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,
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary

Tel: 052 6187464
Mobile: 086 2750735
email: frydayb@gmail.com

Clonmel Union of Parishes Website www.clonmel.lismore.anglican.org

Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Website http://cashel.anglican.org/


CHURCH SERVICES

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).

NEWS:

What follows is Parish News..............

Sunday, January 28, 2018



Spring is close and the hope of brighter mornings and evening is anticipated.
I hope that in the coming months there is will be greater will to support our parish.

Last night (26th January), I attended a lovely parish dinner, followed by entertainment provided by talented parishioners of Cashel Union of Parishes. I was there as a parishioner.

We tried to organise such an event a little while ago and the lack of enthusiasm was disappointing; not just to me but to those fellow parishioners who looked forward to us getting together socially and to get to know each other better.

Our parish BBQ will take place at the Rectory on Sunday, 24th June 2018 and I do hope may will try to attend who may not have yet in previous years.

Bishop Michael will be with us in Fethard (9.30am) & Old St Marys (11am) on Sunday 4th February and again on Sunday 22nd April for Confirmation (Old St Marys @11am). Being there on 22nd April is of the utmost importance. Our young people need to be supported and encouraged. We need to worship and socialise together. Otherwise we will die as a parish and then we would forever bemoan our loss!!

It's time to reflect, reassess and start rebuilding!!
                                                                                 Barbara


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 “Asses” on the back of the envelope. Please, do not attach other pieces of paper which can come loose!


St Paul's – During the coming weeks hundreds of lowgrowing roses will be planted at the back of the church and should provide an attractive view from the river below. The Haha project is in progress at the moment. The walls have been cleaned and the steps that will give access out of it will be very welcome to those who, in the past, have walked up from the river only to find they cannot get out to complete a circular tour of the town.
The Presbyterian and Pentecostal congregations have returned to worship in the Presbyterian Church.


List of Vestrymen – A meeting of the Select Vestry will take place on Tuesday, 20th  February in the Rectory @8.00pm for the purpose of updating the list of Vestrymen. This will be the only items on the agenda. All parishioners who have subscribed (either by donation or envelopes)in the past year are entitled to be part of this this body who will meet in Easter Week to elect from their number the Select Vestry for the coming year. Forms; which all must sign, will be available in the churches during the coming week and on the night.


General EasterMeeting – Will take place in Old St Mary's Church, Clonmel on @ 8.00pm on Thursday, 5th April @ 8.00pm – all registered Vestrymen (sorry, the title has not been changed since Disestablishment in 1870) are welcome to attend. This important meeting elects the Select Vestry for the coming year.


Concerts -  The Koln Philharmonia will return to perform in Old St Marys in early August.


Whist Drives –  Numbers have been small so far this season. Beginners and players of all levels welcome.  Our next one takes place in the Sisters of Charity Hall (opposite Old St Mary's) on Friday, 9th February @ 8.00pm


Congratulations – To Josh & Sheila (nee Hunter) Lamb on the birth of Grace in Dublin. Congratulations also to grandparents and the wider family.


Fas & Tus – We have a number of participants doing various things in Clonmel, Tullameelan and Marlifield. Our newest participant is completing the digitisation of our parish records. He is making excellent progress and this will help us preserve the original registers. Most of the genealogical work I do do is by email for those who cannot come to Ireland from all parts of the world!


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
This happens every year for eight days in January. In my early days in this parish, it happened with a Service of the Word in the Clonmel area. The enthusiasm for Church praying for Christ Unity died some years ago in many area.
It has never been more important for Christians to pray and work in the cause of being one in Christ – not one denomination but a family of Churches united in one cause; prayer and fellowship.
Last Wednesday this deficit was ended in Cahir. A not very large congregation with a substantial local choir and students from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh gathered in St Maty's Church at the invitation of Fr Tom Rogers PP. We were joined by Fr Celesius of the Coptic congregation.We sang well known hymns with gusto and joyfully and prayed together for unity in love and fellowship. I preached during a Service of the Word; provided by the Churches in the Carribean.
Afterwards we shared the tea/coffee and goodies at the back of the church.
Hopefully this will be a new beginning towards a greater understanding and fellowship between Christian in our widr parish area.


