19 September 2017


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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23rd July 2017 ~ 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.


In today’s Gospel there are beautiful images of the kingdom of heaven. It is presented as a treasure hidden in a field. We can think of the wonderful treasures from our past that were found buried in fields, the beautiful gold chalices and crosses, the gold and silver coins that are now on show in our National Museum. 

The kingdom of heaven is presented as a pearl of great value—not just any pearl, but one of great value, priceless, like the Museum pieces, a joy to see, to admire and to contemplate. The images are clear. The kingdom of heaven is the most beautiful thing in the world. Don’t you wish to be in that kingdom? 

But, as Christians, we are already in that kingdom. To be in the kingdom is to accept and to do the will of God, and that is a lovely and wonderful thing. Our vocation as Christians is to build the kingdom of God here and now, by following the teaching of Jesus in the Gospels, by expressing and sharing our belief and faith in God, by loving Him and our fellow human beings, here and throughout the world. That is how to win the fullness of the treasure, the priceless pearl at the end of time.  


Clonminch will be on Sunday 20th August at 1.00pm.

Durrow will be on Sunday 10th Sept.  Blessing of graves will follow 11.30am Mass.


MATTHEW 13:44-52

Have you ever found yourself saying ‘that was worth it’ after giving up something (time, pleasure, money, etc.)? What was the treasure that made the sacrifice worthwhile?

The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is when God is really the ruler in our life. What treasures have you obtained when you allow God to be at the centre of your life?

In life we gather a lot of things, some good and some bad. The wise person in the kingdom of heaven knows how to sit down and make decisions on what to keep and what to discard. When you have undertaken that kind of discernment? What have you discarded? What have you retained?

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom 2017) 


…Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success…

(Henry Ford)


In the immediate aftermath of the horrific bomb attack on Manchester on 22 May this year, the hashtag #roomformanchester began to trend on social media. 

In the midst of the chaos and terror, locals were opening up their homes and hearts to anyone who had been affected by the incident and was in need of help. People who lived nearby offered food or a cuppa, a place to charge phones or a bed for the night. Hotels took in dozens of children and teenagers who had been seperated from their parents. Taxi drivers offered to drive those who had been stranded home to surrounding areas. People began to queue up at donor banks to give blood to help those injured in the attack. In the face of an evil and sensless act that inflicted so much pain, kindness and goodness shone through.

Difficult times often bring out the best in people. We see it in the way friends rally around a bereaved family, or communities raise money to help a sick child. There are treasures in our people and our communities that we could never put a price on.

Jesus talks today about hidden treasures and fine pearls, and prompts the question – what is most imortant to us, and what are we willing to sacrifice for it? Sometimes treasures like compassion and love are there for all to see and other times they are hidden or buried and we have to go in search of them and to remember to bring them to others. 

The kingdom of God is always close at hand and within each of us.

(Tríona Doherty, Intercom 2017)


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.  



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 31      7.45  Margaret O’Connor, 145 Arden View

               10.00  Mary Jane Poland, Church St

Tues 01     7.45  Elizabeth Larkin, William St

               10.00  Bob Smyth

Wed 02    10.00  Dolan Family, Meelaghans

Thurs 03    7.45  Margaret & Patrick Carroll, Puttaghaun

               10.00  Tom McKenna

Sat 05      12.00  Martin Staunton, Mon Mem 

Sun 06       8.30  Jim Flood, Whitehall, 1st Ann

               10.00  Jimmy Heffernan, Arden View

                 1.00  Irish National Foresters

Shared Mass, Sat 05, 10am: Cleary Family; Noel Weatherhead; John & Alice Gorman; Edward Joy; Ger Colsh; Frances Vicars & Esther Galvin; William & Ann Spain; Murray Family; Lawless Family, Duffy Family; Victor & Mary Hogan; Gillick Family & Grandparents; John & Gladys Collins; David & Annie Sheridan; Brigid Smyth; John Tierney; Thomas, Brigid, Patrick, Margaret, John & Susan, Teresa, Vincent, Michael, Mary Ann & Rose Pidgeon; Glennon Family; Thomas & Kathleen Martin & Family; Henry, Ellen & Jean Kavanagh; Martin Dolan; Paddy & Peggy Plunkett & Chantelle Martin; Peter Cunningham & Cunningham & Martin Families; Mary & Michael Martin & Martin & Hayes Families; Jim, Vera, Christine & Stephen Nolan.

Durrow Shared Mass, Sun 06, 11.30am: Kathleen & John Ward, Teresa Cloonan; Martin Buggy; Paudge & Delia Kelly & Kelly Family; Jimmy & Molly Daly.


We offer our sympathy to the family of Padraig Fitzsimons & Tommie Kelly.


Welcome to God’s family Hollie Grace Cornally, Cody Josie McDonagh, Seán Ray Grehan, Sarah Maria McDermott, Thomas James Anthony McCarthy & Wiktoria Maria Pauspert who were baptised recently.


Tullamore €3446; Durrow €138

Envelopes €2350

Trocaire €13900.39

Durrow Trocaire €465.76

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.

THE ADORATION COMMITTEE: Would like to thank most sincerely the Legion of Mary for their hospitality and accommodation of Adorers during the recent chapel renovations.

1ST FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY: Fri 4 Aug, Parish Centre – Rosary 6.15pm, Mass 7pm. All welcome.

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

DÓCHAS: Mary Young and all at Dóchas would like to thank everyone who sponsored “Mary’s Journey”. Mary raised €2,751.00 for Dóchas. Your help is very much appreciated.

PAST PUPILS OF CBS 1987:are having a reunion in Fergies on Sun 6 Aug at 9.00pm. All Past pupils from 1987 are warmly invited. Any Queries Please contact 0868685268 Or Facebook Cbs EightySeven.

DIVINE MERCY ATHLONE: will host the First Sat in honour of our Blessed Lady at Church of the Holy Family Tubber, Aug 5, 2.00pm. Celebrant Fr Freddie Warner. All welcome. Contact Kathleen O'Connor or Paul Woods on 0877828283.

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.

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

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