15 January 2021

A prayer at this time of coronavirus

Jesus Christ, you are our refuge from one generation to the next. 

Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of this virus, 
that we may experience your healing presence.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. 

Heal us from our fear and worry.

Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty.

Be with those who have died. May they be at rest in your eternal peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals. 
May they know your inspiring presence.

Be with us that we may act with care.

Be with the leaders and those who have responsibilities. Give them the wisdom and insight to make good decisions. 

Be with us in our time of need, calm our anxieties 
and bring Your healing and peace.


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This graphic was created by graphic designer Gary Warshaw based on research by the University of San Diego's Signer Laboratory, and was shared by Támaiste Simon Coveny.

It displays why social distancing and cocooning are so important if we're going to "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus epidemic. You can see a full explanation of the graphic and its message further down the page.




PALM SUNDAY:  Usual Sunday Mass times.
MONDAY 6TH:  7.30am, 10.00am, 7.30pm
TUESDAY 7TH: 7.30am, 10.00am & 7.30pm
WEDNESDAY 8TH: 7.30am, 10.00am& 7.30pm.
HOLY THURSDAY:  Morning Prayer 10.00am.  Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm.
GOOD FRIDAY:  Morning Prayer 10.00am.  The Lord’s Passion 3.00pm.Stations of the Cross 7.30pm.
HOLY SATURDAY:  Morning Prayer 10.00am.  Easter Vigil 9.00pm.
EASTER SUNDAY:  Usual Sunday Mass times.


Palm Sunday 5 April

11:00 - 11:50       Mass on Palm Sunday.  Rev Professor Michael Mullaney, President of Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth, celebrates Mass in the Kairos chapel studio, Maynooth, Co Kildare, with music from internationally  acclaimed singer, Celine Byrne, accompanied by Ronan Murray. (RTÉ One TV / RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms.)

Holy Thursday 9 April

16:40 - 17:35       Mass of the Lord's Supper.  Father Joe Campbell CC, Mullingar, Diocese of Meath, to celebrate Mass in commemoration of the Last Supper and Christ's agony in Gethsemane, from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar. (RTÉ One TV and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms. The Mass will air on radio at the later time of 19.00.)

Good Friday 10 April

15:00 - 16:00       Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday.  Live from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Father Derek Darby commemorates the Passion and death of Christ, observing full health and social distancing protocols. (RTÉ One TV & RTÉ Radio 1Extra/LW252)

Holy Saturday 11 April

22:00 - 23:00       Easter Vigil Mass.  Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath celebrates the resurrection of Christ, with a vigil Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King.  Beginning with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the liturgy, which signifies the triumph of light over darkness and of life over death (RTÉ Two & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252). 

Easter Sunday 12 April

10:00 - 11:00       Easter Sunday Mass. A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral, takes place instead in the Dominican Convent of Saint Jacques (Saint James the Great) in Paris, due to France's COVID-related restrictions on indoor gatherings.  Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra).

11:00 - 11:20       Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis' Easter Message.  Pope Francis will deliver his Easter blessing To the city and the world with prayer and encouragement by video link from within the Vatican.  Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One).


Some people are concerned at this time with fulfilling their ‘Easter Duty’ and going to confession. The normal schedule of Confessions in churches has ceased for the time being. There has been helpful guidance from Pope Francis on this recently in which he reminds us that the church teaches if a person cannot get to Confession, it is sufficient to confess one’s sins to God, seeking forgiveness and with the intention of going, when it is safe to do so. God forgives all sins, even mortal sins and the person is renewed in heart and soul.


In Tullamore, as in every parish, our income has been almost obliterated. We have made big cutbacks in spending and wages but we still have to run the parish and we have financial responsibilities to those employed. We depend completely on the support and generosity of parishioners and we need your help.  You can donate to the parish in a number of ways:- <<Click Here>>


Offaly County Council have a dedicated phone line to supply accurate Covid-19 information. The line is operated from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week.


The next available Baptism dates are Sat. 18th., Sat. 25th. April & Sun. 3rd. May in Tullamore & Sun. 10th. May in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed. 15th. April. To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seamus OConnor


The death has occurred of Fr. Seamus O'Connor (Columban Fathers) Dalgan Park Navan and late of Market Square, Tullamore, Co. Offaly and the Fiji, Australia and Peru missions. March 29th 2020, peacefully in the loving care of the staff of St. Columban's Retirement Home, Navan. Seamus predeceased by his parents James and Anne; sisters Ellen; brothers Bernard and Gerry; nephews James and Liam. Very deeply regretted by his sister Nancy; nieces, nephews, extended family, Columban family and friends. <<Click Here>>


Prayer to be preserved from contagious diseases:
St Roch pray for us. O God, who through an Angel promised St Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
The Diocese of Meath has published some prayers and other resources which you may find useful or comforting at this time. <<Click Here>> to access the document

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This graphic, created by graphic designer Gary Warshaw based on research by the University of San Diego's Signer Laboratory, and was shared by Tánaiste Simon Coveny. It displays why social distancing and cocooning are so important if we're going to "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus epidemic.

It says that if people carry about their business as normal, the number of cases of an infection like the novel coronavirus could grow quickly, making it more difficult to deal with.

But it also says that cases can spread less quickly if we all pull together and commit to social distancing and cocooning. What that means in practice is that health services and health workers will hopefully have more time to prepare for infections and people who aren’t well could have a better chance of making it through.

This is a goal that we're sure we can all agree on in these challenging times.


A nice poem for Easter Week:

This poem was written by Kathleen O’Meara in 1869 but still very up to date. <<Click>>

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. [Lyndon B. Johnson]

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