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,
Co. Tipperary

Tel: 052 619 05 97
Mobile: 086 275 07 35

Clonmel Union of Parishes Website

Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Website


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..............

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Clonmel Union of Parishes Newsletter November-December 2017

 As I said last month, clergy rely on their neighbours for support, companionship and assistance when we are away, unwell or in need of being with family.  We get little time to socialise; do what other colleagues do in “the real world”. We do spend some time with each other, share our problems and just be with each other, but not enough! 

As of now, the Rural Deans will try to assist in organising opportunities for us to meet, share a meal, enjoy each others' company and make it possible to share our difficulties and joys and grow as a community of faith with one purpose; to praise and magnify the Lord and to do His work here on earth in our parishes in good times and bad!
I am a Rural Dean and am privileged to have a husband and family who are completely supportive of what I do. But I have colleagues who lead lives where there is little support, and nobody to turn to in difficult times, and, for some, who will not seek help, even when they should, from anybody. The Bishop and colleagues may discover their plight, but it depends sometimes on somebody informing them!
Ministry can be lonely, miserable, isolated, frightening and very much removed from the “world outside”. For some it is devastating, frightening, intimidating and just awful! Yes, we do have clerical societies where we pray together, share in our study of scripture, worship and Church life; but we are also colleagues working in the “real world”, working with each other and with those who have no understanding of why we do it and what we have been called to do.

So, might I ask you to pray for your Rector/Priest-in-Charge and to play your part in furthering Christ's kingdom!

Tell us when somebody is unwell, lonely, bereaved or in need of a “listening ear”! Tell us when somebody is in hospital. We were not given a crystal ball at ordination! And take on board the fact that most people want to see the clergy, receive a blessing, receive Holy Communion, have somebody to pray with them, perhaps relieve them of their fear and trepidation and that their protestations of not wanting to see the chaplain is that they don't want to “bother them” and “take up their time”!   Nobody “bothers us” or “wastes our time” in times of trouble, distress and need! Instead of trying “to spare us”; telephone, ask on the street, in church, on the phone or in person but don't marginalise us!!        

Yours in Christ    


Cleaning & Flowers in our Churches – Please remember to do what you have volunteered for. And please take your rubbish away with you . The boiler room has been thoroughly cleaned by some of your fellow parishioners; keep it that way!

Envelopes & Assessment – This scheme only works if every envelope is filled whether you are in Church or not! If you need to indicate where the contents of an envelope needs to go; please write “collect” or “Assess” on the back of the envelope. Please, do not attach other pieces of paper which can come loose!

Select Vestry Meeting – Will take place in Old St Mary's Church, Clonmel on Friday 16th November 2017 @ 8.00pm – You will receive a reminder by text some days before, please reply to it!

Concerts -  In Old St Mary's, Clonmel

Saturday 9th December – Kelley Lonergan in Concert  @ 8.00pm

Thursday 14th December - Christmas Concert organised by the Rugby Club @ 8.00pm

Whist Drives –
Friday, 10th November @ 8.00pm sharp
Friday,   8th December @ 8.00pm sharp
Friday, 12th January    @ 8.00pm sharp
Friday,   9th February  @ 8.00pm sharp
 Friday,   9th March       @ 8.00pm sharp
We rely on donations of prizes in order to keep going – this is one of a few fundraisers we have during the year and is also an opportunity to socialise.
Carol Services -
  • Friday 15th December in St Paul's, Cahir @ 7.30pm
  • Sunday 17th December in Holy Trinity, Fethard @ 7.30pm
  • Friday 22nd December in Old St Mary's, Clonmel @ 7.30pm

Singing Group – Will meet in Old St Marty's on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, 8th November  @8.00pm
  • Friday 17th November  @ 8.00pm
  • Friday 1st December @ 8.00pm
All welcome!

Christmas Fair – This annual event will take place on Sunday, 10th December  2017 from 1.00pm to approx 5.00pm in Old St Mary's, Clonmel.
We hope that all parishioners will participate; either by their presence in assisting, supporting, contributing and facilitating various aspects of the event – you may introduce and present your own particular contribution to making this a “Christmas” celebration of talent, enterprise and community interaction .
We need contributions to stalls, help in organising & energising the event through your presence, preparation, providing and furthering opportunities that will have a good effect on local and wider enterprise in our wonderful County of  Tipperary.
The way forward for all of us is to grasp every opportunity to further the life and welfare of ourselves, our neighbours, family and those around us so that we can give hope, assistance & encouragement to a wider community. If you have a dream, begin with your local community!

Greeting Cards – Greeting cards with pictures of all our 5 churches are available in each church at €2 each. The inside is blank to facilitate personal greeting.Good afternoon!

Bio-Diversity Project – Thank-you to those who have supported our biodiversity project at Old St Mary's. The churchyard has been
 transformed. We need more plants and more people to maintain the beds and pots. Autumn is the best time to dig up portions of large clumps of perrenials! Take note of the plants that attract bees and insects, take the spade and slice a small part off, put it in a bucket with a little water to keep it bright and alert and leave it on the church doorstep or in the porch or, better still bring the spade with you and plant it! To enable success, each congregation should assign a small area in which they can develop, at least, a small area that is insect - friendly.

