Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time > A 16th July 2023

Recently Deceased: Very Rev Nicholas James Irwin, Parish Priest of Gortnahoe & Glengooole and formerly of Thurles;

Months Mind: Alex English, Ballinalard; Anna Slattery, Martin Breen Tce; Laurence (Larry) O’Donnell, Ballyhurst;

Anniversaries: Mary Phipps; Josie Fleming; Jim Walsh; Conor Quinn; David Leahy Snr; Rita Ronan; Breda Plunkett; Mary O’Grady; Joan Fitzgerald; Kerrie Ann Morey; Annie Griffin; Bridget Crowe; Willie Coffey; John Leahy (1st Anniv); Maudie Forrester; Paddy Freyne; Kitty Butler, Cork; Dan Joe Joyce, Cork; Phyllis Verdon; Thomas Slater; Joan O’Connor;

Thank You: the Weekly Envelope and Donations in the Collection Box last w/e 9th July was €2,195. Thanks also to those who regularly contribute online at

Summer Clergy Collection: for the priest of the diocese – active and retired. A sincere word of thanks to all who have contributed a further €5,595 to bring the total so far for this collection to €10,805. Please use the Special envelope dated 02-Jul -23 in your Collection Envelope pack. Envelopes are also available in the church. All cheques should be made payable to St. Michael’s Church. This is the second of four Clergy Collection for this year and we ask that you give what you can to help meet our parish target of €103,000 for this year.

Parish Office: Opening Hours – Monday – Thursday 10.00am to 2.00pm; Friday 10.00am to 1.30pm. Booking of all Anniversary Masses, Baptisms, Weddings and Mass Cards from here. Newsletter items should be in by Thursday each week for inclusion. Contact: 062 52727 or during opening hours.

Parish Lotto: July 6th: 9, 14, 18, 21. Congratulations to Michael Collins, the Lucky Dip winner of €50. No Jackpot winner this week. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,150. To play go to:

Weekday Masses: for the month of July there will be no 8.00am mass in St. Michael’s Church – only at 10.15am. ‘

Circle of Friends: Walk for Cancer in aid of Circle of Friends Cancer support centre on Saturday July 22nd @10.30am. Walking from Cahir Castle Car Park to Swiss Cottage. Sign up on the day. Donations gratefully accepted.

Cashel & Emly Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock: Sunday 6th August 2023. Bus leaves Marian Hall @ 8am. Cost: €25. Contact Parish Office on 062 52727 or 086 869 0984.

The FAST 2023 campaign aims to raise awareness of the signs of stroke and the importance of calling an ambulance as soon as possible. F.A.S.T. stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. There will be an awareness event on Friday July 21st from 10:30am to 12:00 noon at the Tipperary Community Services Centre , St. Michael Street. Everyone is welcome. At 11:00am there will be a short talk on awareness of stroke and the FAST campaign by stroke survivor, Martin Quinn.

REFLECTION through the lens of the gospel Mt 13:1-23 Parents with children, teachers with pupils, speakers with listeners, are all like sowers in a field where the preparation of the soil is up to another – the child, pupil or listener. They can sow the seed but cannot guarantee that it will bear fruit. At times there may be a temptation not to try any more. The challenge is to sow in hope.
When have you been surprised by the harvest you have reaped?
‘We are wasting our time’ may sometimes be the apparent wisdom in a group. Think of a time when you have gone against this apparent wisdom and seen your effort bear fruit?

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