22 January 2018

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Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
www.tullamoreparish.ie 
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31st December 2017

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.


MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD DAY OF PEACE

1ST JAN 2018

Heartfelt good wishes for peace 

Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night, is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among these whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers, I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. Pope Benedict XVI, my beloved predecessor, spoke of them as “men and women, children, young and elderly people, who are searching for somewhere to live in peace.”[] In order to find that peace, they are willing to risk their lives on a journey that is often long and perilous, to endure hardships and suffering, and to encounter fences and walls built to keep them far from their goal.

Why so many refugees and migrants?

As he looked to the Great Jubilee marking the passage of two thousand years since the proclamation of peace by the angels in Bethlehem, Saint John Paul II pointed to the increased numbers of displaced persons as one of the consequences of the “endless and horrifying sequence of wars, conflicts, genocides and ethnic cleansings”[] that had characterized the twentieth century. To this date, the new century has registered no real breakthrough: armed conflicts and other forms of organized violence continue to trigger the movement of peoples within national borders and beyond. 

With a contemplative gaze

The wisdom of faith fosters a contemplative gaze that recognizes that all of us “belong to one family, migrants and the local populations that welcome them, and all have the same right to enjoy the goods of the earth, whose destination is universal, as the social doctrine of the Church teaches. It is here that solidarity and sharing are founded.”

Four mileposts for action

Offering asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of human trafficking an opportunity to find the peace they seek requires a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.

For our common home

Let us draw inspiration from the words of Saint John Paul II: “If the ‘dream’ of a peaceful world is shared by all, if the refugees’ and migrants’ contribution is properly evaluated, then humanity can become more and more a universal family and our earth a true ‘common home’.” Throughout history, many have believed in this “dream”, and their achievements are a testament to the fact that it is no mere utopia.

(Full text and notes available at:-

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/peace.index.html)


WISHING ALL OF OUR PARISHIONERS A VERY HAPPY & PEACEFUL NEW YEAR


PARISH CENTRE 

The Parish Centre will will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January. There will be a reception service from the Parochial House to see a priest.


FAMILY

In celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family, we look at our own families with great gratitude for what we have received.  Our families, no matter what kind of shortcomings that may be there, are our basic human connection.  Parents are the first teachers of love – they show their children that they are lovable and from that, how to love others.  Christian families have always been celebrated by all of us.  Our families are places where we are at home with God and with a “collection” of wild and wonderful relations.

In our families we learn that God does not come alone – He comes with and through others who show us something of His loving kindness.  In our families, we catch a glimpse of the God who accepts us as we are and who keeps on loving us to the end.  Our families give us a place of unconditional love, acceptance and welcome.  None of our families is all holy – there is usually a mixture of all sorts of conflicts, compulsions, etc, that can test our love for each other.

But God is there in it all.  We can’t find Him in any other place because our family is the place where He finds us.


CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE THANKS

The parish wishes to thank everyone who participated in and supported our Carol Service in December. The amount raised was €7,540 which will go directly towards the continued reduction of our parish debt.


TULLAMORE PARISH SUPPORT SERVICES

Thank you to all who supported and helped with our recent church gate collection.  The amount raised was €2002.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Luke 2:22-40

What started out as an ordinary day for Joseph and Mary turned out to be a day with an encounter they would remember for a long time. Perhaps you too have had significant encounters on what you expected to be just an ordinary day?

Simeon gave thanks because his eyes saw the salvation God had prepared. In what ways have you experienced God’s salvation in your life: an experience of being loved, or discovering a sense of purpose in life, or being touched by the wonders of creation? Give thanks for those memories.

Simeon also acknowledged that not all would accept the light that would shine through Jesus, and this rejection would be a cause of pain to Mary. It can be a source of pain to parents, teachers, church ministers, and all who work for others when some reject values, projects, advice which would be for their good. Perhaps a sword has sometimes pierced your soul as well. What has helped you to maintain hope in such times?

The final sentence speaks of Jesus as one who grew and became strong and was filled with wisdom. What has helped you to grow in wisdom? Have you seen others grow in wisdom through the experience of life? Recall times when you had a sense of growing up in some way. What brought that about? Think also of how you have seen growth in another person.

John Byrne osa, Intercom Dec/Jan


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are 20th& Sat 27th Jan & Sun 4th Feb in Tullamore &Sun 11thFeb in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 17th Jan.

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 counselling.


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

Tues 2    7.45  Michael Nevin

            10.00  JamesWyer, Ballykeenahan

Wed 3   10.00  Paddy Egan

Thurs 4 10.00  Lar & Mary Byrne & Family, O’Brien St

Sat6      10.00  Michael & Annie Feery, Marian Place

Sun7       8.30  Emer Champ Bracken

           10.00  Shay Daly

              1.00  Sheila Burke, 1st Ann

Durrow Fri 5th, 8pm:Ger Roe; Ciss Clavin & son Bernard

Sun 7th Laurence, Mary Anne, Laurence & Elizabeth Keegan; Johanna Keeney; Michael, John & Mary Costello & Thomas & Mary Delaney; Michael, Rose & Eugene Walsh; Vera Waters & baby Arthur, Matt & Una Grennan & John Molloy.


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