27 October 2021
Bulletin

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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  

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 22nd August 2021

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

Phone: 057 9321587

Email: tullamoreparishsecretary@gmail. com

Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5:00pm; Sat - Closed: 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 057 9326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


Tickets will be required for Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses only and will be available by calling into the Parish Centre, from each Monday, 9.30am-5.00pm, for the following weekend

WEEKEND MASSES (TICKETS REQUIRED)

Church of the Assumption: (Vigil) 6.30pm 

Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm

Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

WEEKDAY MASSES (NO TICKETS REQUIRED)

Monday-Friday 7.45am, 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAMS BOTH IN DURROW & TULLAMORE.

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 2.00-3.00 pm in the Day Chapel.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

John 6:60-69

In this chapter Jesus teaches that the meaning of his life, and the meaning of all human life, lies in being prepared to give of oneself.  Perhaps you can identify with what Pope Francis says: ‘Those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others ….’ (Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel, No.10)

‘This teaching is difficult’, complained his hearers, including some of his own followers.  Perhaps at times you also have wondered if you could go along with it.  What helped you to overcome your resistance?

‘Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the message of eternal life.’  In the midst of your doubts perhaps you have held on to your faith in Jesus because, like Peter, you found a more hopeful message in Jesus than you could find anywhere else.  How has the gospel message been more attractive to you than any other?

‘The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life’.  Recall the words and phrases of Jesus that are words of life for you.


LEAP OF FAITH

Children are often adept at looking beyond the practicalities and seeing the possibilities.  Where a parent or guardian might only see a messy room in need of tidying, a child sees an obstacle course, a castle, a jungle, a magical fairy forest.  It can be refreshing to take a breath and remember that there is more to life than our physical, tangible world with its daily routines and to-do lists.  Sometimes circumstances can leave us blinded to life’s beauty or meaning.

In the Gospel, some of Jesus’ followers are finding it difficult to see beyond the physical.  He has been teaching them that he is the living bread, but it is hard for them to accept.  They dismiss it as ‘intolerable language’ and they wonder ‘How could anyone accept it?’  His teachings are too difficult to comprehend and they are annoyed and offended.  Some of them even walk away.

But Jesus is offering something more than the practicalities, more than physical food or drink: he offers the bread of life, living bread, his very self.  It is a difficult message, but Simon Peter gets to the heart of it: ‘You have the message of eternal life, and we believe.’  He is able to see beyond the obvious, to hear the truth at the heart of Jesus’ words.  Jesus demands a lot of his followers, who must each decide whether or not they want to follow.  Are we ready to make that leap of faith?

Tríona Doherty, Intercom July/Aug 2021         

                


 SPONSORSHIP 

We are hoping, with your help, to raise funds to replace the defibrillator on the Church grounds, which is now obsolete.  In addition to this we hope to provide training on the use of the machine (approximate cost €5000). 
Tom Whelan intends to cycle 100km to raise funds for this and would appreciate your sponsorship.   
The cycle will take place on 22nd September 2021.
  




 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

‘Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.’ - St. Francis de Sales

 


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Plate:  Tullamore €1255;   Durrow €95

Envelopes €2779

Thank you for your continued support

 


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM ~ Contact the Parish Secretary.  

BAPTISM

Welcome to God’s Family Sarah Lily Geraghty, Sadie-Rose Dolan, Zack Dunne, Willow Shenandoah Morris & Jack Timothy Naughton who were baptised recently.


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 057 9341831 or www.accord.ie. 
ACCORD also  provide couple and relationship counselling In-Person and Online in Tullamore.  Phone 057 9341831 or 086 4669926 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 organisations & clubs included


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22nd AUGUST 1996  


MASS INTENTIONS

Tue 24      7.45 O’Connell Family   

Thurs 26   10.00 Mary Bray, Clonminch Rd, 1st Ann

Fri 27 10.00 Keenahan Family

Sat 28       10.00 Celine Conway, 69 Clontarf Rd

                          Patrick Rattigan

Sun 29      8.30 Liam Lloyd, Arden View

               10.00 Michael O’Brien, Pearse Park

                      John & Della Galvin

               1.00 Sean Thornton, 1st Ann

                     Roseann Bracken, Mon Mem

           


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Joe Craig, Teresa O'Brennan and May Lawton

 


COMMUNITY NOTICES

REPARATION VIGIL TO THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS, Durrow Church, Tues 31, 7 - 9.15pm: 7pm  Exposition, devotions & silence; 8pm Benediction; 8.15pm Holy Mass; 8.45pm Short talk followed by Holy Face prayers & general blessing with Holy Face relic. (Social distancing applies). Info: 0852525612, Human Life International Ireland.  Streaming: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-colmcilles

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL  - Support for people in need.  Ph 057 9322072 or 087 755 7294.

OFFALY HOSPICE CHARITY SHOP Tues-Sat, 10.30am-4.30pm, Offaly St.  Donations welcome.  Ph 083 099 4754 for details.

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

AA: Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat &  Sun 8.15pm, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun, 1pm; Charleville Centre, Wed & Sat 8.30pm.

Al-ANON – for families of those suffering from Addiction:  Thurs 8pm, Tihilly, Lannello, Clontarf Rd.

TULLAMORE RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, 057 9322500; Freephone  1 800 323232

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE Contact them on 057 9328268, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE offering a range of free/affordable services.  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 057 9353177 / 9353441.

 
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