17 October 2018


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

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 23rd September 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

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 disciples often did not understand what Jesus was talking about. The Gospel this weekend is a great example of this. If they did not understand Him, why didn’t they ask Him to explain? Were they afraid of facing up to the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection, or were they just going to ignore it and hope it would never happen?

Instead, they began to argue among themselves about which of them was the greatest. The disciples never cease to amaze us. Perhaps there is hope for us yet? However, Jesus put them right by pointing out that true greatness does not come from having power or influence over people, but consists in humble service to others.

We too, can change our way of life by putting aside our selfish ambitions and putting others first. All our gifts are from God and He wants us to use them in the service of others down to the smallest child. To be followers of Him, we must radically change our whole way of thinking. 


The Do This in Memory Masses begin: 

Saturday September 29th at 6.30pm Vigil Mass for St. Joseph’s. 

Sunday September 30th at 10.00am Mass for Ballinamere and Gaelscoil.

Sunday September 30th at 11.30am Mass for Scoil Bhride, Scoil Mhuire and Parish School.

Sunday September 30th at 11.30 Mass in Durrow Church for Durrow School.


Liturgy Meeting Wednesday, September 26th at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.


J Unit Youth Group returns Friday 28th September in the Parish Centre 7.00pm- 8.15 p.m. 3rd to 6th Class students. Get to hang out with friends and make new ones. For more info contact Annette @ 086 0583809

Get Involved. Make a difference in your community. J.P.P.C returns Monday 24th September. Meeting upstairs in The Coffee Club, Harbour Street, 4-5pm. Open to all secondary school students. Further info email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


This being a special year, “THE YEAR OF THE FAMILY”, a renewal programme for couples is being seen as a vital part of family life. The strength and stability of a family begins with the strength and stability of the parents or of the couple. To help couples build and strengthen their relationship, a programme called Marriage Enrichment or Marriage Encounter is taking place at different venues around the Country. This is a weekend program beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon.

The next scheduled weekend will be held at Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry, beginning Friday Evening, October 5th to Sunday afternoon October 7th, 2018.

If you are interested, an Application Form is available in the Parish Centre. Leave your name and contact number into the Parish Centre and Fr. Kevin will call you.

Don’t be afraid to give this weekend a try, you won’t regret it.


Getting involved in your Parish can be a very enjoyable experience! There are lots of different ways to participate and make a difference. 

Volunteering weekend of 29th/30th September will give you the opportunity to find out more and put your name forward to play a part in your Parish.


‘At times we see an obsession with denying any pre-eminence to the human person; more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the dignity which all human beings share in equal measure … It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted … Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.’

Pope Francis, Intercom 2018


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 20th Oct, Sat 27th Oct, Sun 4th Nov & Sat 17th Nov in Tullamore & Sun 11th Nov in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 17th Oct.

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 24      7.45  Joe O’Brien, Daingean Rd 

               10.00  Fortunato & Pace Macari

Tues 25   10.00  Michael Martin, Clara Rd

Fri 28      10.00  Gerry Keeley

Sat 29      10.00  Patrick & Marcella Horan, Arden Rd

                 6.30  Michael Rattigan, Mon Mem

Sun 30       8.30  Andrew Leavy, Ballydaly 

               10.00  Michael, baby Patrick and McDonald Family, Ballycowan

               11.30  Michael O’Brien, Mon Mem

                 1.00  Niall O’Sullivan, Ballykilmurray,Mon Mem

Durrow, Sun 30, 11.30am: Una Hanlon, Mon Mem


Welcome to God’s Family Tom Francis Reilly  who was baptised recently.


We offer our sympathy to the families of Laurie Mc Cabe. 


Tullamore €3226; Durrow €214; Envelopes €2390;

The Durrow Cemetery Committee would like to thank all who contributed for the weekend of Durrow Cemetery Sunday. Amount Donated €4180.52

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Tues 6-7am, or any other hour? An invitation is extended to all Adorers, family & friends to attend our Anniversary Mass, celebrated in thanksgiving for 24yrs of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in our Parish, Tues 25, 7pm, Day Chapel, Church of the Assumption. Any outstanding enrollment cards may be left into the Sacristy or Ph: 0851162668.

EXPERIENCE GENTLE DANCES/MOVEMENTS FOR MEDITATION & WELLBEING: Wed 26, 7.15-8.45pm, Parish Centre. Donation of €5 towards Parish Funds.

ALPHA PROGRAMME continues Thursdays, 7.30pm, Parish Centre. For more details ph Tony 086 1901693.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT PARENTS FIRST Would you be interested in Volunteering with Parents First for 1 -2 hours each week? Please ph Dolores or Rhona: 0579322996/0861959221.

TULLAMORE GARDENING CLUB meeting Wed 26, 8pm, Charleville Community Centre. Talk by RHS Gardening experts John Curran and James McConnell. Non members welcome.

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB OPEN Meeting Wed 26, 8pm Court Hotel. Speaker John Dolan, President, Inland Waterways Association, Ireland. Please note change of venue. All welcome. €5 Non Members.

ENHANCING EQUALITY OFFALY (EEO) are supporting the Disability Federation’s Make Way Day, Wed 26, 10:30-1pm, Tullamore Library. Further info ph Caroline: 0876028801 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE STOMA SUPPORT GROUP meeting Tues 25, 6.30-8.30pm, Dóchas Offaly Cancer Support Group Centre. Please contact Anne:  086 3074846.  All are welcome.

MEALS ON WHEELS TULLAMORE AGM Tues 2 Oct, Hugh Lynch's, 8pm. All Welcome.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sun 7 Oct, Bus leaving Parochial House 9.30am, returning from Knock 5.45pm. Contact P.J: 0876386270.

FREE COMPUTER TRAINING FOR FARMERS: offered by Irish Rural Link, for 4weeks, Tullamore Library, Wed 26, 2.30pm-5pm. To book a place call Irish Rural Link: 0906482744.

FREE DIGITAL SKILL CLASSES ON HOW TO GET ONLINE: Tullamore Library 1-22 Oct & 5 Nov, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm. To book Ph: 9346832 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BALLYCOMMON TTC wide range of courses available.  Details from 0579353177/53441. B.O.L.D Lotto Results 17/09/2018: 1, 2, 6, 20.  Bonus: 3.

ST.PIO’S FEAST DAY MASS & the Jubilee year of the Saint, celebrated by Bishop Nulty, St. Mary’s, Edenderry Mon 24, 7.30pm. St. Pio’s glove available after mass to anyone wishing. All Welcome.

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