23 June 2021

Sunday 9th. May 2021

 

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OUR CHURCH IS REOPENING

From Monday 10th, we are permitted to reopen our church for Mass and the public celebration of the sacraments which are central to our lives.We are currently making preparations to ensure that we can open our church in line with national health guidelines and the safety of everyone attending and the integrity of the sacraments.

 

PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS TO RECOMMENCE

From Monday 10th. May we are permitted to reopen our church for Mass and the public celebration of the sacraments which are central to our lives.We are currently making preparations to ensure that we can open our church in line with national health guidelines and the safety of everyone attending and the integrity of the sacraments.

Tullamore church will be divided into four sections; each with its own entrance/exit, each section holding 50 people. The church will be organised in such a way that people will not travel between sections and communion will be distributed within each section.Durrow church will be in one section with a capacity for 50 people.

Monday May 10th, public Masses will recommence at 7.45am and 10.00am.

Weekend of May 15/16th Mass times will revert back to what they were pre-pandemic and will be:
Tullamore: Vigil 6.30pm.  Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm.
Durrow: 11.30am.

Tickets will be required for all weekend Masses only. Weekend Mass tickets will be available at the Parish Centre from Monday 10th. May, 9.30am-5.00pm.

Funeral Masses: Government guidelines permit a maximum of 50 people in the church.

Weddings: Government guidelines permit a maximum of 50 people in the church.

Baptisms: Can be arranged by contacting the Parish Secretary. 

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

First Communion: will take place in September. 

Confirmation: No arrangements have been completed.

Face covering must be worn in the Church at all times and social distance maintained.

This has been a most difficult time for everyone and we are relieved and delighted that we can come  together in Church once again. The pandemic still presents a real threat and we continue to observe the guidelines for our own protection and the protection of one another. The reopening of our churches is a real sign of hope. Our faith strengthens us and gives us courage and we always look to the Lord who is our light and our help.

We thank you for your wonderful support to the parish during these times and together, as a community, we can continue to move forward.

Volunteers are needed to help with stewarding at the Church doors and for sanitizing after each Mass.  If you can give your time to help, please leave your name and the Mass you can help at in to the Parish Centre.. 

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

A commandment of love is something of a contradiction in terms.  Love is a free choice.  That is what gives the thrill to the experience of being loved.  Recall times when you received gestures of love from another;

- a spontaneous embrace from a husband or wife;

- a wave from a friend;

- words of comfort and affirmation

not because the other person felt obliged to reach out to you but because they wanted to let you know that you were loved.  What effect did that have on you?  Did it bring you joy?  Perhaps you have had a glimpse of the truth of what Jesus said, that it is in loving that our joy is complete.

Often love and friendship make demands on us.  Parents give freely of their times and energy to the care of their children but sometimes it requires a lot of effort.  Also, in responding to the needs of friends or spouses we can be challenged to ‘lay down’ our own ‘lives’ at least for a time.  Can you recall a time when putting yourself out for others bore fruit for them and for you?

‘I chose you’.  Have you had the experience of being ‘chosen’ by someone?  What was it like for you to be chosen?  What is it like for you to consider yourself as one chosen by Jesus?   That is what we are – chosen by Jesus to bear fruit through our love.

John Byrne osa, Intercom May 2021

 

NEW LIBRARY APP FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Tullamore Library is starting a new programme to help the older person in the community to be able to get online to join the library and use their digital services. This is a very useful app during the times we find ourselves in as individuals will be able to access books online through eBooks and also audio books.

<<Click Here for more information>>

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 .