31 May 2020


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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Palm Sunday ~ 14th April 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 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am; Saturday 10.00am


Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, 0579321587

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This very day commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem when the crowd cries Hosanna for him. Within the week, the samecrowd roars for his death on the cross. People are fickle. 

Holy Week is one long account of betrayal, denial, fear and abandonment. All of this brings home to us what sin is. When we sin, we turn away from Jesus. We turn away from Him on his journey to Calvary.

Yet, the week does not end with the passion and death of Jesus. No, it culminates with the glorious Resurrection of Jesus, the triumph of forgiveness and mercy over sin and death. There is the promise of a bright future for all of us who follow Jesus and He left us the gift of Himself under the form of bread and wine to help us on our journey to everlasting life with Him.

This week we could journey with Jesus—make the Way of the Cross. Remember the 5,480 blows Jesus suffered in His Passion. Remember the Sacred Wound in His shoulder from carrying the heavy cross. Profess our sorrow and confess our sins. Venerate the Holy Face of Jesus on Good Friday with the recitation of the Chaplet to the Holy Face.  That is the heart of the Passion story.

CHRISM MASS:  Bus from Parochial House 5.30pm, Wed 17.  Cost €10.  Leave names in Sacristy.

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: Rotas for Holy Week Ceremonies now available from Sacristy.

FOR CHILDREN BAPTISED IN 2018: Parents & children invited to celebration of the Eucharist on Easter Sunday at 10.00am, to celebrate and remember children’s baptism and entry into the Christian Community during 2018.

WHY ARE THE CROSSES COVERED? There is an ancient tradition to cover sacred images in the church in the last weeks of Lent. There are a number of reasons behind this.

First of all, we use veils to alert us of the special time that we are in. When we walk into church and notice things are covered, we immediately know that something is different.These last few days of Lent are meant to be a time of immediate preparation for the Sacred Triduum and these veils are a forceful reminder to get ready.

Secondly, the veils focus our attention on the words being said at Mass. When we listen to the Passion narrative, our senses are allowed to focus on the striking words from the Gospel and truly enter into the scene.

Third, the Church uses veils to produce a heightened sense of anticipation for Easter Sunday. As we move through this Holy Week we remember the words of the psalm “my soul is longing for God, the living God.”

Next Sunday we will see him risen and unveiled.


Palm Sunday (14th. April) Masses  as per normal Sunday. 

5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer. 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:  Mass as normal, with no Mass on Wednesday evening.

Monday 15th. April:

Mass for the sick at 2:00 p.m.  

Polish confessions Monday from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Wednesday 17th. April:

Chrism Mass in Mullingar at 7:00 p.m. 

Holy Thursday 18th. April 

10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer.

2:30 p.m. Riada House

4:00 p.m. Hospital, Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

7:00 p.m. Durrow, Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

7:30 p.m. Tullamore, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by reposition of the blessed sacrament and quiet time of prayer for vocations. 

10:00 p.m. Nightly prayer, Tullamore.

Good Friday  (19th. April)

10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 

12:00 noon: Sations of the Cross re-enactment, presented by young people of our Parish.

Celebration of the Lords passion 

3:00 p.m. Tullamore and Riada House 

4:00 p.m. Hospital 

7:00 p.m. Durrow 

7:30 p.m. Tullamore 

9:00 p.m. Churches Together - Walk of Witness (commencing at St. Catherine's Church, Hop Hill. Please bring a small lantern.)

Holy Saturday (20th. April)

10:00 a.m. Morning prayer 

12:00 noon: Penitential  Service 

2:00 to 6:00: Confessions 

4:15 p.m.:  Polish community food blessing 

9:00 p.m. Solemn Easter Vigil Mass, Tullamore.

Easter Sunday 

6:00 a.m. Dawn Mass (at the site of the Old Church in Axis Business Park)

Sunday Masses as normal :

Tullamore 8:30 a.m.;  10 a.m.;   11:30 a.m.  and 1:00 p.m. 

Durrow:  11:30 a.m.    Hospital: 9:00 a.m.  Polish Mass: 3:30 p.m. 

Easter Octave:  Monday to Saturday,  Mass at 10:00 a.m. 


Mon 15    10.00  Paddy & Phyllis Mitchell, Charleville Rd

           7.30pm  Marie & Timothy Carey

Tues 16   10.00  Michael McDonagh, Kilcruttin

           7.30pm  Jody & Annie Coughlan

Wed  17   10.00  Bridget, Patrick & Kieran McDonagh

DEATHS:  We offer our sympathy to the families of Mary Grennan, Joseph O’Connor & Michael Martin.

BAPTISMS:  Welcome to God’s family Dillan Santos, Caleb Patrick Mooney, Fionn Declan Geraghty Ghee, Juliette tone who were baptised recently.

PARISH COLLECTIONS:  Tullamore €3180, Durrow €332, Envelopes €3046. Thank you for your continued support.



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Hours to cover.Ph 0851162668.No Adoration from Holy Thurs 3pm-Holy Sat 11pm.

C.N.G PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sat 4th May.  To book ph A Boland 0877914828.

PUBLIC VIGIL & ROSARY IN HONOUR OF THE HOLY FACE O'Connor Sq, Good Friday, 12noon.  All welcome. 

‘TULLAMORE TRADFEST’: Family fun events this weekend. For more information visit www.tullamoretradfest.com'

CAKE SALE & RAFFLE IN AID OF TRÓCAIRE, Bridge Centre, Holy Thurs.  Cake donations welcome.

CÉILÍ in aid of Zambia missions, Pitch & Putt club, Tues 16, 8pm

OFFALY HOSPICE REMEMBRANCE WALK Good Friday 12noon, Henry St to Bolands Lock and back.  Refreshments follow. Adults €10 Children Free. Who will you remember?

CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE GROUP seek host families for cyclists for one night, Sat 27.Contact Keith Begley, HSCL Tullamore College 0863537456; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it See www.cycleagainstsuicide.com for more details.

ACTION GROUP FOR TULLAMORE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTREGathering Aras anChontae, Charleville Rd., Mon 15, 12.30-2pm. Please come and show your support.

ACCORD TULLAMORE: Facilitators wanted for Marriage Care Service.  Professional training provided.  Contact 0579341831 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it More information on www.accord.ie

FAMILY CARERS IRELAND FUNDRAISER:  Seeking bags and shoes new/as good as new. Donations can be left into Beth Wogan at our Office in the Market Square during Office hours.

FREE HAIR & BEAUTY COURSE commencing soon.Contact Martina Offaly Local Development, 0876610274 for details.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 28TH:  Mass Sun 28, Mucklagh Church, 3pm.  Devotions begin 2.45pm.  All are welcome.

EDDIE STONES in Kilcormac Church, Palm Sunday 7pm.

RE-ENACTMENT OF “WAY OF THE CROSS” Green Field. Clara, Good Friday.  Starting at 2.15 lasting approx 30 minutes.

TULLAMORE BPW: Wed 17, 8pm, Bridge House. Speaker, Environmental Awareness Officer, Offaly CoCo will speak on "Managing Household Waste". All welcome. Non members €5.