22 October 2016


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 16th October 2016

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  


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: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:Vigil 8.00pm 

Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am 


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


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

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.


The readings today are very central to our lives and our expectations from prayer. What goes hand in hand with prayer is faith, which gets prayer working.

The society in which we live is mostly about instant results, food, healing etc. but the fruits of prayer are not always instant. Unless we set aside a regular time to praywe probably will not pray at all. Sometimes our most needy prayer comes from our own broken spirits. Our life is a journey and prayer is the oil that gets us through the most difficult times. 

While we don’t always raise our hands in prayer like Moses, we do value the support of those who help us to persevere. (Ex. 17: 12 – 13) 

I feel like the persistent widow sometimes, coming back to God time after time with my many needs: Who do I go to if not to Him?

Delays happen, but as Timothy says God may allow it to happen in order “to reprove, correct and train us in holiness, so that we may be fully equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16)

We pray today that our hearts are prepared to receive His gifts when He choses. 

(T. Hume)


Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday 18th of October from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. The guest speaker for the evening is Carmel Battigan. This is a free event. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Monday 17thOctober or call 085 288888.

Anam Cara has recently produced some important new resources – all developed by bereaved parents themselves. If you would like a free copy of our Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Launch in Ireland of the World Meeting of Families 2018

Pope Francis asked that the 9th World Meeting of Families take place in Dublin from 22 to 26 August 2018. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin is its President and host, and last May the Holy Father chose “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” as the theme for the Dublin-based pastoral event.

Held every three years, and coordinated by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, the World Meeting of Families is the largest gathering of Catholic families in the world and it celebrates family life and the Church’s commitment to support families. 


Protection of human life - report from Bishops’ Conference

Bishops reflected on the Prayer for Our Earth from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’, an excerpt of which reads: 

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

In this context, and mindful of the current public discussion regarding article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland, bishops discussed the sanctity of human life at all stages. Bishops said that a truly compassionate society promotes care and protection of all unborn human life and recognises the equal right to life of the mother.

Bishops noted that this is precisely the purpose of article 40.3.3. Bishops also acknowledged, with gratitude, the challenging but important work of Cura, the crisis pregnancy agency of the Bishops’ Conference which marks forty years of service in 2017.  

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. When we pray the Rosary we meditate on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and the life of the Holy Family. Guided by Pope Francis who has recommended the Rosary as a form of “spiritual medicine” saying, “it is good for your soul, for your whole life”, bishops invite families, parishes and religious congregations to pray the Rosary during October for the protection of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. 

Theme for Mission month 2016: ‘Every Christian is a missionary’

October is mission month and bishops welcomed this year’s mission message from Pope Francis: Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy. There are almost 1,200 Irish missionaries serving throughout the world. The theme for Mission month, and for World Mission Sunday on 23 October, is ‘Every Christian is a missionary’.

This Jubilee Year of Mercy marks the 90th anniversary of the first World Missionary Day which was approved by Pope Pius XI in 1926 and organised by the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith.   

On Sunday 23 October, Mission Sunday, there  will be an exit collection at all Masses for the support of Missionary work. 

Operation Transformation

The Parish Operation Transformation, in association with Edgewater Medical Centre, kicks off on  Sunday November 6th for six weeks finishing on December 11th. Weigh-ins take place on Sundays from 8pm to after the 1pm Mass. Weekly weigh-ins, meal plans and exercise tips. Cost 100€. To register call 057-9321587.


Night Fever will take place on Sat. 22nd. An hour of prayer in preparation for same on Wed. 19th. Oct. in Parish Centre.


The second Confirmation Ritual will take place on Sun. 23rd. Oct. at 1:00 p.m. Mass.


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 22nd Oct & Sun 6th Nov, Tullamore & Sun 13th Nov in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 19th Oct.  

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.


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.


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


Mon 17    10:00   P. J. Ryan, Marian Place 

Tues 18     7:45   Daly Family

              10:00   Kate Mills, O’Molloy St., 

Wed 19    10:00  John Duffy 

Thur 20     7:45  John & Josephine Bailey  

               10:00  Timmy Connolly & Family    

Fri   21    10:00   Margaret & Abraham Bradley;  Nuala    John Pestana 

Sat 22      10:00   Patrick Dolan, Market Square

                6:30  Jocelyn Longworth 1st. anniv.  

Sun 23       8.30   Molly & Patrick Cleary, Clara Rd., son Noel and  grandson Brando

              10.00   Kathleen & Tom Daly; Daly & White families and Kevin Carroll

              11:30   Pat Ennis   Mon. Mem.

                1:00   Laura Heffernan  1st. anniv.


We offer our sympathy to the families of Donal Hegarty, Brendan Dooner and Vincent Grogan


Welcome to God’s family Heidi Maria Nally, Ciara Sheila Kelly & Luke Michael Forde who was baptised recently.


Tullamore €3455; Durrow €277; Envelopes €3320

Thank you for your continued support



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you spend an hour with the Lord:  Tues 3-4am, 4-5am; Wed 1-2am; Thu. 3-4am;  Fri 4-5am or any hour that suits you?  Ph 0851162668.

FÁILTE ISTEACH - English Language classes Mon 7-9pm, Parish Centre.  For more information ph Ambrose, 086 0537660.

PHOENIX MARKET Sat, 10-3pm, Kilcruttin Business Centre.  All proceeds to local charities.  Ph 0879301749/0877625463.

GROW:  Thurs, 2.30pm in the National Learning Network, The Tanyard.  Ph Assumpta 086 8114135; Tues 11am, Community Mental Health Centre.  Ph John 086 8033126

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop In Centre, Offaly St, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm.  Phone 9328268.

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES:  Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.

SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.

TULLAMORE MEDITATION GROUP Parish Centre, Mondays, at 7:00 p.m.

T.A.R.A.  Tullamore Active Retirement Assoc. meet Thurs. 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Centre.

TULLAMORE SOCIAL SERVICES thank everyone involved in their successful Table Quiz. All funds go to Personal Alarm Scheme and Telephone Contact Service.

LA LECHE LEAGUE Breastfeeding Support Group next meeting  October 20th at 8:00 p.m. Health Centre Tullamore. Pregnant women babies and toddlers welcome. Contact Eileen (087) 2764382 Caroline (085) 1760632

COFFEE MORNING FOR COELIACS upstairs in the Bridge Centre on Saturday October 22nd at 10.45am. Tel:087-2563439.

SCOIL EOIN PHOIL ll NAOFA, Arden View are having their annual 5km Fun Run raising funds for ICT equipment for the school Sunday 23rd October. Starting and finishing at the school. This is an AAI approved race with chip timing. Registration from 9am. Run starting at 11am. All welcome

THE KNIGHTS OF ST. COLUMBANUS thank all parishioners who contributed to our church gate collection. All funds raised will be used for local charitable and spiritual initiatives.

The Life Institute has arranged a street canvass for mid day 22nd October at the Bridge Centre. The canvass will highlight the life saving benefits of the 8th Amendment. All people who wish to support this pro life initiative are welcome to come along to hand out leaflets and talk to people about why life should always be supported.

NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre in Clonmacnois on Friday 21st October. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow. Finishes at 2.10 a.m. All Welcome. Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763.

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