16 November 2018


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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22nd October 2017 ~ 29th 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.


The theme for Mission Sunday this year is ‘Reach Out, Spread the Joy.’ Throughout the world the faithful will reflect on the universal call to Mission of all the baptised. They will be invited to contribute what they can to support the development and growth of young churches internationally. This special Sunday in October provides Catholics with the opportunity to unite with their missionary sisters and brothers overseas, and to recommit themselves to bringing the Joy of the Gospel to everyone they meet in their daily lives at home and at work.

Contributions will be used to build simple mission churches, to educate and nurture our future leaders of the Church including seminarians, religious novices, lay catechists and pastoral workers. The Mission Sunday gift may also be used for building health facilities for children and adults as well as for providing emergency aid in times of war or natural disaster or to assist missionaries in their efforts to care for refugees.

Today, in a special way, we celebrate the work of circa 1,300 Irish born missionaries and all missionaries throughout the world. We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own country and during mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work.

Fr. Maurice Henry and his team from the SMA Fathers will be speaking today about their work on the Missions. There will be an exit collection after Mass.


November is the month when we pray especially for the dead. November 1st is the feast of all the Saints and November 2nd is the Commemoration of the faithful departed.

Both feast days remind us that our life on earth will come to its end, and the hope and promise of eternal life with God is there for us all. 

An important tradition in Ireland is writing down the names of our departed friends and relations on the Altar List of the Dead. This list is compiled every November and Mass is offered for those on it on Nov 2nd and 6th and every first Friday for the coming 12 months. 

Take time with your family to write this list. Think of family, friends and neighbours over the years. Particularly remember those who have no one to pray for them. 

Dead lists are available in the Church.  Please fill up one, if you would like to do so and drop into the sacristy or the parish centre over the coming weeks.  


The Pro Life Campaign has issued a statement the Oireachtas Committee on abortion is turning more and more into a pantomime. They were responding to this week’s vote in which the committee voted not to retain the 8th Amendment in full, second guessing the public hearings they had scheduled for the next two months.

Commenting on the vote, Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said: “The committee have issued the verdict before the evidence was even heard. From the very start this process has been a complete travesty.

“The committee has lined up more than 25 abortion advocates to present but have only invited 3 pro-life speakers. This signifies the committee's total contempt for democracy and the protection of human life. Clearly the committee thinks tonight’s vote was another smart political stroke - voting before even hearing the evidence of the witnesses they have invited to present at taxpayers’ expense.”

Dr Cullen concluded: “When the extent of this charade sinks in with the public the workings of this committee will turn out to be a gift to the pro-life cause. In the meantime, we will continue to bring the message to the wider public that abortion is always an injustice to women and unborn babies.”


Matthew 22:15-21

The story sees a mixture of religion and politics, a potentially explosive combination. Jesus does not ask us to avoid politics, but that our involvement in the affairs of the world be informed by the perspective of the reign of God. How does the gospel give you a vision of how your involvement in society should be?

Pharisees and Herodians were not natural allies but a shared dislike of Jesus brought them together in an attemot to discredit him. Perhaps you experience the same opposition in society today when yu profess to being a Catholic. Jesus did not get into an argument with them but simply professed his belief in the priority of God in his life. What have you found helpful in bearing witness to the fact that you are still a Catholic?

Jesus recognises that we can be faced with conflicting claims for attention. He does not tell us how to solve that dilema, but challenges us to make sure that our allegience to God takes priority.  When have you been face with a conflict of loyalities? What helped you to get your priorities right? 

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom 2017)


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 18th, Sat 25th Nov & Sun 03rd Dec & Sat 16th Dec in Tullamore and Sun 10th Dec in Durrow.

The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 15th Nov. 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.


Tues 24    10.00  Heather & Tom Daly, Daly & White families & Kevin Carroll

Wed 25    10.00  James, Maureen & Kathleen Keenan, Dick & Maura Fitzpatrick 

Thurs 26    7.45  John & Josephine Bailey

               10.00  James McDonald, Ballycowan

Fri 27       10.00  Kitty Cutler, 104 O’Molloy St

Sat 28        6.30  Joe Vickers, 1st Ann

Sun 29        8.30  Martin Cosgrove

                10.00  Noel Egan & grandparents Sarah & William 

                         Doyle & Holy Souls, 106 O’Molloy St             

                11.30  Nan Larkin, Mon Mem, & brother Con Molloy

                          Vincent Clarke, 1st Ann, & wife Terry

                 1.00  Patrick Wrafter, 1st Ann


We offer our sympathy to the families of Peter Cutler, Billy Kelly, Kitty Jennette & John Holland. .


Tullamore €3709; Durrow €148

Envelopes €2480

Novena Plate €3337.84

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit one hour with the Lord, very urgent, Sun 3-4am or any hour? Ph: 085-1162668.

EXPERIENCE GENTLE DANCES/MOVEMENTS FOR MEDITATION & WELLBEING: Thurs 26, Parish Centre, 7.15-8.45pm. Donation of €5 towards Parish Funds.

TULLAMORE COMMUNITY RADIO: Info meeting, Wed 25, St. Mary’s Youth Centre, 7.30pm. Volunteers required, all welcome. For details ph: 0879455061.

MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP LTD: Meeting Tues 24, Parish Centre, 7.30pm. Speaker in attendance.

TULLAMORE LIBRARY: Cake Sale on Mon 23, 11am - 3pm  in support of Midlands Simon Community.  

Free ebooks & audio books -support day, register on-line on our website & down load the app 'borrowbox' or call into library, Wed 25. Valerie Moffat will give a talk on 'The Life of JB Yeats' Thurs 26, 6.30pm  Booking essential 0579346832. 

TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Meeting  Wed  25, Charleville Centre, Speaker Rachel Darlington. Contact Eileen 0579352312/0871375125.

CEILI: Durrow hall, Tues 24 8.30 pm.

OFFALY COUNTY CHILDCARE COMMITTEE: Free info clinic for parents. Wed 25, Arden View Family Resource Centre. To book ph: 057 9135878.

THE IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOC (Ballinagar branch), CE Scheme vacancies available, Resource & Outreach Centre.  Contact Employment Services, Tara Buildings, Castle St, quoting Job Ref. CES-2049275 or scheme Supervisor on 0579350065.

BATTLE OF THE MUSICALS: Court Hotel, Sun 29, 8pm. Tickets €20. In Aid of Tullamore GAA, Camogie & ladies football clubs.

PARTICIPATORY ASSET MAPPING PROJECT IN TULLAMORE to identify what social activities are in Tullamore. Looking for volunteers to map the areas local to their homes. Further details ph: 0579352467/0877470562 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ROSARY: every Sat after 6-30pm mass for evangelisation of our country. 

TULLAMORE CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP: meet every Wednesday, 7-45pm, Presbyterian church, all welcome. 

GROW: Wed  11.00am Tullamore Library.  If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come along to the support group. Contact Michelle 086 418 3805 

A.A: Offaly House, Offaly St. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1.00pm; Sun 12noon.

SOSAD: Free, Confidential Counselling service. Ph:0579346704.