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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

5th Sunday in Ordanary Time ~ 10th February 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.


THE CALL

In today’s readings and Gospel we meet three people – Isaiah, Paul and Simon Peter. All three are ordinary men who have strange experiences in which they meet God. The impact of God on all three was a deeply moral one, resulting in a sense of sin.  Isaiah exclaims, “I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips.”  Paul says, “Since I persecuted the Church of God, I hardly deserve the name apostle”. Simon, in his turn, fell at the knees of Jesus saying, “Leave me Lord; I am a sinful man”.

Yet God called all three of these men to do his work, to spread his word.  Each, in turn, by God’s grace, answered, “Here I am, send me”.  All three went on to preach the word of God to all.  They went on to be fishers of men, spreading the word of God’s love for us, his people.

We, too, unworthy though we are, are called by God.  We, too, are given the grace we need for the mission each of us has been given.  Are we listening to that call, that individual call, and are we taking up our mission?  Are we sharing God’s love with others?  Only the one who loves can know God, for God is love. We pass on our faith in love.


PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS

God our Father may consecrated men and women be a beacon in the darkness, capable of seeing values where others see none and of recognising beauty where others fail to do so.

May they be missionaries who firstly ‘are’ and then ‘do’ and who hope against all hope.

May they enjoy silence in the midst of noise and dare to speak when cowardice would demand silence, always seeking new paths for prophetic proclamation.

May they experience daily the joy and the adventure that flows from giving one’s life for the sake of Jesus and His Gospel.

May the ‘yes’ of Mary, Star of the Sea, continue to inspire and guide us on the pilgrimage of life. Amen.

- Sr M. Louise O’ Rourke, Intercom


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Luke 5:1-11

Jesus invites Peter to put out the net again, and Peter does so though he thinks its pointless.  When have you felt it was pointless to stick with a task, but did so nonethless and been surprised by the results?  We never know when our efforts are going to bear fruit.

‘Push out into the deep.’  The invitation is to go out into unfamiliar waters, where we are not sure what will happen, where we feel uneasy and our safety is not assured.  When have you responded positively to that kind of invitation and got positive results you did not expect?

The story gives us a glimpse of what prepared the disciples to follow Jesus.  They were helped by the compassion and concern of Jesus (who cured Peter’s mother-in-law); attracted by his work and teaching; and witnessed the power of God at work through him.  This led them to ‘leave everything and follow him’.  What has been the story of key decisions or turning points in your life?  Who was Jesus for you in those situations?

John Byrne osa, Intercom February 2019


REFLECTION FOR WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK 11 FEBRUARY

‘The Church’s maternal vocation to the needy and to the sick has found concrete expression throughout the two thousand years of her history in an impressive series of initiatives on behalf of the sick. This history of dedication must not be forgotten.

It continues to the present day throughout the world. In countries where adequate public health care systems exist, the work of Catholic religious congregations and dioceses and their hospitals is aimed not only at providing quality medical care, but also at putting the human person at the centre of the healing process, while carrying out scientific research with full respect for life and for Christian moral values.

In countries where health care systems are inadequate or non-existent, the Church seeks to do what she can to improve health, eliminate infant mortality and combat widespread disease.

The image of the Church as a ‘field hospital’ that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality, for in some parts of the world, missionary and diocesan hospitals are the only institutions providing necessary care to the population.’Pope Francis (Message for 2018)


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.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “If we could spread love as quickly as we spread hate and negativity, what an amazing world we would live in.”


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

Mon 11      7.45  Our Lady’s Mass

Tues 12     7.45  Dan & Mary Fogarty

              10.00  Eileen Scully

Wed 13    10.00  Rosie Condron, 25 Marian Place

Thur 14   10.00  Joseph Anthony Ward

Fri 15        7.45  Michael Joseph Hughes

              10.00  Anthony Heffernan

Sat 16      10.00  Gerry Martin, Daingean Rd

                6.30  Murt Malone, 1st Ann

                        Angela Conlon, 1st Ann & husband Michael

Sun 17       8.30  Frances Martin, Connolly Park

               10.00  Pearse & Kathleen Digan

              11.30  Peter Scully, Mon Mem

                        John O’Grady, 1st Ann

                 1.00  Patrick Longworth, Mon Mem

                        John Hogan, 1st Ann


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Dr Glynn Coe & Mary Masterson.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Izabella Faith Bryan who was baptised recently. 


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3190; Durrow €273; Envelopes €2727

Thank you for your continued support


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


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: Wed 8-9am; Thurs 5-6pm; Fri 4-5pm, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

ST PADRE PIO MASS Tues 12, Church of the Assumption, 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP:  Monthly meeting, Wed 13, Parish Centre, 7.30pm.  New members welcome.

ST PHILOMENA’S NS PARENTS’ ASSOC annual Cake Sale in school, Thurs 14, 9.30am-12.30pm.  All are welcome.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY:  Parishioners in need of helpcan contact us by phone, 0579322072 or 0877557294. 

STOMA SUPPORT GROUP:  Meeting,Tues 12, 6.30-8.30pm,DóchasOffaly Cancer Support Group Centre.  Ph Anne 086 3074846.  All are welcome.

FREE DIGITAL SKILLS CLASSES Town Library, Mon 28 Feb, 11, 18 Mar, 10.30am-1pm or 2-4.30pm.  To book place call/text 0868124073, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

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

ENHANCING EQUALITY OFFALY (EEO) – group comprised of people with disabilities & reps from disability organisations:  Launch 18 Feb, Court Hotel, 9.30am-1pm.  Details from offalyldc.ie, Caroline 0876028801, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph0579353177/9353441, email: info@ballycommonttc.comLotto results 4/24,1,15,16. Bonus 3.

CLONMACNOISE PRAYER VIGIL: Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre,Fri 15, and every third Friday. Mass at 9pm.Adoration and Prayers until 2.10am.  All welcome. Enquiries 085-7746763.