15 August 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  

14th. Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 5th. July 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) 5.00pm  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

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 2.00-3.00pm

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 11:25-30)

1. For Jesus, the key to a personal knowledge of God and relationship with God is not primarily through academic study but through a mind and heart open to learn. Recall moments when you had a sense that your relationship with God took a significant step forward. What kind of dispositions prepared you for that growth?

2. Jesus lived in a society in which people were very conscious of status, dignity and external appearances. He wanted to break down the barriers this created, so that all would be aware of their worth and dignity. Perhaps you can recall someone who was not highly thought of in human terms, but who was a light to you.

3. In v. 27, Jesus lets us into the secret of his relationship with his Father, one of total trust. This trust freed him from anxiety and worry about himself. As a result, he was a person of gentle and humble heart and was able to bring rest to those who were overburdened. Recall people whose trust in God enabled them to be supportive to others who were stressed or burdened. Perhaps you have experienced this yourself?

4. Recall and give thanks for people who, like Jesus in the story, were able to combine challenge with sympathetic support and understanding. Perhaps you have been able to do this for others at times also.

John Byrne OSA, Intercom June 2020


MASS TIMES

WEEKEND MASSES

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 5.00 pm  and  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

Confessions will be from 2.00-3.00pm on Saturdays


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptisms have recommencedand 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.  


CEMETERY PRAYERS IN CLONMINCH & DURROW

Due to ongoing restrictions it will not be possible to have our annual Mass in Clonminch this August. If restrictions are eased we will try to reschedule and have the Masses celebrated in both cemeteries in September. Proposed dates being Durrow on 13th and Clonminch 20th. These dates are provisional and are subject to change and are dependent on the easing of current restrictions.


 FIRST COMMUNION

We know that many of our young people are very disappointed that they could not have their First Communion in May this year. When schools reopen we intend to have the ceremonies  in September and early October.


COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE manage a national 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, 8am-8pm daily.


WEEKEND MASSES & ROSARY

In this time of restricted numbers permitted in Church, there will be an additional Vigil Mass at 5.00pm, commencing on Saturday, July 11th. 

Entrance to both Churches for all Masses (Tullamore & Durrow) 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 8.30am – 5.00pm and Sat. 2.00-4.00pm.

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.

It is intended to discontinue the evening Rosary and to have it restored to before the 10.00am Mass each day commencing on Monday 13th July.


THE DEEP END 

In the opening lines of the Gospel today, Jesus praises God for the grace of openness and humility he sees around him, for revealing ‘these things’ to infants and hiding them from the ‘wise.’ I imagine Jesus had had enough of the arrogance and the egos of the elite. The authorities of the time who were so closed to his message of love and compassion. Jesus’ disciples were not from the upper echelons of society, but they trusted in Jesus, they wanted to understand, they had an openness to learn. For Jesus, God’s grace was found in the humble, in those who were open to new possibilities, in those whose hearts were not hardened or consumed by ego. Over the past number of months, we have all been humbled a little, whether we were open to it or not. The Covid-19 epidemic stopped us in our tracks and suddenly we realised we were not in control. We were humbled by a microscopic invader with macroscopic consequences.

While many opportunities lay in our cocooning, I am very aware how many are struggling with our new reality. It has been a traumatic and stressful time for most people. And yet, within it all, our faith asks us to watch out for signs of hope, for stories of resurrection all around us, for good news. Today, we hear some of the most beautiful lines in the Gospel: ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ Reading The Message interpretation of the text reads: ‘Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I will not lay anything heavy or illfitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’ During days of uncertainty, may we remember and whisper these lines, with open hearts.

(Jane Mellett)


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Michael Molloy & Fr Patrick Keary


 MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 6 10.00 Charlie Boland, Mon Mem

Tues 7 10.00 Christopher, Esther & Andrew Pender

Wed 8 10.00 Christopher, Maureen, Paddy & Gerard Egan

Thurs 9 10.00 Sr Monica, John, Margaret & Denis Kearney

Fri 10 10.00 Charlotte, Thomas & P J LaComber

Sat 11   6.30 Noel Martin, 1st Ann

Sun 12   8.30 Mary Dunne

        10.00 Ned & Lizzie Dolan

Shared Mass Sat 11, 10am:Deevy Family; Robert, Christina, Rose & Robert Jnr McNair; Michael McNamara, McHale & McNamara Families; Philip Deevy; Tom & Eileen Brennan; Frs Willie Cleary & Seamus O’Connor; Colette & Barry Heffernan; Frankie, Mark, Stephen & Mackensie Donoghue & Rattigan Family; Arthur Hanlon & Brigid & Michael Casey; Mary Nihill; O’Meara Family; Michael & Mary Keyes; Stephen & Eileen Nolan.


 PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €2271

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


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