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

7th Sunday in Ordanary Time ~ 24th 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    


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.


“Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do your holy will.”

The ‘Prayer for Generosity’, which many of us learned as children, is associated with St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, yet it is unclear whether he actually composed it. One of the earliest references to it comes from 1910, when it began to be used as a prayer for the French scouting movement. To this day it is often known as ‘The Scout Prayer’ and is used by many Scout groups as a blueprint for the work they do.

The prayer perfectly sums up the generous spirit of the many volunteer organisations and charities whose members give their time and energy so freely and generously to help others. There are thousands of volunteers all over our country who put love into action by visiting those who are lonely, listening to those who are struggling, providing food and other supplies for those in need, and fundraising for all sorts of worthy causes. Week in and week out, they give without ever counting the cost.

These volunteers are living the message of today’s Gospel, which can be summed up in one short sentence: Go the extra mile. Thank you, Lord, for volunteers. Make us ever more generous with our time, energy and resources. Help us to be compassionate, as you are compassionate.

- Tríona Doherty, Intercom February 2019


This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place in the Presbyterian Church, High St on Friday 1st March at 8.00pm. All are welcome.


Readers are needed for the 7.30pm Evening Masses during Lent, commencing Wednesday 6th March. Please leave your name in the Sacristy.


A series of talks on Reading the Bible will be held on a weekly basis during the Season of Lent.

The venue will be the Parish Centre, and the time will be after 10.00am Mass each Tuesday of Lent.

If you are interested in attending, please leave your name in the Sacristy after Mass, or at Reception in the Parish Centre.


Following on from the Longest Night event in December, each Friday during Lent the parish will focus on the sad reality of  suicide and the challenges to our mental health.

At the 7.30pm Mass, for the season, there will be an inspirational speaker who will share their personal experience in this area.

The theme FOOTPRINTS comes from the popular reflection that reminds us that Christ carries us in our darkest moments, and that as a community we share in caring for one another. More details in the coming weeks.


Faithcast is the weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news from the Catholic Church in Ireland.  

In episode 33 of Faithcast, we have a special focus on this week’s Vatican meeting on the protection of minors. 

Ahead of his departure for this week’s special meeting on the protection of minors in the Catholic Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin has offered a message to survivors and victims of abuse.  As part of his preparations for this week’s Vatican meeting, Archbishop Eamon has engaged in numerous face to face consultations and discussions with survivors of abuse across the four provinces of Ireland. He has also received feedback in writing from survivors and from the lay faithful.  

Archbishop Eamon has shared an audio recording of his message to survivors of abuse on this week’s Faithcast. 

The faith news this week features the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of abuse and the candle of atonement initiative; Pope Francis' prayer request for this week's meeting on the protection of minors; and, an iCatholic.ie special series related to the special meeting on child safeguarding in Rome this week. 

Click here for this week’s episode https://audioboom.com/posts/7179060-faithcast-podcast-episode-33

You can have this podcast delivered directly to your smartphone by subscribing to the RSS feed or to the iTunes link on the following page https://audioboom.com/channels/4929766.rss


The next available Baptism dates Sat 23rd Mar & Sun 7th Aprin Tullamore & Sun 14th Apr in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Mar.

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 25      7.45  John & Annemarie Nolan

              10.00  Albert Scott

Tues 26   10.00  Mary & Margaret Gallagher, Meelaghans

Wed 27    10.00  James & Roseanne Hogan & Family,  Clontarf Rd

                         Jim & Ita Jacob & Teresa Mahon, Kilkenny

Thurs 28    7.45  Carmel & Brendan Twomey

              10.00  Sean Kirwan, Cappincur

Sat 2        10.00  Kitty Flanagan, New Rd

                6.30  Roy Lane, 1st Ann

Sun 3         8.30  Denis Galvin

               10.00  Kieran Egan, O’Molloy St

               11.30  Marie Garry, Limefield, Mon Mem

                 1.00  John McCarthy, Clonminch Rd, 1st Ann

Durrow Sun 3, 11.30am:  Richie, Mary, John & Nellie Wallace & Family; Tom Mealiffe & Family; Sean & Molly Waters & Tommy & Jack Finlay.


We offer our sympathy to the families of Seamus Daly & Tríona Hume.


Welcome to God’s Family Hanna Kaczmarek, Emily Cathrine Martin, Jack Michael Kelly & Aurelia Szkutnik who werebaptised recently. 


Tullamore €3665; Durrow €173; Envelopes €3145

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, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

HOLY HOURS FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE Thurs 28, 6.30-7.30pm, Day Chapel.  All are welcome.

1ST FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO THE UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY Fri 1.  Mass 7pm, Day Chapel followed by prayers in Parish Centre.  All are welcome.

TULLAMORE GARDENING CLUB:  Meeting Wed 27, 8pm,Charleville Centre. Speaker: John Smyth, Belvedere House. Contact Eileen 0871375125.

FRIENDS OF CHERNOBYL CHILDREN TULLAMORE: AGM, Wed 27, 8pm, Court Hotel.  All are welcome.

READY:  Dinner & Dance, Sun 3, Maunsells, 7.30pm.  All are welcome.  Booking at 9341235.

75TH ANNIVERSARY OFFALY MACRA:  Dinner Dance, 9 Mar, Bridge House.  Details & info from Martina 085 1650746 or Deirdre 0879537023.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BRUNCH, Bridge House, Fri 1 Mar, 12.45-2pm.This is a free event, places limited booking essential.  Contact Anne on 0579351796 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GLAMOROUS BUTTONS & BOWS: Fundraiser for DóchasOffaly Cancer Support Group, Sun 3 Mar, Court Hotel 12-5pm.

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

GROW: Lonely, isolated or suffering from stress, join us Wed, 11am, Tullamore Library.  Contact Assumpta 086 811 4135.

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

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 9-14 September 2019. Bookings can be made with Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2. Tel 01-6359300. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE  Ph 0579353177/9353441, email: info@ballycommonttc.comLotto results 18/29,15,21,28. Bonus 14.

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA 8-16 SEPT:  Spiritual Director Fr Tony Gavin PP Tubber.  Details & booking to Fr Tony Gavin 087413627 or Mrs Anna Condron 0906482228.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS, St Brigid's Parish Centre Clara, commencing Thurs 28, 8pm.  All welcome.