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Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
www.tullamoreparish.ie  
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1st Sunday of Lent ~ 21st February 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

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Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5:00pm; Sat - Closed: 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.


WILDERNESS

On this first Sunday of Lent, we are invited to embrace the wilderness.  The past year has given us experience of wilderness as our world battled a pandemic.  Many people were afraid, isolated, alone, and uncertain of what the future would bring.  Humanity was adrift in what seemed like a desert moment.  However, wilderness can bring opportunity.  It can be a time for deep reflection, where we take stock of what is most important to us, a chance to let go of things that are really not important and focus on where we are being called to be.  During this past year, what opportunity did this wilderness offer you?

Lent is also a time where people give up something, focus on weight loss or getting fit, take on a course, try to better themselves in some way.  And these can be good things, but Lent is so much more than that.  It is a retreat time, a time to make room for something deeper.  It is a spring-cleaning sort of time, an opportunity to ask, ‘what needs clearing out in my life so that I can make more room for God?’  ‘What changes am I being called to embrace?’  Without change we cannot grow, and things fast become stale in our lives.  God is always urging us on because God knows just what possibilities there are for each of us.  Lent offers us the opportunity to makes space for something new, to let go of that which is keeping us from living life to the full.

The Gospel today is short, Jesus is sent into the wilderness, into the desert, and we too are invited into a desert time.  Deserts are interesting places which can allow us to reflect, give ourselves space.  It is true that we might encounter our demons there, but we should not be afraid because as the Gospel tells us clearly today, this is a Spirit-led desert.  God is with us.  Let us try to embrace this wilderness.  How we make use of this time determines what will be.

‘You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’ (Alan Alda)

Jane Mellett, Intercom February 2021


LENT IN TULLAMORE PARISH - A TIME FOR PRAYER, FASTING & ABSTINENCE

Mass times: 7.45am (Mon-Fri), 10.00am (Mon-Sat), 6.30pm (Mon-Fri)

Stations of the Cross 9.45am (Mon-Sat)

Daily Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after 10.00am Mass until 6.00pm.

Rosary and Benediction Sunday evenings at 6.30pm

Scripture reflection presented by Fr Sean & Fr Luke, Tuesday morning after 10.00am Mass.  It is recommended that those who intend to join these talks on webcam equip themselves with a copy of “Magnificat” which contains monthly texts of the Mass.  If interested in getting a copy, please contact the Parish Centre.  We will not have supplies for the coming Tuesday but will have them for March.

All can be viewed on the Tullamore Church webcam

Special prayers at the evening Masses

Monday: Frontline workers

Tuesday: Young people & parents

Wednesday: The elderly and those in nursing homes

Thursday: The sick and people struggling with mental health issues

Friday: Those who have died


DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT?

In the words of Pope Francis: 

Fast from hurting words and say kind words. 

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. 

Fast from anger and be filled with patience. 

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. 

Fast from worries and have trust in God. 

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. 

Fast from grudges and be reconciled. 

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €2936

Thank you for your continued support.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Life is filled with happiness, sadness, tears, smiles, laughter and other emotions...

But when life gets you down , just be strong about it and keep your head up high and have faith in all things in life.  Always  remember: 

God is at your side, ALWAYS


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 22        7.45 Luke Bracken, Arden

............. 10.00 Joan Nicholson

..................... Michael Dunne, Killiskea

                 6.30 Mary, Christopher & Christopher Jnr Whelan

Tues 23 ...10.00 Mary & Margaret Gallagher

                 6.30 Johnny Commins, Thornsberry

Wed 24      6.30 Frances Martin, Connolly Park

Thurs 25 .10.00 John Dowling, Marian Place

Fri 26 .....10.00 Dan & Sheila O’Grady

Sat 27        6.00 Eileen Deffew, 1st Ann

....................Kathleen Keegan, Mon Mem

Sun 28       9.00 Roy Lane

....................Sean Kirwan, Cappincur

............ 11.00 Michael O’Brien, Mon Mem

                 1.00 Patricia LaComber, Mon Mem

Shared Mass Sat 27, 10.00am:  Betty McMahon; Tommy Brennan; Joseph & Bridget Cronly & Family; Bridgie & Sean Horan, Horan & Lynam Families; Joan Purcell; Colm & Nellie Grennan; Matt & Eileen Horan & Gallagher Family; Ronnie Walsh.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Canon David Hutton-Bury, Patrick (Pat) Dooner & Rose Scully.


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

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE open for Counselling.  Contact them on 0579328268, or

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TRÓCAIRE BOXES now available from Parish Centre or Church.