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,
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/


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).


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

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Harvest Thanksgivings;

Sunday, 13th September – Tullaghmeelan – Rev James Mulhall NSM @ 3.00pm
Friday, 2nd October – Old St. Mary’s – Archdeacon John Murray @8.00pm
Sunday, 4th October – Holy Trinity, Fethard – The Dean of Lismore @8.00pm
Sunday, 11th October – St. Paul’s, Cahir – Harvest Eucharist – The Bishop @ 7.30pm

The Harvest Thanksgiving in Old St. Mary’s will be a “Songs of Praise” with the choir s of St Peter’s & St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s, Irishtown.

Holy Baptism –

Tullaghmeelan was the venue for the Baptism of Aurora Faith and Brandon Conor Wolfe Morre, children of Gary and Melissa Newcastle on Sunday, 12th July. This growing congregation is becoming very much a very family friendly place of worship. We look forward to Aurora and Brandon growing in the knowledge and love of their Lord.

Jacob John Patrick Mulhall, son of the Rev James and Suzanne was baptised by his Dad on Sunday, 2nd August in Old St. Mary’s in the presence of a large congregation of family, friends and parishioners.

We look forward to Aurora, Brandon and Jacob growing in the knowledge and love of their Lord.

Fas –

Our new Fas schemes will come into operation on Monday, 3rd August. We do not have a date for the Tourist Office’s move to the Main-Guard. The Secretary and outreach worker will remain in the church. It is hoped that their presence for quite a bit of the week will help us keep Old St. Mary’s open to the public, but we do need to review this situation.
As we say “Good-bye” to Cormac Logue, our Fas Supervisor for a quite a number of years, we hope to show our appreciation of what he did during his time with us. There will be an opportunity to say “Thank-you” in the near future and if you would like to contribute to a token of our gratitude, Bob Savage will be glad to accept your donation.
There will be no change in personnel at Old St. Mary’s in the new arrangement.

Bereavement -

Elspeth Wynn (nee Parker) – The death occured recently in Coventry
of Elspeth Wynn who grew up on Mitchelstown Road, Cahir. Her mother, Eileen, was organist in St. Paul’s for many years. Her father, Merith, was a keen fisherman. Elspeth was predecesaed by her husband and our sympathy goes to her son, Tony, and her brothers Bertie and Tommy. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Select Vestry –

The next meeting of the Select Vestry will take place in Old St. Mary’s Clonmel on Wednesday, 2nd September @ 8.00pm – Select Vestry members should write it in on your kitchen calendar!

Baptisms, Marriages & Funerals –

The correct procedure for arranging these is to contact the Rector. The Rev James will not be added to the state’s List of Solemnizers until he completes his 1st year of ministry – he cannot officiate at weddings until such time as he is added to the list.

Coffee Time –

This will be a “drop – in” type of morning and new faces are beginning to appear!! Your are invited – all of you – to drop into the Rectory on Saturday, 22nd August 2009 between 10.00am – 12.30pm. The idea is to facilitate parishioners meeting each other over a cup of tea or coffee. There will be a biscuit and, if your lucky, maybe a scone and jam! There will be a jam-jar for anybody who might like to make a donation to the Hall Restoration Fund – no obligation! This invitation includes all of all ages

Whist Drives –

Yes!, it’s almost time for a new season! The 2nd Friday of each month
from September – April @ 7.45pm at the school hall across the street from Old St. Mary’s.
Donations of prizes for the raffle and contributions to the supper, both in help and food, most welcome! These events give our efforts to meet our Sustentation/Assessment a great boost!

Envelope Scheme & Sustentation/Assessment –

It is important that those of you who take part in the envelope scheme ensure that your number is on each envelope you return. Add the date, if it is important to you. You keep your number from year to year. This is to ensure that our records of your giving is kept accurately, both for your information and for that of Inland Revenue.

Readers -

One hundred years ago in 1909, the Church of Ireland introduced that Office of Reader. A Reader wears a cassock, surplice and blue scarf – they have undergone a pretty intensive training and are licensed to read Morning & Evening Prayer and may conduct a funeral in the absence of an ordained person being available. Services of the Word may be authorised by the Rector of the parish who has full responsibility for all matters in worship. Readers have no pastoral ministry and work only at the request and under the direction of the Rector in whose parish they conduct worship. It isn’t appropriate to ask a Reader to change any item in worship or to expect any pastoral advice or care.
The centenary of this ministry that serves our Church so well will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin on Saturday, 28th November 2009.

