Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 17th July 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
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.
SERVE OR LISTEN?
In today’s readings, there is much about hospitality and generosity. Abraham graciously welcomes and entertains the three weary travelers. Martha welcomes Jesus into her home and sets about preparing an elaborate meal for him. In each case somebody has to do the work and the preparations. Somebody has to serve.
In the first case, it is Sarah and the servants who prepare the meal, while Abraham attends, standing near the visitors under the tree. He is watching, waiting and listening to them. In the second case, it is Martha who does all the work on her own. She gets no help from her sister with the cooking and serving. Mary sits at the Lord’s feet, listening to him speaking. The Lord says she “has chosen the better part”. There is service and listening.
The message of the readings is that both service and listening are necessary. We must do both – serve and listen, listen and serve. Most important of all, we must avoid being so preoccupied as not to pay attention to Jesus, whom one wants to serve.
Ordination of Fr. Warren Collier
Last Sunday the happy occasion of the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Warren Collier took place in St Mary’s Parish, Drogheda. Fr Warren is a native of Collon-Ardee parish in Co. Louth. He trained for the priesthood in Rome and we wish Fr Warren well in his ministry. He is the third priest ordained for the Diocese of Meath in last six month, along with Fr Noel Weir, from town, and Fr Conor Magee, who was also ordained here. Please pray for vocations and for the students of the Diocese of Meath.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Cemetery Sunday in Clonminch will be on Sunday 21st Aug at 1.00pm.
Cemetery Sunday in Durrow will be on Sunday 11th Sept. Blessing of graves will follow 11.30am Mass.
TULLAMORE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ORGAN SERIES
The 18th International Summer Organ Series continues next Tuesday, 19th, in the Church of the Assumption at 8.00pm. This week features the Best of the Midlands, with organist Charles Marshall, violinist Ellen Reilly and cellist Adele O’Dwyer.
World Youth Day 2016
The Word Youth Day for young Catholics takes place in Krakow from July 25th to August 1st. It is a wonderful occasion of faith celebrated with the Pope. Pray for the representatives of the Diocese of Meath who will make the pilgrimage. The theme this year, tying in with the Holy Year is “Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them”(Matthew 5:7)
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS
The two sisters symbolize the contemplative and active dimensions of life, at times difficult to balance. What wisdom have you learned through life experiences on how to strike a balance between prayer and action?
Many people misunderstand hospitality. They worry and fret about decorating the house and preparing abundant food. Yet sometimes it is something else that is needed to make people feel at home, namely, to sit with guests and to listen to them speaking. What has been your experience of being a cherished guest and when have you been able to make others feel welcome and at home?
We can make the same mistake in relation to people who are important to us in life: children, friends, parents, or others. We can worry and fret about doing things for them when perhaps the important thing is to give them time and to listen to them. What does your experience tell you?
When it comes to welcoming God into our lives, one appropriate response is to give time listening to God’s word. When have you found time devoted to the word of God enriching for you?
John Byrne osa Intercom July 2016
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 23rd July & Sun 7th Aug, Tullamore & Sun 14th Aug in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20 July.
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 18 7.45 Jim & Daisy Feery
10.00 Thomas & Mary Bracken, Arden
Tues 19 10.00 James Lowry, Cormac St, Mon Mem
Wed 20 7.45 Ina Wrafter
10.00 James & Marina Hogan
Thurs 21 7.45 Michael Reade, Ashley Court
10.00 Bro Mark Hogan
Fri 22 7.45 Joe, Brigid, Jane & Harry Higgins, Chapel St
10.00 Nancy Fox, Davitt St
Sat 23 10.00 Pat Prendergast, Arden Vale & parents Bridie & Patrick, Clontarf Rd
6.30 Laurence Whelan, 16 Arden View, 1st Ann
Sun 24 8.30 PJ Deegan
10.00 Robert, Christina, Robert Jnr & Rose McNair
11.30 Gladys Collins, 1st Ann
1.00 Philomena Flynn, 1st Ann
We offer our sympathy to the families of Christine Freer, Peter Egan, Margaret Bracken, Fr Larry English.
Welcome to God’s Family Ella Anne Nally Thunder, Leah Elizabeth Connolly and Katie Margaret Connolly who were baptised recently.
Tullamore € 3203Durrow € 135
Envelopes € 2540
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 spend an hour with the Lord?Sun 12-1pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm. Thurs 7-8pm. Fri 6-7pm or any other hour.Ph 0851162668.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 14-21 Sept. Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399 or Luke McNamee 0879113118.
Tubber Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima. 11-18 Sept. Contact Ann 090-6482228
Meath Pilgrimage to Lourdes. 12-17th Sept. Hospital Pilgrims contact Ann 0877914828.
READY DINNER AND DANCE.Wolftrap.Sunday July 24th at 7.30pm. Booking 9341235
CHARASMATIC PRAYER GROUP Meets in the Presbyterian church. Wednesday 7.45.
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.
RAINBOWS – peer support programme helping children grieving death or separation: Ph 0871039292.
ARDEN ACTIVE AGE GROUP Arden View Resource Centre, Mon 3pm. All welcome.
TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC (Tara) meet Thurs, 3pm, Parish Centre. All are welcome.