Welcome to Cahir Parish
St. Mary’s Church re-opened for public celebration on Monday 29 June 2020.
Strict adherence are being observed to the guidelines laid down by the Public Health Authorities and the Catholic Bishops of Ireland,
to ensure that the church will be a safe place for people to attend at Mass.
We continue the search for volunteers to form teams of ushers and sanitizers who are willing to help to keep the church safe for public Masses.
Please volunteer by giving in your name by phone – 052-7443447 or email – [email protected]
The numbers of such volunteers have a direct impact on the amount of Masses we can celebrate in Cahir.
We can now have up to 100 attend two separate church pods at any available Mass. There will be no need to book a place for Mass.
You will, however, be asked to give your name and contact telephone number to facilitate contact tracing if needed.
Please arrive approx 15 mins before the service to allow for this.
Special measures will be in place to facilitate social distancing and health and safety. These include:
- No parking in the churchyard. Parking only in the Parish Centre Car Park and in the overflow Car Park behind the Church.
- Entrance by either the back door or the side door nearest the car park. There will be no connection between both.
- Temperature testing before admission to the church - if you are feeling unwell please do not attend.
- Reception of Holy Communion on the hand at your designated Holy Communion pod at the end of Mass.
- Wearing of face mask advised but not compulsory.
- Sanitise your hands before & after Mass.
RELICS OF ST ANTHONY
The Parish of St Mary's was lucky enough to be selected as one of only five in Ireland to have the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua displayed. The event took place on Thursday June 9 2016 before a sizeable gathering through the day.
From the 9th to the 16th of June 2016, St Anthony's relics visited Ireland in the form of two relics, one of which is the one Pope Francis venerated sixteen years ago in Argentina.
The relics were accompanied by Fr Mario Conte, editor of the Messenger of St Anthony, the magazine published by the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Saint Anthony's Basilica in Padua, Italy, where the Saint lies in his Tomb.
When Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, he led a prominent procession through the streets of the Argentinian capital in the year 2000, carrying in his hands a reliquary containing a precious relic of St Anthony of Padua - a piece of his floating rib.The future Pope's devotion to St Anthony was due to the Saint's love, care and concern for the poor and marginalized. Known for helping people find lost items, St Anthony intercedes with those trying to find a job, a home, faith, love, hope and mercy.
John Paul II medal presentation
The John Paul II Award is an award offered to secondary school students who complete 20 hours of community work and 20 hours of parish work throughout the year.
The award was one of the last initiatives introduced by Bishop William Lee before his retirement and encourages young people to get involved in their community and parish.
The four schools and parishes involved in the pilot scheme were C.B.S Tramore, Stella Maris, Tramore, Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir and Blackwater School in Lismore & Cappoquin parishes.
Diocesan coordinator, Fr Michael Toomey, said he was “astounded” at the enthusiasm and commitment of the students. “When people ask me – ‘where are the young people in our church?’ I can now say that they are just outside the door and waiting to be invited in!”
At a ceremony in the pastoral centre in Waterford, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, presented 30 Coláiste Dún Iascaigh students with medals for having worked within the community over the last 12 months. Students read at Mass, they developed a reflective place in the Coláiste, they worked voluntarily at the Senior Citizen’s Party, they volunteered for St. Vincent De Paul, worked with the Tidy Towns committee and raised money for the National Council for the Blind and for the Tipperary Hospice, to name a few.
As the students reflected on their experience, they all agreed that not only did they give a lot, they also gained a lot of confidence and strength for their endeavours.
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