Parish Christmas Schedule Announced!

Nenagh Parish is delighted to unveil our first full and unrestricted Christmas Schedule since 2019. While the past number of years have been difficult, filled at times with fear, apprehension, worry and darkness, we always believed that this brighter day would dawn. While life remains tough, both at home and in the wider world, we take comfort from the fact that we are again able to come together at Christmas to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus.

We look forward to seeing you all – our regular congregation, absent friends, those returning home for the Christmas season, or visitors to our town – at many of our ceremonies at this special time. As always, we extend a warm welcome to the New Irish, who have come to live among us in the Nenagh community since this time last year.

Nenagh Parish to Commemorate Creeslough Tragedy

On Wednesday 19 October 2022 at 7.30pm, Nenagh Parish will hold a special Vigil of Prayers with and for the community of Creeslough, Co Donegal.

Like the entire country, the people of Nenagh and the neighbouring parishes, have been deeply shocked and moved by the loss of so many innocent lives arising from a single moment of devastation.

We will remember the dead. We will pray for the injured. We will extend payers of love and healing to all the bereaved families, friends and members of the broader Creeslough and Donegal community. Please join us in this act of solidarity.

Anniversary Celebration Announced for 8 October 2022

After several years of delay, Nenagh Parish is delighted to announce that a joint celebration will take place to honour the 125th Anniversary of St Mary of the Rosary Church, and the 50th Anniversary of St John the Baptist Church.

Bishop Fintan Monahan of the Diocese of Killaloe and Fr Pat Gilbert of Nenagh, will lead walkers from the Franciscan Friary at 5.30pm on Saturday 8 October. The walk will proceed from the old Abbey, up Bachelor’s Walk, through the Castle Field and Gill’s Garden to St Mary of the Rosary Church for 6.15pm Mass. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Pastoral Centre.

A special booklet commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of St John the Baptist Church will be launched on the evening.

Fr Pat Gilbert commented, ‘this promises to be an afternoon and evening filled with joy. The people of Nenagh Parish have waited patiently to celebrate these two milestones. We hope anyone with current or past associations with both places of worship will join us for what promises to be a truly memorable event’.

St Mary of the Rosary Car Park – Very Urgent Appeal

Those who use the car park at St Mary of the Rosary during weekdays for the purposes of visiting the church, are asked to return any exit tokens you may have in your possession.

The Parish Office supply of these tokens is now down to under ten tokens!

Please check your handbags, purses, wallets, glove compartments (and other secret spaces in your car!), inside pockets and piggy banks, and drop any spare tokens back to the office AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We won’t judge you but we do need them back!!!!

Synodal Pathway: Irish Synthesis Document Published

The Synthesis of the Consultation in Ireland for the Diocesan Stage of the Universal Synod 2021-2023 has been forwarded to the General Secretariat of the Synod, in Rome, and published by the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The 29-page document is the result of Synodal Pathway conversations at Parish, Diocesan, and national level, among the faithful in Ireland, on the future of our global church.

During the past year, the Nenagh Parish Pastoral Council invited all parishioners to contribute their thoughts and responses in person or to a dedicated online questionnaire. The level of the response was encouraging as parishioners took the opportunity to voice their opinions on pressing matters such as inclusivity and mission.

The responses from Nenagh Parish were collated and sent to the Synodal Pathway team at Diocesan level in Ennis. The Nenagh report fed into a Diocesan report, which was in turn taken to national level.

That national report, published this week, can be accessed here.

Statement from Nenagh Parish Pastoral Council – Fr Des Hillery

It is with a heavy heart that we learn today that Fr Des Hillery will be leaving Nenagh after ten great years as our Parish Priest/Co-PP.

The 2022 Killaloe Diocesan appointments this afternoon, stated that “Fr. Pat Gilbert, returning from leave of absence will be Co-PP in Odhrán Pastoral area and VF and to reside in Nenagh” will succeed Fr Des.

As spiritual leader of our Catholic community during the past decade, Fr Des has steered the parish through periods of enormous change and challenge.

Among the most serious difficulties was a lightening strike that caused serious damage to St Mary of the Rosary church in 2014. His cool, reasonable and rational approach to the problems thrown up by that calamity not only saw the repair of the damage but a continuation of the restoration plans that leave our church in such a wonderful condition today.

Without question, his most immense, and indeed sombre challenge, was to guide us all through the dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the early lockdowns. Preaching to a camera in empty churches is not what any priest signs up for. Along with Fr Michael and Fr Rexon, Fr Des managed to extend the hand of friendship, solace, comfort, and indeed the promise of better times to come, to a frightened and lonely parish.

As he departs for his next adventure – a short sabbatical followed by a return to parish ministry in the diocese in early-2023 – Fr Des leaves an extraordinary legacy. The recent magnificent restoration of St John the Baptist church, mainly his brainchild, has been widely welcomed across the parish community. The reconfiguration of the use of parish property on church road, and elsewhere in the town, has enhanced community life and opened new possibilities for community groups.

Above all, his friendly presence on the streets of Nenagh, on his bike, has truly made him “one of our own”. We shall miss him and we know, when he returns to Ireland from his sabbatical, he will not be a stranger to Nenagh.

When we have time to process this news, Nenagh Pastoral Council will announce a proper tribute and public event at which the people of our community can express their thanks to Fr Des Hillery.

Communion and Confirmation

Congratulations to all our young people in the CBS, Convent of Mercy and Gaelscoil who celebrated their Communion for the First Time and to the young people in the CBS and Convent of Mercy who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation recently. A word of appreciation to the principals, teachers and all the staff in the schools along with the Parish Team and the parishioners who made the ceremonies so meaningful. Please continue to keep them in your prayers along with our young people preparing to celebrate the sacraments in the coming weeks.