20 April 2021
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  

3rd Sunday of Easter ~ 18th April 2021

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  

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-5:00pm; Sat - Closed: 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.


WEEKEND MASSES 

Church of the Assumption: (Vigil) 6.00pm 

Sunday 9.00am, 11.00am & 1.00pm

Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday-Friday 7.45am, 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAMS BOTH IN DURROW & TULLAMORE.  GO TO PARISH WEBSITE.

CONFESSIONS

Not taking place at the moment.


THE DEEP END – ‘YOU ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS’

Today’s Gospel is one of the resurrection accounts from St Luke’s Gospel.  It begins with the disciples recalling their experience on the road to Emmaus and how they recognised Jesus in the breaking of the bread.  The Gospel continues into another account of the Risen Jesus with his disciples.   Jesus interrupts the disciple’s story and greets them with ‘Peace’ (Shalom) yet, in this account, they are terrified by this.  Jesus shows them his wounds and Luke tells us that they are full of joy, but they still can’t believe it and think it is a ghost.  Jesus shows them that he is no ghost as he asks for food and eats fish with them.  Jesus then journeys with them back through the scriptures in order to open their minds.  He speaks to them compassionately, trying to relieve their anxiety and fear.

Jesus tells the disciples that ‘you are witnesses of these things’.  Luke wants to establish an important point, that these disciples are witnesses to the Resurrection, they ate with Jesus after his death and he opened their minds.  The Resurrection accounts in the Gospels are not fantasy, they are the actual experiences of Jesus’ disciples.  So often in Luke’s Gospel Jesus conveys his message through food and banquets, moments of celebration.  The Risen Christ brings compassion and joy into difficult spaces.  Today let us share with Jesus the situations in our lives which need an injection of compassion and Easter joy.

‘Every year the dull and dead in us meets our Easter challenge: to be open to the unexpected, to believe beyond our security, to welcome God in every form, and trust in our own greening.’  (Joyce Rupp)

Jane Mellett, Intercom April 2021


FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION

We are thinking of all our young people who are preparing for their sacraments at this time.

It is not possible to set dates for First Communion and Confirmation with current restrictions.  We do not know when the government will ease restrictions and permit the celebration of public Masses in our churches.  When our churches are allowed to reopen then we can make plans and set dates for Confirmation and First Communion.  In the meanwhile we acknowledge the great work that our schools are doing in preparing our young people for the sacraments.  We encourage families to participate in the live streaming of Masses from our parish Churches, to pray regularly and to visit the churches for private prayer.  It is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and we look forward to better days.


LIVING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Luke 24:35-48

When we are not expecting it to happen, even a good event can startle us.  So it was with the disciples when Jesus appeared to them.  He sought to calm them and helped them to see the good news behind what had initially alarmed them.  Who has been a Jesus person for you by helping you to find meaning and good news in life?

Jesus helped the disciples to find new hope, but he did not give them easy answers.  He asked them to see the facts before their eyes.  He wanted them to learn from the lived experience they were having.  As a parent, teacher, friend or guide, have you been a Jesus person to another, helping him/her to find hope and purpose in life by learning from his/her experiences?  Who has done this for you?

Jesus opened their minds to ‘understand the scriptures’, and the effect was transformative.  Perhaps there have been times when a new and deeper understanding of scripture has had a transformative impact on you.  Recall the experience and give thanks for those who opened the scriptures for you.

The resurrection experience empowered the disciples to be witnesses.  Unexpected possibilities for the future surfaced when it seemed that hope had gone.  When have new possibilities opened for you after a ‘resurrection’ experience: recovery of health when it did not seem possible, new opportunities after failure or disappointment, inner healing after a deep hurt, etc?

John Byrne osa, Intercom April 2021


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €2039

Thank you for your continued support.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Contact the Parish Secretary.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

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


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


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22nd AUGUST 1996 


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 19... 10.00 ..Eileen & Patrick Boland

...................... John Carroll Carlow Mon Mem

Wed 21 ..10.00.. Daniel & Kathleen Hayden

Thurs 22 10.00 ..James Owens, Connolly Park

......................Leigh Shortall, Arden View & Clontarf Rd

Sat 24  ..  6.00 ..Olivia Brennan, Whitehall, 1st Ann

......................Tommie Healion, Cappincur, 1st Ann

Sun 25   9.00 ...John Healy, Ballycommon

...........11.00.. Maureen Dunne, Killiskea, Mon Mem

Shared Mass Sat 24, 10am:  Michael Connolly; Jack, Maura & Annmarie Lowbridge; Patricia Kelly Grogan; Michael & Angela Conlon, O’Toole & Conlon Families; John & Mary Moriarty & Sean Dooley; Annie Jo O’Brien, Peter & Annie Waters; Joseph & Catherine O’Connor; Jack & Kathleen Egan; Anne & James Martin & Family; Matthew, Elizabeth, Lelia & Tom Gallagher; Bridget & James Martin, Daly & Martin Families; Bridget & Joe McCabe, Dunne & McCabe Families; Owen & Kathleen Marron; P J & Annie Sheehy; Herbert, John, Eva & Pat Marron; Paddy & Kathleen Morgan; John, Rose, Bobby, Joe & Philomena Kelly, Shem Dwane & baby Scully; Matthew & Patrick Conway, John & Christine Kavanagh.

All Masses can be viewed on Parish Webcam


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Lily O’Brien, Teresa Conroy, Róisín Daly, Deborah King nee Kelly, Nuala Grumbly, Agnes Walsh nee Hanly & Elizabeth Clifford.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

MABS: Helpline 0761 07 2000 Mon to Fri 9am - 8pm.

ALONE: COVID support line for older people.  Ph 0818 222 024, 8am-8pm daily.

AA: Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat &  Sun 8.15pm, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun, 1pm; Charleville Centre, Wed & Sat 8.30pm.

Al-ANON – for families of those suffering from Addiction:  Thurs 8pm, Tihilly, Lannello, Clontarf Rd.

TULLAMORE RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, 0579322500; Freephone  1800323232

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE Contact them on 0579328268, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE offering a range of free/affordable services.  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0579353177/9353441.

 
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