18 July 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 Baptism of the Lord ~ 13th 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

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.


Directly after Jesus’ baptism by John and the Father’s affirmation that “You are my beloved Son”, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert and there He is tempted to doubt the very message He has just received – Satan’s best ploy – which put an IF before the affirmation.

We ourselves can have “flashes of light” when in some way we really experience God’s Presence, even if usually these glimpses vanish almost as soon as we see them!  We walk by faith, not by sight.  Then, when beset by doubts and maybe not able to see the road ahead, an old poem has this sound advice; “put your hand in the Hand of God.  That will be better than a light and safer than a known way”.

It takes trust on our part to allow another to take us by the hand and lead us, we know not where.  We will only do it with someone we know and trust.  Prayer – talking and listening to Jesus – is the best way to know Him and if at times we are stuck for words, there is always the prayer that, when asked, Jesus taught his disciples for their sake and for ours too, “Our Father…”


The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from 18-25 on the theme ‘Justice and justice only you shall pursue’. 

Resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were produced by Christians from Indonesia, the largest country in South East Asia, made up of more than 17,000 islands, 1,340 different ethnic groups and over 740 local languages, united by one national language Bahasa Indonesia. With some 86% of its 260 million people estimated to be Muslim, it has the largest Islamic population of any country. About 10% of Indonesians are Christian. Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in ‘solidarity and by collaboration’, regarding all Indonesians as brothers and sisters.

The Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…'(see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation. 


Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were searching and John pointed them in the direction of Jesus.  On your life’s journey who have been the John the Baptist people for you, people who have pointed you in the right direction?

The Baptism of Jesus was a very special moment for him that affirmed him in his identity as Son of God and in his mission. Recall the experiences that affirmed you – either in your sense of who you are, or in relation to the direction you were taking in life.

The Baptism of Jesus marks a transition point in his life, and the start of his public ministry.  Recall the transition points in your own life.  Where did you see the grace of God at work in those times?

This experience of Jesus occurred when he was at prayer.  What part has prayer played in opening you to being aware of God in your life?  What part has prayer played in helping you through a transition point in your life?

John Byrne osa


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 17th, Sat 26th Jan & Sun 3rd Feb  in Tullamore & 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.


Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations & clubs included


Mon 14      7.45       Michael Weir

       10.00      Kathleen Claffey

Tues 15      7.45     Marcella Martin

                10.00     Patrick Clarke

Wed 16 10.00     Patrick A Wrafter

Thurs 17 10.00     Bridie Cullen, 1st Ann

Fri 18 10.00     Thomas McDonagh

Sat 19 10.00     Hugh Lynch

          6.30     Patrick Lowbridge, Mon Mem.     Sean Tierney, 1st Ann.

Sun 20   8.30    James, Kathleen & Joseph Kelly, 95 O’Molloy St

         10.00    Patrick Smyth, Rahan Rd

                 11.30    Terry Morgan, Pearse Park, Mon Mem      Peadar Devine, Tara Crescent, Mon Mem.

                   1.00    Alfie Lambe


Welcome to God’s Family Orlaith Mauriana Mercer, Eddie Vincent McHugh & Tara Teresa Gorry who were baptised recently.


We offer our sympathy to the famiies of Michelle Kavanagh & Chris Cuskelly.


Tullamore €3758; Durrow €305; Envelopes €2850

Thank you for your continued support



LEGION OF MARY COMMEMORATION MASS FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALFIE LAMBE, Servant of God & Legion of Mary Envoy to South America, on Sun 20 at 1.00pm in the Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome. 

ROSARY Sun 13, Alfie Lambe House, Arden Rd, 8.15pm.  All are welcome.

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: Fri 2-3pm, 4-5pm, 5-6pm, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.  Thanks to all for your commitment & dedication during the past year and past 24 years.  May your continued support & generosity bring many blessings to you and your family for 2019.

GROW Community Mental Health Movement: Wednesdays, 11.00am, Town Library, O’Connor Sq.  All welcome. Contact Michelle 086 418 3805. Promoting Positive Mental Health.

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

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

TULLAMORE LIBRARY offer a wide range of classes, courses and events.  For details contact 0579346832 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FREE COMPUTER TRAINING FOR FARMERS organized by Irish Rural Link, Tullamore Library, Thurs 17, 5.30pm-7.30pm. To book a place call Irish Rural Link on 090 6482744.

MOJO - mental health and wellbeing group programme for men, 18 years & over, who are distressed and/or experiencing employment related issues. The next 12 week programme starts 23 Jan, Offaly Local Development Company, Main St.  For details log on to mojo.ngo or contact Caroline, Ph 087-6028801/ email: cbrickland@offalyldc.ieClonmacnois 

PRAYER VIGIL CLUAIN CHIARAIN PRAYER CENTRE Fri 18 and every third Friday.  Mass at 9pm.  Adoration and Prayers follow until 2.10am.  All welcome.  Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763.

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION NATIONAL BAGPACK 14th Feb, Dunnes Stores.  Register to take part 01-6685001, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TULLAMORE PHOENIX MARKET - supporting local charities - Sat 10am-3pm, Kilcruttin, beside Food Market. Ph 0879050910

LOST:  Miraculous gold medal.  If found contact 0861974281