14 July 2020
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of Yahweh!
Blessed are those who observe His instructions, who seek Him with all their
hearts, and, doing no evil, who walk in His ways.  You lay down Your precepts 
to be carefully kept. May my ways be steady in doing Your will. Then I shall 
not be shamed,  if my gaze is fixed on Your commandments.  Amen
 Valentine 

St. BLAISE

Monday 3 rd. February is the Feast of St Blaise.  Blessing of throats will take place after the 7:45 am & 10:00 am Masses.  There will also be a Blessing of Throats Ceremony at 6:30 pm.

CONFIRMATION

Ceremony of Light & Reconciliation for all Confirmation candidates and their parents/guardians will be on Thursday 6th. at 7:30 pm in Tullamore Church.

Confirmation Ceremonies will take place on Sat. 8th. at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.

HOLY HOUR FOR THE PREVENTION OF SUICIDE

A special "Holy Hour" for the prevention of suicide is held on the Thursday before the First Friday of every month, in the Day Chapel of Tullamore Church, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.  All are welcome to join us as we pray that the Holy Spirit may help and guide all of those who are troubled at this time.  Our next hour is on Thursday 6th.

ALFIE LAMBE COMMEMORATIVE MASS

This Commemorative Mass for Alfie Lambe will be celebrated on Sunday 2nd. February at 11:00 a.m. in Trim Co. Meath.

Holy mass for the beatification of Alfie lambe, one of Ireland's candidates for sainthood, will be celebrated in the church of the miraculous medal, Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh, Dublin, on Sunday 9th. February 2020 at 10:30 a.m. 

Principal celebrant and homilist is Rev. Paul Churchill JCD. 

Alfie, a native of tullamore, Co. Offaly, and a former Legion of Mary envoy to South America has been designated as "the servant of God " in recognition of the holiness and dedication of his short life. 

Many favours have been received through his intercession but a medically approved miracle would affirm his cause. 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - HOSPITAL CHAPEL

The Eucharistic Adoration committee wishes to announce that 15,200 hours of Eucharistic Adoration was recorded in the Hospital Chapel during 2019.  What a wonderful amount of prayer in our parish.  Thank you.  To maintain and continue this Ministry we constantly need new adorers to fill vacant hours.  If you would like to take on an hour please phone 085-1162668 for details. All Welcome.

CANAL CAMINO

A Canal Camino Way Walk will take place on the 17th. March, from Tullamore & Edenderry, starting at 7.30 am, and moving on to Croghan Hill for Mass at noon. Looking for people to raise funds. Info & sponsorship cards ph. Laz 0866778807, Aislinn 087068 8530, Ricey 0868153047, Paul 0878375407 or Ronan (087)6189094, www.selfhelpafrica.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE

The Court Hotel, 20th; 27th. Jan. & 3rd. Feb. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fee €70, FREE to JSB or JSA, ph. 0579357480 www.localenterprise.ie/Offaly. 

HOST FAMILIES REQUIRED

For French students in July and August. Contact Marie on 0874154983 after 3:00 p.m. or text host.

SAINT VALENTINE

Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Roman saint widely celebrated on February 14 and commonly associated with "courtly love."

Although not much of St. Valentine's life is reliably known, and whether or not the stories involve two different saints by the same name is also not officially decided, it is highly agreed that St. Valentine was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome.

In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrolgy.

The legends attributed to the mysterious saint are as inconsistent as the actual identification of the man.

One common story about St. Valentine is that in one point of his life, as the former Bishop of Terni, Narnia and Amelia, he was on house arrest with Judge Asterius. While discussing religion and faith with the Judge, Valentine pledged the validity of Jesus. The judge immediately put Valentine and his faith to the test.

St. Valentine was presented with the judge's blind daughter and told to restore her sight. If he succeeded, the judge vowed to do anything for Valentine. Placing his hands onto her eyes, Valentine restored the child's vision.

