21 February 2019
Bulletin

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Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
www.tullamoreparish.ie 
E-mail Parish Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

6th Sunday in Ordanary Time ~ 17th February 2019

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Fr. Luke Ohiemi C.C.
Sr. Genny Hassey
Sr. Margaret Burke    

MASS TIMES

Weekend Masses

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30a.m, 10.00a.m, 11.30am & 1.00p.m

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30a.m

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption:7.45a.m, 10.00a.m, 1.10p.m, 6.30p.m.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:Vigil 8.00pm

Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

CONFESSIONS

Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm

GET IN TOUCH

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc; 

Reception service 5-9pm.

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily. 

Parish Shop selling a selection of religious items. 

Teas after 10am Mass Mon, Wed & Fri. 

Meeting Rooms available: Contact Administrator for details of rates, availability etc.

Parish Support Services:  Bereavement Listening, etc.  For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


THE WAY TO HAPPINESS

The extract from St.Luke’s Gospel in today’s readings is well known to us as the “Beatitudes”. The words “happy” and “blessed” are often interchanged. From the content it appears that Jesus is highlighting certain contrasting conditions in life and suggesting that one set is preferable to the other. He appears to be saying that it is preferable to be poor than to be rich, to be hungry rather than to have your fill, to be sorrowful rather than to laugh in this life. Jesus appears to praise one condition - poverty, and threaten the other - wealth.

However, we all know that poverty and hunger, wealth and life’s comforts are not good things in and of themselves. Our station in this life, happiness or sorrow, is not what is really important for the follower of Christ. We need to keep our focus now on what really matters—a future ever-lasting life in the Kingdom of God. The words in the psalm capture it well: “Happy the one who has placed their trust in the Lord”. Rich or poor, hungry or full in this life, it is our faith in the promise and word of Jesus that matters. That is the way to true happiness.  


PARISH OFFERINGS ENVELOPES

The parish offerings envelope boxes have been delivered. If you did not receive yours or are new to the parish and would like to contribute, please contact the Sacristy or Parish Centre.


READERS FOR LENT

Readers are needed for the 7.30pm Evening Masses during Lent, commencing Wednesday 6th March.  Please leave your name in the Sacristy.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Luke 6:17, 20-26

We are told that Jesus ‘fixed his eyes on the disciples’ before speaking. This suggests that he was about to say something that he really wanted them to take in. Surprisingly he then tells them it is no bad thing for us to be poor or hungry. But perhaps you have recognised the truth in what St. Augustine said: ‘You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’

‘Blessed are you who weep’ is not an encouragement to be miserable. Rather it is an affirmation of the importance of loving relationships in life. We are blessed to have such people in our lives, but there may also be pain. Yet is it not true that the blessing of loving and being loved is worth the price you pay?

Jesus said that his followers would be open to opposition and ridicule because of him, and that they are blessed when this happens. Unpleasant it may be, but have you not been grateful on those occasions when you had the courage to stand by something that you believed in?

John Byrne osa, Intercom February 2019


INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE BIBLE?

A series of talks on Reading the Bible will be held on a weekly basis during the Season of Lent. The venue will be the Parish Centre, and the time will be after 10.00am Mass each Tuesday of Lent.

If you are interested in attending, please leave your name in the Sacristy after Mass, or at Reception in the Parish Centre.


FOOTSTEPS THROUGH LENT

Following on from the Longest Night event in December, each Friday during Lent the parish will focus on the sad reality of  suicide and the challenges to our mental health. At the 7.30pm Mass, for the season, there will be an inspirational speaker who will share their personal experience in this area.

The theme FOOTPRINTS comes from the popular reflection that reminds us that Christ carries us in our darkest moments, and that as a community we share in caring for one another. More details in the coming weeks.


WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place in the Presbyterian Church, High St on Friday 1st March at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 23rd Feb, Sun 3rd & Sat 16th Mar in Tullamore & Sun 10th Mar in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Feb.

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

It is advisable to give six months’ notice of your intention to marry to both the Church and the Registrar.  To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary, Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm.  

All couples getting married must attend a pre-marriage course.  Contact ACCORD, 9341831 or www.accord.ie. ACCORD also available for marriage and relationship counselling.


NB:  NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN MUST BE IN THE PARISH CENTRE BY 9.30AM WEDNESDAY

Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations& clubs included. 


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 18       7.45  Aida Moore

               10.00  Bobby O’Connor

Tues 19      7.45  Luke Bracken, Arden

               10.00  Seamus, Ann & James Murphy

Wed 20     10.00  William Keenan, Convent View

Thurs 21     7.45  James O’Driscoll

               10.00  Joan Nicholson

Fri 22         7.45  Michael Dunne, Killiskea

                10.00  Johnny Commins, Thornsberry Estate

Sat 23         6.30  Des Walsh, 1st Ann

                           Camillus Boland, 1st Ann

Sun 24         8.30  Phyllis Kelly

                 10.00  Mary Egan

Shared Mass Sat 23, 10am:  Tom & May Hassey & Ian Parnell; Peg McKeon; Dan &Josephine O’Connor; Fiona Byrne; Pat Meehan; Wynne Family; Tom Carroll, Christina & Harry O’Shea; Ronnie Walsh; Kevin Lambe; Patrick & May Flaherty; Matt, Eileen & Damien Horan & Gallagher Family; Christopher, Mary & Christopher Jnr Whelan; Sean & Bridgie Horan; Lynam & Horan Families; Teresa Smollen; Sadie Lloyd; Tommy Brennan; Tommy Smullen;  Kay Ward; Tom& Teresa McCabe & Nigel Papper; James Harrington; Barber & Loughnane Families; Anne & James Kilroe & Christy O’Brien; Seamus Mahon; John Dowling & Family; James O’Doherty; Creevy Family; Peter & Anne Waters; David Hyland


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Eamonn Malone, Richard ‘Dick’ O’Connell & Mary Owens


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Niamh Jennifer Boland, Harry Edward Forde & Claire Anne Dooley who werebaptised recently. 


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3430; Durrow €243; Envelopes €2360

Thank you for your continued support


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER,  OURPARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

MEDJUGORJE JULY 2019 – PARISH PILGRIMAGE: 23rd July for 7 nights.  Half board €719pps.Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399, PJ Smyth 0868796190, Luke McNamee 0879113118.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Wed 8-9am; Thurs 5-6pm; Fri 4-5pm, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

IRISH KIDNEY ASSOC (Offaly Branch):SUPPORT meeting Tullamore Court Hotel,Thurs 21, 8pm sharp.Light refreshments served. Everyone welcome and bring a friend.

TULLAMORE & MULLINGAR TOASTMASTERS:  Joint meeting,Central Hotel,Tullamore, Thurs 21, 8.30pm. All are welcome.For more information go to our Facebook page or contact The Central Hotel at 057 934 9300.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY:  Parishioners in need of helpcan contact us by phone, 0579322072 or 0877557294. 

SOSAD – free confidential counselling service – depression, suicide.Ph 0579346704; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GROW:Lonely, isolated or suffering from stress, join us Wed, 11am, Tullamore Library.  Contact Assumpta 086 811 4135.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop In Centre, Offaly St, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm.  Phone 9328268.

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES:  Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.

SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  ConfidentialCounselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.

AA:  Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1pm; Sun 12noon.

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph0579353177/9353441, email: info@ballycommonttc.comLotto results 11/23,7,19,25. Bonus 20.

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA 8-16 SEPT:  Spiritual Director Fr Tony Gavin PP Tubber.  Details & booking to Fr Tony Gavin 087413627 or Mrs Anna Condron 0906482228.

 
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