28 March 2017


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
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19th March 2017

~3rd Sunday of Lent

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  


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: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Vigil 8.00pm

Weekday Masses 

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am


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


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore

Phone: 0579321587

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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.


In today’s readings there are references to thirst, to God’s faithfulness and belief in God. The Jewish people are “tormented by thirst” in the desert. They begin to doubt the Lord’s faithfulness. Only when Moses prays and God works a marvel – water flows from the rock – is their faith restored. They know then that the Lord is with them, in their midst, and enduring and life-saving presence.

Jesus himself is tired and thirsty when he sits down by the well at Sychar, where he meets the Samaritan woman of ill-repute. She engages with Jesus in a rather playful way about water and then, because of the hidden things he reveals about her, her faith in him gradually develops.

The Jews in the desert, in spite of the great wonders God had worked for them already, were doubters. They were grumpy and complaining. The Samaritan woman was a sinful person, not well regarded by the Jews. But their faith became a personal exchange with God. In the case of the Samaritan woman, and later her townspeople, Jesus is recognized for who he is – the Saviour of the world.

Jesus hungers and thirsts for us.  Like the Samaritan woman, we also must thirst for Him. He is a source of the living water, the love he has for us. As St Paul says, “the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit”. Our faith in Jesus frees us to look forward to God’s glory. Like the Samaritan people of Sychar, we know that Jesus really is the Saviour of the world.

LENT 2017

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

Evening Prayer for Lent continues this Sunday, 19th, at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome.

Monday Evenings in Lent 

Every Monday evening this Lent we have a guest speaker to lead us in prayer and reflection. This week we welcome Jim Browne, a layman from Co Mayo, who has dedicated his life to establishing prayer groups.  He has a wonderful insight into Scripture and Faith. Mass begins at 7.30 and concludes with Lenten devotions and Benediction. 


John 4:5-42

Jesus leads the woman along a wonderful journey towards a deeper, fuller human life. You can enter the story from the perspective of the woman. Recognise her resistance to growth, her complacency, her evasions, and her eventual acceptance, partial though it was, of Jesus. When have you, or others, made a similar journey in your relationship with God?  With others?With your own self?

The woman is attracted by what Jesus is saying, but from very human motives: the thought of having water in such a way that she did not have to come and draw it from the well.  We too are attracted to Jesus by very mixed motives, some of them matters of personal interest – belonging, community, security.  What have been the human motives that have attracted you to faith, prayer, religion, church and which have been stepping stones to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus?  Perhaps we can also see the same movement in the growth of some of our human relationships.

You can also enter the story with Jesus, the ideal leader, parent, teacher, or spiritual guide.  Notice how he meets the woman where she is, needing her assistance; how he is patient with her, but also challenges her to grow to what she is capable of. John Byrne osa, Intercom March 2017

Second National Collection for the World Meeting of Families 2018

Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway.

Hosting this important event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding.

In this regard a second national collection will be held on the weekend of 1 and 2 April 2017. Your support for this collection would be greatly appreciated.


The next available Baptism datesareSun 7th May in Tullamore and Sun 14th May in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for this date is on Wed 19thApril.

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.


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.


Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations& clubs included.


Mon 20         7.30  Josephine Martin

                  10.00  Mauro & Mario Tagle

                    7.30  Mossie Mahon & Parents

Tues 21      10.00  Joan Nicholson, 202 Arden View, Mon Mem

                  7.30  Betty & Harry Egan, Clonminch

Wed 22      10.00  Dolan Family, Meelaghans

                  7.30  Peter Leonard, Ballinasragh

Thurs 23    10.00  Angela Bohane

                  7.30  Michael & May Moore, Convent Rd

Fri 24         10.00  Mary Anne, Mary & Joe Farrelly

                   7.30  Claire Walsh

Sat 25           6.30  Jim Corbett, 1st Ann

Sun26           8.30  Dan, Maureen & Rosaleen Cleary & Family, Ballinamere

                  10.00  Sean Cronly

                 11.30  Philip Hyland, Mon Mem

                    1.00  Norman Conway, 1st Ann

Shared Mass Sat 25, 10am: Jack & Lily Berry; Joe Deevy; Gorry Family; Mary Frances & James Bracken; Maisie Heffernan; O’Brien Family; Paddy, Mai & Josephine Slattery; Con & Charlies O’Brien; Jimmy Dooner; Julia, Thomas, Mary Teresa & Geraldine Touhey; Denis Harte; Mary Brigid Dwane; Patrick & Teresa Pender; Richie & Nora Geoghegan &Finola Reynolds; Patrick, Catherine & Liam Whitney; JJ & John Carroll; Pat & Mary Quinn, Nancy Enright & Quinn Family; Betty, Eddie & John Thomas; Thomas & Teresa Glynn; Laurence & Elizabeth Lynam& Family; Sean Horan; Mary, James, Michael & PJ Dempsey & Family, Ettie, Maureen & Kathleen Kelly & Family & Nora Mahon & Family; Anne & Jim Hogan & Family; Mary, Edward & Michael Conroy; Mary & Gerry Fitzimons; Sarah & Edward Kelly; Noel Boland; Peter Vickers & Family; Michael & Gabrielle O’Toole; Kevin Phelan, John & Christina Delaney; Peter & Kathleen Daly; Buckley Family, Cathy &Dinny Morris; William J & Delia Keegan & Family

DURROW Sun 26:  Tom Bracken, 1st Ann & Bracken Family, Tara


We offer our sympathy to the family of Chris Glennon


Welcome to God’s Family Alistair Peter Bannon& Leah Michelle Wallace who werebaptised recently.


Tullamore €3877; Durrow €227; Envelopes €3103.  Thank you.



PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:Can you spend an hour to sit with the Lord: Sun 4-5am (urgent), 5-6pm; Mon 2-3pm;Tues 2-3pm; Wed 4-5pm; Thurs 2-3pm?Ph 0851162668.

DURROW HALL:  Meeting re improvements to hall, Thurs 23, 8pm in Durrow Hall.

MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP LTD:  Meeting Tues 21, 7.30pm, Parish Centre.  Guest speaker in attendance.

TULLAMORE PHOENIX MARKET - supporting local charities, Saturday, 10am-3pm, Kilcruttin. Ph 0879050910 for details.

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB:  Open Meeting, Wed 22, 8pm, Bridge House.Speaker:Brenda Kiernan President Tullamore Show. All welcome.Admission €5.

READY:  Dinner & Social, Sun 19, Maunsells, 8pm sharp.  Booking at 9341232/0877625463.

FRIENDS OF CHERNOBYL CHILDREN TULLAMORE:  Host families wanted for summer.If interested phone Mary 087 0635232/Alma 086 3857374 on or before Mon 20 Mar.

ROSARY for new evangelisation, Saturdays, after Vigil Mass.

MEDITATION:  Mondays, 7-8pm, Parish Centre.  All welcome.

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES:  Led by Bishop Smith, 12-17 Sept.  Section for sick pilgrims.Contact Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, 164 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, 01-6359300.  Youth section, 18-30 years.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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