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

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Happy Christmas
A  Prosperous New Year


The Rectory Family

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 – The 2018 envelopes are now availableThis scheme only works if every envelope is filled whether you are in Church or not! They are not just for  “church collection” when you attend, they are a way to make a committment to supporting the everyday expenses of heat & light and general maintenance, renovation and repairs, and, for some includes Sunday collection as well. Some fill their envelopes for ungoing expenses and make a further donation by way of direct debit or single payment towards the Assessment. How you do it is your choice, but at the end of the day, all the bills must be paid. We have cut costs as far as is possible in order to try to keep going, but we live 6 months in arrears! As a result of the “crash” of the late 1980s/1990s our investments were reduced to about 1/3 of what they were! And costs have gone up again! 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 19th January 2018 @ 8.00pm – You will receive a reminder by text some days before, please reply to it!

Concerts -  In Old St Mary's Clonmel

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

Whist Drives – 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 –    Wednesday, 13th December 2018 @ 8.00pm in Old St Mary's. All welcome!

Christmas Fair – BE THERE!! 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 expect 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.

Parish Records – At the moment we have a participant in the rus scheme who is checking our database to ensure all entries in our registers have been recorded.

Rev Arthur Carter – The Rev Arthur has been a loyal and generous presence in our parish for many years, First of all, for some of you, he was a teacher and then Principal of Cahir Vocational School. Following his ordination to the Non -Stipendiary Ministry, he has served this parish and the wider diocese as a roving priest when needed;conducting worship with reverence and diligence. St Paul's, Cahir and St Mary's, Ballintemple (Dundrum) have been places he has served particularly with love and caring. He has be an enormous support and valued friend to me.
The Rev Arthur has decided to retire from Ministry at the end of this year. We hope and pray that he will be with us in the years to come and that he and Hillery will enjoy the freedom of retirement.  “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.


Jan 2018
St Pauls, Cahir
Holy Trinity Fethard
Old St Marys


Dec 10th
Advent 2

Dec 17th
Advent 3
Worship in other church
Dec 24th 
Advent 4
8.30am – H.C. in Old St Mary's, Clonmel
11.00am – Service of the Word in Holy Trinity, Fethard
11.30pm – H.C.  in St Paul's Church, Cahir
Dec 25th
No Service
Worship in other church
Dec 31st
Central Service in Old St Mary's @ 11.00am

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

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

Route 66 – Our contribution came from our Harvest Collections and amounted to  €900.

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!

Confirmation – Eileen Collins was confirmed by Bishop mich on Sunday, 26th November 2017 in Lismore Cathedral in the company of nine younger people. It was a lovely occasion and a really good experience for everybody. Of course, it is never too late to make one's commitment to God in Baptism & Confimation.  We prayer that Eileen may grow in faith and in the love of her Lord.

Diocesan Magazine – This is a monthly production of news and information on 10 months of the year. The cost is €40. The December copies are now in our churches and I have assumed that those who normally order; are going to do so again. According to my notes, there are a few payments for 2017 still outstanding; please talk to me.

Mothers Union – Global Moment & Activism against Gender Violence –  First of all “Thank-you” to those who donated sponge bags filled with items for basic hygiene. They were donated to Cuan Saor here in Clonmel and to Social Services in Cashel.
Two people joined me for the lighting of the candle to begin the 16 days of activism against gender violence.
The vigil was conducted by Mrs Margaret Kingston, Diocesan Reader on 29th November in Old St Mary's.  We  prayed for an end to such violence and mis-treatment and for those who have and do still suffer in this way.

Welcome – We welcome the Rev Brian O'Rouke to Stradbally and wish him and his wife, Agnes, well in this new sphere of ministry; which includes partime in Stradbally & Waterford.
We also prepare to welcome to Rev Ian Cruickshank back to our diocese to serve in Killanne, Ferns and we will also be welcoming the Rev Robert Jones to Kiltegan in the New Year.

Lay Reading – Those who conduct worship in our parishes week by week and wear those blue scarves that distinguish them as Lay Readers, travel around Sunday by Sunday leading congregation large and small in worship. They undergo a Level 7 academic course, accredited by St Patrick's, Maynooth. This can be challenging; especially in the beginning. If you feel that God has called you to this ministry; your 1st call is the Rector.

Local Ordained Ministry – The Church of Ireland has been considering this ministry for some time. It is about those who feel called to ordained Ministry; but not in the wider Church. This will involve an academic course that will be accredited to a theological institution combined with the support of the candidate's Rector who will tutor in practical theology and practice. It will certainly require time away from home and, from my own experience, a change in lifestyle at home and outside the home! This month's diocesan magazine has an article about it. The idea is that this ministry will be served in one's own parish; which in itself may prove, for some, to be challenging. It will not be a direct pathway towards fulltime ordained ministry.
I served my 1st two years of ministry in my own parish. If you wish to talk about it or a group wishes to discuss it; I am there to listen, guide and help in any way I can.

Carol Services – With Christmas at a weekend and the Lay Readers' being licenced on the evening of Advent Sunday, for a further period, and our Christmas Fair on the 2nd Sunday of Advent we are a bit short on dates for Carol Services. So, there are some changes from previous years:

St Paul's, Cahir –               Friday, 15th December @ 7.30pm
Holy Trinity, Fethard -      Sunday 17th December @ 7.30pm
Old St Mary's, Clonmel -  Friday, 22nd December @ 7.30pm
Please support your fellow parishioners and attend their Carol Services!

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