20 October 2020

 

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SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS 
OF THE GOSPEL (Matthew 14:13-21)

1. The news of the death of John the Baptist prompted Jesus to go off and be alone, but the crowds followed him. Despite his personal sorrow, he was able to reach out in compassion to the crowd. Perhaps there have been times when you have put personal preferences and desires to one side, in order to reach out to another. What was it like for you when you were able to do this?

2. When Jesus saw the crowd, he recognised their need and responded to them. Who has been a Jesus-person for you, someone who recognised your need and reached out to you? For whom have you been a Jesus-person?

3. The scene symbolises the Eucharist, reminding us of the sacred meal to which all believers are invited, in order to receive nourishment from the Lord. How has the Eucharist been a source of nourishment for you?

4. When the disciples became aware of the problem, they wanted to send the crowd away, but Jesus told them: ‘You give them something to eat.’ They thought what they had was insufficient, but Jesus used the little they had to feed the crowd. When we give the little we have to a situation, the results are often beyond our expectations. Have you had this experience?

- John Byrne OSA, Intercom August 2020

Lord, when I am feeling lonely, remind me
of Your promise, “You are never alone, I am
with you always, Yes, to the end of time”.

WEEKEND MASSES

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

Entrance to both Churches for all weekend Masses (Tullamore & Durrow) will be strictly on presentation of ticket and doors will open 20 minutes before Mass time. Tickets must be collected from the Parish Centre during the opening times which are:
Mon - Fri 8.30am  –  5.00pm and Sat. 2.00 - 4.00pm.

Bank Holiday Mass: Mass times as usual on Mon. 3rd. Aug. at 7:45 am. & 10:00 am.

SACRAMENTS

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. 

FIRST COMMUNION

We know that many of our young people have been disappointed that their First Communion has been delayed. It is hoped that we will be in a position to hold the First Communion ceremonies in September. They will be organised through the schools and will take place on Saturday mornings commencing on 12th. and should be completed by early October. There will be an increased number of ceremonies owing to the numbers restrictions in our church and the need to maintain social distancing.

CEMETERY PRAYERS IN CLONMINCH & DURROW

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.

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK - SUN 9th.

The pilgrimage to Knock this year will be a virtual pilgrimage. Two priests from the diocese will attend the Shrine in Knock for the Rosary at 2:30pm and Mass at 3:00pm. These events can be followed online on the Knock Shrine website. www.knockshrine.ie .

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES

A new pilgrimage on Lough Derg's lakeshore - Walk and Pray in the Lough Derg tradition on 16, 18, 22, 26 & 30 August. At times in the 1600s and 1700s when Station Island was closed by the Penal Laws, pilgrims undertook a form of pilgrimage on the lough shore. Walk in their footsteps. Contact 0719861518 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details. Numbers are limited.  Advance booking essential.

MASS INTENTIONS   

<Click Here> for the full list of Mass Intentions to be celebrated this week.

Sat.        1st.     10.00 Robert Smyth
                          6.30 Betty Kane,  1st Ann.
Sun.       2nd.      8.30 Jim Flood
                          10.00 Esther Cunningham

Sun.       2nd.    11.30     Durrow Shared Mass: Jimmy & Molly Daly; Vincent Ward; 
                                       Ted Nyhan; Hugh O’Boyle; Micheál & Maudie Walsh.

PARISH COLLECTIONS - THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

Plate €1137;  Durrow €155;   Envelopes €2731

You can donate to the parish in a number of ways:-  Click Here to see how.

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

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Ph 0818 222 024, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily.

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE

BTTC is offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph 0579353177/9353441, 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

OFFALY CAMINO WALK

Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd. Aug. Tullamore-Croghan Hill, starting at Fiona Pender monument, 10.30am. Looking for people to raise funds or make a donation at the start of the walk. Info & sponsorship cards from Laz 0866778807, Aislinn 0870688530, Ricey 0868153047, Paul 0878375407, Ronan (087)6189094, www.selfhelpafrica.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it