Confirmation – There are five candidates this year and our classes/discussions continue on Wednesday afternoons at 4.00pm at the Rectory. Confirmation takes place in Old St Marys on 22nd April 2018.



CHURCH SERVICES


2018
Feb/March
St Pauls, Cahir
    9.30am
Holy Trinity Fethard
9.30am
Old St Marys
Clonmel
8.30am
11.00am
Tullaghmeelan

11.00am

Feb 4th
2nd to Lent

M.P.
H.C.
H.C.
H.C.


Feb 11th
Sun to Lent

H.C.

M.P.
H.C.
M.P.

H.C
Feb 14th
Ash Wednesday

9.00AM
EP
@ 7.30PM
H.C.
@
10.30AM
Worship in other church
Feb 18th
Lent 1

M.P.

H.C.
H.C.
H.C.
Worship in other church
Feb 25th
Lent 2

H.C.

M.P.
H.C.
Service of the Word

Worship in other church
March 4th

M.P.

H.C.
H.C.
H.C.
Worship in other church
March 11th

H.C.

M.P.
H.C.
M.P.

H.C.
Mar 17th
St Patrick
H.C. @
9.30am
Tues 16th  H.C. @ 7.30pm
H.C
@
11.00am
Worship in other church

Bishop Michael will celebrate in Fethard and Clonmel on 4th February 2018


Wednesday Weekday Service – Service at  10.30am 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.


Burials – As most of you know, Old St Marys churchyard is closed to new burials; except for two families who retain a burial right. There are fees for grave plots which can be viewed in our church porches. There are also fees for each burial. These fees enable us to maintain our churchyards but the duty to maintain the actual graves is that of the family. In view of the growing shortage of space for burials, the County Council, who oversee all burial grounds, are making it a requirement for parishes who receive grants for maintenance of burail grounds that, for now on, graves may not be “booked/allocated” in advance. The availability of burial plots has become an enormous problem in our local public cemetery!
               

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!


Visitors – This is the time of years when people appear at our church doors to visit or to find information about their families who once lived in South Tipperary. Some just turn up but most make appoinments to view registers and see where their forebears worshipped. It is important that we try to keep our churches open so that these visitors do not return home disappointed by closed gates and locked doors! This year is proving to be no exception! Visitors have come from many parts of our world to see the sights in Cahir, Fethard & Clonmel. One family came to see Tullameelan.


Tax Relief – While quite a number of people took forms last year, our tax relief was one third of that in the previous year. It is something of a puzzle why people do not partake in further assisting our parish. The taxman gives charities tax relief for donations by those whoe pay income tax. It is free money that enables your parish to meet its costs, it has no effect on your finances. So why is there such a reluctance to take part in this scheme???? Your receipts & tax relif forms will be issued in the coming weeks and the completed forms should be returned to me before the end of March 2018Greeting 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.


RCB -     The Representative Church Body is our Central Church “Civil Service”.  They provide us with information and assistance in practically every area of parish life. The staff are trained in Church law and practice. There are some areas where individual dioceses or parishes do things a little differently; but must do it in accordance with our Constitution.
Most of our buildings are vested in this body so that when we need to do major or structural work on them, we need their permission. This ensures that we do things properly and do not spend money inappropriately or recklessly.
Monies that have been left to the Church/parish in wills and bequests are managed by them. Sometimes Church members have difficulty in accepting that they “manage our money and property”, but we should always be aware that what we have inherited and are required to care for, is part of the heritage of the Church of Ireland as a whole.
We are not an independent parish but an integral part of a much larger body. The “hierarchy through which decisions are made with regard to property, legal issues etc usually follow the following pattern, Select Vestry to Diocesan Council to RCB.
The Diocesan Council usually only comes into the picture when a parish seeks to spend more that €20,000 or comes into a category, laid down in our Church's Constitution as requiring RCB permission.
Yes, we have legally binding laws and a Constitution by which we must abide.
 The Constitution is a very large and complicated document by which we must all abide. It's interpretation is contained in our Diocesan Rules or, when we are in doubt, by our Diocesan Chancellor. During the coming months,
I plan to write about some aspects of Church life a us Anglicans should know it.        



