21 September 2021

For the week beginning on Sunday 1st. August 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. 

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. 

THEOLOGY OF THE ARTS - DOES THE CHURCH NEED ART?

The Priory Institute  week-long online Summer School will run from 8-13 August and again from 22-27 August. The course includes six recorded presentations and is very flexible as it is delivered entirely online.

To find out more and register <<click here>> 

COUPLE & RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

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

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OUR CHURCH CLOCK & CHIMES

The clock on the Church Spire has been repaired and is now telling the correct time. This clock has been out of order for several months and it is good to have it in full working order again. The old mechanism was well worn and several attempts to fix it have been unsuccessful, it has now been replaced. The Chimes and the clock faces have been connected to synchronise with an atomic clock signal which improves accuracy and will automatically make corrections necessary after a power failure and adjusts for daylight saving time. 

The clock rings the Angelus at 12.00 noon and 6.00pm each day, and the bells ring before Mass. The funeral bell tolls as we celebrate the funeral Mass for our loved ones.  The bell is a simple but powerful reminder of the importance of praying together even when we cannot gather for worship. When we pray we remember that we are not alone, that God is with us in these challenging times.

Every quarter hour during the work day the chimes play the appropriate portion of Westminster Chimes. The familiar sixteen notes of the top of the hour chimes are without a doubt the most familiar and widely used hourly times in the world. 

The tune was written in 1793 for the Church of St. Mary the Great, the University Church in Cambridge, England. It was chosen for the bells in the clock tower in London’s Palace of Westminster in the middle of the next century and first used in the United States in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1875.

The words to the tune inscribed on a plaque in the Westminster clock tower are:

All through this hour     
Lord, be my guide   
that by thy power     
no foot shall slide.

THE PARABLE OF THE WEEDS AND WHEAT  (Reflection from Bishop Barron)

Jesus explains the parable of the weeds among the wheat. God’s word creates the Church, the community of those who strive to build up the kingdom. But this Church is never absolutely pure and untrammeled, for God’s ways are opposed by a spiritual power, an enemy. His task is to sow weeds among the wheat - clandestinely, quietly, unobtrusively.

This sort of coming together of good and evil is to be expected. The Church will always be a place of saints and sinners, and the sinners will often look like saints. The enemy of the Church, who never rests, ensures it.

Vigilance in regards to evil is necessary in a fallen world, yet we must be wary of a zeal that, in its passion for setting things right, comes to believe that evil can be dealt with by destroying what is good. 

In the midst of a fallen world, what is expected of us is that we live in hope that at the end, at harvest time, the Master will separate the good from the bad.

 

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 .