05 March 2024

For the week beginning on Sunday 26th. November 2023   

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In Honour of the Assumption

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of men.

We believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal Assumption, both in body and soul, into heaven, where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; and we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures, and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, is filled in heaven with the vision of that Humanity glorified, and with the vision of Uncreated Wisdom; and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness.

And we, poor sinners, whose body weighs down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts, so that, while we remain here below, we may learn to see God, and God alone, in the beauties of His creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to glance down upon our miseries and our sorrows, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of His beloved disciple: behold thy son.

And we who call upon you as our Mother, like John, take you as the guide, strength, and consolation of our mortal life.

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes which wept over the earth, watered by the Blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world, held in the clutch of wars, persecutions, and oppression of the just and the weak.

And from the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance and tender mercy comfort for our aching hearts and help in the trials of the Church and of our fatherland.

We believe, finally, that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with the stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and of all the saints.

And from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed Fruit of your womb, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

CONFIRMATION RITUALS

Our next Confirmation Ritual Masses will be in Tullamore Church this weekend:

 06.30pm  Scoil Eoin Phóil II; St Philomena’s.

10.00am  Ballinamere; Durrow; Gaelscoil Eiscir Ríada.

11.30am  Scoil Mhuire; Scoil Bhríde; Parish Sacramental Preparation Class.

Confirmation Candidates will receive an Advent Calendar at the end of Mass.

40 HOURS ADORATION

To celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King this year, there will be 40 Hours Adoration in the Cathedral, beginning with Mass at 7:30 pm on Friday 24th and concluding with Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 4.00pm on Sunday 26th to which all are welcome.  Our Parish has been allocated the time of: Saturday 25th 9-10pm

While each parish of the diocese is assigned to a particular hour of adoration, people are in no way restricted to their parish's hour.  It is hoped that people from the Diocese will come to the Cathedral during this time to pray.

Further details can be found in the parish bulletin. 

TULLAMORE PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

The newly formed Tullamore Parish Pastoral Assembly has agreed the wording for a new parish mission statement.The statement is intended to communicate the aspirations and activities of our very vibrant parish and the faith-led actions of our people in parish life. The statement is as follows:

"Tullamore parish is a community of God's people centred on the Eucharist and the Word of God. We gather in prayer and celebrate the sacraments.  We strive to be Vibrant, Inclusive, Nurturing and Encouraging, and in our own lives we aim to live justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with our God." 

The new Parish Pastoral Assembly members will be formally commissioned at a special ceremony to be held during the 6.30pm Mass on Saturday 2nd December.

DIOCESAN CONFERENCE 

BISHOP DEENIHAN CONVENES DIOCESAN CONFERENCE FOR PRIESTS

Recently, priests from the 69 parishes of our Diocese assembled in Cavan to begin a process of reflection on the future of priestly ministry and pastoral life in parishes in the Diocese of Meath.  During this assembly, new models of parish life, possible collaborations among parishes, the provision of sacraments, personnel and resources, faith formation and the welfare of priests were considered in the context of the mission of the Church and the desire to sustain vibrant faith communities.

The establishment and supporting of Parish Pastoral Assemblies was deemed a necessary structure in every parish. It was also agreed that there would have to be consultation and engagement with local Pastoral Assemblies before any developments occur.

While there are no simple solutions to these issues, parishes are encouraged to commend this work to their prayers as the Diocese, the Diocesan Pastoral Assembly and the various Parish Pastoral Assemblies consider the next steps in the process.

DURROW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP 

There will be a Public meeting to discuss the N52 bypass in Durrow Community Hall (R35 D684) on Mon. 4th. Dec, 8pm.  All are welcome.

GET INVOLVED!

Getting involved in your Parish can be a very enjoyable experience!  There are lots of different ways to participate and make a difference.  We are looking for Readers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers, people to help with our hospitality/welcoming group and to help with the plate collections in the Church.  So why not put your name forward to play a part in your Parish.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Adoration continues each day in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore on
Mon. to Sat. from 11:00 am. to 6:00 pm. and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. on Sun.

If you can spend one hour a week with the Lord in adoration,
please ring Pat on 
085-1162668.

MASS INTENTIONS    

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

MEALS ON WHEELS 

New volunteers wanted.  Details from Catherine 0872828070 or Marie 0872941858.

EVENTS AT TULLAMORE LIBRARY

Offaly County Library has a full and varied programme of events some of which are sure to be suited to you or your family. <<Click Here>>   for full details of this week's events.

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

MEETING ROOMS AVAILABLE

St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore, Contact Administrator for details of availability, rates, etc Office Hours:  Mon-Thurs, 9.30-1; 1.30-5pm

Phone: 0579321587

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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