St Michael’s Parish Tipperary

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time   > B   5th Sept 2021

Recently Deceased: James (Jim) Bergin, ‘Avonree’, Dundrum Rd; Tony Houlihan, Aherlow Heights; Sr. Edmond Looby, Dominican Convent, Cabra, Dublin & late of Kilfeacle; Denis McGrath, Thurles & formerly Cordangan, Tipperary Town.  A family funeral mass in St. Michael’s church Tipperary on Monday at 12 noon with burial in St. Michael’s cemetery.

Month’s Mind: Mary Crowe, Dillon St.

Anniversaries:  Bridie Bowes; John Kiely; Michael Keaty; Pat Doherty; Matt Doorley; Brenda & Seán O’Connor; Eoin & Peter Bresnan; Ted McGrath; Pierce Flavin; Mary Flavin; Elizabeth McMullin; Jim & Gus Moloney; Molly Staunton; Michael & Christine Nagle; Tony Cashman; Mary Beston; Rosemary Esmonde; Maurice Richardson; Leo O’Mahony; Margaret Kennedy; David Coffey; Tommy O’Neill, Cappawhite; Noel Ryan; Christopher Quinn.

The Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Seeds of Hope 2021-2026:   After a lengthy ‘Listening Process’ throughout the diocese  four year ago and with the interruption of Covid 19 for the past eighteen months, the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Seeds of Hope will be launched by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly in Holycross Abbey next Sunday 12th Sept with mass at 3.00pm.  Unfortunately we are still under Covid restrictions so only a representative group from each parish can attend in person but it will be streamed live from the Abbey on   It is hoped that parish groups will gather again soon to reflect on and  embrace this initiative of faith development into the future.  We will need to work together to keep faith alive for the coming generations.

Month of Prayer for the Care of Creation:  1st Sept. – 4th Oct “As Christians we are called to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and our neighbours on a global scale.   It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the least speck of dust of our planet”  (Laudato Si 9   Pope Francis) Suggested Action for the coming week:Avoid single use plastic

Autumn Clergy Collection: for the priests of the diocese is due next weekend 11/12 Sept.  A huge thanks to all who have been so generous to these collections so far this year.  Whatever you can give is greatly appreciated.  Collections envelopes can be left in the box at back of the church. Your donation can also be made online by going to the .parish website

First Holy Communion: Children from St. Michael’s Girls School will celebrate their First Holy Communion in St. Michael’s Church next Saturday 11th Sept at 11.30am.   Only parents, children and teachers to attend.

Sacrament of Confirmation:  It is hoped to celebrate this sacrament during the month of October.  The dates will be made know to families during the coming week.

Holycross Annual Solemn Novena 2021: (Wed 8 -Thurs 16 Sept) Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the Novena will be held behind closed doors again this year. It will be available online at at 10.30am and 7.30pm daily and on Tipperary Mid West Radio at 7.30pm daily. The Ceremony  for the Sick will be broadcast online and on Tipperary Mid West Radio at 2pm on Saturday 11th September. Go to or contact 0504-43124 or for more information

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Wed from 3pm – 6pm in St. Michael’s Church.

Parish Lotto: There was no Jackpot winner last Thursday but congratulations to Michael &Nuala O’Halloranwho were the lucky dip winners of €50. The Jackpot is now at €3575.  To join the Lotto go to the parish Website and press the Lotto Button. Good luck to all.

Thanks: to all who contribute each weekend at mass and online to the support St. Michael’s Parish.

SEEDS OF HOPE 2021-2026 Statement from Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

In our lifetime as parishioners within the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly Sunday next, September 12th , is a seminal day as our Archdiocese outlines its Diocesan Plan “SEEDS OF HOPE” 2021- 2026 . No business, sporting or community organisation of any sport fulfills its potential without careful planning. We are no different. But plans take on a whole new sense of importance and meaning when organisations need to ‘go again’. We are at that time; not just because the Church has come through some tumultuous decades that it must learn from but because we must also, in moving forward, bring with us all that is good and make it even better as we do God’s amazing work. We need to turn to the future and plan for the future and that’s exactly what our pastoral plan ‘Seeds of Hope’ is about. We have always hope but we must plant seeds if we are to reap a harvest down the line. Like any good plan, it has involved listening. We began our process all of four years ago as we engaged with people of all demographics across the archdiocese to hear exactly what it is that we need at parish and diocesan level so that we can serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of all in the years ahead.

Like any journey, there are bumps along the way and, just with the listening phase coming to an end, COVID-19 became ours last year. It was an interruption rather than a derailment and now, having completed the listening process, we are on the cusp of unveiling ‘our’ plan – for it is, indeed, a plan for all of us, by all of us. The launch of this plan will be in a sacred space for our diocese, Holycross Abbey, on Sunday 12th September at 3.00pm. Because of the pandemic, numbers that can attend are limited but each parish will be represented. For those unable to attend, the unveiling of the plan, with a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, will take place at 3.00pm It will be a day of truth, a day of reconciliation, a day of renewal and, above all, a day of hope. We ask that you join us on this special day as this very special celebration is live streamed from the Abbey on In the meantime, we ask that this weekend and over the coming days and months that you pray that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our Seeds of Hope will, indeed, bear fruit, a new beginning for us all here in our parish and across the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly.

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