Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary: email@example.com
2nd Sunday of Advent ~ 8th December 2013
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) 7.30pm
Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Sunday 11.30am
Church of the Assumption: Vigil 7.30pm; 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.
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Mary was, by the grace of God, preserved free from the stain of original sin from the first moment of her existence in the womb of her mother Anne. Destined to be unique among the children of God, she was conceived without sin and full of grace. She was redeemed in advance in a special way because of the merits of her Son. How better could a woman be prepared to be God’s mother, but by being preserved from the chaos brought into the world by sin.
When Mary grew up, an angel of the Lord visited her to tell her that God had chosen her to be the mother of his Son. What a frightening invitation this must have meant. One can only imagine her fear, puzzlement and anxiety for the future. But in a moment her fears are stilled and all is seen to be possible. “Be it done to me according to your word”, was her reply.
What does this feast mean to the average person in the street? Very little, I imagine, yet in time of crisis and need, we will turn to Mary, our mother, for help. We believe that she is special. We are invited to think of the light of God shining through Mary, if we are ever to become aware of sin and our need of a Saviour.
“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to thee.”
“SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS”
“Spirit of Christmas”, organised by the Junior PPC, will take place in the Day Chapel after all Masses next weekend, 14th/15th. Santa, face painting, cake sale etc.
CAROLS BY CANDLE LIGHT
Carols by candlelight will take place in the Methodist Church this evening, Sunday 8th, at 7.00pm.There will be a special collection towards Tullamore Lions Club Christmas Food Appeal.There will be tea and biscuits afterwards. All are welcome. This is aTullamore Churches Together event.
EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT
Evening Prayer for Advent continues this evening at 5.30pm.
SHALOM FOLK CHOIR
Shalom Folk Choir will launch their CD on Friday13thin the Parish Centre at 8pm. All are welcome.
CHARITABLE DONATIONS 2013
For 2013, any parishioner giving more than €250 to the parish will entitle the parish to a tax refund. The donation has to be in either envelope or standing order format and includes donations from both PAYE & self-employed people. Thanks again for your generosity in contributing to the parish at all times.
Over the last couple of weeks the Diocese has receivedover €168,103 from parishes and $100,000 USA has already been sent from this office directly to Cardinal Tagle in the Archdiocese of Manila. Another bank transfer is being sent as the situation is very grave and financial aid is needed there as quickly as possible. This parish has contributed over €24,000 to the appeal.Many thanks to all who have responded so generously.
RECONCILIATION & MASSES FOR CHRISTMAS
Reconciliation Thursday 19th 7.30am – 7.30pm
Mass 7.30am Reconciliation after Mass
10.00am Mass with Reconciliation during Mass
1.10pm Mass followed by Reconciliation.
7.30pm Mass with Reconciliation during Mass
There will be a priest available in the Church all day.
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during the day.
