13 December 2019
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

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 3rd Nov 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.


CALLED BY NAME

A wealthy man with a senior job would really need to be searching for something to so forget his dignity as to climb a tree … Zacchaeus did. He not only caught a glimpse of Jesus, but Jesus looked up at him and called him by name. Zaccaeus hurried down filled with joy. What was lost was found! Zacchaeus had heard his own name spoken by Jesus whose gaze held the infinite compassion of God.

As a “son of Abraham” Zacchaeus would have well known the Word of God as spoken by the prophet Isaiah, “I have called you by your name you are mine. Do not be afraid, I have redeemed you.”  For Zacchaeus, suddenly nothing else mattered.  He immediately decides to give away half his property and plenty more besides – not to gain favor from Jesus, but, because he now knows his own true dignity and who he really is.

Jesus doesn’t categorise people into boxes … rich, poor, powerful, stupid, useful etc. He sees the unique person first … and loves them for who they are in themselves. We have to admit that that’s not what we usually do.

We would do well to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to see each other as people first so that we are assured of our value and dignity…children of the One Father first of all, everything else is secondary.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

TUESDAY 19TH NOV:  Mass for Parents who have lost a child, 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption.

SUNDAY 1ST DEC:  Our annual Christmas Carol Service, 7.00pm, Church of the Assumption.  Tickets €10.  Under 14’s free.


CONFIRMATION RITUALS

The second ritual Mass for Confirmation Candidates will take place in Tullamore Church on: 

Saturday 9th Nov, 6.30pm:   Ballinamere NS, Scoil Bhride, Scoil Mhuire, Parish School & St. Joseph’s;

Sunday 10th Nov, 10.00am: Durrow NS, Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada, Scoil Eóin Phóil ll Naofa, St. Philomena’s.


MASS FOR THE BEREAVED

Next Saturday, 9th, the 10.00am Mass will be for all the families in our Parish who have lost a loved one during the year.

It is the teaching of the Church and the practice of our ancestors to remember the dead during this month.  Birth, growth and death are of the natural order.  Each of us will die some day as it is part of God’s plan for us.  Let us follow God’s command and pray for the souls of the dead who have gone before us – our relatives, neighbours, ancestors and all the holy souls. 

May God increase their glory, ease their pain and grant them remission of their sins.  We can also visit a church or cemetery during this month.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus showed himself open to the call of Jesus, to the surprise of his contemporaries who thought there was no good in tax collectors. Sometimes the people who give us lessons in goodness may be people we previously disregarded. Recall when this happened for you.

It was the eagerness of Zacchaeus to see what kind of a man Jesus was that opened him up to conversion. When you consider moments of change in your life, what were the interests or desires that prepared you for change?

The decision of Jesus to eat in the house of Zacchaeus broke the social norms of his day and scandalized those who saw him. When have you found table fellowship a useful way of breaking down artificial boundaries between people? When has a kind word had this effect?

Zacchaeus had become rich off the backs of the people and they thoroughly disliked him. Yet he was the one singled out by Jesus and he responded to Jesus’ call. Perhaps you have also seen people who hurt you and caused you pain change their ways. How have you reacted to such a change? What has helped you to see the grace of God at work, and give thanks?

John Byrne OSA, Intercom November 2019


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 23rd Nov & Sun 1st Dec in Tullamore & Sun 8th Dec in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Nov.

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

Tue 5     7.45  Kathleen Cullen, Patrick St.

           10.00  Peter Duffy, Convent view

Wed 6  10.00  Martin Poland

Thu 7   10.00  Julia, Frank & James Kelly

Fri 8      7.45  Pat Quinn, Pearse Pk

           10.00  Nora Hoey & Hoey Family

Sat 9    10.00  Bereavement Mass

             6.30  Thomas Hogan, Cappincur, Mon Mem

Sun 10   8.30  Jimmy, Nan, Fergus & Ivor Carter

           10.00  Michael McNally

           11.30  Patrick Finn, St Columbas Pl, 1st Ann

             1.00  Breda Connolly, 109 Arden Vale, Mon Mem

Durrow Sun 10, 11.30:  Hugh Twomey, Mon Mem


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Kathleen Buckley & Noel Clancy.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family; Charlie Peter Cutler, Katie Johnson & James Luke Maloney who were baptised recently. 


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3114; Durrow €174; Envelopes €3225

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 for an hour with the Lord, Urgent Sat. 7-8pm, or any hour?  Ph. 085-1162668

AFTERNOON TEA & CAKE SALE: Hosted by Tullamore Union of Parishes, Sun 3, Charleville Centre, Church Avenue, 3pm-6pm, in aid of Friends of Regional Hospital.

MASS IN SOLIDARITY WITH WALSH & FINLAY FAMILIES: Fri 8th 7.30pm, Tullamore Church.  All are welcome.

YOUTH 2000 PRAYER GROUP: 18-35 yr olds, Parish Centre, Thurs, 6.45-7.45pm. Ph Taylor on 0877851086

FÁILTE  ISTEACH – ENGLISH SPEAKING CLASSES: Parish Centre, Mondays, 7-9pm.  Ph Ambrose, 0860537660 for details.

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: 1-9th June 2020, Fr. Mark English.  0469068600; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or wwwtravalue.ie.

MEETING OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER; Tues 5th Nov, 7pm in Mercy Convent, new members welcome.

REFUGEE AWARENESS: Tullamore Library, Thurs 7, 6.30pm.  Speakers,Tim Hanley & Radwan Abouhajar.

TULLAMORE COMMUNITY GAMES AGM: Wed 6, 7.30pm, Harriers Club House. Parents & committee members to attend. 

MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS: Coffee morning in Parish Centre, Tues 5th Nov. after 10am Mass.

GROW Community Mental Health Movement support group, Wed, 11am, Town Library, O’Connor Sq. Ph Michelle 0864183805. GROW: Promoting Positive Mental Health.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop In Centre, Offaly St, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm.  Phone 9328268.

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

SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.

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

MIDLANDS SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Sat 9-Fri 15:  Free Discovery Day, SHS gym, Sat 9; pubic event town library, Sat 15.  book now on: www.midlandsscience.ie or ph. Jackie, 05793 23902

 
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