Bio-Diversity Project – This project at Old St Marys & St Pauls have developed very well in the last year; both due to dedication of parishioners and CoCo. At Old St Marys; we welcome contributions of plants for the new areas. Please consult with Bernard regarding which plants are best for such projects.


Cleaning & Flowers in our Churches – Please remember to do what you have volunteered for. And please take your rubbish away with you. New volunteers are always welcome.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December 2017- January 2018

A Happy New Year to everybody!! During the coming year, it is to be hoped that we might see more of you at worship and participating in parish life!
A parish needs everybody to work together and to share in the life of the parish community. All are welcome. Don't be shy. Come along, best to introduce yourself to one person who will, I hope, introduce you to others.
We all have talents which we should share.
In the coming year, I hope we will leave behind us the past and move forward into the future.
Part of that needs to be a willingness to participate as a parishioner of the Union of Parishes in which we participate as one community of faith.
Each part of our parish has it's own culture and views. Its a pity we have been reluctant  to travel not so great distances to be together.
So, let's drive those few short kilometres to share and support each other’s events and acts of worship. You might be very surprised at the benefits we might reap in doing so!
Which church is below? If you have never seen this interior before; why not go to worship there at least once? Over the coming year the photo on the cover of your newsletter will be of a church building in our parish; closed or open!
                                Yours in Christ
                                                   Barbara



Cleaning & Flowers in our Churches – Please remember to do what you have  volunteered for. It is also important to please take your rubbish away with you . The boiler room has been thoroughly cleaned by some of your fellow parishioners; lets help 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!


Rev Arthur Carter – A presentation was made to the Rev Arthur Carter at the Carol Service in St Paul's on Friday the 15th December 2017


Whist Drives – Friday, 12th January    @ 8.00pm sharp
                          Friday,   9th February  @ 8.00pm sharp
                          Friday,   9th March       @ 8.00pm sharp
We relie 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.
                  

Singing Group – Friday, 5th January 2018 @ 8.00pm in Old St Mary’s
Wed,   17th January 2018 @ 8.00pm in Old St Marys
Friday,  2nd February 2018 @ 8.00pm in Old St Marys
All are welcome to join in!


Christmas Fair – This was well attended in spite of the weather. We do not have a final result as of yet! Thank-you to those who supported their fellow parishioners who worked to make this event happen!


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 Tus scheme who is checking out database to ensure all entries in our registers have been recorded.


Recommissioning of Lay Readers – This took place in St Canice's Cathedral on Advent Sunday. Our Lay Readers play a very large part in the conducting of worship in our parishes. Without them, many of our churches would be closed on Sundays. The undergo a Level 7 course with six modules which is accredited to St Patrick's Pontifical College, Maynooth) It is quite challenging. If you would like to do the course for your own interest or with a view to becoming a Lay reader; speak to the Rector. As part of the recommissioning; Readers who were not previously Garda Vetted began the process. The recommisioning was preceded by a Quiet Day with the Bishop of Limerick; the Rt Revd Kenneth Kearon.
The ceremony included the Installation of Canon Brian O'Rouke as Prebenary of Killamery and the presentation of the Bishop's Adult Medal' which wa awarded to Ms Clare Jackson, Kilkenny.


Book Launch – Ms Aileen Acheson launched her 3rd book “Tales of the Copper Coast in Old St Mary's on 16th December 2017. Her old friend, Sean Healy, did the honours!


