24 April 2024

For the week beginning on Sunday 17th. March 2024  

Church Interior

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.

 PRAYER FOR THOSE AWAY FROM HOME

Loving God, we pray for those whom we love, but who are absent from us.  Keep them safe from all harm, evil and danger.  Bless them with peace, laughter, wisdom, love and joy.  Grant that we may be reunited in the fullness of love; in Christ’s name we pray.  Amen

ST PATRICK’S DAY

Sunday, 17th. is St Patrick’s Day.  Masses will be celebrated as normal for Sundays.

Tullamore:  Vigil (Sat. 16th) 6.30pm;

(Sun.) 8.30am; 10.00am (as Gaeilge); 11.30am & 1.00pm.
Durrow:  11.30am.

BANK HOLIDAY MASS TIME

Monday 18th. is a Bank Holiday.  There will be one Mass only at 10.00am.

 DAY OF RECONCILIATION & MASS FOR THE SICK

Two of the sacraments celebrate healing – Holy Anointing and Confession.  One is for the body and the other is for the soul. On Monday of Holy Week, 25th March, both sacraments will be celebrated.

There will be Confessions after 7.45am, 10.00am and 7.30pm Masses.  A Priest will be available in the Church from 8.00am-1.00pm and from 3.00-7.00pm.

The Sacrament of the Sick will be offered during Mass for Healing at 2.00pm.

YOUTH GATHERING

Come and join us in prayer as we walk together in the footsteps of Jesus on His 'Way of the Cross', in Tullamore Church on Sunday 24th (Palm Sunday) at 6.30pm; followed by refreshments and chat.  All secondary school students are most welcome.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

PALM SUNDAY 24th Mar.: Prayer with young people 6.30pm.

MONDAY 25th. Mar.:         Reconciliation Day – Confessions all Day.
                                          Mass for this Sick – 2.00pm.

MEATH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will travel on September 10th. and will be led by Bishop Deenihan.  The diocesan choir will accompany the pilgrimage.  All pilgrims will be accommodated in hotels and there are four, five and six night options with fares starting at €769 with various hotels available.  Details and booking forms are available from Joe Walsh Tours, 89 Harcourt St, Dublin. www.joewalshtours.ie   Tel.: 01 2410800

Posters will be displayed in parish churches with contact details for local area representatives.

LENT 2024

WEEKDAY MASSES 7.45am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.  

WEEKDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS before 10:00am Mass.

EVENING PRAYER commences next Sunday 18th. at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  

MASS INTENTIONS    

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

TULLAMORE ROAD CLOSURE

On Sunday 10th. Mar. The road from Kilcruttin Junction to Charleville Roundabout will be closed from 09:45am. to 10:45am. to facilitate the 5K Road Race. Diversions will be in place.
For further information, Phone Adrian 086 1636059.

PILGRIMAGES TO MEDUGORJE
17th. - 24th. Apr, €745 (price increase to €795 after 2 Feb.), Director Fr Oliver Devine.  Ph. Amy  0876552453; 12th. - 19th. June, ph. Luke 0879113118; 17th. - 24th. July, from Banagher. Ph Carmel 0872072996 or Sharon 0879574938. 

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.

MEALS ON WHEELS 

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

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 accordtullamore@gmail.com

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  

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