Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 26th October 2014
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
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
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;
Reception service 5-9pm.
Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.
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.
LOVED INTO EXISTENCE
It was a trick question Jesus was asked but gave us forever a short and simply worded answer that sums up what is the fundamental necessity in all our lives – that “we love God..and neighbour”..
It may be simply worded but it would be impossible for us to fulfill had not God loved us first. Not just past tense, but loves us into being at every moment – desiring us to be exactly the unique and irreplaceable person each one of us is. No one else can ever stand in for you or replace you – can ever do for ‘your neighbour’ what you could do in your uniqueness or, more importantly what God could do for them in and through you with co-operation. But God also thirsted to give us more than just existence – he wanted to share his own life with us. Through Jesus death and Resurrection He gave us His Holy Spirit to live in our hearts, so now we don’t have to do, unaided what today’s Gospel asks us to do. We could thank the three persons of the Blessed Trinity with this little prayer:
Give Praise to the Father Almighty
To His Son Jesus Christ Our Lord
And to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts.
Tomorrow, Monday 27th is a Bank Holiday. There will be one Mass only at 11.00am.
ALL SAINTS DAY
Next Saturday, 1st, is All Saints Day. Masses are as follows: 6.30pm (Vigil), 7.45am 10.00am & 1.00pm. Durrow Friday 8pm.
ALTAR LISTS OF THE DEAD
All public Masses said on Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th November will be offered for all those on the Altar Lists of the Dead.
MASS FOR THE BEREAVED
All parishioners who have lost a loved one during the past year and all bereaved people of our parish are invited to a Mass on Saturday 8th November at 10am in the Church of Assumption.
NOVEMBER MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS
The month of November is traditionally dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls. As Catholics we believe in Purgatory. This is understood as a time of purification before entering into the presence of God. In life we sometimes do things that are different to what God wants; we are tempted and we sin. Purgatory is our final stage of preparation for the happiness of heaven.
We pray for our loved ones who have died to help them on their journey. Each year we compile an Altar List of the Dead. We offer Mass for them on November 3rd, 4th and 5th and during all parish Masses on the first Friday of the month. Over the next few weeks special pages for the List are available through the Church. You can bring and fill them in and drop them into the parish centre or in the special envelope in your monthly collection box.
It is worthwhile sitting down alone with your family to think of your loved ones who have died over the years. Our prayers for them gives us comfort uniting us closer to them and The Lord.
CONTROL OF DOGS
There has been a notable increase in dog foul in Clonminch Cemetery. Apart from the fact the Cemetery is consecrated ground, a sacred place where our loved ones are laid to rest, the presence of dog waste is a serious health risk. If a dog accompanies a visitor to Clonminch Cemetery it must at all times be kept on a lead, and any waste must be disposed of.
JUNIOR PPC SENIOR CITIZEN’S BINGO
Senior Citizen’s Bingo will be on Friday 31st Oct in the Parish Centre after 10am Mass. All welcome.
LAST CALL FOR OLD CURRENCY
If you have old currency lying around and would like to dispose of it, why not drop it in to the Parish Centre or Sacristy. This will be used to help reduce the debt on the Parish Centre.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 22nd Nov, Sun 7th Dec & Sat 20th Dec in Tullamore and Sun 14th Dec in Durrow.
The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 19th Nov.
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 11.00am Ann & Johnny Holohan & Family, 5 O’Molloy Street
Tue 28th 10.00am James McDonald
Wed 29th 7.45am Joseph O’Connor, 89 O’Molloy Street
10.00am Alice Hayden, husband, sons & daughters
Thur 30th 7.45am Frances Hayes, Clara Road
10.00am Paddy McCabe & Family & Dunne Family
Fri 31st 7.45am Joan Hannigan
10.00am Kathleen Connolly
Sat 1st 10.00am Peter Duffy, Marian Place
Sun 2nd 8.30am Margaret Daly, Arden Lane
10.00am Peter Duffy, 7 Convent View
You are reminded that 6.30pm Vigil, 11.30am & 1.00pm Masses are for Months Memories and 1st Anniversaries only.
Durrow Sun 2nd Patrick & Anne Kinnarney; O’Donnell Family; Geoghegan Family; Kay McGrath; Tim & Pat Murray & Family.
Shared Masses: The next available Shared Masses are on Sun 2nd Nov 11.30am, in Durrow & Saturday 6th December, 10.00am in Tullamore. When booking intentions into these Masses please make sure you haven’t included your loved ones already. These Masses are for the anniversary of death only.
We offer our sympathy to the family of Sr Anne Marie O’Brien, Billy Kelly and Helen O’Connor.
Welcome to God’s family Patrick McDonagh, Jake Michael Quinton, Ella Edel Ann Dunne, Jack Eugene Cummins, Mija Aukstkalnis and Katie Kyra Daly who were baptized recently.
Tullamore €3531; Durrow €216; Envelopes €3050
Mission Sunday €4551.57
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
LOCAL KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS: have won the Council of the Year Award for 2013/2014. They won the award for their efforts at being involved in Parish Life, organising the Corpus Christi procession, bible study group, charitable work and for promoting Catholic values in our community.
TULLAMORE GAA END OF SEASON PARTY: On Sun 26th Oct @ 9pm GAA Social Centre. Tickets €10. Phone Tom 087 2708072.
CARERS ASSOCIATION: Support Group Meeting on Fri 31st Oct from 11am-12.30pm, the monthly 50/50 lotto draw will be held during meeting to fundraise. Contact Alison 086 7957086.
PHYSIOTHERAPY LED EXERCISE CLASS: new beginners starting November 10-11am, Parish Centre. Ph 086 2440083 if interested.
TULLAMORE LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB: underage year end disco in Tullamore GAA on Sat 8 Nov from 7-10pm.
DOCHAS: Offaly Cancer Support Group drop in Centre, Offaly St. Phone 057 9328268. Mon to Thurs 10am – 2pm.
TULLAMORE LADIES FOOTBALL & CAMOGIE CLUBS: holding table quiz in Wolftrap on Fri 21st Nov at 9pm. Table of 4 €40
MASSIVE AUCTION: Durrow G.A.A. Grounds on 27th Oct @ 2pm.
BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE: now enrolling for new courses ph 057 9353177 or
MEDITATION: Marian Hostel on Mondays at 7pm.
MIDLANDS SIMON SHOP: Main Street, Tullamore (beside Rose Finlay’s Pharmacy), donations desperately needed, unwanted gifts, clothes, shoes, handbags. Ph 057 9326991.
JIGSAW OFFALY: provides fee and confidential mental health supports for young people 12-25 years in Offaly. Please contact 057 9353871 for further information.
TEACH MHUIRE PRAYING COMMUNITY: Mass for healing Tue 4th Nov @ 8pm St Pauls Church, Emo, Portlaoise.
MENS STRESS MANAGEMENT/MINDFULNESS COURSE: in Parish Centre on Wed morns from 10.45 to 12. Ph Carmel 087 6425786.
MINDFULNESS & WELLBEING THERAPEUTIC GROUP: starts 5th Nov for 6 weeks, help cope with stress, anxiety or low moods. Contact Fiona 087 0668198 or Lorna 087 6596198.
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENT SUPPORT SERVICE: helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.
GROW GROUP: meets every Thurs at 2.30pm National Learning Network, Tanyard, Tullamore, phone Assumpta 086 8114135.