St.Mary’s Parish Clonmel

Diocese statement on Avalon DVD

Diocese statement on Avalon DVD

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a pre-marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. 

This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore.

First Communion Meeting

There will be a meeting on Friday night, October 12th at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Primary School Hall for all parents of children making their First Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Parish next May. Sr. Antoinette, Diocesan Advisor for Primary schools in the Diocese will address the meeting.

Diocesan Changes

Fr. Gerry Langford becomes P.P. Cahir (Fr. Gerry was a curate here in St. Mary’s).

Fr. Paul Waldron who was curate in Dungarvan becomes Administrator Cathedral, Waterford. (Fr. Paul is a native of our Parish - from Ballingarrane).

Fr. John Harris, recently ordained is going to Dungarvan as Curate. Fr. Sean Melody becomes Associate Priest in Sacred Heart, Waterford. Fr. Gerry Chestnut becomes P.P. Sacred Heart. Fr. Sean Dwyer, Cahir, has retired, but will be residing in Cahir.


We welcome into the Christian Faith Community of St. Mary’s Daniel Sean Morrissey, Abbey Meadows, who was christened last weekend. Congratulations to parents Liam and Niamh, godparents Jim and Shauna, grandparents and extended family.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Geraldine Carroll, Honeyview and Daniel Carroll, Silversprings who were married in St. Oliver’s recently.

Practical way of beginning and celebrating Year of Faith

During October say the Rosary as a family; join the little group who gather each evening from Monday–Friday at 6.30 in St. Mary’s to pray the Rosary.

First Communion Dates

The proposed dates for First Communion next year are May 18th -St. Mary’s and Presentation Primary; May 25th –Gaelscoil.

October - Rosary Month

October is always associated with the Rosary. Praying the Rosary was a given in every home in Ireland. Perhaps in this Year of Faith, which officially begins on Thursday, October 11th, we can return to this practice. The Year of Faith celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (11th October 1962) and also the 20th anniversary of the Publication of the Cathechism of the Church. The Year of Faith is a call to renewal and rediscovery of Faith in our lives.

Shared Masses

Many Parishes in the Diocese and the Country have introduced Shared Masses. What this means is that the intentions for a particular Mass would be shared. Many people are looking for weekend Masses for Anniversaries etc. but cannot get the weekend date they desire. Would it be a feasible idea and practice in our Parish? Your reaction and opinion would be appreciated. There is no decision made. All we are doing at present is outlining possibilities for the future.