Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
Palm Sunday ~ 29th 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
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;
Parish Support Services: Bereavement Counselling, etc. For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.
THE PARADOX OF THE CROSS THE NEED FOR REFLECTION
As we begin the most important week in the Church calendar, we should use the time to quietly look inwards and to reflect on our faith commitment. Maybe at the centre of our thinking and reflecting we should try to ascertain where we stand in relation to the Passion narrative. We must seriously contemplate the paradox of Jesus dying on the cross. It has been said that ‘evil’ triumphs if the good do nothing. What ‘evil’ did Jesus do to deserve such an awful death? What did the good do?
The story begins quietly with Jesus at Bethany and ends a few days later on the cross as He cries out ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me’. Finally, we have the resurrection and the triumph of Jesus over ‘evil’ and death. By His death, Jesus has given us the hope of eternal life. This gift is offered to each of us. How willing are we to accept this gift of salvation? In the Passion narrative, there is so much going on that is challenging and forcing us to question who we are and what we believe. Am I a bystander who does nothing but comments on everything, a disciple who left Him for one reason or another or like Peter who feigns ignorance for self-preservation or Judas-a friend who cannot be trusted? At the end of a very raw story we might ask ourselves: - ‘Where do I stand?’ particularly in relation to God’s offer of salvation without limits to all of us through Jesus. The response is up to us.
HOLY WEEK - TULLAMORE 2015
Palm Sunday (29th March) as per normal Sunday
5.30pm Evening Prayer
Holy Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdayas normal with no Mass Wednesday evening
Tuesday March 31: RECONCILIATION DAY with Mass for the sick at 2.00pm
Wednesday 1 April: Chrism Mass, Mullingar 7.00pm.
HOLY THURSDAY (2nd April)
10.00am: Morning Prayer
2.30pm: Riada House
4.00pm: Hospital, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
7.00pm: Durrow,Mass of the Lord’s Supper
7.30pm: Tullamore, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by reposition of the blessed sacrament and quiet time of prayer for Vocations
10.00pm: Night Prayer, Tullamore
GOOD FRIDAY (3rd APRIL)
10.00am: Morning Prayer
12.00noon: Stations of the Cross, led by young people.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
3.00pm: Tullamore, Riada House, Durrow
9.00pm: Churches Together Walk of Witness(Commencing at St. Catherine’s Church, Hophill)
HOLY SATURDAY (4th APRIL)
10.00am: Morning Prayer
12.00noon: Penitential Service
4.00pm: Polish Community Food blessing
9.00pm Solemn Easter Vigil, Tullamore
6.00am Dawn Mass (at site of Old Church in Axis Business Park, Clara Rd)
Sunday Masses as normal (Tullamore 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm; Durrow 11.30am; Hospital 9.00am)
Easter Octave: Mon – Sat 10.00am
CHILDREN BAPTISED IN 2014: Parents & their children are invited to the celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday 12 April at 10am in the Church of the Assumption. Celebrate with the parish community, your child’s entry into the Christian Community during 2014. Please come and be part of this special occasion.
DAWN MASS on Easter Sunday, 6.00am, Axis Business Park.
CONGRATULATIONS to the young people in JPPC & J Unit who organised and hosted a hugely successful 6th National Conference in St Mary’s Youth Centre last Saturday. It was a wonderful day of sharing with young people from Greystones, Kilbeggan Collinstown/Fore & Athlone. One participant commented that ”it was such a fun day”. Thanks to the excellent speakers, music, workshops, etc. A special ‘thank you’ to our sponsors. Congrats also to the new youth band ‘Reflection’. Well done. We’re proud of you all!
Mon-30 10.00am Anne Doyle
7.30pm Teresa O’Shea, O Molloy St, Mon Mem
Tues-31 7.30am John & Kearney & Mary Doyle
10.00am Clancy Family
7.30pm Tom Conway, Ballydaly
Wed-1 10.00am Carmel Connolly
DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Peter Leonard.
BAPTISMS: Welcome to God’s family Adam Joseph Kenehan, Leah Mary Galvin, Emma Rose Duffy, Blathnaid Mamie Campbell & Cara Ann McGrath who were baptised recently.
Tullamore €3641; St Patrick’s Day €2849
Durrow €266; St Patrick’s Day €96; Envelopes €3565.
Thank you for your continued support.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUGUST, 1996.
CHRISM MASS: Bus leaves Parochial House Wed 1, 5.30pm. Names must be left into the Sacristy. Cost €10.
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: 30 July-6 Aug. €699 full board. Ph Fr John Nally 087 4114450, Pat Kidney 086 3192399/057 9352553, P.J. Smyth 086 8796190.
1ST FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY deferred to Fri 10, Rosary 6.15pm, Mass 7pm, Parish Centre.
TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB: Flower Arranging demonstration, Wed 1, Court Hotel, 8pm.
DAFFODIL DAY: Thanks to all who supported recent Cake Sale & Raffle in aid of Daffodil Day. €1035 raised.
DOCHAS: “Will Preparation & Estate Planning” information evening, Wed 1, 7.30pm, Teach Dóchas, Offaly St.
FREE STAINED GLASS COURSE: Puttaghaun Community Centre, Wed afternoons for 6 wks. Ph 087 6610274.
LIVING LINKS: Free coffee morning, Tues 31, 10.30am, Parish Centre. All welcome. For support ph 0861600641.
LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT: St. Colmcille’s Church, Durrow, Fri 24 Apr, 8pm, tickets €20, ph 087 9943694. Proceeds in aid of “Console” & The Camino Walk, undertaken by Rena Lynam.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND FROM MEATH DIOCESE: 4-12 Sept. Cost €1250 plus tax, ph 01 8783111 or Kingscourt office 042 9667314 or
YOUTH 2000: Retreat for 16-25 year olds, St Finian’s, Mullingar, Fri 17-19 Apr, ph 01 6753690 or www.youth2000.ie