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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  

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 31st 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.


WHO IS HE?

Like the Israelites wondering how they will know when a prophet is among them, the people of Jesus’ time constantly question who he is.  It the key theme which runs through Mark’s Gospel.  Who is this Jesus of Nazareth?  Not only does Mark teach with authority but he acts with authority.  He cures a sick man and in doing so shows that he has power and tells the Spirit to leave the man, much to people’s amazement.

Those who listen to Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue know there is something different and exciting about him.  His teaching is in sharp contrast to the scribes they are used to hearing.  The difference is his authority and it leaves his audience astonished.  He does not use it the way we might do, instead he uses his authority to serve, to love, to bring mercy and freedom.

What would Jesus’ message be for us today?  Let us think carefully.  Would we dare trust in our own inner goodness and to let it shine in the world?


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When God places a burden upon you, He places His arms underneath you.


ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

St Alphonsus Liguori

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament,

I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul,

Since I now cannot receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart,

I embrace you and unite myself to you;

Permit not that I should ever be separated from You. Amen


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Mark 1:21-28

In this first chapter Mark familiarises his readers with the type of things Jesus did to proclaim the kingdom, the Reign of God.  Our passage today touches on two of these, the first being that ‘he taught as one having authority’.  It makes a difference when you listen to someone who is clearly speaking from experience and personal knowledge.  Remember people who impressed you in this way.

Jesus’ combined teaching with healing, and he drove the evil spirit out of the man.  The power of God that worked this wonder through Jesus is also at work in and through us today.  When have you been freed from some bad habit?

The evil spirit convulsed the man before it left him.  The path to liberation can be a painful struggle.  If you have found it so, who was the Jesus person that helped you through the struggle to freedom?

It is not only individuals but groups that can be struggling with an evil spirit – jealousy, rivalry, malicious gossiping, abuse of power, etc.  Sometimes a Jesus person comes into the group and drives out that evil spirit.  Have you experienced this?  Perhaps you yourself have been this person on some occasion?

John Byrne osa, Intercom Jan 2021


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €1872

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

Tues 2 10.00 Alo & Maura O’Brennan

Wed 3 10.00   Liz Martin, Luke Kavanagh

Thurs 4    7.45 Molly Hannigan

10.00   Margaret (Peg) Kinahan

Sat 6 10.00   Denis Mahon, Clara Rd

               6.00   William O’Shea, 1st Ann & his wife Teresa, O’Molloy St

Sun 7       9.00  John Lonergan, Patrick Fleming, Eamonn Malone

              1.00  Mary Barron, Mon Mem

Durrow Sun 7, 11.30am:  Thomas Sullivan & Family; Brenda Quinn

All Masses can be viewed on webcam.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Josephine Walsh, Julia Leonard, Kathleen Keegan & Patricia LaComber.


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