26 September 2020

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.

Amen.

Aer Lingus PPE   

GOD’S FORGIVENESS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

At his early morning Mass last weekend, the Pope urged people to “return to the father” and ask forgiveness of their sins even if individual confessions with a priest are impossible. 

“I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can't leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord…How can I do that unless I find a priest’?” the Pope said in his live-streamed Mass in the chapel of his home, the Casa Santa Marta. 

“Do what the catechism says. It's very clear. If you don't find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He's your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God's grace immediately.”

In Rome, the apostolic penitentiary has offered plenary indulgences to those “suffering from the Coronavirus, subject to quarantine by order of the health authority, or in their own homes.” According to Catholic teaching indulgences remove all "punishment” in this life or the next for sins that have been confessed and forgiven. 

The conditions for the indulgence for those “with a spirit detached from any sin”, “unite themselves spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, to the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” 

But the new ruling waives the normal requirement to also attend Mass in person and make a personal confession in order to receive the indulgence. It simply says that penitents should have “the will” to fulfil these conditions.

THE CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION IN TULLAMORE
WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

PARISH CENTRE

The Parish Centre is closed to the public.  However, if you want to drop in anything or get a mass card, ring doorbell and we will look after you at the door.  You can also phone us on 0579321587.  Thank you for your understanding.

PARISH COLLECTIONS - THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

Envelopes €2449

You can donate to the parish in a number of ways:- 

1) Parish Envelopes, Cash or cheque donations can be left into the Parish Centre or Parochial House. 

2) Credit card donations can be made by phoning the parish office at 057-9321587 

4) Credit Transfer to Tullamore Parish Account.

Bank of Ireland, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

IBAN – IE34 BOFI 9019 0987 1557 41

BIC – BOFIIE2D

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RELIGIOUS SERVICES ON RTÉ

Mon. - Fri.: 10:30 a.m. RTÉ News Now broadcasts Mass from Letterkenny.  RTÉ News Now can be received on Saorview channel 21; Virgin Media 200; Sky 521; Eir 500 and on the RTÉ News Now App.

FR. TOM SCULLY

The people of Offaly, particularly the people of Tullamore, are greatly saddened to learn of the death last week of Fr Tom Scully.  Fr Tom was a priest of the Oblate Order and worked on many different assignments throughout his life as a priest.  He worked for many years in England, firstly in Manchester and then London.  He also taught in Belcamp College, Dublin as well as spending many years in South Africa.  Fr Tom is most widely known and remembered in Offaly because of his role in developing the great Offaly team of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  He was coach to the Offaly team of 1969 which reached the All-Ireland Final, loosing narrowly to Kerry.  When Offaly finally triumphed in 1971, most of the team had already played in the ’69 Final, and they have always been full of praise for Fr Tom’s qualities as a coach.

In later years, Fr Tom retired from active ministry and lived in the Oblate House, Inchicore.  In spite of failing eyesight, he was a frequent visitor to Offaly, mainly to attend funerals of his family members and his many friends.  In 1989, Fr Tom was chosen as ‘Offaly Person of the Year’ in recognition of his huge contribution to football in Offaly, and the honour was richly deserved.

Fr Tom was above all a gentle, kind and caring person, who did great work in guiding and supporting many young Irish people who struggled to find their way in England.

We extend deepest sympathy to his surviving sister, Emily Hanlon, and remember his other siblings who have predeceased him.  We extend our sympathy also to his many nieces and nephews in this time of sadness for them.  ArdheisDé go raibhaanamdílis.

- Fr Sean Heaney

LOCAL AUTHORITY COVID-19 HELPLINE 1800-818181

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.

MASKS   

Doris at "Perfect Stitches" in Tullamore is very happy to supply you with face masks free of charge if you need some.

However, there would obviously be a charge for postage if you are not in a position to collect them.

You can contact Doris at:
087 3430673 

Perfect Stitches

PARISH GOLF CLASSIC   

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.

PRAYERS & OTHER RESOURCES

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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HOPE AND CONSOLATION   

Poem

He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade. [Samuel Johnson]

Perpetual  Adoration
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