24 April 2024

For the week beginning on Sunday 29th. August 2021


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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. 



Intended dates for First Holy Communion

Sept. 11th. 11.00 am  Scoil Bhríde;     12.30 pm Scoil Mhuire
Sept. 18th. 11.00 am  Durrow;             12.30 pm Ballinamere
Sept. 25th. 11.00 am  Gael Scoil;        12.30 pm St. Joseph's;   2.00 pm  St. Joseph's
Oct.    3rd.  10.00 am  Parish School
Oct.    9th.  11.00 am  St Joseph's;      12.30 pm St Joseph's;    2.00 pm  St Joseph’s 

Intended dates for Confirmation

Oct. 1st.     7.00 pm   Gaelscoil & Parish School
Oct. 2nd.  11.15 am   St. Philomena's;      12.45 pm  Scoil Mhuire & Scoil Bhríde
                   3.00 pm  Scoil Eoin Phóil & St. Joseph's;   4.30 pm  Ballinamere & Durrow.


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


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. 


(Mark 1:1-8, 14-15, 21-23)

Certain sections of the Jewish people put great store on the importance of rules and conventions as a measure of the goodness of a person. Jesus challenges this view. Where have you seen goodness in unconventional people? What brought it home to you that being a good person meant more than getting appearances right?

Even fidelity in religious practice is not enough. ‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me’. How have you experienced the importance of carrying your faith beyond attendance at Mass on Sundays? When have you seen that in others? What brought this home to you?

What Jesus seeks are followers whose faith is whole-hearted and warm, people whose religion is not seen primarily in dutiful observance but in enthusiasm for life and care for one another. It is good to be with them. Give thanks for the people you know who are like that.

‘It is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come.’ It is also from within that good intentions come. We have choices. When have you been faced with the choice between good and evil? When did you realise the importance of accepting responsibility for your own life and choices? How has this helped your growth as a person?

John Byrne osa, Intercom July/Aug 21


‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts.’ How often do we hear this? Yet we get contradictory messages and we are also bombarded with messages about how we should dress or act, or what is appropriate behaviour. Rules about outward behaviour govern many aspects of life, from our school and work environments to our churches.

Today, Jesus has something to say about the tension between outward appearances and what’s on the inside. To the religious authorities who challenge Jesus, outer appearances and traditions are important, and they rebuke Jesus for allowing his disciples to eat with ‘unclean hands’. However, Jesus explains that it is not external actions that make a person unclean. It is what’s on the inside that indicates the true nature of our hearts. ‘Lip-service’ is not worth much if our hearts are not in tune with God. As Jesus puts it, ‘You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions.’

It is an invitation to examine how we put our faith into practice, individually and as a church community. Which human traditions do we ‘cling’ to? Do we become so focused on outward rituals that we risk losing sight of the teaching of Jesus and its radical implications? Do we treat our religious life as checklist of observances, or as a real encounter with Jesus?

‘The words of the Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart.’ (Pope Francis)

Tríona Doherty, Intercom July/Aug 2021


We are hoping, with your help, to raise funds to replace the defibrillator on the Church grounds, which is now obsolete.  In addition to this we hope to provide training on the use of the machine (approximate cost €5000).  Tom Whelan intends to cycle 100km to raise funds for this and would appreciate your sponsorship.  The cycle will take place on 22nd September 2021.


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.

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In-Person and Online in Accord Tullamore.  Phone 057 93 41831 or 086 4669926
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”Early Years Programme” – online course for parents on Zoom lasting 6 weeks.  If interested ph Imelda 0860879124, Margaret 0861806109 or Kieran 0871213737


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


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.


BTTC is offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph 0579353177/9353441, 
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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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