Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 28th September 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.
A SECOND CHANCE
In this parable of the two sons, Jesus holds up the example of the public sinners in his time being converted, while the establishment figures refuse to listen to his message. We all have the freedom to say yes or no to God and to change the direction of our lives. We are all called to work in the vineyard.
Some of us accept, while others refuse. Like the first son, it is not what we say but what we do. He said no initially but later changed his mind and did what the father asked of him. He is the one that heard the message. Sometimes we can convince ourselves that we are doing the Lord’s work when our pride blinds us to the truth.
The repentant sinner will rarely suffer from this illusion but work all the harder because he appreciates that he has been given a second chance. As the wise old saying says, “Actions speak louder than words”.
The Parish of Tullamore is committed to ensuring that best practice safeguarding children standards are being implemented, so that we can ensure the safety and well-being of our children, young people and the adults who work with them. Over the next few weeks, consent forms and volunteer forms will be distributed to all groups.
If you need advice about these forms or other policy issues, please feel free to contact local safeguarding reps, 0579326604.
PARISH MISSION “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL” MON 29TH - FRI 3RD
Our Parish Mission commences tomorrow, Monday. There will be Mission prayers at 7.45am & 10.00am Masses during the week, with a speaker at the 7.30pm Mass.
Monday “Joy in Sickness”: Brenda Drumm, Catholic Communications office, Maynooth, shares her experience of cancer.
Tuesday “The Joy of Youth”: Jonny Somerville, youth worker based in Dublin,who is a wonderful communicator of God's love.
Wednesday “The Joy of Marriage”: Stephen Cummins, former director of ACCORD, reflects on marriage - the joys and sorrows.
Thursday “The Joy of Hope”: Cindy O'Connor, CEO of Pieta House, shares on mental health and self- harm, especially in young people.
Friday “Mary - The Cause of our Joy - Holy Mary, Mother of God”: Fr John Walsh OP, will speak about Our Lady and her mother's love she has for us all.
Father, almighty and ever living God, You are the source of all life and love.
You created all things and you fill the Earth with your joy.
You sent your Son, born of the Virgin, to show us the depths of Your love.
On the Cross, He washed away our sins.
Rising from the dead, the disciples rejoiced, seeing the Lord.
He sent the Holy Spirit to make our hearts beat with the joy of your love.
Help us to be witnesses to the joy of your Son's Gospel.
We thank you for your blessings. May joy always fill our hearts - even when life is difficult -knowing that we are your sons and daughters.
During this Mission, we ask you to hear our prayers (silently offer your intention).
Like St Therese, may your love be the joy of our lives.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
GÁRDA CHOIR CONCERT
A parish fundraising concert, featuring the Gárda Choir and the Sacred Heart School Choir, will take place on Friday 24th October, in the Church of the Assumption. Tickets priced at €10 now available from the Parish Centre.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are on: Sat 18th, Sat 25thOct & Sun 2nd& Sat15th Nov in Tullamore; Sun 9th Nov in Durrow.
The pre-baptism meeting for this is on Wednesday 15th Oct. 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 alsoavailable for marriage and relationship counselling.
NB: NOTICESFOR THE BULLETIN MUST BE IN THE PARISH CENTRE BY 9.30AM WEDNESDAY
Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations& clubs included.
