23 April 2018


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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Divine Mercy Sunday ~ 8th April 2018

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.


Are we one of those people who never take anyone’s word for anything, who always wants proof, a guarantee that he/she is hearing the truth? Their continued reaction is always doubt. Are we like the apostle Thomas then, who would not accept the word of his brothers that Jesus had in fact risen from the dead, unless he saw for himself.

All that happened during Holy Week on the Hill of Calvary had crushed Thomas’ dream of a lifetime and left him a deeply wounded and angry man. He had hit ‘rock bottom’.

The account of Thomas is consoling because our path to faith in the Lord is often a slow walk through times of doubt and hesitation. Like him we can get angry and our faith could be shattered by the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, a broken marriage or a person who has let us down. Thomas represents all of us who are unsure of our belief. His doubts are in all of us.

Jesus understands our time of crisis and despair and makes our faith twice as strong like Thomas, as he acknowledged him risen from the dead. We can also with deep conviction “My Lord and My God”.


The Rosary for life is offered every Monday evening at 6.30pm for the preservation of the 8th Amendment. Please join your prayers with this intention.


The Parish Team would like to thank everyone who helped with the Dawn Mass. We especially thank O'Donoghue's Bakery & Tullamore Meats who supplied breakfast, Flanagan Properties, Phil O'Reilly and Printplus.

Thank you also to An Garda Siochana for their assistance during the "Walk of Witness" on Good Friday night.


JOHN 20:19-31

‘Peace be with you’ was the greeting of Jesus on meeting his frightened apostles. Who has come to you bringing peace at times when you were frightened? For whom have you been an agent of peace?

Thomas, doubting and questioning, is possibly a person with whom we can identify. What part have doubting and questioning played on your faith journey? How has your faith been strengthened by such moments?

Note the way Jesus dealt with Thomas. He did not give out because he doubted. He took him where he was and led him along to see the truth of his resurrection. Who has been that kind of teacher for you, gently taking you where you were and leading you on to a deeper knowledge of some truth about life? For whom have you been that kind of teacher?

‘Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believed.’ That requires great trust. Perhaps you have had the experience of being trusted without having had to prove every step along the way. What was it like to be trusted in that way? Who have you been able to trust in a similar manner? 

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom April 2018)


We do not come through suffering and difficult times unscarred. We are changed by them. Often they bring some sort of growth into our lives and that is usually not a pleasant experience.

Today’s gospel shows us that even in those difficult times, faith can be transformative. Jesus came and stood amongst the disciples even though the doors were firmly closed. The peace that he gives them (shalom) is a peace of body, of mind and of spirit; it moves the disciples from despair and being ‘locked away’ to ‘rejoicing’. Jesus then asks the disciples to be an undending witness to God’s love. They, and we, must be for others what Jesus has been for them. The risen Jesus is active in all our lives and in the world around us, but we must be careful not to close ourselves off or let fear take over. This is not easy as we often meet cynicism and doubt. Yet, John tells us that he writes these things so that we may come to believe and have life; reminding us of the imprtance of the Word of God for our lives. Through the Word we come to know Jesus more deeply and can experience this peace that he offers us.

‘For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them.’                                       Shane Claiborne

(Intercom, April 2018)


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 28th Apr & Sun 06th May in Tullamore & Sun 13th May in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 18th Apr.

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 09    10.00  Eddie Martin

Tues 10     7.45 Thomas & Elizabeth Mooney

              10.00  Christopher O’Brien, Castlebarna, Daingean

Wed 11     7.45  Patrick & Isabelle Doherty, Harbour St

              10.00  Margaret James 

Thurs 12 10.00  Mary Nevin

Fri 13     10.00  Marie & Timothy Carey

Sat 14      6.30  Ethna Keely, 1st Ann

                       Kathleen Doyle, Mon Mem

Sun 15     8.30  Lizzie Dunne

            10.00 Joseph Bryant

             11.30 Jim Doody, Mon Mem

Shared Mass, Sat 14, 10am: Mannion Family, McMahon Family, Jimmy & Kathleen Lynch & daughter Sandra, Paddy Mannion, Matthew & Rita Flanagan; Tom Feehan & Family; John & Mary Robbins & Family; Babies Michael & Dora Maher; Joseph Buckley; Bernard, Angela & Edward Caulfield; John & Kathleen Hayes; Hogan Family; Ann & Johnny Johnston; Angela & John O’Sullivan; Rory McEvoy; Julia Keoghan; Christy & Nancy Flanagan; Michael Flavin; Dan & Eileen Kelly & Shaughnessy Family & Mary Ellen Iverson nee Kelly; Stephen & John Lynam & Family & Prendergast Family; Bridie & Dick Loughman; Michael Duffy; Patsy Gorman, Davis Family, Bridgie & Joe Kirwan; Kathleen & Christopher Dwyer; Patrick & Catherine Sullivan; John & Maureen Maloney; Pat Jennings & Jennings Family; Joseph & Kathleen Keegan; Susan & Cletus Hensey; Mavis, Michael & Dora Maher; Kevin O’Toole; Moss & Nan Buckley; Laurence & Elizabeth Lynam & Family; Christopher, Anastasia, Chris & Mary Maybury McGowan; Joseph & Brigid Coyne, daughter Eileen, Son Stephen, daughter in-law Winnie & son in-law Tom Conroy; Timothy, Rosetta, Rosetta Jnr & Edward Molloy; Nicholas Molloy; John & Betty Thomas; Patrick & Brigid Mealiffe & Betty Smith; Elizabeth Aylmer.  


We offer our sympathy to the families of Kathleen O’Neill & Carthage Grennan.


Welcome to God’s Family Aoife Paznikova, Dara Brendan Grimes, Alyssa Chelsea Ademosu, Elsie Máirín Garry & Lauren Rose Corcoran who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €4684; Durrow €266;

Envelopes €2330; Dawn Mass €722

Thank you for your continued support

Please could you return Trócaire boxes. Trócaire boxes can be left into the Parish Centre



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Sun 2-3am, Tues 2-3am, 3-4am, Wed 10-11am or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668.

LEGION OF MARY PUBLIC ROSARY: Fri 13, Alfie Lambe’s House, Arden Rd. 8.15pm. All Welcome.

LITURGY MEETING: Wed 11, 6.30pm. Parish Centre.

AGM OF THE OFFALY BRANCH OF THE IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION: Tues 10, 8pm Day Care Centre, Arden Rd. All members welcome.

TULLAMORE CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP “Life in the Spirit” seminars, every Wed 7.45pm, Day Chapel. All welcome.

MEALS ON WHEELS urgently require drivers to deliver meals in the town area. If interested ph:  Tadhg 9341377, Pat 9352602, Maureen 9341159, Beth 9321697, Harriet 0876906770. 

LAOIS & OFFALY ETB Skills for Work courses start mid April in Basic Computers, Spreadsheets & Culinary Operations for those who are employed/ self-employed & looking to update their skills. Courses are free to eligible participants. Contact Regina Duane 0871777879.

ARK OF DIVINE OUR MERCY Cluain Ciaran Clonmacnois, Sun 8, 1.30pm. Celebrant Fr Luke. All are Most Welcome. Ph: Kathleen /Paul 0877828283; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

GATHERING FOR RETURNED VOLUNTEERS & LAY/RELIGIOUS MISSIONARIES: Meeting at Dalgan Park, outside Navan, 7.30pm, Wed 11.  All welcome.  For more info: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone/text 0838422468. 

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