Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 24th August 2014
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.
“WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM”
We begin today with a very profound question asked by Jesus himself of Peter. He was not looking for a personality profile or the human expectations of the response to that question. Peter’s answer was a confession of faith. It was not from his own knowledge that he knew Jesus as Son of God but through a revelation given him by God.
Jesus said to Peter, “it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in Heaven”. (Mt 16:17). Faith is a gift that is only developed by prayer and by making God a priority in our lives and drawing us completely to Him.
This is a Gospel call today to ask for the gift of faith and to nurture it daily. We are all called to build the kingdom of God but how can we if we are not committed to Him by striving to deepen our faith. We thank God today for using us, you and me, and entrusting us with this life’s work, in his great wisdom. Help us to respond to the question in today’s Gospel like Peter “you are Christ the Son of the living God”. (Mt 16:16).
FAMILY MASS CHOIR
Practice for Family Mass Choir on Thurs 27th Aug at 6pm in Parish Centre. Can all members please attend.
The Parish Centre is now available for catering after funerals. Contact Tom on 9321587 or 086 0547266.
FOR THE DIARY
Fri 26th October Garda Choir performing in Tullamore Church. Further details will follow.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION
On Thurs 4th Sept Sr. Jenny celebrates the Golden Jubilee of her Religious Profession. Mass will be celebrated in the Parish Church at 7.30pm followed by a cup of tea in the Parish Centre. All welcome. No gifts, your presence will be your gift.
Calling young people from 6th class to 6th year. J. Unit recommences on Sun 7th Sept from 7pm to 8pm in the Day Chapel. All welcome.
REAR A CALF SCHEME
Our rear a calf scheme has commenced and we now have a few local farmers rearing a calf for the Parish. If you wish to become involved in either rearing a calf or donating a calf to the Parish please contact Tom in the Parish Centre on 9321587 or 086 0547266.
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL
This marks a turning point in the life of Jesus, and of the disciples. It is the first time that his disciples recognize him as the Messiah. Recall turning points in your own life when you came to some deeper understanding of who Jesus is. ‘Who do you say that I am?’. This is possibly the most important question that Jesus puts to us. In your heart of hearts, how do you answer this question? Jesus praises Peter for his faith and comments that this was not his own doing but a gift of God. Perhaps there have been times when you have been more than usually conscious that faith is a gift. Be thankful for the gift you have received. These are troubled times for the Church and the promise of Jesus that ‘the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it’ are an encouragement. What helps you to draw strength from this promise of Jesus? What signs of hope do you see in the Church today?
John Byrne OSA, Intercom July/August 2014
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 20th Sept, Sat 27th Sept, Sun 5th Oct in Tullamore and Sun 12th Oct in Durrow.
The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 17th 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 25th 7.45am Brigid & Percy McCabe
10.00am John, Kitty & Christy Cutler, 104 O Molloy St
Tue 26th 7.45am Annie & Patrick Mooney
10.00am Mary McCormack
Wed 27th 7.45am Patrick & Nellie Kelly, Charleville Road
10.00am Leonie Conroy
Thur 28th 7.45am Keenahan Family
10.00am Patrick Rattigan
Fri 29th 10.00am Betty Lee & Lee Family, O’Brien Street
Sat 30th 10.00am Annie Heffernan, Convent View
6.30pm Anne Scully Months Mem
Sun 31st 8.30am Dympna Costello
10.00am John Clifford
11.30am Bob Graham Ballyduff & Bradford Mon Mem
1.00pm Bridget Tyrrell, 204 Arden View Mon Mem
Durrow Sun 31st Helen Robbins 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 Sun 7th Sept 11.30am, in Durrow & Saturday 20th September, 10.00am in Tullamore. 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.
We offer our sympathy to the families of Patti Boland nee Clavin, Susan Guinan and Pascal Gorman.
Welcome to God’s family Kelly Leah Lawless, Layton Lee Mills, Cian James Clancy, Ciara Rita Duffy, Eileen Mairead Casey, Emma Kasey Colton and Alex Thornton who were baptized recently.
Tullamore €1960; Durrow €111; Envelopes €1745
Holyday Tullamore €1664;
Cemetery Sunday €6543
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
DOCHAS: Offaly Cancer Support Group drop in Centre, Offaly St. Offices closed until 1st Sept. Phone support 057 9328268.
OSPCA: 3km dog walk in Charleville Estate today Sun 24th Aug at 4pm €5 euro entry fee. Please support.
TARA: No meetings for month of August. Next meeting is on Wed 3 Sept at 3pm in Forresters Hall. Games & Exercise on 8th Sept in Darmagh Hall at 2.30pm. 4 night break, Glass House Hotel, Sligo Mon 22-Fri 26 Sept. Ph Benny 057 9351295/087 2146172.
SACRED DANCE & MEDITATIVE MOVEMENT: gentle dance & movement for well being on Thurs 28 Aug 7.30pm-9pm Parish Centre. Ph Carmel 087 6425786. Donation of €5 to Parish Centre.
8TH NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sun 14th Sept. Blessing of the sick 2.30pm Mass 3pm. Ph 098 24877 email
JIGSAW OFFALY: provides free and confidential mental health supports for young people 12-25 years in Offaly. Please contact 057 93 53871 for further information.
SOSAD TULLAMORE: walk on 12th Sept at 6pm from Burlinton Business Park €12 registration or free when reg for sponsorship card. For more info 057 9346704.
TULLAMORE JUNIOR HOCKEY CLUB: Registration for 2014/2015 season in Rugby Club, Tullamore on 31st Aug from 11am to 1pm. Players boys & girls from 5th class to 6th year are invited. Email www.tullamorehockeyclub.ie
GROW GROUP: meets every Thurs at 2.30pm National Learning Network, Tanyard, Tullamore, phone Assumpta 086 8114135.
MENS GROUP TARA CRESCENT: Stained Glass Art hobby course in Teach Tara, Tara Crescent, Clonminch on Thurs 11th Sept 11.00am to 1.00pm. 10 places available.
PUTTAUGHAN COMMUNITY CENTRE: FETAC level 3 Machine Sewing Class in mid Sept on Mon and Thurs. Priority to those on a Social Welfare Payment.
TEACH MHUIRE PRAYING COMMUNITY: mass for healing Tue 2nd Sept at 8pm St. Paul’s Church Emo, Portlaoise. Ph 086 8157305
CARERS ASSOCIATION: Legislative Patient Moving & Handling also 1 day training programmes i.e. Diabetes, Challenging Behaviour, Infection, prevention & control training contact training unit on 057 9322920 for more info. A support group meeting will be held on Fri 29th Aug between 11am and 12.30pm.