22 May 2019


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Epiphany of the Lord ~ 6th January 2019

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Fr. Luke Ohiemi C.C.
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.



The Christ child, the star of all ages and peoples was born in a stable surrounded by ordinary people with the working shepherds providing care and comfort to the family. Today, we celebrate the arrival of the Magi who represent those searching and seeking Jesus. We celebrate God calling and reaching out to us all in so many ways and He awaits our response. Matthew presents us with a challenging and engaging choice to either recognise, welcome and celebrate the Christ child or remain indifferent. It took faith and obedience to their inner conscience on the part of the Magi to bring gifts and worship the infant Jesus.

The gospel also suggests that the love and mercy of God is for all people. Then the identity, origin and social status of the Magi was unimportant in God’s eyes rather that each travelled a great distance to pay homage and worship the infant Jesus who had been revealed by God to them through the bright shining star. The story of the Magi teaches us that “events” whether resulting from an experience, a journey, a chance meeting with someone or a spiritual event can be windows that lead each of us to experience a spiritual transformation- an Epiphany! So, let us open the “window” today and let us begin our journey and follow our “star”.


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 17th, Sat 26th Jan & Sun 3rd Feb  inTullamore&Sun 11th Feb in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 16th Jan. To book in for the meeting and baptisms, 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 7  7.45     Our Lady’s Mass

            10.00      Paddy Egan, Connolly Park

Tues 8   10.00     Joe & Margaret White & Family, Kathleen & Joe Doyle, & Pickett Family

Wed 9    10.00     Margaret ‘Peggy’ McDonagh, Kilcruttin

Thurs 10 7.45     Ned & Eileen Grennan, Loughaun

             10.00     Betty Ryan, Mon Mem

Fri 11 7.45     Mary Vickers, Park Ave

             10.00     Alan Kelly, O’Brien St

Sat 12      6.30     Jim Clarke, 1st Ann

Sun 13      8.30     Molly & Paddy Dunne & Maureen Halewood, Marian Place

              11.30     Maura Wrafter, Mon Mem & her brother Seamus Geoghegan

Shared Mass Sat 12, 10am:Denis & Kathleen O’Meara; Thomas Brennan; Deirdre & Fiacre Ryan; Nick Halloran; Robert Alexander; Tommy Deevy; Mike & Julia Egan; Paddy Cunningham; Gerardine & Dermot Cusack; John & Elizabeth Killeavy; John, Jerome & Desmond Murphy; Martina Martin; Frances Keoghan; Michael & Kay Hannon; Margaret Carroll; John, Margaret, Sean & Paschal Murray; John O’Hanlon & Joe O’Hare; Paddy & Sheila O’Reilly, Jimmy & Molly McGarry & Dooley Family; Michael & Sabina Monahan; Sheila & Sean Carthy; David Monahan & Patrick McDonagh; Frs Joe & Robert Kelly SJ; William Tobin; Eileen & David McEvoy; Siobhan Drea & Mikaela Ardelanu; William & Catherine Egan, John, Joe & Colin Carey; Margaret Carroll & Bessie Dowling; Daniel Dunne; James Devaney; Archie & Mary Grimes & Family; Imelda Rooney, Peter Berry, Mary Ganly, Gertie & Sean Rowney; Tom Brennan

Durrow Sun 13:Julia Weir, 1st Ann


We offer our sympathy to  the families of  Liam Duffy, John Francis Conboy, Terry Morgan, William Igoe & Marcus Byrne.



23/12 Tullamore €3418; Durrow €357; Envelopes €3330

25/12 Tullamore €9911; Durrow €953; Envelopes €2003

30/12/18 Tullamore €3517; Durrow €219; Envelopes €1925

Thank you for your continued support



Christmas is over, the New Year has begun so, what are we to do with all we have celebrated in the last few weeks?Why not make some spiritual new year’s resolutions; for example… 

1. Take time for daily reflection 

Take time every day to pause and pray; a few minutes in the morning, a few minutes at night, when the Bell rings for the Angelus etc. No matter how busy or tired we are there is ALWAYS time to stop and thank God.

 2. Go back to Sunday Mass

If this is something you have given up on, or have become weak at, resolve to go back to Mass. You are here today, come back next week.

3. Daily Mass

If you have time and it is practicable, go to Mass some days extra during the week. There is Mass in the parish everyday at 10.00am, Monday to Friday at 7.45am, and 9.00am Friday in the Hospital.

4. Head to Confession 

What a better way to celebrate a new year than with a clean soul, if you didn’t before Christmas? Confessions are available every Saturday in the parish, 12.00-1.00 and 3.00-4.00 in the Church or anytime on request. 

5. Adoration

Make time to visit the Blessed Sacrament, either in the Church, or the Chapel in the Hospital. The Blessed Sacrament is God Himself, do not be shy about calling to say hello!

6. Ask a saint to walk the journey with you

Need some special help for the new year? Maybe you’re looking ahead to major life changes, new jobs, or trips. Regardless of what your new year will look like, you don’t have to go at it alone. You’re surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and the saints are an incredible source of help. Pick a patron for your upcoming year and start getting to know them and including them in your daily prayer.

7. Pray the Rosary

Looking for some Heavenly help, protection against temptation? Look no further than the Rosary. Deepen your love for Mary.

8. Take a look at your media 

It can be easy to think that what we consume on social media, television and our phones won’t affect our relationship with the Lord, but we’d be fooling ourselves. This new year, take a good long look at your Netflix queue, Spotify playlists, iTunes podcasts, and the social media accounts you’re following. Do they lead you closer to the Lord? If the answer is “no,” replace them with media choices that inspire you to grow deeper in your relationship with God. Examine what is said in the media, with the eyes of faith. Who speaks for the Gospel, and who speaks against it?