Parish Records – Most of the contents of our registers are now on computer and I have offered a copy of our database to the RCB Library so that those who come to our country to trace their roots and do not have the time to travel to Clonmel can access their family history. We are having difficulty in copying from my computer to the library computer; it seems their system is not up-to-date!
We will have a new Tus participant from Tuesday who will work on the parish registers in order to ensure that the computerised version is complete! He will work from home as he is a carer.


St Pauls, Cahir
Holy Trinity Fethard
Old St Marys


Nov 5th
Worship in other church
Nov 12th
Nov 19th
Worship in other church
Nov 26th 
Christ the King
Service of the Word
Worship in other church
Dec 3rd
Advent 1
Worship in other church
Dec 10th
Advent 2

Dec 17th
Advent 3
Worship in other church
Dec 24th 
Advent 4
H.C. @ 11.30pm in St Paul's Church, Cahir
Dec 25th
No Service
Worship in other church
Dec 31st
New Year

United Service in St Patick's Church, Marlfield @ 11.00am

Wednesday Weekday Service – Service at 10.30am on Wednesdays in Old St Marys   
Refreshments afterwards

Bereavement – Lousia (Louie) Auld, nee Ferris, was for some years a parishioner of Cahir. She died at the advanced age of 88yrs on the 7th October the Clover Lodge Nursing Home in Birr, Co Offaly on 7th October 2017. She had asked that her Funeral Service would take place St Paul's and burial took place at Kilcommon. We send our condolences to her children, grandchildren and the wider family. May she rest in peace.

Your Prayers – Please remember those who are unwell, at home & in hospital. At this time we need to pray, especially, for peace.

Harvest Thanksgivings.- These were quite well attended. The schoolchildren added a new feature to the celebrations in Clonmel with their Bulgarian Harvest Tree; which was an upright branch with nuts, conkers, fruits and a variety of other symbols of harvest attached. They explained what the symbols represented and on the Monday afterwards took their fruit & vegetables to Mariancourt. The collections at our Harvest Thanksgivings, this year, went to Bishop Michael's Route 66. Over €24,000 was raised through this effort for the literacy programme supported by Bishops Appeal in Ethiopia. Our contribution was €900.

Route 66 – A number of parents attended at our school and Bishop Michael met  Amy Carmichael who presented him with a disposable mug signed by all the children. No, she is not one of the pupils! - Google her name and find out who she was!

Rev James Mulhall – Has taken office in Kells Union of Parishes as Priest-in- Charge and will continue to guide and support us in the matter of child protection. It was lovely to see parishioners present in St Mary's, Kells for his Service of  Introduction to wish him and his family well in their new sphere of Ministry.

Board of Management Training – The Rector represented the school at the training night in Carlow. The subject for the night was “employment” rules and procedures led by the very efficient Ms Flynn. She guided us through all the entricities of  recruiting, interviewing and all the other stuff one needs to get right in the daily running of a school. She does it in a gentle way with a certain amount of humour.

Seminar on Compliance – Our Treasurer and I attended one of three seminars on compliance under the new Charities Act. The Representative Church Body, our civil service for want of a better way to decribe them, organised the evening. Representatives of the new Charities Regulatory  Authority and Revenue were there. It was really good; with lots of reassurance that we can do it and practical advise.

Sunday Life -This is an hour-long programme on TippFm which is broadcast from 7- 8am on Sunday mornings. It usually comprises music, reading and interviews. We keep it light as most of our listeners have just woken up!

Mothers Union – Global Moment & Activism against Gender Violence –
For 16 days, following the 25th November 2017 onwards, Old St Marys will be the centre for prayer, meditation and reflection. Gender violence is one of the most awful things that can happen to human beings. Too often we see this as being inflicted by men on women; but the reality is that it happens the other way as well. It demeans, destroys and ruins the lives of perpetrator and victim. As Faith & Policy Co-ordinator for Mothers Union in our Diocese, I will be setting up Old St Marys as a place where all can come to reflect, meditate and, hopefully, find a listening ear.

We will begin with the “Global Moment” on Saturday, 25th November when a candle will be lit at 1.00pm in Old St Marys, a short prayer will be said and, in silence, we can, together, join our silent prayer with those doing the same worldwide.

The evening reflection during the 16 days will take the form of a vigil from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in Old St Marys on Wednesday, 29th November 2017.

As a practical gesture, may I ask as many of you as possible to put together a “washbag” containing items such as, toothbrush and paste, washcloth, comb and other items (No talc, please) that would be useful for distritution by the Womens Refuge and St Vincent de Paul – you may leave your contribution, at any time between now and then, in Old St Marys from 9.00 – 11.30am Monday to Friday in the space behind the organ and in any of our churches on Sunday mornings or give them to somebody who will pass it on or ring me and it will be collected. Our Christian duty is to help in as many ways as we can.

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