23 April 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

1st Sunday of Lent ~ 18th February 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.


GOD’S SPRINGTIME

The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for Spring. So it was that Lent came to be known as God’s Springtime; the period when Christians come to know God’s love and make a new response to it. God will show us by his example how to respond.

He spent forty days in the desert where he cut himself off from the world to think, to pray and to find out what his father wanted him to do. During this time Satan wasn’t far away but instead of tempting Jesus, he only enforced his decision to do his father’s will.

These days of Lent are a time when we are called to deepen our relationship with God. We are challenged to reject sin and be faithful to the gospel. We need to pray everyday, to fast, and to give up some of the little pleasures we are used to. There are many things we can do. For example a simple promise to hold our tongues might curb our backbiting. To be pleasant to those who “get under our skin” or to give our spare money to charity.

Our top priority is a little time of daily prayer which strengthens our faith and brings us closer to God. Lent is a time for soul searching when we are challelnged to give up our old sins and answer God’s call in various areas of our lives.


WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

A national collection for the World Meeting of Families will be held in parishes across Ireland next weekend, 24-25 Feb. 

Pope Francis has chosen Ireland to host the 9th World Meeting of Families from 22-26 August 2018 on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

…Know that setbacks pave the way for comebacks…


LENT 2018

WEEKDAY MASS

7.30AM

10.00AM

7.30PM

SUNDAY MASS

6.30 VIGIL

8.30AM

9.00AM (HOSPITAL)

10.00AM

11.30AM

11.30AM (DURROW)

1.00PM

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION

Sunday 5.30PM

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 12.00-1.00pm and 3.00-4.00pm


STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Before 10.00am Mass Monday – Friday


ROSARY FOR LIFE

Monday 6.30pm


POPE FRANCIS, EXTRACT FROM LENTEN MESSAGE

A COLD HEART

In his description of hell, Dante Alighieri pictures the devil seated on a throne of ice, in frozen and loveless isolation. We might well ask ourselves how it happens that charity can turn cold within us. What are the signs that indicate that our love is beginning to cool?

More than anything else, what destroys charity is greed for money, “the root of all evil” (1 Tim 6:10). The rejection of God and his peace soon follows; we prefer our own desolation rather than the comfort found in his word and the sacraments. All this leads to violence against anyone we think is a threat to our own “certainties”: the unborn child, the elderly and infirm, the migrant, the alien among us, or our neighbour who does not live up to our expectations.

Creation itself becomes a silent witness to this cooling of charity. The earth is poisoned by refuse, discarded out of carelessness or for self-interest. The seas, themselves polluted, engulf the remains of countless shipwrecked victims of forced migration. The heavens, which in God’s plan, were created to sing his praises, are rent by engines raining down implements of death.

Love can also grow cold in our own communities. In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I sought to describe the most evident signs of this lack of love: selfishness and spiritual sloth, sterile pessimism, the temptation to self-absorption, constant warring among ourselves, and the worldly mentality that makes us concerned only for appearances, and thus lessens our missionary zeal. 


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sat 24th Feb & Sun 04th Mar in Tullamore & Sun 11th Mar in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 21st Feb.

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 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.


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 19    10.00  Mauro & Mario Tagle

                7.30  Sadie Lloyd 

Tues 20   10.00  Tom Carroll & Harry & Christina O’Shea 

                7.30  Jimmy O’Driscoll

Wed 21   10.00  Mary & Margaret Gallagher 

               7.30  Bridie Cullen, Mon Mem

Thurs 22   7.30  Michael Dunne, Killiskea

              10.00  Joan Nicholson, 1st Ann 

               7.30  Frances Martin Connolly

Fri 23       7.30  Luke Bracken, Arden

              10.00  Mary & Christopher Whelan & son Christopher  

                7.30  Johnny Cummins

Sat 24       6.30  Veronica Lambe, Mon Mem

Sun 25       8.30  Phyllis Kelly 

               10.00  Mary Egan, Harbour Drive 

               11.30  Kathleen Molloy, Ballduff, 1st Ann

                         Gabriel Johnson, Mon Mem                             

Shared Mass, Sat 24, 10.00am: Paddy & May Flaherty; Kevin Lambe; Joe, Mina, Tom, Carol, Sheila & Fiachra Flanagan & Patricia & Oliver Mullery; Tom & May Hassey, Ian Parnell; Ronnie Walsh; Tess Smollen; Matt Hayes; Tom & Rose Smith & Family; Maggie & Bridie Lynam & Family; Danny & Lily Lynam & Family; Bill & Kathleen Jaffray; Margaret & Michael Forrestal; Matt, Eileen & Damien Horan & Gallagher Family; Michael & Jacqueline Graham; Margaret, John & Gabriel Dooner; Tommy Brennan; Paddy & Nancy Quinlan, Gerry & Brid Ryan; Thomas Brolly; Pat, John & Bob Gorman, Phyllis Moran; Peg McKeon; Creevy Family & Alice Taylor; Tom & Teresa McCabe; Peter & Annie Waters & Laura Dillon; John & Kit O’Connor; Patricia & Eugene Pidgeon; James & Brigid Caffrey & daughter Betty Berry & James Harrington; Noel & Veronica McGee.

Durrow, Sun 25, 11.30am: Edel Buggy, Mon Mem.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Mary Flynn. 


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Arianna McDonald who was baptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTION

Tullamore €3823; Durrow €285; 

Envelopes €2840

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: Sun 2-3am, 10-11am, 1-2pm, Sun Midnight – 1am Mon or any other hour? Ph: 0851162668. 

ACCORD TULLAMORE looking for a Facilitator with their Marriage Care Service. Professional training provided. Contact ACCORD Tullamore, 0579341831 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

EXPERIENCE GENTLE DANCES/MOVEMENTS FOR MEDITATION & WELLBEING: Thurs 22, 7.15-8.45pm. Parish Centre. Donation of €5 towards Parish Funds.

MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP: Meeting Tues 20, 7.30pm. Parish Centre.

TULLAMORE MEALS ON WHEELS: AGM, Tues 27, Hugh Lynch's, 8pm. All welcome.

FRIENDS OF CHERNOBYL CHILDREN TULLAMORE: AGM, Court Hotel Tues 27. 8pm. All welcome.

OSPCA: Open Day Sat 24, OSPCA premises (off Market Sq), 2- 5pm. Drop in for a chat & any info if interested volunteering or fostering.

UNDERSTANDING SELF-HARM SEMINAR Central Hotel, Tues 27, 7-9pm. Facilitated by Josephine Rigney, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention.  Ph: 0578672402 to book.

RAHAN ROAD RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: AGM, Mon 19, Hugh Lynches 8pm. Everybody Welcome.

BALLYDALY/TINNYCROSS RESIDENTS ASSOC: Table Quiz, Tanyard Lane Lounge, 8.30. Table of 4: €40. Please Support.

BUS TO DUBLIN FOR PRO-LIFE RALLY to save the 8th Amendment, Sat 10 March. Ph: 0879483314 to book a seat. “THE PRODUCERS” musical presented by Birr Stage Guild, Sat 24, Marian Hall. Ph:0579122911/www.birrtheatre.com to book. 

 
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