St Mary’s Par

Lourdes

Lourdes

Pilgrimage date: Aug. 7-12. Fare: sharing €708, some seats still available.

Weekly envelopes

This year instead of dropping in a box to every household in the Parish we just gave them to the people whom in so far as we could ascertain from our records were using them every week. There may be people who would like to use them and who did not receive a box. To facilitate such people we are leaving a box of boxed envelopes at the back of the Church for those who may wish to use them. We would ask you to write your name and the no. of your box on the sheet that is on the table with the boxes.

First Communion

Next Sunday the First Communion candidates will be welcomed to the 10.30am mass. This is part of their preparation for First Communion next May.

Confirmation

Last Sunday the 71 boys and girls who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this March were enrolled as candidates for the Sacrament. It was celebrated during our 10.30am mass as a way of expressing the Community’s and Parishes responsibility in enhancing the Faith development of our young people.

Mammoth task

In December 2008, Fr. Eanna Condon and Meta Cunningham (parish secretary) responded to an invitation to digitise Baptismal Registers. They have completed the years 1864–1950 and this week presented the fruits of their labours in three separate books beautifully bound and presented. One book is an index of all the candidates, the other two are an index of fathers and an index of mothers. It was a really difficult and painstaking task in that some of the older registers are not columned as in our present day registers and sometimes the handwriting of the entries were not very legible, all were also entered in Latin. In all there are 10,753 baptisms recorded for those years January 1864 – December 1950. The candidate’s book contains 200,000 pieces of information. Some interesting facts: Earliest baptism recorded in this book took place within 20 years of the Famine. Many were adult baptisms, mostly converts. There are roughly 53,500 candidates names recorded: 1403 were Ryans, 1148 O’Briens, 842 Burkes, 695 Fitzgeralds, 628 Walshes, 612 Powers, 611 Lonergans, 582 Murphys, 534 Byrnes, 527 Butlers, 522 Slatterys, 508 O’Donnells, 506 Kennedys, 484 McGraths, 459 Keatings. The most common male Christian name was John (4,018) Female name was Mary (5,712) The greatest number of baptisms was in 1868 with 181, the least was 1917 with 83. The average per year at present is 80/90. The programme for this work was created by Fr. Eanna. We thank Fr. Eanna and Meta for their great work. They have produced a great resource book for our Parish. It is really a treasure.

Diocesan Pilgrimage

Invalids or sick people wishing to travel on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June should obtain an application form as soon as possible. Forms can be had from John Healy 052 6123791, or Parish Office 052 6122773

World Day of Sick

The World Day of Sick established by Pope John Paul II in 1992 is celebrated next Tuesday, feast-day of Our Lady of Lourdes. There will be a blessing and anointing of the sick at 3pm on Tuesday in St. Mary’s. All are welcome.

Pope John Paul II Award

A local information evening will be held on Thursday, February 27: Clonmel area: St Oliver’s Parish Centre, (Cahir students to host) from 7pm to 9pm.