17 January 2021
As Morning breaks, I think of you, O Lord,  and my desire is to serve You joyfully.
With gladness, I consecrate this day to Your Sacred Heart,
And offer whatever joys and sacrifices may come my way.
Thank You for the graces You will send,  Amen


Masses for St Patrick’s Day will be as follows: Tullamore Vigil Wednesday 16th. AT 6.30 pm; 
Thursday 17th 8.30 am, 10.00 am, 11.30 am.  (No Mass at 1.00 pm).     Durrow 11.30am.
Offaly County Council invites you to celebrate 100 years of our nation in Offaly. In this centenary year, this is our opportunity for all citizens of Offaly to come together to remember those Offaly men who fought for Irish Independence. 
Together we remember their contribution by the raising of the Irish Flag, laying a wreath and the reading the Proclamation. A lone piper will lead us in a candlelit walk to Colmcille St, to the scene where on March 20th, 1916 an incident led to Padraig  Pearse saying “A great deed was done last night in Tullamore..”. The unveiling of a new flagstone to mark this location will take place.
Then the piper leads us onto the Church of the Assumption for a gale concert. Headlined by Mundy & Donal Lunny, with Simon Casey, Sean Ryan, Olivia Burke, Karen Martin, Diarmuid Guinan, Joe Maher, Danna Davis, Gerard Gillen and a host of choirs and bands such as Ruaile Buaile, St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Tullamore Town Band, St. Manchan’s Youth Choir, Edenderry Rockers, Offaly Comhaltas, Eden Chorale, Birr Choral Society and Offaly County Council Choir, over 150 musicians will raise the roof with some iconic pieces of Irish music. Punctuated by spoken word and directed by Colin Hughes
The bus to Mullingar for the Chrism Mass will be leaving the Parochial House at 5.30pm on Wednesday 23rd.  Those interested in travelling must give their names into the Sacristy as soon as possible.  Cost is €10
Two of the Sacraments celebrate healing: Holy Anointing and Confession.  One is for the body the other for the soul.  On Monday of Holy Week the Sacrament of the Sick will offered during Mass for Healing at 2.00pm.  Our Reconciliation Day in preparation for Easter will be on Tuesday of Holy Week.  There will be a Penitential ceremony after 7.30am, 10.00am and 7.30pm Masses.  A priest will be in the Church ALL DAY from 7.30am to 7.30pm for Confessions.  The Sacrament of Confession is for everyone because everyone is in need of the spiritual healing given by this Sacrament.
St Patrick’s Day cards are now available from the Parish Centre.   A selection of religious gifts and cards also available.
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. 
Święta Ofiara Mszy jest obchodzony w języku polskim 2.30pm w kościele Wniebowzięcia NMP na 4. niedzielę każdego miesiąca .
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 19 Mar & Sun 3 Apr in Tullamore & Sun 10 Apr in Durrow.  The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed. 16th Mar.  
To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.
1. The Medjugorje  Pilgrimage will be from 14th. to 21 Sept.  Ph Pat 0863192399 for details.
2. MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 12-17 Sept.  Fare €719, full board including insurance and travel taxes. To book contact: Pilgrimages Abroad Ltd, tel 01-6359300.  Young people interested in helping contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

OFFALY HOSPICE:  Annual Public Meeting, Mon 14th. in The Court Hotel at 8.00pm.  All interested in hospice services please attend.

CAKE SALE: In aid of Daffodil Day, Fri 11th, The Bridge Centre

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE: "The Tullamore Incident Of March 1916, History & Memory" by Michael Byrne, Mon 14, Offaly History, Bury Quay, 8pm.  All welcome..


Offaly 100 Commemoration and Concert will take place on Sunday 20th. of March beginning with a candlelit Procession starting from Tullamore Courthouse at 5:45pm. For details of this, and other events in the county, visit offaly.ie

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