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Family Pack for The Second Sunday of Lent 2021

This weekend is the Second Sunday of Lent. Last week we learned that it is important to say ‘sorry’ when we make mistakes and do something wrong. We are trying to do better! This week we are learning to trust Holy God by reading the story of Abraham. Abraham was a good man, and like Noah, he had complete faith and trust in God. God put this trust to the test when he asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. This weekend light a candle and read the story with your family, or watch the video about Abraham and Isaac together. Say the family prayer together and do something nice to enjoy the weekend!   The family pack is available on our Newsletter link.

Family Pack - The First Sunday of Lent 2021

Today we begin the season of Lent, a time to prepare our hearts for the new life which Jesus brings at Easter. Lent lasts for forty days, just as Jesus spent forty days in the desert before going out to share the Good News. It is a season of hope and new life as days lengthen and spring approaches. In today’s reading we hear about Noah’s faith in God and the promise that God made to everyone.  We learn that it is important to say sorry and to be kind to others.  The link is available on our Newsletter link.

Family Pack for Sunday 14th February 2021  

Jesus never judged people by their appearance or paid any attention to what others thought of them. Time and again he made tax-collectors and other outcasts feel welcome and loved. Today we hear how Jesus changed the life of a leper who asked for his help. This Sunday is also a special day as it is St. Valentine's Day. Remember to tell your family and friends how much you love them. Share all the love in your heart with everyone at home and Holy God!  The pack is available on the newsletter link.

Family Pack for Sunday 7th February 2021

Jesus loves all people with a love so great that he died for us. Throughout his life he showed this love by curing the sick and making time to share with others.  The family pack is available on our newsletter link.

Faith@ Home initiative: Faith @ Home is a new resource for parishes which is designed to help parents and families reflect on the upcoming Sunday readings. Every week families will be invited to Hear, Pray and Talk about the Word of God together in their homes with prompts and guidance.  The resource for the 7th February is available on our newlsetter link.

Wednesday 3rd February is the Feast Day of St. Blaise.  Due to the current restrictions there will be no blessing of throats in the Church but please find below a blessing that you can say:

 

Blessing of the Throats, 2021

St. Blaise, on this Your Feast Day, I pray that I may not suffer from illness of the throat during this coming year, and pray that through your intercession, all who are suffering may be healed by God’s love (Sign of the Cross) in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This blessing is a sign of my faith in God’s protection and love for me and for all who are sick. I wish to be part of and receive the blessing which was imparted in church this day. Amen.

 

Family Pack for Sunday 31st January 2021

Everyone knew Jesus as an ordinary carpenter, the son of Mary and Joseph; but Jesus was also the Son of God. Today we hear how the people in Capernaum began to realise that there was something very special about Jesus of Galilee. The Pack is available on our newsletter link.

Family Pack for 24th January 2021 - Follow Me!

Jesus called the first disciples to follow him, and they left everything and went with him. Today each of us is called to follow Jesus by sharing God’s love with everyone as he taught us to.   The pack is available on our Newsletter link.

Family Pack for Sunday 17th January 2021

Some of the men who would become Christ’s apostles had been disciples of John the Baptist. It was while they were with John, on the banks of the river Jordan, that they first saw Jesus, the ‘Lamb of God’.  The family pack is available on our newsletter link.

Family Pack The Baptism of the Lord

This Sunday we will learn that Jesus was baptised by his cousin, John, in the River Jordan. This story reminds us of our own baptism when we were very small. Talk about your baptism with your family. Can you find a photo of your baptism? Light a candle and read the Gospel with your family. The pack can be found on our newsletter link.

Virtual Carol Service 2020

For those who missed it on Sunday, here is the link for our Virtual Carol Service this year.  A big thank you to Tony Murray for putting this together.  https://youtu.be/wWh-6OVtkKU

Family Pack for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

This Sunday, we light the fourth purple candle. Mary loved God so much that she was ready to do whatever He asked of her. Trusting him completely and always ready to please him she agreed to become the mother of his son, Jesus.  The pack is available on our newsletter link.

Family Pack for the Third Sunday of Advent

News of John the Baptist had spread throughout the land, and crowds of people were flocking to listen to him. The leaders of the Jews decided to send some of their priests and elders to find out who this man really was. This weekend we light the third candle on our Advent Wreath, the Pink Candle. This candle represents Joy. Think of how you can share Joy during advent? Enjoy lighting your Advent Wreath and reading the Gospel with your family. The Pack is available of our Newsletter link.

Family Pack for the Second Sunday of Advent

God sent John the Baptist to prepare the people for the coming of his son. The message he preached then, is just as important today, as we prepare ourselves for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ. This is the Second Sunday of Advent. Light a second purple candle on your advent wreath at home. Don't forget to look at our Jesse Tree Symbols to learn about Jesus' Family Tree!  The pack is available on our Newsletter link.

Family Pack for the First Sunday of Advent 2020

This Sunday is a very exciting weekend as it will be the First Sunday of Advent. We are getting ready for Christmas Day and for the coming of Baby Jesus into the world. This week as well as our Family Pack, which includes the Gospel, we have included a Jesse Tree pack.  The Jesse Tree is the story of Jesus' family tree. You can learn about Jesus' family by making your own Jesse tree at home with the help of our 'Jesse Tree Explanations and Pictures'. Enjoy this Season of Advent with St. Mary's Parish for the next few weeks as we prepare for Christmas Day! Both packs are available on our Newsletter link.

