18 April 2024
Bulletin 28-March-04


Sinners' Friend
As the song says, "what a friend we have in Jesus", and that is so true in our Gospel story today.  We see what happens when sinner (the woman in adultery) and mercy (Jesus) meet.
When others condemned, Jesus forgave.
When others judged, Jesus was compassionate.
When others pointed the finger of accusation, Jesus wrote in the sand. 
The mercy of God is calling us back to new life.
Today's Gospel should fill us with courage to let go of the past and open ourselves to an experience of God's love.
 "Go now and leave your life of sin". (Jn 8:11)

Community Activities

Legion of Mary: Acies Sun 28, Day Chapel, 3pm., followed by annual reunion in Unity Hall, 4pm.  All active & auxiliary members to attend.
Vincent de Paul want good quality clothing for charity shop in Offaly St.
TADS presents "Playboy of the Western World", Fergies Bar, Tues 30 & Wed 31 and Apr 5-7.
Tullamore Stage School presents "Lets go on with the show", Sat 3, 3 & 8pm, SHS gym.
Youths Disco in Tullamore Rugby Club, Fri 2, 9pm-12.
Brainwave - Irish Epilepsy Assoc information evening, Thurs 1, 8pm, Offaly Historical Society, Bury Quay.  Ph Margaret 28631 for details.  All welcome.
Astronomical Society: Talk "Astronomy for Dummies", followed by observation, Mon 29 8pm, Order of Malta Rooms, Tanyard.
Pallas Fly Fishing Club: AGM Mon, Foresters Hall, 8pm.
Childminder Development Grants available from Offaly Co Childcare committee.  Ph 0509 35878 for details.
Kilmurry Community Centre: "The Maiden Aunt" Sun 28, 8pm; Concert with Glen Flynn & Declan Aungier, Wed 31, 8.30pm.
Qualified Counsellors wanted to work for ACCORD Marriage & relationship counselling service.  Ph Michelle 41831, Mon-Fri 9.30am-1.30pm.
Adult & Continuing Education Athlone IT - holding a "Further Study Information Evening", Wed 31, 6.30pm.
Gospel Choir Concert Sun 25 Apr, Court Hotel.  Proceeds in aid of Coláiste Choilm India Fund.

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

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. 


1st Friday Mass - Novena Mass to the Sacred Heart for April - is at 6.15pm, Friday 2nd.

 Holy Week Schedule
Sun 4  Palm Sunday
Mon 5  2.00pm Healing Mass and anointing of the sick
Tues 6 Reconciliation Masses 10.00am, 6.15pm & 8.30pm
Wed 7  Chrism Mass, Mullingar, 7.30pm
Holy Thurs 8 7.30pm; Durrow 8.00pm
Good Fri 9 Morning prayer 10.00am; The Lord's Passion 3.00pm, 8.00pm (interchurch); 
                   Durrow 8.00pm
Holy Sat 10 Morning prayer 10.00am; Vigil 9.00pm

Eucharistic Ministers practice for Holy Thursday & Good Friday on Palm Sunday at 7.30pm.

Church Environment Group: Donations of flowers or loan of potted flowers for Easter garden feature would be welcome.  Please leave in church between Holy Thursday & Easter Saturday morning.

Lectio Divina/Praying with Scriptures Tuesday, 8.00pm, Church of the Assumption.  A good preparation for Holy Week.

Financial Statement: The parish financial statement has been delivered to most homes during the past week.  If you did not receive one, a limited number are available today.  Thank you for your continued support.

Welcome Booklet: Meeting on Wednesday 31, 7.00pm, Parochial House, to organise distribution to all homes.

Ecumenical Prayer Service in Methodist Church, Sunday 28th, 5.30pm.  A cup of tea available afterwards.

Mass Intentions:
Mon 29: 7.45
Ellen & Michael Moore.  10.00 Ann Doyle, Pearse Park.  6.15 John Paul O'Brien.  Tues 30 : 10.00 Bridie & Dick Loughman, Clonminch Rd. 6.15 Clancy Family. 
Wed 31: 7.45 Martin Killeavy, 10 Clontarf Rd. 10.00 Carmel Connolly, Patrick St.  6.30 Tom Conway, Ballydaly
Thurs 1: 7.45
John Molyneaux & Joseph Sullivan.   10.00 Mary Kirwan.  6.15 Eddie Martin. 
Sat 3: 7.45 Thomas & Elizabeth Mooney, Church St.  10.00 John & Kathleen Hayes. 
Sun 4: 8.30 Anne & Paddy Egan, Clara.  10.00 Patsy Gorman, 118 O'Molloy St.  11.30 Mary Gallagher. 1st Ann.
Fri 2
James & Mary Healion, Durrow & Sr Bridget Healion, 1st Ann.
Sun 4 Wyer Family, Rostella & Cappalahy.

Next Shared Mass on Saturday 24th April, 10am

Deaths: We offer our sympathy to the families of Kevin Phelan, Arden Vale & Hannah Hogan, Parnell St.
If you would like support in your grieving, now or in the future, please ring 26604.

Baptisms: Welcome to the parish community Sean Joseph Clavin, Ballybought; Anthony Thomas Farrell, 3 O'Brien St; Moira Scott-Battice, 10 Chancery Park Drive.  The next pre-Baptism meetings are Wed 31st Mar& 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.

Weddings: Congratulations to Mary Houlihan & Oliver Hughes; Rufina Larkin & Stephen Colley; Jean Nevin & John Vyravan; Loretta Clear & Padraig O'Meara; Gemma Bracken & Ray Connolly; Anne Keeley & Tom Owens; Anita Coughlan & Mark O'Rourke.

Collections: Plate: Tullamore €4545; Durrow €259 (2 days). 
Envelopes: €1675. 
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

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. - William A Ward