11 August 2020


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

19th Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 9th August 2020

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  


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm; Sat 2.00pm to 4.00pm to book Holy Mass tickets, weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;  

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.

Parish Support Services:  Bereavement Listening, etc.  For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


New measures announced by the taoiseach, Míchéal Martin, on Friday 20th. August mean that the public celebration of mass will be suspended throughout counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly for a period of at least 2 weeks to guard against the spread of coronavirus in the community.

While Tullamore and Durrow churches will remain closed, mass will continue to be available on our webcam pages. Funeral masses during this period will be restricted to a maximum number of 25 people.


1. The story illustrates the power of faith. Have you noticed that when you believe in someone, or something, you can do things that would not be possible when you are full of doubts? Recall moments when your faith gave you strength and courage? Name for yourself the different kinds of faith that had this effect: belief in yourself, trust in another, faith in God.

2. When Jesus got into the boat, the winds ceased. Who has been a Jesus-person for you, helping to calm a storm that frightened you or made you anxious?

3. The experience of Peter gives encouragement to us when we waver in our trust and belief in God. In his doubt and fear, Jesus reached out to him. Who has reached out a helping hand to you when you felt you were sinking?

4. The story ends with a profession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God. Have you had experiences of being rescued from some hazard or danger, experiences which deepened your faith in the presence and compassion of God?

John Byrne OSA  -  August 2020

THE DEEP END • That sinking feeling

Have you ever used the expression ‘My heart sank’? It is usually used to describe an experience of extreme disappointment or anxiety; a moment when our courage or hope fails and we feel that things are about to turn out very badly indeed. We might be going along just fine, confidently navigating life’s twists and turns, when something knocks us off balance. It could be an illness, a financial blow, falling out with a family member or friend, worry about a son or daughter. Especially when we lose someone close to us, grief can make us feel as though we are sinking.

What strikes me about today’s gospel is that Peter doesn’t hesitate about taking that first step out of the boat. Once he sees who is calling him, out he gets and begins to walk towards Jesus. But then, as soon as he feels the force of the wind, as soon as he realises that the conditions around him are challenging and frightening, he loses courage and starts to sink.

Wind and storm are metaphors for situations we face. Sometimes it is a single thing that knocks us back. Sometimes it is a build-up. A few months ago, at the early stages of ‘lockdown,’ we thought it wouldn’t be so bad to take a break and stay at home for a few weeks. But as the weeks turned into months, many people were overwhelmed by increasing feelings of loneliness, fears for health and anxiety about the future. It can feel like sinking.

The good news of today’s gospel centres around the line, ‘Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.’ As soon as Peter starts to falter and sink, Jesus reaches out to steady him and pull him to himself. When we are in trouble, sometimes all we can do is trust in God. When our faith and hope are shaken, and we are sinking, he will reach out and hold us close.

Tríona Doherty


Saturday next, 15th, is the Feast of the Assumption.  The Mass times will be at 10.00am and 1.10pm from Tullamore Church on our webcam only.


Booking can now be made at the Parish Office.


To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary.


Plate €1134;Durrow €147; Envelopes €2325

Thank you most sincerely for your continued support.

AL-ANON (Families of those suffering from Addiction):  Meeting Thursdays, Darmagh Centre, Tihilly, Clontarf Rd, 8:00pm.  Please bring a mask.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM TINNITUS? If so why not come along to the Chime Tinnitus Well-Being Event – ‘A Change of Mind’,  guest speaker Steven Lane, Thurs 20, Central Hotel, 5:30pm Cost: €10.00. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Call 0868252538 or 0579351606 to book your place.

COURAGE! IT IS I!  DO NOT BE AFRAID.”  Uncertainty can sometimes bring fear along with God’s call to consecrated life or priesthood. If the Lord is truly calling you, what is needed is trust. 

If you are discerning your vocation, speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL is Ireland's largest Catholic Youth event, but this year, for the first time, it will be streamed live on the 14th-16th of August.  Hear talks and workshops from some of the best Catholic speakers from Ireland and around the world.

Youth 2000 Ireland's motto is 'Youth leading Youth to the Heart of the Church' and we do this by leading  Eucharistic-centred festivals, retreats and prayer meetings throughout the country.

Register FREE at www.youth2000.ie/summerfestival2020  

A NEW PILGRIMAGE ON LOUGH DERG’S LAKESHORE:  Walk and Pray in the Lough Derg tradition on 16, 18, 22, 26 & 30 August. Contact 071 9861518 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details. Numbers are limited.  Advance booking essential.


Some complain that God put thorns on roses; others give thanks that God put roses among thorns.



Mon 10    10.00    Pat, Rita & Padraig Hogan, Church Rd

Tues 11   10.00    Linda Bermingham Martin

Wed 12    10.00    William Mills

Thurs 13  10.00    Martin & Mary Mannion

Fri 14      10.00    Kenny Family, High St

Sat 15      10.00    Ann & Tom Ruane

                 1.10    Niall O’Sullivan, Ballykilmurray

                 5.00    William & Mary Keegan    

                 6.30    Martin Wallace, 1st Ann

Sun 16      10.00    Liam & Chris Leavy

                11.30    Barry Woodnutt, 1st Ann & Molly O’Brien

You can join us on the webcam, www.tullamoreparish.ie

Durrow Sun 16, 11.30am:  Terry Bermingham, Mon Mem


We offer our sympathy to the families of Padraig Bracken & May O’Toole.


Welcome to God’s family Joseph Jason Molloy, Bobby Aidan O’Neill, Jessica Mary O’Callaghan Nally who were baptised recently.

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