05 February 2023

For the week beginning on Sunday 11th.  Dec.  2022

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CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE 

A Christmas Carol Service will take place on Sunday 11th. Dec. at 7.00pm in the Church of the Assumption.  It will feature the Meath Diocesan Choir (Director Jim Walsh) along with local choirs from Durrow N.S. Ballinamere N.S. Sacred Heart School and Children’s Mass Group.

Admission is free but there but there will be collection boxes available for voluntary contributions to go to nominated charities for Christmas.

GAUDETE - REJOICE

Today is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.  The birth of the Saviour is drawing near and we should rejoice.  The Entrance Antiphon is “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!  The Lord is near”.  This theme of rejoicing can be seen also in the first reading of Isaiah, “they will come to Zion shouting for joy, everlasting joy on their faces; joy and gladness will go with them and sorrow and lament ended.

FIRST COMMUNION RITUAL 

Our next Ritual for First Communion is as follows:

St Joseph’s, Sat. Dec. 10th, 6.30pm

Ballinamere NS/GaelScoil an Eiscir Riada, Sun. Dec. 11th, 10.00am

Scoil Bhríde/Scoil Mhuire, Parish School; Sun Dec. 11th, 11.30am

Durrow NS, Sun Dec 11th, 11.30am in Durrow Church.

ADVENT INVITATION! PRAY AND MEDITATE WITH US

 We want to be closer to you this Advent season.

Every week, during the four weeks of preparation for  the feast of the Nativity of the Lord, we will post on our Youtube channel (Tullamore Parish) a short video (15 minutes), which will contain some prayers, a short reflection and some discussions about the Mass Readings.  

We hope it will be of great spiritual benefit to you!

The holy readings that we will read, meditate on and discuss, can be found in the Magnificat.  If you would like a copy of the Magnificat, please contact the Parish Centre.

God bless you and keep you!

 EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT 

Sorry - No Evening Prayer Sunday 11th.

 BLESSING OF CHILD JESUS STATUES

Next Sunday, 18th, we invite children to bring the baby Jesus statue from their crib to Mass.  At the end of all Masses, the children will be invited to come forward and have the statue blessed and they will then be ready to put into the crib at home on Christmas Day.

MASS INTENTIONS   

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

ST PADRÉ PIO 

Mass, Tues 13, 7.30pm, Tullamore Church.  All are welcome.

RECONCILIATION DAY 

Reconciliation Day, in preparation for Christmas, will be on Monday 19th.  Confessions after each Mass throughout the day, concluding with evening Mass at 6.30pm.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS 

Our Junior Parish Pastoral Council’s “Spirit of Christmas” takes place after all Masses next weekend in the Day Chapel, including bake sale, Christmas ornaments, teas, colouring competition, Santa, etc.  Funds raised go to Youth Retreats and Zambia Project.

Donation of baked goods welcome.  Please leave in the Parish Centre before 5.00pm, Friday 16th.

NIGHTFEVER 

Nightfever will take place next Sunday afternoon, 18th, commencing at 3.00pm and concluding with Evening Prayer at 5.30pm.  During this time there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and volunteers will be in town inviting people to come and light a candle and pray a while.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION 

Can you cover a holy hour? Hours available. Further info. phone Pat 085 1162668

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND  

6-14 Mar 2023.  Cost €2195.  Booking Navan Travel, 0469068600.  Enquiries to Kingscourt Parish Office 0429667314. 

PARKING IN CHURCH GROUNDS  

As and from Monday 28th February 2022, the Church barrier will be open only from 7.00am until 12.00 non to facilitate Mass goers.

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM: Please contact the parish secretary. Baptisms take place monthly on the first Sunday in Tullamore, second Sunday in Durrow, third and fourth Saturday in Tullamore.

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

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary at least three months in advance.  All couples getting married must complete a pre-marriage course.  Contact ACCORD 0579341831 or www.accord.ie.  ACCORD also providecouple and relationship counseling In-Person and Online in Tullamore.  Phone 057 9341831 or 0864669926 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ALONE

A Support line for older people Ph. 0818 222024 is available 8:00am. - 8:00pm. daily.

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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