Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
15th. January 2017
~ 2nd. Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ Year A
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: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:Vigil 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.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are 21st & Sat 28th Jan & Sun 5th Feb in Tullamore & Sun 12 Feb in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 18th Jan. 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.
Mon 16 07.45 Patrick Clarke
10.00 Daniel Dunne, Church Rd
Tues 17 07.45 Kathleen & Peter Molyneaux & Tom Feery
10.00 Muriel Flanagan, Davitt St, Mon Mem
Wed 18 07.45 Thomas Wrafter, Loughaun
10.00 Tom McDonagh, 1st Ann
Thurs 19 07.45 Joey Kelly
10.00 Frank Tyrrell, Mon Mem
Fri 20 07.45 Anne & Frank Dunne, Marian Place
10.00 Veronica Tiernan, Mon Mem
Sat 21 06.30 Mary Guiney, Mon Mem
Sun 22 08.30 Marie & Noel Cullen
10.00 Patrick Smyth, Rahan Rd
11.30 Mary Molloy, Mon Mem
01.00 Phyllis McGinn, Glenfircal, Mon Mem
Shared Mass Sat 21, 10:00 a.m.: Margaret Carty; Terry Hilliard; Denis & Kathleen O’Meara; Sr Carmel McDonagh; Barney & Peg Murray; Michael, Annie & Nancy Feery; Paddy Feery; Mary Murray; Robert Alexander; Thomas Deevy & Patrick Cunningham; John O’Toole; Joseph & Mary Anne Feery & Family; William Walsh; Tom Kelly; Paddy & Annie Pidgeon; Marie McIntyre; Stephen, John & Harry Lowbridge; Dan Kelly & Shaughnessy Family; Paddy & Sheila O’Reilly & Dooley Family & Molly & Jimmy McGarry; Siobhan Drea & Mikaela Ardelenau; Francis Adock; Margaret Carroll & Bessie Dowling; Mark Heffernan; John, Jerome & Desmond Murphy; Esther & Margaret Shortall; Esther, Michael & PJ Grogan & Family; John, Margaret, Sean & Paschal Murray; Mathew & Catherine Reid; William Tobin; Michael Byrne; John O’Hanlon & Joe O’Hare; Frances Keoghan; Quinn Family; John & Margaret Gibson; Anthony, John & Gertrude Reynolds; Archie & Mary Grimes; Herbert Kilcline; Mary & James Dempsey & Anne, Sean & Colette Forrestal & Kathleen Kelly.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL: Can you spare an hour with the Lord once a week: Mon 7-8am; 8-9am; Wed 7-8am, 11-12noon; Sat 9-10am? Ph 0851162668.
TULLAMORE LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB: Table Quiz, Fri 20, 9pm, Digans. Table of 4 €40.
SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: Donations of gifts, clothing, jewellery, books, dvd’s etc welcome. Ph 0858568283.
READY: Dinner & dance, Sun 22, Maunsells, 7.30pm. All welcome. To book ph 9341235.
TULLAMORE MEDITATION GROUP Parish Centre, Mon, 7pm.
HOBBY NIGHT CLASSES, Tullamore Further Education Centre, Castle Buildings, Tara St. For details contact Michelle 057 9349441/email:
LA LECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP meeting Thurs 19, 8pm Health Centre. Ph 0872764382/0851760632. Find us on Facebook La Leche League Tullamore.
RETIREMENT MASS for Dr Kyran Bulger, Consultant Medical Oncologist, 15 Feb, 6pm, Tullamore Church. All are welcome.
DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop In Centre, Offaly St, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm. Phone 9328268.
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES: Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.
SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.
CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL Fri 20. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow. Finishes at 2.10am. All welcome. Enquiries 085-7746763.
A WITNESS FOR CHRIST
The context of today’s Gospel is that Jesus had already been baptised by John. Men had been sent from Jerusalem to enquire from John who he, John, was. John was directing their attention away from himself and towards Jesus. John wanted everyone to be aware of Jesus by calling out: “Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world”. John was already a witness to something wonderful. He had seen the Spirit coming down from heaven and resting on Jesus when he was baptising him. He was sure from that moment that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and he wanted everyone to know precisely what he had witnessed.
Sometimes, people are afraid to come forward as a witness. There is a certain pressure to hold back on what one has seen or heard, or at best to be a bit vague about it –the see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing stance. But not so with John the Baptist! He called out to all: “I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God”.
A good New Year’s resolution for 2017: Will you be a fearless witness to and for Christ? He needs your commitment.
We offer our sympathy to the families of Sheila Burke, Ann Allen (nee Martin) & Joe Joyce.
Welcome to God’s Family Méabh Annie Minnock, Billy Aidan Garry, Rory James Carroll & Robin Felicity Mooney who were baptized recently.
The next Liturgy Group meeting will be on Wednesday 18th at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
A NEW YEAR, A NEW EXPERIENCE
Fed up of New Year Resolutions that get you nowhere, leave you feeling worse than before? Would you like a fresh experience, a chance to deepen your faith or maybe discover Christ for the first time?
Why not join us for a meal, a DVD and some good conversation around the meaning of life in Jesus Christ? “Discovering Christ” is an eight week Catholic experience, starting on Saturday 4th February at 7.30pm (after 6.30pm Vigil Mass) in Parish Centre.
Registration Forms and more information will be available next weekend.
THE DEEP END
It’s hard to know what, or who, to believe any more. During the recent US presidential race, ‘fact checking’ became something of a buzzword. After each of the major debates, newspapers and news sites churned out articles investigating the validity of the candidates’ claims. Research was rapidly carried out, sources were checked, statements from the past were dragged up to prove or disprove many a point. With the internet making it possible to ‘fact-check’ in mere minutes, it is so easy to be caught out. Those in public life have to be more careful than ever that they are speaking the truth, that they are not contradicting what they have said previously, and that they can back up their statements with authoritative evidence.
John the Baptist may not have been subject to such rigorous ‘fact checking’, but he was at pains to explain the source of his authority: ‘I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven … I have seen and I am the witness’. John knew that people might not immediately take him seriously, so twice he emphasised that he did not know Jesus himself. He was not out to trick or mislead people. We can believe what this first witness says about who Jesus is, because his words come directly from God.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA
7 nights from 8th June 2017 (note change of date) with Spiritual Director, Fr. Shane Crombie. Further information available from Pat Kidney 0863192399 or P.J. Smith 0868796190.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Never make yourself feel like nothing, to make someone else feel like everything!
Tullamore €3654; Durrow €195
Holy Day Tullamore €1701; Durrow €195
Thank you for your continued support