20 October 2021

AXA Community Bike Ride

It’s hard to believe that we are still cycling in the sunshine but we are delighted to be doing it. We are now running the two group cycles and are delighted with the response. We have a challenging cycle doing 40km spins at a nice pace and an easy going cycle doing 25/30 km cycles at a nice pace. We usually have spaces on our Sunday cycles so go to the website and register for fun and fitness, a lovely group atmosphere and of course the coffee stops. 

Parish News

Anniversaries: 7pm Saturday Oct. 23rd  Tom and Margaret Quinlan, Pallas St.

Michael, Mary and Padraig Ryan, Glenkeen

9.30 Mass Ileigh  Mary Ryan  Knockahorna. 11.am Mass Patrick Murphy, Durrow, Co. Laois.  Breeda Ryan, Templederry.  We are also asked to pray for the soul of Matt Patterson, Lios Padraig who was interred recently.


Mission Sunday Collection will be taken up at all Masses next Sunday

Last Sunday’s Collection amounted to €500.

St.Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society  are having a Eucharistic Adoration in the Community Centre on Sunday 24th October beginning at 2.30 pm.  All are welcome to attend.


Hard Luck to our under 13 Hurling team who lost the County Final last week. They played very well and gave of their best.


Re Synod of Bishops:  Letter from Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly.

Today, throughout the world, the Universal Church at Diocesan level, begins a journey towards a better understanding of the role of the Church in our world.  Pope Francis last Sunday, October 10th launched a Synodal Process in Rome with the hope of building a church of “closeness, compassion and tenderness” and with this aim the theme for the synod is:

Towards a Synodal Church: Community, Participation and Mission.

The main force underpinning this synodal process is the Holy Spirit-without the Holy Spirit there is no Synod.  Our prayer today and the prayer of the Church this Sunday and for the journey ahead is “Come Holy Spirit”.

Pope Francis said at the launching that a synod, is a journey of spiritual discernment that “takes place in adoration, in prayer and in dialogue with the word of God, it is a grace filled event a process of healing guided by the Holy Spirit, or otherwise it becomes a church convention, a study group or a political congress instead of being a grace-filled event, a process of healing guided by the Holy Spirit.  The journey must be guided by the Holy Spirit and rooted in prayer, paticulary Eucharistic adoration”.

In the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly we began a synodal journey some years ago when we embarked on our listening process and, recently, from that listening process launched our Plan “Seeds of Hope” for the coming years, Through our experience of the listening process, we are now in a unique position to participate in the universal synod.

Pope Francis has stressed that the objective of the Synod” is not to produce more documents, but rather to foster dreams, encourage prophecy and visions, to heal wounds and to bring about a new dawn of hope,” I invite the people of our diocese to set out with courage on this Synodal journey and I hope and pray that we can, through prayer, reflection and dialogue fulfil the dream of the Holy Father- that no one is left behind or excluded.

The Archdiocese will organise gatherings at local level over the coming months to enable participation in the synodal process.  I invite you to participate in this universal church consultation when the opportunity arises.  The synodal journey will conclude in Rome, in October 2023, having passed through diocesan, national and continental phases.

I ask that all pray for the success of this synodal process in our diocese and throughout the world.

Yours in Jesus Christ

+ Kieran O’Reilly.

Sunday 17th October 2021

The Prayer of the Synod

Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

This prayer can be widely used throughout the diocesan phase of the Synodal Process. It can likewise be incorporated into the liturgical celebration to open the Synod in local Churches on October 17. Attributed to St. Isidore of Seville (560-636), it has been traditionally used at Councils and Synods for hundreds of years. 

The version below was specifically designed for the Church’s Synodal journey from 2021 to 2023. 

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. 

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; 

Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. 

We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. 

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. 

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. 

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

Weekend of 23rd  October

An ‘Adult Safeguarding Policy, Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse’ has been written and implemented for all the Dioceses in Munster.

 ‘Inspired by gospel values, the commitment of Pope Francis, and in compliance with law we will strive to ensure the participation and welfare of all adults who may be vulnerable in the life of the Church. We are committed to fostering a safeguarding culture characterised by empowerment, collaboration and zero tolerance of abuse.’  

You can find a copy of the policy at   https://cashel-emly.ie/safeguarding/forms-policies

Thought for the week:  The grass isn’t green on the other side the grass is green where you water it.

Scoil Naomh Cualán

On Friday 15th we had our Charity Breakfast morning. Looking at the big smiles on the day (and in the photos) it was a big hit with all the children. We loved having breakfast in school with our friends. 

We were so lucky to have a feast with cheerios, juice, rolls and sausages. We loved all of it! Teacher and Mr Small were so impressed with the brilliant manners in our class too.

Thanks so much to everyone for contributing on the day for Pieta House, our chosen charity this year. Thanks too to Thurles Milk for sponsoring the milk and to the staff who sponsored other items on the day! It was a truly fantastic day!




Tipperary County Council, with heritage consultant Derek Ryan, are conducting a survey of Holy Wells in County Tipperary. In phase I, we will create a searchable database and interactive website of Holy Wells in the County and record:

  • folklore and record cultural traditions associated with holy wells
  • identify the location of any ‘missing’ holy wells in County Tipperary


We hope this survey will raise awareness of Holy Wells in County Tipperary and their archaeological heritage & cultural significance.

With this baseline set, we aim to investigate a number of Holy Wells around the County with a field study.

We are asking you, the public, for any information you may have about your local Holy Well or a Holy Well that you have knowledge or interest in?

  • Do you know if the well is dedicated to a particular saint?
  • What is the name of the well known locally?
  • Was there a pattern day set for this well?
  • Were there associated customs such as rounds, particular prayers, depositions?
  • Did the well have curative powers attributed to them and for what illnesses?
  • Are there stories of specific people that were cured by a well?  
  • Other folklore or history associated with the well? Wells moving location etc.
  • Do you have any photos of the well that you would like to share?

If you know of any holy wells in your area, please join this community project by emailing your information, stories and photos to the project TipperaryHolyWells@tipperarycoco.ie Or submitting through the project portal here https://consultations.tipperarycoco.ie/consultations/tipperary-holy-well-survey

This survey is an action of the Tipperary Heritage Plan 2017-2022 and funded by Tipperary County Council and The Heritage Council.

Community Mothers Programme


Yoga Morning

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Leaflets for the Christmas shoe box appeal have been given to schools this week. Please support if you can. Anyone looking for leaflets or to drop off boxes can contact Fiona Max on 087 216 9150 

Pic of the Past

Saving the Hay in Rathmoy
Jimmy Coffey, Phil Small (on cart) and Willie Bourke

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