Mon 29: 10.00 Timmy Connolly & Family
Tues 30: 10.00 Michael & Dermot Whelan, Marian Place
Wed 1: 10.00 Daniel O’Brien
Thurs 2: 10.00 baby Katie Marie Leigh
Sun 5: 8.30 ThomasDooner Power
10.00 Joe Pyke & Family, Moylena
11.30 Anne Hammett, 1st Ann
1.00 Aidas Januskevicius, 1st Ann
Shared Mass, Sat 4, 10am: Robert & Mary Westman; Myra & Josephine Bracken & Margaret Bryant; Eileen Bracken; Sr Catherine Cronly; John & Delia Farrell; Christopher Brennan; Louise Waters; Bridget & Jackie McNair; Mary Kate Heffernan; Denis, Agnes, Tom, Denis Jnr & Kevin Kennedy; John Galvin & Margaret Cunningham; Joseph & Elizabeth Gorman & Family; William & Mary McQuaid; Elaine, Carmel & Joe Lynch; Pat & Catherine Burke, Mary Kate & Pat Martin; Bridie, Mary, Michael, Paddy Joe, Sean &MalachyKeaveny& Parents; Joe Walsh; Joseph & Elizabeth Geoghegan; Weatherhead Family; Larry Jordan; Margaret Daly; Patrick & Catherine Sullivan; Patrick, Mary & Joseph Fogarty; Seamus Tyrrell & Family; Thomas Leavy& Family; Joe O’Brien; Betty Kehoe; James & Mary Mahon & baby James Sexton.
Durrow Sun 5: Cathy O’Callaghan; Maudie & Michael Walsh; Tony Johnston; Dermot (Mon Mem), Joan & Michael Keegan; Paddy Lynam; Michael McDermott; Chris & Mary Ann Geoghegan; Stephen Lynam; May Condron.
We offer our sympathy to the family of Peg Doyle.
Welcome to God’s Family Ben Nicholas & Jessica Alice Adlington, Alex Larry Rabbitt, Ben Niall Keegan, Maxine Katlina Ward & Dougie Gerard Isaac Ward who were baptised recently.
Tullamore €3420;Durrow €121; Envelopes €2548
Retired Priest Envelope €2825.60; Exit Collection €2482.26
Durrow Cemetery Day €3461.45
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
AN HISTORIC OCCASION: Sisters of Mercy hand over St Mary’s Youth & Community Centre, as a gift to people of Tullamore to be used for youth work, today 3pm. All are welcome.
SCRAP METAL& ELECTRICAL WASTE COLLECTIONKMC Recycling,Cappincur, Sat 4th, 10am- 4pm, in aid of Durrow NS Building Fund.
CONCERN: Thanks to all who supported collection -€2071.48.
ROSARY SUNDAY: Bus to Knock, Sun 5, 9.30am. Returning 5.45pm. Ph/text 0876386270 to book.
1ST FRI/1ST SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY, Fri 3, Parish Centre, after 7.30pm Novena Mass.
OFFALY ROWING CLUB: Table Quiz, Thurs 2, 9pm, Hugh Lynch’s.
TULLAMORE SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: AGM Mon 29, Bridge House, 7pm. All welcome, especially those who wish to become volunteers.
NIGHT CLASSES TULLAMORE COLLEGE: For details & booking ph Michelle on 057 9349441.
OFFALY BRANCH IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOC: 40thAnniversary Tea Party, Central Hotel, Sun 5, 2-5pm. PhMarie 057 9341018 or Jean 087 6722077.
FRIENDS OF HOSPITAL TULLAMORE: AGM Mon 6, 5pm, Hospital Board Room. All interested parties invited.
CARERS ASSOC: Training Courses – Patient Moving & Handling, Fri 10; Diabetes workshop, Thurs 9/Fri 10. For details, 057 9322920 or
AT EASE WITH DYSLEXIA: For details on programme to help children with dyslexia, ph Breda, 0863792360.
CHILD CONTACT CENTRE – for children of separated families to meet with their parents – Presbyterian Church, free & by appointment only. For more details ph Julie 0860773465.
READY: Dinner & Dance, Maunsells, Sun 28, 7.30pm. All welcome. To book ph 9341235.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES: Ladybirds (5-7yrs) resume Fri 10. More details from Jean, 0858876522.
DOCHAS; Offaly Cancer Support Group Drop-in Centre, Offaly St, Mon-Thur 10am-2pm.
40TH ANN BOWER PRAYER GROUP: Mass, Mon 29, 8.15pm.