24 March 2019
Bulletin

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Parish of the Assumption

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

3rd Sunday of Lent ~ 24th March 2019

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Fr. Luke Ohiemi C.C.
Sr. Genny Hassey
Sr. Margaret Burke    

MASS TIMES

Weekend Masses

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30a.m, 10.00a.m, 11.30am & 1.00p.m

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30a.m

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption:7.45a.m, 10.00a.m, 1.10p.m, 6.30p.m.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:Vigil 8.00pm

Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am (see changes for Lent)

Saturday 10.00am

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

CONFESSIONS

Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm

GET IN TOUCH

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.


RICH IN MERCY

We often hear the words “what did I do to deserve this?”.  The people who came to Jesus obviously thought the same thing – an avenging God was punishing them for something they did.  Jesus is rejecting this image of God our Father.  He tells us what the Father is like in the story of the Prodigal Son, or as Psalm 102 says, “God does not treat us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our faults”.

Jesus gives us a warning just the same.  How we live does matter.  It is not God who brings retribution, but we cause something to happen to us if we repeatedly refuse to change bad habits.  We become stuck in them and we become damaged.

Lent is a good opportunity to deliberately take a little time out and have a “heart to heart” talk with Jesus, asking Him honestly if there is something amiss in our life that is blocking our growth and causing us to become like the fig tree – fruitless!  If there is something we find very hard to change, we have only to ask for help. There is nothing he wants to do more.  As the psalm says, “It is he who forgives all your guilt and heals every one of your ills”. These lines show us the true face of Our Father.  He is the One who is indeed “Rich in Mercy”.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Reconciliation Day Friday 12th April.  Confessions available all day.

Mass for the Sick Monday 15th April, 2.00pm, Church of the Assumption.


LENT 2019

Weekday Masses:  7.30am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.

Evening Prayer for Lent continues every Sunday at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome.

Talks on Reading of Bible Tuesdays, 10.30am, Parish Centre

Stations of the Cross before 10.00am Mass, Monday-Friday.

Confessions Saturday 12.00-1.00pm and 3.00-4.00pm.


FOOTPRINTS THROUGH LENT - A Journey of hope to Easter

Friday 7.30pm Mass.This weeks speaker is Damien Richardson. Damien, his wife Mary and 11 children greeted the Pope in Croke Park, telling his story of addiction, hardship and faith.

He suffered from heroin addiction and attributes his life change to his faith. Please come and hear his powerful story. Music at the Mass will be by Simon Casey.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE APOSTLES

Jesus rejects the idea that personal misfortune is God’s punishment for sin. Yet a serious illness or accident can serve as a wake-up call for how we live our lives. How have such experiences given you a greater appreciation of the value of your life and relationships, and of the time and opportunities at your disposal?

‘I’ll wait till tomorrow to do that’. Have you ever said that and then found the chance is gone the next day? In the story we are called to recognise God at work in our lives and respond to Him. Now is the opportune moment. When have you been glad you did not put off action to the following day?

Perhaps there have been times when you saw yourself like the tree in the parable – useless, merely a waste of space, unable to achieve what you wanted. Think of friends who came to you at such a time, people who saw your potential and were prepared to give you another chance, people who also dug the soil around you and gave you the help you needed to grow. Perhaps in your turn you have been able to do this for others.

John Byrne osa, Intercom March 2019


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates Sun 5th May in Tullamore & Sun 12th May in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 17th April.

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. 


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 25     7.30  John McInerney, 66 Cloncollig

             10.00  Dolan Family, Meelaghans

           7.30pm  Dan & Brigid Molloy

Tues 26    7.30  Kathleen & Patrick Cronly

             10.00  Elizabeth & Bernard Cutler

          7.30pm  Mary, Mary Ann & Joe Farrelly

Wed 27     7.30  Our Lady’s Mass

           7.30pm  Peter Leonard, Ballinasragh

Fri 29      10.00  Anne Doyle

            7.30pm  Noelle Broderick Forde

Sun 31       8.30  Sean Cronly, 9 Kilbride St

               10.00  P J & Louisa Carragher

Shared Mass Sat 30, 10am:  Gorry Family; Jimmy Dooner; Richard & Nora Geoghegan & Finola Reynolds; Kevin Phelan, John & Christina Delaney; Billy & Maureen Quinlan; Patrick & Mary Quinn & Family & Nancy Enright; Anna & Jim Hogan & Family; Mary, Edward & Michael Conroy; Noel Boland; Mary & Gerry Fitzsimons; Sarah & Edward Kelly; Joseph & Kathleen Keegan; Michael & Gabriel O’Toole; Julia, Thomas, Mary Teresa & Geraldine Touhey; Teresa & Patrick Pender; Claire Walsh, Rody& Bridie O’Brien; Tommy & Teresa Glynn; John & Mary Robbins & Family & Delys Lynch; Maisie Heffernan; J J & John Carroll; Bernard & Mary Burke; James Condon; Madeline McHugh; Tullamore Rotary Club Remembrance Tree.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Jim Sheppard.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Lilly Tamaskovic who wasbaptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3357; Durrow €186; Envelopes €3205

Thank you for your continued support


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER,  OUR PARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996


COMMUNITY NOTICES 

MEDJUGORJE JULY 2019 – PARISH PILGRIMAGE: 23rd July for 7 nights.  Half board €719pps.  Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399, PJ Smyth 0868796190, Luke McNamee 0879113118.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit an hour with the Lord: Sat 10-11am, 1-2pm, 2-3pm, or any hour? Ph: 0851162668.

ROSARY FOR PROTECTION OF LIFE Mondays 7pm, Day Chapel.

EXPERIENCE GENTLE DANCE/MOVEMENT FOR MEDITATION & WELLBEING Thurs 28, Parish Centre, 7.15-8.45pm.  Donation €5 towards Parish Funds.

COLÁISTE CHOILM PARENTS’ ASSOC TABLE QUIZ Thurs 28, 8pm, in the school.  Spot prizes on the night.  Please support.

DAFFODIL DAY CAKE SALE:  Thanks to all who supported recent sale &raffle.  Total raised was €1366.90.

CANCER BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Programme commencing Thurs 28.  Ph 0579328268, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE, commencing 9 Apr. Details from Local Enterprise Office Offaly, 057 9357480 or visit website www.localenterprise.ie/Offaly.

“GERMAN TRAVEL WRITERS ON THE IRISH MIDLANDS, 1750-TODAY”: Illustrated lecture by Dr Joachim Fischer, Offaly History Centre, Mon25, 8pm.

TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Meeting Wed 27, Charleville Centre. Speaker on Herbs and their remedies. Contact Eileen 0871375125. Non-members welcome.

JACK & JILL CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION CHARITY SHOP:  Looking for volunteers. Contact Julie on 087258970

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR continues Wed, 8pm, Day Chapel All are welcome.

SHS READING PROGRAMME FUNDRAISER, Bridge House, Thurs Apr 4, 7pm, with Eleanor Shanley & band Garadice, SHS & Colaiste Choilm Groups. Tickets €10 from Bridge Hse and SHS. 

TULLAMORE TOWN LIBRARY offers a wide range of courses for all.  Details from  0579346832, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLYCOMMON TTC: Details on courses from 0579353177 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Lotto 18/3/19 3.8.14.21 Bonus 22

MERCY SECONDARY SCHOOL KILBEGGAN TRACTOR RUN Sun 17 Apr, 12.30pm.  Entry fee €25.  Ph 0874134467 or 0861766830 for more details.Organised by Parents’ Assoc.

 
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