Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
Feast of Christ the King ~ 23rd November 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.
FEAST OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
A little over a week ago the day of reckoning for having one’s tax returns arrived. It was all systems go to have things done in time.
Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year and the readings have a focus on accountability and getting one’s spiritual affairs in order. A connection is made between our last days and our own lives, on our neighbour in relation to whom we shall be judged, and on Christ the King who will carry out the judgement.
We must think clearly about the last days. We are all accountable for our actions and our inactions, and when the day of judgement arrives we must be prepared to pay the price if we cannot explain ourselves.
Our final destiny is worked out in the smallest details of our present life. The last judgement scene as described in today’s Gospel is that of all peoples gathered before the throne of God to give an account of their lives – what they did and what they failed to do.
In fact, we will be judged on how we behave today towards our neighbour; for Christ, the Universal King, is already mysteriously present in needy people. He dwells in our neighbour. And who is my neighbour? They live next door, but there are those countless multitudes in other places, at home and abroad, who need our help, who await our concrete expression of love.
When we serve the poor and those in need, we serve Christ. We will be judged on love. It is on love that we will have to render an account on the day of judgement. Have you your affairs in order?
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Spirit of Christmas in the Day Chapel after all Masses on the 6th & 7th of December is organized by the young people of the Parish as a fundraiser. All donations of buns and cakes etc. will be most gratefully received. These can be left into the Parish Centre on Friday 5th December.
MEDITATIVE MOVEMENT & DANCE
Experience gentle dance/movement for meditation and wellbeing, Thurs 27th Nov 2014 7.30pm to 9pm, Parish Centre. Donation €5, towards parish funds.
Sincere thanks to everyone who supported our recent fundraising ventures – the Golf Classic which raised €12,260 and the Garda Choir & SHS Choir concert which raised €5,425.
Our next venture will be a Monster Christmas Bazaar which will be held on Sunday December 14th in St Mary’s Youth & Community Centre from 1.30-6.00pm. This will include: Wheel of Fortune; Cake Sale; Book Sale; Silent Auction; Face Painting; Chocolate Fountain; Special Draws for Christmas Fayre. All are welcome. Please support.
We would appreciate donations of children’s and adult’s books in good condition. Please leave into Parish Centre. Donations of cakes an all home baking will also be welcome. More details nearer the time.
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS
The coming of the Lord is not just the moment of death, but any moment of grace. Recall unexpected graces – good things that happened when they were not anticipated.
Perhaps some of these were moments when you were particularly alert and aware of what was going on in you and around you and this enabled you to be open to the moment of grace. Recall the contrast with moments when that alertness and awareness were not present.
The servants were given charge of the household ‘each with their own job’. Identify with the servants as people given a responsibility within the household of God’s people. What has it been like for you when you have been shown trust in this way by another person? What is it like for you to see yourself trusted in this way by God?
Jesus says that what he is saying to his disciples he is saying to all. Have there been times when you have been a messenger of hope to others, encouraging them to wait for a moment of grace. Who have been the ones to encourage you?
John Byrne OSA, Intercom November 2014
PARISH CENTRE SHOP
A selection of religious Christmas decorations and cards now available.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 20th Dec & Sat 17th Jan in Tullamore and Sun 11th Jan in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 17th Dec.
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 24th 7.45am Ann & Mary Kate Duffy, Healy Street
10.00am Noel Boland, Ballydaly
Tue 25th 10.00am Joseph Purcell & John & Elizabeth O’Connor
Wed 26th 7.45am McCormack Family
10.00am Tommy Smyth, 24 Arden View, Peter & Brigid Fox, 58 Marian Place, Ann Fox, Church Road & Gallagher Family, Henry Street.
Thur 27th 7.45am Mary & Joseph Cassidy
10.00am Colin William Carey
Fri 28TH 10.00am Patsy Hughes
Sat 29TH 10.00am Charles, Mary & Brigid Anne Kavanagh
6.30pm Mary Lowbridge 1st Anniversary
Sun 30TH 8.30am Sally Cronly, 6 O’Brien Street
10.00am Margaret Bryant
11.30am Kathleen Lowry Months Memory
1.00pm Martin Cosgrove Months Memory
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 17th Jan, 10.00am in Tullamore & Sun 7th December, 11.30am 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 John Butler, Ben Mulligan, Phylis Mooney and Thomas Westman.
Welcome to God’s family Marian Bahno Davin, Jakub Prekop Neymar, Sweeryn Krawczak, Haroldas Kiseliovas and Daniel Noel Fox who were baptized recently.
Tullamore €3681; Envelopes €3092
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
GORTA CHURCHGATE COLLECTION: on 6th & 7th Dec. Volunteers needed to help.
CHARLEVILLE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE: on Fri 5th Dec, 11am – 1pm in Charleville Centre, Church View, All welcome.
CARERS ASSOCIATION: QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Palliative care training, 4th Dec, 5 weeks. For details ph 057 9322920.
FARM SAFETY SEMINAR: Tue 25th Nov at Tullamore Court Hotel from 7 to 9.30pm. Assistance with completion of Application Form for Farm Safety Grant will be available. Admission €20.
TULLAMORE AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY: holding their A.G.M. in Hugh Lynches on Fri 5th Dec at 8pm sharp. All welcome.
BALLINAMERE NATIONAL SCHOOL: now enrolling for Sept 2015. Please contact school for enrolment forms.
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMENS CLUB: on Wed 26th Nov in Bridge House at 8pm, Non members welcome. Admission €10.
CLARA BOG VISITOR CENTRE: holding a talk on combining nature conservation & modern agriculture to the benefit of the farmer on Wed 26th @ 7pm. Admission Free. Tel 057 9368878.
MEDITATION: Marian Hostel on Mondays at 7pm.
DOCHAS: Offaly Cancer Support Group drop in Centre, Offaly St. Phone 057 9328268. Mon to Thurs 10am – 2pm.
MIDLANDS SIMON SHOP: Main Street, Tullamore (beside Finlays Pharmacy, Main Street) urgently require gifts, clothes, shoes etc. Ph 9326991.
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENT SUPPORT SERVICE: helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.
GROW GROUP: meets every Thurs at 2.30pm at National Learning Network, Tanyard, Tullamore, ph assumpta 086 8114135.
JIGSAW OFFALY: provides free and confidential mental health support for young people 12-25 years in Offaly. Please contact 057 9353871 for further information.
BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE: now enrolling for new courses ph 057 9353177 or
MENS STRESS MANAGEMENT/MINDULNESS COURSE: in Parish Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10.45 til 12pm. Phone Carmel 087 6425786.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL: good quality furniture wanted urgently. Collection available. Ph Michael 057 9322072/087 7384828.