21 December 2014


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3rd Sunday of Advent ~ 14th December 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


 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:  Vigil 6.30pm; 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: 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
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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.


Today’s psalm, the Magnificat, is Mary’s Song of Joy.  Indeed all of today’s readings are filled with the joyful good news that we are saved. The first reading foretells that the Messiah, Jesus, anointed by the Spirit, will bring Good News to the poor, the broken hearted, the imprisoned and the downtrodden, for what the Spirit brings is Joy – Joy to oneself to be poured out for others.  

Mary’s spirit of poverty and humility facilitated God’s desire to enter our poverty and brokenness and save us. Jesus, Our Saviour, becomes one of us. Mary brought into the world a Light that no darkness can ever overpower, and John the Bapist said that he was but witness to the Light. Lowly and humble of heart both of them had room to receive it. Joy witnesses to the Light within.

The good News is best witnessed to by this genuine Joy. But to receive it our lives need to be rooted in the conviction that we are but “unprofitable servants” – debtors everyone. This experienced conviction assures enough room in our hearts for His Joy and Love to find space there and that is the kind of joy that evangelises – that shares and communicates the good news to the “poor, brokenhearted and downtrodden”.

Big or small acts can transmit this joy filled hope. It need be but a smile, a word of encouragement or as Jesus Himself said “a cup of water”. His promise – nothing done to “One of the least of these” will go unnoticed and unrewarded by Him.


Catholic Marriage Care Service, is an Agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.  It has centres located throughout the dioceses of Ireland.  Its ministry is primarily concerned with supporting the sacrament of marriage by helping couples as they prepare for marriage and offering support to them in their marriage relationship.

ACCORD’s aim is to promote a better understanding of Christian marriage and to help couples initiate, sustain and enrich their commitment to one another and to family life. ACCORD’s core services include Marriage Preparation, Marriage Counselling and Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) though its Schools Programmes. For further information phone your local ACCORD Centre, or ACCORD Central Office, or visit www.accord.ie. 


Advent Evening Prayer continues this evening at 5.30pm and will be organised this evening by the young people of the parish.


Advent is a time of preparing. We put up decorations and buy presents for Christmas. The town is beautiful with the Christmas lights and this year the giant Santa Post box! This time of the year is all about getting ready. We also prepare inside. We have the chance to look at our lives, to examine how the year has gone, and see what needs to be put right before the celebration of Christ’s birth. We do this in the most special way by going to Confession – the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Monday December 15th is a day set aside for this in the parish – it is our annual Day of Reconciliation.

7.45am Mass followed by Penitential Liturgy  & Reconciliation

10.00am Mass and Reconciliation

7.30pm Concluding Penitential Liturgy and Benediction.

There will be a priest available for Confession all day from 8.00am-8.00pm. 

If there is something that needs to be put right with God, our families, our neighbours, school or work colleagues this Monday is the day! 

Christmas Eve:  Reconciliation Service 12.00 noon.

Individual Confessions 2.00-5.00pm. 

Masses for Christmas

Christmas Eve:  6.30pm & 9.00pm.  Durrow 12.00 midnight.

Christmas Day:  As Sunday.

St. Stephen’s Day:  11.00am

Saturday 27th: 11.00am

Sunday 28th Feast of the Holy Family – as normal.

Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st 11.00am 

New Year’s Day:  World Day of Prayer for Peace 11.00am

Friday 2nd Jan:  Normal schedule resumes. 


On Sunday 14th 1.30–6.00pm, St Mary’s Youth Centre.  Great Family Day. Photo opportunities with Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Doc McStuffins & Fireman Sam. Free face painting for children. Wheel of fortune with hundreds of seasonal prizes, cake sale and book sale. Free car parking in Sacred Heart School.  


There will be no Community Notices on the Bulletins issued for Sunday 28th December and Sunday 4th January.  Normal Bulletins will resume on Sunday 11th January. 


The next available Baptism datesare Sat 20thDec& Sat 17th Jan in Tullamore  and Sun 11th Janin Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 17th Dec.

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 alsoavailable for marriage and relationship counselling. 


