Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
FEAST OF THE ASCENSION ~ 17th 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.
FULFILLING THE GOSPEL DREAM
The first reading today ends in an abrupt manner “Why are you... standing there looking into the sky?” At the time there was a real sense of “hopelessness and abandonment” after Jesus ascended into heaven. The disciples were staring into a bleak and uncertain future, thinking of the past and failing to cherish and live the moment. Jesus has never stopped being present with us throughout all time.
Let us remind ourselves of Christ’s unconditional acceptance of our humanity and all that that entails. Yet, He still calls us to be His messengers and commissions us to live and proclaim the message in our community and beyond. The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus were not an act of divine abandonment of the human cause but rather divine empowerment of the gospel dream.
Many changes have and will continue to take place within the Church but two fundamentals will remain- the reality of Jesus and His message-the messenger and the message. As we remember the Ascension and celebrate World Communications Day, we are invited or maybe challenged by Jesus to be messengers and to communicate His message always conscious of His support through the Spirit. We are an Easter People bringing the Risen Jesus to others.
THE MARRIAGE REFERENDUM
The choice we are asked to make in the Marriage Referendum on Friday next is a decision that only the people can make. The Constitution belongs to the people of Ireland. As the Referendum Commission states, “a referendum gives Irish citizens the opportunity to make a decision for their country”. You are encouraged to exercise your democratic right to vote on Friday.
There have been many words spoken and opinions expressed over recent weeks. The decision before the people touches on a matter that goes to the very heart of the Constitution. Now it is your turn to ensure that your voice is heard. Please reflect carefully about the choice you will make and pray for guidance as you undertake your civic duty.
The full text of Bishop Smith’s statement is available atwww.dioceseofmeath.ie.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Congratulations to the children from ScoilMhuire and Ballinamere NS who received the Eucharist for the first time last Sunday. We wish God’s blessing on them, their families, friends and teachers and all who helped them on their faith journey to this special time.
Due to the generosity of Parishioners we now have a fund built up to buy calves. If you are interested in rearing a calf for the Parish please call Tom in the Parish Centre on 086 0547266.
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL
In the preceding verse Jesus had rebuked the apostles for their lack of faith. Despite this he commissioned them to bring the Good News to the whole world. Witnesses to the Good News do not have to be perfect. There is encouragement to us in this. To whom have you brought good news? Who has been a messenger of good news to you?
Jesus then tells them that their witness will have quite dramatic effects, helping people to overcome demons, bring them peace and healing. Things happen when we have belief in ourselves and in God. Strong faith can enable us to meet and overcome difficulties, in ways that waverers cannot do. Perhaps you have had experience of this?
The ascension marked the end of the visible presence of Jesus with the disciples, but he was with them in other ways. ‘The Lord worked with them’. Sometimes we can experience that death is not the end of the presence of someone significant to us. We can experience the unseen presence and influence of a parent, a friend or an inspiring leader, after they have died. His this happened for you? Have you also experience the hidden presence of the Lord working with you?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
So much has been given me, I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.
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 18th 7.45am Maud Delahunty, Puttaghaun
10.00am AloMultaney, Cloonagh
Tues19th 10.00am Brendan Lowbridge
Wed 20th 10.00am John Dunne, Rahan Road
Thurs21st 10.00am Patrick Cutler & Elizabeth & Patrick Heffernan
Fri 22nd 7.45am Brigid & Frank Cunningham
10.00am Paddy Doheny, Rahan Road
Sat 23rd 10.00am William & Celia Igoe, O’Moore Street
6.30pm Mary Donoghue 1st Ann
Sun 24th 8.30am Patrick & Molly Cleary, Clara Rd, son Noel & grandson Brando
10.00am Tommy Hackett & Molly Hackett McLoughlin, Clontarf Road
11.30am Tess Culloty, 1st Ann
1.00pm Mary Geoghegan, Months Mem
Durrow Sun 24thLarry Bracken, 1st Ann & Bracken 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 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 Conor Ward, Kathleen Keane & Tadgh Collins.
Welcome to God’s family Kaylum Dean Cutler Doyle who wasbaptised recently.
Tullamore €3411; Envelopes €3645; Durrow €244
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.
OFFALY S.P.C.A: AGM Sun 17, 3pm, Foresters Hall, Church St, Refreshments served, all welcome.
CANTOIRI: Present a concert at St. Catherine’s Church, Tullamore, Thurs 4 June, 8pm. Adm €10.
TULLAMORE GRAMOPHONE SOCIETY: Recital of classical and trad.music on harp and flute,Charleville Castle, Fri 22, 8pm.
LA LECHE LEAGUE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP: Meeting Thurs 21, 8pm Health Centre. Ph Eileen 087 2764832, Caroline 085 1760632.Find us on Facebook La Leche League Tullamore.
CARERS ASSOCIATION: Providing QQ1 (FETAC) Level 5 Communications module, Thurs 28; 1 day week for 5 weeks in Tullamore. For more info 057 9370221.
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 016359300. Youths (over 18) ph 087 7631916, hospital pilgrims ph 087 7914828.
DOCHAS: Offaly Cancer Support Group drop in Centre, Offaly St. Phone 057 9328268.Mon to Thurs 10am – 2pm.
MIDLANDS SIMON SHOP DONATION DRIVE-Mon 18 to Sat 23.Drop donations to Main Street, Tullamore (beside Finlays Pharmacy) opening hours 10am – 5.30pm.Ph 057 9326991.
COFFEE MORNING & CAKE SALE: Thurs 28 May, 9am – 1pm, Charleville Centre, Church Rd.Proceeds to Nepal Earthquake & Console The National Suicide Prevention.
MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP LTD: Meeting Tues 19, St Mary’s Parish Centre, 7.30pm