18 April 2024
Bulletin 02-April-04

"Blessed are You who have come to us so rich in Love and Mercy" (Antiphon).

It was to live for us that Jesus came - but we crucified Him.  Nonetheless, the unconditional and vulnerable love of God in Jesus' Heart accepted that death by us and for us.  It is His Spirit given to us through that death that will help us become ourselves, "rich in love and mercy", enabling us to see God "as in a glass darkly" now and "face to face" hereafter.

Community Activities

Please note that gates to church grounds will be locked on Mon 5 8.30am-1.00pm to facilitate buses bringing sick & elderly to healing mass.

Mass for sick: Disabled persons seeking transport ph Marie 41018 by 9am Mon.
Altar Servers are invited to Day Chapel Mon 5, 7.30pm to receive an Easter egg.
Pioneers: Meeting, Mon 5, 8.30pm, Parochial House.
Fighting Blindness: Church gate collection Holy Thurs & Good Fri.  Please support.
Amnesty Group: Thanks to all who supported recent coffee morning.  €340 collected to help stop violence against women.
Corpus Christi Procession: Meeting Mon 5, 7pm, Parochial House.  All interested in helping to organise procession welcome.
Garden Club: Talk on flower arranging for Easter with Margaret Gethings, Wed 7, 8pm, Bridge House.
Secular Franciscans: Meeting Tues 6, 7pm, Mercy Convent.
Children of Mary: Meeting Tues 6, 8pm.
Marie Lawlor Memorial Committee - Fashion Show Wed 14, Bridge House, 8pm.  Proceeds in aid of Tullamore Oncology Unit & Friends of St Lukes.  Tickets €10, from Bridge House or 087-1205233/087-7542951.
Ceili: Durrow Hall, Sun 4, 4-7pm.  All welcome.
Gospel Choir Concert Sun 25, Court Hotel in aid of Coláiste Choilm India Fund.
Offaly Pro-Life Group: Monthly meeting Wed 7, 8.30pm.
Queen of Peace Group: Monthly mass for healing & peace, Thurs 15, 7.30pm., Day Chapel.  All welcome.
Medjugorje: Tullamore pilgrimage with Fr Joe McLaughlin, 4-15 Oct.  Ph Anne 51090/0857236680.
Lost: Hearing aid, Kilbeggan Bridge-Market Sq.  Finder please ph 29748.
ph 29748.

Parish Information & Support Services - Confidential Phone Line 26604: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm; 6.00-8.00pm.

ACCORD Marriage & Relationship counselling Mon-Fri 9.30am-1.30pm,  41831; 
Suicide Bereavement Support - group sessions for family members or friends - if interested ph Rita 086-8157320;
CIC Mon-Fri 10am-12.30pm, 2-4pm, Sat 10-12 ,52204;
Epiplepsy Assoc Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm 28631; 
AA Mon, Thurs, Sat Mercy Convent 8.30pm;
Al-Anon Thurs 8.30pm, 17 Chapel St.  01-8732699;
Vincent De Paul 22072;
Dochas - Cancer Info & Support Drop in centre 12 Henry St, Mon/Wed/Fri 10.30am-12.30pm 28268;
Sexual Abuse & Rape Counselling Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Mon 8-10.30pm. 1800323232;
Women in Crisis Ozanam House, Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 51886;
Life Pregnancy Care 7B Cormac St Sat 12-3pm 1850281281;
Grow Thurs 7.30pm Day Care Arden Rd, 51124;
Aware Mon 8.45pm Community Mental Health Centre 1890303302;
Breastfeeding Support Group 3rd Thurs, 8pm, Education Resource Centre Hospital. 0502-24317; Fibromyalgia Group: Last Tues of month, 8pm, Day Care Centre. Helpline 1800201068 Tues 10am-12 only;
Anew - support group for women with alcohol problems, Wed 8pm, Ofalia House Edenderry, 086-1024743.


 Holy Week & Easter Ceremonies

Monday Healing Mass and Anointing of the Sick 2.00pm. Usual Masses 7.45am & 6.15pm.  (No 10am Mass - please come instead to 2.00pm in solidarity with the sick).

Tuesday Reconciliation Masses 10.00am, 6.15pm & 8.30pm.  Usual Mass 7.45am.

Wednesday Masses 7.45am, 10.00am & 6.15pm. 
Chrism Mass, Mullingar, 7.00pm.  Ministers Eucharistic & Word & all involved in ministry of Church welcome.

Holy Thursday Mass 7.30pm Night Prayer 10.30pm ;
Durrow 8.00pm

Good Friday  Morning prayer 10.00am  The Lord's Passion 3.00pm.  Interchurch Service 8.00pm  Durrow 8.00pm 

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer 10.00am.  Easter Vigil 9.00pm

Easter Sunday Masses 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm
Durrow 11.30am.
Practices for Ceremonies:
Sunday 4, 7.30pm Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Thursday & Good Friday.  
Monday 5, 6.45pm for Holy Thursday  entrance & offertory procession; washing of feet, altar servers, commentator, presider. 
Friday 9 10.30am for Good Friday carrying of cross, stewards, commentator, presider, readers.  Saturday 10 10.30am for Easter Vigil altar servers, commentator, presider, baptism team for offertory and baptism.

Ecumenical Prayer Service in Church of Ireland, Sunday 4th, 5.30pm.  A cup of tea available afterwards.

Meditative Stations of the Cross Church of the Assumption, Wednesday 7, 5.00pm, led by Lectio Divina group.  All welcome.

Mass Intentions: Mon 5:  6.15 Valerie Clancy Heery. Wed 7:  10.00 Joseph & Catherine O'Connor, 3 Davitt St.  6.30 Michael Feery.
Sun 11: 8.30 Denis Dowling.  10.00 Henry & Mary Dwane, 55 Pearse Park.
11.30 Rory McEvoy.  1st Ann. 1.00 Brigid Lovett, O'Molloy St.  Mon Mem.

Durrow:  Sun 11 John & Mary Conroy, Ballinamona.

Next Shared Mass on Saturday 24th April, 10am

Deaths: We offer our sympathy to the families of Elizabeth Fox, Adams Villas & Aharney; Alice Heffernan, O'Moore St; Elizabeth Cutler, 52 Pearse Park; JJ Carroll, Charleville Parade.

If you would like support in your grieving, now or in the future, please ring 26604.

Baptisms: Welcome to the parish community Saragh Emily Thornton, 2 Healy St; Orla Ava Wynter, Clonminch. The next pre-Baptism meeting is Wed 14th April at 8.30pm in the Parochial House.  All parents who wish to have their child baptised in April must attend a meeting.  Contact Parish Secretary for details.

Collections: Plate: Tullamore €4408; Durrow €145.  Envelopes: €4677.
 Thank you.

Sunday Mass Times:.Vigil: 7.00pm & 8.30pm.  Sun: 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm. 
Durrow: 11.30am

Confessions: Saturdays 12-1pm;3-4pm; 6.30-7pm; 7.45-8.15pm. 
Eve Holydays 6.30-7pm.  Eve 1st Fridays 12-1pm; 7.30-8pm.

Please continue to pray for Fiona Pender, our parishioner who has been missing since 22nd Aug ‘96

Christ helps us to face the music, even when we don't like the tune.