First Saturday: Saturday is the First Saturday of the month and Reconciliation day in the Parish. A service of Reconciliation will take place at the 10am Mass.
St. Anthony’s Novena: The Annual Novena to St. Anthony of Padua takes place in the Friary from June 4th – 12th. Masses and Novena prayers: Weekdays at 10am and 7.30pm. Saturday at 10am and 7pm, Sunday at 11.30am.
Preacher: Fr. Michael Duffy O.F.M. Special ceremonies: Friday, 7th, Blessing of the Sick at 5pm; Thursday, 13th (Feast day), Blessing of children at 4pm; Blessing of Lilies at 10am and 7.30pm.
Franciscan Gift to St. Mary’s: The Franciscan community in Clonmel has presented St. Mary’s Parish with a beautiful brass crucifix. It will be placed in the alcove over the Tabernacle on the High Altar. We thank the Friars for this generous gesture.
Area Masses: To help build up community identity and sense of Parish belonging, it would be nice if areas in the Parish would come together and have a community celebration – a Mass or liturgical service in their area. It would be an opportunity for your area to build up a community spirit and an opportunity for neighbours to get to know each other. Perhaps someone in an area or the residents association might like to become involved. If interested contact any of the priests or a Pastoral Council member.
Suggestions: If you have any suggestions or ideas as to how we could improve our Parish you might drop your ideas or comments into one of the black boxes marked envelopes at the end of the Church at the front entrance.
Corpus Christi Adoration: Pope Francis has asked the Church worldwide to join with him next Sunday, June 2nd, the Feast of Corpus Christi in an hour’s Prayer and Adoration. In Rome the Pope will be leading this hour of prayer from 4 – 5pm. Here in our Parish we will have the Hour of Adoration from 3.30pm – 4.30pm.
Graduation Ceremonies: Last Wednesday night the Loreto School celebrated their graduation ceremony. Three of the leaders of our children’s Liturgy group were graduating – Nicola Pleskach, Sally Quinlivan and Ali Browne. Nicola was Head Girl last year at the Loreto and on Wednesday night received the Student of the Year award. Saoirse Gavin, who is also a member of our Liturgy group, graduated in Cork.
Last Thursday night the Presentation Secondary celebrated their graduation night. It was an emotional and uplifting night, as the students gathered to celebrate the ending of one journey and the beginning of a new journey. It was the celebration of the end of their Secondary School experience and the beginning of their moving out into a bigger world of third level education and work. We wish them all well in their new adventure in life. Another member of our Church Liturgy group, Lauren Quigley, was part of this graduation.
Scoil Céitinn: On Tuesday night next the students of Scoil Céitinn, the Secondary GaelScoil celebrate their graduation ceremony.
Mass with a difference: Exam time: Our Mass with a difference will be next Sunday, June 2nd at 5pm. The theme will be exam-time – remembering our young people who are sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert Exams. We invite all the young people who are sitting exams, their parents and grandparents to this special Mass, which is organised by our Junior Liturgy team.
Exam Candle: During the exams we will have a special exam candle lighting at all our Masses. We invite all our parishioners to remember our young people in their prayers during this period.
First Communion: We welcome into our Eucharistic Faith community the young boys and girls from the Gaelscoil who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday. We congratulate the boys and girls from the Presentation Primary and St. Mary’s CBS who made their First Holy Communion the previous Saturday. Thanks to the teachers and parents who made it such a beautiful ceremony. Thanks to St. Mary’s school choir who sang at the Mass, Mary Adamson was the conductor. Fidelma Collins and Sean Fraher accompanied the choir. Thanks also to Bridie O’Dwyer, Pastoral Council and the parents council of both schools who provided a welcome cup of tea for all in the hall after the ceremony.
Welcome: We welcome into the Christian Faith Community of St. Mary’s Coline Jeanne Kearney, Knocklofty who was christened last weekend. Congratulations to parents Gus and Marie, godparents Andrew and Muriel, grandparents and extended family.
Birthday wishes: Congratulations to Tony O’Reilly, Monksgrange who celebrated a significant milestone on his life’s journey in Barne last week.
Wedding Bells: Congratulations to Deirdre Morrissey, Inislonought and Keith Colville who were married in Kilcash recently. We wish the young couple many years of married happiness and togetherness.
Corpus Christi Procession: Our Corpus Christi Procession will take place next weekend, Saturday 1st June after the 6.15 Mass. It is hoped that our First Holy Communion children will be present and participating. The route of our procession will be the Church, Mary’s Place, Albert Street, Cantwell Street, Irishtown and back to the Church.