Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
SUNDAY ~ 29th NOVEMBER 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
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.
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING!
Most things in life are cyclical and the life of the church is no different. Today marks the beginning of a “new” cycle in the church year with the season of Advent. During this period we prepare to recall and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Once again we get the opportunity to renew, revitalise, recommit and as St. Paul says “make more and more progress in the kind of life that we are meant to live”. Advent allows us time to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually to allow Christ into our minds and hearts. It is only by modelling our lives on that of the Christ child that our spirits will experience true and real freedom.
The readings today present us with a contrast. The gospel is one of negativity with the world collapsing around the people with “nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves”. On the other hand, St. Paul in his message to the Thessalonians, is more upbeat and positive. His message, sourced in Christ, is based quite simply on love. As Paul wrote “may the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race”. Let us use these early days of Advent to follow Paul’s advice.
TULLAMORE PARISH LOOKS FORWARD TO ORDINATION
December 6th will be a day of great significance for Tullamore Parish when Noel Weir, Clonminch, will be ordained to the priesthood. This is the third ordination for the Diocese of Meath in the Church of the Assumption, the previous two being Rev. Seamus Houlihan in 1993 and Rev. Tony Gonoude in 2007. Noel attended ScoilBhride and Tullamore College after which he trained as a mechanic. After a number of years working in Hewlett Packard, he began his studies for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He was ordained deacon, the last step towards priesthood, in May and since then has been based in Navan Parish.
The ceremony of Ordination takes place 3.00pm on Sunday 6th. The celebrant of the Mass will be Most Rev Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath. Noel will offer his First Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday December 7th at 6.30pm, the Vigil Mass of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. A combined choir will provide the music for the Ordination Mass. Music for the First Mass is provided by the Le Cheile choir. All are very welcome to attend both ceremonies. The First Mass will be followed by a parish reception in St. Mary’s Youth Centre.
“SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS”
In the Day Chapel after all Masses this weekend – organised by the young people of our parish –to raise funds for parish youth programmes.
EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT
Evening Prayer for Advent starts this evening at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption. All are welcome.
AN INVITATION TO PRAY
Lectio Divina will run in the Day Chapel after the 10.00am Mass, on the Tuesdays of Advent. All are welcome.
OPENING AND BLESSING OF DURROW NS
St. Colmcille's N.S. Durrow will hold an Opening and Blessing of the completed School on Tuesday December 8th.
Bishop Michael Smith will say Mass in Durrow Church at 10.00am, followed by the Blessing and official Opening of the extended School. Refreshments will then be served in new Gym of the school. Over the past seven years Durrow School has gradually grown from four classrooms to its present size of eight classrooms with a new Gym and additional rooms for Learning Support and other ancillary services. This work was completed in time for the opening of the School in September. It is not proposed to extend the School beyond its present size, and it is now suited to the needs of the community of Durrow.
All families in Durrow area are invited to attend our celebration. Past pupils of the School will be especially welcome.
Please note that this Mass on December 8th will be the only Mass in Durrow for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. All who attend this Mass are invited to the School opening afterwards.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
‘Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still; be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary, yet is wondrously present.’
- Edward Hays ‘A Pilgrim’s Almanac’
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 19th Dec &Sat 16th Jan in Tullamore; Sun 27th Dec & Sun 10th Jan in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed16thDec.
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 30 7.45 Rody Larkin, William St
10.00 Burke & Keran Families
Tues 1 7.45 John ‘Mick’ McEvoy
10.00 Patrick Murtagh
Wed 2 7.45 Walsh & Meehan Families
10.00 Paddy & Mary Kate Mahon
Thurs 3 7.45 Michael & Catherine Cleary, Henry St
10.00 Stan & Mona Wrafter
Sat 5 6.30 Oliver Burke, 1st Ann; Tom, Annie, Tom Jnr, Mick, Pat & Frank Burke
Sun6 8.30 SallyCronly
10.00 Margaret Bryant
11.30 Declan Kelly, Mon Mem
1.00 Laura Heffernan, Mon Mem
Shared Mass Sat 5, 10am: Gladys, Maura & Kevin Adams; Gladys & Michael Lawlor; Patrick McDonagh; Billy Brennan; Louise & John McCabe; Christopher & Bridget Geoghegan; Esther, Michael & PJ Grogan; Christopher & Mary Hughes; Francis Adcock; Frank Nihill& Family; Michael Quinlan & Family; Betty Lee & Family; O’Neill & Adams Families; Martin, Rose & Thomas Fenlon; Nancy McNamara; Ciaran Mulligan & Victoria Ritson; Mulligan & Kearney Families; Frs Joe & Robert Kelly; Donal Beatty; John & Annie Carroll; John McInerney; Brian O’Connor; Thomas, Catherine & Bridie Murphy; Mary Frances & James Bracken & Family; James Minnock, 1st Ann; John Smyth; Murray Family; Michael Murray; O’Loughlin Family; Patrick & Maisie Davis; Kathy Forrestal & Family; Eileen & David McEvoy; Mary, Paul & Trevor Moore & Quinn Family.
Durrow Sun 6:Liam Walsh; William, Tracey & Teresa Keenan; Julia McDermott; Hugh Murray; Joseph & Marcella Troy; Tess, Matt &Ailish Flynn; Matt & Una Grennan; John Molloy.
Tullamore €3631; Durrow €203; Envelopes €2325
Thank you for your continued support
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST,1996
ST VINCENT DE PAUL ANNUAL CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONthis weekend. Please support.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION IN HOSPITAL CHAPEL:People urgently needed for Mon 5-6am; Sat: 2-3am; 3-4am & 4-5am.Ph 0851162668.
HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE Thurs 3, 6.30pm, Day Chapel. All are welcome.
1ST FRI & SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY: Fri 4, Parish Centre. Rosary 6.15pm; Mass 7pm. All welcome.
MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS COFFEE MORNING Tues 1, Parish Centre, after 10am Mass.
PUTTAGHAUN COMMUNITY CENTRE:Crochet classes, Fri 11-1 Ph 0894156163; Art classes, Sat mornings, ph 087 6610274.
CAROL SERVICEfeaturingMeath Diocesan Choir &Kilbeggan Choir, Sun 6, 7pm,Kilbeggan Church, in aid of Church Renovation Fund.Tickets €10, with under 16’s free. Light refreshments after Service in Parish Centre. All welcome.
AN EXCITING SUMMER IN 2016: Last week Ireland booked a place in Euro '16. So next summer already promises much excitement.Why not make it even better by booking a place on the bus to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland! WYD is a gathering of young Catholics from around the world with Pope Francis in July 2016. It is for young people (18-35) who wish to deepen, share and celebrate their faith. To travel with the Diocese of Meath for this amazing event, please find information and booking forms available on www.dioceseofmeath.ie/youth