Shared Masses: Because of the great demand by families to have Masses celebrated for their loved ones at weekends it is not possible to accommodate all requests. There are now fewer Sunday Masses in most parishes. Parishes in the Diocese and throughout the country have introduced the practice of “shared” Masses, i.e. there would be more than one intentation for each individual Mass. We are actively looking at introducing this practice in St. Mary’s in the future.
Welcome: We welcome into the Christian Faith Community of St. Mary’s James John Ryan, Wheatfields, who was christened recently. Congratulations to parents Kieran and Anne-Marie, godparents John and Clare, grandparents and extended family.
Wedding Bells: Congratulations to Neil O’Brien, Honeyview Estate and Aisling Power, O’Neill Street who were married in St. Mary’s. We wish Niall and Aisling many years of married happiness and togetherness.
Birthday Wishes: Birthday wishes are extended this week to little Agnes James, who has celebrated her 5th birthday. Agnes and her family are regular participants at our liturgies and “big” brother Joseph is a very active member of our Altar Servers team. Birthday wishes are also extended to Billy Hewitt, Glenconnor, who celebrated a significant milestone on his life’s journey. We wish them both many more years of health, vigour and happiness.
Leaving Cert Results: We congratulate all the young people who received their Leaving Cert results. To those who achieved their dream we say well done - to those who were disappointed, don’t despair, you too will achieve your goal and dream.
Busking Festival: To all involved in the festival. well done. It was a truly community celebration and showed Clonmel at its best.
Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Our Pilgrimage returned from Lourdes renewed and re-invigorated. It was a great Pilgrimage and we were lucky with the weather. All saw at first hand the devastation that occurred during the June floods. Many hotels are still closed and will remain so for the remainder of the year. Most of the Grotto area is open again. The Underground Basilica only opened the Sunday (July 28th) before our Parish arrived. The damage is estimated at millions of Euro. Some villages on the Pyreneese Mountains are still isolated, as access roads were swept away. Food and supplies are being dropped by helicopter. To our organising committee Jim Connolly, Nellie Power, Nellie McCarthy and Seamus McHale we say well done. You did a tremendous job and are a credit to the Parish.
Music at our Sunday liturgies: A group of men from our Senior choir and The Gordonaires have come together to sing at the 12 noon Mass. They have chosen a Mass in Irish – part O’ Riada, part Liam Lawton. Their contribution over the few two Sundays has been really appreciated. Their accompanist is young Charlotte Keane, who is learning to play the organ. Charlotte has been excellent. We thank the choir and Charlotte for enhancing our liturgy. Similarly Tom Fitzgerald continues to lead the congregational singing at the 10.30 Mass as cantor. We thank him for and value his commitment.
Presentation Convent News: Congrats to all our girls who received their results. They achieved excellent results in both Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied programmes. Congrats to our teachers on their hard work in helping the girls to achieve such outstanding results. We wish our students the very best in their college or career choice.
First Years returned to school on Thursday. Third and Sixth Years students will return on this Friday, August 23. Second and Fifth Year students will return on Monday, August 26. TY and LCA students will return on Tuesday, August 27. You can follow us on Twitter, @presclonmel.