18 January 2021
Bulletin

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Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
www.tullamoreparish.ie  
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1st Sunday of Advent ~ 29th November 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  

GET IN TOUCH

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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

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.


WEEKEND MASSES

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

WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

You can join us on the webcam www.tullamoreparish.ie

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in Day Chapel


THE DEEP END ● FINDING OUR FEET

It can be hard to live with uncertainty.  Back at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a councillor was interviewed on radio about how people were coping with the ‘lockdown’.  People were anxious and fearful, she said.  Many were experiencing loneliness, as their normal routines and social life came to an abrupt halt.

Another thing that people really struggled with was the inability to make decisions.  They felt trapped and stuck, unable to plan ahead.  They couldn’t make plans to visit family or go on holidays.  They didn’t know if their jobs were secure, or if their children would return to school.  When things were up in the air, it is hard to find your feet and feel grounded.   Many of us are still struggling with these feelings.

Today we enter a new Church year, and our first Advent season since the pandemic hit.  Many of us are feeling more subdued than normal as we begin our preparations for Christmas.  It will be very different from the usual family and social occasion, and we are saddened and worried by this.

In today’s gospel, Jesus urges his disciples to ’stay awake’.  We might feel we have no choice at the moment - the feeling of not knowing what is coming is very familiar.  We are on our guard, on edge, waiting for the latest. news.  Yet already, there are initiatives springing up to support those who are vulnerable or in need this Christmas.  

In our own families we are plotting ways to ensure no one is alone or isolated.  We are ‘awake’ to the strange circumstances, and we are finding ways to cope.  We pray today for the strength to guide us through the coming weeks, and for the peace and joy of Christ to lift our hearts and carry us onwards.‘In this time of tribulation and mourning, I hope that you will be able to experience Jesus, who comes to meet you, greets you and says: ‘Rejoice.’

POPE FRANCIS

Jane Mellett, Intercom, November 2020


SUNDAYS OF ADVENT

Rosary and benediction at 6.00pm in Church of the Assumption.


TULLAMORE NATIVITY

This Christmas the churches and musicians of Tullamore are working together to produce a unique town-wide project – The Tullamore Nativity. This will be a virtual video production combining well known, and well loved, Christmas carols, and scripture reading. In these difficult times this is a way for the Christian community to celebrate together the birth of Christ.  

Musicians and singers, solo or groups have the opportunity to make a recording and upload it and have them collated together as part of this production.  Coming soon…

An interactive walking tour, using QR codes, around the shops and places of Tullamore where you can watch different parts of the Tullamore Nativity.

Full details can be found at: www.tullamorenativity.ie


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Envelopes €2,777

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

BIC – BOFIIE2D.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Not taking place at the moment.  Check with the Parish Office.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

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


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

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


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon    30  10.00    Thornsberry Estate Residents, past & present

Tue    1      7.45    Rody Larkin, William St.

               10.00    Noel Boland

Wed   2   10.00    Mary, Charlie &Brigid Ann Kavanagh

Thurs  3  10.00    Stan & Mona Wrafter

Sat    5    10.00    Teresa Condron

                6.30    Mary Ellen Cowley 1st Ann

                           William Lenaghan 1st Ann

Sun    6    8.30    John ‘Mick’ McEvoy, Parents John & Roseann & Brother Thomas

              10.00    Nancy Lloyd

              11.30    Maureen Thivel Mon Mem

               1.00    Sheila Flynn Ballykilmurray 1st Ann


Durrow, Sun 6th, 11.30am, (SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS BEING LIFTED)

Kealan Walsh; Julia McDermot;, Marcella & Joseph Troy; Liam Walsh; Roger O’Brien;  Gerry, Stevie, Maureen & Stephen Lynam; Brendan Minnock; Aidan Bermingham


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the Families of Mary O’Mahony, June Martin, Michael Kane & Thomas Doyle


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PRAYER IN CHURCH: The Church will remain open throughout level 5 for private prayer including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

PARISH CENTRE: Selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets, Christmas Cards and Candles now available.

MEATH DIOCESAN PIONEER ASSOCIATION Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Christ the King Mullingar at 8pm on Thurs the 3rd of Dec. It will be available on Mullingar Cathedral webcam

MABS: Helpline 0761 07 2000 Mon to Fri 9am - 8pm.

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

AA: Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat &  Sun 8.15pm, Day meetings Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun, 1pm 

 
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