Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
5th Sunday of Easter ~ 3rd May 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.
JESUS – “THE TRUE VINE”
For the apostles, the image of the vine referred to in today’s Gospel would have evoked the whole history of God’s relationship with his people. They would have been well familiar with the reality of the vine that produces no fruit and that has its branches cut off, as well as with the fruitful vine that is pruned to produce even more and better fruit.
They would have known that, in the past, for the prophets the vine most often came to mean Israel as sinful and unfaithful to the covenant, close to punishment, to having its branches cut off. Only with the passage of time could hope be entertained in a new vine, representing a people faithful to the covenant, and for whom the Lord would be a guardian day and night.
Then at last and after a long wait, Jesus comes and announces, “I am the true vine and my Father is the vinedresser”. He is the true, loyal and faithful Israel, who by shedding his blood on Calvary has caused a new vine to bloom. We are the branches of this new true vine. To bear fruit, we must remain in the vine. Whoever remains in the vine, with Jesus and his words in him will bear fruit in plenty.
We give thanks to God our Father, for Jesus, the true vine, and for the gift of the new wine that flows to us in the Eucharist.
A Mass card is like a receipt that the Holy Mass will be offered for the soul of a deceased or the intentions of the living. Considering the huge numbers of Mass cards signed in the parish it is necessary to send intentions to other priests who do not receive stipends for Masses, in this way we support the Church in need.
The priests we support include: clergy studying in the Irish College in Rome, Fr Edison Escario in the Archdiocese of Manila, Fr Charles Lwanga in Uganda, Fr Florin in Bucharest, Romania, Fr Francis Xavier and the priests of the diocese of Allahabad, India, the Columban Fathers, the Society of African Missionaries, and a small number of priests in Ireland. These clergy are known to us personally and undertake to offer the Masses.
While there is no fixed stipend for a Mass - you can offer as little or as much as you like - The Diocese of Meath sets the average Mass stipend at €10: accordingly when we send Mass stipends away the number of Masses offered is calculated as a dividend of €10.
Please return your Trócaire boxes to the Parish Centre or the Sacristy.
CHURCH NOTICE BOARDS
A list of all support groups in the area is displayed on the notice boards in the Church. If your group is not on the list please inform the Parish Secretary in the Parish Centre. All notices for upcoming events should be displayed on the Parish Centre notice board. The notice boards in the church should only be used for parish events.
The Insurance premium for the Parish is now due and is costing €17,146. This is a running cost that we have to face and it is paid from the contributions of parishioners to parish collections. We acknowledge the support and generosity of parishioners which makes it possible to meet our commitments.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
There is only one Mass tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, at 10.00am.
There will be a retiring collection for Vocations taken up at all Masses this weekend. Your support would be most appreciated.
THE STRUGGLE TO TRUST
Perhaps the most important thing we ever need to learn is this: It is safe to love! It is safe to love. Yes, it is safe to be vulnerable because we are in loving hands. It is safe to surrender because we fall into light, not darkness. It is safe to be weak because the strength we need is found when we give up on our own power. It is safe give up the hurts we cling to because these lose their force when we are in love.
It is safe to trust, to let our loved ones be free, because a power beyond us loves them more than we do and ultimately takes care of their safety. It is safe to give ourselves over without fear because, as faith teaches, in the end, all will be well. And it is safe to live our lives with daring because God, as Julian Norwich assures us, sits in heaven, smiling, completely relaxed, his face looking like a marvellous symphony. The world is ultimately safe. It is safe to love.
How do we move towards trust? How do we, as Henri Nouwen puts it, move from the house of fear to the house of love? This is a journey that takes a lifetime. To master this is to be a saint. So we shouldn't be surprised if we still find ourselves, at least on any given day, a long ways from where we want to be.
Ron Rolheiser, OMI
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 23rd May & Sun 7th June in Tullamore & Sun 14th June in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 20th May.
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 4th 10.00am Marcella McNamara
Tues 5th 7.45am Joseph McCarthy
10.00am Frances McCormack, 59 Marian Place
Wed 6th 7.45am Nora & Michael Hughes
10.00am Ursula Hacker
Thurs 7th 10.00am Aldona Kazlauskiene & Jonukas Kazlauskas
Fri 8th 10.00am Una Maye
Sat 9th 10.00am Tom Barry 1st Ann & Marie Barry
Sun 10th 8.30am Michael & Kathleen Clooney & grandson Mark Clooney
10.00am O’Callaghan Family, Clontarf Rd & Whitehall
11.30am Christy Nihill, O’Molloy Street, Mon Mem
Durrow Sun 10th Olive O’Brien, Derrygolan, 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 Sat 30th May in Tullamore & Sun 7th June 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 families of Mary Geoghegan & Patrick Doyle.
Welcome to God’s family Max Edward Higgins, Jack Joseph Mc Neill, Aaron William McNeill, Jack Thomas Purcell & Gracie Margaret Molloy who were baptised recently
Tullamore €3421; Envelopes €2390; Durrow €142
Thank you for your continued support
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA 30 July-6 Aug, €699. Ph Fr John Nally 0874114450, Pat Kidney 0863192399, PJ Smyth 0868796190.
TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Trip to Barry Ward’s Garden Club, Ballinasloe, Wed 6, O’Connor Sq, 5.30pm. Ph Eileen 057 9352312.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES: Volunteers wanted (over 18yrs) to be a Leader. Training and mentoring provided. Ph Val 086 2322151 or
IRISH CANCER SOCIETY: Volunteers wanted to drive local patients to and from chemotherapy treatments. Volunteer expenses are paid, ph 01 2316642 or
MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 12-17 Sept, €689, ph 01 6359300. Youths (over 18) ph 087 7631916, hospital pilgrims ph 087 7914828.
SECULAR FRANCISCAN MEETING: Tues 5, 7pm, Mercy Convent. New members welcome.
DOCHAS: Offaly Cancer Support Group drop in Centre, Offaly St. Phone 057 9328268. Mon to Thurs 10am – 2pm.
FRIENDS OF CHERNOBYL CHILDREN TULLAMORE: Thanks to all who supported our recent Church Gate Collection. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
LECTURE TITLED “ERNIE O’MALLEY & THE OFFALY IRA” by Dr Philip McConway, Thurs 7, OHAS, Bury Quay, 8pm. All welcome.
MIDLANDS SIMON SHOP: Main Street, Tullamore (beside Finlays Pharmacy) urgently need donations of unwanted gifts, clothes, shoes, handbags & bed linen. Ph 93 26991.
SEWING CLASS IN PUTTAGHAUN COMMUNITY CENTRE: 10 -12, Thurs mornings. Ph Mary Kearns on 0861004700
LOURDES CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Thanks to all who contributed last Sunday, amount collected was €2,905.
MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS tea/coffee morning, Tues 5, 10.30, Parish Centre. All welcome.
BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE: now enrolling for new courses ph 057 9353177 or
CARERS ASSOCIATION: Providing QQ1 (FETAC) Level 5 Communications Module, Thurs 28. Ph 057 9370221