Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
12th February 2017
~6th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ Year A
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: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Vigil 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.
THE ESSENCE OF GOD’S LAW – OBEY THE SPIRIT AND NOT JUST THE LETTER
The readings today bring into focus the tension of the ‘old’ in Sirach and the ‘new’ in the gospel. We hear about choice and the wisdom that should be used in a practical way so as to avoid offending God and others.
For many, this is a tough balancing act because it takes self-control as there are so many distractions and enticements in this life that we are often blinded as to what we should do.
For Sirach, to act and behave in an honourable way is simply a matter of personal choice and our ability to make the proper choices when confronted by problems.
In the gospel, the challenge is to go beyond the minimum requirements of the Law ‘unless your way of life surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.’ Yes it is a tall order; however, the Lord offers the grace, help and strength to love as He loves, to forgive as He forgave, to think and judge as He judged and to act as He acted with mercy, loving kindness and goodness.
We are challenged today to grow in our knowledge and understanding of how we might make the message of Jesus relevant in the modern world and St Paul suggests we turn to the Spirit for the guidance, the direction and the courage necessary to be an effective and relevant disciple of the Christian message.
‘Happy are those who seek not safety in life but growth’.
Our Parish Retreat, organised by the Knights of St Columbanus, will take place on March 4, 10.00am-3.00pm in the Parish Centre. It will be led by Fr Shane Crombie. Refreshments will be provided (Coeliacs please let us know). Places are limited. Leave names into Parish Centre.
COLLECTORS AT MASS
Collectors are urgently needed for the 10.00am and 1.00pm Sunday Masses. If you would like to help, please leave your name and phone number in the Sacristy.
READERS FOR LENT
Readers are wanted for the 7.30pm weekly Masses during Lent. Please leave your name in the Sacristy.
The programme was launched last Saturday night. We had a full house!! Comments from the participants speak for themselves:
“That was a great night”; “See you next week”; “What a lovely atmosphere”; “I really enjoyed the night”.
We thank God for a wonderful turnout.
AT MASS WE STAND AND SIT AND KNEEL
We are introducing some small changes in when we sit and stand at Mass to bring our liturgy into line with the missal. We hope that a common practice, which is being used in most parishes throughout the country, will help people feel even more welcome and at home in whatever Church they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.
We will introduce this change during Lent.
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS
In this section of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus proposes standards that go beyond external ways of behaviour. He challenges our inner attitudes. When have you found that living out of inner conviction is more life-giving than keeping up appearances?
Jesus applies his teaching to feelings of anger and sexual desire. He suggests that if we do not keep an eye on our feelings and thoughts we will not be able to control our actions. Perhaps you have experienced the truth of this. What has helped you to integrate your feelings so that you were able to live in right relationship with yourself and others?
For Jesus, persons with genuine authenticity do not need to swear an oath to be convincing. Their ‘yes’ or ‘no’ suffices. Recall people who had this kind of credibility for you. When have you found that your simple, direct and honest communication had a positive persuasive force? John Byrne osa Intercom, February 2017
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism date is 12th Mar in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for this date is on Wed 15thFeb.
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 13 7.45 Our Lady’s Mass
10.00 Oliver Flanagan
Tues 14 7.45 Dan & Mary Fogarty
10.00 Eileen Scully
Wed 15 7.45 John Joe Gorman, Cappincur
10.00 Rosie Condron, 25 Marian Place
Thurs 16 7.45 Josephine Kilcourse, Castlebar
10.00 Anthony Heffernan, Ballydaly
Fri 17 7.45 Tess Smollen
10.00 William Keenan, Convent View
Sat18 10.00 Phil Madden
Sun19 8.30 Pearce & Kathleen Digan
10.00 Peg McKeon
We offer our sympathy to the families of Linda Kinahan, Maeve Sheil, Pauline Wright nee O’Brien, Liz Martin, Kathleen Guina& Mary Anne Bowman nee Courtney.
Welcome to God’s Family Michaela May Martin & Thomas Patrick Leonard who were baptised recently.
Tullamore €3273; Durrow €351; Envelopes €4276
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: Can you spare an hour a week to sit with the Lord: Mon 7-8am; Wed 7-8am; Thurs 2-3pm; Fri 12-1pm, 2-3am, 3-4am; or any hour? Ph 0851162668.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: 8 June, 7 nights with Spiritual Director, Fr. Shane Crombie.Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399 or P.J. Smith 0868796190.
FUTURE OF DURROW HALL: Meeting to discuss future of the Hall, Thurs 16, 8pm, Durrow Hall.
LEGION OF MARY: Rosary, Alfie Lambe House, Arden Rd, Mon 13, 8.15pm. All are welcome.
PADRE PIO GROUP MASS Tues 14, 8pm, Church of the Assumption. Note change of time.
TULLAMORE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC: Thanks to all who supported their recent church gate collection.
COFFEE MORNING FOR COELIACS, Sat 18, 10.45am, Bridge Centre. Tel: 087-2563439.
LA LECH LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP: Meeting Thurs 16, 8pm Health Centre.Pregnant women, babies and toddlers welcome. Ph 0872764382/0851760632. Find us on Facebook La Leche League Tullamore.
STOMA SUPPORT GROUP: Tues 21,Dóchas Centre, 6.30- 8.30pm.Dóchas Offaly Cancer Support Group.
SOSAD: Free, confidential counselling service – depression, suicide, bereavement. For more details or to make appointment ph 0579346704; email
ATHLONE MIDLANDS SAMARITANS: Volunteers needed.Email
or send name, address & phone no to The Samaritans, 3,Court Devenish, Athlone. Samaritans available 24 hours on freecall 116123.
READY: Dinner & dance, High St Town House, Sun 19. To book ph 9341235.
LAOIS/OFFALY PALLIATIVE CARE TEAM: Remembrance Service for those who have died in the past two years, Fri 24,7pm, Church of the Assumption, 7pm.
AA: New premises, 1st Floor, Offaly House, Offaly St. Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sat, 8.15pm; Tues, Wed & Fri 1pm; Sun 12 noon.
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES: Helpline 0579351886 for information or to make an appointment.
KILLINA PRESENTATION SCHOOL TABLE QUIZ Fri 17, Blueball Pub, 9pm, in aid of Zambia Immersion Programme team.
TEAGASC EARLY GRASS FARM WALK: For sheep/cattle farmers at Willie Galvin’s farm, Raheenakeeran, Walsh Island (located on Mountlucas/Portarlington road), Thurs 16,2pm.
CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL: Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre, Fri 17. Mass 9pm, followed by Adoration and Prayers. Finishes 2.10am. All welcome. Ph 085-7746763.