Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 21st September 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.
A WONDERFUL GENEROSITY
The parable in today’s Gospel is one that bothers many of us – it doesn’t seem fair that those working a few hours should get the same wage as those who were there from dawn. We think of it as unjust but the lesson here is not justice – it’s about a generosity we can’t really understand.
We can all be jealous or envious at times, depending on our circumstances. The trick is to appreciate all that we have been given in life and not to allow feelings of “poor me/us” to control us. It is this attitude of gratitude that Jesus tries to instill in the full day workers (and in us). Which of us wouldn’t be delighted to receive a full day’s pay for a few hours work? What keeps us from realising that our lives are actually a series of such gifts?
This parable, like so many others, challenges us to see the reign of God in a different way from the way we see our everyday world. We are invited, through this story, to recognise and acknowledge God’s goodness to us and to accept that God is equally generous with all our brothers and sisters.
Do I let envy fill my mind and heart? Or do I know and appreciate my own unique contributions to the Kingdom of God?
The Parish of Tullamore is committed to ensuring that best practice safeguarding children standards are being implemented, so that we can ensure the safety and well-being of our children, young people and the adults who work with them. Over the next few weeks, consent forms and volunteer forms will be distributed to all groups. If you need advice about these forms or other policy issues, please feel free to contact local safeguarding reps, 0579326604.
GÁRDA CHOIR CONCERT
A parish fundraising concert, featuring the Gárda Choir and the Sacred Heart School Choir, will take place on Friday 24th October, in the Church of the Assumption. Tickets priced at €10 now available from the Parish Centre.
NEW ALPHA BEGINS
Both Popes Francis & Benedict invite us Christians to encounter the person of Jesus Christ. But what does that mean? How can we encounter him? Would you like to explore these questions?
The first session the new Alpha series begins with “Who is Jesus?” on Monday 22nd, at 8.00pm in the Day Chapel. Everyone is invited.
PARISH MISSION “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL” MON 29TH - FRI 3RD
Pope Francis has asked us to be messengers of "the joy of the Gospel." This is the theme for the annual Mission in honour of the Little Flower; St Therese. Each evening at 7.30 a different speaker will share their ideas on the joy that is found in our relationship with Jesus:
Monday “Joy in Sickness”: Brenda Drumm, Catholic Communications office, Maynooth, shares her experience of cancer.
Tuesday “The Joy of Youth”: Jonny Somerville, youth worker based in Dublin,who is a wonderful communicator of God's love.
Wednesday “The Joy of Marriage”: Stephen Cummins, former director of ACCORD, reflects on marriage - the joys and sorrows.
Thursday “The Joy of Hope”: Cindy O'Connor, CEO of Pieta House, shares on mental health and self- harm, especially in young people.
Friday “Mary - The Cause of our Joy - Holy Mary, Mother of God”: Fr John Walsh OP, will speak about Our Lady and her mother's love she has for us all.
Mission prayers at all Masses during the week, with the speaker at the 7.30 evening Mass.
Father, almighty and ever living God, You are the source of all life and love.
You created all things and you fill the Earth with your joy.
You sent your Son, born of the Virgin, to show us the depths of Your love.
On the Cross, He washed away our sins.
Rising from the dead, the disciples rejoiced, seeing the Lord.
He sent the Holy Spirit to make our hearts beat with the joy of your love.
Help us to be witnesses to the joy of your Son's Gospel.
We thank you for your blessings. May joy always fill our hearts - even when life is difficult -knowing that we are your sons and daughters.
During this Mission, we ask you to hear our prayers (silently offer your intention).
Like St Therese, may your love be the joy of our lives.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER AND PETITION
“DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND PETITION WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD” (Philippians 4:6)
A Petition Box has been placed near the Altar for your prayers and petitions. The young people of the parish have committed to opening this box every Sunday evening, at their Youth Group, and praying for your special intention. They will also remember you in their prayers for the coming week. Prayer cards can be located on the tables around the church. Confidentiality is respected at all times.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are on: Sat 18th, Sat 25thOct & Sun 2nd & Sat15th Nov in Tullamore; Sun 9th Nov in Durrow.
The pre-baptism meeting for this is on Wednesday 15th Oct. 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 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.
Mon 22: 10.00 Michael & Mary Ann Wyer
Tues 23: 10.00 John Connolly, Arden View
Wed 24: 10.00 Linda Cuskelly, 98 O’Molloy St
Thurs 25: 10.00 Michael White, Pearse Park
Fri 26: 10.00 Mary Kate, Paddy, Tom & Mick Mahon, Moylena
Sat 27: 10.00 John & May McKenna, Spollenstown
Sun 28: 10.00 Michael & baby Patrick McDonald & Family, Ballycowan
1.00 Catherine Lynam, 1st Ann
You are reminded that 6.30pm Vigil, 11.30am & 1.00pm Masses are for Months Memories and 1st Anniversaries only.
Durrow: Sun 28 Tom McEvoy, Doorey, 1st Ann
Shared Masses: The next available Shared Masses are on Sat 4 & Sat 25th Oct in Tullamore & Sun 5th Oct 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.
We offer our sympathy to the family of Betty Martin Cullen
Tullamore €2942; Envelopes €2180
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP LTD: Meeting Tues 23, Parish Centre, Benburb St, 7.30pm. Talk by Dr Sheils, Consultant Cardiologist.
TULLAMORE CHILD CONTACT CENTRE – for children of separated families to spend time with their parents – Presbyterian Church, High St. Free & by appointment only. For more details ph Julie 0860773465.
PADRE PIO GROUP: Mass Tues 23, 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption. All welcome.
RIADA HOUSE COMFORT FUND: Thanks to collectors & contributors who supported our recent flag days.
COFFEE MORNING FOR CEOLIACS: Sat 27, Court Hotel, 10.45am. Ph 0872563439.
READY: Dinner & Dance, Maunsells, Sun 28, 7.30pm. All welcome. To book ph 9341235.
GRAMOPHONE SOCIETY: Fortnightly meetings resume, Thurs 25, 8pm, Court Hotel.
ILLUSTRATED LECTURE “The Contradictions of Irish Capital Punishment 1923-2001”, Mon 22, 8pm, OHAS, Bury Quay.
TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Meeting Thurs 25, 8pm, Court Hotel. Talk by Andrew Humphries, Wollerton Old Hall Gardens, England – one of three talks in Ireland. Non-members welcome. Contact Eileen 9352312.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES: Ladybirds (5-7yrs) resume 10 Oct. More details from Jean, 0858876522.
DOCHAS; Offaly Cancer Support Group Drop-in Centre, Offaly St, Mon-Thur 10am-2pm. Bereavement Support group Mon, 7pm. Phone 9328268.
SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICE: Church gate collection next weekend, Sat 16/Sun 17. Please support.