17 October 2018


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 2nd 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

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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.


In today’s Gospel, Jesus is accused of ignoring “sacred” tradition.  The Pharisees want to know why Jesus lets His followers eat without washing their hands.  This has nothing to do with good hygiene but with ignoring he ceremonial washing and being considered “unclean” for this.

Once, the ceremonial washing up to the elbows, was required only for priests before entering the “Holy of Holies”.  But by Jesus’ time, the ritual had to be observed before every meal and even between each course.  The Pharisees thought the traditions of the oral law were as binding as those of the written law.  They expected Jesus to share their outlook!  But what Jesus did was to accuse them of being hypocrites – honouring God with lip service and human regulations.

“Uncleanness” is a matter of what comes from our human hearts.  Jesus wasn’t interested in our diets but in our hearts’ condition.  He is interested in what preoccupies us and what influences our choices and behaviour.  No outside law changes our hearts even though we might socially conform.  Jesus began his preaching by inviting us to “set your hearts first on the Kingdom of God”.  He knew that when our hearts are centred on God we are free from a list of rules and regulations that could control our every move.

What Jesus said was bad news for a lot of His hearers because it contradicted all their honoured traditions.  However, we call it “good news” Gospel, because it is a word that frees us from endless regulations.  BUT, it also challenges us to live a religion of the heart.  We must work at having a heart for Jesus and His values – our real business as Christians.


The blessing of graves in Durrow Cemetery will take place on Sunday next, 9th, after the 11.30am Mass.


This Sunday, Sept. 2nd, Canon Thomas Deenihan will be ordained Bishop of Meath in the Cathedral in Mullingar. Canon Thomas is a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

Bishop-elect Tom Deenihan was born in the parish of Blackpool in Cork city on 20 June 1967. He attended the North Monastery Christian Brothers School in the city.  After completing post-primary education, he studied in the national seminary of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Bishop-elect Deenihan was ordained a deacon by Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, in Maynooth on 1 April 1990. On 1 June 1991 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cork & Ross by the late Bishop Michael Murphy.

Since Ordination, Bishop-elect Deenihan worked in Glanmire Parish (1991-1994), taught in Saint Goban’s College Bantry (1994-2003) during which time he also worked in the parishes of Schull, Kealkil and Bantry. During that time also he undertook a Masters and Doctoral Degree in Education. In 2003, Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross, appointed him as Diocesan Advisor for Post-Primary Catechetics and, in 2006, as Diocesan Secretary and Diocesan Education Secretary.

On a national level, Bishop-elect Deenihan served as General Secretary of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association from 2013 to 2016, and as acting-executive secretary to the Council for Education and to the Commission for Catholic Education and Formation of the Irish Episcopal Conference from 2016 to date.

Canon Deenihan is a member of the Honan Governors at University College Cork; a member of Mercy Care South, a Diocesan Public Juridic Person for the Mercy University Hospital in Cork; and is chair of the Board of Directors of the Christian Leadership in Education Office.  In 2017 Bishop Buckley appointed him a Canon and a member of the Cathedral Chapter in Cork.

Please remember him in you prayers and ask God’s blessing on his ministry in our Diocese.


John Howard, National Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, will speak at all Masses next weekend about the importance and need for Eucharistic Adoration in our parish.

Would you like to commit to an hour of Adoration?  There will be an opportunity to do so and to enroll on the day.


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 22nd Sept, Sun 7th Oct in Tullamore & Sun14th Octin Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 19th Sept.

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 3     7.45  Patrick Daly

   10.00  Antoinette Power, 1st Ann

Tues 4   10.00  Peter & Frances Lynch & Family

Wed 5     7.45  Antony Devassy

             10.00  John & Mary Bridget Gallagher

Thurs 6    7.45  Rose Hannigan

             10.00  Patrick McCormack, Kearney Park

Sat 8      10.00  Brigid & Peter O’Connor, Ballykilmurray

               6.30  Shania McDonagh, 1st Ann

              Annie Lynch, 1st Ann

Sun 9       8.30  John & Della Galvin

    10.00  Paul Stack

    11.30  Rebecca Farrell, Mon Mem

              Anne Molloy, 1st Ann

      1.00  Fiona Slattery, 1st Ann

                        Paddy Minnock, 1st Ann


We offer our sympathy to the families of Peter Quinn, Mary Kate Martin, Una Hanlon & Paddy Murphy.


Welcome to God’s Family Jack Gerard Troy, Reid Martin Murphy, Logan Jay Murphy, Glen Anthony O’Brien, Jack Daniel Tilley & Ava-Marie Catherine Hume who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €3140; Durrow €182; Envelopes €2295

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord:Mon 5-6pm, Wed 5-6pm; Sat 10-11am,or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668.


1st FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY Fri 7, Parish Centre: Rosary 6.15pm; Mass 7pm.  All welcome


HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE Thurs 6, 6.30pm, Day Chapel.  All welcome.


SECULAR FRANCISCANS:  Meeting Tues 4, 7pm, Mercy Convent.  New members welcome.


SMA MASS Wed 12, 7.30pm, Day Chapel.  All are welcome.


CONCERN:  Church gate collection Sat 8/Sun 9.  Please support.


WELLBEING/RELAXATION GROUPS resume this week in the Parish Centre.  Ph Carmel 0876425786 for more information.


MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS COFFEE/TEA MORNING Tues 4, Parish Centre, after 10am Mass.  All welcome.

FIONA’S WAY ANNUAL WALK/RUN, today Sun 2, 12pm,  Fiona's Monument Grand Canal, to mark the 22nd Anniversary of Fiona's disappearance. All welcome.

ALPHA PROGRAMMEbegins, Tues 13, 7.30pm, Parish Centre. Alpha is an exploration of our core Christian values and is both exciting and challenging to those of both deep faith and none.   For more details ph Tony 086 1901693.

GROW:Community Mental Health Movement, Wed, 11am,Town Library.  If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come along.  Ph Michelle 0864183805.

READY:  Dinner & Dance, Tanyard Lane (formerly Wolftrap), William St, Sun 2, 7.30pm.  Ph 9341235.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS URGENTLY NEEDED for referred patients attending Hospitals for chemo treatment.   Ph Laura 01 2310 594 or visit the Irish Cancer Society website www.cancer.ie.

TARA (Active Retirement):  Trip to Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford, 7-12 Oct.  Ph 0872146172.  Meeting Tues, 2.30-4.30, Charleville Centre, Church Ave.

CAMOGIE CLUB:  Clothes collection day, Sat 8 Sept, 9.30-11.30am, O'Brien Pk

DURROW CEILI CLUB:  Ceili & set dancing classes resume, Tues 4, 8.30pm, Durrow Hall.  All welcome.

DOCHAS –Bereavement Support Group,Thurs 6 for 12 weeks,Details from 0579328268 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 27/08/2018: 1, 14, 17, 18.  Bonus: 19.

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