Christmas Eve: 12noon Reconciliation Service. Individual Confessions 2-6
Masses for Christmas
Christmas Eve: 7.30pm 10.00pm. 12midnight Durrrow
Christmas Day: as Sunday
St Stephen’s Day: 11.00am
Friday 27th-Saturday 28th: 11.00am
Sunday 29th – Holy Family - as normal
Monday 30th– Tuesday 31st: 11.00am
New Year’s Day: World Day of Prayer for Peace: 11.00am
Thursday 2nd Jan: Normal schedule resumes
SAFEGUARDING OUR CHILDREN
The parish safeguarding committee has completed the Parish Audit and wish to thank all of you who have completed your volunteer and consent forms. There are 213 children involved in parish related activities.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
If we live truly, we can truly live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are on:Saturday 21st December in Tullamore Church; Sun 12thJanuary in Durrow Church.The pre-baptism meeting for these is on Wednesday 18thDec.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 9: 7.45 May Mangan, Harbour St
10.00 Paddy O’Reilly
Tues 10: 7.45 Hand Family, Carton West
10.00 Thomas Hogan, 27 Connolly Park
Wed 11: 7.45 Anne McKeon, Harbour St
10.00 Thomas Hensey
Thurs 12: 7.45 Kathleen & Peter Molyneaux & daughter Rose Byrne
10.00 Joseph, Mary & Patricia Dwyer
Fri 13: 7.45 Helen Mooney & Family, Ballycowan
Sat 14: 7.30 Charlie Kopilas, Mon Mem
Sun15: 8.30 Stephen& Julia Coughlan & daughter Mary Smith
10.00 Esther & Michael Grogan & Family
1.00 Dizider Ziga, 1st Ann
Shared Mass Sat 14, 10am: Louise & John McCabe; Jim O’Connor, parents Bernie & Bernie & Beesie & John Dunne; Michael Moran; Tom, Mary Kate, William & Elizabeth Owens & Family; Michael Lowbridge; Nan & Eddie Connolly; Killeavy Family; Billy Brennan; Patrick McDonagh; Teresa Guinan; Christopher &Brigid Geoghegan; Mary Frances & James Bracken & Family; Dora Behan; Annie & Thomas Fox; John & Josephine Hayes & Family; Kenaney Family; Elsie Doyle; Thomas & Margaret Geoghegan; Patrick McLoughlin, Colm, Julia & Joseph Madden & Eileen Seward; Martin, Rose & Thomas Fenlon; Stephen Nolan; Eileen Nolan; Ciaran Mulligan & Victoria Ritson; Charles & Rose Barone; Frances Mitchell; Mary & Mary Ann Smyth; Donal Beatty; Betty Smyth; Weatherhead Family; John McInerney; Tony Heffernan & Family; Tommy McRedmond& Patrick Deegan; Christina & Hugh McKeon & Family; Mary Sullivan &Molyneaux Family; Anthony & Chris Burke & Pat Martin; Mick & Owen Scully.
We offer our sympathy to the families of Ned Cunningham, Tony Healion & Teresa Condron.
Welcome to God’s family Sophie Marie Betson, Oliver Gabriel McGlinchey, Sophie Ella Martin, Ava Mary Pidgeon & Ilda May Viljanen who were baptised recently.
Tullamore €3438; Durrow €239
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.
PADRE PIO GROUP: Mass Tues 10, Church of the Assumption, 8pm. All welcome.
LEGION OF MARY: Rosary, Alfie Lambe’s House, Arden Rd, Fri 13, 8.15pm. All welcome.
QUEEN OF PEACE GROUP : Thurs 12, 7.30pm, Day Chapel.
READY: Christmas Dinner & Dance, Sun 8, Central Hotel, 7.30pm. Adm €20.To book ph 9341235.
GORTA CHURCH COLLECTION this weekend.
TULLAMORE COLLEGE BAZAAR Fri 13, 7pm, School Gym. Prizes galore. All welcome.
TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC: Wednesday, Foresters Hall, 3-5 pm for exercises, tea, chat &activities; Mondays, 2.30pm, DarmaghCummunity Centre for exercises.Ph Rita 0833434501.
ICA: Meeting,RiadaHouse, Wed 11, 8pm.Bring along you're favourite mug/cup & saucer. New members welcome.
BALLINAGAR COMMUNITY ALERT: Table quiz, Ned's Lounge, Fri 13, 9pm sharp. Table of 4 €24.Valuable prizes.
NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL CluainChiarain Prayer Centre, Clonmacnois, Fri 13. Mass 10pm, Adoration follows, finishes at 3.10am. All welcome. Ph Dave 0857746763
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICE: Free, confidential support service.Ph9351886.
SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.
MOTHERS PRAYERS Fri 13, 10.30pm, Day Chapel. New members welcome. Celebrating 3rd Anniversary.
BINGO in aid of Temple St Hospital, Wed, 8.30pm, Charleville Centre, Church Ave (oppCharleville NS).