29 February 2024
Bulletin

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TULLAMORE PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

“Tullamore parish is a community of God's people centred on the Eucharist and the Word of God. We gather in prayer and celebrate the sacraments.  We strive to be Vibrant, Inclusive, Nurturing and Encouraging, and in our own lives we aim to live justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with our God.” 

Parish of the Assumption

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

25th February 2024 ~ 2nd Sunday of Lent

Fr. Joseph Gallagher, P.P., V.G.
Rt Rev Sean Heaney, P.E.
Fr. Joe Campbell, C.C.,
Fr. Fergal Cummins, C.C.
Fr. Damian Budau, C.C
Sr. Margaret Burke.

GET IN TOUCH

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore, 

Office Hours:  Mon-Thurs, 9.30-1; 1.30-5pm.  

Phone: 0579321587 
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Reception service Friday, 9.30-5.  

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.

Meeting Rooms available: Contact Administrator for details of availability, rates, etc.
Teas after 10.00am Mass Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Bereavement Listening Support:  Ph 0579326604.

WEEKEND MASSES

Church of the Assumption:(Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am (Family Mass), 11.30am & 1.00pm

Durrow:  Sunday 11.30am

WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday-Friday 7.45am, 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 2-6pm Enquiries 085 1162668.

JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAMS ON PARISH WEBSITE.

CONFESSIONS - Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in the Day Chapel.


THE TRANSFIGURATION

The second Sunday of Lent is always devoted to the mystery of the Transfiguration.  The account of this event in today’s Gospel is familiar to us.  Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain where they could be alone.  While there, Moses and Elijah, who symbolise the Law and the Prophets, are seen to be in conversation with Jesus.  The disciples witness this and another wonderful, but more frightening sight.  Jesus is transfigured before them.  That is, Jesus underwent a dramatic change in appearance.  His personal appearance was changed into a glorified form, and his clothing became “dazzling white”.  The disciples see all of this.  The purpose of the transfiguration of Christ into a glorified form was to allow his three disciples a greater insight and understanding of who he was.

We know from Peter’s reaction and offer to make three tents that they did not then quite grasp the significance of the event.  They saw Jesus as having something like the status of Moses and Elijah.  They had not quite realised the deity of Christ, although they were edging towards this understanding.

Then a voice from the cloud saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved.  Listen to Him”.  Only Jesus remained.  Moses and Elijah were gone.  The Law and the Prophets had given way to Jesus.  The message could not have been more direct and clear.  We must now listen to Jesus.

What does it mean to listen to Jesus?  Are you listening?


LENT 2024

WEEKDAY MASSES 7.45am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.  

WEEKDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS before 10am Mass.

EVENING PRAYER Sundays  5.30pm in Tullamore Church


LIVING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Mk 9:2-10

Some special spiritual experiences are well nigh impossible to describe in words.  The Transfiguration was one of these.  Jesus had a new and deeper insight into his relationship with his heavenly Father, one that would sustain him through what lay ahead of him.  Have you had WOW moments that you found hard to describe to others?  How have these sustained you in difficult times?

It can be both scary and wonderful to witness transformation in another, especially a person who is close.  At times parents get a taste of this when a child’s talent blossoms and is recognised by the child.  We may also experience it when a dear friend recognises s/he is in a blind alley and gives up an addiction. 

‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.’  Peter, James and John were particularly close to Jesus, but they were not good at listening to Jesus, especially when he spoke of the painful road of servant discipleship.  Jesus is the one we must listen to, even when his message is hard to hear.  It is in this message we find life.  When have you found this to be true? 

Strangely this instruction came to the disciples when they were confused and ‘in a cloud’.  Perhaps you recall a moment of insight coming to you at a time when you were confused.

