20 April 2021

Sunday 4th. Apr. 2021

 

Easter

HE IS RISEN, ALLELUIA

If Christ is not risen, then our faith in essence has no meaning.  Easter is the fulfillment of all that Jesus, as Son of God, came to bring us.  “I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10).  The Paschal Mystery, which is at the heart of the Christian message, is Jesus, who through his birth, life, suffering and death brings us to “life”.  So today, let us renew our commitment to the Paschal experience of Jesus and immerse ourselves in His mission.  Each one of us by or baptism, has accepted the invitation and indeed challenge of living the message of Easter.  Let the celebration of the Risen Lord be at the core of our daily lives as we endeavour to live the joy of the resurrection in our communities.

EASTER OCTAVE

Monday 5th. 10.00am only.
Tuesday 6th. –  Friday 9th.: 7.45am & 10.00am 

MASS INTENTIONS   

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

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM: Not taking place at the moment.

CONFESSIONS: Not taking place at the moment.

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

THE DEEP END – EARLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK

At Easter we celebrate the highpoint of the Christian calendar, Easter.  The Gospel tells us that Mary Magdalene is the first witness to the Resurrection, she is the first to bring this Good News to others, the first preacher of the Resurrection.  ‘It was still dark…’ when Mary went to the tomb but it was also the ‘first day of the week’, a new beginning, like the first warm day of Spring.  We can all recall situations in our lives which seemed so dark, where we felt that there was no light at the end of the tunnel.  But the Easter story shows that transformation is always possible.  There comes a point during dark times that we realise something has changed, the stone has rolled away.

Let the linen wrappings in this text today representall that keeps us from being free; all that keeps us captive, emotionally, physically, spiritually, in our broken relationships and struggling communities.  As we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, many people are longing for this situation to ease, to lift.  The Easter Gospel shows us that even the most difficult of situations can bring transformation.  A question we can ask today, is where have we seen the Risen Christ during this crisis?  In the frontline workers, in good neighbours and friends.  Where are we being called to share Easter joy with others?

Jane Mellett, Intercom April 2021

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

This has been a very challenging and painful year for everyone. It has also been a year when we have seen wonderful examples of community support and people supporting one another. It is particularly difficult that people cannot come to Mass and we eagerly look forward to the day when we can return. 

We appealed to parishioners to continue to support the parish as best they could and there has been a generous response for which we are most grateful and encouraged.

Although our income has reduced substantially we have been able to run the parish and to make progress in reducing our parish debt. We are pleased to report that our debt on the 31 Dec 2020 is €99,790. This is a big achievement during these difficult times. 

We have a large and vibrant Parish that we can be proud of. We ask for your continued support and together we will face these challenges. 

We thank you for your support and generosity.  The Parish Finance Committee

PAYMENTS TO TULLAMORE PARISH THROUGH A BANK

A number of parishioners have set up direct debits in the last twelve months but unfortunately we do not have addresses for them.  Can you please contact the Parish Office and give your address so that we can acknowledge your donations to the parish.

TULLAMORE COMMUNITY & FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

”Early Years Programme” – online course for parents on Zoom lasting 6 weeks.  If interested ph Imelda 0860879124, Margaret 0861806109 or Kieran 0871213737

VOCATIONS NOTICE

The Diocesan Vocations Team has a new Facebook Page: DioceseOfMeathVocations   & a new Instagram Account:  dioceseofmeathvocations, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Ph Fr Tony Gonoude 044 9373923

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   

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

Shalom World is a 24/7 commercial free Catholic television network for the whole family. Use the floating link to access the live "Shalom Media Gallery" or click on the icon on the right to find out more about Shalom World Ministries.

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Given the COVID-19 precautionary measures, our churches are inaccessible for the faithful. Participation in the daily sacraments is beyond reach for them. Shalom World TV, a Catholic media ministry of the Shalom Ministries, is an official partner with the Vatican and is authorized to telecast papal liturgies directly via its free high-definition television channel. Shalom World is committed to producing free yet high-quality Catholic content such as Daily Mass, devotionals, shows, music, youth programs, children’s programs, conventions, retreats, and cultural exchange segments. The programming is absolutely free and can be watched live or on-demand. The most recent addition, in response to COVID-19, is a 4th channel to the existing 3 channels, for exclusive live telecast of daily Holy Mass around the clock, with special prayers for an end to coronavirus .

We are broadcasting Daily Mass Live from Saints Peter and Paul's Church, Portlaoise, Co. Laois at 10:00 am everyday during this challenging time.

Bishop Denis Nulty, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin is our patron in Ireland  and Shalom World is endorsed by Catholic leaders from around the globe .