Judge Asterius was humbled and obeyed Valentine's requests. Asterius broke all the idols around his house, fasted for three days and became baptized, along with his family and entire 44 member household. The now faithful judge then freed all of his Christian inmates.

St. Valentine was later arrested again for continuing to try to convert people to Christianity. He was sent to Rome under the emperor Claudius Gothicus (Claudius II). According to the popular hagiographical identity, and what is believed to be the first representation of St. Valentine, the Nuremberg Chronicle, St. Valentine was a Roman priest martyred during Claudius' reign. The story tells that St. Valentine was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Both acts were considered serious crimes. A relationship between the saint and emperor began to grow, until Valentine attempted to convince Claudius of Christianity. Claudius became raged and sentenced Valentine to death, commanding him to renounce his faith or be beaten with clubs and beheaded.

St. Valentine refused to renounce his faith and Christianity and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269. However, other tales of St. Valentine's life claim he was executed either in the year 269, 270, 273 or 280. Other depictions of St. Valentine's arrests tell that he secretly married couples so husbands wouldn't have to go to war. Another variation of the legend of St. Valentine says he refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, was imprisoned and while imprisoned he healed the jailer's blind daughter. On the day of his execution, he left the girl a note signed, "Your Valentine."

Pope Julius I is said to have built a church near Ponte Mole in his memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly, Porta Valetini.

The romantic nature of Valentine's Day may have derived during the Middle Ages, when it was believed that birds paired couples in mid-February. According to English 18th-century antiquarians Alban Butler and Francis Douce, Valentine's Day was most likely created to overpower the pagan holiday, Lupercalia.

Although the exact origin of the holiday is not widely agreed upon, it is widely recognized as a day for love, devotion and romance.

Whoever he was, Valentine did really exist, because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom. 

Relics of St. Valentine can be found all over the world. A flower-crowned skull of St. Valentine can be found in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. In 1836, other relics were exhumed from the catacombs of Saint Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina and were identified as Valentine's. These were transported for a special Mass dedicated to those young and in love.  

Fr. John Spratt received a gift from Pope Gregory XVI in 1836 contianing a "small vessel tinged" with St. Valentine's blood. This gift now stands placed in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, Ireland.   

Other alleged relics were found in Prague in the Church of St Peter and Paul at Vysehrad; in the parish church of St. Mary's Assumption in Chelmno Poland; at the reliquary of Roquemaure in France; in the Stephansdom in Vienna; in Balzan in Malta and also in Blessed John Duns Scotus' church in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland.   

St. Valentine is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, and young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses and his feast day is celebrated on February 14.

BAPTISMS                  

The next available Baptism dates 
 
are Sat. 22nd. Feb. & Sun. 1st. Mar. in Tullamore & Sun. 8th. Mar. in  Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 19th. Feb. To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.

CONFESSIONS                   

Saturday:  12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Other Notices
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
The charismatic prayer group has moved to Parish Centre, our 'Life in the Spirit' will continue  every Wed. at 7:45 pm. All welcome.
ROSARY
In The Church Of The Assumption every Saturday after 6:30 pm. mass for evangelisation of our country. 
POLISH MASS
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. 
POLSKA MASS
Święta Ofiara Mszy jest obchodzony w języku polskim 2.30pm w kościele Wniebowzięcia NMP na 4. niedzielę każdego miesiąca . 
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 
24th. Oct 2020.  Ph. Pat 0863192399, P.J. 0868796190 or Luke 0879113118
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 
Easter Monday - April 13th. 2020 for 7 nights.  Ph. Paul Galvin, 0878375407.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE:
1-9th June 2020, Fr. Mark English.  0469068600; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or wwwtravalue.ie.
PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND:
Edenderry Parish, 24th. April 2020, €815, pp, for information contact Piotr, 0866066123.
CAR PARKING AVAILABLE
All-Day parking is available for only €2.00 in the parish car park beside the parochial house on St. Brigid's Place. This central location offers convenient access to all locations in the town centre. (Free parking is provided here for all church services)
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. [Confucius]

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