17 June 2019


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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5th Sunday of Easter ~ 19th May 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 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am; Saturday 10.00am


Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, 0579321587

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At a time when secularism is on the rise and religious practice seems to becoming less relevant, it can be a challenging and difficult time for the people of God – the Church.  We may find some answers, confidence, encouragement and inspiration regarding our relevance and role as followers of Jesus in today’s gospel.  Many of us are looking for a new equilibrium, a renewed spirituality, a less destant and more relevant God.

The final words of Jesus in the gospel should be for us today, as they were for the disciples, not only a source of consolation but also a challenge.  The words spoken by Jesus to His immediate disciples who hadn’t yet proved themselves faithful, had three core principles; His hour of glory had arrived, His time remaining with them was short and love for one another was an obligatory part of discipleship.  The glory comes from the Cross and subsequent Resurrection.  And Jesus’ glory requires Him to abandon His disciples – a reality that is at the heart of Easter.  The commandment to love was the instruction given to the disciples of Jesus.

Our challenge is to show unconditional love to others daily and thus lead them to the glory and reality of the Easter mystery.


Congratulations to the children from Scoil Mhuire& Ballinamere NS who received the Eucharist for the first time last Sunday.

We wish God’s blessing on them, their families, friends and teachers and all who helped them on their faith journey to this special time.


‘Love one another’ is the basic principle of Christianity, to love as Jesus loved. It is simple, yet we can make it so complicated. Jesus’ love was controversial for some people, because it was love without exclusion. To love as Jesus loved is to love those it is hard to love. This love ultimately led to Jesus’ death. Jesus loved sinners, tax collectors, prostitutes, people of other religions, the poor, the unwanted, the sick, the beggar, the leper. This love is too much for some Christians today also. It is hard to love the sinner or to love family members or friends who have hurt us. Yet this is the love that we are called to. Once we begin to accept that we are infinitely loved by God, it is like a domino effect where that love is poured outwards in our lives. We are part of this outpouring of God’s creative love and are called to bring this into places where there is none. In this way we are helping to heal, sustain and nourish this world. 

Let us hear those words of the Gospel more clearly today: ‘Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.’ Let us dream of, and work towards, a world where this is a reality.

‘God has given us the power to create beauty, to make another smile, to be a healing presence in someone’s sorrow, to bring justice to the oppressed, to console those in difficulty, to bring peace and joy to others, to help those in need, to laugh and enjoy life, to do good and turn from evil, to forgive those who have hurt us, and, most of all, to love.’   - Iris Perez

Jane Mellett

Intercom May 2019


In these Easter days we give thanks for the presence of the risen Lord amongst us and invite him into our lives that the will of the Father will be done in and through us.

Lord Jesus, we stand in awe at the mystery of your death and Resurrection.  We wonder at the depths of your love for us.  May all peoples of the earth receive the good news of your Gospel.


The next available Baptism dates Sat 25th May & Sun 2nd June in Tullamore. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 15th May.

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.There will be no June baptism in Durrow.


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 20       7.45  Michael & Elizabeth Dowling

Tues 21    10.00  Patrick Cutler & Elizabeth & Patrick Heffernan

Thurs 23     7.45  Brigid & Frank Cunningham

                10.00  Sadie Roche

Fri 24       10.00  Nan Gorman & Family, 28 Clontarf Rd

Sat 25        6.30  Kathleen Kavanagh, 1st Ann

Sun 26        8.30  William & Celia Igoe

               10.00  Ned & Lizzie Dolan

                 1.00  Eileen Sheerin, 1st Ann

Shared Mass Sat 25, 10am:  Jack & Alice Galvin; Mick & Monica Galvin; Rody O’Brien; Nonie Power; Winifred & Peter Moran; Mick Farrell; Martin Kelly; Damien Horan; Brendan Lowbridge; Chris & Mary Donegan; Ken, Julie & Sylvestor Cummins & Martin & Philomena Moore; Mary Kate & Johnny Rigney; Ian Dunne, Sheila & Stephen Egan, Irene Flanagan & Declan Devlin; Mick & Lily Geoghegan & Drumm Family; Pat Jennings & Family; Michael & Josephine Galvin; Joseph, Mary, Michael, James & John Cummins; Oliver Mulpeter & Murphy & Mulpeter Families; Rosetta Snr, Timothy, Edward & Rosetta Jnr Molloy & Family; Peter & Kathleen Daly

Durrow Sun 26, 11.30am:  Annie Jo O’Brien, Mon Mem


We offer our sympathy to the families of Kathleen Brophy, Alo Kelly & Ursula (Digan) Coe.


Welcome to God’s family Luke Vincent Lennon, Aisling Catherine Antonia Wynne, Gracie Rose Horan, Patrick James Kinnarney & Martin Gerard Casey who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €3274; Durrow €213; Envelopes €2325

Vocations: Tullamore €2358.58; Durrow €181.80

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit for an hour with the Lord: very urgent short term cover Sun 4-5am (4 wks)or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

MEDJUGORJE JULY 2019 – PARISH PILGRIMAGE: 23rd July for 7 nights.  Half board €719pps.  Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399, PJ Smyth 0868796190, Luke McNamee 0879113118.

ANNIVERSARY OF ABORTION REFERENDUM:Prayers of reparation & repentance, Sat 25, Day Chapel, after 10am Mass.  All are welcome.

FAMILY CARERS IRELAND BAGS N’ HEELS SALE:  Thanks to all who so generously contributed shoes and bags for Fundraiser, to take place inBridge Centre, Fri 31 May-Sat 1st June.

ACTION GROUP FOR COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE:  Gathering at Co Co Offices, Charleville Rd,Mon 20, 12.30-2pm to support the finance proposal for the arts centre.  All are welcome. FB tullamore.arts

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE starts Mon 10 June for 3 Mons, Court Hotel,9.30am to 4.30pm. Contact Local Enterprise Office, 0579357480 or www.localenterprise.ie/Offaly.

BALLYCOMMON TTC: Details on courses from 0579353177 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TULLAMORE PHOENIX MARKET - supporting local charities - Sat 10am-3pm, Kilcruttin, beside Food Market. Ph 0879050910

GROW:  Wed, 11am, Tullamore Library.  

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

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

LOST:  Small leather purse & silver rosary, sentimental value.  Finder please ph 0892430198

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA:  9-16 Sept, Spiritual Director Fr. Tony Gavin, PP Tubber.Ph 090-6482228 or 085-7700198 for details.

MIDLAND LIVING LINKS (Supporting the suicide bereaved).  Ph 0861600641.

KNOCK SHRINE SOCIETY seeks new members to join “Our Lady’s Volunteers” to assist prilgrims.  Anyone 18+, willing to share their time, ph 0876891422 or 0879215042; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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