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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 February 2023  ~ 1st Sunday of Lent

Fr. Joseph Gallagher, P.P., V.G.
Rt Rev Sean Heaney, P.E.
Fr. Joe Campbell, C.C.,
Fr. Fergal Cummins, C.C.
Fr. Damian Budau, C.C
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.


A NEW BEGINNING

The season of Lent is with us.  It affords us a time to reflect on our lives, on how we might have deviated from the true path that was laid out for us.  We are all tempted to stray from what is right and sometimes we give in to our temptations and follow the path of self-indulgence and sin, just like our first parents did.

But it does not have to be that way.  The Gospel tells us that Jesus was exposed to three temptations by Satan.  However, Jesus rules his entire life by obedience to his father, and it is from obedience that he decides, not upon the way offered to him by Satan, but on his Father’s way.

This season of Lent gives us an opportunity for a new beginning, to come back once more to the true path, obedience to the Father’s will.  Prayer, fasting and alms-giving are all practices we can take up and that bring us closer to what God meant us to be when he gave us life.  Follow those practices now and every day.  It’s never too late to be what you might have been.  Be the person God meant you to be.


LENT 2023

WEEKDAY MASSES 7.45am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.  

WEEKDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS before 10am Mass.

EVENING PRAYER Sundays at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  

WEEKLY TALKS ON DAILY MASS READINGS given by Fr Sean Heaney, Tuesdays after 10.00am Mass, Parish Centre.  All are welcome.  Bring a bible if you have one.


THE SEARCH – FAITH EVANGELIZATION PROGRAMME

Tullamore Parish Centre - Tuesday nights of Lent at 8pm - all welcome.  Starts next Tuesday, 28th.

The Search is an innovative video series created by the Augustine Institute that tackles the key questions of every human heart.  In seven beautifully filmed episodes, Chris Stefanick and experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art, and religion examine our place in the larger story of existence.   The video lasts twenty minutes and will be followed by discussion.


LENT & EASTER TALK

Fr Fergal will give a talk on the art of Lent & Easter on Friday March 3rd at 8pm in our Parish Centre.  All are welcome.  Tea & coffee at 9pm.


PRAY ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME! 

On our Youtube channel, Tullamore Parish, you will find the Prayer of the Stations of the Cross, with pictures of the stations in Tullamore church with prayer recited by a few parishioners.

You can view closely the images of the stations in Tullamore church and you can listen to beautiful texts about the road of the cross crossed by the Saviour during this time of Lent.


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

“I HAVE HEARD ABOUT YOUR FAITH” written by the Christian Women of Taiwan

Members of all Churches joining together, Friday 3rd March, 8.00pm, Mucklagh Church.  All are welcome.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS 

Matthew 4:1-11

…One way of looking at this gospel is to say that Jesus went into the desert to face his demons.  We all have demons we need to face – compulsions, fears, prejudices, anger, and urges that lurk within.   It is in facing our demons that we find a way to live a fuller life.   Can you recall a time when you grew through facing a ‘demon’ in this way?

In one of her reflections Joyce Rupp describes Lent as a ‘time to rediscover lost treasures’.  Is there something that once was a healthy part of your life and is no longer there: e.g., reading, exercise, mindfulness, prayer, socialising, fun?  Would this Lent be a time to rediscover that lost treasure? John Byrne OSA Intercom Feb 2023


SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY AND SYRIA

A special collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend - 4th/5th March.  Proceeds will be forwarded to Trocaire who will work with Caritas in bringing relief to those who are in need.


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   27    7.45 Ger Cooney

Tues   28 10.00 Sean Kirwan, Cappincur

                  7.30 Mary, Christopher & Christopher Jnr Whelan

Wed     1    7.45 Kathleen Breathnach

                  7.30 Annemarie Collins

Thurs    2   7.45 Our Lady’s Mass

                10.00 Ann McDonagh

                  7.30 Andrew & Margaret Hogan, Clara St

Sat       4 .10.00 Pat & Phylis Mitchell

                 6.30 Mary Teresa Lynch, Mon Mem

.................... Noel Flanagan, 1st Ann

Sun       5   8.30 Johnny Farrell, Cappincur

.................... Denis Galvin, Connolly Park

........... 10.00 John & Kathleen McCarthy

...........11.30 John Gorman, Mon Mem

...................Brigid Graham, Dillon St, 1st Ann

 

Durrow Shared Mass Sun 5, 11.30am:  Tim Devery, Mon Mem; Fr Arthur Waters; Tom Mealiffe & Family; Noel Dunne.


DEATHS 

We offer our sympathy to the families of Joe Connolly & Noel Stanley.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Freddie James Brennan, Nathan John Kelly, Teddy Thomas Cunningham, Aria Campbell & Charlie William Geraghty who were baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €2870; Durrow €255 

Envelopes €1958

Thank you for your continued support.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Help required for holy hour Tues 3-4pm; Wed 5-6pm. Phone Pat 085 1162668.

1ST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS TO OUR BLESSED LADY OF FATIMA, Sat 4, Day Chapel, after 10am Mass.

GLAMOUROUS BUTTONS & BOWS:  Dochas Offaly Fundraiser, Sun 5 Mar, 12–5pm, Mucklagh Community Centre. €5 entry for shoppers on the day. 

ACCORD - Looking for Marriage Preparation Facilitators:  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information on recruitment and training.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION this weekend in aid of St. Philomena’s N.S.  Please support.  Thank you.

TULLAMORE HARRIERS 5K – ROAD CLOSURE:  Kilcruttin Junction-Charleville Roundabout, 9.45-10.45am, Sun 12.  Diversions in place.  Phone Adrian 086 1636059.

CÉILÍ CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CENTRE KILBEGGAN: “Beloved Women’s” Retreat, 3-5 Mar.  Contact Sr Martha, 0899834322; Healing Mass Thurs 2, 8pm. 

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE? Contact Des Regan, BDP Coordinator, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 0579352467/0879699998. Website: www.offalyldc.ie and find us under Enterprise Supports.

 “VATICAN COUNCIL MEMORIES” - new book written by Dr Michael Smith, Bishop Emeritus of Meath, looking back on his time working at the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s.  Bishop Smith served as a stenographer at ‘Vatican II’, which sat 1962-1965 and was convened by Pope John XXIII to address the Catholic Church’s relations with the modern world.  The book is available in the Parish Centre.