Important Notice from Parish Webcam Provider

Nenagh Parish has received the following message from our webcam provider, MCN Media.

“Unfortunately with effect from 1st August 2021 we can only store customer recordings for a maximum of 1 week. This is due to GDPR regulations. During this period you have the option to download your recordings to your computer and transfer to memory stick or upload to social media. Unfortunately this is completely beyond our control as GDPR rules are being enforced.”

Those intending to download a funeral Mass or other event from St Mary of the Rosary are, therefore, reminded that from 1st August 2021, the recording will only be available for download for one week after the event. Unfortunately, the Parish Office is not in a position to download Masses on behalf of parishioners.

Odhran Pastoral Area Changes – A Statement from Fr Des Hillery

In light of the recent announcement by Bishop Fintan of the diocesan changes and the significance for Odhran Pastoral Area, we as a group of parishes are being asked to adapt to the ever-changing challenges facing us. The priests of Odhran Pastoral Area met and discussed the current situation. The decision of the meeting was to fulfil the existing schedule of Masses in each parish for a period up to the beginning of Advent (28 November). In the meantime, we are being asked to make ourselves aware of the challenges facing us, pray that we be guided by the Holy Spirit in discerning the current situation and deciding as a Pastoral Area as to what is the achievable goal in our living out of our baptismal calling as a Christian community.
This period will be an opportunity for each parish Pastoral Council and the Odhran Area Pastoral Council to meet and discuss the situation. It is only through prayer, discernment and discussion that we will reach our agreed approach. The reason we will have to decide by the end of November is that in fulfilling the current Mass schedule there is no scope for a priest being unavailable for the schedule. This means that in the event of illness, holiday or other commitments the current schedule is not possible to fulfil. We need, therefore, to construct a schedule that allows for all such eventualities. The time ahead is valuable in that it allows us as a Pastoral Area to work together and discern where the Holy Spirit is leading us. We are all invited to pray that we be given the gift of discernment and courage to face the future.

Note: From August 2021, three priests will be allocated to minister in Nenagh, Templederry, Youghalarra (comprising Newtown and Ballywilliam) and Portroe parishes.

Fr Ger Jones Appointed Killaloe Diocesan Secretary

We offer warmest congratulations to our dear friend Fr Ger Jones, Co-PP, Odhrán Pastoral Area, currently resident in Portroe on his appointment as the next Killaloe Diocesan Secretary and Co-PP, Abbey Pastoral Area and resident in Cloughleigh. Ger commenced his studies for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in September 2004 and transferred to the Pontifical Irish College in Rome in 2007. He was ordained to the priesthood in August 2011. Having served as both deacon and priest in Nenagh, before moving to Portroe, Ger will now take another exciting step on his faith journey. We in Nenagh Parish are immensely proud of our friend and the small part we have played thus far in his ongoing service to God and the people of the church. He came to North Tipperary as a fresh-faced young man in the 2000s and, frustratingly for some of us, he leaves the county still as fresh-faced as ever!!! We know he won’t be a stranger!

Pope Francis Appoints Friend of Nenagh Parish as Bishop of Ferns

Fr Ger Nash appointed new bishop of Ferns diocese - The Irish Catholic

Fr Ger Nash, Director of Pastoral Development for the Diocese of Killaloe and a long-time friend of Nenagh Parish, has been appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns by Pope Francis. According to the Catholic Communications Office, Gerard Nash was born on 27 February 1959 at Glandree in the parish of Tulla, Co Clare.  His parents Tommy and Mary are deceased and he has two sisters, Teresa and Margaret.  His sister Bernie died in 2008.  He went to the local primary school in Drumcharley and then to secondary school in Tulla.  After the Leaving Certificate he studied business and then worked in manufacturing industry for a number of years.  After choosing to study for the Diocese of Killaloe in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained on 15 June 1991 in Drumcharley Church, Tulla by Bishop Michael Harty. After ordination, he was appointed as chaplain/teacher in Roscrea Vocational School and as priest responsible for Roscrea Youth Centre.  In 1996 he was appointed as General Manager of Clarecare, which provides a range of social services to the people of County Clare.  From 1996 he was also assistant priest in Corofin.  In 2003, he was appointed as resident priest in Corofin and part of the first grouping of parishes in the Diocese of Killaloe.  The newly created area was called Imeall Boirne.  In 2007 he moved to Crusheen, also within the Imeall Boirne Pastoral Area.  Father Nash was appointed Diocesan Secretary in 2010, while continuing to minister in Imeall Boirne.  In 2016 he was appointed Director of Pastoral Development for the Diocese of Killaloe.

On behalf of all his friends in Nenagh Parish, our Parishioners, Priests and Pastoral Council, we thank Bishop-Elect Ger for his outstanding friendship and support during the past decade and more. He will be an inspirational and much-loved leader of our church in the Diocese of Ferns. Our loss is truly their gain.

Return to Worship in Person – The Schedule

The schedule for the Return to Worship in Nenagh Parish has been finalised, but as with everything, you may expect to see a few alterations as the weeks go on. In the meantime we would ask you to remember the following:

The 50-person maximum admission remains in place so please cooperate with the Volunteer Stewards if they need to restrict entry.

Mask-wearing remains a requirement.

Please do not stand in the aisles or doorways for conversation as you exit the church buildings, it is very important to keep moving.

Despite these unpleasant admonitions, we are very excited to welcome you all back again, hopefully for good this time! See you at Mass.

It’s Official…Mass in Person is Coming Back in Nenagh!

Members of the Nenagh Parish Covid Management Group met last night to sign off on final confirmation that Worship in Person will return in our churches from next Monday at 8am in St Mary of the Rosary. Our very own Parish Army of Volunteer Stewards and Sanitizers stand ready to go back into service and keep you all safe as you return to Mass. All of the same guidelines that you all respected so well last year will apply once more. The regulations allow for just 50 people so if you get to the door and the church is full, perhaps you might drop back for the next Mass. We cannot tell you how excited we are to see all our lovely parishioners in person again…let’s hope it’s for good this time! Spread the word…

Mass In Person Will Return Soon!

As you know by now, following the government’s latest announcement, Mass in the presence of a congregation will return to Ireland very soon. In response to this excellent news, the Nenagh Parish Covid Management Group will meet virtually this Friday evening to commence the work of ensuring a safe return in our parish churches. While we are all still required to return under conditions of safety (ie., 50 max in attendance, physical distancing, mask-wearing, etc.), we all hope and pray that this is the beginning of the end of our enforced absence from communal worship. We will continue to update you here.