Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
5th SUNDAY of EASTER ~ 24th April 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: 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.
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – THAT’S THE CHALLENGE
At a time when secularism is on the rise and religious practice seems to becoming less relevant it can be a challenging and difficult time for the people of God – the Church. We may find some answers, confidence, encouragement and inspiration regarding our relevance and role as followers of Jesus in today’s gospel. Many of us are looking for a new equilibrium, a renewed spirituality, a less distant and more relevant God.
The final words of Jesus in the gospel should be for us today as they were for the first disciples, not only a source of consolation but also a challenge. The words spoken by Jesus to his immediate disciples who hadn’t yet proved themselves faithful had three core principles-His hour of glory had arrived, His time remaining with them was short and love for one another was an obligatory part of discipleship. The glory comes from the Cross and subsequent Resurrection.And Jesus’ glory requires Him to abandon His disciples- a reality that is at the heart of Easter. The commandment to love was the instruction given to the disciples by Jesus.
Our challenge is to show unconditional love to others daily and thus lead them to the glory and reality of the Easter mystery.
Congratulations to our young people who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation last weekend. Thanks to parents, teachers and schools for their work in preparing the candidates and for their help in making the Sacrament so special. Thanks also to those who helped out in the Church on the day.
Experience gentle dance/movement for meditation and wellbeing, on Thursday 28th from 7.15 to 9.00pm in the Parish Centre. Donation of €5 will go towards Parish Funds.
The Bereavement Support Group requires volunteers for their one-to-one listening service.
Volunteers will have to complete an application form and as part of our safeguarding policy, will also have to undergo the Garda Vetting process.
Training will be provided. For application forms and further information, contact Margaret Kelly, Parish Support Services, 0579326604.
Week 3 of “HOW TO ANNOY YOUR FAMILY” - a fun course on bringing a positive attitude to your family life – continues this evening, Sunday24th, in the Parish Centre from 7.00-8.15pm. All secondary school students are welcome to join us. There will be a donation of €1.
FAITHFEST youth event is on Friday 29th with registration in the Day Chapel at 6.00pm. The event will start at 6.20pm with music, workshops, food and cage soccer and will finish at 9.30pm. Registration fee is €5 and all students from 6th class and secondary schools are welcome. For more details go to www.jppctullamore.com.
J.UNIT will take a break on Sunday 1st May and returns on Sunday 8th May, 7.00-8.15pm in the Parish Centre.
We would like to congratulate all those who received their Confirmation.
There will be an hour of prayer for the success of Nightfever on Wednesday 27th, in the Parish Centre from 8.00-9.00pm. All are welcome.
CALF REARING SCHEME
We wish to thank everyone who has reared or is still rearing a calf and welcome anyone who wishes to do so. This is helping in no small way to reduce the debt on the Parish Centre.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
14-21 Sept. Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399 or Luke McNamee 0879113118.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 21 May, Sat 28 May & Sun 5 June in Tullamore & Sun 12 June in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 18th May.
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 25 10.00 James & Brigid Deegan & Rose O’Brien
Tues 26 10.00 JamesO’Doherty, Meelaghans
Wed 27 10.00 Edward& Mary Jane Hughes & grand daughter Rebecca Ann Clarke
Thurs 28 10.00 James Bracken & Family, Spollenstown
Fri 29 10.00 Peg Brazil, Ballydaly
Sat 30 6.30 Mary Maureen Quinlan, Mon Mem
Sun1 8.30 Tommy & Mary Gaynor, Arbutus Court & daughter Margaret Swords
10.00 Edward, Thady, Rosetta Snr & Rosetta Jnr Molloy, 5 O’Brien St,
11.30 Rose Waldie, 1st Ann
1.00 Mary Geoghegan, 1st Ann & husband Thomas
Shared Mass Sat 30, 10am: Michael McDonagh; Betty Aylmer; Colm & Teresa McCabe & daughter Patricia; baby Thomas McDonagh; Brigid McDonagh; Pat Jennings & Family; Stephen & John Lynam& Family & Prendergast Family; Ken & Clair Keegan; Arthur Molloy; Brigid & James Martin, Daly & Martin Families; Matthew, Elizabeth& Tom Gallagher; Larry Geoghegan & Family; Pa, Jim, Mary & Pat Molloy; Frank Cunningham & Fr Michael Conroy; Mary & John Robbins & Family; Tom Feehan& Family; Pat & Mary O’Connell; Michael Conlon; Paddy & Kathleen Morgan; Daniel & Kathleen Hayden; O’Connor Family; Jack & Kathleen Egan; Christopher, Catherine & Winifred Kilroe; Matthew & Patrick Conway; Mary & Christy Galvin; John & Maureen Maloney; Tom &Phyl Gilson; Peter Cronly; Kevin O’Toole; Mary, Michael &Sr Imelda Lawless; Annie, John, Kevin & Paul Brown & Hill Family; Owen & Kathleen Marron; PJ & Annie Sheehy; Herbert, Pat, Eva& John Marron; Marie & Tom Barry; Joseph, Mary, Michael, James & John Cummins; Christy, Anastasia, Christy Jnr & Mary Maybury McGowan; John & Rose Kelly & baby Scully.
Durrow Sun 1, 11.30am John& Mary Murray; John, Jenny & James Donoghue & Family; Peter Fox & grandparents Michael & Brigid; Jim & Nan Donohoe & Murray Family; Christopher & Mary Larkin; Margaret & Tom Sullivan.
We offer our sympathy to the family of Patrick Boyd.
Tullamore €3321; Durrow €176; Envelopes €2435;
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST,1996.
“THE CHILDREN OF LIR”, a Cantata &favourite Irish trad songs, presented by Blessington Millennium Choir, Sun 1, Church of the Assumption, 8pm. All proceeds in aid of Offaly Dochas.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Can you spend an hour with the Lord: Tues 3-4am, 1-2pm;Sat 4-5pm; Sun any hour 12noon-6pm. Ph 0851162668.
LECTURE "Offaly's Links To 1916, the Rising & Its Aftermath" -an overview of the years 1912/1920, by Dr. Philip McConway, Offaly History, Bury Quay, Monday 25, 8pm.
ARDEN ACTIVE AGE GROUP Mondays 3pm, Arden View Resource Centre. All welcome
BPW: Meeting, Bridge Hse, Wed 27, 8pm; speaker from The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing. All welcome. Admission €5.
ST MARY’S YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTRE: Bingo Fri, 8.15pm
C.N.G. PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sat 7 May.Ph 0877914828.
“LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” SEMINARS continuing Wed 27, Day Chapel, 7.30pm.Guest speakers weekly.
FAMILY CARERS: QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the Older Person & Safety & Health at Work Module, Wed 27 & Thurs 28; Irish Heart Foundation, Patient Moving & Handling and Challenging Behaviour Workshops. Details from training unit 05793 70221.
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA 11-18 Sept, 2017 (100th Anniversary) Deposit €100 must be paid before the 6TH MAY THIS YEAR, to secure a place for the special year 2017. Ph Anna 090482228.
LIAM LAWTON CONCERT Thurs 5 May, St Mary’s School, Edenderry, 8pm. Tickets available from Parish Centre.