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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

17th September 2017 ~ 24th 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    

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

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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.


FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES

The content of today’s readings concerns forgiveness. Peter’s question to Jesus is very direct. He asks: “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? Jesus answers in a clear statement: “Seventy-seven times”. In other words, there is no end to how often we must forgive our brothers. A number cannot be put on it.

Everything we have comes from God - life itself, our freedom, our families, our individual talents - these are all gifts from God. However, like the servant in the Gospel story, we can often forget the gifts God has freely given us. We can forget the love He has shown us and the mercy He pours out to us in spite of our neglect of Him. Eaten bread is soon forgotten. We can turn God’s creation upside-down in our ingratitude and neglect. We cannot injure God, but we can injure our neighbour, and he can hurt us.

Because God is good, He wants us to forgive others. He wants us to be consumed by the fire of love, not the fire of hate. We must forgive our neighbour from the depths of our heart, and all the time, for real and imagined hurts. As we say, in the prayer He gave us: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. 

How are you doing in this matter? 


CONFIRMATION

The launch of the Confirmation programme will take place at 6.30 vigil mass, Saturday 23rd September and 1.00pm Mass, Sunday 24th September.

Seats will be reserved for the students and their families at the front of the church.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

...Prayer may not change things all things for you, but it sure changes you for all things. Prayer is the stop that keeps you going...

(John Mason)


FUNERALS DURING THE PLOUGHING

As part of the traffic arrangements in place during the ploughing championships, Gardaí have advised us that any funerals taking place on Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st, should be at 12.00 and 2.00pm.


SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN

The Parish of Tullamore/Durrow is committed to ensuring that the best practices in 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.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS 

MATTHEW 18:21-35

Jesus surprised Peter by telling him he needed to forgive seventy-seven times. Perhaps you have known the truth of this when something reminds you of a past hurt and you find you in need in your heart to forgive again the person who hurt you. What was this like for you? How has a capacity to have a forgiving heart helped you?

Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves for things we regret about past behaviour. What happens to you when you cannot do this? How has your ability to forgive yourself for past mistakes influenced your attitude towards yourself now?

Are there people whose ability to forgive has inspired you? Recall them and the forgiveness they showed and give thanks for their example.

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom)


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

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.  


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 counseling.


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 18    10.00  Margaret Bracken & Family, Spollenstown

Tues 19   10.00  Mary O’Brien, Castlebarna

Wed 20    10.00  Derek McDonagh

Thurs 21  10.00  Patrick & Mary Berry & Charles Bowers

Fri 22      10.00  John Connolly, 164 Arden View 

Sat 23      10.00  Patrick & Marcella Horan, Arden Rd

                 6.30  Ann McMahon, 1st Ann

                          Julia Healion, Springfield, Mon Mem  

Sun 24       8.30  John & Della Galvin, New Rd

               10.00  Mick Kidney

               11.30  Theresa Brennan, Mon Mem 

                 1.00  Mary Ellen, Molly O’Brien, Mon Mem


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Fiona Slattery McDonald, Ann Molloy, Shania McDonagh, Paddy Minnock & Josephine Pender.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Oisín Patrick Gerald O’Dowd who was baptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3205; Envelopes €2797

Thank you for your continued support


DURROW CEMETERY COLLECTION

Thanks to all who contributed to the Durrow Cemetery collection. Amount raised was €3935.71


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


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit one hour with the Lord, Sun 2-3am, 3-4am, 4-5am, 5-6am, Sun 1-2pm or any hour? Ph: 085-1162668.

RIADA HOUSE COMFORT FUND COMMITTEE: Would like to thank all our voluntary collectors & the community for your support which made our flag days a great success.

CONCERN: Would like to thank all who supported the recent church gate collection. Amount collected €2610.55.

ST. PADRE PIO MASS: Tues 19, 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption. All welcome.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK FOR ROSARY SUNDAY: Sun 1st, bus departing Tullamore 9.30am & returning 5.45pm. Adults: €12.00 Children: €6.00. Ph: PJ 0876386270.

READY: Dinner & Dance, Townhouse, Sun 24, 7.30pm. To Book Ph: 0579341235.

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

FAILTE ISTEACH: Free Conversational English classes resume Mon 25, 7.00-9.00pm Parish Centre.  Ph Ambrose 0860537660.

LALECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP:   Meeting Thurs 21, 8pm Health Centre.  Ph 0872764382/0851760632. Facebook: La Leche League Tullamore.

TULLAMORE LIBRARY: Culture Night, Fri 22. Three short films, Punch and Judy Show, 3.30-4.30. (Booking essential), Le Cheile, Singers and Summer Singing Group, 6-7pm. All welcome.

IRISH GIRL GUIDES: Registration Tues 19, 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 .

TARA: “Autumn” holiday, Ostan Loch Altan, Donegal, Oct 2-7. Ph: Benny 0872146172/0579351295. 

CEILI AND SET DANCING CLASSES: every Tues, Durrow hall, 8.30pm. New members welcome.

READING, WRITING & MATHS SESSIONS: Free & confidential. Contact Alison or Marina at 0579349424/Laois & Offaly Education & Training Board.

ROSENALLIS PTAA 80TH CELEBRATION MASS: Sun 17, St. Brigids Rosenallis Church, 7pm.

CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY & HEALING MINISTRY BY JOHNSON: Durrow Church, 30-01 Oct, 10-6pm. Ph: Patrick 0863740040.

SURRENDER & ACCEPT JESUS INVITATION TO THE BANQUET: A retreat led by Jim Browne, 22, 23 & 24 Sept. Advance booking necessary. Ph: 0863313655 to book.

KILLINA PRESENTATION 200 CELEBRATIONS: 29-1 Oct. See Killinaschool.ie. Facebook: Bicentenary Celebration Killina.

SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING: A retreat day for young adults, Dalgan Park, Navan, Sat 30, 9:30- 5pm. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ph 0866036506, 0872478517, 0906481666.  Donation will cover the cost of lunch & tea-breaks.