19 September 2017


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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27th August 2017 

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
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.


Imagine if Jesus asked this question of each of us today. How would we respond? Jesus addressed the question originally to a gathering that knew Him, had seen Him at work, had heard Him speak out on social issues of the day, had seen him care for the sick and who showed great compassion and love for those in need. Without doubt on that day his audience was more than capable of expressing an opinion.

Peter’s instantaneous response was surely an act of true and genuine faith in both Jesus the man and His message. But, like today not all those present had the same enthusiasm or faith of Peter. Also, the early Church that Peter tended bears little or no resemblance to the Church of today.

The present audience is sceptical, more critical, more demanding and asks more questions of the Church. For many their faith is more like a gift or talent that was inherited at baptism and has neither been cherished nor nurtured in subsequent years. Consequently, the commitment and participation is often on an “ad hoc” basis while seeking all the benefits at the same time.

Jesus and his message was and still is at the very heart of the Church. Both Peter and Pope Francis were and are dependent on those who believe in and try to live out their commitment to Jesus and His message on a daily basis. Pope Francis the present successor of Peter, like Jesus, is regarded as a kind, caring and compassionate man. He is the voice of the poor, the hungry and the marginalised. His effectiveness, legacy and leadership depend on us and how we respond to the question “who do you say that I am?” Is our faith just a label or a lifetime commitment?


Family Mass Choir practices re-commence Thurs 7th September in Parish Centre at 6.00-6.45pm.


Coming to the incident in Matthew’s Gospel for this Sunday, Peter had witnessed Jesus extend His mercy to the Canaanite woman and her possessed daughter, had witnessed many other merciful cures, had witnessed bread multiplied for thousands of hungry. He had also witnessed the Pharisees and Sadducees demand a sign from heaven that Jesus had authority, because they wanted other, or different, signs than these merciful ones.

Peter hears Jesus ask who people say He is- what conclusions they are reaching. The disciples quote those who call Jesus a great prophet; they leave unsaid the Pharisees’ names of “fraud” and “trickster.” Peter, though, sees the sign from heaven showing that God has sent His Messiah as mercy, healing, and feeding of people. He speaks in his inspiration to Jesus, naming Him the Christ and Son of God.

Next week we’ll hear Peter misunderstand how central suffering and mercy are to the Messiah and His salvation, but we know that Peter ultimately gets it right for himself and for the Church he leads: from crosses, through the Messiah’s mercy, come resurrections, the ultimate healing. We follow Peter in proclaiming this saving message to our own times.

(Reflection by Norman Allred)


MATTHEW 16:13-20

This marks a turning point in the life of Jesus and of the disciples. It is the first time that his disciples recognise him as the Messiah. Recall turning points in your own life when you came to some deeper understanding of who Jesus is. 

‘Who do you say that I am?’ This is possibly the most important question that Jesus puts to us. In your heart of hearts, how do you answer this question?

Jesus praises Peter for his faith and comments that this was not his own doing but a gift of God. Perhaps there have been times when you have been more than usually conscious that faith is a gift. Be thankful for the gift you have received.

These are troubled times for the Church and the promise of Jesus that ‘the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it’ are an encouragement. What helps you to draw strength from this promise of Jesus? What signs of hope do you see in the Church today? 

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom)


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 23rd Sept & Sun 01st Oct in Tullamore and Sun 8th Oct in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Sept.

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 counseling.


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


Mon 28       7.45  Keenahan Family

                10.00  Mary McCormack

Tues 29      7.45  Percy & Brigid McCabe

                10.00  Patrick Rattigan, Arden View

Wed 30       7.45  William & Maud Delahunty 

                10.00  Audrey Hayes, Mapel Grove, Mon Mem

Thurs 31     7.45  Patrick Daly, Church St

Sat 02       10.00  Orlagh Spain

                  6.30  Kathleen Bracken, 1st Ann    

Sun 03        8.30  William Bell, Hophill

                10.00  John Clifford, Daingean Rd

                11.30  James O’Connor, 1st Ann

                  1.00  Robert Waldie, 1st Ann

Durrow, Shared Mass, Sept 3rd: Feehan Family; John & Elizabeth Roe; Joseph & Brian Bermingham; Michael & Agnes Wyer; Noirín & Noel Gowran; Laura Dillon, Dave & Fr. Arthur Waters; Edel Duignan.


We offer our sympathy to the families of Mick O’Grady, Mary Ellen O’Brien & Julia Healion.


Welcome to God’s family Anna Marie Pia Murphy, Adam Niall Byrne, Alfie Thomas Scally, Gary Martin McDonagh, Patrick Francis Kavanagh & Emmie-Bridget Josephine McDonagh who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €2167; Durrow €107

Envelopes €1560

Cemetery €7289.36

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit one hour with the Lord, most urgent, Wed 5-6pm, Thurs 12-1pm, Fri 12-1pm, 3-4pm, 5-6pm or any hour? Ph: 085-1162668.

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

HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE: Thurs 31st, 6.30pm, Day Chapel. All welcome.

CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING: Every Wed night 7.45pm, Presbyterian Church, High Street. All Welcome.

RIADA HOUSE: Comfort fund annual Flag Days take place 1st & 2nd Sept. Please Support.

TARA ACTIVE RETIREMENT: “Autumn” holiday to Ostan Loch Altan, Gortahork, Co. Donegal, Oct 2nd-7th. Further info contact: Benny 0872146172/0579351295. TARA meet every Tues, 2.30-4.30, Charleville Centre, Church Rd.

READY: Dinner & dance, Maunsells, Sun 27, 7.30pm. To book ph: 9341235.

MOJO: Mental health and wellbeing group programme for men, 18 yrs or older who are distressed and/ or experiencing employment related issues. New programme starts on the 6th and 7th of Sept, Offaly Local Development Programme, Main Street. For further info log on to mojo.ngo or contact Caroline on 087-6028801. 

BOLANDS LOCKHOUSE: Open to the public until Aug 31st. 12-4pm or by appointment. Contact Mick: 0861946991.

ARK OF DIVINE MERCY ATHLONE: will host the 1st Sat in honour of our Lady of Fatima in Church of the Holy Family Tubber, Sat 2nd of Sept, starting at 2.00pm with a procession. All are welcome. Info  from Kathleen O'Connor or Paul Woods on 087 7828283.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop In Centre, Offaly St, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm.  Phone 9328268.

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

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

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.

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