26 September 2020

alt

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  

22nd Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 30th August 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.


WEEKEND MASSES

22nd. Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 30th August 2020

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 5:00pm & 6:30pm

Sunday 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am & 1:00p.m 

Durrow: 11:30am.

The permitted numbers for attending Mass and funerals are: up to 50 people with physical distancing, sanitation and separate entry and exit points. This also applies to weddings, Confirmations and First Communions, provided that the physical distancing and hand hygiene measures can be maintained and that congregating before and after the ceremony is not permitted.

Entrance to both Churches for all weekend 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 opening times Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 5:00pm & Sat. 2:00 - 4:00pm

The Church of the Assumption has 3 zones, each with its own separate entrance. Members of the congregation should not move between zones. Communicants who are gluten intolerant should use the central zone in front of the altar.

All who are over the age of 13 and who do not have any condition to prevent their wearing of one, should wear a face covering.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €3282 Plate €1144 Durrow €62

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

Thank you most sincerely for your continued support.


THE DEEP END ? SELF-GIVING LOVE

I remember reading, during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, an account of a ‘day in the life’ of an Irish healthcare worker.  She described the precautions she had to take while attending to patients in hospital, the protective equpment she had to wear, and the strain of working in such a challenging environment.  She talked about coming home from work to her family after each shift; how she had to immediately shower and change, stay apart from her husband and children so as not to put them at risk, and then go to sleep in a separate room. 

These extraordinary levels of self-sacrifice have rightly come to be more appreciated in recent months.  Doctors, nurses and other frontline workers have been going beyond the call of duty to take care of their patients, often sacrificing their own family life, health and safety in the process.  They have had to put their own fears and anxieties aside in order to help others, and are rightly described as heroes; they remind us everyday of the incredible ways in which people can make sacrafices for others, out of a sense of compassion, justice and love.

In todays gospel, Jesus tells his followers that they must take up their cross.  When he tells them that he is going to suffer and be put to death, they naturally react with shock.  It seems like a strange path to choose.  But he is not doing it simply to make life difficult for himself.  His sacrifice stems from his passionate and  compassionate love.  We too are capable of making extraordinary  sacrifices out of love.  Those frontline workers who carry on in the most difficult circumstances are prepared to put others’ needs before our own – the very thing that Jesus says being a disciple entails.

Triona Doherty, Intercom Jul/Aug 2020


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

(Matthew 16:21-27)

1. Short-term loss is sometimes necessary for long-term gain, as a student studying, or an athlete training, can testify. When have you found that denying yourself proved to be worthwhile because of what you gained afterwards?

2. Jesus was teaching his followers that the path of discipleship would involve pain and suffering. Peter would have none of it. When have you found that taking up your cross brought you life, even though at the time it may have been difficult?

3. Jesus knew that because his message of good news was not acceptable to the authorities he would suffer and die. In spite of this, he trusted that the power of God would overcome evil. Have you seen a message of good news survive even though opponents tried to stifle it?

4. Jesus promised that those who suffer for the kingdom would be rewarded. Perhaps, even in this earthly life, you have experienced reward for faithful discipleship. What have these rewards been?


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Check with the Parish Office.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

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


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 31      7.45    William & Maud Delahunty

               10.00    Pat McCormack & Family

Tues 1       7.45    Patrick Daly

               10.00    Joe & Margaret Grey

Wed 2      10.00    May O’Toole, Mon Mem

Thur 3      10.00    Peter, Frances Flanagan & Family

Sat 5         10.00    Kathleen & Paddy Larkin

Sun 6          8.30    William Bell, Hophill Grove

                10.00    John Clifford, Daingean Rd

                11.30    Pádráig Bracken, Mon Mem

Durrow Sun 6, 11.30am:  John & Elizabeth Rowe; Stephen Fox & Grandparents, Daniel & Mary Fox, Michael & Mary O’Rourke; Michael, Mary & Austin Heagney; Brian & Joseph Bermingham, John & Julia Bermingham, Marian Molloy, Paddy & May Flanagan; Geoghegan Family, 


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family, Jay David O’Brien & Ava Rose McDonagh who were baptized recently.

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


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Aidan Cronly


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