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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

11th September 2022  ~ 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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, 

Office Hours:  Mon-Thurs, 9.30-1; 1.30-5pm.  

Phone: 0579321587 

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Reception service Friday, 9.30-5.  

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.

Meeting Rooms available:  Contact Administrator for details of availability, rates, etc.

Teas after 10.00am Mass Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Bereavement Listening Support:  Ph 0579326604.


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.

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in the Day Chapel.


IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO REPENT

The readings today offer us the opportunity to reflect on God’s mercy, love and compassion.  A common theme found in all the readings is God’s openness and readiness to receive and welcome us back irrespective of our faults and failings.

Each of the three gospel stories gives us a sense of how merciful and compassionate Jesus is towards us all.  In spite of our human frailties and stubbornness, the welcoming arms of Jesus remain open to receive us.  The compassion and mercy of Jesus is available at all times.  Many of us at times can identify with the ‘Prodigal Son’ in the parable but we may not always have his courage, confidence and humility to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.  Jesus like the father of errant son will greet us with joy and happiness.

The response of the father to both his sons also provides us with food for thought as it teaches us that the compassion and love of Jesus is extended both to the righteous person and the sinner alike.  When we are lost and seek repentance and reconciliation, how could we not rejoice and celebrate as God has made our return very easy through Jesus.


GET INVOLVED!

Getting involved in your Parish can be a very enjoyable experience!  There are lots of different ways to participate and make a difference.  We are looking for people to help out as Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, members of hospitality/welcoming group, Plate Collectors & Music Ministry in the Church.  So why not put your name forward to play a part in your Parish.  Forms are available in the Church.  Please complete and return to the Sacristy or the Parish Centre.  We also thank all of you who already help us in any way to keep our Churches and parish going.


FR. LUKE RECEIVES A NEW DIOCESAN APPOINTMENT

Fr. Luke has been appointed as curate with pastoral duties in Clara and in Tubber parishes. He will be resident in Horseleap with a shared ministry between the two parishes. He has been with us here in Tullamore for the past 6 years and we will miss him. He has been very much part of our parish during very challenging times and we have appreciated his dignified and prayerful presence among us.  His ministry to young people in our schools, to couples preparing for marriage, to the sick at home and in hospital, to the needy, to families in time of bereavement, to prayer groups, his patient listening and thoughtful advice, these have all been part of his committed and gentle ministry.  We wish him well in his new appointment and may God continue to bless him and his work.             

Fr. Joe.


DURROW SUNDAY 18TH

Bishop Deenihan will celebrate the 11.30am Mass in Durrow on Sunday Sept. 18th. There will be an acknowledgement of the service Carmel Ward has given as Sacristan followed by refreshments in the hall.


BEGINNERS COURSE IN CATECHESIS

A Beginners course in Catechesis, using YouCAT study materials, will start on Wednesday Sept 21st, from 7.30 to 9.00pm.  The Course will last 20 weeks.  Limited places available.  Please register your interest before Friday 16th, by leaving your name, contact number and email address at the Parish Centre.


DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

The Diocesan Pilgrimage will travel to Lourdes on Monday 12th led by Bishop Deenihan.  It is special to be able to return to Lourdes after an absence of two years due to travel restrictions.  It is a time to remember all who have suffered, those who have died during this pandemic. A time to remember the health care workers and those who helped and cared for us during those difficult days.

In Lourdes our Blessed Lady appeared to St. Bernadette 18 times and she gave this message:

“Go and tell the priests to build a chapel here and that people should come in procession”.  It is in answer to this request of Our Lady that pilgrims go to Lourdes.  It is a place of grace and healing and nobody returns home without receiving something special.

During the Pilgrimage there will be prayers said and Masses offered for the people of the diocese.  It is an opportunity for the people of the diocese to unite in prayer and a time of blessing. The opening Mass for the pilgrimage will be celebrated at the Grotto on Tuesday 13th at 7.30am (Irish time) and will be available on the Lourdes webcam.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptisms take place monthly on the first Sunday in Tullamore, second Sunday in Durrow, third and fourth Saturday in Tullamore.  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   12 10.00  Patrick Mannion

Wed   14 10.00 Thomas & Rose Molloy & daughter-in-law Celine

Fri     16 10.00 John Feery

Nan Foy, Arden View

Sat     17   10.00 Ernest & Mary Cullen, Clontarf Rd

Patrick & Marcella Horan, Arden

                  6.30 Liam McGuinness, Mon Mem

Sun   18       8.30 Tony Molloy

                            Andrew Hoctor

                  10.00 Sonny Conway

                            Nuala Murray

                   11.30 Martin Fenlon, Mon Mem

Durrow Sun 18, 11.30am:  Joseph Waters, Kildangan, 1st Ann


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Niamh Teresa Jacinta Murphy, Patrick Joseph & Arthur William Hyland & Klara Beata Rudnicka, who were baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €3521; Durrow €330

Envelopes €2447

Thank you for your continued support


COMMUNITY NOTICES

EUCHARSTIC ADORATION:  Urgent help required for Holy hour Thurs 12noon-1pm; 1pm-2pm.  Ph Pat 085 1162668.

ST PADRÉ PIO:  Mass Tues 13, 7.30pm, Tullamore Church.  All are welcome.

LEGION OF MARY:  Meet Tues, 7pm, Alfie Lambe House, Arden Rd.  New members welcome. Ph 0863143302.

READY:  Dinner dance, Sun 11, 7pm. Town House.  Please remember to bring forms & payment for Westport trip.

CÉILI & SET DANCING CLASSES:  Durrow Hall, Tuesdays, 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC:  Holiday to Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk, 16th Oct, 5 nights.  Excursions, day trips etc.  €430 pps.  Ph 0872146172/0579351295

TULLAMORE MEALS ON WHEELS AGM: Wed 14, Hugh Lynch’s, Kilbride St, 8pm. All drivers and helpers, past and present are invited.  All are welcome.

MENPOWER: Interested in expanding your horizons, want to build your mental & physical health, set goals and develop a life plan? Join MenPower Programme starting Wed 21, for 12 weeks.  Details from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

OFFALY LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY’S FREE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME: Starts 19 Sept. Details at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0579352467, 0879699998. www.offalyldc.ie and find us under Enterprise Supports.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Mon–Fri, 9.30-5pm. Details from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0579328268, www.dochasoffaly.com

ALONE: Seeking volunteers to support the elderly in our community.  Full training and support provided.  Details from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 086 1366539.

PARENTS FIRST:  Volunteers wanted to pass on knowledge and experience in bringing up children.  Ph 0579322996 or 086 1959221.

DROP IN CAFÉ:  Thursdays, 11.30-1, Darmagh Centre, Tihilly, Clontarf Rd.  All welcome.  Ph 0877470562

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP: 2nd & 4th Thurs 10.30am-12pm, Tullamore library. Facebook Tullamore Cuidiú,  phone 086 3785340.