19 June 2018


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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16th April 2017

~Easter 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    


Weekend Masses

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

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.

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


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


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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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.


At the crucifixion darkness literally descended upon the earth.  It seemed that the light of hope had been extinguished.  Today the light of Christ shines throughout the world because of the Resurrection.

The open tomb is a big part of the Easter story.  When Mary visited the tomb on the third day, she finds the stone had been moved away.  Along with Peter and others it really dawns on them that something wonderful has happened.  Jesus is risen from the dead.  They all ran to the tomb, they see and believe – the empty tomb is proof.

Reaching the tomb, they are overcome with a new hope.  Could it be possible?  The beginnings of Easter faith are just budding.

There is one important aspect of this new faith.  It must be shared with others.  The second proof of the Resurrection is the preaching of the disciples, who gave their lives to spreading the Good News.  We must take this faith to others or it dies.  Are our hearts open?  Are we ready to hear the Good News?


After the dark days of Lent, we have arrived into the springtime of Easter. It has been most encouraging to witness the number of people who attended daily Mass during the season of Lent.  

I thank those who have prepared and participated in our Easter ceremonies. These are all signs of hope and light as we celebrate thepresence and work of the Lord among us.

On behalf of the parish team, I wish all of you every blessing and peace this Easter.

Fr Joe & Parish Team


Next week, Easter Monday to Friday 21st, there will be one Mass only at 10.00am.


"If Jesus is risen, then - and only then - has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world. Then He, Jesus, is someone in whom we can put absolute trust; we can put our trust not only in his message, but in Jesus himself, for the Risen One does not belong to the past, but is present today, alive. "These are the words spoken by Holy Father. 

In his Easter Message, the Pope said: "Christ is hope and comfort to the Christian communities suffering most for their faith on account of discrimination and persecution. And he is present as a force of hope through his Church, which is close to all human situations of suffering and injustice. “He continued: "May the Risen Christ grant hope to the Middle East and enable all ethnic, cultural and religious groups in that region to work together to advance the common good and respect for human rights. Particularly in Syria, may there be an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for by the international community. May the many refugees from that country who are in need of humanitarian assistance find the acceptance and solidarity capable of relieving their dreadful suffering.May the Paschal victory encourage the Iraqi people to spare no effort in pursuing the path of stability and development. In the Holy Land, may Israelis and Palestinians courageously take up anew the peace process." A particular memory on behalf of the Pope went to the African continent: "May the Lord, the victor over evil and death, sustain the Christian communities of the African continent; may he grant them hope in facing their difficulties, and make them peacemakers and agents of development in the societies to which they belong. May the Risen Jesus comfort the suffering populations of the Horn of Africa and favour their reconciliation; may he help the Great Lakes Region, Sudan and South Sudan, and grant their inhabitants the power of forgiveness. In Mali, now experiencing delicate political developments, may the Glorious Christ grant peace and stability. To Nigeria, which in recent times has experienced savage terrorist attacks, may the joy of Easter grant the strength needed to take up anew the building of a society which is peaceful and respectful of the religious freedom of all its citizens."


The next available Baptism dates areSat 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.


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.


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


Tues 18    10.00  O’Shea Family

Wed 19    10.00  Michael McDonagh, Kilcruttin

Thurs 20   10.00  James & Margaret Bracken & Family

Sat 22      10.00  John & Christina Kavanagh, Chapel St

                6.30  Noel Connolly, Arden View, Mon Mem

Sun 23       8.30  Michael Moran, Killiskea, 1st Ann

              10.00  Paddy Egan, Marian Place

              11.30  Paddy Mitchell, Mon Mem & Phylis Mitchell

               1.00  Patrick Boyd, New Rd, 1st Ann


We offer our sympathy to the families of Joyce Tighe, Harry Hickland, Mary Brickland & Michael Keegan.


Welcome to God’s family Sadie Brigid Bracken, Emilia  & André Miguel Lankutis Ferreira, Anna Grace Flynn, Maddison Jennifer Greene & Ava Madeline Chakrabortty who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €3254; Durrow €212

Envelopes €2745

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you spend an hour with the Lord: Fri 12-1pm; 4-5pm; 5-6pm 6-7pm; or any hour during the week?  Ph 0851162668.

“LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” SEMINARS commencing Wed 19, 7.45pm Day Chapel.Guest speakers every week.  All welcome.

LA LECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP:  Meeting  Thurs 20, Health Centre. Pregnant women babies and toddlers welcome. Contact Eileen (087) 2764382 Caroline (085) 1760632. Find us on Facebook La Leche League Tullamore.

MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP LTD:  Meeting Thurs 18, 7.30pm, Parish Centre.

TULLAMORE PHOENIX MARKET - supporting local charities - Sat 10am-3pm, Kilcruttin, beside Food Market.  Ph 0879050910

STOMA SUPPORT GROUP: Meeting, Tues 25, 6.30-8.30pm,Dóchas Offaly Cancer Support Group Centre.  All are welcome

DÓCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE: Providing supportive care, factual information, holistic therapies, counselling and mindfulness, Mon-Thurs, 10am-2pm. or ph 057 9328268 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS INITIATIVE WORKSHOP for Parent/Caregivers/Guardians of Primary & Post-primary Pupils - aimed at those interested or concerned about children’s and young peoples’ mental health.  Post-primary Wed 26, Primary Thurs 27 – both Central Hotel, 7-8pm.  Adm free, booking essential. Ph Yvonne Laois Education Centre  at (057) 8672402

C.N.G PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sat 6 May.  To book ph A Boland 0877914828

APOSTOLATE OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Annual pilgrimage to Knock, Sun 30, 11am.  Bus from Parochial House, 8.30am.  Ph 0876386270 or see notice boards.

ROSARY for new evangelization, after Vigil Masses, Saturday.

GROW:  Wed, 11am, Tullamore Library.  Ph  086 811 4135

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

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

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.

DIVINE MERCY:  Novena starts Good Friday.  Celebrations, Mucklagh Church, Sun 23, 2.45pm.  All welcome.

ARK OF DIVINE MERCY ATHLONE Divine Mercy Sunday,Cluain Ciaran Clonmacnaois, Sun 23, 1.30pm.

CLONMACNOISE PRAYER VIGIL:  CluainChiarain Prayer Centre, Fri 21. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow until 2.10am. All welcome. Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763.

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