11 July 2020
Bulletin 30-Jan-04


Love Conquers All

As children, we would constantly ask my mother which of us she loved the most.  Her answer never changed:
... the one who is sick, until he/she has recovered;
... the one who is away from home, until he/she returns;
... the one who is in trouble, until it gets sorted
and so on.

We got the message that love conquered all and that it was a free gift.  The greatest thing on earth is to love and be loved.  Love is God, and if we are true to ourselves as people made in the image and likeness of God, our very reason for existing must be to love.

St Paul does not mean sentimental love, but real love which is patient, kind, selfless, "delights in truth, ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes." (1 Cor. 1:7)

Community Activities

Parent Confirmation Nights: Scoil Eoin Phoil II Monday; St Philomena's Thursday - both in Day Chapel 8.00pm.
St Mary's Youth & Community Centre: Tues Club (10-12yrs) 5-7pm, post primary 7-9pm; Thurs Club (7-9yrs) 5-7pm, post primary 7-9pm.
Pioneers: Those wishing to enrol are welcome to do so after 1st Friday Mass, Day Chapel door.  Those eligible for gold/silver badges or Fr Cullen medals ph 21313.
Legion of Mary: Rosary Mon-Fri, 7.30pm, Church.  Exposition Monday.
Children of Mary: Meeting Tues 3, 8pm.
Irish Cancer Society: Local branch AGM Mon 2, 8pm, Bridge House.  All welcome.
Friends of Chernobyl Children: AGM Tues 3, 8pm, Druids Lounge.  Those recently involved or wishing to become involved welcome.
Garden Club: Meeting + guest speaker from Deerings Nurseries, Wed 4, 8pm, Bridge House.
Ready: Outing to Mountbolus, Tues 3.    Bus from Day Care 8.30pm.  All welcome.
Cystic Fibrosis: Church gate collection next weekend, 7th & 8th.
Secular Franciscans: Meeting Tues 3, 7pm.  New members welcome.
Ceili: Sun 1, 4-7pm, Durrow Hall.  All welcome.
Youths Disco: Rugby club, Fri 5, 9-12, in aid of Youths rugby.
Emmaus Retreat - a new experience of meeting Jesus in both Word & Sacrament, Sun 8, 10m-5pm (incl Mass), St Brendan's Community School, Birr.  Ph 087-6449031.
Parish Information & Support Services - Confidential Phone Line 26604: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm; 6.00-10.00pm.
ACCORD Marriage & Relationship counselling Mon-Fri 9.30am-1.30pm,  41831; 
CIC Mon-Fri 10am-12.30pm, 2-4pm, Sat 10-12 ,52204;
Epiplepsy Assoc Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm 28631; 
AA Mon, Thurs, Sat Mercy Convent 8.30pm;
Al-Anon Thurs 8.30pm, 17 Chapel St.  01-8732699;
Vincent De Paul 22072;
Dochas - Cancer Info & Support Drop in centre 12 Henry St, Mon/Wed/Fri 10.30am-12.30pm 28268;
Suicide Bereavement Support 086-8157320;
Sexual Abuse & Rape Counselling Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Mon 8-10.30pm. 1800323232; Grow Thurs 7.30pm Day Care Arden Rd, 51124;
Aware Mon 8.45pm Community Mental Health Centre 1890303302;
Women in Crisis Ozanam House, Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 51886;
Life Pregnancy Care 7B Cormac St Sat 12-3pm 1850281281;
Fibromyalgia Group: Last Tues of month, 8pm, Day Care Centre. 22420;
Anew - support group for women with alcohol problems, Wed 8pm, Ofalia House Edenderry, 086-1024743.

Bulletin notices must be handed in to the Parochial House by Wednesday lunch time.  Late notices will be omitted.  Only community-based, non-profit making activities can be included.

Monday - Candlemass Day - Candles blessed at 7.45 & 10.00am Masses.  Candles available in the Church.

