23 January 2021
Almighty Father, You have given Your only Son to die for our sins
Grant us so to put away malice and wickedness that we may always serve You
In pureness of living and truth; through the merits of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who is alive and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Thank you to everyone who helped with the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies in the Church of the Assumption, Hospital Chapel, Durrow and the site of the Dawn Mass.  There were so many who volunteered their time and gifts during that time and the Parish Team really appreciate those who were involved.  Thanks also to the thousands of people who participated in the ceremonies and we wish all our parishioners a very Happy & Joyful Easter Season. 


 "Churches Together - Walk Of Witness"
Blessed with good weather, a large crowd turned out for this annual inter-denominational walk which includes stations at all four churches in Tullamore conducted by clergy of the Presbyterian, Methodist, Church of Ireland and Catholic communities. Click for more photographs


This weekend Pope Francis will declare two of his predecessors saints. Pope John XXIII (23rd) was elected pope in 1958 and was pope until 1963.  He was born in a small village in the north of Italy in 1881 and served as papal nuncio in many countries including Turkey and France.  He was made a cardinal and patriarch (archbishop) of Venice before his election as Pope.  He called the Second Vatican Council, but died before its conclusion. In Italian he is still referred to as Good Pope John.

John Paul II was born in 1920 in Poland.  As a young man he wanted to be an actor.  During the War he answered the call and began to study for the priesthood.  As a young priest he studied in Rome and returned to his native Poland to teach in university.  He was appointed auxiliary bishop and later Archbishop of Krakow. He ministered in difficult times, facing many challenges from the communist government.  He was elected Pope in 1978, the year of the three Popes.  He was one of the longest serving Popes, dying in 2005.  He travelled the world, including making the only ever visit of a pope in Ireland in 1979.

We pray both these great men, now declared saints of the Church, will pray for us, our families, our parish and our world.
St John XXIII, pray for us.
St John Paul II, pray for us.
St Peter, pray for us


1. CNG Pilgrimage to Knock: Sat 3rd. May. All welcome. Ph 0877914828 for details.

2. Lourdes Pilgrimage: Everyone is welcome to join the Lourdes pilgrimage in June 2014. If interested, further information is available from any Shalom choir member or please contact Jo Barber (087 6615733), Tom Whelan (086 0547266), Carthy Minnock (087 6799177) or Pat Kidney (086 3192399 ). Click for more info

3. Fatima Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage to Fatima is being organised for 12-19 June. Ph 086 3344722 / 057 8661601 for details.

Night Fever is a movement which encourages people to come back to the Church and needs the support of all age groups. Do you wish to hear more about this very exciting initiative? We extend an open invitation to all Parish Groups to a meeting in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 30th at 7.30pm.

Vigil to Knock Sun 27, from Tullamore 9.30am. 0578661601/0578621291; Prayer & Reconciliation, Clonmacnoise (Ark Apostolic Movement of Divine Mercy), Sun 27, 12.45pm; 0877828283.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in Polish at 2.30pm in the Church of the Assumption on the 4th Sunday of every month.

Sacrament of Baptism
The next available Baptism dates are on: Sat 24th May, Sun 1st June in Tullamore & Sun 8th June in Durrow.. The pre-baptism meeting for these is on Wednesday 21st May. To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.


ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY: Thurs. 1st May:  Ballinamere Community Centre 9.30am - 4.00pm;  Esker Ri Nursing Home, Clara, 4.00 - 7.00pm.
CNG PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sat 3rd. May.  All welcome.  Ph 0877914828.
NATIONAL VIGIL FOR LIFE, DUBLIN: Sat 3rd. May, 3.00 - 4.00pm.  Ph 0872563439 for information on bus from Tullamore



This weekend, Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint. Mass will be celebrated at the ruins of old monastery on Sun. 27th. Apr. at  3.00pm.

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