27 January 2015


Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 25th January 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


Weekend Masses

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 

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption:  Vigil 6.30pm; 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 6.30pm.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: 8.00pm 

Weekday Masses

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am, Saturday 10.00am, First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am. 


Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm


St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore, Phone: 0579321587

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

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.


Lord, in the modern world we are accustomed to calculating things before coming to decisions. 

We have feasibility studies, computer printouts and charts.  Eventually we think that personal relationships can be planned too, like choosing a marriage partner or a friend, picking those we want to work with us on a project. 

But we cannot plan those decisions.  These things work by a kind of instinct, like Jesus walking along the Sea of Galilee and seeing two fishermen casting a net in the lake and then saying to them, ‘follow me’ and they left their nets and followed him. 

Lord, when we want to start some work, we like to start with the spectacular.  Teach us the way of Jesus, that when the time for action comes we should go to the periphery of life and choose a few companions, letting the kingdom grow from there. 

Lord help me to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with my God. 


Our rear a calf scheme is ongoing and we now have a few local farmers rearing a calf for the Parish.  If you wish to become involved in either rearing a calf or donating a calf to the Parish please contact Tom in the Parish Centre on 9321587 or 086 0547266 


Catholic Schools Week has been celebrated in Ireland for the last 5 years.  This annual event calls on Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to a particular aspect of Catholic education.  This year the theme Catholic Schools:  Called to Serve lends itself to examine what we understand by service and who it is our schools serve.  To this end, Catholic education is called to self-reflect and refresh its mission. 

Serve, as a word, is a call to action.  As a concept, to serve is an integral element of Jesus’ mission in the Gospels.  Education is a platform from which all are called to serve – parents, teachers, students, community and the wider world.  In particular, Catholic schools place at the centre of their ethos an identity with the mission of Jesus Christ, who continually calls all who hear his voice to serve.  This week we contemplate some of the ways in which our mission to serve can be fulfilled. 

Catholic schools have a unique capacity to encourage personal growth and provide an understanding of the world to the young people they serve.  The aim of a Catholic school is to provide a purposeful and holistic support to the development of our young people.  It is an earnest endeavour to contribute to and serve in the Kingdom of God.  Chris Richardson comments: ‘Catholic schools are communities, where members are encouraged to make Christ present for each other’.  It is through this service that the ethos of a Catholic school becomes less rhetorical and more of a lived reality.

During Catholic Schools week there are a number of special events including a special evening for the parents of 1st Communion and Confirmation Children and an evening of fun for the boys and girls of junior and senior infants. 

Monday Evening:  a night for the parents of 2nd and 6th class students.

Tuesday Evening:  a night for junior infants

Wednesday Evening:  a night for senior infants

Friday Evening:  mass for Catholic School Week at 11.30am. 


Tullamore Knights of St. Columbanus are holding a talk on this topic at GAA Social Centre at 8pm on Wednesday  28th January.  All are welcome.


The next available Baptism dates are Sat 28th Feb & Sun 1st March in Tullamore and Sun 8th March in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wednesday 18th Feb.
To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm. 


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. 


Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations & clubs included.


Tue  27th         7.45am  John Hannigan

                      10.00am  Marie Lloyd, Pearse Park

Wed 28th         7.45am  Susan Hanley

                      10.00am Joe Conroy 1st Ann

Thur 29th       10.00am  Patrick Brennan & Family, 81 O’Molloy St

Fri 30th            7.45am  Michael & Mary Ellen Boland, Arden View

                       10.00am  Anne Dominik

Sat 31st          10.00am  Gerry Martin 

                        6.30pm   Hubert Thomas, 21 O’Molloy St,  Mon Mem

Sun 1st             8.30am  John Lonergan

                      10.00am  James Sheehan, Park Avenue

                      11.30am  Tony McMahon 1st Ann

                        1.00pm  John Duncan Mon Mem

 Durrow:  Sun 1  Thomas Sullivan & Family; Richard Wallace & parents Mary & John; John, Roseanne, Thomas & John McEvoy; Donal Ward; Ann Bracken & Bracken Family; O’Brien Family; Johnny Gorman & Giovanna Rosa Panza and James & Annie Kilroe & Cuskelly 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 7th Feb  & Sat 21st  Feb in Tullamore & Sun 1st Feb 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 Joan McLoughlin, Imelda Cuskelly, Tom Ruane, Alan Kelly, Imelda Rooney and Patrick Clarke.


 Welcome to God’s family  Noah James Efosa Wynne Ihaza and Patrick Francis McDonagh who were baptized recently


Tullamore €3579; Envelopes €2305

Durrow €175 
Thank you for your continued support



OFFALY HOSPICE ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING:  to be held on Tue 3rd Feb @ 8pm in the Goodbody Suite, Tullamore Court Hotel.  All welcome.

DOCHAS:  Offaly Cancer Support Group drop-in Centre, Offaly St.  Phone 057 9328268.  Mon to Thurs 10am – 2pm.

SCOIL MHUIRE ENROLMENT:  Closing date for Junior Infants Sept 2015 is on 27th Feb.  Contact the school between Mon – Fri between 9.30am to 3pm

CARERS ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP: meeting on Fri 30th Jan 11am – 12.30pm. Contact Alison 086 7957086.

TINNITUS AWARNESS WEEK:  Feb 2nd to Feb 7th.  If you experience ringing or noises in your head or ears contact DeafHear, Church St 057 9351606 or www.deafhear.ie.

LOCAL TULLAMORE BRANCH OF LAND LEAGUE: launch on 29th Jan @ 8.30pm at Clonamore House Hotel, Arden Road, to assist people with debt related issues.

BEGINNING BEEKEEPING COURSE:  starts 3rd Feb at Bury Quay, Tullamore, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MIDLANDS SIMON SHOP, MAIN ST, TULLAMORE:  who work with the homeless would appreciate unwanted gifts, clothes, shoes, handbags & household items.  Contact 057 9326991.

KILBRIDE RESOURCE CENTRE:  invite you to ‘Think Pink’ Coffee Morning in Parish Centre on Feb 3rd from 10.30 to 12.30pm.  Proceeds to go to the Marie Keating Foundation.

CARERS ASSOCIATION, MARKET SQ:  QQ1 Level 5 Care Skills training on 12th Feb, one day each wk for 5 wks.  Contact 057 9370221.

GROW GROUP:  meet every Thurs at 2.30pm National Learning Network, Tanyard, Tullamore, ph Assumpta 086 8114135.

JIGSAW OFFALY:  provides free and confidential mental health supports for young people 12-25 years in Offaly.  Please contact 057 9352871 for further information.

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICE:  helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.

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