Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
2nd Sunday of Lent ~ 1st March 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, Saturday 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, Phone: 0579321587
, Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie
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.
The second Sunday of Lent is always devoted to the mystery of the Transfiguration. The account of this event in today’s Gospel is familiar to us. Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. While there Moses and Elijah, who symbolise the Law and the Prophets, are seen to be in conversation with Jesus. The disciples witness this and another wonderful, but more frightening sight.
Jesus is transfigured before them. That is, Jesus underwent a dramatic change in appearance. His personal appearance was changed into a glorified form, and his clothing became “dazzlingly white”. The disciples see all of this. The purpose of the transfiguration of Christ into a glorified form was to allow his three disciples a greater insight and understanding of who he was.
We know from Peter’s reaction and offer to make three tents that they did not then quite grasp the significance of the event. They saw Jesus as having something like the status of Moses and Elijah. They had not quite realised the deity of Christ, although they were edging towards this understanding.
Then a voice came from the cloud, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him”. Only Jesus remained. Moses and Elijah were gone. The law and the Prophets had given way to Jesus. The message could not have been more direct and clear. We must now listen to Jesus.
What does it mean to listen to Jesus? Are you listening?
MASS TIMES FOR LENT
There are three daily Masses in the parish during Lent, Monday to Friday: 7.30am, 10.00am and 7.30pm.
Mass during the week is much shorter than Sunday, around twenty five minutes.
The Mass is the greatest of all prayers, as it is the prayer of Christ. For the rest of Lent, consider going to Mass every day.
LENTEN COURSE ON THE ROSARY
Continues in the Day Chapel,Friday 6th after 7.30pm Mass. This week is concentrating on the Luminous Mysteries.
DAY OF PRAYER
World Day of Prayer, on Friday 6th March, in Presbyterian Church, High Street, at 8.00pm. All welcome.
TULLAMORE PARISH SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
We are committed to doing everything to create a safe and welcoming environment for our young parishioners.
For further information www.meathsafeguarding.ie or Diocesan delegates Ms Nuala McLoughlin 086 1574774 and Fr. Sean Henry P.P. 046 9431251 or
Meeting on Wednesday 11th at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Our 6th National Youth Conference takes place in St. Mary’s Youth Centre, Harbour St, on Saturday 21st March. Organised by J.P.P.C.,this is a faith/fun event open to young people from 6th class upwards.
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize that they vacated their seats. The train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life. I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism datesare Sat 21st March & Sat 28th March inTullamore and Sun 12th April in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 18th March.
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 o.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.
Mon2nd 7.30am Kathleen Breathnach
10.00am Ann Nancy McDonagh
7.30pm John O’Connor, Church Street
Tue 3rd 10.00am Annmarie Collins
7.30pm Andrew & Margaret Hogan, Clara Rd
Wed 4th 10.00am Thomas, Elizabeth & Francis Byrne
Thur5th 10.00am Slater Family, Marian Place
7.30pm Margaret Gunning
Sat 7th 10.00am Laura Scully
6.30pm Con O’Brien, Mon Mem
Sun 8th 8.30am Joe Hughes
10.00am Paddy & Kathleen Cunningham, relatives & friends, Kilbride Street
11.30am Nicholas Molloy, 1st Ann
1.00pm Martin Bernard Rattigan 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 14thMarch in Tullamore & Sun 3rd May 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 Son Cleary, Margaret Waters & Mary Egan.
Welcome to God’s family Barry James Tighe, Ellie May Malone, Cian Kenneth Usher, Andrew Henry Lee, Ava Rose Kavanagh, David Patrick Bermingham, Alison Mary Ryan & Cara Jane Hinch who werebaptised recently.
Tullamore €3421; Envelopes €2390
Thank you for your continued support
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA, 30 July-6 Aug. €699 full board.Ph Fr John Nally 0874114450, Pat Kidney 0863192399/0579352553, P J Smyth 0868796190.
OSPCA: Table Quiz, Fri 6, Characters Bar, 8.30pm. Table of 4 €40.All proceeds go directly to animal care.
DOCHAS BUTTONS & BOWES EVENT: Tullamore Court Hotel,Sun 1, 12noon-5pm. Admission €5.All proceeds in aid of Dochas.
SECULAR FRANCISCANS: Meeting, 7.30pm, Tues 3, Convent of Mercy.
LIVING LINKS: Coffee morning, Tues 3, Parish Centre, 10.30am.
1ST FRI & SAT DEVOTIONS TO THE UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY: Fri 6, Rosary, etc, Parish Centre,6.15pm; Mass in Church, 7.30pm; concludes, Parish Centre, 9.30pm.
IRISH HEART FOUNDATION ANNUAL STROKE SURVIVOR CONFERENCE: Mar 26, Croke Park, Dublin 3. Registration essential. See www.stroke.ie or call Emma-Jane 01 6346925.
DOCHAS: Offaly Cancer Support Group, drop-in Centre, Offaly St, Mon–Thurs, 10am–2pm.Ph 0579328268
HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE: Thurs 5, 6.30pm, Day Chapel. Everyone welcome.
TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Talk, “Strictly Plants”, Wed 4, 8pm, Tullamore Court Hotel. Ph Eileen 0579352312.
BEGINNING EXPERIENCE -for people who have suffered loss of a spouse by death or separation/divorce, 6-8 Mar, Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry. Ph 0879384445/0861647970.
TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT SPRING HOLIDAY: Celtic Ross Hotel Cork 20-25 Apr. PhBenny 087 2146172 or 057 9351295.
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICE: International Women’s Day Brunch Thurs 5, Central Hotel,12.45-2pm, Email
or phone 0579351796.
POWER4GOOD – supporting people in Zambia with disability – looking for volunteers for their shop; also items for shop. PhMolly 0872914302
CARERS ASSOC:QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training, 26 Mar; one day workshop Challenging Behaviour. Ph0579370221.
JACK & THE BEANSTALK presented by Tullamore Youth Theatre, GAA Centre 13-15. Booking at 0851886115 /0876419279.Part-proceeds to Parish Funds.Adults €10; Child/OAP €7.