Family Pack for the Feast of Christ the King

Today is the last Sunday of the Church’s year, the Feast of Christ the King. As the year draws to an end, we turn our thoughts to when Christ will return as king at the end of time. Jesus wants us to treat others with kindness and love. This is what makes him happy. This weekend, spend time talking about all the ways you help others, light a candle and read the Gospel. Enjoy!  The pack is available on our newsletter link.

Family Pack for the Thirty Third Sunday of the Year

When we love someone, sometimes we give them a gift, something special for them to use and enjoy. God has given talents to each one of us as a sign of his love; these are gifts from God. This weekend why not tell your family your talents and show them?! Light a candle, read the Gospel and say the Family prayer to enjoy one another's talents. The pack is available on our newsletter link.

Family Pack Thirty Second Sunday of the Year

Jesus told stories called Parables which help us understand what the Kingdom of God will be like. It is easy to be ready for something to happen when we know the day and time to expect it. Today Jesus explains that we must always be ready for his return, even though no-one knows when he will be coming.  The pack can be found on our newsletter link.

Faith @ Home is a new resource for parishes which is designed to help parents and families
reflect on the upcoming Sunday readings. Every week families will be invited to Hear, Pray and Talk about the Word of God together in their homes with prompts and guidance.  The resources can be found at https://www.waterfordlismore.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Faith@Home_Final_-Nov-1.pdf

Day 6 of our Holy Souls Novena
Day 6 Young people who have died as a result of illness, accident or tragedy. Lord, your wisdom governs the length of our days. We mourn the loss of our young people who have died as a result of illness, accident or tragedy. Their lives have passed so quickly and we entrust them to your mercy. Welcome them into your heavenly dwelling and grant them the happiness of everylasting youth. Through Christ our Lord, Amen
 
Day 5 of our Holy Souls Novena
Day 5 Children who have died at a young age To you O Lord, we humbly entrust children who have died, so precious in your sight. Take them into your arms and welcome them into paradise, where there will be no more sorrow, no weeping or pain, but the fullness of peace and joy with you forever. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
 
Day 4 of our Holy Souls Novena

Day 4 Friends and Neighbours To you, O God, the dead do not die, and in death, our life is changed, not ended. Hear our prayers for our friends and neighbours. We commend them to dwell with Abraham, your friend, and be raised at last on the great day of judgement. In your mercy cleanse them of any sin that they may have committed through human frailty. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 
 

Day 3 of our Novena for Holy Souls

Day 3 Grandparents, Grandchildren, Aunts, Uncles, Godparents, Cousins. God of loving kindness, we remember today our grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, godparents and relations whom you have called to yourself. Strengthen us in the belief that your Son has risen from the dead and in our belief that all people will rise again. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Family Pack for All Saints Day November 2020

Today we remember the saints through the ages who have dedicated their lives to Jesus. Their love for Jesus was so great that they were ready to die for his sake. This weekend light a candle for all the saints, family members or friends who are in Heaven with Holy God. They will always hear your prayer. Read the Gospel and say the Family Prayer while your candle is lighting and enjoy our activity sheets.  The pack for The Saints in Heaven can be found on our Newsletter link.

Family Pack for 30th Sunday of the Year

This week the Pharisees are trying to trick Jesus again! They try to trick Him by asking him a difficult question. Jesus taught us to love God and to love each other more than anything else in our lives. Enjoy our Family Pack this week by taking time over the weekend to light a candle, read the Gospel and say the Family Prayer.  The pack can be found on our newsletter link.

 

 St. Mary's Church Children's Liturgy Pack

Hello boys and girls! It is great to be in touch with you again, we have all missed you here in St. Mary's Church very much. This week is Mission Sunday. It is a wonderful week to get back in touch with you all as it is when we think of reaching out to others. The theme for Mission Sunday 2020 is "Here am I, send me". This week the Children's Liturgy Team wants to tell you that we are here for you all the time. Even though we are apart, we are here for you in prayer. Please enjoy our family pack for this week and take care of one another.   The pack can be found in our Newsletter section.

 

History

St. Mary's Parish Irishtown Clonmel 

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St Mary’s Church was built in 1850 replacing the original thatched chapel, which stood on the same site in Irishtown since 1660. Plans for the present building were prepared and agreed in November 1836. The church, dedicated to Our Lady under the title of the Assumption, was completed and blessed by Most Rev. Dr. O’Brien, Bishop of Waterford, on the 12th October 1856.

The stone used for the main construction came from quarries in Kilmacomma and Mullinahone. The stucco ceiling was made possible by a legacy in 1854 from the estate of Mr. Nicholas Cott, a resident of Irishtown.

The High Altar was the gift from Mr. William Hudson. It was designed by the English Architect George Goldie, and was completed in 1867 at a cost of 2,000 pounds. It consists of Portland stone, columns of Aberdeen granite, and with inserts of Cork and Connemara marble.

The belfry tower was added in 1885 and the portico was completed in 1890.

In 1836 the parish was divided into two, the new parish taking the title of SS. Peter and Paul’s and getting possession, at the same time, of an auxiliary church which had been erected in 1810. In 1983, on the First Sunday of Advent, the parish was again divided with the creation of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish.

The tomb of the first Mayor of Clonmel, John Fitz-Geffry White, who died in 1615, was brought to St. Mary’s Irishtown from Old St. Mary’s Church.

In November 1936 St Mary’s was consecrated by the Most Rev. Dr. J. Kinnane, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.