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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  

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 24th 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

JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAMS BOTH IN DURROW & TULLAMORE.  GO TO PARISH WEBSITE.

CONFESSIONS

Not taking place at the moment.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Mark 1:14-20

‘The time is fulfilled’ – this is a decisive moment in the life of Jesus.  His public ministry is about to begin. Recall turning points in your own life when something new happened and with hindsight you can say the time was ripe for it to happen, ‘the time was fulfilled’.

‘Repent and believe the good news’.  Jesus was not preaching a new doctrine, but calling for a change of heart, as a response to the good news of the gospel message.  A new way of understanding God leads to a conversion in how we relate to God, a change of heart.  A growth in awareness of who we are can lead us to a new level of self-confidence, another change of heart.  Can you recall times when ‘good news’ led you to a change of heart?

The Spirit of God who was at work in Jesus calling the disciples continues to work in our day and in our lives.  That is why the gospel message is one of GOOD NEWS.  When has your understanding of the gospel message led you to a different style of life?  Who was the ‘Jesus person’ through whom the call came to you?  To whom have you been a ‘Jesus person’ in this way?

John Byrne osa, Intercom Jan 2021


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €2229

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.


SAD NEWS: FR MICHAEL KELLY DIES

Renowned Zambian Jesuit priest of Irish origin, Fr. Michael Kelly has died at the age of 92.  His demise was announced by Fr Leornard Chiti.  "It is with great sadness and grief of the loss of our companion, Fr Michael J Kelly SJ. Eternal Rest grant unto Michael and may perpetual light shine upon him,” Fr Chiti stated.

Professor Father Michael J Kelly SJ. was born in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland, in 1929.  He studied at University College Dublin and was awarded a B.A. in Maths and Mathematical Physics in 1952, both with first class honours.  He went on to receive a licentiate in philosophy in 1955.  He moved to Zambia and has lived and worked here for over 50 years, becoming a Zambian citizen.  He worked for many years as headmaster of Canisius Secondary School is one of the earliest centres of learning in Zambia. It is located at Chikuni Mission about 10 km east of Chisekesi town in Monze.

Father Michael completed his PhD studies in the area of child and educational psychology in 1974 and subsequently became a senior lecturer and Dean of the School of Education in the University of Zambia (UNZA), in 1975.  He served as pro-vice chancellor and deputy vice chancellor and became professor in 1989.

The pioneering work of the Irish Jesuit, as an educator and a campaigner for HIV/AIDS in his adopted home of Zambia.  He is also a renowned speaker and advocate on HIV and AIDS, and has worked tirelessly to educate and promote safe behaviour among youth and those most at risk in Zambia, throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and much further afield.  He was also active in other policy areas, such as strategies for HIV prevention, and human rights.  A prolific researcher and writer, Father Michael has authored 15 books, and many original research articles.  Throughout his long and distinguished career, Father Michael has worked as a consultant to organisations such as the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, the FAO, UNAIDS, Oxfam, Irish Aid, and many more.

Over the next 60 years, he held a series of appointments across the country, which resulted in his nomination as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia in 1980 and a promotion to Professor of Education in 1989.

Fr Kelly has been the recipient of many awards, in Ireland and abroad for his aid work. In recognition of his contribution to education in Zambia and worldwide HIV advocacy, the Association of Commonwealth Universities presented him with the Symons Award in September 2003.  He has received several honorary degrees including Doctor of Science (2004), from the University of the West Indies, Doctor of Laws from NUI (2006) and an honorory doctorate from the Royal College of Surgeons (2012).

He received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Úachtaráin in November 2012, which honours the Irish diaspora in recognition of its sustained and distinguished service abroad.


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 25 10.00 Mary Ellen, Michael & Dan Boland

Wed 27     7.45 John Hannigan, Paddy Coakley & Danny Sheehan

10.00 Marie Garry

Fri 29      10.00 Anne, Seamus & James Murphy

Sat 30       6.00 Dolores Horkan, Church St, 1st Ann;

Mary Gillick, Mon Mem

Sun 31      9.00 Linda Kinahan & parents Johnny & Bridie Wyer

                1.00 Maura O'Toole, Pearse Park, Mon Mem

Durrow Sun 31, 11.30am:  Patrick Lynam, 1st Ann

Sat 30       10.00  Shared Mass

Barney & Peg Murray; Michael, Annie & Nancy Feery; Mary Murray; Paddy & Eileen Feery; 

James Sheehan; Joey & Billy Kelly; Francie Gorman & Family; Nora & Peter Daly & daughter Mary;

James Devaney; Veronica Lambe; James & Anne Ryan; Christy Ryan; Siobhan Drea & Michaela Ardinlau; 

Margaret & Michael Forrestal.

All Masses can be viewed on webcam.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Michael Martin, Fr Michael Kelly, Patrick Quinn, Jimmy Dolan & Betty O’Callaghan nee Gowran.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

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