29 October 2020


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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24th Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ 13th September 2020

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  


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm; Sat 2.00pm to 4.00pm 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.


Church of the Assumption: Saturday (Vigil) 5.00 & 6.30pm Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00p.m

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am


Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

You can join us on the webcam to view Masses in Tullamore Church www.tullamoreparish.ie


Mass Tickets available in The Parish Centre, Monday to Friday 9.30am–5.00pm; Saturday 2.00-4.00pm.


Saturday 2.00-3.00pm


Jesus does not see things as we do.  Time and time again in his parables, he turns our expectations upside down and helps us to see things in a different light.  Today, he tells the story of the landowner who pays the same wages to all his workers - those who were hired at the crack of dawn and those who only joined late in the day.  Naturally, the ‘early birds’ are put out by this-they feel it is unjust, even though they received the wage they were promised.

Maybe we sympathize with the complainers, in our individualistic society, we can fall into the trap of thinking that only certain people deserve good things.  Those who work hard, who are law-abiding, who make the most of opportunities - they deserve a decent standard of living.  Think of how often we hear people complaining about those who are struggling, saying they do not deserve assistance or ‘handouts’?  Such criticisms fail to take into account that not everyone has the same opportunities or privileges in life.

But in this parable of Jesus, the landowner treats everyone the same, regardless of their productivity.  He recognises that not all of them had the same opportunity - some were just luckier than others, in the right place at the right time.  God is just as generous, and he expects us to have the same respect for everyone, regardless of their position in life.

Sadly we do not live in an equal world where everyone’s dignity is respected and everyone has equal opportunities.  In this Season of Creation, we are mindful in particular of the world poor who suffer most as a result of environmental destruction- damage that is often caused by the comfortable lifestyles of others.

‘Enlighten those who possess power and money, that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live. The poor and the earth are crying out.’    (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’)

Triona Doherty Intercom, September 2020


All parishioners who donated €250 or more to the parish in 2019 have been sent a CHY4 cert.  When you sign and return it to us we will be able to seek a tax refund of approximately 45% of the total donated.  

Thank you to all who have signed and returned their certs and we would appeal to all parishioners to return them as soon as possible.  

If you have mislaid your cert and would like a new one issued, please contact Noeleen, the Parish Secretary. 


Today we would have been remembering our dead and their families with the Blessing of Graves taking place in Durrow Cemetery.  However it was not meant to be.  So today, in our own special way, we remember all of our loved ones gone before us. We remember too, all those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayer of St John Henry Newman

May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done.

Then in His love and mercy may he give us and all our beloved a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last. Amen.


We remember in our prayers, Rev Norman Allred, who will be ordained a priest for our diocese on Sunday next, 20th, at 3.00pm in Mullingar Cathedral.  During his time of study, Norman spent his holiday breaks in Tullamore and he has built up many contacts with parishioners here.  

We wish him every blessing. A limited number of tickets for his Ordination and his first Mass on Tuesday 22nd at 7pm also in Mullingar are available from the Parish Centre.


Tullamore €1,460 Durrow €115 Envelopes €3,446

Thank you for your continued support.

You can donate to the parish in a number of ways:-

1) Parish Envelopes, Cash or cheque donations can be left into the Parish Centre or Parochial House or into the White Collection Box at the Harbour Street entrance to the Church.

2) Credit card donations can be made by phoning the parish office at 057-9321587

3) Standing Orders can be set up. See parish webpage for details.

4) Credit Transfer to Tullamore Parish Account;

Bank of Ireland, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

IBAN – IE34 BOFI 9019 0987 1557 41



Check with the Parish Office.



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


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


Mon    14     7.45    Josephine Pender

                 10.00    Thomas & Rose Molloy Daughter in law, Celine    

Tue    15    10.00    John Feery

Wed    16   10.00    Nan Foy, Arden View    

Thu    17     7.45    John, Anne & Jackie Houlihan    10.00    Richard Somers

Fri    18       7.45    Fr. Tom Scully  10.00    Anna & Colm McMahon    

Sat    19     10.00    Nan & Liam Hughes

                   5.00    Frank McMahon, Mon Mem

                   6.30    Ann Smyth, 1st Ann

Sun    20      8.30    Derek McDonagh

                 10.00    Sonny Conway    

                   1.00   Patrick Joseph O’Brien Mon Mem

Durrow, Sun     11.30    Johnny Spollen, 1st Ann


Welcome to God’s Family Tessa Brennan, Leon Joseph Shaw, Ella Nicole Kane, Noah Tom Archie Coyne, Vienna Kathleen Ward, Ada Rose Khan Wrafter who were baptized recently.


We offer our sympathy to the family of John Maher 


MABS: National Helpline 0761 07 2000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.

ALONE: support line for older people  Ph 0818 222 024, 8am-8pm daily.

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

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