05 December 2023
Bulletin 23-Jan-04


  Jesus is the Messiah

In today's Gospel, Luke tells us of his motivation to write an orderly account ‘of the events that have taken place among us', namely the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as recorded by eye-witnesses.

Luke describes a very significant event, where Jesus reveals that he is fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.  In other words, he is the Messiah.

We read and hear short excerpts from sacred scripture, the Word of God, at Mass on Sundays.  However, we miss a lot of the Good News of Salvation, if we do not read the whole story in the Bible; particularly the New Testament.

If you want a less stressful life, in this hostile age of consumerism, read fewer newspapers, watch less television and begin to read the Bible.  Perhaps John's Gospel for a start.  The Good News about  the love of Jesus will revive you.

Community Activities

St Mary's Youth & Community Centre: Tues Youth Club (10-12yrs) 5-7pm, post primary club 7-9pm; Thurs Youth Club (7-9yrs) 5-7pm, post primary 7-9pm.
Pioneers: Those wishing to enrol are welcome to do so after 1st Friday Mass, Day Chapel door.  Those eligible for gold/silver badges or Fr Cullen medals ph 213143.
‘New Blood Wanted': Clinic GAA Centre, Mon 26-Thurs 29, 4.30-8.30pm.
Charity Shop requires voluntary helpers, 2-3 hours per week.  Ph 21313.
Rahan Residents Assoc: AGM Tues 27, 8pm, Moorhill House.
SHS Open Night Tues 27, 8pm.  All intending to enrol for school welcome.
ICA: Craft & Social Evening Wed 28, 8pm, Day Care Centre.
Table Quiz in aid of Ballycommon Active Retirement Assoc, Fri 30, 9.30pm, Hennessy's, Ballycommon.  Table of 4 €20.
Dochas - Cancer Support Centre: Volunteers wanted.  Ph 28268.
Evening Classes Tullamore College Mondays, commencing 2 Feb. Vacancies in guitar, flower arranging & ‘colour me beautiful'.  Ph 21044.
Friends of Hospital: Meeting Mon 26, 8pm.  New members welcome.
Unwanted Clothes & Shoes to help African Missions.  Collection on Tues 27, before 12noon, GAA Centre & Durrow Church.
Healing Day Emmanuel House, Clonfert, Sat 31.  Bus from Harbour St 8.45am.  Ph 52931.
Pilgrimage to Fatima with Fr Lorenzo Bracken, 8-15 June.  Ph 51832.
Mount St Anne's Retreat Centre: For details on various courses coming up ph 0502-26153 or email
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Parish Information & Support Services - Confidential Phone Line 26604: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm; 6.00-10.00pm.

ACCORD Marriage & Relationship counselling Mon-Fri 9.30am-1.30pm,  41831;
CIC Mon-Fri 10am-12.30pm, 2-4pm, Sat 10-12 ,52204;
Epiplepsy Assoc Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm 28631; 
AA Mon, Thurs, Sat Mercy Convent 8.30pm;
Al-Anon Thurs 8.30pm, 17 Chapel St.  01-8732699;
Vincent De Paul 22072;
Dochas - Cancer Info & Support Drop in centre 12 Henry St, Mon/Wed/Fri 10.30am-12.30pm 28268;
Suicide Bereavement Support 086-8157320;
Sexual Abuse & Rape Counselling Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Mon 8-10.30pm. 1800323232;
Grow Thurs 7.30pm Day Care Arden Rd, 51124;
Aware Mon 8.45pm Community Mental Health Centre 1890303302; Women in Crisis Ozanam House, Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 51886;
Life Pregnancy Care 7B Cormac St Sat 12-3pm 1850281281; Fibromyalgia Group: Last Tues of month, 8pm, Day Care Centre. 22420;
Anew - support group for women with alcohol problems, Wed 8pm, Ofalia House Edenderry, 086-1024743.

Bulletin notices must be handed in to the Parochial House by Wednesday lunch time.  Late notices will be omitted.  Only community-based, non-profit making activities can be included.

