13 December 2018
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

2nd Sunday of Advent ~ 9th December 2018

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
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 WORD OF GOD CAME IN THE DESERT

Deserts are usually considered barren and unforbidden places but they are “wild and wonderful” and the perfect places to come face to face with God.  The People of Israel knew the value of desert experiences (although probably not while they were happening to them!).  They knew God’s faithfulness, His patience with them in the desert after the escape from Egypt, despite their “moaning and groaning”.  And He was with them in the “desert” of their long exile from Israel and their holy city, Jerusalem.

It is very fitting that when God, once again speaks a Word in the desert, it is to a human  person, situated in the time and place of Jesus’ coming.  John accepted the Word easily, maybe because his life was uncluttered and his heart ready to say “yes”.  Maybe too, living in the desert helped him to recognise that the voice he heard was of God.

The “desert” can be a strangely welcoming place for us.  We don’t literally have to travel to a new location – no need to book a flight to the Sahara!  All we need to do is unclutter our hearts and minds, clear our days of unnecessary comings and goings and learn to value the quiet.  Then, hopefully, we can hear God speak.

How can I create a little desert in my busy-ness, where God and I can meet?


EVENING PRAYER & BENEDICTION

Evening Prayer and Benediction continues today, Sunday, at 5.30pm in Tullamore Church.

This is a beautiful time of prayer and reflection in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, as we join with the whole Church throughout the world in praise to God.


LONGEST NIGHT, DAWN OF HOPE - FRIDAY 21ST 7.30PM

The last 12 to 18 months have been a difficult time for our parish community. Many of our families have suffered bereavement. Friends have been lost, loved ones are greatly missed. In the face of it all many have lost hope. We are a people of hope; a people of faith and a people of love. Sometimes we just need to reconnect.

On Friday 21st - the longest night of the year - we are inviting everyone to a Ceremony of HOPE AND HEALING. We will pray for our loved ones who have gone and hold tight our loved ones who are still with us. PLEASE share this with your family and friends.


ST CATHERINE’S CHURCH APPEAL

The Tullamore Parish Appeal for St Catherine’s Church raised €8413.  

We thank parishioners for their generosity.


CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE – THANK YOU

The Christmas Carol Concert which took place last Sunday was a very special event which brought together many sections of our community for an evening of music and reflection.  The success of the evening was due to the co-operation, hard work and commitment of so many people.

Our sincere appreciation to the Choirs, parents, teachers and school staff, choir directors and musicians, the parish fundraising committee, the Knights of St Columbanus, Parish Staff, those who sold and bought tickets, and to all who made this evening possible.  This was an evening which builds community, opens imaginations and creates rich memories.


SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Our annual fundraiser, the Spirit of Christmas,organised by the JPPC, takes place after each Mass today in the Day Chapel.  Activities are provided for young people throughout the day, i.e. face painting and a visit to Santa to make a Christmas wish for those they love. Hopefully you will join us!


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sun 6th Jan, in Tullamore & Sun 13th Jan in Durrow. For further details please 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 10    7.45  Our Lady’s Mass

             10.00  Mary Tilley, Clonminch Rd

Tues 11   7.45  Johnny Hand, Carton East, parents John & Kathleen, brother Joe & sister Kathleen

             10.00  Thomas Hensey

Wed 12    7.45  May Mangan, Harbour St

            10.00  Alice Burke

Thurs 13  7.45  Mooney Family, Ballycowen

            10.00  James & Roseanne Hogan & Family, Clontarf Rd

Fri 14      7.45  Theresa Guinan

             10.00  Frank Tyrrell

Sat 15    10.00  Muriel Flanagan

               6.30  Alice Bannon, Pearse Park, 1st Ann

Sun 16     8.30  John & Nancy Lloyd

             10.00  John & Ann Smyth, Sragh

             11.30  Stella Horan, 1st Ann

                       William Hoey, Mon Mem

Durrow Sun 16:Rosie Wrafter, Mon Mem & her husband Tim


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Maureen Finlay, Joe Cronly, Mary Hennessy & Jim Flynn.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Noah Thomas Moloughney & David Francis Ward who were baptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3382; Durrow €145; Envelopes €2495

Thank you for your continued support


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


MEDJUGORJE JULY 2019 – PARISH PILGRIMAGE: 23rd July for 7 nights.  Half board €719pps.  Early booking offers on or before 18th Dec.  Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399, PJ Smyth 086879190, Luke McNamee 0879113118.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Sun 12noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 9-10pm; Mon 2-3pm, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

ST PADRE PIO MASS Tues 11, 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome.

LEGION OF MARY ROSARY Thurs 13, 8.15pm, AlfieLambe’s House, Arden Rd.  All are welcome.

ROSARY for protection of life, Monday, 6.30pm, Parish Church.

READY:  Christmas Dinner & Dance, Sun 9, Tullamore Town House, 8pm sharp.  Adm €20.Booking at 9341235.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS CHRISTMAS DRAW:  Tickets available from Parish Centre.  All proceeds to local poor box.

DURROW CÉILÍ CLUB: Céilí & set dancing classes, Tuesdays, 8pm, Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club.  New members welcome.

CHRISTMAS HAMPER RAFFLE in aid of Motor Neuron Disease Assoc, Sun 9, Bridge Centre.

ST PHILOMENA’S NS CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Wed 12, in the school with lots of great prizes to be won. Please support.

COLÁISTE CHOILM PRESENTS ‘A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES’ - An evening of song and soundtrack to some of the biggest movies of our time - Thurs 20. Doors open at 7.30. Tickets €8 available through the school or on the door.

CANAL VIEW OPEN DAY: Handmade crafts on sale, refreshments, disability awareness talks, fun and festive cheer, Thurs 13, 10am-2pm.  All welcome.  Organised by RehabCare.

OFFALY ALZHEIMER SOCIETY SUPPORT GROUP:  Meet last Monday of the month, Bridge House Hotel, 7:30pm - providing an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation and access information and practical advice.

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

MIDLAND LIVING LINKS (Supporting the suicide bereaved).Ph 0861600641.

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

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

 
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