17 June 2019


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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3rd Sunday of Advent ~ 16th December 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    


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.


Luke 3:10-18

‘What should we do?’ The common thread in John’s answers was to encourage his questioners to be other-centred rather than self-centred, each in the context of their own circumstances. In your experience, what difference has it made for you when you changed your attitude in this way?

John told the people in a direct and honest way what they should do. Perhaps you have had friends who did not beat about the bush but have told you honestly what they thought about your behaviour when you asked them? In gratitude, recall such friends. 

The humility of John comes out in this passage, happy to acknowledge that he only had a minor role to play in relation to the Messiah. At the same time he was enthused by his mission to ‘proclaim the good news to the people’. What difference has it made for you when you were able to see the good in yourself, and use your gifts without having to score by portraying yourself as greater than someone else?

-John Byrne osa, Intercom December 2018


On next Sunday, December 23rd, you are invited to bring the baby Jesus from your family Crib to Mass, where they will be blessed – we remember “Jesus is the reason for the season!”


Evening Prayer and Benediction continues today, Sunday, at 5.30pm in Tullamore Church.  This is a beautiful time of prayer and reflection in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, as we join with the whole Church throughout the world in praise to God.


The last 12 to 18 months have been a difficult time for our parish community. Many of our families have suffered bereavement. Friends have been lost, loved ones are greatly missed. In the face of it all many have lost hope. We are a people of hope; a people of faith and a people of love. Sometimes we just need to reconnect.

On Friday 21st - the longest night of the year - we are inviting everyone to a Ceremony of HOPE AND HEALING in the Church of the Assumption. We will pray for our loved ones who have gone and hold tight our loved ones who are still with us. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre.  PLEASE share this with your family and friends.

A time of prayer for healing and for the community:  Preparing for Fri 21st,  Rev. Clodagh Yambasu will host a time of prayer and healing in the Parish Centre Prayer Room on Thursday 20th from - 10.45 -11.45. All are welcome.


Advent is a time of preparing.  We put up the decorations and buy presents.  The town is beautiful with Christmas lights.  This time of the year is all about getting ready.

We also prepare inside.  We have the chance to look at our lives, to examine how the year has gone, and see what needs to be put right before the celebration of Christ’s birth.  We do this in the most special way by going to Confession – the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Saturday 22nd is a day set aside for this in the parish.  It is our annual Day of Reconciliation.  Confessions will follow after the 10.00am Mass.  There will be a special Reconciliation Service at 12.00noon.  There will be a priest available for Confessions until 6.00pm.  So if there is something that needs to be put right with God, our families, our neighbours, school or work colleagues, Saturday 22nd is the day to do it.

There will also be Confessions on Sunday 23rd from 2.00-5.30pm and another Reconciliation Service on Christmas Eve at 12noon.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: Christmas Eve 6.30pm & 9.00pm.  Durrrow 12.00 midnight.

Christmas Day as Sunday.  Polish Mass 2.30pm


There will be no Community Notices in Bulletin for Sunday 30th December.  Please have notices for next Sunday 23rd, into Parish Office by Tuesday morning.


The next available Baptism dates are Sun 6th Jan, in Tullamore & Sun 13th Jan in Durrow. For further details please 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 counselling.


Mon 17      7.45  Linda Weir

              10.00  Kevin McDonald

Tues 18     7.45  Nicholson Family

               10.00  Raphael Dunne

Wed 19      7.45  David Mullen & Betty Doonan

              10.00  Veronica Tiernan

Thurs 20    7.45  Daniel & Mary Beatty & Family

              10.00  John & Julia Cassidy

Fri 21        7.45  Nolan & Kelly Families

              10.00  Margaret & John Talbot & May & Jim Doody

Sat 22        6.30  Jimmy Cronly, Mon Mem

Sun 23       8.30  John O’Brien

               10.00  Elizabeth Buckley, Ballycowen

                 1.00  Shannon Coyne, Mon Mem

Shared Mass Sat 22, 10am: Maura & Lar O’Toole, Anne Gannon & Lynch Family; Ann Mahon; Tommy & Jamie McDonald; Michael & Catherine Cleary & Family; Bridget & Martin Deegan; May Cunningham; Martin, Rose & Thomas Fenlon; Kathleen & Stephen Grennan; Mary & Joe Corcoran; Michael Moran; Michael & Rose Cleary; Patsy & Ciss Gorman & Frances Walsh; Bridie Brennan; Kelly Family & baby Damien Dwane; Charles, Ellen & Annie O’Shea; Carmel Doyle; James & Teresa Doyle; Billy Brennan; Patrick McDonagh; Edel Bracken; Charles Hogan; Pauric Smyth; Jimmy Scully & Family; Craven Family; Katie Coughlan & Matt Whelehan; Jim & Ellie Duffy & Frank Murray; Stephen & Eileen Nolan; Thomas, Catherine & Bridie Murphy; John Brady; Molly McKenna; Margaret Trodd; Dan & Hannah Galvin, John & Elizabeth Lewis; Larry & Maisie Dunne & Family; Annie & Thomas Fox; Nihill Family; Quinlan Family; Lee Family; Mary Frances & James Bracken & Family; Mick & Owen Scully; Thomas Hogan.

Durrow Sun 23:Kealan Walsh, Mon Mem


We offer our sympathy to the families of Maura Wrafter, Elizabeth Ryan & Paddy Lowbridge.


Welcome to God’s Family Yasmine Helen McDonagh who wasbaptised recently.


Tullamore €3382; Durrow €145; Envelopes €2495

Thank you for your continued support


CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUETS bouquets are available in the Parish Centre. The intentions will be included in the Masses of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Parish

MEDJUGORJE JULY 2019 – PARISH PILGRIMAGE: 23rd July for 7 nights.  Half board €719pps.  Early booking offers on or before 18th Dec.  Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399, PJ Smyth 0868796190, Luke McNamee 0879113118.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Sun 9-10pm; Mon 2-3pm, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

ROSARY for protection of life, Monday, 6.30pm, Parish Church.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS CHRISTMAS DRAW:  Tickets available from Parish Centre.  All proceeds to local poor box.

DURROW CÉILÍ CLUB: Céilí & set dancing classes, Tuesdays, 8pm, Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club.  New members welcome.

FOSTER CARERS WANTED for children of all ages.  If interested contact your local team, 0579319280 or go to www.fostering.ie for more information.

COLÁISTE CHOILM PRESENTS ‘A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES’ - An evening of song and soundtrack to some of the biggest movies of our time - Thurs 20. Doors open at 7.30. Tickets €8.

OXFAM TULLAMORE looking for volunteers.  Contact shop on Patrick St.

CHRISTMAS CLONMACNOISE PRAYER VIGIL: Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre, Fri 21.Mass, 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow until 2.10am. All welcome. Enquiries 085-7746763.