30 May 2017


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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26th March 2017

~4th Sunday of Lent

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.


A word, touch or even a glance are usually the only outward signs Jesus uses when healing in the Gospels, but in this story of the man born blind He used something extra - clay and spittle. Then with touch and water the blind man sees for the first time. So why does Jesus, as in this case, use basic elements and the senses when He has no need of any of them to perform a miracle?  He respects us as created - learning everything we really know through our senses, which is why symbols affect us and our decisions so profoundly. 

The vestments worn today are rose coloured and the Mass opens with the words Rejoice!  They are to encourage us to keep our eyes fixed on the goal - the celebration of the Resurrection.  Those preparing for Baptism on Easter Sunday will be invited by the Church, in Jesus’ name and with His grace, to have a personal encounter with the Risen Jesus, through the basic elements of oil, water, bread and wine and the senses of touch, taste and hearing they will go to meet Him, and, like the man born blind, really "See" for the first time.

The words of the little refrain - 

                  Open my eyes Lord   

                  I want to see Jesus

                  To reach out and touch Him

                   And tell Him I love Him....

could help as a reminder of what we are heading towards and remind ourselves too to relive the grace of our own baptism.


The washing of the feet is a very important part of the Holy Week celebrations. It takes place during the Holy Thursday Mass at 7.30pm.

We need twelve people for this celebration.

If you would be willing to participate in the washing of the feet please leave your name in the sacristy.

LENT 2017

Weekday Masses:7.30am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.

Evening Prayer for Lent continues this Sunday, 19th, at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome.

Monday Evenings in Lent 

Every Monday evening this Lent we have a guest speaker to lead us in prayer and reflection. This week we welcome Fr Liam Lawton who is well known in music ministry and a priest in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.  Mass begins at 7.30 and concludes with Lenten devotions and Benediction. 


An Hour of Adoration in preparation for next “Nightfever” will be in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 29th from 8.00-9.00pm.


Thank you, Lord, that you fill a mother’s heart with love,

That you have instilled in her very being the need to protect her children if at all possible,

Thank you for giving her the gift of nurturing her children, of teaching them, of comforting them, 

for feeding them and making a safe place for them.

For guiding them to be all that God has created them to be.

Fill every mother with love, wisdom and endurance, 

with strength and patience and joy.

Give them ability to forgive again and again.

Enable her to rely on You and call upon You, because You will give her all she needs.

In Your precious and all powerful name, Amen

Wishing all Mother’s a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Second National Collection for the World Meeting of Families 2018

Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway.

Hosting this important event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding. In this regard a second national collection will be held on next weekend (1st and 2nd of April).

Your support for this collection would be greatly appreciated.


The next available Baptism datesareSun 7th May in Tullamore and Sun 14th May in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for this date is on Wed 19thApril.

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 counselling.


Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations& clubs included.


Mon 27      7.30  Kathleen & Patrick Cronly

               10.00  John McInerney

                7.30  Tom Conway, Ballydaly

Tues 28     7.30  Ellen & Michael Moore

              10.00  Elizabeth & Bernard Cutler, 52 Pearse Park

                 7.30  Thomas & Rebecca Hensey & Family

Wed 29  7.30pm  Anne Doyle

Thurs 30  10.00  Carmel & Gerard Connolly, Patrick St

                 7.30  John Wyer, Market Sq

Fri 31       10.00  Clancy Family

                 7.30  Noelle Broderick Forde

Sat1          10.00  Lizzie Dunne

                 6.30  Maura Quinlan, Pearse Park, 1st Ann

Sun2           8.30  Jack Wyer

               10.00  P J & Louisa Carragher, High St

               11.30  Kathleen Molloy, Ballyduff, Mon Mem

DURROW Sun 2:  Mary, Michael & Austin Heagney; David Waters & Margaret Kelly; Stephen & Maureen Lynam.


We offer our sympathy to the families of Paddy Mitchell, Catherine Martin, Margaret Flaherty & Noel Connolly.


Welcome to God’s Family Aoife Grace Kiernan, BlankaSteczko, Jamie Tomasz Jacyno& David Michael Geraghty who were baptised recently.


St Patrick’s Day Tullamore €2400; Durrow €231

19/3 Tullamore €3283; Durrow €168; Envelopes €2910

Monday Lenten Mission: 13/3 €394; 20/3 €593

Thank you for your continued support.



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Can you spend an hour to sit with the Lord: Sun 4-5am (urgent), 5-6pm; Mon 2-3pm;Tues 2-3pm; Wed 4-5pm; Thurs 2-3pm? Ph 0851162668.

EXPERIENCE GENTLE DANCES/MOVEMENT FOR MEDITATION & WELLBEING Thurs 30, 7.15-8.45pm, Parish Centre.  Donation €5 towards Parish Funds.

ST PHILOMENA’S NS:  Enrolment/Information evening for incoming 3rd class pupils,  Wed 29, 7.30pm, in the school.

TULLAMORE PHOENIX MARKET - supporting local charities, Saturday, 10am-3pm, Kilcruttin. Ph 0879050910 for details.

FRIENDS OF CHERNOBYL CHILDREN TULLAMORE:  Host families wanted for summer.If interested phone Mary 087 0635232/Alma 086 3857374 on or before Mon 20 Mar.

ROSARY for new evangelisation, Saturdays, after Vigil Mass.

MEDITATION:  Mondays, 7-8pm, Parish Centre.  All welcome.

DÓCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE: Providing supportive care, factual information, holistic therapies, counselling and mindfulness, Mon-Thurs, 10am-2pm. or ph 057 9328268 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GROW:  Wed, 11am, Tullamore Library.  If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come and learn a practical psychology of mental health.  All welcome.  Contact Assumpta 086 811 4135

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

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

SOSAD – free confidential counselling service – depression, suicide.  Ph 0579346704; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

21ST NATIONAL PIONEER BALL:  Sat 8 Apr, Sheraton Hotel Athlone, after 6.30pm Mass in St. Mary’s Church, celebrated by Bishop Francis Duffy.Tickets €30.  Ph Brenda 087-6189411.

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES:  Led by Bishop Smith, 12-17 Sept.  Section for sick pilgrims.Contact Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, 164 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, 01-6359300.  Youth section, 18-30 years.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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