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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

The Ascension of Jesus ~ 13th May 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.


FULFILLING THE GOSPEL DREAM

The first reading today ends in an abrupt manner “Why are you…standing there looking into the sky?” At the time there was a real sense of “hoplessness and abandonment” after Jesus ascended into heaven. The disciples were staring into a bleak and uncertain future, thinking of the past and failing to cherish and live the moment.

Jesus has never stopped being present with us throughout all time. Let us remind ourselves of Christ’s unconditional acceptance of our humanity and all that entails. Yet, He still calls us to be His messangers and commissions us to live and proclaim the message in our community and beyond. The Ressurection and Ascension of Jesus were not an act of divine abandonment of the human cause but rather divine empowerment of the gospel dream.

Many changes have and will continue to take place within the Church, but two fundamentals will remain – the reality of Jesus and His message – the messanger and the message. As we remember the Ascension and celebrate World Communications Day, we are invited or maybe challenged by Jesus to be messangers and to communicate His message always conscious of His support through the Spirit.  

We are an Easter People bringing the Risen Jesus to others.  


THREE DAYS IN HONOUR OF ST. PIO

Three days in honour of St. Pio; 23rd, 24th, 25th May. Rosary 7.00pm. Mass 7.30pm followed by a short time of Adoration and Benediction. Friday; blessing with the relic. In these days we will pray for our nation to choose life on May 25th 


ADORATION IN THE HOSPITAL CHAPEL

In the weeks leading up to the feast of Corpus Christi (June 3rd) we thank God for the great gift of Eucharistic Adoration in the parish. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed 24/7 in the Hospital Chapel. If you have not been in there before, or in a while, take a few moments to make a visit. There is always a need for adorers to keep the vigil. Contact details are available in the Hospital Chapel.  


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Congratulations to the children from Scoil Mhuire who received the Eucharist for the first time last Sunday. We wish God’s blessing on them, their families, friends and teachers and all who helped them on their faith journey to this special time.


PRECIOUS IN GOD’S EYES, CONSECRATED BEFORE BIRTH

You will have noticed the two banners in the Church either side of the Altar. They are two short quotes from the Old Testament, and both come from readings used at Baptism. In the context of the May 25th referendum they remind us of two things: everyone of us is precious in the eyes of God for we are His children – created by the Father, redeemed by the Son and made holy by the Holy Spirit. We are not accidents or the simple work of nature. We are God’s own. Secondly, even before we were born, we are known, cherished and madly loved by God. Life is God’s gift, not our choice. As the referendum approaches: choose life.   


WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info if you are available to help with the events in the RDS, Croke Park and in the Phoenix Park.


DATES FOR YOUR PARISH DIARY

Thursday 7 June 2018:  A gathering of Parish Councils, Choirs and Musicians will be held in St Mary's, Navan in preparation for the Opening Ceremony (hosted by parishes on 21 August). 

Tuesday 26 June - Monday 2 July:  The Icon of the Holy Family will be present in the diocese of Meath. Details will follow. 

Tuesday 21 August:  Evening Prayer & WMOF2018 Opening Ceremony with the participation of all parishes and WMOF pilgrim families around the Diocese of Meath. 

Wednesday 22 August - Friday 24 August:   Pastoral Congress in the RDS.  Families from parishes across the diocese of Meath are invited to gather for the Pastoral Congress exploring various themes from Wednesday – Friday. Full details of the Pastoral Congress are available at https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Programme/Congress

Sunday 24 August:  Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park

The Meath diocesan committee is seeking the participation of 250 singers (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass) for the 5,000 voice choir at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26 August 2018.The same singers are also required to participate in the Festival of Families Mass in the RDS on Wednesday 22 August. Three rehearsals for both Masses will be held during the months of June & July. Online registration for singers (SATB) is now open via WMOF Choir Registration Page


“NIGHTFEVER”

The next “Nightfever” will be Saturday May 19th. Holy hour in the Parish Centre from 8.00 to 9.00pm, Wednesday May 16th for God’s blessing on same.


JUNIOR PPC LUCKY FIRST GOAL TICKETS

Lucky First Goal tickets, in aid of Medjugorje Youth Festival 2018, on Sale after all masses this weekend. Please support our local young people. 


