19 June 2018
Bulletin

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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

6th May 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    

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.


SERVANT OR FRIEND

Jesus, talking to those He had been with for three years, tells them He will now call them, not servants, but friends. Before this they did as told, without necessarily understanding why, but now they will know why.

Friendship is usually between two equals – both chose it. Jesus however points to one big difference when it comes to God. It is God himself who makes the first move. He loves us first and reveals Himself to us. It is a friendship we could never initiate. It is total and absolute Gift. Jesus attaches a command to this gift however – “love one another”. For us to be capable of loving God for who He is and ones neighbour for who they are in themselves, our hearts need stretching and softening. The road map for that is told to us by Jesus – “Love one another AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.” Not easy. Given our selfish nature, this kind of love necessarily encompasses sacrificial love, not just a comfortable sentiment. Then Jesus adds: “I have told you this that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

So which am I, obligated servant or joyful friend?


THREE DAYS IN HONOUR OF ST. PIO

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of St Padre Pio, and the centenary of his receiving the Stigmata, we are holding a Triduum - or 3 days of devotion - May 23rd, 24th and 25th. 

Each evening will begin with the Rosary at 7.10pm - Mass at 7.30pm, concluding with a short time of Adoration and Benediction. On the final evening there will be a blessing with St. Pio's mitten. 

The special intention for these three days will be for expectant parents and for the protection of the unborn in Ireland.


LUCKY FIRST GOAL TICKETS

Lucky First Goal tickets, in aid of Medjugorje Youth Festival 2018, on Sale after all masses this weekend in the Parish Centre. Please support our youth going to the festival in August. Tickets can also be purchased in Parish Centre during opening times.


LITURGY MEETING

Liturgy meeting will be held Wednesday May 9th in the Parish Centre, 6.30pm.


POPE FRANCIS – APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION

Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), a type of papal document known as an apostolic exhortation, represents a reiteration of Pope Francis’s core values as pontiff. Throughout the document, Francis repeatedly stresses the importance of mercy and everyday acts of holiness over a narrow focus on judgment and righteousness. He condemns those who “feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style.” 

"Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.”(full text of Gaudete et Exsultate available on Vatican website)


LIFE NEWS – A DOCTOR’S OPINION

“The reason for repealing the Eight Amendment is not about healthcare, despite what is being claimed. Doctors are being asked to end pregnancies where both the mother and baby are healthy. This goes against the clear duty of a medical doctor to ‘first do no harm’ and a fundamental call to preserve life, not to end it.The health issue in this debate is being used as a lever to broaden the grounds for abortions which are not related to health. “In my 40 years of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology, I have seen many difficult cases but I have never felt that the Eight Amendment had a negative effect on the safe practice of medicine.” (Dr John Monaghan, retired obstetrician and gynaecologist.)

Life is a gift, it is not a choice. Even if a family is planned, the little one conceived is always a miracle of God and nature. From the moment of conception, human life in all its glory and with all its potential is present. As we grow in understanding we now know - and this is fact - from early days the child in the womb has everything in place for his or her journey in the world. All they need is time to grow. Their immortal soul is already longing for God. In the current debate we hear much about the hard cases - stories of incomprehensible suffering for everyone involved. It appears that rape, life limiting conditions of the baby and the health of the mother are the only reasons why people chose to end of the child's life.

According to research (eg. the Guttmacher Institute, a very liberal organization in the US) the 3 main reasons people give for having abortions are the negative impact a baby would have on the mother's life, financial instability and relationship problems. While the Church totally and completely rejects abortion, and asks all members to do the same, we should equally be there for mothers.

As a Christian community we should support expectant parents in such a loving way that they never feel they have to choose abortion for the lack financial or emotional support. If the 8th amendment is repealed, our culture regarding the unborn will change - like it or not. This has been the pattern time and time again seen in nations where abortion is legalised. This is a fact not a theory or scaremongering.

Let us ask God to direct our nation to safeguard life and create a world where mothers, and fathers, have everything they need for themselves and their babies.     


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 19th May, Sat 26th May & Sat 16th June in Tullamore & Sun 10th Jun in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 16th May.

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 07    10.00 Denis Bergin

Tues 08   10.00 Julie Hogan & Martin Family, O’Molloy St

Thurs 10  10.00 Caitriona Byrne

Fri 11        7.45 Elizabeth & Michael O’Brien

              10.00 Michael Gallagher

Sat 12      10.00 Tommy Hackett & Molly Hackett McLoughlin

                 6.30 Evelyn Horan, 1st Ann, High St & Clara Rd

Sun 13       8.30 Alfie Quinn, Marian Place

               10.00 Patsy Doheny, Roselawn

              11.30 Eileen Boland, Mon Mem

                       Mary Moran, Mon Mem

               1.00 Brendan Wrafter, 1st Ann & parents Maureen & John 

                       Gee Silinv, 1st Ann

Durrow, Sun 13, 11.30am: Brigid Cusack, Balleek


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Éabha Mary Keyes Smith, Kacey-Lee Noreen Ward & Katie Imelda Goode who were baptised recently.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Maureen Bracken, Mary Josephine Twomey & Ann Martin.


PARISH COLLECTION

Tullamore €3222; Durrow €161; Envelopes €2695;

Thank you for your continued support


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUG 1996 


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Most Urgent Sun 2-3am or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668.

ACCORD TULLAMORE: Recruiting for Certificate in Counselling training programme. Further info available: www.accord.ie; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0579341831.

IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION will be holding their church gate collection Sat 12 & Sun 13.Your support would be gratefully appreciated

TULLAMORE HARRIERS 5K – ROAD CLOSURE Please note the Charleville Road from Kilcruttin Junction-Charleville Roundabout, will be closed from 09.45-10.45am Sun 13, to facilitate the 5k Road Race.  Diversion route will be via Cormac St. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  Enquiries Adrian Curley: 0861636059.

TULLAMORE/DURROW COMMUNITY GAMES: Mon 21, Tullamore Harriers 5.30-9pm. Boys & girls u8 - u16. €3 per child. PARENTS please bring COPY of birth cert on the night

THE STOMA SUPPORT GROUP meeting will take place Tues 15, 6.30-8.30pm, Dóchas Centre.  Contact Anne 0863074846. 

MIDLAND LIVING LINKS are running a suicide bereavement support group. If you would like to connect with others who have gone through a similar experience or for further info ph: Rita 0861600641.

TULLAMORE CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP: Due to limited space in Parish Centre, our Life in the Spirit will continue in the Presbyterian Church hall every Wed 7:45pm. All welcome.

CATHOLIC BIBLE TEACHING AND HEALING BY JOHNSON: Tues 8, 10am-5pm, Day Chapel. Contact Patrick 0863740040.

MOJO: Mental health & wellbeing programme for men, 18yrs & older. The next 12 week programme starts 16 & 17 May, Offaly Local Development Company, Main St. Further info: mojo.ngo or 0876028801.

STAND UP FOR LIFE FINAL RALLY BEFORE THE VOTE:  2pm Sat 12 - Merrion Sq Dublin.

BUS TO PRO-LIFE RALLY IN DUBLIN Sat 12 from Parochial House, 10.30 am sharp. Tel: 087-2563439

TULLAMORE PHOENIX MARKET supporting local charities. Open every Sat 10-3pm. Any queries ph: Mary 0879301749.

OUR LADY OF CLONFERT MASSES & DEVOTIONS: Mass each evening 8pm, except Sun. Further info: 0909675113; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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