Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 2nd March 2014
Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Msgr. Sean Heaney
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr. Seamus O'Connor SSC
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, 7.30pm.
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 Counselling, etc. For appointment,ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.
DON’T WORRY – TRUST IN THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD
St Matthew continues to encourage and strengthen us in our Christian discipleship. His message is clear and unambiguous, “you cannot serve God and mammon.” As disciples and followers of Christ we cannot have a divided loyalty. Jesus’ concern is our attitude towards material possessions and how we prioritise them in our lives. Money and power will never provide us with total security and peace of mind. This comes from our unequivocal faith and trust in Jesus and the boundless love he has shown us. There is a big difference between being a practising Christian and a committed Christian. We should at all times place our trust in God’s loving providence. Once we have Jesus as the “priority” in our lives then He will give us the inner strength and support to cope with our daily lives. So today we remind ourselves to live each day fully, put aside our failures of yesterday and let us face the challenges of tomorrow only when it becomes today!
PARKING IN CHURCH GROUNDS
Once again we remind you that parking in the Church grounds is only for people with special needs attending Church ceremonies. You are also reminded that the barrier at the gate closes automatically at 11.30am. There is ample parking in Parish Car Park across the road, beside the Parochial House.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
The Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place 11th -16th June. The Spiritual Director will be Fr Shane Crombie CC with spiritual music from Shalom Folk Choir. The cost is €729. Deposits are still being accepted. To book contact Jo 086 6615733; Pat 086 3192399; Carthy 087 6799177; Tom 086 0547266 or any choir member.
BALLINAMERE CONFIRMATION PARENTS/GUARDIANS
There will be a meeting for our Confirmation parents/guardians from Ballinamere NS on Monday 3rd at 7.30pm in the school hall.
HOLY SEASON OF LENT
Wednesday next, 5th, is Ash Wednesday. Masses, with blessing and distribution of Ashes, will be at 7.30am, 10.00am, 1.10pmand 7.30pm.
For the rest of Lent, weekday Masses will be at 7.30am, 10.00am & 7.30pm. There will also be an extra Mass in Durrow on Mondays at 9.30am.
Friday willFamily Fast Day. Friday is a day of penance, because it is the day Jesus died. This year we are all encouraged to do some real penance on Friday; nothing that will hurt, but something that can be felt!! There will be Exposition all day in the Parish Church. There will also be a “Prayer Round the Cross” (Taize Style) from 1.00-2.00pm.
Trócaire boxes will be available in both Churches.
ST PATRICK’S DAY
Mass times for St Patrick’s Day will be as follows:
Vigil (Sunday) 6.30pm; 8.30am, 10.00am & 11.30am. (No 1.00pm or 7.30pm)
Durrow will be at the earlier time of 9.30am.
Parish St Patrick’s Day Cards:Special Parish St Patrick’s Day Mass Cards will be available in the Parish Centre from tomorrow, Monday 3. The intentions on these cards will be offered at all the Masses on St Patrick’s Day.
1st Year students from Colaiste Choilm will be on retreat this week and next. Please remember them in your prayers.
The Holy Spirit Day will take place on Saturday 8th March. All are welcome. Please contact Sr Genny at the parish centre.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year’s World Day of Prayer will be in the Methodist Church, Church St, on Friday 7th at8.00pm. This year's service is written by the women of Egypt and is entitled Streams in the Desert.All women & men are welcome to the short service & a cuppa afterwards.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are on: Sun 6th Apr & Easter Sun 20th Apr in Tullamore Church; Easter Sun 20thApr in Durrow Church. The pre-baptism meeting for these is on Wednesday 19thMar. 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 3: 7.45 Kathleen Breathnach
10.00 Nancy McDonagh
Tues 4: 7.45 Patrick & Isabelle Doherty, Harbour St
10.00 Christopher Snr, Mary & Christopher Jnr Whelan
Wed 5: 7.30 Thomas, Lily & Francis Byrne
10.00 Andrew & Margaret Hogan, Clara Rd
7.30pm Margaret Gunning
Thurs 6: 7.30 Edward & Christina Davis, EmmetTce
10.00 Slater Family, Marian Place
7.30pm Laura Scully
Sat 8: 10.00 Mary & Peter Duffy, Marian Place
6.30 Maddie Carty, Mon Mem
Sun9: 8.30 William & Kathleen Pyke
11.30 Pat Lee, 1st Ann
1.00 May McArdle, 1st Ann
You are reminded that 6.30pm Vigil, 11.30am & 1.00pm Masses are for Months Memories and 1st Anniversaries only.
Durrow Sun 9: Micheál Ó Carra, Mon Mem
Shared Masses: The next available Shared Masses are onSunday 6 Apr, 11.30am in Durrow& Saturday 3rd May, 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 Marcella Horan, Nonie Power, May Colgan.
Welcome to God’s family Jack Des Smyth, Catherine Anne Keeney, Bradley Martin Ward & Jakub Orlowski who were baptised recently.
Tullamore €3417; Durrow €182; Envelopes €3192
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:Ph 9321232
SECULAR FRANCISCANS: Meeting Tues 4, 7pm, Mercy Convent. New members welcome.
1ST FRI & SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY Fri 7, Parish Centre, after 7.30pm Mass in the Church. All welcome
HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE Thurs 6, Day Chapel, 6.30pm. All welcome.
TULLAMORE TIDY TOWNS ASSOC: AGM, Wed 5, 8pm, Hugh Lynchs. All welcome.
SVP PADDY RUN – 5k run or walk, 10am, Mon 17, Harriers. Register www.svp.ie/PaddyRunTullamorePh 9322072/9321858
BEGINNERS SEWING CLASS 10 weeks, Puttaghaun Community Centre.Jointly funded by Offaly Local Development Company and Laois/Offaly Education & Training Board.Ph Ann 087 7421524.
TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Meeting Wed 5, Court Hotel, 8pm. Speaker: Carmel Duignan of Garden Heaven.
FETAC LEVEL 5 OCCUPATIONAL FIRST AID COURSE Laois Offaly ETB, Castle Buildings, Sat 8, 22 & 29. Ph Michelle 057 9349441.
FAMILY HISTORY INTERNET WORKSHOP: Ballycommon, Sat 15, 10am-1pm. Free-of-charge as part of the "Ireland Reaching Out" initiative. Details
'TRUE LIFE IN GOD - Spiritual Reading Meeting': Tues 4, 8.15pm, Marian Hostel, High Street. There will also be sharing, discussion and a video. Everybody is welcome. Ph John 085 1541559.
TEACH MHUIRE PRAYING COMMUNITY Mass for Healing, Tues 4, 8pm, St. Paul's Church, Emo. All are welcome.
ANNUAL EVENT FOR MARRIED COUPLES Emmanuel House, Clonfert, Sat 8, 10.30am - service for the healing of marriages, prayers, Mass, confessions, renewal of marriage vows, and talks. Ph 0579151552 for details.