27 February 2021

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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  

Third Sunday of Christmas
~
10th January 2021

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: (Vigil) 6.00pm 

Sunday 9.00am, 11.00am & 1.00pm

Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

All Masses both in Tullamore and Durrow can be viewed on the webcam.  Go to www.tullamoreparish.ie


CONFESSIONS

Not taking place at the moment.


COME TO THE WATER

Today we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus, the moment when God reveals who Jesus is.  Our readings are rich with water imagery.  Water is a powerful symbol throughout the Scriptures, from the story of creation and the crossing of the Red Sea, to the wedding feast at Cana and Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well.  It is a symbol of life and newness, an opportunity for God to reach out to us, be present with us and teach us something, as well as an opportunity for cleansing and a fresh start.

Our gospel today tells of Jesus being baptised by John in the river Jordan.  This immersion in water marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  By approaching John for baptism, along with all the others, Jesus is identifying with the people and allowing himself to be counted among sinners.  It is a sign that he submitting to God’s will.  At this crucial moment, as soon as he emerges from the Jordan, Jesus sees the heavens open and the voice of God confirming him as ‘Beloved Son’.  It is a moment of divine approval, confirming Jesus’ identity and launching him on his new mission.

The baptism of Jesus is a reminder of our own identity and mission.  We are beloved daughters and sons of God, sisters and brothers of Jesus, members of God’s family.  In today’s first reading we are invited: ‘Come to the water all you who are thirsty’. We are called to the water, to that moment when we recognise who Jesus is, who we are, and our mission to live as children of God.

‘In order to live a life of holiness, we must first receive new life from God — we must be born from above.’ J. Vernon McGee

Triona Doherty, Intercom January 2021


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Mark 1:7-11

John gives an example of humility as a person confident in his own role but not seeking to claim to be more than he is.  He acknowledges that Jesus is greater.  There is a freedom in being able to acknowledge the gifts of others without losing a sense of one’s own giftedness.  Recall times when you were able to do this.

The baptism of Jesus was an extraordinary religious experience for him.  Something happened that was a major step forward for Jesus in coming to know that he was the beloved Son of God.  We all have events in our lives that are milestones along the road of discovering who we are.  What have been these milestones for you?

‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’  Bring to mind experiences in which you knew you were the beloved (of God or of another person) and that the one who loved you was well pleased.  Remember these experiences with gratitude, knowing that the only proper response to love received is thankfulness.  Perhaps you have also given that experience to another.

It is easy to lament the growing secularisation in the world today, but the Spirit of God who spoke loudly to the world in the Christ-event is active today.  How can we be open to the new things the Spirit is saying to the church today?

- John Byrne osa, Intercom Jan 2021


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Christmas Day Plate:  Tullamore €3281; Durrow €463

Envelopes €4758;

3/1/21 - €1589

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 for your continued support.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Not taking place at the moment.


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 11      7.45 Hugh Lynch

10.00 Mary Vicars, Park Avenue

Tues 12 10.00  Thomas Carroll, Mon Mem

                          Jim Clarke 

Wed 13     7.45 Marcella Martin

Thurs 14   7.45 Michael Weir

10.00 Patrick A Wrafter

Fri 15 10.00  Paddy Clarke

Sun 17       9.00 Pat Smyth, Rahan Rd

Jack Douglas

                11.00 Philomena Boland, Mon Mem

                  1.00 Paul Merriman, Mon Mem

 

Shared Mass Sat 16, 10am: Patrick Longworth; Mick Halloran; Anne, Frank & Agnes Dunne; Joseph & Mary Ann Feery & Family; William Walsh; Paddy & Annie Pidgeon; Tom Kelly; Robert Alexander; Tommy Deevy; Mike & Julia Egan & Paddy Cunningham; Terry Hilliard; Paddy Egan; Marie McIntyre; Gerardine & Dermot Cusack; Marrinan & Donohoe Families; John, Jerome & Desmond Murphy; Paddy & Sheila O’Reilly, Dooley Family & Jimmy & Molly McGarry; Stephen, Harry & John Lowbridge & Family; John, Margaret, Sean & Paschal Murray; Esther, Michael & P J Grogan; Frances Keoghan; Michael, Kathleen & Ted Casey & Raymond McKernan; Matt & Una Grennan; John Molloy; Craven Family; Niall Mealiff.

 

All Masses can be viewed on parish webcam.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Josephine Brady, Brendan Condron, Mary Gillick, Maura O’Toole, William Egan, Mary Barron nee Gallagher, Margaret Duffy, Ethna Moran, Eamonn Walsh & Carmel McEvoy. 


COMMUNITY NOTICES

BIRTHDAY GREETING:  We send our best wishes to Margaret Sullivan, Durrow who has just celebrated her 100th birthday.  Her neighbours and many good friends celebrate with her this important time.  Not many people live to be 100, and we thank God for Margaret's many years and wish her every health and blessing.

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

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

AA: Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat &  Sun 8.15pm, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun, 1pm.

TULLAMORE RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Opening times Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Ph 0579322500; Freephone  800323232; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; website www.tullamorerapecrisis.ie