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


Mon 15      7.45   Kathleen & Peter Molyneaux & Rose Byrne

                10.00  John & Julia Cassidy

Tues16      7.45   Nancy Lloyd

               10.00   Raphael Dunne

Wed 17      7.45  Anne Mahon 1st Ann

                10.00  Arrabella, Colbert & Frances Keeley

Thurs 18    7.45  Eithne Hayden, mother Alice Hayden, her sisters, brother and daddy Paddy

                10.00  Andrew Brett

Fri 19       10.00  Bridget Malone  

Sat20         6.30  Bryd Lee, Collins Lane, Mon Mem

Sun 21st     8.30  Michael Noel Byrne, Arden Road

                10.00  Elizabeth Buckley

                11.30  Phylis Mooney, Mon Mem

                  1.00  John Mellett, Mon Mem 

Shared Mass Sat 20, 10am:  Maura & Lar O’Toole & Lynch Family; Margaret & May & John Talbot; Brigid & Martin Deegan; Kathleen & Stephen Grennan; May & Joe Corcoran; Louise & Patrick Keogh & Brigid, John, Mag & John JnrHanly; babies Tyler Somers, Amy Louise, Michael & Liam Keogh; Jim O’Connor, parents Bernie & Barney &Beesie& John Dunne; Mary O’Grady; James & Theresa Doyle; Bridie Brennan; Michael & Rose Cleary; Charles, Ellen & Anne O’Shea; Kelly Family; May Cunningham; Jimmy Scully; Craven & Scully Families; John Brady; Thomas & Margaret Geoghegan; Annie & Thomas Fox; Herbert & Niall Kilcline; Mary, Frances & James Bracken & Family; Mick &Bridie Geoghegan; Anne Burke; Stephen & Eileen Nolan; Kevin Whelan; Elizabeth & Tom Ruane; Carmel Doyle; Thomas, Catherine &Bridie Murphy; Bridie& William Martin; Julia, Jack & Aidan Lambe& Betty Darby; Bob Gorman; Jim & Ellie Duffy & Frank Murray; Mattie Whelan & Katie Coughlan; Donal Beatty; Thomas Wrafter& Family; Anthony, John & Gertrude Reynolds; John & Elizabeth Lewis, Dan, Joanna, Patrick & Patricia Galvin; Josephine & Michael Nolan & Elizabeth Doonan; Maureen, Kevin & Bridget Kelly & David Mullen. 

Durrow Sun 21st:   William Treacy 1st Ann


Welcome to God’s family Matthew Gal, Brian Philip Fleming, Niall Patrick Martin, Kayden Theo Bolger, Muireann Teresa Deasy, Victoria Zigaraite&Jane Mary Cleary who were baptised recently.


We offer our sympathy to the families of Philomena Kelly, Eileen Dunne, Sr Columba Gargan, Oliver Burke&Jimmy Minnock.


Tullamore €3450; Envelopes €2500; Durrow €330

Thank you for your continued support.



TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC:  Christas Dinner, Court Hotel,Wed 17, 6.30pm. €15 for members, €30 non members.

GROW: Thursdays, 2.30pm, National Learning Network, Tanyard.  Ph Assumpta 086 8114135.

CARERS ASSOC:  QQI FETAC LEVEL 5 Care Skills training, 5 weeks; Healthcare Support Major Award Training Ph 057 9322920.

LE LECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP:  Meeting Thurs 18, 8pm, Health Centre. Ph 0872764382/085 1760632.

FIRESIDE OFFALY HISTORY CLUB NIGHT:  Thurs 18,8pm, Bury Quay.  All welcome.

CHRISTMAS NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL:  CluainChiarain Prayer Centre,Clonmacnois, Fri 19.Mass at 9pm.  Adoration and Prayers follow, finish 2.10am. Ph Dave 085 7746763.

TROCAIRE CHRISTMAS GIFTS:  are now on sale and can make a life-changing difference to families in some of the world’s poorest countries.  Log on to trocaire.org/gifts.

GALA CHRISTMAS CONCERT, featuring Tullamore Academy Choir, Band 2 Band Brigade & Brendan McCahey, Church of the Assumption, Tues 16, 7.30pm.  Proceeds to local charity, Teen Aware, promoting positive mental health among our teens.Adults €10; teens €5.

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