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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  

33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 15th November 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

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

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

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in Day Chapel


THE DEEP END ● RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

It is hard not to feel sorry for the third servant in today’s gospel.  The first two servants are praised for making the most of the ‘talents’ (money) given to them by their master.  In return, they are promised even greater things. The third man, paralysed by uncertainty, buries his small amount of money in the ground instead of doing something with it.  His actions are based in fear – he has heard the master is tough and he does not want to take any risks. At least he is able to return what he has been given, he reasons.

But he is shocked to learn that instead of praise, or even a neutral reaction to match his own neutral actions, he is reprimanded as ‘wicked and lazy’ and cast out.  This parable has been described as a story of ‘tragic miscalculation’.  The servant doesn’t do anything awful – which is why we tend to have some sympathy for him – but he didn’t do his best either.  The real tragedy is not that he didn’t make any more money; it is that he failed to appreciate the opportunity he had been given and to make the most of it.  

We are all dealt difficult cards in life, and undoubtedly some are much tougher than others.  We are like the servants in the parable who are given different amounts of money to look after.  The point is not the amount of ‘talent’s given to each.  It is not the circumstances of our lives or our natural gifts that are important, but how we use them.  Jesus was cautioned against playing it safe.  Instead of turning inwards or living in fear, we are called to meet challenges head on and discover what wonderful things might happen.

‘Talent is like electricity.  We don’t

 understand electricity. We use it.’

MAYA ANGELOU

Jane Mellett, Intercom, November 2020


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

MATTHEW 25:14-30

A gift given in love, is given to be enjoyed, treasured, and used.  Through fear, one servant failed to recognise the loving trust being shown to him and buried the talent.  When have you found that overcoming fear helped you to make the most of opportunities in life?  

On the level of our own personal life, faith is given to us to be locked away, but to be “traded” with.  We trade with it when we believe in its value, trust it, and use it, bringing it into the experiences we have in daily life.  Can you recall times when relying on your faith has brought you rewards?

Likewise with our own personal gifts and talents.  We can fall into the trap of seeing these as our personal possession so that we can do with them as we like, rather than share them as gifts so that they can be multiplied.  What is your experience of hoarding or sharing your own gifts?  When did you feel most alive?

Pope Francis in his letter The Joy of the Gospel wrote, ‘I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities. …The important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters.’  EG (33) How is you Parish responding to this call?

John Byrne OSA Intercom, November 2020


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €3,118

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.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Not taking place at the moment.  Check with the Parish Office.

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

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


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


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


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon  16     7.45    Bienvinida & Mauro Tagle

               10.00    Michael & Mary Cowley

Tue   17   10.00    Betty & PJ Ryan

Wed  18     7.45    Our Lady’s Mass

               10.00    Jimmy Cronly

Thurs  19   7.45    Sean Forrestal

               10.00    Anne Wilson

Fri   20      7.45    Kevin Moran

               10.00    Teresa Kenny & Family

Sat   21    10.00    Eileen Smollen

Sun  22      8.30    Danny, Nancy, Michael & Robbie Carson

               10.00    Larry Fox & Paddy Beatty

                 1.00    Loretta Farrelly, 1st Ann


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PRAYER IN CHURCH: The Church will remain open throughout level 5 for private prayer including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

PARISH CENTRE: Selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and Candles now available.

MOTHERS PRAYERS:  Celebrating 10 years in Tullamore Parish.

THE NATIONAL APOSTOLATE OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Invites you to join with them, each Friday in November; in Adoration, prayer & fasting. By uniting our efforts spiritually & nationally, we strive to achieve the intentions of this November initiative. Further info at www.eucharisticadoration.ie

VOCATIONS NOTICE: We have a new Facebook Page: DioceseOfMeathVocations   & a new Instagram Account:  dioceseofmeathvocations, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Ph Fr Tony Gonoude 044 9373923

MABS: Helpline 0761 07 2000 Mon to Fri 9am - 8pm.

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 

RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm www.tullamorerapecrisiscentre.ie or 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 Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it