13 July 2020


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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Divine Mercy Sunday ~ 19th April 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  



Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

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


Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am


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.


‘Peace be with you’ was the greeting of Jesus on meeting his frightened apostles.  Who has come to you bringing peace at times when you were frightened?  For whom have you been an agent of peace?

Thomas, doubting and questioning, is possibly a person with whom we can identify.  What part have doubts and questions played on your faith journey?  How has your faith been strengthened by such moments?

Note the way Jesus dealt with Thomas.  He did not give out because Thomas doubted.  He took him where he was and led him along to these the truth of his resurrection.  Who has been that kind of a teacher for you, gently taking you where you were and leading you on to a deeper knowledge of some truth about life?  For whom have you been that kind of teacher?

‘Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believed.’  That requires great trust.  Perhaps you have had the experience of being trusted without having had to prove every step along the way.  What was it like to be trusted in that way?  Who have you been able to trust in a similar manner?

-John Byrne OSA, Intercom April 2020


At his early morning Mass last weekend, the Pope urged people to “return to the father” and ask forgiveness of their sins even if individual confessions with a priest are impossible. 

“I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can't leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord…How can I do that unless I find a priest’?” the Pope said in his live-streamed Mass in the chapel of his home, the Casa Santa Marta. 

“Do what the catechism says. It's very clear. If you don't find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He's your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God's grace immediately.”

In Rome, the apostolic penitentiary has offered plenary indulgences to those “suffering from the Coronavirus, subject to quarantine by order of the health authority, or in their own homes.” According to Catholic teaching indulgences remove all "punishment” in this life or the next for sins that have been confessed and forgiven. 

The conditions for the indulgence for those “with a spirit detached from any sin”, “unite themselves spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, to the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” 

But the new ruling waives the normal requirement to also attend Mass in person and make a personal confession in order to receive the indulgence. It simply says that penitents should have “the will” to fulfil these conditions.


Envelopes €2449

You can donate to the parish in a number of ways:- 

1) Parish Envelopes, Cash or cheque donations can be left into the Parish Centre or Parochial House. 

2) Credit card donations can be made by phoning the parish office at 057-9321587 

4) Credit Transfer to Tullamore Parish Account.

Bank of Ireland, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

IBAN – IE34 BOFI 9019 0987 1557 41


Please include your email or postal address so that we can acknowledge your donation.

Thank you most sincerely for your continued support.


The Parish Centre is closed to the public. However, if you want to drop in anything or get a mass card, ring doorbell and we will look after you at the door. You can also phone us on 0579321587. Thank you for your understanding.


The people of Offaly, particularly the people of Tullamore, are greatly saddened to learn of the death last week of Fr Tom Scully.  Fr Tom was a priest of the Oblate Order and worked on many different assignments throughout his life as a priest.  He worked for many years in England, firstly in Manchester and then London.  He also taught in Belcamp College, Dublin as well as spending many years in South Africa.  Fr Tom is most widely known and remembered in Offaly because of his role in developing the great Offaly team of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  He was coach to the Offaly team of 1969 which reached the All-Ireland Final, loosing narrowly to Kerry. When Offaly finally triumphed in 1971, most of the team had already played in the ’69 Final, and they have always been full of praise for Fr Tom’s qualities as a coach.

In later years, Fr Tom retired from active ministry and lived in the Oblate House, Inchicore. In spite of failing eyesight, he was a frequent visitor to Offaly, mainly to attend funerals of his family members and his many friends. In 1989, Fr Tom was chosen as ‘Offaly Person of the Year’ in recognition of his huge contribution to football in Offaly, and the honour was richly deserved.

Fr Tom was above all a gentle, kind and caring person, who did great work in guiding and supporting many young Irish people who struggled to find their way in England.

We extend deepest sympathy to his surviving sister, Emily Hanlon, and remember his other siblings who have predeceased him. We extend our sympathy also to his many nieces and nephews in this time of sadness for them. ArdheisDé go raibhaanamdílis.

-Fr Sean Heaney


(St Roch is patron saint of people suffering from infectious diseases)

O Blessed Saint Roch,

Patron of the sick,

Have pity on those

Who lie upon a bed of suffering.


Your power was so great

When you were in this world,

That by the sign of the Cross,

Many were healed of their diseases.


Now that you are in heaven,

Your power is not less.

Offer, then, to God

Our sighs and tears

And obtain for us that health we seek

Through Christ our Lord.



Jesus Christ, you are our refuge from one generation to the next. 

Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of this virus, that we may experience your healing presence.

* Heal those who are sick with the virus. 

* Heal us from our fear and worry.

Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty.

* Be with those who have died. May they be at rest in your eternal peace.

* Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals. May they know your inspiring presence.

* Be with us that we may act with care.

* Be with the leaders and those who have responsibilities. Give them the wisdom and insight to make good decisions. 

Be with us in our time of need, calm our anxieties and bring your healing and peace.Amen.


OFFALY COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE FORUM:  A dedicated community support helpline will be established in Offaly County Council to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. The confidential free phone line service 1800-818181 and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is being established by the new COVID-19 Offaly Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. The role of the Forum is to ensure that there is a co-ordinated community response and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE:  ALONE support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Ph 0818 222 024, Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES ON RTÉ:  Mon. - Fri.: 10:30 a.m. RTÉ News Now broadcasts Mass from Letterkenny.  RTÉ News Now can be received on Saorview channel 21; Virgin Media 200; Sky 521; Eir 500 and on the RTÉ News Now App.

GROW Community Mental Health Movement support group, Ph Michelle 0864183805.


OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES:  Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.

SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.

MIDLAND LIVING LINKS (Supporting the suicide bereaved).  Ph 0861600641.

AA:  Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1pm; Sun 12noon, 8.15pm.

AWARE:  Support for those who have depression, Ph. 18008048


We offer our sympathy to the families of James Cantwell, Patsy O’Connell, Martin McDonagh, John Raleigh, Pat Hensey, Thomas Walsh & Fr Patrick Mackin.


Mon 20      10.00    Mary E Feery

Tues 21     10.00    James Owens, Connolly Park

Wed 22       7.45    Patrick & Isobel Doherty, Harbour St

                10.00    Patricia Kelly

Thurs 23   10.00    William Monaghan & Family

Sat 25       10.00    Mary Moran

                  6.30    Anne O’Brien, 1st Ann

Sun 26      10.00    John Healy, Ballycommon

                11.30    Eileen & Michael Keville, 1st Ann

                 1.00    Stephen Burke, Cappincur, Mon Mem