19 September 2017


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

6th August 2017 ~ The Transfiguration of the Lord

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 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.

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.


Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration when Christ appeared in Radiant glory to three of His disciples, Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor. While most of us may never have a transfiguration experience, many will have had mini-Tabor moments during personal encounters in prayer; for others it may be during the Consecration at Mass or while sitting in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament during times of Eucharistic Adoration.

A moment will come in all our lives when we will be transfigured into what Christ was on Mount Tabor, “dazzling as the sun and radiant as light” (MT. 17:2). Christ’s transfiguration is a powerful demonstration of the glory of which our human bodies are destined and longed for.

Therefore it is not surprising that today is a feast of encouragement and hope. When we pray as often as we can, we too can have our own moments of transfiguration; moments of grace to help us become more loving and open to God. It also helps us to build up reserves of special experiences and intimate moments with the Lord, to carry us through troubled or painful times ahead.

Take a quiet moment or two today, to come into the Lord’s presence and allow Him to touch you with His words, “Do not be afraid” (MT. 17:7).


Ministers of Holy Communion wanted for Cemetery Sunday, August 20th.

Names can be left into the Sacristy.


MATTHEW 17:1-9

The transfiguration experience was one that, for Jesus clarified his relationship with his Father and strengthened him for the future. It was also a moment of deep revelation for the disciples. What have been the experiences, the moments of insight, which for you have clarified your sense of who you are, and what is your relationship with God?

The disciples were prepared for the experience by getting an invitation from Jesus to come apart, to withdraw to the mountain. Have there been times when going apart has been an important element in preparing you for a deep experience?

On the mountain the disciples saw Jesus in a new way. His appearance changed. Sometimes in friendship there are moments of sharing in which we get to know a friend in a new and deeper way. Have you had that experience in human friendship or in your relationship with Jesus and God. Recall when that happened and what it was like for you.

After their special experience the disciples came down the mountain again. We cannot live each day at the level of special spiritual experiences, but the memory of them can strengthen us in difficult times. What memories can encourage you in time of trouble?   

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom 2017)


…Like Jesus, we need places where we hear words ‘you are my son, daughter and the beloved’.

We know too that if we believe that, our lives will be challenged. Whenever we climb the mountain of the Lord, make any journey with him, we are changed.

As every mountain is different, every moment with the Lord is well worthwhile! Someone said, ‘Every time I pray I think of…and I know I must be kinder!’…

(Donal Neary SJ)


From the event of the Transfiguration I would like to take two significant elements that can be summed up in two words: ascent and descent.

We all need to go apart, to ascend the mountain in a space of silence, to find ourselves and better perceive the voice of the Lord. This we do in prayer. But we cannot stay there! Encounter with God in prayer inspires us anew to ‘descend the mountain’ and return to the plain where we meet many brothers and sisters weighed down by fatigue, sickness, injustice, ignorance, poverty both material and spiritual.

To these brothers and sisters in difficulty, we are called t bear the fruit of the experience with God by sharing the grace we have received.

(Pope Francis)

Mon 07th Bank Hol: There will be no 7.45am Mass


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 26TH Aug & Sun 03rd Sept in Tullamore. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 16th Aug.

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.  

No Baptisms in Durrow Sun 10th Sept & Sat 16th Sept Tullamore


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.

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.


Mon 07   10.00  Pat, Rita & Paraic Hogan, Church Rd

Tues 08  10.00  Kathleen Longworth, New Rd

Wed 09   10.00  Gerry Quinn, O’Molloy St

Thurs 10 10.00  Paddy & Annie Mooney

Fri 11     10.00  Linda Bermingham Martin

Sat 12     10.00  Gorman Family, Fenter & Philomena O’Gorman

                6.30  Paul Pender, 1st Ann

Sun 13     10.00  Martin & Mary Mannion

Durrow, Sun 13, 11.30: Vincent Ward, 1st Ann


We offer our sympathy to the family of Audery Hayes & Michael Graham .


Congratulations to Ashling Fenlon & Michael Connolly


Tullamore €3219; Durrow €150

Envelopes €2335

Thank you for your continued support



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

ST PIO MASS: on Tues 8, Church of the Assumption, 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

IRISH SOCIETY FOR AUTISM: will be holding their annual church gate collection on the weekend 12 & 13 Aug.

MIDLANDS SIMON COMMUNITY: Gala variety night with album launch by Matt McCormack, Town House, Wed 23, 7pm.Proceeds in aid of Midlands Simon Community. Adm €10.

COMPUTER CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS: Tullamore Library Thursdays 11am-1pm.  The next six week course starts 17th August.  Booking essential -0579346832.

TULLAMORE LIBRARY: Creative Writing Workshop with Pauline McNamee for 8-10yrs, Aug 8-10th, 10-1pm. Enquiries at library for more info.

OXFAM TULLAMORE: currently looking for volunteers Mon (Afternoon), Tue, Wed (Afternoon) and Friday. No experience is needed as full training will be given. For more info & to apply please Ph: Susanne on 0579322801, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call into our shop in person.

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sun Aug 13, Bus leaving Tullamore 9.30a.m returning at 5.45pm. Fare: €12.00, Children under 12: €6.00. Contact P.J at 0876386270.

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

LOUGH DERG 2017:  You may begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day up to and including Sunday 13th August. Booking not necessary. Further info regarding public transport contact Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9851518.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   www.loughderg.org

YOUTH 2000 FESTIVAL: For people aged 16-35, an opportunity to experience the Catholic faith, 17-20 Aug. Festival is donation only, free busses. Cistercian College, St. Joseph Abbey, Co. Tipperary. Book online www.youth2000.ie or Ph: 016753690.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop in centre, Offaly St, Mon – Thurs, 10am-2pm. Contact 0579328268.

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 12 Noon.

Mon 07th Bank Hol: There will be no 7.45am Mass

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