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 19th May, Sat 26th May & Sat 16th June in Tullamore & Sun 10th Jun in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 16th May.

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

Mon 14       7.45  Our Lady’s Mass

               10.00  Ann & John Brazil, Ballydaly

Tues 15   10.00  Bienvenida & Alma Tagle

Wed 16    10.00  Martin Foy, Arden View

Thurs 17  10.00  Alo Multaney

Fri 18      10.00  Sadie Roche

Sat 19       6.30  Kathleen O’Neill, Mon Mem

Sun 20       8.30  Michael & Kathleen Clooney & grandson Mark 

              10.00  Thomas & Mary Donoghue

Shared Mass, Sat 19, 10am: Kate & Johnny Rigney; Paddy Doheny; Eileen Lewis; Michael & Margaret Kelly & Dan Rooney; Paul & Mary Keogh; Noel O’Connor; Jack & Alice Galvin; Mick & Monica Galvin; Rody O’Brien; Nonie Power; Thomas Daly & Family; Jim Coyne; Winifred & Peter Moran; Bridie, Roseann & Dinny Delaney; James & Elizabeth O’Connor; Phylis Lawlor, Mary & Matthew Delaney; Bernadette O’Sullivan; Maureen Delaney-Cornally; Conor Ward; Mick Farrell; Michael & Mary Hayes; Brendan Lowbridge; Chris & Mary Donegan; Ken & his sister Claire Keegan; Pa & Jim Molloy & parents Pat & Mary Molloy; Joseph, Mary, Michael, James & John Cummins; Oliver Mulpeter & Murphy Family; Rose & Andrew Meacle; Baggott Family; John Dunne; Michael Kearns & his parents Henry & Elizabeth; Vera Anne Dunne; Michael & Ellen Lowbridge & their daughter Nancy; Larry Geoghegan; Jim Bracken & Bracken Family.  


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Maeve Louise Mullen & Nel Tarkowska who were baptised recently.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Chrissie O’Brien, Nellie Scully, Ann Gannon & John Lawlor.


PARISH COLLECTION

Tullamore €3400; Durrow €430; 

Envelopes €2270

Thank you for your continued support


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


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Most Urgent Sun 2-3am or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668.

FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE & THE 8TH AMENDMENT: 40hrs Eucharistic Adoration commences 5pm Fri 18 & finishes Sun 20 with Mass 9am. Daily Adoration continues as normal.

ACCORD TULLAMORE: Recruiting for Certificate in Counselling training programme. Further info available: www.accord.ie; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0579341831.

READY: Dinner & dance Maunsells Church Rd, Sun 13, 7.30pm All welcome. To book Ph: 9341235.

INVITATION TO PAST PUPILS, STAFF & FRIENDS OF SCOIL MHUIRE: Walkaround of the newly extended & re-furbished school Thurs 17. 6pm - 8:30pm.

LA LECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP Thurs 17, 8pm Health Centre. Facebook: La Leche League or ph: Eileen 0872764382/Caroline 0851760632.

DIOCESE OF MEATH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 12-17 Sept. Hospital pilgrims contact A. Boland 0877914828.

TULLAMORE LIBRARY: Basic computer classes Sat 12, Classes 2.30-4.30pm for 5 weeks. Booking essential 0579346832.

TULLAMORE/DURROW COMMUNITY GAMES: Mon 21, Tullamore Harriers 5.30-9pm. Boys/girls u8 - u16. €3 per child. PARENTS please bring COPY of birth cert on the night

THE STOMA SUPPORT GROUP meeting Tues 15, 6.30-8.30pm, Dóchas Centre.  Contact Anne 0863074846/Mark 0873843412. 

DURROW HALL FUNDRAISING – to help renovate Hall: Thank you to all who have contributed. To contribute please ph: Paddy 0861659246, Mary 0876344725 or Adrian 0872799338.

CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre Fri 18. Mass 9pm. All welcome. Enquiries Dave; 0857746763.

MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIEST’S REGIONAL CENACLE: Fr. Michael Maher will lead an afternoon of prayer Sat 19 2pm, Family Centre, St Mel's Road, Longford. Contact: 0860405621.