. No matter what is planned; there is always a welcome and place for all who volunteer. And be aware that your contribution, no matter hoe small or big, is always appreciated.

My landline has been misbehaving for some time and, so far, all efforts have failed to put things right. I hope that that issue will be put right this week! Most of the time; my mobile phone is the best way to find me!

There is a meeting in the Rectory on Tuesday, 5th February 2018 @ 8pm to make plans for our events this year.

Some of the material in this newsletter is from the January edition for those who got “left behind” last month!

                                                 Barbara





Sunday Life – This Christian programme on Tipp Fm is broadcast from  7 – 8am on Sunday mornings and is presented by clergy of South Tipperary.


Concerts – Clonmel Rugby Club concert was, as usual, held in a church filled to capacity. For some of us it was a very busy evening with too much going on, but, all the same, manageable!


Tullameelan – The evening of carol singing in Tullameelan church took place in a full church, by candlelight. It was magical with wonderful decorations and lovely music. Well done to those who organised the evening, to Dr David Butler & Liam Hunter for providing accompaniment for the singers.


Hospital/Nursing Home Plea – I am not automatically informed of the admittance of parishioners into nursing homes/ hospitals or care centres by staff. It is your responsibility to tell me when a family member has been admitted to any such facility. I receive a printout of “Protestant” patients when I visit the hospital in Clonmel. Those on the list have indicated their religion/faith when admitted. I usually visit the local hospital twice a week. I only visit nursing homes etc when I know a parishioner or somebody from another parish has been admitted. So, please, keep me informed!


Select Vestry – The next meeting will take place on,  Friday, 22nd March 2019 in Old St Mary's. In order to be elected a member of the Select Vestry; which has responsibility for the 3Fs (Finance, Fabric & Furnishings); you need to have contributed to the finances of the parish through collections, assessment or donation. These offerings must be identifiable through your name being “associated” with the “giving”. In other words it can be presented in an envelope wtih your name/number on it, by cheque or direct debit. Speak to the Rector or Treasurer about it.


Whist Drives – Friday, 8th February 2019 in the Sisters of Charity Hall, Mary Street, Clonmel @ 8.00pm. All are welcome regardless of proficiency. Donations of prizes and help with the supper also welcome – please talk to Bob or Bernard.


Refreshments – We have tea/coffee and some biscuits/buns after church in Clonmel most Sundays. We also have refreshments after special Services. The goodies traditionally come from parishioners. Your contribution will always be gratefully received.


CHURCH SERVICES

Date
Cahir
Clonmel
Fethard
Tullameelan
Time

9.30am
8.30am
11.00am

9.30am

11.00am
10th Feb

H.C.
H.C.
M.P.

M.P

H.C.
17th Feb

M.P.
H.C.
H.C.

H.C.
Worship in other church
24th Feb

H.C.
H.C.
Service of the word

M.P
Worship in other church
3rd  March

M.P.
H.C.
H.C.

H.C.
Worship in other church
10th March

H.C.
H.C.
M.P.

M.P.

H.C.
17th March

M.P
H.C.
H.C.

H.C.
Worship in other church
24th March

H.C.
H.C.
Service of the Word

M.P.
Worship in other church
31st March
8.30am – Holy Communion in Old St Marys
11.00am Parish Eucharist in St Patrick's Church, Inishlounaght (Marlfield)


Safeguarding Trust – There are policies required for all aspects of this. Every aspect of Church life is covered! The one regarding photography is that none of us may take a photograph of a minor (under 18yrs) without the permission of a parent/guardian. The publication of photographs is covered under Data Protection. Yes, the world has changed and we must also change!! It’s not something dreamed up by “the Church” or any other organisation; it is for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and seeks to ensure the safety of all!! In the coming weeks and months there will be further information.


Bio-Diversity – This project is ongoing and we welcome plants & bulbs to fill the  beds. The rose bed is progressing really well.


Thank – You” – To our Churchwardens who ensured that our churches were fit for worship during 2018. To our organists Pierce & David, to those who read at worship, to those who lead singing, to those who clean our churches and provide lovely flower arrangements to brighten our view forward, to those who give of time, energy, wisdom and support to ministry within our parish without any expectation of praise!


