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  

16th Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 19th 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  

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 8.30am-5pm; Sat 2.00pm to 4.00pm to book Holy Mass tickets, 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.


MASS TIMES 

WEEKEND MASSES

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 5.00 & 6.30 pm

Sunday 8.30 am, 10.00 am, 11.30 am & 1.00 pm

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  11.30 am

WEEKDAY MASSES

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

First Friday 7.45 am & 10.00 am

CONFESSIONS

Confessions will be from 2.00-3.00 pm


WEEKEND MASSES 

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 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.

Tickets are not needed for 7.45 am & 10.00 am weekly Masses but we ask parishioners to please stick to social distancing protocals and stay in the same zone at all times.


CHRISM MASS

The Chrism Mass will take place in the Cathedral in Mullingar on Tuesday 28th. July at 7:00 pm. Owing to limited capacity entry will be by ticket only. Tickets are available from the Diocesan office tel: 0449348841, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  This should be done before Thursday, July 23rd.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Matthew 13:24-43

The owner of the field who allowed the wheat and the darnel to grow together is a reminder to us to be patient with ourselves and with others when we see that not everything is right. Sometimes a preoccupation with the negative (the darnel) can blind us to the positive in our own lives and in the lives of others. When have you found that a willingness to live with the messiness of the present created the conditions for future growth?

Have you ever found that it was through accepting the darnel that you learned important lessons for life, e.g., learning through mistakes, stupid questions, or foolish risks?

The parables of the mustard seed and the leaven are reminders that seemingly insignificant things can have very positive results. Have you ever been surprised by the benefit to yourself or others of a kind gesture, a small initiative, or a word of encouragement? 

John Byrne osa, Intercom July/August 2020


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Plate €1586; Durrow €95; Envelopes €4562

Thank you most sincerely for your continued support.


COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties. Ph 0818 222 024, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily.


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


THE DEEP END

In today’s Gospel, we hear many parables about the ‘Kingdom of heaven’ and what it is like. This might move us to think about the a?erlife, but Jesus was describing God’s kingdom in the here and now, ‘on earth as in heaven.’ Jesus, through parables, is trying to describe what is difficult to comprehend. Parables allow our minds and hearts to ponder, to imagine, to move beyond the constraints of language. Jesus is describing what God’s vision for this world is like, in the here and now!

Taking one of these parables, the mustard seed, we can explore a little more. There is an ancient text which forbade planting mustard seeds in Palestinian gardens because the shrub would take over. It can go wild, out of control, and attract unwanted birds. Author Shane Claiborn compares it to kudzu, a wild vine that could blanket entire mountain areas and even crack cement buildings. I like the idea of something so small causing so much mischief, holy mischief! The Kingdom of Heaven is like this? Yes, growing even where it is not wanted.

People in authority during Jesus’ time might have had images of the ‘lo?y cedars of Lebanon’ representing the ‘reign of God.’ Theirs was a grand vision. As with most of Jesus’ parables, he turns things on their head. It is through the smallest of seeds that God’s grace affects the world, silently making its way through the cracks.

‘Might I,’ quavered Mary, ‘might I have a bit of earth?’ ‘Earth!’ he repeated. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘To plant seeds in – to make things grow – to see them come alive.’

FRANCES H. BURNETT, The Secret Garden

Jane Mellett 


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Booking can now be made at the Parish Office.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary.


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 20      7.45    Ned Connolly, Kilbride St

               10.00    Ina Wrafter

Tues 21     7.45    Michael Reade

               10.00    Bro Mark Hogan

Wed 22      7.45    Shane O’Connor

               10.00    Ann Egan, 1st Ann

Thurs 23    7.45    Joe, Bridget, Jane & Harry Higgins, Chapel St

Fri 24        7.45    Julius Mayerchak

               10.00    Jim, Ita&Ita Jnr Jacob, Teresa Mahon & James & Marina Hogan

Sat 25       6.30    Rose O’Connor, Mon Mem

Sun 26     10.00    Philomena & Joe Flynn

Shared Mass Sat 25, 10:00 am:  Edward Carroll; P J Deegan; Peter Flynn; Peter & Madeline McGraw & Joe Gorman & Family; Michael O’Connor; Anne Fahey; Willie Duffy; Nancy Fox; Michael Snr, Michael Jnr & Jacqueline Graham & Hogan Family; Joe, Winifred, Teresa, Rita, Betty & Patrick Clarke, Kathleen Kelly & Sarah Fletcher; Pat Prendergast; Paddy &Bridie Prendergast; Fortunato& Pace Macari; Mary, James& Eileen Butler; Marian Galvin.

You can join us on the webcam, www.tullamoreparish.ie


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Martin Kieran Rattigan, Emily Terri Brazil, Anthony John O’Donoghue, Sophie Linda Dooner & Ben Thomas Scully, who were baptised recently.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of John Hoey, Ann Cusack & Nicky Deering.