Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
2nd Sunday of Advent ~ 4th December 2016
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: 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.
St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:Vigil 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.
THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE
In today’s readings we cannot help feel a great sense of expectation, something new, a waiting. We can picture a future of Christ’s perfection, which in Isaiah 11:8-10 seems to unfold like a canvas before our eyes, but in our human condition, seems more like a dream – a hope –a wish. But we have work to do and the encouragement of the Scriptures to give us hope.
What is it in our lives that needs healing or change? Is there something in our attitude to our family or others that challenges us? With John the Baptist there was no holding back on the road to repentance. Age is no barrier to change, to reforming our lives. Waiting may be the hardest time of all but the absence of hope is the greatest poverty of all.
Advent offers us an opportunity to prepare for the Lord and His Kingdom in our world and in our hearts.
Try to recognise His presence in others today and keep the hope alive!
“SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS”
A very big ‘thank you’ to all who supported our fundraiser. We made €1343.20.
EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT
There will be no Evening Prayer this Sunday because of the Carol Festival.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA
7 nights from 8th June 2017 (note change of date) with Spiritual Director, Fr. Shane Crombie.Further information available from Pat Kidney 0863192399 or P.J. Smith 0868796190.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Next Thursday, 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass times are as follows: Tullamore 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm & 6.30pm. Durrow11.30am. There will be no Vigil Mass.
CHRISTMAS CAROL FESTIVAL
Christmas Carol Festival on tonight at 7pm in the Church of the Assumption. The Festival will feature The Meath Diocesan Choir, SHS Choir, Durrow Church Choir and Scoil Bhríde Boys Choir.
Tickets available in Legion of Mary booth: Adults €10; Students €5; U-14’s free.
RECONCILATION DAY IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS
Reconciliation Day will be on Tuesday 20th in Tullamore Church. Mass followed by Confessions 7.45am, 10.00am & 7.30pm. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a priest available for Confessions throughout the day.
THE CITIZEN’S ASSEMBLY
The Citizen’s Assembly has commenced discussion on a proposed amendment to the Eight Amendment to the Constitution.
The article inserted in this amendment reads “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” The Assembly is seeking submissions from the public in this regard, which may lead to a referendum to remove it.
The Church believes life is sacred from the very first moment in the womb.If you would like to make your voice heard you can contact the Assembly on the website www.citizensassembly.ie/en/Submissions or by post to The Citizen’s Assembly, 16 Parnell Sq, Dublin 1.
The closing date for receipt of submissions on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is 16 December 2016.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are 21st& Sat 28th Jan & Sun 5th Feb in Tullamore & Sun 12 Feb in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 18th Jan.
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 5 7.45 Nancy Lloyd
10.00 Rody Larkin, William St
Tues 6 7.45 Pat & Michael Sullivan
10.00 Brian Power & Family, Mary Sullivan & Molyneaux Family
Wed 7 7.45 Rody & Mary Kate Heffernan
10.00 Seamus, Anne & James Murphy, John & Caroline Mc Carthy & Anto Gorman
Thurs 8 7.45 Our Lady’s Mass
10.00 Mary & Martin Mannion
1.10 Stella Cleary, 1st Ann
6.30 Des Hensey
Fri 9 7.45 May Mangan, Harbour St
10.00 Stephen & Eileen Nolan
Sat 10 10.00 TeresaCondron
6.30 Nora Hoey, Mon Mem
Sun11 8.30 Thomas Hensey
10.00 Margaret Bryant
11.30 Renata Vaitkute, Mon Mem
1.00 May Hughes, 1st Ann
We offer our sympathy to the families of Una Murtagh, Phyllis McGinn & Gerry Dwyer.
Welcome to God’s family Grace Lilly Duffy, Anne Tamara Flores, Grace Samantha Tara Carter, Malachy Joseph Boland, Jack Ivan Thompson & Emily Teresa Doyle Johnston who were baptised recently.
Tullamore €3454; Durrow €189; 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.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL: Can you spare an hour with the Lord?Sun 1-2pm, 5-6pm; Mon 7-8pm, 8-9pm; or any hour.Ph 0851162668.
PADRE PIO GROUP: Mass Tues 6, 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption. All are welcome.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION Thurs 8 towards One Day More, supporting parents of babies with life shortening illness.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: Customer evening, Thurs 8, 5-7pm – refreshments, entertainment, fashion show. All are welcome.
BAKE SALE Fri 9, Bridge Centre in aid of Tullamore Tractor Run.
ROSARY for new evangelization, after vigil Mass Saturday.
READY: Christmas Dinner Sun 11, Town House, 7.30pm. Cost €20. All welcome. To book ph 9341235.
DOCHAS: Stoma Support Groupmeeting Tues 6, 6.30-8.30pm, Dochas Centre, Offaly St.Christmas Mass Tues 13, 7pm, Parish Centre. Refreshments afterwards. All are welcome.
AA: Open meeting Tues 6, 7.30pm, Parish Centre. All welcome. Speakers from AA & Al-Anon. Refreshments served.
GARDEN CLUB: Wed 7, Court Hotel, 8pm. Demo, Christmas arrangements, raffle and party food to follow.
CAKE SALE St Philomena’s NS, Fri 9, 9.30am. All are welcome.
NO NAME CLUB: Adult volunteers wanted to help set up club- offering young people 15-18 a safe and fun environment to socialise with their peers. Ph Bryan Fennell on 085 8339317.
FAMILY CARERS IRELAND: QQI Level 5 Care Skills module incl patient moving &handling training, Thurs 8. Ph 05793 22920.
MIDLANDS LIVING LINKS: Coffee morning 10.30am, Tues 6, Parish Centre.
PHOENIX MARKET Sat, 10-3pm, Kilcruttin Business Centre. All proceeds to local charities. Ph 0879301749/0877625463.
GROW: If you are lonely, isolated or suffering from stress why not come to Library Wed, 11amPhAssumpta 086 811 4135
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES: Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.
SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.
TULLAMORE MEDITATION GROUP Parish Centre, Mondays, 7pm.
MEMORIAL MASS for Joan Hurley, whose body has been donated to medical science, Sat 10, 12noon, Church of the Assumption.