22 October 2020


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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28th Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 11th October 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  


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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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.


With the whole country now in level 3 all masses will be celebrated in private from 7th. to 27th. October. Masses will still be streamed live on our webcam.


Welcome to God’s Family Lochlan Michael Smith, Tiernan John Claude Lansalot who were baptised recently.


We offer our sympathy to the Families of Tom Gallagher, Patsy Keeney, Derek Weir, Sean Wrafter & Julie Lynch


MASS INTENTIONS   12th October - 18th. October

Mon. 12th. (10.00) Farrington Family

Tue. 13th. (7.45) Sean Mooney;  (10.00) Bill Byrne, 32 O’Molloy St.

Wed. 14th. (10.00) Christina Dunne, Killiskea

Thu.  15th. (10.00) Chris O’Reilly

Fri. 16th. (10.00) James O’Gorman

Sat. 17th. (10.00) Patrick & Marcella Horan,  Arden Rd.

Sun. 18th. (8.30) Paddy & Kathleen Cronly;  (10.00) Andrew Leavy & Family, Ballydaly;  (11.30) Sr. Columba, Holy Family Sisters, Arden Rd. Mon Mem



Scripture often speaks of the Kingdom of God as a banquet.  The image of people being at a meal where everyone is happy and welcome and where all hunger and thirst is satisfied gets across the idea that God loves, accepts and welcomes us and wants us to make that experience available to one another.  Think of times in your life when you have had ‘banquet’ experiences and when you felt accepted and loved?  The host enlists the help of his servants to invite people to the banquet.  We are commissioned by the Lord to invite people to the banquet of the Kingdom, to the fullness of life – as parents, teachers, friends, etc.  What has it been like for you to play a part in leading others to a fuller life? 

As in the parable last week there is a message about being alert to invitations that offer a fuller life and the danger of losing out if we neglect to respond to such invitations.  Perhaps there have been opportunities offered to you that you missed, and now regret.  Think also of the blessings you received because you seized the moment and took an opportunity that presented itself.  The second parable puts the focus on how we respond to invitations.  Some invitations are ones that challenge us to change, to conversion, to put on a ‘wedding garment’.  What has been your experience of changing in response to an invitation you received? John Byrne OSA   Intercom October 2020 



Tullamore €1,409 Durrow €93 Envelopes € 2,013

Thank you for your continued support.

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 



In basic terms, World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual direct appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of missionaries can continue. It always falls over the second last weekend in October, and similar to the Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land and Peter’s Pence, it is one of three yearly Universal Church collections. Since its announcement as a papal collection, all parishes worldwide have offered Mass collections from the day to aid the work of missionaries and mission overseas.

Many are surprised to know that World Mission Sunday collections take place in every single parish where the Church is present. This includes not only Ireland and across Europe, but also in poorer parishes in the developing world. World Mission Sunday is a moment of universal solidarity, when each member of the Church family, regardless of location or background, can play their part in supporting each other. This is why it is such a special and vital celebration. On Mission Sunday there will be an opportunity at the end of Mass for anyone who wishes to contribute to this appeal. 



Due to covid restrictions it was not possible to have our cemetery Masses this year. The priests of the parish have visited the cemeteries and blessed the graves and Mass has been offered for all who are interred, may they rest in peace.

The ongoing maintenance and upkeep of our cemeteries continues. In past years parishioners have supported this work through the collections taken up at cemetery devotions. This year there is a great loss at not being able to have these collections. In an effort to address this we have prepared special donation envelopes which are available in our Churches for the support of Clonminch and Durrow cemeteries. Your support for this work is greatly appreciated. 



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Hospital Chapel, Mon to Sat. 8am to 8pm Pat 085-1162668.

COLÁISTE CHOILM: Only online applications for students enrolling for Sept 2021 accepted, Oct 16 – Nov 6, closes 5pm, www.colaistechoilmtullamore.ie 

ALONE: support line for older people Ph 0818 222 024, 8am-8pm daily.

AA: Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat &  Sun 8.15pm, Day meetings Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun, 1pm 

AA:  Charleville Centre, Wed & Sat 8.30pm 

RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, free phone 1800323232 or phone 057 93 22500 www.tullamorerapecrisiscentre.ie or email

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MABS: free & confidential advice contact LOCAL OFFICE:  Tel 076 1072710. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TTC: offering a range of free/affordable services 05793 53177/9353441

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NCIB: kilbride Plaza, Volunteers urgently needed, contact Rosie 0871394362 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thank You for your support.