21 September 2021

For the week beginning on Sunday 11th. July 2021

 

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TICKETS FOR WEEKEND MASSES

 

Tickets will be required for Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses only and will be available at the Parish Centre, from each  Monday, 9.30am-5.00pm, for the following weekend. 

 

BLESSING OF GRAVES

Unfortunately our normal Cemetery Sunday Celebrations will not go ahead again this year.  Instead the Priests will privately bless the graves of our beloved dead around the time they would have usually taken place. 

CONFIRMATION/COMMUNION 2021

Statement by Bishop Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath on the cancellation
of First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.

As you will be aware, Government has, once again, decreed that the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion should not proceed at this time.  The decision was, according to the Tanaiste, based on the recommendation of NPHET.

<<Click>> to read the full statement. 

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. 

ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE SEEKING
MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAMME FACILITATORS

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators.

Accord is seeking registration of interest from those who have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church and the enthusiasm to be part of a team supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. 

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service has 54 centres in dioceses throughout the country. 

Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally in accordance with best practice. 

Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The closing date for receipt of registration of interest forms to be included in Selections for this year is Friday May 28th

Registration of Interest form and additional information about becoming a facilitator is available on www.accord.ie. 

See “In person online counselling” poster

See “Marriage preparation recruitment” poster

COUPLE & RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

In-Person and Online in Accord Tullamore.  Phone 057 93 41831 or 086 4669926

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THE DEEP END - THE FIRST MISSION

Two phrases come to mind as I read about the disciples heading off on their first mission: ‘baptism of fire’ and ‘to be thrown in at the deep end’.  We use these expressions to describe a difficult introduction to a new job or activity, when we are expected to learn as we go and cope with whatever obstacles we face.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends the Twelve out on their first mission.  It is a challenging one and his instructions are brief and very specific: they are to bring nothing but a staff – no food or money – meaning they will have to rely on the hospitality of others for all their needs.  They are to stay wherever they are welcomed, rather than move around from house to house, so they can’t be choosy about their lodgings.  Simplicity is key – no baggage, no luxuries, no distractions, nothing but the task of reaching to people.  It might not be plain sailing, but Jesus offers advice for those difficult times too.

It appears their mission of preaching and healing was successful, as we are told the disciples came back eager to fill Jesus in.  Imagine the experiences they must have had during this time – the people they met and helped, the generosity of those who welcomed them, the conversations on the road, the chance to share their excitement at everything Jesus was doing.  They were certainly thrown into a challenging situation, but they returned with a fresh perspective and strengthened faith.  Jesus calls us to step out into the unknown, his words as our guide and his bond with us unbreakable.

‘A boat is safe in the harbour, but this is not the purpose of a boat.’ (Paulo Coelho)

Tríona Doherty, Intercom July/Aug 2021

SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Mark 6:7-13

Jesus gave the disciples a share in his mission by sending them out ahead of him.  It was a gesture of trust and confidence on his part, even though they did not fully understand his mission.  Have you ever been surprised by the trust shown in you by others to speak or act on their behalf?

Jesus sent the disciples out two by two.  Perhaps your experience gives you examples of the value of having another with you when engaged in an important task.

The apparently strange instructions given by Jesus were intended to counteract practices by bogus preachers who used preaching as a mask for money-making.  True disciples of Jesus focus on the mission and not on their own comforts.  Is it your experience that vested interests can impede a task, whereas having the right motives makes your mission more effective?

The task of the disciples was to call people to repent, (metanoia = conversion, change the way we look at God and at other people).  Who have been the disciples, the people in your life who have called you to be more trusting in God?  To whom have you given this call?

John Byrne osa, Intercom July/Aug 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, 
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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 .