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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 of Lent ~ 14th March 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 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 (During Lent) 7.45am, 10.00am& 6.30pm

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAMS BOTH IN DURROW & TULLAMORE.

CONFESSIONS

Not taking place at the moment.

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Not taking place at the moment.

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

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


OUT INTO THE LIGHT

Today, the ‘middle’ Sunday of Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday – Laetare means ‘Rejoice!’ We tend not to think of Lent as a time to rejoice, but signs of joy are central at Mass today, such as the use of flowers on the altar and rose-coloured vestments for the priest instead of the usual Lenten purple. The shadow of the cross still looms large, but we look forward with hope to Easter, when light will conquer the darkness.

We are offered an opportunity today to pause and reflect on our Lenten journey. In our gospel we hear that ‘the [person] who lives by the truth comes out into the light’. On the other hand, Jesus says that those who ‘prefer darkness to the light’ live in fear that their actions will be exposed.

We hear a lot of talk these days about transparency. We have seen the damage caused by those whose private actions gravely contradict the message they proclaim in the public sphere. Some questions we might ask ourselves this Lent are: Am I living a truthful life ‘in the light’? Am I honest in my dealings with others, trying always to choose what is right and just, or are there things I do in secret that are unkind or dishonest? Am I attentive to the needs of others or am I more inclined to think of myself? Lent offers us the opportunity to step out into the light, to allow the light of Jesus to sweep away any darkness or destructive habits and to begin again.

‘We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able share it with others; when we know when to smile with those who smile, and weep with those who weep; when we accompany those who are sad and at risk of losing hope; when we recount our experience of faith to those who are searching for meaning and happiness… and there – with our attitude, with our witness, with our life – we say ‘Jesus is Risen,’ with our soul.’ (Pope Francis)

Tríona Doherty, Intercom March 2021


ST PATRICK’S DAY

Next Wednesday, 17th, is St Patrick’s Day.  Masses will be celebrated as follows:

Tullamore:  Vigil (16th) 6.30pm; 9.00am, 11.00am (as Gaeilge), 6.30pm.

Durrow:  11.30am.

Beannachtaí na Féile Phádraig oraibh go léir


LENT IN TULLAMORE PARISH

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 Sacramentafter 10.00am Mass until 6.00pm.

Rosary and BenedictionSundayevenings at 6.30pm.

Scripture reflection Tuesday morning after 10.00am Mass.References to Community Bible Week 3/Week 4

Tuesday Week 3: Daniel 3:25-43, Page 1514

Wednesday Week 3:  Deuteronomy 4:1-9, Page 263

Thursday Week 3: Jeremiah 7:23-28,  Page 1343

Friday Week 3: Hosea 14:2-10, Page 1552

Saturday Week 3: Hosea 5:15-6:: 6,  Page 1545

Monday Week 4: Isaiah 65:17-21,  Page1324


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Jn 3:14-21

… It would be very cushy for us if we could be a source of life to others without cost to ourselves. True life-givers know that they need the generosity of being lifted up by giving their lives so that others may have life. Recall when you have had that generosity and give thanks for others who have been like that for you.

We receive life from God when our faith enables us to trust in God’s love for us. We give life to one another when the love between us is trustworthy. Recall memories of that kind of trustworthy love. For whom have you been able to be a ‘Jesus person’ and give a love that another could trust? Who has shown that kind of love to you and been for you a sacrament of God’s love?

John Byrne osa, Intercom March 2021


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


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Be joyful in hope,

patient in affliction

faithful in prayer

Romans 12:12


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 15 10.00 Hogan Family, Church Rd

6.30 William Dunne & Family

Tues 16 10.00 baby Joshua Mikey Ward Mills

Wed 17 9.00 Dan &Brigid Molloy

11.00 Catherine Martin

Thurs 18 10.00 Noel Connolly

6.30 Jimmy Dunne & Maher Family

Fri 19 6.30 Mossie Mahon & his Parents

Sat 20 10.00 Margaret Flaherty

Sun 21 9.00 P J & Louisa Carragher, High St

11.00 Stephen Burke,Cappincur 1st Ann

1.00 Martin Heffernan, Mon Mem

 

Durrow Sun 21: SrÁine Walsh, Mon Mem


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Martina Thomas, nee Walsh.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €3099

Thank you for your continued support.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

MABS: Helpline0761 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:  Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, 0579322500; Freephone1800323232

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE open for Counselling.  Contact them on 0579328268, or   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE offering a range of free/affordable services.  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0579353177/9353441.

TULLAMORE TRADFEST takes place via Facebook and Youtube channels 26-28 March.  Free entertainment incl concerts and recitals from local, national and international artists. Follow us on Facebook for more details'