Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ 30th AUGUST 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
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, Saturday 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. Phone: 0579321587
. Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;
Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.
Reception service 5-9pm. 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.
NO RESPECT FOR TRADITIONS
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is accused of ignoring “sacred” tradition. The Pharisees want to know why Jesus lets His followers eat without washing their hands. This has nothing to do with good hygiene but with ignoring the ceremonial washing and being considered “unclean” for this.
Once the ceremonial washing, up to the elbows, was required only for priests before entering the “Holy of Holies”. But by Jesus’ time, the ritual had to be observed before every meal and even between each course. The Pharisees thought the traditions of the oral law were as binding as those of the written Law. They expected Jesus to share their outlook. But, what Jesus did was to accuse them of being hyprocites – honouring God with lip service and human regulations.
“Uncleanness” is a matter of what comes from our human hearts. Jesus wasn’t interested in our diets but in your hearts’ condition. He is interested in what preoccupies us and what influences our choices and behavior. No outside law changes our hearts even though we might socially conform. Jesus began his preaching by inviting us to “Set your hearts first on the Kingdom of God”. He knew that when our hearts are centered on God we are free from a list of rules and regulations that could control our every move.
What Jesus said was bad news for a lot of His hearers because it contradicted all their honoured traditions. However, we call it “good news” Gospel, because it is a Word that frees us from endless regulations. BUT, it also challenges us to live a religion of the heart. We must work at having a heart for Jesus and His values – our real business as Christians.
NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE
A National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Knock in September. The Eucharistic Congress will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015 at the Co. Mayo shrine.
It is intended to be an opportunity to reflect on the fruits of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which was held in Dublin in 2012, and a spiritual preparation for the next International Congress, scheduled to take place in Cebu, Philippines, in January 2016.
PARISH FUNDS - “SHALOM TIDINGS”
“Shalom Tidings” is a bi-monthly Catholic magazine, featuring a variety of informative, reflective and inspirational articles and prayers. It is now available from the Parish Centre for a donation of €2 which will go towards the Parish Debt.
MEATH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
From the 12th to 17th September. There are some pilgrim places available. To book contact Pilgrimages Abroad.
DURROW CEMETERY SUNDAY
The blessing of graves in Durrow Cemetery will take place after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday 13th September.
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Certain sections of the Jewish people put great store on the importance of rules and conventions as a measure of the goodness of a person. Jesus challenges this view. How have you found that getting appearance right did not necessarily make you a good person?
Even fidelity in religious practice is not enough. ‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me’. How have you experienced the importance of carrying your faith beyond attendance at Mass on Sundays? When have you seen that in others? What brought this home to you?
‘It is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come’. It is also from within that good intentions come. We have choices. When have you been faced with the choice between good and evil? When did you realize the importance of accepting responsibility for your own life and choices? How has this helped your growth as a person?
John Byrne OSA, Intercom August 2015
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sun 6th, Sat 19th, Sat 26th Sept & Sun 4th Oct in Tullamore & Sun 11th Oct in Durrow.
The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 16 Sept. 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 31st 7.45 Keenahan Family
Tues 1st 7.45 Patrick Daly
10.00 Jim & Molly Plunkett, Clonminch
Wed 2nd 10.00 Peter & Frances Flanagan & Family
Thurs 3rd 7.45 Eileen Butler, Clontarf Road
10.00 Bernard Roche, 77 Thornsberry & John & Brigid Roche, Clontarf Road
Sat 5th 10.00 Michael & Mary Ann Wyer & Wyer Family; David Snr Waters & David Jnr Waters; Matthew & Kathleen Tyrrell, Mary Kate, Mickey Joe, Annie & Winnifred Kelly & Sr Celine Robinson, Denis & Elizabeth Galvin, James, Mary, Paddy & Dympna Brennan, Daniel, Anne, Sean, Michael & Marie Fox; Bernie & Maureen McGowan & Coughlan Family; Kieran McDonagh; Paddy McCabe; Mary & Tom Hassey, Iris Costello, Frs Pat & Tom Fallon & Colm Savage; Mary & Bernard Cuskelly; Stephen Fox & Grandparents; Dympna Costello; Kathleen Lynam; Wayne Martin; Dympna Lowbridge.
6.30 Fr. Willie Cleary, Months Mem
Sun 6th 8.30 William Bell, Hophill Grove
10.00 Liam Kirwan
11.30 Noel Weatherhead, Months Mem
Durrow Sun 6th John & Elizabeth Roe; Nóirín Gowran; Feehan Family; Brian & Joseph Bermingham; Lily, John & Ellen Sullivan; Paudge & Dehlia & Kelly Family; Michael & Agnes Wyer; Fr. Arthur, David Waters & Laura Dillon; Kathleen, Michael & Gerry Scully; Gino Michelli; Gussie Lambe.
We offer our sympathy to the families of Debbie Feery and Celia Freeman nee Burke.
Welcome to God’s family Sophia Ava Catherine White, Finn James Moyles, Miley Joe Padraig Deane, Michaela Delaney, Patrick Martin Buggy and Lauren Rose Tilley who was baptised recently.
Tullamore €3232; Envelopes €3244; Durrow €154
Thank you for your continued support
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE
FLOWER FESTIVAL: St Catherine’s Church, Hophill; Fri 4 & Sat 5, 11am-8pm, Sun 6, 11am-6pm, followed by Songs of Hope & Inspiration @ 7pm. Adm €10.
OFFALY SPCA’S ANNUAL DOG WALK: on Sun 30 Aug @ Charleville Estate (beside Heartworks) @ 4pm, entry fee €5.
DOCHAS: running a walking programme for cancer survivors. Information night Mon 31 Ballinamere Com Centre @ 7.30pm.
MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS: coffee morning in Parish Centre on Sept 1 after Mass.
1ST FRI & SAT DEVOTIONS TO THE UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY: on Fri 4 & Mass @ 7pm in the Parish Centre.
WELLBEING/MEDITATION GROUPS: will resume on Mon 31 at Parish Centre. Phone Carmel 087 6425786.
SECULAR FRANCISCAN MEETING: on Tue 1 Sept @ 7pm in Mercy Convent. New members welcome.
IRISH SOCIETY FOR AUTISM: wish to thank all who supported the recent Church Gate Collection which raised €1627.90.
HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE: on Thur 3 Sept @ 6.30p in the Day Chapel. All welcome.
RIADA HOUSE COMFORT FUND: holding their Annual Flag Days on Fri 4 & Sat 5. Please support.
ENGAGEMENT RING LOST: in the area of Bridge House & Dunnes Stores. If found please drop into Bridge House.
CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sun 13 Sept, commencing 2.30 pm. Celebrant - Bishop Brendan Leahy.
YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT: @ Mt. St. Joseph Abbey Roscrea on 18-20 Sept, ph 090 6481666 or
1ST SAT IN HONOUR OF OUR BLESSED LADY: 2pm Mass @ Ark Centre, 23 Mitchell Tce, Athlone on 5 Sept, ph 087 7828283.
LETS TALK ABOUT GOD & THE MEANING OF LIFE: at St Bridgets Parish Centre, Clara on Wed 2 and Wed 9 Sept @ 8pm.
CAR BOOT SALE: Sat 5 from 10-2pm Daingean GAA Grounds. Sellers car/van €20. Ph 087 2646034.