Swine Flu - Message From the Bishop

1. At the moment I do not see a need to withdraw the common cup as a matter of policy. It is up to people to decline politely and quietly to drink from it, not for us to refuse to offer it. If they do choose not to drink, that should be respected- communion in one kind only has always been considered when necessary to be complete.  What should be avoided is people dipping the host in the chalice rather than drinking from it - this is extremely unhygenic as their fingers will very probably make contact with the wine. On those fairly rare occasions when communion by intinction continues to be practised (eg one to one with the sick) it is the celebrant who mixes the elements with the greatest possible care to use clean hands.
3. After the Peace, however, there is a particular onus on the clergy to have clean hands (as well as a pure heart) before they handle the bread. The ancient tradition of the priest's handwashing is now proving to have a more practical use. Where - as in most cases - actual thorough handwashing in the sanctuary cannot be done, there is a great deal to be said for the use of antiseptic wipes before the thanksgiving and distrbution on the part of the Eucharistic presider and the assistants. The visible provision of supplies of such wipes in the porches etc of churches could also have much practical value - provided they are used properly! – this will be introduced immediately.
 4. People who feel they have flu like symptoms should stay at home rather than struggle to church. The same applies to the clergy - a supposedly heroic but sick priest struggling on at the altar is the last thing that congregations need at the moment. if you need sick leave take it - and the diocese will just have to do its best to cover the gaps
 5. We will plastic bag lined bins for the hygienic disposal of tissues and wipes.
 6. Hands should be very clean particularly before babies are handled at baptism wipes will be supplied
 7. It is unwise to visit people who are housebound with flu - contact by phone is the best option. When visiting places such as nursing homes where residents are at high risk, please follow the advice of professional staff and accept that there may be occasions when, despite all your pastoral instincts, it is best to stay away for a few days.
 8. If down the road further advice is needed about a more dramatic reponse (eg cancelling events or if schools are to be closed) that advice will of course be given. For the moment, as in so many areas, sanctified common sense is what is called for - bearing in mind that there are many unexpected dangers out there to our frail flesh as well as this one. O God who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright.. (Abp Thomas Cranmer)

Walled Town Day –

Both Fethard and Clonmel are among the few walled towns left in Ireland. Sunday, 23rd August is the day. There will be workshhops in our hall and events at the walls at Old St. Mary’s in the afternoon. Fethard plans something similar to their more lavish celebrations of the last few years on the day – the church will be open in the afternoon and there will be fun and games for all!

Our Debt –

In mid-June this stood at just €40,000. It is, at present reducing at about €1,000 per month. Thank-you to all those families who continue to ensure that this burden on the parish will be gone in another four years and so is allowing us to make progress in other areas of parish life. Thanks are due to those who are contributing to removing this financial burden from us all. If you pledged an annual contribution you might consider giving it now. Thank-you!

“Sunday Life” on Tipp Fm –

The Rector will next broadcast on 24th September @7.00am.

Singing Group –

Next meetings in Old St. Mary’s @ 8.00pm on Fridays 7th, 21st August and 4th September New faces & voices welcome!

Summer Visitors –

There has been an improvement in the use of the tourist Office based at Old St Mary's Church. There has also been a considerable increase in the number of visitors seeking information about their ancestors.

Disco –

The Disco for disabled young people in the Park Hotel was a huge success.George Hogg plans that this will be a monthly event. Look out for future dates and times!

Concert –

Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill. With fiddle and guitar wowed a full Church in Old St. Mary’s on Wednesday, 8th July as part of the Junction Festival.

Welcome –

To the Very Rev Paul Draper and his family as they take up residence in Lismore.

Charles Agar Weekend –

Congratulations are due to Dean Knowles and his many helpers on the success of the Agar BI-Centennial Weekend. Cashel Cathedral looked great and the music and learning was wonderful. The festival Service, with the Archbishop of Armagh preaching, was memorable

Organ Marathon –

Our bishop has a new Project to raise funds for charity. The
beneficiaries of his latest “scheme” receive their donations from an Organ Marathon in which he will play “Come Ye Thankful People Come” in every church in the diocese between 27th August and 13th September. He expects to find some people present when he arrives at each church to sing along with him!!!
The beneficiaries of his efforts will be Bishops Appeal and USPG (to share40%), Protestant Aid (40%) and the Rev Paul Mooney’s (former Rector of New Ross) Outreach Initiative to Anglicans in Seoul, South Korea (20%).
To raise funds we will give all our Collections on Sunday, 23rd August 2009 to this project.
And the date and times to sing “Come Ye Thankful People ,Come” with our Bishop here in this parish are:
Date: Saturday, 29th August 2009
Times: Holy Trinity, Fethard – 12.30pm
Old St. Mary’s, Clonmel – 2.00pm
St Patrick’s, Inislonaght (Marlfield) – 2.45pm
Tullaghmeelan - 3.15pm
St Paul’s, Cahir- 4.15pm
Be there!!!!

Gospel Concert -

It’s short notice! – but James Kilbane will give a Gospel concert at Clogheen Church on Monday, 3rd August from 3-5pm – Donation
€15 in aid of the Church Painting fund.

Marriage Registers –

Until 5th November 2008, the Church of Ireland held the State Registers of Marriages for those solemnised in our churches. Now that we have the new legislation, these registers must be officially closed. In the coming weeks I will take the registers and their duplicates to the local registrar who will officially close them and return the duplicate copies to me for safe keeping.
We are becoming more aware of the lack of safeguards against falsification of vital evidence in the planning of marriages.

New Parish Treasurer –

Caroline Quaid will take over the Parish Treasyrership in the coming
weeks. We thank the Rev James Mulhall for all he has done in this post
during the recent past.

Brochure Launch –

The Rector attended the launch of Cahir Tourisms new Brochure on the evening of the 23rd July.

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