28 January 2020
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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

3rd Sunday of Advent ~ 15th December 2019

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Fr. Luke Ohiemi C.C.
Fr. Fergal Cummins 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

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.


GAUDETE - REJOICE
15th December is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.  The birth of the Saviour is drawing near and we should rejoice.  The Entrance Antiphon is “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!  The Lord is near”.  This theme of rejoicing can be seen also in the first reading from Isaiah, “they will come to Zion shouting for joy, everlasting joy on their faces; Joy and gladness will go with them and sorrow and lament be ended.

St James urges us to be patient and not lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon.  This is what we must concentrate our minds on at this time of year.  We are surrounded by all sorts of worldly difficulties – unemployment, poverty, lawlessness, insecurity, wars and threats of war. 

 We might feel like John the Baptist in his prison cell and doubt if Jesus is the one, and, at times even lose faith.  But we must trust in the harvest.  Christmas is coming.  It is a time of joy for those who believe.  Let us follow the example of our children and rejoice with all our heart.


RECONCILIATION DAY IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS  
Saturday December 21st Reconciliation Day, Mass Followed by Confessions: 10am, 6.30pm. With reconciliation service after each Mass.  There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a priest available in the Church for Confessions throughout the day.  


  SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

In response to the question of John, Jesus let his actions speak for him.  Some people show by the way they live what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  Who has given you such an example?  Perhaps there have been times when you have done the same for others.

John made a journey of faith from an incomplete knowledge of Jesus to a deeper understanding of who he was.  Recall similar steps in your journey of faith.

Faith is not primarily about answering abstract theological questions but about living the gospel.  What in your life has helped you to get that sense of perspective?

John marked the end of an era, Jesus the beginning of a new one.  In our lives how do we honour the past and yet be free to move on into a new era? 

John Byrne OSA


 LONGEST NIGHT DAWN OF HOPE

Come - light a candle and pray with us on the Longest Night Dawn of Hope, praying together for people who find Christmas difficult, challenging or lonely, Sunday 22nd at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption. You, O Lord keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28


POINSETTIA WANTED FOR THE CHURCH

Poinsettias are wanted for the church for Christmas. Please leave them into the church during the week.


BLESSING OF CHILD JESUS STATUES

Next Sunday, Dec. 22nd, we invite children to bring the baby Jesus statue from their crib to Mass. At the end of all Masses, the Children will be invited to come forward and have the Statue blessed and they will then be ready to put it into the crib at home on Christmas Day. 


EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT 

Evening Prayer for Advent continues in the Tullamore Church Sunday evening at 5.30pm.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 21st Dec & Sun 5th Jan In Tullamore & Sun 12th Dec in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 18th December.

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 16 7.45 Linda Weir

              10.00 Thomas & Elizabeth Ruane

Tue 17 7.45 John & Nancy Lloyd

              10.00 Seamus, Ann & James Murphy

Wed 18 7.45 Daniel, Mary, Ann, Maura, Paddy & Donal Beatty

               10.00 Brigid & Christopher Geoghegan

Thu 19 7.45 Veronica Tiernan

              10.00 John & Julia Cassidy

Fri 20 7.45 Kathleen & Peter Molyneaux & Tom Feery

      10.00 Margaret & Hubert Collins

Sat 21     10.00 Margaret & John Talbot, May & Jim Doody

        6.30 Patrick Lowbridge, 1st Ann

Sun 22 8.30 William & Annmarie Treacy

      10.00 Elizabeth Buckley, Ballycowan

      11.30 Monica Roche, USA, 1st Ann

        1.00 Loretto Farrelly, Mon Mem

Durrow, Sun 22, 11.30:   Martin Igoe, 1st Ann     


BAPTISMS  

Welcome to God’s Family Harry Daniel Boland who was baptised recently. 


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Kathleen Whelan


 PARISH COLLECTIONS

 Plate €3,467; Durrow €183; Envelopes €2,760

Thank you for your continued support


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22nd AUGUST, 1996


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL: Can you sit one hour with the Lord, Tues 10-11am, urgent Wed. 4-5am, 2-3pm; Sat 9-10am; Sun 1-2pm, or any hour?  Ph. 085-116 2668

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 24th Oct 2020, Discount for bookings before 20th Dec.  Ph Pat 086 319 2399, PJ 086 879 6190, Luke 087 911 3118

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: Presented by Sacred Heart School Choir under the Direction of Mr. Shane Farrell, Wed 18 at 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome.

JACK & JILL CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION: Christmas Coffee Morning Fri 20, 10-1. Mince pies & cakes on the morning. All welcome.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL: Joining the Parish Mass 10am, Fri 20. Choir & musicians will participate & all are welcome to attend.

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph 057 9353177 / 9353441, email: 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 087 905 0910

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

SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1 800 323232.

TULLAMORE LIBRARY:  Wide range of activities & courses available.  Ph 057 9346832 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

AWARE:  Support & self-care group for those have depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, Mon, 7.30pm, Riada House.

MEDJUGORJE: Easter Monday April 13th 2020, 7 nights.  Ph. Paul Galvin, 087 837 5407.

ADVENT PRAYER VIGIL: Clonmacnoise, Fri 20th Mass, 9pm followed by Adoration & Prayers until 2.10am. Ph 085 774 6763.

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND: Edenderry Parish, 24th April 2020, €815, pp, for information contact Piotr, 086 606 6123.

AA:  Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1pm; Sun 12 noon.   

 

BULLETINS FOR CHRISTMAS: There will be NO Community Notices in Bulletin for Sunday 29th December.  Please have notices for Sunday 22nd into Parish Office Tuesday 17th

 
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