- John Byrne osa, Intercom Feb 2024


PRAYING ST MATTHEW’S GOSPEL

Bible Course on Christ our King and on His Kingdom;   studying & praying on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month, 7.30pm.  Commencing Wednesday March 6th, Tullamore Parish Centre. Handouts  and refreshments provided.  Everyone is welcome to join as they can. Details from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


SYNOD FEEDBACK INVITATION 

A meeting will be held in the Parish Centre, Wednesday 28th Feb at 7.00pm to offer feedback on the Synod which was held in Rome last October and to offer an opportunity for further discernment on the synodal process which will inform the preparations for the Synod in Rome next October.  It will be facilitated by the Meath Diocesan Synodal Team.  It would be helpful to have some familiarity with the document issued following the Synod, “Towards the 2024 Assembly” available on www.synod.va.  All interested are welcome.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptisms take place monthly on the first Sunday in Tullamore, second Sunday in Durrow, third and fourth Saturday in Tullamore.  Pre-Baptism Meetings are on the third Wednesday monthly.  Contact the Parish Secretary.


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary at least three months in advance.  All couples getting married must complete a pre-marriage course.  Contact ACCORD 0579341831 or www.accord.ie. 

ACCORD also provide couple and relationship counselling In-Person and Online in Tullamore.  Phone 057 9341831 or 0864669926 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


NB:  NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN MUST BE IN THE PARISH CENTRE BY 9.30AM WEDNESDAY.

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


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22nd AUGUST 1996


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 26 ....10.00 Albert Scott

.............  7.30 Eric Frawley

Tues 27   7.30 Spollen Families, Aharney & Ballykilmurray

Wed 28 10.00 Sean Kirwan & Family

Roy Lane, Clonminch

Sat   2 10.00 Ann McDonagh

Catherine Flanagan

  6.30 Paul Hayes, Mon Mem

Veronica Walsh, Mon Mem & her husband Joseph

Sun   3   8.30 Denis Galvin, Connolly Park

Sr Ita Deegan

10.00 David Boland, Thornsberry Est

Joseph Hughes

11.30 Martin Hand, Rahan Rd, 1st Ann

Christopher Merriman, 1st Ann

 

Durrow Sun 3, 11.30am: Sean Conroy; Fr Arthur Waters; Noel Dunne


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Barbara Nazur, Patrick Gorman, John B Walsh & Tony Corcoran.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Martin James Ward, Myles Murphy, Jace Desmond Weir, Noah Brian Kane, Róisín Thérése Hayden, Aaliya Angela Malassou & Senan Douglas  who were baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €3130; Durrow €212; Envelopes €2923

Thank you for your continued support


COMMUNITY NOTICES

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Can you spare one hour? Fri 1-2 pm; Sat 2-3pm. Ph. Pat 085-1162668

PUBLIC ROSARY:  Sat 2, 1pm, Town Park (famine cemetery ).  All welcome.

OFFALY OLDER PERSON'S NETWORK: "Rambling House" - music, song, stories & craic - Thurs 7 Mar, 7.30pm, The Phoenix, O'Connor Sq. Adm €10. Proceeds to Offaly Family Carers. Tickets available on door.

TULLAMORE HARRIERS 5K – ROAD CLOSURE:  Sun 10 Mar, Kilcruttin Junction to Charleville Roundabout, 09.45am-10.45am. Diversions in place. Phone Adrian 086 1636059.

LEGION OF MARY: New members welcome to join, Tuesday nights @ 7pm in the Alfie Lambe House, Arden Road. For more details please contact 0863143302.

RAHAN PARISH NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP: Concludes Tues 27, Mucklagh church, 7.30pm. Special night of remembrance and prayer for all of the faithful departed.  All welcome

TULLAMORE LIBRARY:  Wide range of courses & activities available.  Contact 0579346832 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Library membership is free and nationwide.

OFFALY VOLUNTEER CENTRE: To register your voluntary organisation or become a volunteer, ph 0830154669. Look us up on www.volunteeroffaly.ie

AA:  Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1pm; Sun 12noon & 8.15pm.

AL-ANON for families of those suffering from addiction, Thurdays, 8pm, Darmagh Community Centre, Tihilly, Lanello, Clontarf Rd.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Mon–Fri, 9.30-5pm. Ph 0579328268. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 
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