01 September 2015
Bulletin

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Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
www.tullamoreparish.ie 
E-mail Parish Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ 30th AUGUST 2015

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG

Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Sr. Genny Hassey
Sr. Margaret Burke   

MASS TIMES 

Weekend Masses

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am 

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption:  Vigil 6.30pm; 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: 8.00pm

Weekday Masses 

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am, Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

CONFESSIONS

Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm

GET IN TOUCH 

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore. Phone: 0579321587

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;  

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.  

Reception service  5-9pm. Parish Shop selling a selection of religious items. Teas after 10am Mass Mon, Wed & Fri.  

Meeting Rooms available: Contact Administrator for details of rates, availability etc. 

Parish Support Services:  Bereavement Listening, etc. For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


NO RESPECT FOR TRADITIONS 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is accused of ignoring “sacred” tradition. The Pharisees want to know why Jesus lets His followers eat without washing their hands. This has nothing to do with good hygiene but with ignoring the ceremonial washing and being considered “unclean” for this.

Once the ceremonial washing, up to the elbows, was required only for priests before entering the “Holy of Holies”.  But by Jesus’ time, the ritual had to be observed before every meal and even between each course.  The Pharisees thought the traditions of the oral law were as binding as those of the written Law.  They expected Jesus to share their outlook.  But, what Jesus did was to accuse them of being hyprocites – honouring God with lip service and human regulations.

“Uncleanness” is a matter of what comes from our human hearts.  Jesus wasn’t interested in our diets but in your hearts’ condition.  He is interested in what preoccupies us and what influences our choices and behavior.  No outside law changes our hearts even though we might socially conform.  Jesus began his preaching by inviting us to “Set your hearts first on the Kingdom of God”.  He knew that when our hearts are centered on God we are free from a list of rules and regulations that could control our every move.

What Jesus said was bad news for a lot of His hearers because it contradicted all their honoured traditions.  However, we call it “good news”  Gospel, because it is a Word that frees us from endless regulations.  BUT, it also challenges us to live a religion of the heart.  We must work at having a heart for Jesus and His values – our real business as Christians.


NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE

A National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Knock in September.  The Eucharistic Congress will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015 at the Co. Mayo shrine.

It is intended to be an opportunity to reflect on the fruits of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which was held in Dublin in 2012, and a spiritual preparation for the next International Congress, scheduled to take place in Cebu, Philippines, in January 2016.


PARISH FUNDS  -  “SHALOM TIDINGS”

“Shalom Tidings” is a bi-monthly Catholic magazine, featuring a variety of informative, reflective and inspirational articles and prayers.  It is now available from the Parish Centre for a donation of €2 which will go towards the Parish Debt.


MEATH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

From the 12th to 17th September.  There are some pilgrim places available.  To book contact Pilgrimages Abroad.  

Tel 01-6359300.


DURROW CEMETERY SUNDAY

The blessing of graves in Durrow Cemetery will take place after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday 13th September.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Mark 7:1-8, 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.  How have you found that getting appearance right did not necessarily make you a good person?

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?

‘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 realize the importance of accepting responsibility for your own life and choices?  How has this helped your growth as a person?

John Byrne OSA, Intercom  August  2015


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sun 6th, Sat 19th, Sat 26th  Sept & Sun 4th Oct in Tullamore & Sun 11th  Oct  in Durrow.  

The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 16 Sept. To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

It is advisable to give six months’ notice of your intention to marry to both the Church and the Registrar.  To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary, Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm.  

All couples getting married must attend a pre-marriage course.  Contact ACCORD, 9341831 or www.accord.ie.  ACCORD also available for marriage and relationship counselling.


NB:  NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN MUST BE IN THE PARISH CENTRE BY 9.30AM WEDNESDAY

Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations & clubs included.


