21 September 2021

For the week beginning on Sunday 12th. September 2021

 

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“THE CRY OF THE EARTH, 

 THE CRY OF THE POOR”

by Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin issued a Pastoral Letter on the climate crisis. “We are living on the edge of huge historical change. Our common home, indeed our only home - this planet - is under threat.”

The Archbishop highlights that our lifestyles and the economies which support them are significantly contributing to climate change and the crisis it is causing.

<<Click Here>> to read the full letter.  

COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION

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.

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

(Mark 8:27-35)

‘Who do you say that I am?’ Imagine Jesus putting this question to you. How would you answer it? How would you answer it, not in words taken from a catechism or textbook, but from your own experience of the significance of Jesus in your life? What does Jesus mean to you? What does his gospel message mean to you?

Jesus went on to teach his disciples that following him would be hard at times. There would be a price to pay. Perhaps you also have found that imitating the love and compassion of Jesus is not an easy road? Nor does it come easy to have the constant trust in God that Jesus had. Yet Jesus tells us that this is the way to life. Would you agree?

There is a natural human tendency to shy away from what is painful or difficult. Yet if that is our standard pattern of behaviour, we will not get far in reaching our potential. We will never find who we are capable of being. When have you found it worthwhile to face difficulties, persevere, ‘carry your cross’ for a while to achieve some goal that was important to you?

John Byrne osa, Intercom September 21

CHARITABLE DONATIONS – CHY4 CERTS

All parishioners who donated €250 or more to the parish in 2020 have been sent a CHY4 cert.  When you sign and return it to us we will be able to seek a tax refund of approximately 45% of the total donated.  Thank you to all who have signed and returned their certs and we would appeal to all parishioners to return them as soon as possible.Please ensure that you include your PPS no.  If you did not receive one or have mislaid your cert and would like a new one issued, please contact Noeleen, the Parish Secretary.

We sincerely thank all of our parishioners who have continued to be such a huge support to us over the past difficult eighteen months 

DEFIBRILLATOR

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.

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>>

COUPLE & RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

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