26 November 2020
They placed Him in a tomb of stone,
Dead, all helpless, and alone.
But Easter morn, before the light,
He rose alive in glory bright! 

 St Patrick

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
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.
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
The first ceremony of the day will be "Morning Prayer" at 10.00 a.m. Later there will be Stations of the Cross, led by young people at 12.00 noon.In the afternoon there are 4 opportunities for the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: 3.00 p.m.: Tullamore & Riada House; 4.00 pm: Hospital; 7.00 p.m.: Durrow and 7.30 p.m.: Tullamore 
The annual Churches Together Walk of Witness will Commence at St. Catherine’s Church, Hop Hill at 9.00 p.m. on Good Friday evening.
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. Also, The Polish Community Food blessing will be celebrated on Easter Saturday commencing at 4.00 p.m. 
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

NATIONAL VENERATION TO THE HOLY FACE:  Public prayer vigil, Good Friday, 12-1pm, O'Connor Sq, with recitation of the Chaplet to the Holy Face.

DURROW GAA:  Medal presentation night, Sat 26, Court Hotel, 7.30pm; including a lifetime achievement award to club president and former Co Board chairman, Brendan Ward.



Read reports and watch video footage of the Taoiseach's visit to the White House on Saint Patrick's Day.


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