Tuesday - St Blaise - Blessing of Throats at 7.45 & 10.00am Masses.  Blessing of throats also at short prayer services at 1.10pm and 7.30pm.

Ecumenical Programme - Tuesday 8.00pm (Day Chapel):
Speaker Rev Pat Lawrence (Church of Ireland) on the topic of combining the demands of ordained ministry and married life.  All welcome.

1st Friday Healing Mass - Friday 7.30pm: Guest Celebrant Fr Damien Ryan (Limerick) - Special focus on suicide.  A collection will be taken up occasionally to cover costs.

Young Readers: Congratulations and thanks to all the young readers from the primary schools who were commissioned last Sunday.

Ministry Night for Ministers of the Eucharist  Monday 9th Feb, 8pm, Day Chapel.

Commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 7th Feb at 8.30pm Candlelight Mass.

Changes in Funeral Policy: From this month on, we will no longer have funeral Masses at the regular Sunday Mass times.  This is to ensure that the funeral liturgy is more fully focussed on the deceased and the bereaved.

Parish Welcome & Information Booklet:  If you are interested in helping, please leave your name at the Parochial House.  A further meeting will be on Friday 13 Feb at 8.00pm in the Parochial House.

Confirmation Faith Friends will be commencing week of March 8th.  Adult leaders required for one hour per week for four weeks.  Please leave your name and address at the Parochial House or Sacristy

Mass Intentions:
Mon 2: 7.45 Mary Whelan, Pearse Park.  1st Ann. 10.00 Biddy & Joe Gavin. 
Tues 3: 7.45 Alo & Maura O'Brennan.  10.00 Michael & Mary Galvin. 
Wed 4: 7.45 John Lonergan, Kildangan.  10.00 Seamus Mahon & parents Josephine & James, Clonminch House. 
Thurs 5: 7.45 Mary Brigid Dwane, Park Ave. 10.00 Frank Clarke. 
Sat 7: 7.45 Murt Whelan & granddaughter Deborah & Murt Whelan Jnr. 10.00 Mick Forrestal, Clontarf Rd.  7.00 Eileen Grennan, Loughaun.  1st Anninversary  8.30 Christopher O'Connor, 3 O'Molloy St.  1st Anninversary 
Sun 8: 8.30 Farrell Quaide, 89 Arden View.  10.00 Margaret O'Donoghue, 8 Pearse Park.  11.30 Peg Murray, 9 Davitt St.  1st Anninversary

Fri 8 (8pm)
Patrick O'Brien, Derrygolan.  Month Memory
Sun 8 John Gorman, Kildangan.

Next Shared Mass Sat 21st Feb, 10am.

Deaths: We offer our sympathy to the families of Ellen Taylor nee Cronly, late Henry St died in Toronto; John Bracken, Ballinamona; Sr Carmel McDonagh, Tara Crescent; Sr Bernadette Nevin, Mercy Convent; Anne Butler, 9 Clontarf Rd; Michael Hoey, 63 O'Molloy St.
If you would like support in your grieving, now or in the future, please ring 26604.

Baptisms: Welcome to the parish community Ellen Sarah Chalke, Ashley Court; Bryan Bajor, 22 Marian Place.  The pre-Baptism meetings for February are on Wednesday 28th Jan & Wednesday 18th Feb at 8.30pm in the Parochial House.  All parents who wish to have their child baptised in February must attend a meeting.  Contact Parish Secretary for details.

Collections: Plate: Tullamore €424; Durrow €174.  Envelopes: €3584.
 Thank you.

Sunday Mass Times:.Vigil: 7.00pm & 8.30pm.  Sun: 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm.  Durrow: 11.30am

Confessions: Saturdays 12-1pm;3-4pm; 6.30-7pm; 7.45-8.15pm. 
Eve Holydays 6.30-7pm.  Eve 1st Fridays 12-1pm; 7.30-8pm.

Please continue to pray for Fiona Pender, our parishioner who has been missing since 22nd Aug ‘96