01 June 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

1st Sunday of Lent ~ 10th March 2019

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Fr. Luke Ohiemi C.C.
Sr. Genny Hassey
Sr. Margaret Burke    


Weekend Masses

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30a.m, 10.00a.m, 11.30am & 1.00p.m

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30a.m

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption:7.45a.m, 10.00a.m, 1.10p.m, 6.30p.m.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:Vigil 8.00pm

Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am (see changes for Lent)

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.


We are already a few days into Lent and maybe struggling as to how best to participate in it. Will we do what we do every year or will we go a step further and enter more fully into preparing for Christ's passion, death and resurrection?

This is a time to be reborn, turn around our lives and work at getting rid of the obstacles that prevent us from responding more fully to God's love.

Journeying with Jesus during these 40 days will help us to be united with him during this testing time. And "God who brought our forefathers out of Egypt with a strong hand and outstretched arms" (Deut 26:8) will carry us through the difficult times. The Lord tests those He calls and we can trust that if we find time to be with Him in solitude or meditate each day during lent on God's work, He will engrave His message in our hearts.

This Lent can be a new beginning for all of us, and it is never too late to begin!

LENT 2019

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

Evening Prayer for Lent continues every Sunday at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption. All are welcome.

Talks on Reading of Bible Tuesdays, 10.30am, Parish Centre. If interested leave your name in Sacristy.

Stations of the Cross before 10.00am Mass, Monday-Friday.

Confessions Saturday 12.00-1.00pm and 3.00-4.00pm.

FOOTPRINTS THROUGH LENT - A Journey of hope to Easter

"Ours were the wounds he bore, ours the sorrows he carried" (Isaiah 53:4)

This week's speaker in our Lenten series on suicide prevention and mental health is Josephine Rigney. Josephine is the HSE Suicide Prevention Resource Officer in Laois & Offaly. She will share from her vast experience on how we should approach suicide if it is something that has come up in our own lives or the lives of our friends, families or colleagues. Friday 7.30pm Mass.


Lent is a great season where we are called to fasting, almsgiving and prayer. While our motivations may vary from weight loss to genuine spiritual journeying, this is a season where we take time to stop and take stock of our lives. What's there? What's there that shouldn't be there? Are there things in my life that I need to change, to move around, to let go of? Are there obstacles in the way of my relationship with Jesus and with the world around me?

Given the extent of the climate crisis that the world now finds itself in, and Ireland's dismal record on climate action, Lent would be an excellent time for each of us to examine our relationship with the earth in the hope that we might recognise the interconnectedness of all things. We might fast from our cars when we can, or look at how much food, clothes and energy we consume. How are our recycling habits? You might pledge to read Laudato Si, Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, during Lent, and perhaps to ask a few friends to join you.

Whatever you decide to do, embrace this very special time. In the Gospel we are given encouragement as we read that Jesus is being led by the Spirit into the wilderness. The wilderness is not a place to be feared: it can be a place of transformation; a place where God is ultimately in control. We might encounter our demons and temptations there, but that is part of the journey. As with all things, we will get out of Lent what we put in. The more we put in, the greater the celebration on Easter Sunday morning.

Jane Mellett Intercom March 2019


The next available Baptism dates Sat 23rd Mar & Sun 7th Apr in Tullamore & Sun 14th Apr in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Mar.

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.


9.30AM WEDNESDAY Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations & clubs-included.


Mon 11      7.30  Gretta, Ellen & Michael Moore

               10.00  Anne Condra

            7.30pm  Michael Lambe

Tues 12   10.00  Andrew & Margaret Hogan, Clara St

            7.30pm  Thomas & Rebecca Hensey & Family, & Brophy Family

Wed 13    10.00  Thomas, Margaret & Raphael Dunne

            7.30pm  Jim Doody

Thurs 14  10.00  Jim Delaney, O'Molloy St & Yorkshire, Mon Mem

            7.30pm  Sean Quinn

Fri 15        7.30  William Dunne & Family

               10.00  Catherine Monaghan, Screggan, 1st Ann

            7.30pm  Dan & Brigid Molloy

Sat 16      10.00  Catherine Martin

Sun 17       8.30  Rick Keenan

               10.00  Nicholas Molloy


We offer our sympathy to the family of Rosemary O'Brennan.


Welcome to God's Family Daniel William Sammon & Jamie David Troy who were baptized recently


Tullamore €3372; Durrow €241; Envelopes €3070

Thank you for your continued support



MEDJUGORJE JULY 2019 - PARISH PILGRIMAGE: 23rd July for 7 nights.  Half board €719pps.   Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399, PJ Smyth 0868796190, Luke McNamee 0879113118. 

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL: Can you sit an hour with the Lord: urgent Sat 9-10am, or any hour? Ph:0851162668.

LEGION OF MARY: Rosary, Wed 13, Alfie Lambe House, Arden Rd, 8.15pm. All welcome.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR begins Wed 13, 8pm, Day Chapel All welcome.


ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY IRELAND - Cake Sale, Wed 13, 10.30am-12.30pm, Parish Centre. Help to rebuild lives.

CAKE SALE IN AID OF DAFFODIL DAY Fri 15, Bridge Centre, from 10am. Please support.

ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE, Sun 17, 11.30am.  Assembly point for community groups, Bridge Centre car park, 11am. Business entries assemble in Kilcruttin, opposite the Railway Station. Also prizes for Window Display & Best Dressed Dog.   Ph Sean 0863892854. Website www.stpatricksdaytullamore.com 

TULLAMORE GAA MEMBERSHIP:   Check out the Tullamore GAA website and also the link on Facebook for payment. 

ST PHILOMENA'S NS would like to thank everyone for supporting their recent church gate collection. 

ROSARY & PRAYERS OF REPARATION TO THE HOLY FACE Wednesdays, 7.30pm, Parish Centre. All are welcome. 

"HANDS   FOR   LIFE   PROGRAMME":   Free   CPR Training programme. If interested text name & no to 0876344725. 

ENHANCING EQUALITY OFFALY: Information event, Thurs 11, Puttaghaun Community Centre, 11-lpm. Those interested in supporting a Disability Network welcome. Ph 0876028801. 

KILLINA PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL: Setanta Book Clubs Book Fair, Thurs 14, 3.35pm-8pm; Fri 15, lpm-3pm; Tues 19, 3.35pm-7pm. All welcome.

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 9-14 September 2019. Bookings can be made with Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2. Tel 01-6359300. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TTC providing free and low cost courses. Details from 0579353177 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Lotto nos 4/3 11,13,23,27, bonus 1.

TULLAMORE PHOENIX MARKET - supporting local charities -Sat 10am-3pm, Kilcruttin, beside Food Market. Ph 0879050910 

SHALOM RETREAT: Ceili Community, Kilbeggan, Fri 29, 10AM - Sun 31, 4pm. Ph Shobin Jose 0872484145 or Annie Joseph 0863010681. Register at www.shalommedia.org/retreat.