06 June 2023
Bulletin 7th-Nov-04

Message of Hope

Each of us has a strong desire to go to Heaven when we die.  Our hope stems from our strong faith in life after death, where we will enjoy God' presence forever.

Our readings today should fill us with great hope.  "The King of the world will raise us up to live again forever" (2 Mac 7:9).  St Paul says, "May God our Father who in his mercy gave us eternal consolation and hope, console your hearts" (2 Thess 2:16-17).  Jesus says, "....the dead do rise to life" (Lk 20:35).

We remember with consolation and hope our loved ones whom God has taken home to himself, and are now living in the love and happiness of life everlasting which He promised.

Parish Activities

Mass Intentions:
Mon 8: 7.45 James Galvin.  10.00 Andy Quinn, Kilbride St, Eileen Glask, Pauline Bennett & Martin Foynes. 
Tues 9: 7.45 Michael Kenny, High St.  10.00 Ollie Gorman, Clontarf Rd.  Wed 10: 7.45 James Caffray & daughter Elizabeth Berry.  10.00 Peter Duffy, Convent View. 
Thurs 11: 7.45 Frances Hayes, Maple Grove.  10.00 Spain Family. 
Fri 12: 7.45 John, Margaret & Mary Jo O'Reilly, 10 Marian Place.  10.00 Joe & Mary Cassidy, Cormac St. 
Sat 13: 7.45 Dan & Rosie Fox & Kathleen Merrigan.   10.00 Stannie & Mona Wrafter, late O'Moore St. 7.00 Thomas Healion.  1st Ann.  8.30 Elizabeth O'Connor.  1st Ann. 
Sun 14: 8.30 Tom Herley.  10.00 Noel Spain, Marian Place.
Sun 14 Christy & Kathleen Carberry.

We offer our sympathy to the families of
Paddy Hayes, late Kilbride St, died in England;
May McKenna, Spollenstown;
Peter Duffy, Marian Place;
Sean Leavy, Ballydaly;
Rita Horan, nee Whelan, late Ballydaly & Ballycowan, died in England. 

If you would like support comfort in your grieving, ph 26604.    
Next Shared Mass Sat 20 Nov 10am

It is our policy, in so far as possible, to celebrate Community Baptisms.  Baptisms are in Tullamore on the 1st Sunday & 3rd Saturday of the month and in Durrow the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Next pre-Baptism meetings -Wed 17th Nov - 8.30pm, Parochial House.  All parents who wish to have their child baptised must attend a meeting. 
Contact Parish Secretary for details.

Tullamore €4296; Durrow €223 . Envelopes €3212.
Holy Day: Tullamore €1933;
Durrow €138.  Thank you.

Sunday Mass Times:
Vigil: 7.00pm & 8.30pm; Sun: 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm.  Durrow: 11.30am.
Saturdays 12-1pm;3-4pm. 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  


Recently Bishop Michael Smith asked that all parishes of the Diocese carry out a Mass count on the Sunday attendance in the Diocese.  This is to aid pastoral planning for the future and it was decided that the weekend of 16/17 Oct could be the chosen time.
We have enclosed the results and the previous Mass count from February 04 for comparison.
2004                    FEB                    OCT 
7.00PM                  977                   885
8.30PM                  538                   543
8.30AM                  265                   276
10.00AM                759                   547
11.30AM                 837                  844
1.00PM                 1348                1307
DURROW                 228                   214
TOTAL                 4952                4603
       %                  54.8                 51.0

The percentages of attendance are calculated as follows:
i The 2002 census states that the population of Tullamore was 10,098.  This figure was roundeded off to 11,000.
ii Fr Michael McGreail, former senior lecturer in Sociology, Maynooth, and author of recent "Meath Diocese Survey" states that only 82% of any parish population are free to attend Mass on any given Sunday.  This means 9,020 equals100% attendance in Tullamore parish.
iii Parishioners were counted during the homily time.
iv The recent count was held on 23/24 Oct by mistake.  This was unfortunate because it was a Bank Holiday weekend and many families were away.  With this in mind the more accurate figure is closer to 4,800 which gives an attendance of 53.5%.

Hospitality Group:
Meeting Tuesday 9th, 7.00pm, Parochial House.
Lectio Divina
Every Tuesday, Parochial House, 8.00pm.  All welcome.
Church grounds
Closed to cars 8.30-9.30am, Monday - Friday.

Community Activities

Mass for deceased members, Tues 9, Day Chapel, 8pm.  All welcome.
Meeting Mon 8, 8.30pm, Parochial House.  All welcome.
Legion of Mary:
Public Rosary, Alfie Lambe House, Sat 13, 8.15pm
‘Keeping Fit', Wed 10, Day Care, 8pm sharp.
5K Canal Walk, Sun 14, Whitehall Bridge to Digby Bridge and back, 2pm.  Ph Anne 21203, 22644.
Special Olympics:
Meeting to set up Tullamore network, Mon 8, Bridge House, 8.30pm.  All welcome.
Thanks to all who supported and helped at church gate collection.
Business & Professional Women's Club:
Heats of girl's public speaking competition, Tullamore College, Tues 9, 8pm.  All welcome.  Refreshments.
Gramophone Society:
Presents John Molloy, Baritone, in concert, Tues 9, 8pm, Bridge House.  Adm €12.
Curates Diary:
Nov issue available from Byrnes Henry St, Fox's Kilbride St & hospital shop.
Table Quiz:
Tues 9, Dempsey's High St, 8pm, in aid of Educate Together.
Athlone Mental Health Assoc:
Talk "Stress - let's manage it", Thurs 11, Shamrock Lodge Hotel Athlone, 7.30pm.  Adm free.  All welcome.
Equality & Diversity Workshop:
For childminders, Wed 10 & 17, 8-10pm, Moorhill House.  Organised by Offaly Childcare Committee.

Support Services 

Parish Information & Support Services -
Confidential Phone Line 26604: Monday to Friday, 10.00am-1.00pm; 6.00-8.00pm.
ACCORD Marriage & Relationship counselling Mon-Fri 9.30am-1.30pm,  41831; 
Lucia Counselling Service for those with mental illness  Helpline 1890621631
Suicide Bereavement Support - group sessions for family members or friends - if interested ph Rita 086-8157320;
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;

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
Sexual Abuse & Rape Counselling
Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Mon 8-10.30pm. 1800323232;
Women in Crisis Ozanam House, Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 51886;
Grow Thurs 7.30pm Day Care Arden Rd, 51124;
Aware Mon 8.45pm Community Mental Health Centre 1890303302;
Breastfeeding Support Group 3rd Thurs, 8pm, Education Resource Centre Hospital. 0502-24317;

Fibromyalgia Group:
Last Tues of month, 8pm, Day Care Centre. Helpline 1800201068 Tues 10am-12 only;

Anew -
support group for women with alcohol problems, Wed 8pm, Ofalia House Edenderry, 086-1024743
Mabs: Free and confidental, phone 23211
Meditation: Mon, Marian Hostel, 7.45pm.
Pregnant, Worried ?
Life Pregnancy Care 7B Cormac Street Tullamore
Drop in every Saturday 12-3pm
or 1850 281281 9am to 9pm every day for the price of a local call

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