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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

2nd Sunday in Ordanary Time ~ 20th 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    

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.


“DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU”

Today, in the Gospel, we get a marvellous model as to how we should act when helping others.  St Paul reinforces this when he enumerates the many different gifts that each of us has been given to use in a constructive and unselfish manner.  Mary’s behaviour and manner at the wedding feast gives us a perfect illustration of how we should conduct ourselves.  She is central to the narrative, full of empathy and very aware of the happiness of the newly-wed couple.  And, in what seems a very trivial situation, Jesus performs a miracle after his mother intercedes.

Today, as we celebrate World Day of Migrants and Refugees, let us remember the enormous divisions and inequalities in society both locally and globally.  The gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” can be so great that we can feel frustrated and helpless.  However, let us not despair.  Rather let us take hope from Mary and her role at Cana and take heart from the truth offered by St Paul, that the Spirit of God is gifted to each of us in a variety of forms and our call is to use these gifts and talents quietly for the good of all humanity.


WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

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

This year the Christian Unity Prayer Service will take place in the Church of the Assumption today, Sunday 20th at 5.00pm.  All are welcome.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

John 2:1-11

The story is a story of abundance, the abundance of the blessings God gives us.  How have you been aware of the abundance of God’s blessings?  Let the memories lead you to prayer of thanks and praise for the times in your life when that joy and fulfilment have been very real to you.

John uses a number of images (marriage, wine, feast, etc.) to symbolise the abundance of God’s love.  Do you have a favourite image, or metaphor, that reminds you of the abundance of God’s love and blessings?

The hour of Jesus had not yet come when the glory of God would be fully revealed.  Even so, something of the glory of God was revealed in the sign that took place.  For us, also, the revelation of the full glory of God lies in the future, but we do get glimpses along the way. Recall some of the signs that have revealed to you something of the glory of God, e.g., nature, art, friendship, etc.

Mary/Jesus. It is interesting to note that despite the apparent rebuff, Mary is the first person in the narrative to show (at the level of the action of the story) that the correct response to the presence of Jesus is to trust in him. When have you trusted in the word of Jesus like that? What relationships do you have that you can trust like that? Do you recall times when your trust was rewarded even when you had initially been disappointed?
John Byrne osa, Intercom January 2019


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 23rd Feb, Sun 3rd & Sat 16th Mar in Tullamore & Sun 10th Mar in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Feb.  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

Tues 22    7.45  James Jennette

Wed 23  10.00  Rosaleen Robinson

Sat 26      6.30  Philip Lowry,1st Ann & Mary Lowry
           
             Veronica Lambe, 1st Ann

Sun 27     8.30 Jack Douglas

               10.00  Joan McLoughlin

              
11.30  Liam Duffy, Moylena, Mon Mem
 

       1.00  Marcus Byrne, Puttaghaun, Mon Mem

Shared Mass
Sat 26, 10am:
 Ann, Frank & Agnes Dunne; Terry Hilliard; Sr Carmel McDonagh; John O’Toole; Paddy & Eileen Feery; Joey & Billy Kelly; Joseph & Mary Ann Feery & Family; William Walsh; Tom Kelly; Paddy & Annie Pidgeon; Barney & Peg Murray; Michael, Annie & Nancy Feery; Mary Murray; Francis Gorman; Nora, Peter & daughter Mary Daly; Marie McIntyre; Joe & Mary Marrinan & O’Donoghue Family; Stephen, John & Harry Lowbridge & Family; Mark Heffernan; Gladys, Kevin & Maura Adams; Frances Keoghan; Maddie Carty & Family; Anthony & Chris Burke; Des & Esther Galvin; Jason McDonagh; Mathew & Catherine Reid; Eugene & Patricia Pidgeon;

(When booking Masses, please ensure that you have not included your loved ones already.)

Durrow Sun 27:  Brenda Quinn, 1st Ann


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Emer Eve Mannion & Kayla Kelly Mooney who were baptised recently.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Martin Igoe, Peter Scully, Helen Salata nee Kane & Dr Glynn Coe.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3604; Durrow €251; Envelopes €2420

Thank you for your continued support


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


PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF CHILDREN RECEIVING FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION
Parents/Guardians of all children receiving the Sacraments this year are invited to an evening of prayer and reflection on Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Catholic Schools Week takes place throughout the world every January.  It acknowledges  the great contribution of our schools to the mission of the Church.  We sincerely thank the teachers, staff and management of our parish schools.  The school, the home and the parish combine together in forming our young Christians.  To celebrate the week, the senior pupils of the urban primary schools join together for Mass on Monday at 11.30am.  (Balliamere and Durrow will mark the week locally.)  


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

MEDJUGORJE JULY 2019 – PARISH PILGRIMAGE: 23rd July for 7 nights.  Half board €719pps.  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.

FRIENDS OF MIDLAND HOSPITAL TULLAMORE –
The committee sincerely thank all for their generous contribution to church gate collection held Christmas Day.  Total collected €6489.62 (Tullamore €6489.62; Durrow €733.32).

IRISH MOTOR NEURON DISEASE ASSOC
thank all who supported recent church gate collection.

EXPERIENCE GENTLE DANCES/MOVEMENT FOR MEDITATION & WELL BEING
Thurs 24, Parish Centre, 7.15-8.45pm.  Donation €5 towards parish funds.

READY: 
Dinner & Dance, Sun 27, No 1 William St, 7.30pm.  All welcome.  To book ph 9341235.

TULLAMORE CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
now in Parish Centre, Wednesdays, 7.45-9pm.  All welcome.

INFORMATION EVENING ON MEDJUGORGE
Tues 29, 8pm, Bridge House.  Meet Marian Pilgrimage Guides & hear people’s experiences.  All welcome.  Details from Paul 0878375407.

YOUTH 2000 PRAYER MEETINGS:  
Fun, friends & faith for 18-35 olds – prayer group Thurs, 6.45-7.45pm, Parish Centre.  Details from Taylor 0877851086, Maria 0862414457.

KILLINA PRESENTATION SS: 
Hosting a careers convention, Thurs 31, 7-8.30pm - various colleges and careers options on the night.   Interested parents and students are most welcome.

SOSAD –
free confidential counselling service – depression, suicide.  Ph 0579346704; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

AA: 
Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1pm; Sun 12noon.

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