19 June 2018


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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7th May 2017~4th Sunday of Easter

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.



John 10:1-10

In the Middle East, it was the task of the shepherd to find water and pasture and to ensure safety. In your life who have been the people who nourished you and gave you security? For whom have you done this?

Important to the shepherd’s ability to give security to the sheep is the fact that he was known and familiar to them. They recognised his voice. Does this resonate in any way with your experience?

We are familiar with the image of Jesus as the shepherd. The image of Jesus as the door (or gate) is not so familiar but is one that merits attention. Jesus presents himself as the door through which we pass and find life. What are the doors through which you have passed and found life: a situation, a place, a book, an experience, a person? For whom have you been a door to a richer life?

- John Byrne osa Intercom May 2017


An information session will be held in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 10th at 7.30pm for all adult volunteers working with children in the Parish.


Over the last 18 months, including this week, there have been a large number of funerals in the parish. This has had a knock on effect on Month’s Memory and First Anniversary Masses. Both of these are important moments in grief. In order to avoid causing families undue stress, having to wait months to mark these moments, from the first weekend in June two intentions will be combined on Saturday night and 11.30am and 1.00pm Sunday Masses. This applies only to Months Memories and First anniversaries. Both families will be facilitated at the Offertory, ie four gifts will be brought forward.


The 2017 message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is entitled, “Led by the Spirit for Mission”.

In the message for this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Pope reflects on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. 

The Holy Father says that “commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord,” he adds, “entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”

Even if at times when “we are conscious of our weaknesses and tempted to discouragement”, Pope Francis underlines, “we need to turn to God with confidence”, and he reiterates that by “virtue of baptism, every Christian is a “Christopher”, a bearer of Christ, to his brothers and sisters.”

In the message divided into three subtitles, the first being “Jesus is anointed by the Spirit and sent”, the Holy Father explains that, “to be a missionary disciple means to share actively in the mission of Christ.”In the second heading, “Jesus is at our side every step of the way”, Pope Francis describes how “the questions lurking in human hearts and the real challenges of life can make us feel bewildered, inadequate and hopeless.”  But he goes on to say, “if we contemplate the risen Jesus walking alongside the disciples of Emmaus we can be filled with new confidence.” In the third subtitle, “Jesus makes the seed grow”, the Pope says that, “it is important to let the Gospel teach us the way of proclamation.”  “The seed of the Kingdom”, he adds, “however tiny, unseen and at times insignificant, silently continues to grow, thanks to God’s tireless activity.” 

Concluding his message the Holy Father underlines that, “there can be no promotion of vocations or Christian mission apart from constant contemplative prayer and he encourages this kind of profound friendship with the Lord, “above all for the sake of imploring from on high new vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.”

There will be an exit collection at all Masses this weekend to support the work of promoting vocations and those in seminary


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 17thMay.

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.


Mon 8      7.45  Our Lady’s Mass

Tues 9    10.00  Sebastian, Miroslawa& Jerzy Mazur

Wed 10   10.00  Michael Keegan, Callary St

Thurs 11 10.00  Violet Cashel

Fri 12     10.00  Michael Gallagher

Sat13     10.00  Alfie Quinn, Marian Place

              6.30  Stephen McNeill, Collins Lane, 1st Ann

Sun14      8.30  Michael & Kathleen Clooney & grandson Mark

            10.00  Kathleen & Mick Keane, New Rd; Joan & Jimmy Prenderville

            11.30  Eileen Kelly, Ballydaly, 1st Ann

             1.00  Patsy Doheny, 1st Ann

You are reminded that 6.30pm Vigil, 11.30am & 1.00pm Masses are for Months Memories and 1st Anniversaries only.

Durrow Sun 14: Kathleen Fox, Mon Mem


We offer our sympathy to the families of Michael O’Loughlin, Kathleen McDonald, Ann Kelly, Laura Murtagh, Michael Connolly, Alice Murphy, Niall Moriarty & Josie Smyth.


Welcome to God’s family Irina Mary Paznikova, Aaron Paznikovs, Louie Joseph Connolly & Niall Ó Briain who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €3484; Durrow €232; Envelopes €2650

Thank you for your continued support.



LITURGY GROUP:  Meeting Wed 10, 6.30pm, Parish Centre.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Sun 4-5am (very urgent),11-12noon; Wed 5-6pm; Fri 3-4pm & 5-6pm,orany hour? Ph 0851162668.

1ST FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY Fri 12, 7pm Mass in Parish Centre.  All welcome.

ST PADRE PIO MASS Tues 9, 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption.  All welcome.

LEGION OF MARY:  Rosary, Alfie Lambe’s House, Arden Rd, Sat 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, 8.15pm.  All welcome.

LOURDES CHURCH GATE COLLECTION:  Thanks to all who supported recent collection.  Amount collected was €2768.

“LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” SEMINARS continue Wed 10, 7.45pm, Day Chapel.  Guest speakers every week.  All are welcome.

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE Thurs 11, Offaly History Centre, 8pm - John Gibbons on the Rural Electrification Scheme in Co Offaly.

ANAM CARA supporting bereaved parents:  Bereavement Info Evening, Wed 10, 19:30-21:30, Mullingar Park Hotel.Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Tues 9 or ph 01 4045378.

GETTING CITIZENS ONLINE 2017 an initiative under the National Digital Strategy:  Do you want to learn how to work the internet?  Info from S.W.E.E.T.S offices, Kilbeggan, 0579332030/0863311594.

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

GROW:  Wed, 11am, Tullamore Library.  If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come and learn a practical psychology of mental health.  All welcome.  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:  Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.

TULLAMORE MEDITATION GROUP: Parish Centre, Mondays, 7pm.

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