26 January 2022

For the week beginning on Sunday 12th. December 2021

 

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CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS
AND MASSES

Reconciliation Day Monday 20th. Confessions after each Mass and throughout the day, concluding with Mass at 6.30pm.
Confessions Christmas Eve 12-4pm.

Mass Times:
Christmas Eve, 5:00pm, 6:30pm & 9:00pm in Tullamore. 
Midnight in Durrow.

Christmas Day:  8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am & 1:00pm in Tullamore.  11.30am in Durrow.

 

ST. PADRÉ PIO MASS

Church of the Assumption,  Tullamore,Tue. 14th. at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT

EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT continues each Sunday evening at 5.30pm in Tullamore Church.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

The Junior Parish Council's  annual “Spirit of Christmas” takes place after Masses on Sat 18th./Sun 19th. Can you donate baked goods? All donations can be left in the Parish Centre on Friday 17th. All proceeds will go to a local charity.

NIGHT FEVER

On the 4th Sunday of Advent (19th. Dec.), "NIGHT FEVER" Starts at 3.00pm and concludes with Evening Prayer and Benediction at 5:30pm. 

- Invitation to light a candle and pray quietly before the Blessed Sacrament. 

-Opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of confession. 

- A quiet time of peaceful meditation. 

You are welcome to pop in at anytime as we strive to prepare a way for the Lord. 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Eucharistic Ministers needed for 5.00pm and 9.00pm Christmas Eve Masses.  Please leave name in Sacristy. 

MAYNOOTH COLLEGE CAROL SERVICE

Wed. 15th. at 7.30pm. Join online at <<maynoothcollege>>  or www.shalomtv.tv. 

BISHOPS’ COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE VACCINE PROGRAMME

In December 2020 the Bishops’ Conference published a statement encouraging Catholics to support the programme of vaccination.  In August of this year, Pope Francis said that getting a Covid vaccine is “an act of love”, and that “getting vaccinated is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable”.

The Council for Healthcare of the Bishops’ Conference welcomes the fact that, since the summer, the vast majority of the population of this island have received their vaccinations and that booster vaccines are now being administered.  The Council urges everyone to continue to support the vaccination programmes currently in place in both jurisdictions on the island.  Vaccination has demonstrated its effectiveness in limiting infection and in curbing the serious effects of the infection when it occurs.

(Full statement available at catholicbishops.ie

AWARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Aware is currently seeking volunteers for their  Support Services. 

Aware is the national organisation providing free support, education and information services to those impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions. Aware was founded by Dr McKeon and a team of volunteers, many of whom had their own experience of depression or bipolar disorder, and who wanted to support others. That is still Aware’s ethos today, volunteers are the backbone of the organisation.

If you think you would like to volunteer or if you simply want to know more please visit <<AWARE>>. All the relevant information, training dates and full application form can viewed on that page.

CONFIRMATION & COMMUNION 2022

The proposed dates for Sacraments for 2022 are as follows:

Confirmation

Saturday 5th February (all schools)

First Communion

Sat 7th May, Scoil Mhuire & Scoil Bhríde

Sat 14th May, Ballinamere & Gaelscoil Eiscir Ríada

Sun 15th May, Parish School

Sat 21st May, St Joseph’s NS

Durrow to be confirmed.

Schools will notify you of times. 

PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF CHILDREN IN SECOND CLASS

The next "Do This in Memory" Mass in preparation for First Penance and First Communion is as follows:

Sat Dec 11th, 6.30pm, St Joseph's NS

Sun Dec 12th, 10.00am, Ballinamere NS & Gaelscoil Eiscir Ríada

Sun Dec 12th, 11.30am, Scoil Bhríde, Scoil Mhuire, the Parish School

Sun Dec 12th, 11.30am Durrow NS in Durrow Church.

Hope to see you all there.  The Parish Team

MASS INTENTIONS   

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

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM: Please contact the parish secretary.

CONFESSIONS: Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in the Day Chapel.

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary. 

SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

(LUKE 3:10-18)

‘What should we do?’  The common thread in John’s answers was to encourage his questioners to be other-centred rather than self-centred, each in the context of their own circumstances.  In your experience what difference has it made for you when you changed your attitude in this way?

John told the people in a direct and honest way what they should do.  Perhaps you have had friends who did not beat around the bush but have told you honestly what they thought about your behaviour when you asked them?  In gratitude recall such friends.

The humility of John comes out in this passage, happy to acknowledge that he only had a minor role to play in relation to the Messiah.  At the same time, he was enthused by his mission to ‘proclaim the good news to the people’.  What difference has it made for you when you were able to see the good in yourself, and use your gifts without having to score by portraying yourself as greater than someone else?

John Byrne OSA Intercom December 2021

MONEY ADVICE AND BUDGETING SERVICE (MABS)

MABS ( a free, confidential service forople who have problems with money management): Nationl Helpline 0761072000 Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 8:00 pm  

SHALOM WORLD MINISTRIES

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