Parish of the Assumption
Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
E-mail Parish Secretary:
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ 28th August 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.
Humility is the truth of our own existence. It lets God be God. The gospel today encourages the practice of humility. Take the banquet that Jesus was invited to. He was not impressed at the sight of people pushing forward, rushing for the best seats. In the world of today, humility does not get a good press. It is a world of power and privilege, where the fittest and those who push themselves usually succeed. It is wrongly associated with spineless people.
Humility is an attempt to see ourselves as God sees us. We all have been given talents in order to use them for the sake of others. Each of us has been given something that is meant to make the world a better place for the rest of us.
The humble are those who do not have to control everything, or have reasons for everything. Neither do they need to be sure of things. They are those who do their best; let life take its course and let things happen. They let work, plans and people go their own way, because they trust them and trust God.
Then God can work in their lives. Then they can allow change knowing that “God saves a humble people”, Ps 18.
An hour of prayer for the success of Night Fever will take place on Wednesday 31st at 8.00pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
The apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration has been in our parish for the past 22 years. It happens every day as people spend quiet moments before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and it brings many graces and blessings to the people of the parish. The invitation to spend one hour per week in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is extended to everyone and new members are most welcome.
Mass will be celebrated on Thursday Sept 1st, at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel, in thanksgiving for 22 years of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in our parish and for all of your intentions. Everyone is most welcome to this Mass and to learn about or become part of this apostolate.
THE DEEP END
The people walk upon their heads, The sea is made of sand,
The children go to school by night, In Topsy-Turvy Land.
The front-door step is at the back,
You’re walking when you stand,
You wear your hat upon your feet, In Topsy-Turvy Land.
(from ‘Topsy-Turvey Land’, by H.E. Wilkinson)
Everything is upside down and back to front these past few weeks. Have you been following the train of thought in the Gospel readings? First we had Jesus talking about how he has come to bring division, rather than peace. Next we heard him tell people that the first will be last, and the last first.
Today, he turns our expectations on their head once again, this time offering a lesson in humility. We should not ‘exalt’ ourselves or take the place of honour among our friends and acquaintances; rather, we should ‘humble’ ourselves and take the lowest place. When we throw a party, we ought to invite those in need rather than our friends, family, or rich, influential people – because we should expect nothing in return for kindness or generosity.
Jesus seems to enjoy a ‘topsy-turvy’ approach to life. Following him means thinking differently from the rest of the world – wearing our hat on our feet, so to speak!
Tríona Doherty, Intercom August 2016
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The next available Baptism dates are Sat 24th Sept, Sun 2nd Oct & Sat 15 Oct,Tullamore & Sun 9th Oct in Durrow.The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 21st Sept.
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 29 7.45 Keenahan Family
10.00 Patrick Rattigan, 215 Arden View
Tues 30 7.45 Brigid & Percy McCabe
10.00 Orlagh Spain
Wed 31 7.45 WilliamDelahunty, 1st Ann
10.00 Teresa, Arthur, Joe & Rose Conway, Healy St
Thurs 1 7.45 Patrick Daly
10.00 Jim & Molly Plunkett, Clonminch
Sat 3 10.00 Bernard Roche, Thornsberry. & parents John & Brigid
6.30 John Martin, Mon Mem, Ambrose & Philomena Mangan& Bernie Hacker
Sun4 8.30 William Bell, 37 Hophill Grove
10.00 John Clifford
11.30 Maureen O’Connor, Mon Mem
1.00 Organisation of Ex-service personnel
Durrow Sun 4 11.30Nóirín& Noel McGowan; John, Lily & Ellen Sullivan; John & Elizabeth Roe; Feehan Family; Brian & Joseph Bermingham; Molly & Tom Bracken & Family; Michael & Agnes Wyer; Patrick & Mary Bracken
We offer our sympathy to the families of Sr Cecilia Flynn, Padge Prendergast & Richard Somers.
Welcome to God’s family Emma Maye Berry, Samuel John Higgins, Georgia Maye Hoey, Lily Ava Sullivan, Kyron James Devine &Jakeem Adam Dunicanwho were baptised recently.
Tullamore €1970; Durrow €107
Cemetery €7502.88; Envelopes €2880
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: Fri 12-1pm; Sat 7-8am, 3-4pm, 6-7pm; Sun 2-3pm.Ph 0851162668.
1ST FRI/SAT DEVOTIONS TO THE UNITED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY Fri 2, Parish Centre.Rosary 6pm, Mass 7pm. All are most welcome.
THORNSBERRY ESTATE RESIDENTS ANNUAL MASS Mon 29, 7pm. All are welcome. (Outdoors in the Estate)
OSPCA ANNUAL 3K WALK: Sun 28, 4pm,Charleville Est.Entry €5 (children free); inclrefreshments,face painting &blessing of the animals. Please support your local animal charity.
TULLAMORE HOCKEY CLUB:Registration, 3rd class-6thyrs, Sun 4, Harriers Sports Centre, 11am-1pm. New members welcome. More info on www.tullamorehockeyclub.ie
SEPTEMBER SOUNDS CONCERT: Variety concert featuring organ music, readings and your favourite hymns, Fri 2, 8pm, St Catherine's Church, Hophill. Refreshments afterwards, Charleville Centre. Free admission but donations welcome.
TULLAMORE COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL LTD ARDEN VIEW reopening Wed 31.
HOLY HOUR FOR PREVENTION OF SUICIDE Thurs 1, Day Chapel, 6pm. All are welcome.
READY: Dinner & Dance, Sun 28, Maunsells, 7.30pm. All welcome. To book ph 9341235.
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP: Wed, 7.45pm, Presbyterian Church, High St. All welcome.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 14-21 Sept. Ph Pat Kidney 0863192399 or Luke McNamee 0879113118.
DÓCHAS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAMME:Info evening,Dóchas Offaly St, Wed 7 Sept, 7.30pm. Programme commences Wed 14 for 10 weeks.For further information please contact 0579328268 e-mail: office @dochasoffaly.ie
OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES: Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.
SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800323232.
PHOENIX MARKET Sat, 10-3pm, Kilcruttin Business Centre. All proceeds to local charities. Ph 0879301749/0877625463.