Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 25th September 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.
RICHES AND POVERTY
Is today’s Gospel about a rich man doing wrong – or is it deeper? What could be worse for us, as believers, than losing our connection with God – with our identity as Christians?
The “rich man” was not a bad person. He probably was a very busy and respected Jewish leader – but there is a judgement of him in this Gospel. Because the “rich man” (notice he is nameless!) didn’t notice the poor man, Lazarus (who has a name, there were shocking consequences for him.
We need to see this parable from Jesus’ perspective. God’s covenant with us, His beloved people, demands our genuine attention to those around us, especially the poor, the forgotten, those “invisible” to us. We must remember that through Baptism, we are “partners” with God – making us God’s eyes, hand, arms. We are given the gift of compassion because someone, somewhere, is hurting. We are given the gift of speech because someone, somewhere, is dying because kind words are lacking. We are given the gift of forgiveness, because someone, somewhere, is caught up in wrongdoing and needs it.
In each of us there is a rich person and a poor person. We don’t need to own the world to be rich but what riches do we have that we can share with the less fortunate? We don’t need to be lying on the roadside to be poor. What is our poverty that we need to be humble enough to ask for help?
What people or events in my life remind me of my true identity?
Liturgy Meeting will be in the Parish Centre on Wed. 28th. Sept. at 6.30 p.m.
A big welcome to our Confirmation candidates and their parents/guardians as they enrol for Confirmation – which will take place on 13th. May 2017. Please keep them in your prayers.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS AND PETS
In honour of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the patron saints of animals, there will be a blessing of pets and animals at the Harbour St door of the Church, on Saturday, October 1st at 1.30pm.
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS
The first of the faults attributed to the rich man is his insensitivity to the abject poverty of those around him. When have you discovered that it is when you are aware of the needs of those around you and seek to make some response that you bring out the best in yourself?
The second fault attributed to the rich man is the way he ignored the word of God coming through Moses and the prophets. How have the gospels, the scriptures or your faith opened you up to a deeper and more satisfying perspective on life?
Some people look to the spectacular for a sign of God’s presence and action. For Jesus, the lessons we need are not to be sought in the spectacular, but in the ordinary things of everyday life. Where have you found sacraments of God’s presence in the world around you?
John Byrne osa, Intercom Sept 2016
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 22nd Oct & Sun 6th Nov, Tullamore & Sun 13th Nov in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 19th Oct.
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 26 10.00 Thomas Cunningham & Billy Kelly, O’Brien St
Wed 28 10.00 Gerry Keeley
Fri 30 7.45 John & Kevin O’Brien
10.00 Nan Foy, Arden View
Sat 1 10.00 Andrew Leavy & Family, Ballydaly
6.30 Kathleen Bracken, Mon Mem
Sun 2 8.30 Thomas Dooner Power
10.00 Michael & baby McDonald & Family, Ballycowan
1.00 Christy Farrington, 1st Ann
Durrow Sun 2: Thomas McEvoy; Cathy O’Callaghan; Tony Johnston; Joe Daly Jnr; Paddy Lynam; Tess & Matt Flynn
We offer our sympathy to the families of Sister Veronica Gilsenan and Ann McMahon.
Welcome to God’s family Destiny Kathleen Ward, Faye Siobhán Mahon, Bradley Chaesy Lee, and Jack William Duffy who were baptised recently.
Unavailable at time of printing – will be published in next week’s bulletin.
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 spend an hour with the Lord: Tues 1-2pm, 3-4pm; Wed 2-3pm; Fri 1-2pm, 1-2pm; Sat 6-7pm; or any hour that suits you? Ph 0851162668.
TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC (TARA): Meet Thurs, 3-4.30pm, Parish Centre. Holiday to Cavan Crystal Hotel, 10-14 Oct. Ph Benny 0872146172/0579351295.
READY: Dinner & Dance, Townhouse, High St, Sun 25, 7.30pm. All welcome. To book, ph 9341235.
FÁILTE ISTEACH - English Language classes resume Mon, 7-9pm, Parish Centre. For more information ph Ambrose, 086 0537660.
PHOENIX MARKET Sat, 10-3pm, Kilcruttin Business Centre. All proceeds to local charities. Ph 0879301749/0877625463.
DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop In Centre, Offaly St, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm. Phone 9328268.
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.
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP: Wed, 7.45pm, Presbyterian Church, High St. All welcome
DURROW CEMETERY COMMITTEE thanks everyone for their generosity on Cemetery Sunday. The amount raised was €4,106.43.
RAINBOWS An information night for Rainbows Peer Support Programme for children aged 6 – 12 years affected by bereavement or separation is on Wed. 5th. Oct. at 7.00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Youth Centre. Contact 087 1039292
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK There will be a pilgrimage to Knock on Rosary Sunday, 2nd. October. Bus leaving Tullamore at 9.30 a.m. and returning from Knock at 5.45 p.m. Fare: €12.00 Return. Contact P.J. 087 6386270
CEILI in Durrow Hall on Tue. 27th. at 9.00 p.m. All are welcome.
YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTRE St. Mary’s Youth and Community Centre require young people (from 5th. Class primary upwards) for their production “The Wizard Of Oz”. Call 057 9322963 or email
for more information.
MIDLAND CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP Next meeting on Tue. 27th. Sept. at 7.30 p.m.in the Parish Centre, Tullamore.