15 October 2018


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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3rd September 2017 ~ 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 8.30a.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


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.


In today’s Gospel, Jesus prepares His disciples for His approaching ordeal in Jerusalem. He speaks of it as necessary-not necessary in the nature of things but the Will of God made known through the prophets. Jesus has to face a stark reality that His fate involves personal anguish and suffering and rejection. Peter is appalled at the idea and tries to turn Jesus from the path lies ahead. After declaring Jesus to be the Christ, a title meant honour and glory, Peter now denies that Jesus must suffer.

To understand Jesus means to understand the cross. It is the essence of His teaching and that is why He denounces Peter so strongly. Peter’s ambitions and desires are from Satan, Jesus says. The Christ of Peter’s dreams is all glory and prestige untouched by vulnerability. It is the worlds away from the Christ that Jesus must grow into, the suffering that He is about to bear. 

The way of the cross that Jesus outlines for Himself is the way of renunciation that we His followers are called to walk. For suffering to pass it must be endured-“Anyone who loses a life for My sake will find it”. The way of the cross that Jesus endured went unnoticed by most people in Jerusalem as they went about their daily business. As Christians we live with the assurance that our way of the cross does not go unnoticed-Jesus is our suffering companion; He proves to be our strength; His power is mighty in our weakness.

If the cross is the price to be paid for love, then carrying it is proof of love in action. For JESUS, that is enough.


An invitation to all Adorers, family and friends, specially inviting you, to attend our Anniversary Mass, which will be celebrated in thanksgiving for 23 years of Adoration in our Parish.

Anniversary Mass will be held Thurs 7th at 7.00pm in the Day Chapel, Church of the Assumption, Tullamore. All are most welcome.


Family Mass Choir practices re-commence Thurs 7th September in Parish Centre at 6.00-6.45pm 


Durow Cemetery Sunday will be next Sunday, 10th. Blessings of the graves will take place after 11.30am Mass.


The Parish of Tullamore/Durrow is committed to ensuring that the best practices for safeguarding children standards are being implemented so that we can ensure the safety and well being of our children, young people and the adults who work with them.

Over the next few weeks, our local safeguarding representatives will be asking parents once again to complete the 2017/2018 year consent forms for their children involved in church activities.

If you need advice about consent forms or other policy issues please feel free to contact safeguarding representatives on 0579326604.


Think for a moment about how we remember Jesus at Christmas- the smiling, tender baby. Babies, if all goes well, die elderly adults. If all does not go well, they die sooner. It's the nature of our mortal selves, as creatures of the biosphere. St. Paul, within a decade or two of Jesus, summed up this human truth as it presented itself in Jesus:

Being found in human form, Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death- even death on a cross.

Jesus spoke truth to power, and this determined His death. Power crucified Him. He died in ridicule and agony, while still living mercy and forgiveness and hope. From this then, St. Paul continues.

Because of this, God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend in heaven and on the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

God came to be man, and was true to Himself and His purpose, though it meant man would crucify Him. In a cross, we can find the shadow of every evil and the echo of every pain and loss. Jesus went to the evil and pain of the cross, and he did not make it disappear. He in mercy embraced the cross and redeemed it. He in mercy redeemed us in our evil and pain and loss. We all bear a cross- our mortality at least- and we are merciful to each other, Simons to each other, in our bearing of them.


The next available Baptism dates are Sun 01st Oct in Tullamore and Sun 8th Oct in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Sept.

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 counseling.


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


Mon 04      7.45   Eileen Butler

               10.00   Peter & Francis Flanagan & Family

Tues 05     7.45   Ann Sheppard

               10.00  John & Mary Brigid Gallagher

Wed 06    10.00  Thomas & Margaret Dunne, O’Molloy St

Thurs 07    7.45   Rose Hannigan

              10.00   Leonie Conroy

Fri 08        7.45  Our Lady Mass

               10.00  Robert Nutt 

Sat 09      10.00  Bernard Roche & Parents Brigid & John

                 6.30  Joe Kenny, 1st Ann    

Sun 10       8.30  Tony Molloy

               10.00  Paddy & Cathy Flynn

               11.30  Maireád Blake, Mon Mem

                          Pat McCormack, Kearney Park 1st Ann

                 1.00  Esther Cunningham, Mon Mem

                          Michael Graham, Dillon St, M on Mem


We offer our sympathy to the families of Molly O’Brien, Julia Healion, Nicky Kelly & Teresa Brennan.


Welcome to God’s family Cayden Lee Deasy who was baptised recently.


Tullamore €3360; Durrow €185

Envelopes €2800

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit one hour with the Lord, most urgent, Wed 5-6pm, Thurs 12-1pm, Fri 12-1pm, 3-4pm, 5-6pm or any hour? Ph: 085-1162668.

SECULAR FRANCISCAN: Meeting Tues 5th, 7.00pm, Mercy Convent. New members welcome.

ANNUAL SMA MASS: Wed 13th, 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. Celebrants Fr Paul Monahan & Fr Ignatius Malwa. All Welcome.

WELLBEING/RELAXATION GROUPS: Resumes next week, Parish Centre. Beginners group on Fridays. Ph: Carmel 087-6425786.

MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS: Coffee Morning, Tues 5, 10.30am, Parish Centre.

THORNSBERRY ESTATE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Mass, Mon 4th , Thornsberry Estate, 7.00pm.  Everyone welcome.

OUTING TO SALTHILL/GALWAY: Sat 9, O'Connor Sq, 9.15am. Cost €15. Ph Mary 0876944084.

CEILI AND SET DANCING: classes resume next Tuesday night at 9pm. All are welcome

TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Meeting 6th, 8.00p.m, The Court Hotel. Contact Eileen 086 1604363.

IRISH GIRL GUIDES: Registration 19th, Charleville Centre 5.30-6.30pm. New Leaders also welcome. For more info contact Val on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

TULLAMORE SCOUT GROUP: Parents AGM & registration Wed 6th, 8pm in the scout den. Adult volunteers and new members welcome

CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING: Every Wed night 7.45pm, Presbyterian Church, High Street. All Welcome.

TARA ACTIVE RETIREMENT: “Autumn” holiday to Ostan Loch Altan, Gortahork, Co. Donegal, Oct 2nd-7th. Further info contact: Benny 0872146172/0579351295. TARA meet every Tues, 2.30-4.30, Charleville Centre, Church Rd.

TYRELLSPASS TIDY TOWNS: Presents Fr. Ray Kelly, The Singing Priest, Fri 29TH, The Greville Arms Hotel Mullingar, tickets €15.00 available in The Greville Arms.

PRO-LIFE MEETING: Sat 9th, 10.30am, Parish Centre. New members welcome.

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