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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

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 4th February 2018

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

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.


PRAISE THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD 

Today’s Gospel is composed of three paragraphs. In the first one, we learn that Jesus cures of her fever, the mother-in-law of the disciple Simon. Her instant response was to wait on him. Once cured of her bodily illness and restored to health, she gives all her energy to the service of the Lord.

In the second paragraph, we hear that the whole town came crowding round the door looking for cures and bodily healing. And, Jesus cured them all. But, we do not hear of any expressions of thanks. We do not hear of any giving of their energies to the service of the Lord. There is no praise of the Lord for his goodness and compassion. The people merely wanted to use Jesus, and they had got what they wanted, to get out of whatever crisis or affliction they were in at that time.

Lastly, we learn that Jesus had taken himself off to a lonely place to pray. His disciples, on finding him, said, “Everybody is looking for you”. More cures of the body were being sought, but no one was seeking a cure of the heart, or to show love to Jesus for his goodness. It is fine to ask Jesus for the things we need in life; but we must answer the receiving of these gifts with love and gratitude, like Simon’s mother-in-law did. 

Praise the Lord for he is good.  


PARISH RETREAT - FOR BEGINNING OF LENT

A Parish Retreat, hosted by the Knights of St Columbanus, will take place on Saturday 17th Feb, from 10.00am Mass to 3.00pm.  The theme will be:  “Jesus - the face of suffering, the face of Love”.  All are welcome.

Please leave your name in the Parish Centre. Donation only.   Tea and lunch provided. 


PRAYER FOR LIFE

O God, our Creator, all life is in your hands from conception until death.  Help us to cherish your gift and to reverence the great privilege of our share in creation. May all people live and die in dignity and love. Bless and defend the rights of the unborn, the disabled and the aged. Enlighten the hearts of all to choose life, especially when life is challenging. Your Son has given us life in all its fullness, may we, your people, precious in your eyes and loved by you, do all we can to uphold the sacredness of your gift - life itself.  

Mary, mother of God and our mother pray for us and pray for Ireland. 


THE 8TH AMENDMENT

Information booklets are available in the church explaining the "8th Amendment" and the consequences of its removal. Please take one.   


ROSARY FOR LIFE

The Rosary will be prayed each Monday evening for the continued constitutional protection of the right to life of the unborn child beginning on Monday February 5th at 6.30. Everyone welcome. 


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Mark 1:29-39

The first story (vv.29-31) is one of healing. You might reflect on times when you were sick in body, mind or spirit and someone wass a ‘Jesus person’ to you, someone who ‘took you by the hand and lifted you up’. Remember them with gratitude. Have there been times also when you did this for others?

The second story (vv. 32-34) adds another dimension. People are freed from demons. Have you had the experience of being freed from demons that imprisoned you: fear, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, addictions, bitterness, etc? What was it like for you to get that freedom? Who were the ‘Jesus people’ who helped to free you?

The third story (vv.35-39) has a number of different elements we can consider:

Jesus goes off to a desert place  to pray. After a hectic day he felt the need for quiet to ground himself once more. In the busyness of life how do you keep in touch with what is going on inside yourself? How do you keep in touch with God? Where do you find your ‘deserted place’? What difference does it make for you when you do succeed in taking time out?

Jesus shows himself as a person seeking to break new ground. The disciples want him to continue ministry where he is. He wants to move on. What has been your experience of breaking new ground, moving beyond your comfort zone, or trying something you had not tried before? When has this had a life-giving effect for you?

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom 2018)


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 24th Feb & Sun 04th Mar in Tullamore & Sun 11th Mar in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 21st Feb.

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 05     7.45  Alo & Maura O’ Brennan 

Tues 06   10.00  Frank & Mary Clarke, Clontarf Rd

Wed 07   10.00  Pearse & Kathleen Digan

Thurs 08 10.00  Margaret ‘Peg’ Kinahan         

Fri 09       7.45  Michael Byrne & Family

              10.00  Thomas, Bridget & Michael McLoughlin

Sat 10       6.30  James Clarke, Mon Mem

                        Dean Cobbe, Mon Mem

Sun 11      8.30  John Joe Gorman, Cappincur

              10.00   Paddy & Delia Bracken, Park Ave

              11.30   Michael Lambe, 1st Ann 

                        Liam Wyer, Mon Mem

               1.00   Brigid Wyer & Linda Kinahan, 1st Ann

Shared Mass, Sat 10, 10am: Elizabeth McMahon; Ann & Pat Guckian; Denis Mahon; Thomas O’Toole; John & Christine Grennan; Pat Meehan, Fiona Byrne, Wynne Family, Dan & Josephine O’Connor, Christy & Elizabeth O’Connor & Family; Michael & Mary Galvin; Gerry & Nancy O’Connor, Michael & Pauline Gorman, Joseph & Elizabeth Gorman & Family; Kathleen Brophy; Muriel Flanagan; Philomena Madden; Paddy Healion; John Dowling & Carey Family; Nellie & Colm Grennan; Bill Tobin; Archie & May Grimes; Ignatius Keegan, Joe Maher; Beckie Colsh & Gerry Quinn; Tommy Smullen; Anthony & Chris Burke; James, Annie, Christy, Margaret & Ann Jnr Ryan; James & Mary Kidney; Ollie Gavin; May, Molly & Patrick Owens & Bridie Murphy; Sean Horan & Lynam Family; Kay Ward; James & Annie  Kilroe & Christy O’Brien; Christy Martin & Keogh Family; Mary Brigid & Denis Dwane, Annie & James Kelly; Terry Hilliard; Fahy Family; James Sheehan; William & Kathleen Jaffrey; Pat & Mary O’Connell.

Durrow, Sun 11, 11am:  Julia Weir, Mon Mem.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Veronica Lambe & Alice Taylor, nee Creevy.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Hailey Sarah Rattigan Robbins & Etain Carmel Hensey who were baptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3265; Durrow €185; 

Envelopes €3017

Thank you for your continued support


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


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord. Tues 8-9am, Tues 1-2pm & Fri 1-2pm or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668.

SECULAR FRANCESCANS: Meeting Tues 6, 7pm, Mercy Convent. New members welcome.

MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS: Coffee/tea morning, Tues 6, Parish Centre, 10.30am. 

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY: Free transport service for patients attending chemotherapy treatment. Contact your healthcare professional, website: irishcancer.ie or ph: 012310522.

SCOIL MHUIRE, KILCRUTTIN: Enrolling now for Sept 2018, forms available in the school. Phone: 0579321222.

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY IRELAND: Valentines Ball, Fundraising Black Tie Event. Sat 10, Tullamore Court Hotel. Tickets €60 from Tara Sweeney in Guy Clothing.

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE: Mass & prayer meeting Killina Church, Tues 6, 7.30pm. All Welcome.

CEILI IN DURROW HALL: Sun 4, 4pm-7pm. Glenside Ceili Band.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS: Clara Parish Centre. Thurs 8, Mass at 8pm. All welcome.

RETIRED CIVIL & PUBLIC SERVANTS ASSOC: Meeting to form a Laois/Offaly Branch, Wed 7, Portlaoise Parish Centre, 11.30 am.

VOCATION RETREAT DAY: For 18-40yr olds, Dalgan Park, Navan, Sat 24, 9:30am-5pm. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ph: 0866036506/0872478519/0906481666.

HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE:  4 June, 8 nights. Cost €1649pp. Info night Wed 7, Parish Centre 7.30pm. Details from Travalue.ie or Locall 1890289255, 046906860.