Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057
Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 27th July 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 Counselling, etc. For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.
LORD GRANT US THE GIFT OF WISDOM
Solomon, a young king whose name is now synonymous with wisdom, had a dream in which God said “ask for anything and it is yours”. He asks for a gift that would benefit God’s people, he asks for wisdom and the gift of discernment.
The kingdom of God is like the “hidden treasure” or the merchant searching for that rare and valuable “pearl”. These parables speak of a strong commitment, a passion which can override other considerations and worldly distractions. Those who share God’s vision for a just, co-operative, kind world will learn to search for ways to bring this vision to light for all to see.
The parables are telling us that God’s gifts are all around us. Sometimes they may not be immediately obvious to us, so like Solomon, let us ask God for the gift of wisdom. The tragedy for many of us as followers of Jesus is not that we cannot find the “treasure” or the “pearl” rather that too often we are unwilling to pay the price to reach out for them. “Blessed are the poor of spirit, theirs is the kingdom of God”.
CEMETERY DAYS IN TULLAMORE & DURROW
Cemetery Sunday in Clonminch will be on 17th August at 1.00pm and in Durrow on 14th September with blessing of the graves after 11.30am Mass.
SECURITY IN CEMETERY
Due to the recent spate of robberies from cars in Tullamore Cemetery, we are advising visitors to park their cars outside the Cemetery.
MEATH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES SEPT 12-17
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Sept 12-17 and will be led by Bishop Smith. The fare is €709 for full board and inclusive of insurance and travel taxes.
To book contact Pilgrimages Abroad Ltd tel 01 6359300. Places are also available for sick pilgrims requiring special assistance to book contact Ann 087 7914828.
In recent years many young people (18+) have travelled to Lourdes with the diocese seeking to find out more about this famous Shrine: to lend a hand to the pilgrims who are sick or infirmed, to look for some prayer space in busy lives and still to have a good time! Cost €350.
If you are interested in travelling email
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL
Have you ever found yourself saying ‘that was worth it’ after giving up something (time, pleasure, money, etc.)? What was the treasure that made the sacrifice worthwhile? The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is when God is really the ruler in our life. What treasures have you obtained when you allow God to be at the centre of your life?
In life we gather a lot of things, some good and some bad. The wise person in the kingdom of heaven knows how to sit down and make decisions on what to keep and what to discard. When have you undertaken that kind of discernment? What have you discarded? What have you retained?
John Byrne/Intercom June 2014
CHARITABLE DONATIONS - CHY4 CERTS
All parishioners who donated €250 or more to the parish in 2013 have been sent a CHY4 cert. When you sign and return them to us we will be able to seek a tax refund of approximately 45% of the total donated.
Thank you to all who have signed and returned their certs and we would appeal to all parishioners to return them as soon as possible. If you have mislaid your cert and would like a new one issued, please contact Noeleen, the Parish Secretary.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Tears are but the brain reminding you that you have a heart.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are on: Sun 7th Sept, in Tullamore.
The pre-baptism meeting for these is on Wednesday 20th August.
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 28th 7.45am Mary O’Neill, Adams Villas & daughter, Margaret Toohig USA
10.00am Margaret O’Connor 1st Ann & Judy Minnock, Mon Mem & Peter Minnock
Tue 29th 10.00am Teresa, Arthur & Joe Conway, Healy Street
Wed 30th 10.00am Seamus McDonagh
Thur 31st 7.45am Elizabeth Larkin, William Street
10.00am Mary Jane Poland, Church Street
Sat 2nd 10.00am Jack Mills, Esther Galvin & Frances Martin Vickers
Sun 3rd 10.00am Paul Stack
11.30am Robert “Bob” Smyth 1st Ann
Durrow Sun 3rd Frank & June Feehan & daughters Kathleen Connolly & Betty McCormack & Patrick Connolly; Dan Ravenhill; Paudge & Delia Kelly & Kelly Family; Martin Buggy; Quinn Family.
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 Sun 7th Sept 11.30am, in Durrow & Saturday 16th August, 10.00am in Tullamore. 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 Kathleen Wiseman nee Nicholson, Peter Malone and Brendan Kelly.
Welcome to God’s family Kayla May O’Callaghan McDonagh, Daniel James Murphy, Lexi Lee Murphy, Dexter Morris and William Robert Slater who were baptized recently.
Tullamore €3701; Durrow €239; Envelopes €2540
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
DOCHAS: Offaly Cancer Support Group drop in Centre, Offaly St. Mon-Thurs10am-2pm. Phone support 057 9328268.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sun 10 Aug. Bus from Tullamore 9.30am, dep Knock 5.45pm €10 Ph PJ 087 6386270.
SUE RYDER SHOP looking for donations, in good condition. ‘Help share the care’.
CARERS ASSOCIATION: QQ1 Level 5 Care of the older person training in Tullamore 30 July 9.30pm-4.30pm one day for 5 weeks. Ph 057 9322920 and Carers Group Meeting on Fri 25th July between 11am and 12.30pm.
MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS: National Cenacle in Basilica, Knock on Sat 2nd Aug 12 noon to 5.30pm, bring a packed lunch.
TARA: 4 night break, Glass House Hotel, Sligo Mon 22-Fri 26 Sept. More details from Benny 057 9351295/087 2146172.
THORNSBERRY ESTATE RESIDENTS: Mass in estate, Sat 2nd, 4pm followed by refreshments. All welcome.
1ST FRI & SAT DEVOTIONS TO THE UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY: Fri 1st Aug, Parish Centre, 7.30pm Mass. All Welcome.
GARDEN CLUB OUTING: Wed 30th July to Deirdre Ryans’s & Jean Van der Lee’s gardens Dublin. Bus dep O Connor Sq 9am sharp. Non members welcome. Contact Eileen 9352312.
MIDLANDS SIMON SHOP: Main St, Tullamore in need of volunteers, please call to the shop beside Rose Finlay’s Pharmacy.
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES: Daily boats to Island 10.30am to 3pm 7 days a week until 13th Aug. No booking necessary. Ph Maureen or Sharon 071 9861518 email:
8TH NATIONAL GRANPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Sun 14th Sept. Blessing of the sick 2.30pm Mass 3pm. Ph 098 24877 email
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICE: helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.
SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRIS CENTRE: Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.
MIDLAND LIVING LINKS: (Supporting the suicide bereaved). Phone 086 1600641.
PADRE PIO GROUP: Mass Tue 29th July 7.30pm Church of Assumption. All Welcome.