21 January 2021



OF THE GOSPEL (Matthew 13:24-43)

1. The owner of the field who allowed the wheat and the darnel to grow together is a reminder to us to be patient with ourselves and with others when we see that not everything is right. Sometimes a preoccupation with the negative (the darnel) can blind us to the positive in our own lives and in the lives of others. When have you found that a willingness to live with the messiness of the present created the conditions for future growth?

2. Have you ever found that it was through accepting the darnel that you learned important lessons for life, e.g., learning through mistakes, stupid questions, or foolish risks?

3. The parables of the mustard seed and the leaven are reminders that seemingly insignificant things can have very positive results. Have you ever been surprised by the benefit to yourself or others of a kind gesture, a small initiative, or a word of encouragement? 

- John Byrne OSA, Intercom July 2020

I remind myself that, as I sit here now,
God is gazing on me with love and holding me in being.
I pause for a moment and think of this. Amen 


In this time of restricted numbers permitted in Church, there will be an additional Vigil Mass at 5.00pm.

Entrance to both Churches for all Masses (Tullamore & Durrow) will be strictly on presentation of ticket and doors will open 20 minutes before Mass time. 
Tickets are not needed for 7.45am or 10:00am weekly Mass.

Tickets will not be available at the doors and must be collected from the Parish Centre during the opening times Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.00pm and Sat. 2.00-4.00pm.

The Sunday Mass obligation continues to be relaxed and people who are unwell should not come to church. Masses will continue to be available on Webcam and Parish Radio.


BAPTISM: Baptisms have recommenced and booking can now be made at the Parish Office. 

CONFESSIONS: Confessions will be from 2.00 - 3.00pm on Saturdays. 
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary. 


The Chrism Mass will take place in the Cathedral in Mullingar on Tuesday 28th. July at 7:00 pm. Owing to limited capacity entry will be by ticket only. Tickets are available from the Diocesan office tel: 0449348841, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  This should be done before Thursday, July 23rd.


Due to ongoing restrictions it will not be possible to have our annual Mass in Clonminch this August. If restrictions are eased we will try to reschedule and have the Masses celebrated in both cemeteries in September. Proposed dates being Durrow on the 13th and Clonminch on the 20th. These dates are provisional and are subject to change and are dependent on the easing of current restrictions.


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Sat.      18th.   10.00     Mary Weir, 1st Ann
                         6.30    Jerry Conway, Ballydaly, 1st Ann
Sun.     19th.    10.00    Destiny McLoughlin
                       11.30     Ray Dillane, Mon Mem.     Catherine Healy, Mon Mem
Mon.     20th.     7.45     Ned Connolly, Kilbride St.
                       10.00     Ina Wrafter
Tues.    21st.     7.45     Michael Reade
                       10.00     Bro Mark Hogan
Wed.     22nd.    7.45    Shane O’Connor
                        10.00     Ann Egan, 1st Ann
Thurs.   23rd.      7.45    Joe, Bridget, Jane & Harry Higgins, Chapel St.
Fri.        24th.      7.45    Julius Mayerchak 
                         10.00    Jim, Ita&Ita Jnr Jacob, Teresa Mahon & James & Marina Hogan
Sat.      25th.      6.30     Rose O’Connor, Mon Mem
Sun.     26th.     10.00     Philomena & Joe Flynn

Sat.      25th.     10.00    Shared Mass: Edward Carroll; P J Deegan; Peter Flynn; Peter & Madeline McGraw & Joe Gorman & Family; Michael O’Connor; Anne Fahey; Willie Duffy; Nancy Fox; Michael Snr, Michael Jnr & Jacqueline Graham & Hogan Family; Joe, Winifred, Teresa, Rita, Betty & Patrick Clarke, Kathleen Kelly & Sarah Fletcher; Pat Prendergast; Paddy & Bridie Prendergast; Fortunato & Pace Macari; Mary, James & Eileen Butler; Marian Galvin.


Plate €1586; Durrow €95; Envelopes €4562

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 or into the White Collection Box at the Harbour Street entrance to the Church. 

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

3) Standing Orders can be set up.  please <<Click Here>> to open the mandate which can then be printed out.

4) Credit Transfer to Tullamore Parish Account.

Bank of Ireland, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

IBAN – IE34 BOFI 9019 0987 1557 41


Please include your email or postal address so that we can acknowledge your donation.

5) Directly by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of this page.

The parish wishes to thank you most sincerely for your continued support.


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