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 31st         7.45  Keenahan Family

Tues  1st         7.45  Patrick Daly  

                     10.00  Jim & Molly Plunkett, Clonminch

Wed 2nd        10.00  Peter & Frances Flanagan & Family

Thurs 3rd        7.45  Eileen Butler, Clontarf Road  

                     10.00  Bernard Roche, 77 Thornsberry & John & Brigid Roche, Clontarf Road

Sat 5th          10.00  Michael & Mary Ann Wyer & Wyer Family; David Snr Waters & David Jnr Waters; Matthew & Kathleen Tyrrell, Mary Kate, Mickey Joe, Annie & Winnifred Kelly & Sr Celine Robinson, Denis & Elizabeth Galvin, James, Mary, Paddy & Dympna Brennan, Daniel, Anne, Sean, Michael & Marie Fox; Bernie & Maureen McGowan & Coughlan Family; Kieran McDonagh; Paddy McCabe; Mary & Tom Hassey, Iris Costello, Frs Pat & Tom Fallon & Colm Savage; Mary & Bernard Cuskelly; Stephen Fox & Grandparents; Dympna Costello; Kathleen Lynam; Wayne Martin; Dympna Lowbridge. 

                      6.30  Fr. Willie Cleary, Months Mem

Sun 6th          8.30  William Bell, Hophill Grove

                    10.00  Liam Kirwan

                    11.30  Noel Weatherhead, Months Mem 

Durrow Sun 6th  John & Elizabeth Roe; Nóirín Gowran; Feehan Family; Brian & Joseph Bermingham; Lily, John & Ellen Sullivan; Paudge & Dehlia & Kelly Family; Michael & Agnes Wyer; Fr. Arthur, David Waters & Laura Dillon; Kathleen, Michael & Gerry Scully; Gino Michelli; Gussie Lambe.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Debbie Feery and Celia Freeman nee Burke.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Sophia Ava Catherine White, Finn James Moyles, Miley Joe Padraig Deane, Michaela Delaney, Patrick Martin Buggy and Lauren Rose Tilley who was baptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3232; Envelopes €3244; Durrow €154

Thank you for your continued support


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 


COMMUNITY NOTICES

FLOWER FESTIVAL:  St Catherine’s Church, Hophill; Fri 4 & Sat 5, 11am-8pm, Sun 6, 11am-6pm, followed by Songs of Hope & Inspiration @ 7pm.  Adm €10.

OFFALY SPCA’S ANNUAL DOG WALK:  on Sun 30 Aug @ Charleville Estate (beside Heartworks) @ 4pm, entry fee €5.

DOCHAS: running a walking programme for cancer survivors.  Information night Mon 31 Ballinamere Com Centre  @ 7.30pm.

MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS:  coffee morning in Parish Centre on Sept 1 after Mass.

1ST FRI & SAT DEVOTIONS TO THE UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY:  on Fri 4 & Mass @ 7pm in the Parish Centre.

WELLBEING/MEDITATION GROUPS:  will resume on Mon 31 at Parish Centre.  Phone Carmel 087 6425786.

SECULAR FRANCISCAN MEETING:  on Tue 1 Sept @ 7pm in Mercy Convent.  New members welcome.

IRISH SOCIETY FOR AUTISM:  wish to thank all who supported the recent Church Gate Collection which raised €1627.90.

HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE:  on Thur 3 Sept @ 6.30p in the Day Chapel.  All welcome.

RIADA HOUSE COMFORT FUND:  holding their Annual Flag Days on Fri 4 & Sat 5.  Please support.

ENGAGEMENT RING LOST: in the area of Bridge House & Dunnes Stores.  If found please drop into Bridge House.

CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK:  Sun 13 Sept, commencing 2.30 pm.  Celebrant - Bishop Brendan Leahy.

YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT:  @ Mt. St. Joseph Abbey Roscrea on 18-20 Sept, ph 090 6481666 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

1ST SAT IN HONOUR OF OUR BLESSED LADY: 2pm Mass @ Ark Centre, 23 Mitchell Tce, Athlone on 5 Sept, ph 087 7828283.

LETS TALK ABOUT GOD & THE MEANING OF LIFE:  at St Bridgets Parish Centre, Clara on Wed 2 and Wed 9 Sept @ 8pm.

CAR BOOT SALE:  Sat 5 from 10-2pm Daingean GAA Grounds.  Sellers car/van €20.  Ph 087 2646034.

 
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