New Ministers of the Word (Readers) Wanted: If you wish to volunteer as reader at a weekend Mass, please leave name, address and phone no to Parochial House or Sacristy.

Ministry Night for Ministers of the Word, Family Mass Team & Church Environment Group Monday 26th, 8pm, Day Chapel.  Second night for Ministers of the Eucharist to be held Monday 9th Feb, 8pm, Day Chapel.

Commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 7th Feb at 8.30pm Candlelight Mass.

Following Christ Today - commences Tuesday 27th at 8.00pm in the Day Chapel, with Methodist Minister Rev Noel Fallows, Mountmellick on "Working with Asylum Seekers".

Praying with Scriptures (Lectio Divina) will not be held for the next five weeks due to ecumenical talks in Day Chapel.  Regular attenders are encouraged to attend these talks.  Praying with Scriptures will resume 2nd March as part of Lenten preparation.

Hospitality Group looking for volunteers to help out on different occasions in Day Chapel.  If interested, please ph Noreen 22042.

Changes in Funeral Policy: From this month on, we will no longer have funeral Masses at the regular Sunday Mass times.  This is to ensure that the funeral liturgy is more fully focussed on the deceased and the bereaved.

Parish Welcome & Information Booklet: Teams of two people will be visiting new homes to distribute the booklet during Lent.  If you are interested in helping, please leave your name at the Parochial House.  A further meeting will be on Friday 13 Feb at 8.00pm in the Parochial House.

Confirmation Faith Friends: Adult leaders wanted for March. Forms available from Parochial House or Sacristy.

Mass Intention:Mon 26: 7.45 Paddy Cunningham & Michael Egan, Clara Bridge.  10.00 Albert Sweeting, Ashleigh Court.  Tues 27: 10.00 Larry Looram, High St.
Thurs 29: 7.45 Michael Moore, Emo.  Fri 30: 7.45 Michael Moore.  10.00 John Sullivan, Tara.  Sat 31: 10.00 Michael & Mary Ellen Boland.  7.00 Mary Bracken, Henry St.  Mon Mem.  8.30 Teresa Doyle.  Months Mem.  Sun 1: 8.30 Brigid Skeehan.  10.00 Paddy & Esther Byrne & Aoife McCann, 75 Clontarf Rd.  11.30 Nan Nugent, Arden Rd.  1st Ann.  1.00 Sean Rowney.  Months Mem. 
Durrow: Sun 1 Matt & Una Grennan.

Next Shared Mass Sat 21st Feb, 10am.

If you would like support in your grieving, now or in the future, please ring 26604.

Baptisms: Welcome to the parish community Annabelle Therese Scott Quinn, 3 Chancery Park Close; Mary Ann Ward, Kilcruttin.  The pre-Baptism meetings for February are on Wednesday 28th Jan & Wednesday 18th Feb at 8.30pm in the Parochial House.  All parents who wish to have their child baptised in February must attend a meeting.  Contact Parish Secretary for details.

Weddings: Congratulations to Ida Currams & John Foley; Rita Scully & Paul Fallon; Alice Keenahan & Alo Keeley; Andrea Kenny & Salvatore Valvo; Aisling O'Keeffe & Sam Deverall; Catherine Power & Patrick McDonagh; Mary Carroll & Kieran Kelly; Carol Grennan & Donal McGrath; Mary Gallagher & Stuart Smith; Sandra Walsh & Fergus Dunne.

Collections: Plate: Tullamore €4261; Durrow €241.  Envelopes: €4977.
 Thank you.

Sunday Mass Times:.Vigil: 7.00pm & 8.30pm.  Sun: 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm.  Durrow: 11.30am

Confessions: Saturdays 12-1pm;3-4pm; 6.30-7pm; 7.45-8.15pm. 
Eve Holydays 6.30-7pm.  Eve 1st Fridays 12-1pm; 7.30-8pm.

Please continue to pray for Fiona Pender, our parishioner who has been missing since 22nd Aug ‘96

A good argument has no need of a loud voice.


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