Ministry – The Church of Ireland, over the years, has promoted the belief that ministry is the work of all believers. We all bring something to worship, praise, pastoral needs and support. We are all called to serve the Lord and there are many ways in which lay people can be active and contribute. Reading in church, singing along with everybody else, sitting on committees, doing very practical things that perhaps they do not regard as “ministry.
And some are called by God to the ministries of Bishop, Priest or Deacon. This is, perhaps, the most difficult to get one’s head around, to actually do something about it; like having a chat with the Rector (if it is there, it will not go away!)
As the Diocesan Warden of Readers, I am always on the look-out for potential Lay Readers! The course can be challenging, take up quite a lot of time but is very rewarding in many ways. The reality is we, at this time, need to recruit!
There is also, the new OLM; which is for those who have a calling to ordination but for all sorts of reasons feel that ordination to the fulltime ministry is not for them.


Ordained Local Ministry is for those who will serve in their own parishes. Serving your own family, friends, work colleagues is challenging; but it does work.  I served my own former fellow parishioners at the beginning of my ministry. I remain astounded that those who were my fellow parishioners one minute became my parishioners as result of my being ordained and it worked.
This will possibly affect the supply of lay readers; but it is intended that somebody in this ministry will only serve in their own parishes with no prospect of being moved/moving around the parishes outside their own one!!


The Junction Festival- Will take place in early March and there will be concerts in Old St Mary on three days:8th, 9th & 10th  March 2019.


Singing Group – This is a group of parishioners who love to sing and lead the singing in Old St Mary's. They meet once or twice a month to choose hymns for worship and learn new hymns; to the extend that the range of hymns sung in this church has increased;  from  a very small repertoire to a very wide and varied one today. This group is not exclusive to Old St Mary's! All are welcome. We meet at 8.00pm and finish at 9.00pm sharp!
Our next evening is Friday, 15th February 2019 @ 8.00pm. There is no need to bring anything other than yourself!


Passion Play – Our diocesan communications Officer, Margaret Hawkins, is always dreaming up new ways of expressing our faith and sharing it with the world. The latest enterprise is a Passion Play. So, having volunteered, I am under orders not to cut or restyle my hair until after the filming on 17th February. The men may not shave!!
Filming will take place in Wexford and a date for it's presentation will be published later. Margaret is one of those energetic people with many talents! She has sung her report to Diocesan Synod. I should have two spare seats in my car on 17th. So if you would like to be part of the crowd, just let me know asap and let the hair grow!!!


Tax Relief Forms – If you donated a sum in excess of €250 in 2018 to parish finances and that donation was given in a way that identified you as the donor (this is where the envelope system helps) and pay tax on your earnings you are eligible to fill out one of the forms designed for this purpose and benefit your parish finances in the government initiative that benefits charitable bodies. We are a charity in our own right and are compliant with all that that entails. We relie on this scheme in our striving to meet our assessment. This year we are expected to raise €58,000 toward diocesan expenses (apart from heat, light and repairs etc); especially in the area of maintaining ministry in our parish! When you fill out one of these forms you benefit the parish's financial circumstances. Those of you who subscribed in 2018 in a way in which your donations were identifiable will receive receipts to that effect and, if your giving was over €250, a form will be attached. The other condition with this is that you have paid income tax.



Progress   -     For those of you who know about the former orchard at St Canice's Cathedral in Kilkenny and the efforts, over many years, to transform it into a carpark for the cathedral; there is good news! Permission has been granted for approximately 26 parking spaces. They will only be available for those attending worship or special events in the cathedral. Also, the areas where there fruit trees are to be restored as they were long ago!


Cleaning & Flowers in Old St Marys – If you have forgotten when your turn is; please refer to the list in the porch!
And a big”Thank-you” to those who help us to care for and beautify our church in Clonmel. Parishioners in our other churches might consider doing similar. When we have Easter, Christmas or Harvest we decorate our churches. This is usually done by a very small group. We all expect it to happen; but we all need to contribute and help out!! And that extends to the refreshments we all love to share!


Sunday, 24th March – Bishop Michael will celebrate the Eucharist in St Paul's, Cahir at 9.30am and in Old St Mary's, Clonmel at 11.00am.

Saturday, November 24, 2018


This is the last newsletter of 2018. It has been an extremely busy year and also, for a number of families in our parish, a sad time with the demise of so many of our parishioners. A number of families have left the parish because of work/other commitments.

Please note the change of landline number for the Rectory – still best to ring my mobile!

At the moment there appears to be no candidates for Confirmation in 2019. The dates have been set for the diocese; so if anybody wishes to be confirmed you need to speak with me.

There will be a number of weddings in 2019 and we wish those preparing for their weddings well.

