15 January 2021


Holy Week

This is an Easter that we will remember and it is very different from anything we have ever known. We have all experienced great disruption and worry as this crisis continues.  During Easter we can use the events of Christ’s Passion as a source of focus during these troubling times.  Easter can become a wellspring of hope and renewal. 

The Easter message is about the triumph of life over death.  In the darkness of Good Friday there was very little cause for hope and Jesus cries “My God, why have you forsaken me”.  It looked like the end but it was not. Into that darkness there came a light, and Jesus was raised from death and his resurrection gives us hope and the reality of new life.  This is the story of salvation. 

These last few weeks have shown us that we are not in control.  We have lived as if we can do everything and we have exploited the earth for our own comfort.   We thought that advanced science would solve our problems and that we had conquered the earth with our knowledge.  We are now at the mercy of an invisible enemy.  We have reached our limits and now we must look beyond ourselves and look to God who is our redeemer and saviour.  That is the great lesson we are learning and it is also our way forward. 

There is a great sense that we need to support one another and there are some people making heroic efforts.  This time, like the darkness of Good Friday, will pass and we will be different people and the light of Easter will show us the way. 

Thank you for your support of one another and thank you for your support for the Parish.

I wish you every Easter blessing. Trust in the Lord.

Fr. Joe Gallagher P.P.

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).


At 7:00 p.m. each evening, commencing on Easter Sunday, we will live stream the Divine Mercy Novena culminating on Divine Mercy Sunday. (19th. April)


The Parish also wishes to acknowledge the generosity of so many people during this time when everyone is under increased stress and uncertainty. In The past week donations to our "Go Fund Me" account passed the €1,000 mark. Envelope collections brought in a further €1590. We are also extremely grateful for a generous donation received from Durrow Pattern Committee..

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>>


A dedicated community support helpline has been established in Offaly County Council to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. The confidential free phone line service 1800-818181 and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is being established by the new COVID-19 Offaly Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. The role of the Forum is to ensure that there is a co-ordinated community response and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members. 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.


The annual Parish Golf classic has been deferred due to the coronavirus. We thank all the sponsors, players and Tullamore Golf Club for their support in running the classic every year and we look forward to being able to have it again.


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>>