Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
23rd April 2017
~2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
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
Church of the Assumption: Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm
Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Sunday 11.30am
Church of the Assumption: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Vigil 8.00pm
Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am
First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am
Saturday: 12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm
GET IN TOUCH
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore
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.
“DOUBT NO LONGER, BUT BELIEVE”
Today’s Gospel reading is one of the best known of all Gospel readings. We all know the story of “doubting” Thomas. The clear message of the reading is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has risen from the dead and believing this we may have life through his name. We need doubt no longer, but believe, and, like Thomas, exclaim, “My Lord and my God”.
As Saint Peter states in his first letter: “Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time”. Peter warns us that our faith and belief in God will be tested on the way ahead. It is tested in today’s world when there is so much hostility to the practice of our faith and when we are made to look foolish, naive, conservative and out of synch with the times because of our beliefs. But, the true Christian continues to believe and to remain faithful to the teaching of Christ and his apostles.
We can love Jesus even without seeing him, in times of peace and joy and even in times of suffering and criticism. We give thanks to the Lord, and we are sure of the end to which our faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of our souls.
MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Led by Bishop Smith, 12-17 Sept.Section for sick pilgrims. Contact Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, 164 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, 01-6359300. Youth section, 18-30 years. Contact
CHARITABLE DONATIONS – CHY4 CERTS
All parishioners who donated €250 or more to the parish in 2016 have been sent a CHY4 cert. When you sign and return them to us we will be able to seek a tax refund of approximately 45% of the total donated. Thank you to all who have signed and returned their certs and we would appeal to all parishioners to return them as soon as possible.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Wednesday 26th in the Parish Centre from 8.00 to 9.00pm in preparation for the next Night Fever event taking place in May.
SEEING YOUR LIVE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE APOSTLES
‘Peace be with you’ was the greeting of Jesus on meeting his frightened apostles. Who has come to you bringing peace at times when you were frightened? For whom have you been an agent of peace?
Thomas, doubting and questioning, is possibly a person with whom we can identify. What part have doubting and questioning played on your faith journey? How has your faith been strengthened by such moments?
Note the way Jesus dealt with Thomas. He did not give out because he doubted. He took him where he was and led him along to see the truth of his resurrection. Who has been that kind of a teacher for you, gently taking you where you were and leading you on to a deeper knowledge of some truth about life? For whom have you been that kind of teacher?
‘Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believed’. That requires great trust. Perhaps you have had the experience of being trusted without having had to prove every step along the way. What was it like to be trusted in that way? Who have you been able to trust in a similar manner?
John Byrne Intercom April 2017
Jesus reveals himself with his wounds: his whole body was clean, beautiful and full of light but the wounds were and are still there, and when the Lord comes at the end of the world, we will see his wounds. Before he could believe, Thomas wanted to place his fingers in the wounds. He was stubborn. But that was what the Lord wanted – a stubborn person to make us understand something greater. (Pope Francis)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism datesareSat 20th, Sat 27th May, Sun 4th& Sat 17th June in Tullamore and Sun 11th June in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for this date is on Wed 17th May.
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.
Mon 24 10.00 Jim & May Kirwan, Clontarf Rd
Tues 25 10.00 John Duffy
Wed 26 7.45 Patrick & Isabelle Doherty, Harbour St
Fri 28 10.00 Peg Brazil, Ballydaly
Sat29 6.30 John Joe Wrenn, 1st Ann
Sun30 8.30 Dan O’Brien, Mon Mem
10.00 Mary & Tom Geoghegan
11.30 Joe Heffernan, Ballydaly, 1st Ann
1.00 Denis Bergin, 1st Ann
Shared Mass Sat 29, 10am:Paddy & Kathleen Morgan; John, Rose, Philomena, Bobby & baby Scully; Tom &Phyl Gilson; James & Brigid Martin & Family; John & Maureen Maloney; Matthew & Patrick Conway; Mary & Christy Gavin; Jimmy, Maisie & Ann Coughlan; Christy, Anastasia, Christy Jnr & Mary Maybury McGowan; Colm & Teresa McCabe & daughter Patricia; Teresa & Thomas McCabe; Molly & Mick Hogan & daughter Ann Dominik; Christy & Catherine Kilroe; Winifred Kilroe; Tom & Marie Barry; Flanagan &Cronly Families; Vincent & Marian Mullarkey; Brigid & John Monahan, Cattigan& Monahan Families; Willie Monahan; Aggie White & Family; Thady& Rosetta Molloy & children Edward & Rosetta.
Durrow Sun 30: Peter Fox, Mon Mem.
We offer our sympathy to the families of Ethna Keeley & Joyce Tighe.
Tullamore €5534; Durrow €343; Envelopes €2765
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST,1996.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Can you spend an hour with the Lord: Sun 4-5am & 6-7am (very urgent), 7-8am, 11-12noon,or any hour?Ph 0851162668.
“LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” SEMINARScontinuing Wed 26, 7.45pm Day Chapel.Guest speakers every week. All are welcome.
EXPERIENCE GENTLE DANCES/MOVEMENT FOR MEDITATION & WELLBEING Thurs 27, 7.15-8.45pm, Parish Centre. Donation of €5 towards Parish Funds.
TULLAMORE SOCIAL SERVICES: Participating in Community Employment Jobs Fair, Court Hotel, Mon 24. All qualifying for Community Employment invited to attend.
BOOK LAUNCH “Hugh Mahon, Patriot, Pressman, Politician, Vol. 1 1857-1901” by Jeff Kildea, Offaly History Centre, Thurs 27,8pm
COLAISTE CHOILM TABLE QUIZ Thurs 27, school gym, 7.30pm. 4 adults €40; 2 students €20.Raffle & prizes. Please support.
STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE commencing in Court Hotel, Mon 8 May.More information and to reserve a place, contact Local Enterprise Office Offaly, on 057 9357480 or visit our website www.localenterprise.ie/Offaly.
FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: Tullamore Library, 2-8 May. Details from Tullamore Library, 057 9346832.
C.N.G. PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sat 6 May.Bus from Store St 9.30am. To book ph A Boland 0877914828
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS INITIATIVE WORKSHOP for Parent/Caregivers/Guardians interested or concerned about school going children’s and young peoples’ mental health. Post-primary Wed 26, Primary Thurs 27 –Central Hotel, 7-8pm. Ph Yvonne Laois Education Centre (057) 867240
APOSTOLATE OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Annual pilgrimage to Knock, Sun 30, 11am. Bus from Parochial House, 8.30am. Ph 0876386270 or see notice boards.
GUILD ST PHILIP, PORTLAOISE SEEK VOLUNTEERS to visit those in prison. Text 0860462405, email
FARM CONTRACTORSOF IRELAND CHARITY BBQ: James Geoghegan’s farm,Cornaher, Tyrrellspass, Sun 30, 2-6pm. All proceeds to Hospice Care & Down Syndrome Ireland. Tickets €10, children free. Ph James on 086 2616018 for info.