One of my best moments was when children in our school became concerned because, for a number of reasons, we did not have school participation on the 4th  Sunday!

My big concern is for the reluctance on the part of parishioners to attend 5th Sunday Services or, indeed, those Sundays/weekdays when there might be a central Service for a particular reason. It also concerns me that, apart from a few, there is a reluctance to come together and to worship together. We have been a “union” of parishes, officially, for 30yrs!!! I hope I am not alone in wondering why some have never been at worship in any other church in the parish apart from the one they regularly worship in! This lack of enthusiasm to be together worries me.
It’s time to leave the past behind. We have five beautiful churches within a reasonable distance of each other – if I were to ask you to describes the inside of each of them – could you?       Barbara


Bereavements
Henry Jeffrey (Harry) Ponsonby died peacefully at home, on 5th November 2018, after a very long illness, borne with fortitude. He was cared for with love and diligence by his wife, Rosemary, family and carers. His Funeral Service took place in Holy Trinity Church, Fethard in the presence of a capacity congregation of family and friends. As was his wish; burial took place in Kilcooley Churchyard after prayer in the church in which he was Baptised. Our sincere sympathy goes to Rosemary, his children and grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Brian Sayer’s ashes were interred in Duhill cemetery in the presence of his widow, Maria, and son on 9th November 2018.

Colin Warren, Fethard died on 21st November 2018. His Funeral Service took place in Holy Trinity Church, Fethard on 9th November 2018. Cremation took place at the Island, Cork.



Sunday Life – This Christian programme on Tipp Fm is broadcast from 7 – 8am on Sunday mornings and is presented by clergy of South Tipperary. 


Concerts –
Clonmel Rugby Club will hold a concert in Old St Mary’s on Wednesday, 19th December 2018 @ 8.00pm. It is important to book your tickets for this event well in advance!


Hospital/Nursing Home Plea – The rector is not informed of the admittance of parishioners into nursing homes/ hospitals or care centres by staff. It is those close and familys responsibility to tell me when a family member has been admitted to any such facility.

 I receive a printout of “Protestant” patients when I visit the hospital in Clonmel. Those on the list have indicated their religion/faith when admitted. I usually visit the local hospital twice a week. I only visit nursing homes etc., when I know a parishioner or somebody from another parish has been admitted. Please keep it in mind to keep me informed!


Whist Drives –   
Friday,   14th December 2018  in the Sister of Charity Hall, Mary Street, Clonmel.



Fundraising – The core group who support fundraising on everybody’s behalf is small. This is also true in many aspects of parish life. We no longer have a debt; but we struggle to stay afloat!! We completed the payment of our Assessment in October 2018 and 2019 Assessment is due on 1st January 2019.
The time has come for us to come together, to work together and to do what a parish is supposed to do, be together and know each other.
The envelope scheme is working well , however it might be noted it is designed for the envelopes to be filled every week whether you are in church or not. The envelopes are not just for the “Sunday Collection”; They are meant to also contribute towards both maintenance of the Fabric(buildings including the Rectory), the clergy stipend; which does not come from central funds but you, charity donations (such as Bishops Appeal). This is supplemented by “Thankofferings” for Baptism, fees for weddings, funeral/burials in our graveyards and fundraising. The said fundraising has a “social” aspect in that it bring us together!!
We need to complete the repair of our hall and regain the use of it. We own it and, so, are not eligible for Church grants for it. The difficulty with other grants is that payment of grant is subject to presentation of receipts. Our parking donations are our mainstay at the moment.
For those who subscribe and give €250 or more over the year, there is the Tax Relief scheme if you pay tax  – this works in the parish’s favour in that for subscriptions of €250 or more you can apply for the relief which goes, not to you, but to the parish/charity. We have a number of parishioners who take part in this scheme and it would be great if more could consider doing so – it is a revenue way of supporting Charities – we are an independent charity – We upload our parish accounts unto the CRA where anybody can view them!! All is open and transparent nowadays.


    CHURCH SERVICES

2018
Nov - Dec
St Pauls
Cahir
9.30am
Holy Trinity
Fethard
9.30am
Old St Marys
Clonmel
8.30am
11.00am
Tullaghmeelan

11.00am
2nd Dec
Advent 1
       
         M.P.
    
       H.C.                           
       H.C.
       H.C.
  Worship in other church    
9th Dec
Advent 2
        Carols
  @ 7.00pm

       M.P.
       H.C.
       M.P.

