23 April 2019
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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

4th Sunday of Lent ~ 31st March 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 (see changes for Lent)

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 DEPTH OF GOD’S MERCY AND LOVE

As Jesus journeys towards Jerusalem he teaches the crowds of people that turn out to hear Him. Ofcourse He had many critics and dissenting voices along the way. In today’s gospel, Jesus emphaticallyanswers His critics and leaves them in no doubt about the essence of His message. The parable ofthe Prodigal Son is an open invitation to all of us to consider the great and endless depth of God’smercy and love. Our familiarity with the parable could result in missing its tremendously powerfulmessage.

The parable raises many human issues for our reflection. The audacity of the younger son indemanding his inheritance, the unquestionable faith, the love and forgiveness of the father and alsothe anger and jealousy of the older son. After squandering his inheritance, falling on bad times andin a dark and hopeless place, the younger son finds the courage to go home to his father and seekhis forgiveness and reconciliation if possible. His father on seeing his wayward son is overcome withjoy and happiness and spontaneously runs out and greets him with open arms asking no questions.Words like ‘kind’, ‘loving’ and ‘forgiving’ really only begin to describe the immense depth of love andmercy displayed by the father.

We compare this response to that of the older son. He failed to see that his father’s love for him wasin no way diminished by the return of his younger brother. The attitude of the older son reveals avery limited understanding of the depth of his father’s great love for him.

Let us rejoice that God’s great love for us is unconditional and limitless.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Reconciliation Day Friday 12th April.  Confessions all day.

Mass for the Sick Monday 15th April, 2.00pm, Church of the Assumption.

Chrism Mass Wednesday 17thApril, 7.00pm, Cathedral of Christ the King.


LENT 2019

Weekday Masses:  7.30am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.

Evening Prayer for Lentcontinuesevery Sunday at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome.

Talks on Reading of Bible Tuesdays, 10.30am, Parish Centre

Stations of the Cross before 10.00am Mass, Monday-Friday.

Confessions Saturday 12.00-1.00pm and 3.00-4.00pm.


FOOTPRINTS THROUGH LENT

A Journey of hope to Easter

Friday 7.30pm Mass.Suicide is one of the most difficult issues that can affect a family. Many in our community know the horror of receiving this tragic news. Our speaker this week is Kathleen Kilroe. Kathleen's son Jamie died by suicide in October 2018. We are very grateful to her, and her family, for being willing to share her story at Mass. We pray for her, and for Jamie,and encourage everyone to come to hear her story and show our support.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGHTHE LENS OF THE APOSTLES

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Like many a parable, this story makes a point in what seems to be an unfair way: the spendthrift son is rewarded and the elder son is hurt and angry.  Jesus is telling us that both sons failed to recognise the free gift of love offered by their father.  Love is a free gift, not something we earn by our goodness.  When have you experienced this truth in the love you have received from others?  When has the experience of human love prompted you to reflect on God’s love for you?

After some time, the younger son ‘came to himself’ and returned home.  Where and when have you experienced a homecoming after a time of exile and alienation?  What helped you to come to yourself and make that journey home?

The older son resented the welcome given to the younger son after wandering and dissolute life.  This contrasts with the welcome the father gave the younger son.  Perhaps you have experienced these differing attitudes in yourself when people you knew ‘came to themselves’.  How did you move beyond those initial feelings?

John Byrne osa, Intercom March 2019


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates Sun 5th May in Tullamore & Sun 12th May in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 17th April.

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.


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 1    10.00  Clancy Family

Tues 2   10.00  Peg Cunniffe

Wed 3    10.00  Tom Duffy

          7.30pm  Michael & May Moore, Convent Rd

Thurs 4  10.00  Michael Keegan, Callary St

              7.30  Mary Ann Houlihan

Sat 6      10.00  Patrick Tynan

Sun 7       8.30  May Lennon

             10.00  Jack Wyer

             11.30  Johnny Farrell, Mon Mem

               1.00  Kathleen McCarthy, Clonminch Rd, Mon Mem

                        Kathleen O’Neill, 1st Ann & husband Joseph

Durrow Shared Mass Sun 7, 11.30am: David, Margaret & David Jnr Waters & Margaret Kelly; Michael & Margaret Kelly; Michael, Mary & Austin Heagney; Michael Murphy; Joe, Kitty, Joe Jnr, Jim & Vincent Lennon; Fr Arthur Waters; Kathleen Shiels; Tom Mealiffe & Family; Peter & Mary Fox; Patrick & Brigid Mealiffe, James Craven, Elizabeth Quinn & Betty Smyth; Edward & Brigid Cusack; Pat, Tim & Colm Murray; Kathleen & Dan Fox.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Rita Reilly (nee Clarke), John O’Beirne & Bill Ward


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Kenzie Lou Kelly & Keelan Damien Hand who werebaptised recently. 


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3422; Durrow €239; Envelopes €2670

Thank you for your continued support


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


COMMUNITY NOTICES

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: Sat 10-11am, 1-2pm, 2-3pm; Sun 11-12 midnight or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS:  Meeting Tues 2, 7pm, Mercy Convent.  New members welcome.

1ST FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY: Fri 5, Mass 7.30pm, Tullamore Church, followed by Adoration in Parish Centre.  All welcome.

HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE Thurs 4, 6.30pm, Day Chapel.  All are welcome.

ROSARY FOR PROTECTION OF LIFE Mondays 7pm, Day Chapel.

IRISH WHEELCHAIR OFFALY BRANCH AGM Tues 9, 8pm, Day Care Centre,Arden Rd.

READY:  Dinner & Dance, Sun 7, Townhouse, High St, 7.30pm.  All welcome.  Booking at 9341235.

GLENDANIEL RESIDENTS’ ASSOC:  AGM Thurs 4, 8pm, Hugh Lynch’s.  All residents, Local Councillors& Community Gardai are encouraged to attend.Please return completed Nominations Forms to the Secretary by Mon 1.

JACK & JILL CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION seeking volunteers.Ph Julie, 0872589730.  Donations are also urgently needed.

STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE, commencing 9 Apr. Details from Local Enterprise Office Offaly, 057 9357480 or visit website www.localenterprise.ie/Offaly.

SHS FUNDRAISING TRAD CONCERT:  Eleanor Shanley and Garadice, Thurs 4, Bridge House.  Doors open 7pm.ANOINTING FIRE CATHOLIC MINSTRIES LENTEN RETREAT:Clonmacnoise, Sun 7, 1.30pm - Rosary Procession, Adoration Praise, Worship, Mass.Celebrant Fr Luke.  Ph 087 7828283

TULLAMORE TOWN LIBRARY offers a wide range of courses for all.  Details from  0579346832, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TTC: Details on courses from 0579353177 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Lotto 18/3/19 3.8.14.21 Bonus 22

MERCY SECONDARY SCHOOL KILBEGGAN TRACTOR RUN Sun 17 Apr, 12.30pm.  Entry fee €25.  Ph 0874134467 or 0861766830 for more details.Organised by Parents’ Assoc.

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

 
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