Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ 26th JULY 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
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
Church of the Assumption: Vigil 6.30pm; 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: 8.00pm
Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am, Saturday 10.00am
First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am
Saturday: 12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm
GET IN TOUCH
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore. Phone: 0579321587
. 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.
THE BREAD OF LIFE
In today’s readings we have two stories on the theme of bread. The first concerns Elisha feeding a hundred men with twenty barley loaves and still having some left over. The second story is that of Jesus feeding as many as five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish. Again, the pieces left over were picked up, “so that nothing gets wasted”. We notice that in the miracle of feeding the multitude Jesus used the same gestures as for the Eucharist – “Jesus took the loaves gave thanks, and gave them out to all”.
The Gospel account tells us of Jesus’ concern for the people who have been following him. Not only does he nurture their spiritual needs with his words and teachings, but his love extends also to their physical needs. The miraculous act of feeding the five thousand shows his concern, compassion, generosity and indeed, saving power.
Jesus Himself taught us to pray for “our daily bread” as the central symbol of our existence. The nourishing bread is of enduring significant to our faith. In the Eucharist, we remember that Jesus offered himself completely for the salvation of all. He is the Bread of Life that satisfies the deepest hungers of the human heart.
In the Eucharist, we received Jesus Himself, the Bread of Life, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Do you see the sign of the bread in the Eucharist for what it really is?
NOTE RE BAPTISM DATES
Please note that there will be no baptisms on Saturday 15th August in Tullamore and Sunday 13th September in Durrow.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday 16th August is Cemetery Day in Clonminch at 1.00pm.
Sunday 13th September is Cemetery Day in Durrow with blessing of graves taking place after 11.30am Mass.
SENIOR CITIZENS BINGO
The Senior Citizens Bingo will take place in the Parish Centre after 10am Mass on Friday, 31st July.
17th TULLAMORE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ORGAN SERIES 2015
The 17th organ concert series will be held every Tuesday in July in the Church of the Assumption, at 8.00pm. Admission is €12 and tickets are available at the door.
Tuesday 28TH July – A Touch of Slovakia
Stanislav Surin (Bratislava)
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL
John 6: 1-15
At the heart of this story we are told that Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them. In our day this reminds us of the Eucharist, the bread of life, with which Jesus feeds us. Can you recall an experience of Eucharist that was especially significant for you? What was it that made it different? How did it influence your understanding of the Eucharist?
Take, give thanks, distribute. The actions of Jesus also suggest an attitude to time, gifts and living. We take what we are given, give thanks and use what we have. Have you found that having a grateful heart for what you have been given has made it easier for you to share with others?
From what seemed meager and inadequate resources many were fed. When have you found that when you gratefully use what little resources you have the results are beyond your expectations?
Jesus chose to involve those around him in feeding the people. Have there been times when you have experienced benefits from calling on those around you to us their gifts to help with a task?
John Byrne OSA, Intercom July 2015
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 22nd August and Sun 6th September in Tullamore. There are no baptisms in Durrow in Sept. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 19 Aug.
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.
Mon 27th 7.45 Jim & Daisy Feery
10.00 Kenny Family, High Street
Tues 28th 10.00 Bridget Tyrrell 204 Arden View, 1st Ann
Wed 29th 10.00 Eilish & John Kelly
Thurs 30th 7.45 Annie & Patrick Molloy, Ballyduff
10.00 Robert Smyth, Shragh
Fri 31st 7.45 Elizabeth Larkin, William Street
10.00 Mary Jane Poland, Church Street
Sat 1st 10.00 Seamus Morris; Pat Prendergast; Patrick & Brigid Prendergast; Esther Longworth & son Brendan; Margaret O’Connor; Edward Lynam; Nicholas, Mary Molloy & Molloy Family; O’Meara Family; Christy & Nancy Flanagan; Shane Daly; Gillick Family; James & Mary Mahon & great grandson James; Ger Colsh; Peter Cunningham & Cunningham Family & Mary, Michael Martin & Martin & Hayes Family; Sean Comerford; Peggy & Paddy Plunkett & Chantelle Martin; Michael Mulvihill; Thomas, Bridget, Patrick, Margaret, Vincent Michael Rosie & Mary Ann Pidgeon; David & Anne Sheridan & Brigid Smyth & Andy Sheridan; Paddy, Rita & Padraig Hogan; Martin Dolan; James McDonagh; Marian Galvin; Joseph & Mary Kate Kelly & Downs Family; Nancy Fox; Michael & Darren McDermott; James, Margaret & John Grennan.
6.30 John Brady, Months Mem
Sun 2nd 8.30 Dolores Collins
10.00 John & Della Galvin
Sun 2nd Durrow Jimmy & Molly Daly; Maudie & Michael Walsh; Martin Buggy;
We offer our sympathy to the famiies of Maureen Dalton and Fr. Willie Cleary.
Welcome to God’s family Saoirse Karen Camon, Calvin John Dunne, Faye Eloise Dunne, Luke Noel Lally and Conor James Lally who were baptised recently.
Tullamore €3485; Envelopes €2795; Durrow €146
Thank you for your continued support
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 12-17 Sept, €689, ph 01 6359300. Youths (over 18) ph 087 7631916, hospital pilgrims ph 087 7914828.
GROW Community Mental Health Movement: meet every Thurs @ 2.30pm @ National Learning Network, Tanyard, ph 086 8114135. Group meets 11am on Tuesday ph 086 8033126.
MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sun 9 Aug, bus leaves Tullamore @ 9.30am returns at 5.45pm, €10 per person ph P.J. 087 6386270 or 057 9321836.
TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: will visit Mount Salem, Leopardstown & Airfield Garden, Dundrum bus leaves O’Connor Sq at 9am on 29 July, phone 057 9353312.
CARERS ASSOCIATION: provides QQ1 (FETAC) Level 5 Safety & Health at work module on Thurs Aug 27. QQ1 (FETAC) Level 5 Care Support module on 26 Aug phone 057 9370221
TULLAMORE ORGAN SUMMER SCHOOL: free demo Wed 5 Aug 7.30pm, St Catherines Church,Tullamore & Fri 7 Aug @ Church of Assumption 7.30pm, www.tullamoreorgancourse.com.
DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Offaly St, Drop In Centre, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm. Phone 9328268.
FREE STAINED GLASS COURSE: @ Tara Crescent community centre, Tullamore on Wed mornings at 10am for 9 weeks, ph Martina 087 6610274 if interested.
SPECIAL NEEDS SUMMER CAMP: on 28 July, 10-2.30pm call 087 7497826 & Autism Friendly Coding Summer Camp 4-7 Aug, 10-2pm phone 085 8514774.
1ST OF FIVE SATURDAYS FOR OUR BLESSED LADY: on Sat 1st Aug @ Ark Centre, 23 Mitchell Terrace, Athlone @ 2pm Holy Mass followed by a procession ph 087 7828283.
YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: Cistercian College, Roscrea, 13-16 Aug for young people ages 16 to 35. Festival is donation only, www.youth2000.ie or 016753690