       H.C.
16th Dec
Advent 3
          
      M.P
    Carols
  @ 7.00pm 
       H.C.
       H.C.
Worship in other church
19th Dec
Wed
Carol Service in Tullaghmeelan Church @ 7.00pm

21st Dec
Friday
   Carols in Old St Mary’s, Clonmel @ 7.30pm
23rd Dec
Advent 4
8.30am – H.C. Old St Marys, Clonmel
                      9.30 am – M.P.  Holy Trinity, Fethard
                    11.00 am – M.P. – Old St Marys
24th Dec
Christmas Eve
1st Eucharist of Christmas in St Paul’s, Cahir
Tuesday
 25th Dec
Christmas

No Service

H.C.
H.C.
H.C.
Worship in other church

30th Dec

Service of Thanksgiving, Remembrance and @11.00am Dedication in St Patrick’s Church, Inishlounaght (Marlfield)


Select Vestry – Will meet in Old St Mary’s, Clonmel on Friday, 30th November 2018 @ 8.00pm.
Much of the Agenda will relate to our Safeguarding Trust and Data Protection responsibilities.  Our Risk Assessment has been sent to Canon James with our Parish Statement of Compliance. Much time will be given by the new Safeguarding Committee, in the coming months, to compliance. I am a member of this new committee.


Safeguarding Trust – There are policies required for all aspects of this. Every                                                                                                                 aspect of Church life is covered! The one regarding photography is that none of us may take a photograph of a minor (under 18yrs) without the permission of a parent/guardian. The publication of photographs is covered under Data Protection. Yes, the world has changed and we must also change!! It’s not something dreamed up by “the church” or any other organisation; it is for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and seeks to ensure the safety of all!! In the coming weeks and months there will be further information.


Sunday School/ Childrens Club – I would like to try again to introduce some form of children “youth “club” in the parish. It would involve an input of once a week or so. If we were lucky enough to have a really good response it might not be an every week input! I would like to have a conversation with possible volunteers after Christmas if I get positive responses to this idea. Training, vetting and all that is required under Safeguarding Trust will, of course, apply.

Refreshments – We have tea/coffee and some biscuits/buns after church in  Clonmel most Sundays. We also have refreshments after special Services. The goodies traditionally come from parishioners. Your contribution will always be gratefully received. 


Bio-Diversity – This project is ongoing and we welcome plants & bulbs to fill the beds. The rose bed is progressing really well. 


Label Cloud

5th Sunday Advent Advent Carol Service Anglican Ash Wednesday assessment Baptism bbq Bereavement Bible Study Bishop Michael Bishop's Poster Competition Bishops Appeal Bishops Palace Booking a Wedding Burial Butler/Charteris Hall Cahir Celebration charity Children Choir Christian Aid Christian Unity Christmas Christmas Fair Church Law Church of Ireland Church of Ireland Youth Church Plate Churchwardens Clonmel Clonmel Union of Parishes Coffee Morning concert Confirmation Diocesan Diocesan Council Diocesan Link Diocesan Magazine Diocesan Outreach project Diocesan Readers Diocese Donations Easter envelope scheme Environment Episcopalian Evening Prayer Family Worship Fete Fethard Flower Rota Fundraising funeral General Easter Vestry general synod Glebewarden Green Churches Green Flag Hall Restoration Fund Harvest Thanksgiving Heritage Holy Trinity Holy Week Inishlonaght Irelands Ancient East Junction Festival Kilkenny College Knocklofty Lent Lenten Observance Licensing Link Diocese List of Vestrymen Marlfield marriage Matrimony Memorial Service Mortuary Chapels Mothering Sunday National School old st marys Old St. Mary's OPW Ordination Organ Marathon Palm Sunday Parish Parish Fundraiser Parish BBQ Parish Hall Parish Life Parish Records Parish treasurer Parishioners Parochial School Protestant Aid R.C.B. Radio Broadcast Readers Registers Remembrance Sunday research Retirement Safeguarding Trust School School Board of Management Select Vestry Service Shrapnel Fund Singing Group South Tipperary South Tipperary General Hospital St Patrick's St Patrick's Cemetery St Patricks day St Paul's St Pauls St. Mary's Parochial Hall St. Patricks St. Paul's Sunday Life Tipp Fm Sunday School Sustentation synod Table Quizz teachers Teenagers The Rector The Rectory Theatre Third World Tourist Office Town Hall Training Tullaghmeelan Volunteers Walled Town Day wedding Wedding Planning Whist Drive world Day of Prayer worship www.clonmel.lismore.anglican.org Youth Officer