Welcome – We welcome a former Rector of Kilcooley back to our Diocese. The Rev Ian Cruickshank was Instituted to the Parish of Kilanne on 15th of December 2017.


CHURCH SERVICES



Jan 2018
St Pauls, Cahir
    9.30am
Holy Trinity Fethard
9.30am
Old St Marys
Clonmel
8.30am
11.00am
Tullaghmeelan

11.00am

Dec 31st
Central Service in Old St Mary's @ 11.00am
Jan 7th
Epiphany 1

M.P.

H.C.
H.C.
H.C.
Worship in
other church
Jan 14th
Epiphany 2

H.C.

M.P.
H.C.
M.P.

H.C.
Jan 21st
Epiphany 3

M.P.

H.C.
H.C.
H.C.
Worship in other church
Jan 28th
Epiphany 4

H.C.

M.P.
H.C.
Service of the Word
Worship in other church
Feb 4th
2nd bef Lent

M.P.

H.C.
H.C.
H.C.
Worship in other church
Feb 11th
Sun Bef Lent

H.C.

M.P.
H.C.
M.P.

H.C.
Feb 14th
Ash Wednesday
M.P.
@ 9.00am
       E.P.
@ 7.30pm
        H.C
@ 10.30am

Worship in other church


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.


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 – The bishop will visit our parish to administor Confirmation on 22nd April 2018. If there is anybody who wishes to be confirmed (12 upwards), please speak to the Rector. Classes will begin in the Rectory at 4.00pm from 24th January 2018.


Diocesan Magazine – This is a monthly production of news and information on 10 months of the year. The cost is €40. Payment for some 2017 editions is still outstanding; talk to me.


Clergy Moving – The Dean of Ossory, the Very Rev Katherine Poulton has been appointed Rector of Julianstown, Co Meath. She has done tremendous work in St Canice's and Kilkenny Parish. We will be the poorer for her departure.
The Rev Robert Jones has been appointed Rector of Kiltegan Union of Parishes and will arrive during the Spring.


Rugby Club Concert – The church was full and the music was out of this world! Kelly Lonergan was in top form and the choir has gone from strength to strength.


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Interest in this event has waned in recent years. We should take every opportunity to pray with other Christians in our troubled world. We have so much to share with those who interpret the Bible in a variety of ways, have a developed doctrine somewhat unlike us and who worship Almighty God in ways not familiar to us. On Sunday 28th January we are invited to share in an act of worship in which we will celebrate our common Christian faith in St Mary's Church, Cahir by kind invitation of the new Parish Priest, Fr Tom Rogers. Come along and share in this celebration. Our Lord prayed that we might all be one!


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 – As this newsletter is being put together Carol Services have taken place in Cahir and Fethard.

In Cahir we had a truly ecumenical evening with the Parish Priest, Fr Tom Rogers, the Presbyterian Minister, Rev William Montgomery, a representative of  the Rockwell Community, Fr Matt and the Coptic Community being represented by Fr Dimitri. Maureen Purcell's choir were in full voice with the Suirvale Choir absent due to many of its members not yet being home for the festive season.

In Fethard, we had a full church with everybody in full voice. The Choral Society sang a number of festive carols and  also present were; Fr Liam Everard PP, Fr Izzy Donovan from the Abbey and Dean RB McCarthy; all of whom read. Thank-you to parishioners for the beautifully decorated churches and the sumptuous feasts before we went home!.


Inishlounaght , St Patrick’s ( Marlfield)– As you know, the avenue at Marlfield Church has been in need of refurbishment for some time. We were so grateful for the help we received from local people in clearing up the mess caused by Hurrican Ophelia.
Now our neighbour, Mr Clancy, who accesses his farmyard along the driveway has resurfaced the avenue. It looks great. We should never underestimate the kindness and generosity of others; especially our neighbours!

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