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

3rd Sunday in Ordanary Time ~ 27th 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.


Isaiah’s words and Jesus’ dramatic reading of them, powerfully describe and preview his ministry.  This is crucial to our understanding of Christianity.

The words Jesus read in 30 AD now describe our ministry.  In baptism, all of us were given the responsibility for bringing glad tidings to the poor, liberating captives and freeing the oppressed.  How well are we doing?

One way to measure that is to search our thoughts and attitudes for “isms”.  An “ism” results when we believe certain negative things about a whole group of people.  We treat them as “less than”, withholding from them the respect they deserve as children of God.  “isms” may be defined as a combination of power, prejudice and discrimination.  Racism, ageism, sexism, elitism – these “isms” keep whole groups of people poor, captive and oppressed.  Our baptism requires us to recognise and fight against all of them.

“When have I been able to recognise and reject false portrayals of certain groups of people?”


With God’s strength behind you, His love with you and His arms underneath you, you are more than sufficient for the days ahead of you.


Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

The scene in the synagogue marks the launch of the public ministry of Jesus in Luke. Read the quotation from Isaiah slowly. Reflect on each line carefully. Which of these images captures something of what Jesus and his message has meant for you?

Jesus was filled with the Spirit and sent. He came bursting with a message to communicate. When have you had the experience of being enthused by something in that way? Who have been the people you met who had that kind of enthusiasm?

His message was addressed to those who were poor, oppressed, blind, or captives. Who are these today? In what ways have you been, or are you, among these? How has the message of Jesus been good news for you, freed you, given you new sight, or revealed God’s favour to you?

The message Jesus had was one of liberation and he told his listeners that it was being fulfilled even as they listened. It is being fulfilled even as we hear it now. If this does not resonate with you right now, when has the gospel given you an experience of liberation?

John Byrne osa, Intercom January 2019


‘So that you may know the truth’

There is something about the opening sentences of Luke’s Gospel that grabs one’s attention. He is the only Gospel writer to give us information about his purpose and sources. He writes for Theophilus, whose name in Greek suggests ‘lover of God’. Theophilus may have been a patron of Luke’s, but we can also take this name to mean that Luke writes for all lovers of God, i.e. all of us.

Jesus, ‘as was his custom,’ attends the service at his local synagogue. It is clear that Jesus was a faithful Jew even though he is about to have some serious run-ins with the Jewish religious leaders. This moment is one of the most powerful passages in the New Testament, as Jesus sets out his manifesto for ministry. Reading from Isaiah, Jesus tells the crowd that this passage is being fulfilled as they hear it, his ministry would be one focused on freeing people from various types of oppression. This passage is as relevant in our world today as it was for Jesus’ time: people still await liberation, the oppressed are not free. This is not a passage read in the past: it is very much alive, a vision for all to have as Christians and to work out of. Just as the scriptures are fulfilled in Jesus, they are also fulfilled in each of our lives.

‘Although they heard you, Lord, they failed to listen. They heard only what they wanted to hear. The truth hurt them, you made them feel uncomfortable, and they rejected you … Show us how we may seek your Kingdom and help to bring peace to a troubled world.’Tony Singleton

Jane Mellett, Intercom Jan 2019


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.


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 28     7.45  Marie Lloyd

             10.00  Michael, Mary Ellen & Dan Boland

Tues 29    7.45  John Hannigan & Paddy Coakley

Thurs 31 10.00  Patrick Brennan & Family

Sat 2       10.00  James Sheehan

               6.30  Margaret Nolan, Clonminch, 1st Ann

Sun 3        8.30  Terry Fahy

              10.00  Liz Martin

Durrow Sun 3:Donal & Patsy Ward; Anne Bracken & Family; Thomas Sullivan & Family, Ballybought; Johnny Gorman & Giovanna Rosa Panza; Michael O’Carra


We offer our sympathy to the family of Patrick Longworth.


Welcome to God’s Family Riley Thomas Hammond who was baptised recently. 


Tullamore €3587; Durrow €474; Envelopes €2574

Thank you for your continued support



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: Thurs 5-6pm; Fri 4-5pm, Sun 9-10pm, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

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

TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB:  Meeting Wed 30, 8pm,Charleville Centre.Speaker, Tommy Moore ex Japanese Gardens. Contact Eileen 0871375125.

OFFALY HISTORY AGM & LECTURE:Mon 28, Offaly History Centre – AGM 7.30pm; Lecture 8.30pm, Kevin Corrigan on ‘The story of the Tullamore Harriers Club, 1953-2018’.

CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE SAT 27 APR:  Accommodation wanted for cyclists.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION MORNING AT PARENTS FIRST –a befriending service for young families - Tues 29, 10–11am, St Mary’s Youth Centre, Harbour St.  You can make a huge difference in a family’s life.

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

DAY OF PRAYERSt. John's Rest Centre, Knock Shrine, Sat 2,10am-5pm.Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Talks.  Bus from Parochial House, 7.30am.Ph Kay 0857114205 or Sadie  085 7223542.

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

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

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

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph0579353177/9353441, email: info@ballycommonttc.comLotto results 21/1 2,9,15,19“ALL SHOOK UP” presented by Birr Stage Guild, Thurs 31-Sat 2, Marian Hall, Birr.  Booking at www.birrtheatre.com or 057 9122911, Mon-Fri 1– 5pm.