20 August 2017
Jesus, Divine Caller of vocations, You invite some to chosen professions,
Others to distinctive spiritual work! Your call may reflect one's ambitions,
Or may be a command to a special calling. Inspire me to always know within my heart,
What particular type of work is fitting to do Your will at that particular time. Amen

 Commemoration

MASS TIMES FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Masses for St Patrick’s Day will be as follows: Tullamore Vigil Wednesday 16th. AT 6.30 pm;
Thursday 17th 8.30 am, 10.00 am, 11.30 am.  (No Mass at 1.00 pm).     Durrow 11.30am.
CENTENARY CELEBRATION EVENTS 
Offaly County Council invites you to celebrate 100 years of our nation in Offaly. In this centenary year, this is our opportunity for all citizens of Offaly to come together to remember those Offaly men who fought for Irish Independence. 
Together we remember their contribution by the raising of the Irish Flag, laying a wreath and the reading the Proclamation. A lone piper will lead us in a candlelit walk to Colmcille St, to the scene where on March 20th, 1916 an incident led to Padraig  Pearse saying “A great deed was done last night in Tullamore..”. The unveiling of a new flagstone to mark this location will take place.
Then the piper leads us onto the Church of the Assumption for a gale concert. Headlined by Mundy & Donal Lunny, with Simon Casey, Sean Ryan, Olivia Burke, Karen Martin, Diarmuid Guinan, Joe Maher, Danna Davis, Gerard Gillen and a host of choirs and bands such as Ruaile Buaile, St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Tullamore Town Band, St. Manchan’s Youth Choir, Edenderry Rockers, Offaly Comhaltas, Eden Chorale, Birr Choral Society and Offaly County Council Choir, over 150 musicians will raise the roof with some iconic pieces of Irish music. Punctuated by spoken word and directed by Colin Hughes
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
The theme of this year's parade is a commeration of Easter 2016. The parade organisers expect increased participation and even larger crowds of spectators. The floats will assemble in the Bridge Centre car park and the parade will begin at 11.00 a.m.
HOLY SEASON OF LENT
Weekday Masses for Lent: 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer is on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption.
PARISH CENTRE SHOP 
St Patrick’s Day cards are now available from the Parish Centre.   A selection of religious gifts and cards also available.
POLISH MASS
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in Polish at 2.30pm in the Church of the Assumption on the 4th Sunday of every month. 
POLSKA MASS 
Święta Ofiara Mszy jest obchodzony w języku polskim 2.30pm w kościele Wniebowzięcia NMP na 4. niedzielę każdego miesiąca .
BAPTISMS
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 19 Mar & Sun 3 Apr in Tullamore & Sun 10 Apr in Durrow.  The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed. 16th Mar.  
To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.
PILGRIMAGES 2016:
1. The Medjugorje  Pilgrimage will be from 14th. to 21 Sept.  Ph Pat 0863192399 for details.
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OFFALY HOSPICE:  Annual Public Meeting, Mon 14th. in The Court Hotel at 8.00pm.  All interested in hospice services please attend.

CAKE SALE: In aid of Daffodil Day, Fri 11th, The Bridge Centre

PADRE PIO GROUP:Mass on Tues 8th, Church of the Assumption, 7.30pm.

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OFFALY 100
Offaly 100 Commemoration and Concert will take place on Sunday 20th. of March beginning with a candlelit Procession starting from Tullamore Courthouse at 5:45pm. For details of this, and other events in the county, visit offaly.ie
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