14 July 2020

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Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
www.tullamoreparish.ie  
E-mail Parish Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

12th. Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 21st. June 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  

MASS TIMES

WEEKEND MASSES

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

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

WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

GET IN TOUCH

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;  

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.

Parish Support Services:  Bereavement Listening, etc.  For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL (Matthew 10:26-33)

1. ‘Do not fear’ is the unifying theme in this passage which is set in the context of a mission sermon by Jesus, preparing his disciples for what lay ahead. He urges them to have courage in speaking and living his message, drawing strength from their trust in the Father whose care for us exceeds his care for hundreds of sparrows. How has trust in God been a source of strength in life for you?

2.For Jesus the important thing is to be true to one’s real self, even if this does involve some material or physical loss or pain. When you have had that kind of courage, what was it like for you?

3. There is no such thing as secret discipleship. It is in declaring their allegiance to Jesus that his followers will find life. They will be the losers if they hide their discipleship. Does this resonate with your experience?

John Byrne OSA, Intercom June 2020


MASS TIMES

WEEKEND MASSES

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

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

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:None until further notice.

WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am


JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAM

To view Masses, go to the parish website, www.tullamoreparish.ie.  Click on the webcam button in the main menu. 


 CONFESSIONS

None available in the Church until further notice.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptisms will recommence shortly and booking can now be made at the Parish Office.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

Large numbers still not allowed in Churches. 

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.  


RECOMMENCING PUBLIC MASSES IN OUR CHURCHES

Public celebration of Masses will resume on Monday June 29, at 7.45 am and 10.00 am,and onweekend of July 4/5th with Vigil Mass on Sat 4th at 6.30 pm and Sunday Masses at 8.30 am,  10.00 am, 11.30 am and 1.00 pm. Durrow will be at 11.30 am.

Our churches will have greatly reduced capacities because of social distancing equirements. (Tullamore will accommodate 160 people and Durrow 38). This is going to be a challenge and the fairest way of allocating places is with tickets for all Masses, weekdays and Sundays and funerals.

Three entrance doors will be open - Harbour Street, Store Street and Chapel street door with ramp access for wheelchairs.

Entrance to the Church will be strictly on presentation of ticket and doors will open 20 minutes before Mass time.

Tickets will not be available at the doors and must be collected from the Parish Centre during the opening times Mon-Fri 8.30 am  –  5.00 pm and Sat. 2.00 - 4.00 pm.

On entering the church hand sanitiser is available. People are asked to observe social distancing and it is recommended that face coverings be worn.

The seating in church will be in sections for household units and individuals and wheelchair spaces near the altar. Stewards will be available at the entrance doors and in the church.

The Sunday Mass obligation continues to be relaxed and people who are unwell should not come to church. Masses will continue to be available on Webcam and Parish Radio.

Recommencing Public Masses is a most welcome and important step for us. Things are going to be very different and we ask for your patience and understanding as we adjust to this new situation.


THE DEEP END • NOLI TEMERE

The last words of Seamus Heaney, in a text to his wife Marie, were the Latin words Noli temere – ‘Don’t be afraid’. According to his son Mick, the words became ‘a shorthand for hope’ in the weeks that followed. He had done what poets and writers do best – express our fears and anxieties in a way that made sense.

Fear took on new forms earlier this year when we were all thrown into that strange period of lockdown due to the coronavirus threat. We were fearful for ourselves and our health. We were worried about our families, particularly our elderly or vulnerable loved ones. Many people were anxious about the future – they had lost their job or business and were full of uncertainty as to when, or even if, things would improve.

We also became conditioned, in a way, to be fearful of each other. While we understood it was necessary, it was upsetting to have to stay away from other people – to refrain from hugging or shaking hands, to move away or even cross the street when we saw another person approaching.

And of course there are deeper fears that come from being isolated and feeling alone with our thoughts. It is natural to question God in these circumstances, whether we turn to him in prayer seeking comfort, or struggle to pray because we cannot understand why all this is happening.

Our communities are still reeling from this new state of fear. We have lost so much, and the future is uncertain. Jesus has comforting words in today’s Gospel: ‘Do not be afraid… everything now hidden will be made clear.’ Life does not always make sense, but God has it all in hand, and armed with this knowledge we can face the future with hope. He is with us through the mess and the fear: ‘Why, every hair on your head has been counted.'


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Dáire (Carthage) Hayden & Catherine (Kathleen) Healy.


 MASS INTENTIONS

Mon    22  10.00   Mary Hyland

Tues   23  10.00   Michael & Elizabeth Dowling

Fri      26 10.00   Andrew St Clair

Sun     28 08.30   Elaine Leavy

        10.00   Desmond, Patrick & Maura McGirl

Shared Mass Sat 27, 10am:  Dan Rooney; Nora & Harold Tilley; Christy & Molly Ryan & John & Katie McGee; Peter & Elizabeth Hensey & Patrick & Peggy Doherty; Elstone Family; Nigel Costello; Paddy, Ellen & Rose Byrne; Peter & Mary Larkin & Family; Tyrrell Family; Margaret & Dan Condron & Tom Quinlan; Joseph & Elizabeth Harries & Nora O’Gorman; Dalton & Devaney Families.


 PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €2859

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 or into the White Collection Box at the Harbour Street entrance to the Church. 

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

3) Standing Orders can be set up.  See parish webpage for details.

4) Credit Transfer to Tullamore Parish Account.

Bank of Ireland, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

IBAN – IE34 BOFI 9019 0987 1557 41

BIC – BOFIIE2D

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

The parish wishes to thank you most sincerely for your continued support.


 PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22nd AUGUST 1996.


 GET IN TOUCH

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie


NB:  NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN MUST BE IN THE PARISH CENTRE BY 9.30AM WEDNESDAY.

Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations & clubs included