Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
SUNDAY ~ 7th FEBRUARY 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
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.
In today’s readings and Gospel we meet three people – Isaiah, Paul and Simon Peter. All three are ordinary men who have strange experiences in which they meet God. The impact of God on all three was a deeply moral one, resulting in a sense of sin. Isaiah exclaims, “I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips. Paul says, “Since I persecuted the Church of God, I hardly deserve the name apostle”. Simon, in his turn, fell at the knees of Jesus saying, “Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man”.
Yet, God called all three of these men to do his work, to spread his word. Each, in turn, by God’s grace, answered – “Here I am, send me”. All three went on to preach the word of God to all. They went on to be fishers of men, spreading the word of God’s love for us, his people.
We, too, unworthy though we are, are called by God. We, too, are given the grace we need for the mission each of us has been given. Are we listening to that call, that individual call, and are we taking up our mission? Are we sharing God’s love with others? Only the one who loves can know God, for God is love. We pass on our faith in love.
PARISH RETREAT HOSTED BY THE KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS
Saturday Feb 13th, Parish Centre – beginning with 10.00am Mass and concluding at 3.00pm. Refreshments will be provided. The retreat is led by Fr John Walsh OP and the theme is 'Journeying with Christ'. All are welcome. If you would like to attend please leave your name in the Sacristy or Parish Centre. This is a very good way to take time out at the very beginning of Lent.
PARISH CENTRE SHOP
Parish St Patrick’s Day cards are now available from the Parish Centre. A selection of religious gifts and cards also available.
HOLY SEASON OF LENT
Ash Wednesday, February 10th: Mass and distribution of Ashes will be at 7.30am, 10.00am, 1.10pm & 7.30pm.
Durrow Mass will be at 8.00pm.
Weekday Masses for Lent: 7.30am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.
Evening Prayer for Lent commences next Sunday, 14th, at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption. All are welcome.
In Lent, like Jesus, we face the devil’s temptation, and with Jesus we conquer. We do this by penance.
What is penance? It is freely doing without something we like, as a gift to God to acknowledge and atone for our sins. It can also be an activity, like going to Mass every day, praying more often, and care for the poor. These are three types of penance that make Lent: prayer, fasting and abstinence (giving up stuff) and giving to those who have less.
There are two simple rules: penance should not hurt, but we should feel it! In other words it is an inconvenience. Secondly, the more you put into Lent the more you receive. This Lent try to do one thing in these three areas for the 40 days. This will help us to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s death and resurrection.
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS
Jesus invites Peter to put out the net again, and he does so though he thinks it pointless. When have you felt it was pointless to stick with a task, but did so nonetheless and been surprised by results? We never know when our efforts are going to bear fruit.
‘Push out into the deep.’ The invitation is to go out into unfamiliar waters, where we are not sure what will happen, where we feel uneasy and our safety is not assured. When have you responded positively to that kind of an invitation and got positive results you did not expect?
We get a glimpse of the preparation of the disciples leading to their decision to follow Jesus. They were helped by the interest and concern of Jesus (cured Peter’s mother-in-law); attracted by his work and teaching; and witnessed the power of God at work through him. This led them to ‘leave everything and follow him’. What has been the story of key decisions or turning points in your life? Who was Jesus for you in those situations?
John Byrne osa Intercom February 2016
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 20th Feb & Sun 6thMar in Tullamore; Sun 13thMar in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed17th Feb.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 8 10.00 Michael & Mary Galvin, Arden Cottage
Wed 10 7.30 Michael Byrne & Family
10.00 Peg Kinahan
7.30 Deirdre O’Sullivan
Thurs 11 7.30 Our Lady’s Mass
7.30 Kathleen & William Lynam
Fri 12 7.30 Dan & Mary Fogarty
10.00 Brigid, Thomas & Michael McLoughlin
Sat 13 10.00 Denis Mahon, Clara Rd
6.30 Eugene Pidgeon, 1st Ann & Patricia Pidgeon
Sun14 8.30 Maureen Lawless, High St
10.00 Oliver Flanagan
11.30 Mary Egan, 1st Ann
1.00 Paddy Bracken, 1st Ann& Delia Bracken
Durrow Sun 14, 11.30am Hugh Lynch, Mon Mem
We offer our sympathy to the families of Shem Dewane & Jason McDonagh.
Welcome to God’s family Scott James Lynch who was baptised recently.
Tullamore €3572; Durrow €165; Envelopes €2700
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST,1996
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Have you an hour to spend with the Lord on Tues 3-4am (urgent); Thurs 4-5am (urgent); Sun midnight-1am or 3-4pm or if you would like to take up an hour for Lent ph 0851162668.
LEGION OF MARY thank all who helped celebrating Alfie Lambe’s Anniversary Mass last Sunday, especially Fr Gallagher and Regina (Sacristan). Anyone wishing to join the Legion of Mary or visit Alfie’s house, ph Mary 0863143302.Rosary in the house, Sat 13, 8.15pm. All are welcome.
PIONEER MASS Sun 7, 3.30pm, Church of the Assumption.
LECTURE STYLED "The Military Strategy of The 1916 Leaders, A Retrospective Military Analysis of The 1916 Rising" by General James P. Cullen, retired US Army General,Mon 8, 8pm, Bury Quay.All welcome.
ST JOSEPHS NS: Closing date for Enrolment for September 2016, is Wed 17 Feb.
SUE RYDER SHOPneed donations – gifts, clothing, household items, books, dvd’s, etc. Ph 0858568283.
CEILÍ & SET DANCING CLASSES Tues, Durrow Hall, 8.30pm.Ph Martin: 086 8447495. All welcome, including beginners.
FAMILY CARERS IRELAND: Local candidates will be in attendancein the offices, Market Sq, Tues 9, 2.30pm, to meet carers to answer to your questions in relation to issues that affect all carers caring for their loved ones in the family home.
MARIE KEATING MOBILE UNIT DochasCentre,Offaly St, Thurs 11, 10.30am- 3pm. Free cancer community information service for both men and women. No appointment necessary.
DEAFHEAR.IE -“Tea for Tinnitus” morning, Wed 10, Resource Centre, Church St, 9.30am–1pm. For more information please call 057 9351606 or email
“LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” SEMINARS St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, Clara,Thurs 8pm. Guest speaker each week.
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT FOR LENT: Fri 12-Sun 14, Mt St Joseph Abbey Roscrea.Donation (full board, own room). Contact: SrÚna 090 6481666. Email:
SOLEMN NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP: Sat13-Sun21Feb, St. Peter & Paul’s Church Portlaoise. Website www.portlaoiseparish.ie
DIVINE MERCY HEALING MASS: Ark Centre 23 Mitchell TceAthlone, Fri 12, 7.30pm.All are most welcome.Ph 087 7828283.