19 September 2017


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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16th July 2017 ~ 15th 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.


The first reading today beautifully depicts the Word of God as a life-giving word, going forth from heaven to water and giving life anew to the earth, making it fruitful once more. How often our daily lives do we silently wish that we could be replenished, rejuvenated, renewed?

God's word in scripture will speak to our hearts if we give a moment to ponder it and allow our hearts to be open to its life-giving message.

In the gospel Jesus ring fences this message by speaking about a seed. It is God's word bringing life to those who allow its growth in their minds and hearts.

We respond by the generosity of our loving and serving others with all that is good and beautiful in our world.

Together let us sow seeds of faith, hope and love in each others minds and hearts.


The 19th International Summer Organ Series presents in Church of The Assumption, Tullamore, Tuesday 18th July, 8.00pm. This week, "The Pipes, the QMJ Pipes A-Calling", features David Power, uileann pipes & Malcolm Proud, organ. Tickets available at the door.


An emergency collection in aid of Trocaire's work in East Africa will take place in our parish on the weekend of 22nd-23rd July. Nearly 25 million people in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia are currently in urgent need of food and water due to drought.

Trocaire is reaching over 150,000 people across the region with emergency food, water and sanitation. Needs are enormous - please support our appeal and help us reach more people with life-saving aid.


Matthew 13:1-23

Jesus uses parables to make people think about their own responses to his message. As you read this parable you may recognize that at different times you have been like each of the different t types of soil. As you recall times when you presented fertile soil for the Word of God, what helped you create that receptive atmosphere? What lessons for life do you get from that?

Parents with children, teachers with pupils, speakers with listeners, are all like sowers in a field where the preparation of the soil is up to another - the child, pupil or listener. They can sow the seed but cannot guarantee that it will bear fruit. At times there may be a temptation not to try any more. The challenge is to sow in hope. When you have been surprised by the harvest you have reaped?

'We are wasting our time here' may sometimes be the apparent wisdom in a group. Have there been times when you have gone against this apparent wisdom and seen your efforts bear fruit?

(John Byrne, OSA, Intercom, 2017)


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 22th July in Tullamore and Sun 13th Aug in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 19th July.

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.


Mon 17   7.45  Jim & Daisy Feery

            10.00  Bro Mark Hogan

Tues 18  7.45  Darren Dinson

            10.00  Thomas & Mary Bracken, Slate House, Arden

Wed 19   7.45  David Mullen

            10.00  Christopher, Esther & Andrew Pender, O'Molloy St

Thurs 20 7.45  Ina Wrafter

            10.00  James & Marina Hogan

Fri 21     7.45  Michael Reade

            10.00  Timothy McGuire

Sat 22   10.00  Shane Daly & Marian Galvin

              6.30  John Martin, 1st Ann

Sun 23   10.00  Nancy Fox, Davitt St

             11.30  Elaine Leavy, Mon Mem

               1.00  Organisation of National Ex-Service men & Women


We offer our sympathy to the family of Ann Fanning.


Welcome to God's family: Travis Simon Mooney, Diarmuid Christopher Glennon and Caoimhe Maura Lynam who were babtised recently.


Congratulations to Louise Hayden & Kevin McDonnell who were married recently.


Tullamore €3216; Durrow €203 Envelopes €2480

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL: Can you sit one hour with the Lord, urgent, Mon 8-9am, Tues 4-5pm, Thurs 12noon-lpm, l-2pm, Sun l-2pm or any hour? Ph: 085-1162668.

ADORERS: Adoration will move to Alfie Lambe's house, Arden Rd, Sun 16, 8pm until Mon 24, 8am. Chapel closing for repair, no mass Fri 21 or Sun 23, details in Hospital Chapel. CONVENT OF MERCY: Calling all pioneers to Knock. Pioneer day in Knock, Sun 16.

READY: Dinner & Dance in Town House, Sun 23, 7.30pm. To book contact: 9341235.

BOLANDS LOCKHOUSE: Open to the public until Aug 31st. 12-4pm or by appointment. Contact Mick: 0861946991.

FAMILY CARERS IRELAND: Martin Bracken, Killmucklin invites you for tea & chat to celebrate his carer of the year award & as a fundraiser, Sun 30, 3-6pm. All support most appreciated.

TULLAMORE LIBRARY: Be a Summer Star, join the reading adventure over summer with lots of goodies along the way. Free Dogs Safety Workshop for children 7-12yrs. Thurs 20, 11am, booking essential, ph: 0579346832.

YOUTH 2000 FESTIVAL: Come closer, Hear my Word. Amazing experience, 17-20 Aug, Ages 16-35yrs, free buses, donation only, Cistercian College, St. Joseph Abbey, Co. Tipperary. Book online www.youth2000.ie or Ph: 016753690.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Led by Bishop Smith, Sept 12-17th, Hospital pilgrim section, contact A. Boland 087-7914828, as soon as possible.

TULLAMORE MEDITATION GROUP: Parish Centre, Mondays, 7pm.

AWARE TULLAMORE: Do you have depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder or a mood related condition? Support & Self Care Group every Monday at 7.30 (except Bank Holidays), Riada House, Arden Road, free, no referral needed.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop in centre, Offaly St, Mon- Thurs, 10-2pm. Ph: 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.

SOSAD:   Free   confidential   counseling service-depression, suicide. Ph: 0579346704; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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