16 August 2018

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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

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 22nd July 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.


BALANCE AND COMPASSION IN ALL THINGS

Jesus knew and appreciated the importance of balance in life. He didn’t just spend all his time with the crowds teaching and healing them. In the gospel today, we hear Jesus confirm the importance of prayer, rest and renewal. We also hear of the great compassion shown by Jesus to both his apostles and the crowd. 

Let us ask Jesus to instil in us His spirit of compassion so that we can be as sensitive and responsive to the  needs of people around us while at the same time having periods of prayerful silence and quiet reflection so that the word of God may penetrate and enlighten our lives. As Pope Francis puts it “Are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord’s presence, when you calmly spend time with Him? Do you let His fire inflame your heart? Unless you let Him warm you more and more with His love and tenderness, you will not catch fire. How will you then be able to the set the hearts of others on fire by your words and witness?”  


20th INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ORGAN SERIES 2018

Tuesdays, 8.00pm. Church of the Assumption, Tullamore

Tuesday July 24th – Spotlight on the King’s Organ Scholars

Donal McCann; Henry Websdale.

Admission €12 Concessions €8.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Clonminch Cemetery Sunday will be on 19th August at 1.00pm.

Durrow Cemetery Sunday will be on 9th September.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Mark 6:30-34

The Apostles reported to Jesus all that they had done and taught. Perhaps you have had the experience of being able to check in with somebody and share an experience. What was that like for you? 

Jesus saw that the apostles needed to rest and eat. What has been your experience of finding a restful place after a busy day? What kind of nourishment have you found necessary in order to maintain energy and enthusiasm? What have these insights taught you about life?

When Jesus saw the crowd, he recognised their need and reached out to them. Who has been a Jesus person for you, someone who recognised your need and reached out to you? For whom have you been a Jesus person in that way?

It sometimes can be difficult to strike a balance between responding to the needs of others and meeting our need for rest and nourishment. What has helped you to keep the balance right?

John Byrne, osa, Intercom 2018  


CROWDS AND SHEPHERDS

The Gospel today emphasises the importance of taking time for yourself as Jesus takes the disciples to a deserted place after all their hard work. It teaches an important lesson about remaining connected to Jesus if we are to be his followers. It is unfortunate for them that their break is interrupted. The crowd are thirsty for more and suffering from lack of real leadership. Jesus has so much compassion for the people that the phrase Mark uses actually means he felt compassion in his intestines! A biblical way of saying he felt compassion for them in the pit of his stomach.

Next month we greet the shepherd of the Catholic Church as Pope Francis comes to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. It will be a momentous occasion, a once in a life-time experience to see and hear from a Pope who has so much to say to us about sharing the gospel message in our world. He calls us to be joyful Christians, to reach out to the poor and abandoned, to be disciples in our families, communities, on the streets and to help build a world that is true to Christ’s vision for this world.

Pope Francis is a leader who inspires many. Whether you are travelling to the festival or waching it at home we pray for the success of this extraordinary event. Let us pray today for leaders in our Church and in our communities, that they will inspire people , nurture people and listen to the Spirit who guides us on this path. 

Jane Mellet, Intercom, July 2018


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

… It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves…


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 18th, Sat 25th Aug & Sat 15th Sept in Tullamore & Sun 09th Sept in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 15th Aug.

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 23       7.45  Joe, Brigid, Jane & Harry Higgins, Chapel St

                10.00  Br. Mark Hogan

Tues 24    10.00  James Whelan 

Wed 25     10.00  Willie Duffy

Thurs 26   10.00  Terri O’Neill 

Fri 27       10.00  Vera & Gerry Lambe  

Sat 28         6.30  Tommie Kelly, 1st Ann 

Sun 29        8.30  Philomena Flynn

                10.00  Anne Fahy 

                11.30  Audrey Hayes, Maple Grove,1st Ann

                 1.00  Tom O’Loughlin, Mon Mem

Shared Mass, Sat 28, 10am: P.J Deegan; Peter Flynn; Peter & Madeline McGraw, Joe Gorman & Gorman Family; Collette & Barry Heffernan; Patrick Prendergast; Patrick & Bridie Prendergast; Mary, Eileen & James Butler; Seamus Morris; Theresa & Pat Cleary, Celia & Les Freeman; Michael & Darren McDermott, James, Margaret & John Grennan.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of John Boland.


PARISH COLLECTION

Tullamore €3857; Durrow €202

Envelopes €2150

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: Fri 3-4am & 4-5am or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668.

1ST FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY: Fri Aug 3 Parish Centre: Rosary 6.15pm, Mass 7pm. All Welcome.

ROSARY FOR LIFE: offered every Monday evening  6.30pm. Church of the Assumption. Please join us for this intention. 

TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB outing to gardens at Freshford, Kilkenny & Abbeyleix, Wed 25. Contact Eileen 0579352312/0871375125.

RAHAN ROAD RESIDENTS ASSOC. fundraising Joe Dolan tribute concert, Tullamore Court Hotel, Thurs 26, 8.30pm. Tickets €20 at Hotel Reception or from any committee member.

MEDJUGORJE GROUP PILGRIMAGE: 7nights led by spiritual director, 6-13 Oct. Cost: €700. More info ph: Paul 0878375407.

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK employer based training programme course to develop new skills. More info: Ph: 0861741402, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or www.nln.ie

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: Cistercian College, Roscrea, Tipperary, Thurs 16-Sun 19 Aug. For ages 16-35yrs. More details & to book: www.youth2000.ie

MIDLAND LIVING LINKS suicide support group. If you would like to connect with others or for info ph: Rita 0861600641.

BALLYCOMMON TTC offers a free friendly Call Service for senior members of the community. For more info ph: 0579353177/53441. B.O.L.D Lotto Results 16/07/2018: 08, 09, 27, 28 Bonus: 15.

ARK OF DIVINE MERCY ATHLONE one day Pilgrimage with Fr. Thady Doyle to Gods Cottage Glendalough, Sat 28. Bus from Moate/Kilbeggan 8am. Details from Kathleen/Paul: 0877828283.

TULLAMORE PHOENIX INDOOR MARKET supporting local charities every Sat, 10am - 3pm. Kilcruttin. Any queries Ph: Mary 0879050910.

SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.

DÓCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE: Providing supportive care, factual information, holistic therapies, counselling and mindfulness, Mon-Thurs, 10am-2pm. or ph 057 9328268 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES: Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.