26 January 2022

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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

26th December ~ Feast of Holy Family

Fr. Joseph Gallagher, P.P., V.G.
Rt Rev Sean Heaney, P.E.
Fr Luke Ohiemi, C.C.
Fr Joe Campbell, C.C.,
Fr. Fergal Cummins C.C.
Fr. Kevin Fleming SSC
Sr. Margaret Burke.

GET IN TOUCH

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 057 9321587

Email: tullamoreparishsecretary@gmail. com

Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5:00pm; Sat - Closed: To book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.

Parish Support Services: Bereavement Listening, etc. For appointment, Ph 057 9326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


WEEKEND MASSES

Church of the Assumption:(Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 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 ON PARISH WEBSITE.

CONFESSION

Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in the Day Chapel.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL -JOHN 1:1-18 

This prologue to John’s Gospel is a piece of poetry.  Like all poetry one of the ways to enter into it is to read it a few times slowly and let the words and images speak to you.

The prologue proclaims Jesus as the true light come into the world.  How has Jesus, and the message of Jesus, been a light for you in your life?

The prologue also affirms the transforming power of faith: ‘to all who received him… he gave power to become children of God’.  How would you describe the difference it makes to you to have faith as part of your life?

In Jesus we get a glimpse of God and of the love of God.  But as ‘Jesus people’ in the world today we also are called to be witness to the light.  Who has been a witness to you?  To whom have you been a witness?

John Byrne OSA Intercom January 2022


FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY

Thursday 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany.  Mass times are as follows:  

Vigil (5th Jan) Durrow 8.00pm

Tullamore 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.


THE PARISH CENTRE WILL REOPEN ON TUESDAY 4TH JAN 2022


MESSAGE FOR THIS NEW YEAR

Last year, 2021 we have continued to live with the pain and uncertainties of Covid19.  It has been a very difficult year for everyone.  We had hoped that we would have been able to put this crisis behind us and get back to more normal living.   In times of crisis we can rediscover the strength of faith.  We have been asked to travel along an unknown road.  We are not in charge of the journey and we do not know what the future will be like. 

During the past year we have prayed as we have never prayed before.  We have prayed for ourselves, for our families, for those who are away.  We have prayed for our frontline workers who have bravely worked to save lives.  We have prayed for our researchers and scientists that they will be inspired to learn about the working of this virus and come up with medicines that will keep us healthy.  We have prayed for our workers who have been unable to work and for businesses who are struggling.  We have prayed for our nursing home residents and for their families who have endured a terrible separation from people that we love dearly.  We have prayed for our dead.  We have lived with the pain of not being able to go to funerals and grieve our dead and support their families. 

And now it is the season of Christmas and we begin a new year.   It is a light in a very dark time of year and we look forward in hope.  This is the time when Christ comes to us as our saviour.  This is the time when Christ takes us by the hand the leads and guides us on this mysterious journey.  It is very difficult for us to put our hand into the hand of another and say, I trust you, and that is the very essence and the reality of faith.  This is not a dream, this is the promise of Christ to us.  This is what makes us strong.  We can look beyond ourselves to a better future.  This is Christmas - Christ the saviour is born!

On behalf on everyone on the parish team I want to thank you, our parishioners for your prayers and support during the past testing year.  We have rallied together as community and as parish and we have grown together.  May the hope and strength of Christ be with you in this New Year. 

Fr Joe Gallagher PP


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Contact the Parish Secretary.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary at least three months in advance.  All couples getting married must complete a pre-marriage course.  Contact ACCORD 0579341831 or www.accord.ie.  ACCORD also provide couple and relationship counseling In-Person and Online in Tullamore.  Phone 057 9341831 or 0864669926 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


NB:  NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN MUST BE IN THE PARISH CENTRE BY 9.30AM WEDNESDAY.

Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organizations & clubs included


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22nd AUGUST 1996


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 10.00      Tom Dempsey

                          O’Neill, Wrafter & Castinera Families

Tue 4   .7.45      Ned & Eileen Grennan, Loughaun

........10.00      Jimmy & Liam Wyer

Wed 5 10.00 ....Vincent Wynter

Thu 6 .10.00 ....Chris Cuskelly

.....................Kathleen Claffey

Sat 8 ..10.00.... Kathleen & Denis Westman

...........6.30 ...Jack  Brophy, 93 Marian Place Mon Mem

Sun 9  . 8.30.... Kathleen, James & Joseph Kelly, O’Molly St

.........10.00 ....Marcella Egan, Marian Place

.....................Paddy & Molly Dunne & Maureen Halewood, Marian Place

Durrow Sun 9, 11.30am:  John Joe Ward, Mon Mem


COMMUNITY NOTICES

HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE 2022: Pilgrimage from Meath Diocese to the Holy Land led by Bishop of Meath Tom Deenihan, Price: €1,875.00 pps (half board). Details from GTI Travel (01) 843 4734.

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE:  ALONE manage a national support line and supports for older people who have concerns/facing difficulties relating to COVID-1.  Ph 0818222024 from 8am–8pm available 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most

MABS: Helpline 0818 07 2710 Mon to Fri 9am - 8pm.

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 1800323232 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; website www.tullamorerapecrisis.ie

OFFALY VOLUNTEER CENTRE – if you are interested in registering your voluntary organisation with us or becoming a volunteer for the many organisations in our community please contact us on 083 0154669 anytime – or Look us up on www.volunteeroffaly.ie