03 March 2015
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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

2nd Sunday of Lent ~ 1st March 2015

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

MASS TIMES

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. 

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.


THE TRANSFIGURATION

The second Sunday of Lent is always devoted to the mystery of the Transfiguration. The account of this event in today’s Gospel is familiar to us. Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. While there Moses and Elijah, who symbolise the Law and the Prophets, are seen to be in conversation with Jesus. The disciples witness this and another wonderful, but more frightening sight.

Jesus is transfigured before them. That is, Jesus underwent a dramatic change in appearance. His personal appearance was changed into a glorified form, and his clothing became “dazzlingly white”. The disciples see all of this. The purpose of the transfiguration of Christ into a glorified form was to allow his three disciples a greater insight and understanding of who he was.  

We know from Peter’s reaction and offer to make three tents that they did not then quite grasp the significance of the event. They saw Jesus as having something like the status of Moses and Elijah. They had not quite realised the deity of Christ, although they were edging towards this understanding.

Then a voice came from the cloud, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him”. Only Jesus remained. Moses and Elijah were gone. The law and the Prophets had given way to Jesus. The message could not have been more direct and clear. We must now listen to Jesus.  

What does it mean to listen to Jesus? Are you listening?


MASS TIMES FOR LENT

There are three daily Masses in the parish during Lent, Monday to Friday: 7.30am, 10.00am and 7.30pm.

Mass during the week is much shorter than Sunday, around twenty five minutes.

The Mass is the greatest of all prayers, as it is the prayer of Christ. For the rest of Lent, consider going to Mass every day.


LENTEN COURSE ON THE ROSARY

Continues in the Day Chapel,Friday 6th after 7.30pm Mass.  This week is concentrating on the Luminous Mysteries.


DAY OF PRAYER

World Day of Prayer, on Friday 6th March, in Presbyterian Church, High Street, at 8.00pm.  All welcome.


TULLAMORE PARISH SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN

We are committed to doing everything to create a safe and welcoming environment for our young parishioners.

For further information www.meathsafeguarding.ie or Diocesan delegates Ms Nuala McLoughlin 086 1574774 and Fr. Sean Henry P.P. 046 9431251 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


LITURGY GROUP

Meeting on Wednesday 11th at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.


YOUTH EVENT

Our 6th National Youth Conference takes place in St. Mary’s Youth Centre, Harbour St, on Saturday 21st March. Organised by J.P.P.C.,this is a faith/fun event open to young people from 6th class upwards.


THIS IS BEAUTIFUL

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.  As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life.  Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize that they vacated their seats. The train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:  We do not know at which station we will step down.  So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.  It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life. I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.  Reap success and give lots of love.  More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism datesare Sat 21st March & Sat 28th March inTullamore and Sun 12th April in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 18th March.

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 o.ACCORD alsoavailable for marriage and relationship counselling.


NB:  NOTICESFOR 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

Mon2nd      7.30am  Kathleen Breathnach

                10.00am  Ann Nancy McDonagh

                  7.30pm  John O’Connor, Church Street

Tue  3rd   10.00am  Annmarie Collins

                  7.30pm  Andrew & Margaret Hogan, Clara Rd

Wed  4th  10.00am  Thomas, Elizabeth & Francis Byrne

Thur5th   10.00am  Slater Family, Marian Place

                  7.30pm  Margaret Gunning

Sat 7th     10.00am  Laura Scully

                  6.30pm  Con O’Brien, Mon Mem

Sun 8th       8.30am Joe Hughes

                 10.00am  Paddy & Kathleen Cunningham, relatives & friends, Kilbride Street

                 11.30am  Nicholas Molloy, 1st Ann

                   1.00pm  Martin Bernard Rattigan 1st Ann

You are reminded that 6.30pm Vigil, 11.30am & 1.00pm Masses are for Months Memories and 1st Anniversaries only.

Shared Masses:  The next available Shared Masses are on Sat 14thMarch in Tullamore & Sun 3rd May in Durrow.  When booking intentions into these Masses please make sure you haven’t included your loved ones already.  These Masses are for the anniversary of death only.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Son Cleary, Margaret Waters & Mary Egan.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Barry James Tighe, Ellie May Malone, Cian Kenneth Usher, Andrew Henry Lee, Ava Rose Kavanagh, David Patrick Bermingham, Alison Mary Ryan & Cara Jane Hinch who werebaptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3421; Envelopes €2390

Durrow €142

Thank you for your continued support


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


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA, 30 July-6 Aug.  €699 full board.Ph Fr John Nally 0874114450, Pat Kidney 0863192399/0579352553, P J Smyth 0868796190.

OSPCA: Table Quiz, Fri 6, Characters Bar, 8.30pm.  Table of 4 €40.All proceeds go directly to animal care.

DOCHAS BUTTONS & BOWES EVENT:  Tullamore Court Hotel,Sun 1, 12noon-5pm.  Admission €5.All proceeds in aid of Dochas.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS:  Meeting, 7.30pm, Tues 3, Convent of Mercy.

LIVING LINKS:  Coffee morning, Tues 3, Parish Centre, 10.30am.

1ST FRI & SAT DEVOTIONS TO THE UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY:  Fri 6, Rosary, etc, Parish Centre,6.15pm; Mass in Church, 7.30pm; concludes, Parish Centre, 9.30pm.

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION ANNUAL STROKE SURVIVOR CONFERENCE:  Mar 26, Croke Park, Dublin 3. Registration essential.  See www.stroke.ie or call Emma-Jane 01 6346925.

DOCHAS:  Offaly Cancer Support Group, drop-in Centre, Offaly St, Mon–Thurs, 10am–2pm.Ph 0579328268

HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE:  Thurs 5, 6.30pm, Day Chapel.  Everyone welcome.

TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB:  Talk, “Strictly Plants”, Wed 4, 8pm, Tullamore Court Hotel.  Ph Eileen 0579352312.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE -for people who have suffered loss of a spouse by death or separation/divorce, 6-8 Mar, Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry.   Ph 0879384445/0861647970.

TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT SPRING HOLIDAY: Celtic Ross Hotel Cork 20-25 Apr. PhBenny 087 2146172 or 057 9351295.

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICE:  International Women’s Day Brunch Thurs 5, Central Hotel,12.45-2pm, Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 0579351796.

POWER4GOOD – supporting people in Zambia with disability – looking for volunteers for their shop; also items for shop.  PhMolly 0872914302

CARERS ASSOC:QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training, 26 Mar; one day workshop Challenging Behaviour.   Ph0579370221.

JACK & THE BEANSTALK presented by Tullamore Youth Theatre, GAA Centre 13-15. Booking at 0851886115 /0876419279.Part-proceeds to Parish Funds.Adults €10; Child/OAP €7.

 
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