08 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

Second Sunday of Christmas ~ 5th Jan 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



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

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.


Tomorrow, Monday 6th, is the Feast of the Epiphany.  Mass times are 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm & 6.30pm in Tullamore Church


Date Time  Intention
Mon. 06 06:30 pm  Vincent Wynter
Tue. 07 07:45 am  Our Lady’s Mass
Wed. 08 07:45 am  Michael Daly, Mick & Maura Daly.
Wed. 08 10.00 am  Kathleen Claffey.
Thu. 09 07:45 am  Hugh Lynch.
Fri.  10 07:45 am  Mary Vickers, Park Avenue.
Fri.  10 10:00 am  Mary Whelan, (Mon. Mem.)
Sat.  11 06:30 pm  Eileen Martin, (Mon. Mem.)
Sun.  12 08:30 am  Kathleen, James & Joseph Kelly, O’Molloy St.
Sun.  12 10:00 am  Marcella Egan, Marian Pl.
Sun. 12 11:30 am  Kathleen Whelan, (Mon. Mem.)
Sun. 12 01:00  Patricia Molloy, (Mon. Mem.)






SHARED MASS: SATURDAY 11th 10:00 a.m.

Denis & Kathleen O’Meara;      Mick Halloran;      Robert Alexander;      Tommy Deevy; Mike, Julie Egan & Paddy Cunningham;      Joseph,  Mary Ann Feery & Family;      William Walsh;      Paddy & Anne Pidgeon;      Tom Kelly;      Margaret Carroll & Bessie Dowling;      Thomas McDonagh;      Stephen, Harry,  John Lowbridge & Family;      Mary & Archie Grimes;      Imelda Rooney;      Gertie & Sean Rowney;     Peter Berry;      Mary  Ganly & baby Berry;      John O’Hanlon & Joe O’Hare;      John, Jerome & Desmond Murphy;      Francis Keoghan;      Joe & Mary Marrinan & Donough Family;           Siobhan Drea & Mikaela Ardelanu;      John, Margaret, Sean & Paschal Murray; William Tobin; Carty Family; James Devaney; Teasie, Andy Duffy & May Hughes;      Martina Martin;      Paddy Egan;      Una Mulligan;      John Mulligan;      Seamus Mulligan;      Mary , Laurence & Peter Buckley, Buckley & Dunne Families;      Mary Ryan;     Thomas & Kathleen McNamara.


The Gospel reading today comes from the Fourth Gospel, that of St. John. Unlike the other Christmas readings, it does not refer to the birth of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem, something we can understand and that took place about 2,000 years ago. No, this reading starts: “In the beginning was the Word”, that is, in the beginning was Jesus. We exist in time. Time relates to humanity, to physical things, and it is difficult for us to conceptualise a “before time”---“the beginning”---when God, the Word existed. But St. John tells us that “

+In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.

St. John informs us further that we have our life, our very existence, through Him, the Word: “And the Word was made flesh”. He was the one who lived and still lives among us. He was the light that came into our world 2,000 years ago. He took on our humanity, became one of us. When we accept Him, we become children of God, and that is what we are. Grace and truth has come to us through Him. Jesus, the Word, is the one who makes his Father known to us, who sheds his light and helps us to understand what it is to be called children of God. Jesus, the light of the world, has enlightened us. Let us follow in his ways.


John opens his Gospel with a profound reflection on the meaning of creation, of life and of Jesus.  Remember when you had a special awareness of the gift of life that filled you with gratitude to God for creation, and the beauty and wonder of the world: “All things came into being through him and without him not one thing came into being.”

We often listen to a reading from the gospels.  Sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other.  Then there are occasions when it made us feel more alive, times when it helped us see the way ahead, like a Light that shines in the darkness.

Recall when the gospel gave you hope in the midst of anxiety or sadness and helped you to see what action would be most life-giving for you and for others.

Bring to mind people who had a prophetic voice in the world   -speaking the truth for the world to hear, as a witness to testify to the light.  Some of these may have been public figures.  Others were ordinary people who have helped you see the “light” by the witness of their own lives and words.

“No one has ever seen God.  It is the only Son of God, who is close to the father’s heart, who has made him know.”  Jesus came to us to teach us about God and put a human face on God for us.  For the people of his day, and for us, that was a mission of getting us to think again about how we see God, and to believe in a God of love.  Recall how the life and ministry of Jesus have changed your picture of God.


Te next available Baptism dates are Sat. Jan. 18th.; Sat. Jan. 25th.; and Sun. Feb. 2nd. in Tullamore and Sun. Feb. 9th. in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed. Jan. 15th.

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon. - Fri., 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.


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.


Welcome to God’s Family, Alice Mary Garry, Robyn Frances Connelly, Izaak Rian Bryan & Samuel-Fikayomi Oladosu, who were baptised recently.


We offer our sympathy to the families of Kathleen Noonan Greene, Fr. Sean McGearty, Kathleen Walsh, Gertie Hoey & Ann Tobin. 


22nd Dec, Tullamore €3,712; Durrow €200; Envelopes €2,585

25th Dec, Tullamore €10,042; Durrow €934

29th Dec, Tullamore €3,294; Durrow €176; Envelopes €3,670



EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL: As we start another new year, the Adoration committees wish to thank you, for all your dedication & commitment to Eucharistic Adoration during the past year, and over the last 25 years! It is because of your loyalty that we continue to receive the benefits from this wonderful gift in our Parish.  Please be assured of our appreciation & gratitude. We wish you and yours, every blessing during the New Year and a grace filled 2020! New Adorers are always needed & much appreciated, why not try an hour, just drop in any time. Further info.  Ph. 085 – 1162668

MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP:AGM Wed 8th Jan, 7.30pm, Parish Centre, All Welcome.

LIVING LINKS:Coffee Morning will be held on Tuesday 7th Jan in parish centre after 10am Mass.

“OPERATION TRANSFORMATION MYSTERY CHALLENGE”:  All day next Fri 10, Bridge Centre.  All welcome to come along and try out a couple of secret basic challenges.  Kathryn Thomas & Prof Niall Moyna there on day.  Promises to bit a lot of fun.

PLANNING TRANSITION FROM POST-PRIMARY SCHOOL TO COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND /OR DISABILITIES:Talk for parents before CEO deadline in Laois Education Centre on Mon 13th Jan 6-7pm in Laois Education Centre, Portlaoise.  Booking essential, 057 8672402 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE24th Oct 2020, Discount for bookings before 20th Dec.  
Ph Pat 0863192399, PJ 0868796190, Luke 0879113118

MEDJUGORJE:Easter Monday April 13th 2020, 7 nights.  Ph. Paul Galvin, 0878375407.

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND:Edenderry Parish, 24th April 2020, €815, pp, for information contact Piotr, 0860661823.


A post published on the Tullamore Parish Facebook page on Christmas Eve concerning IVF has caused great distress to many members of our parish community and beyond. For hurt caused we apologize. Matters concerning fertility are sacred and sensitive, and all children are cherished and God-given, this is the essence of the Christmas message. The parish understands the great suffering experienced by mothers and fathers who long for a child. At this time, we offer our pastoral and prayerful support to all parents and expectant parents.