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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

27th November 2022  ~ 1st Sunday of Advent

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, 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

JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAMS ON PARISH WEBSITE.

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in the Day Chapel.


ADVENT- COMING NEAR

Today, the season of Advent begins.  It is the start of a new Church year and a season of waiting for something that is coming near.  Do we know what is coming near?  For some time now advertisements have appeared in our newspapers, on radio and on TV to remind us of what is coming near.  We are urged to book our office party, to plan and prepare for our festivities, to buy our presents in good time, to write early to Santa, and even to arrange holidays abroad to escape from Christmas.  Is that what is coming near?  Is that what we are waiting for?  Is it all about an annual “big bang” of commercialism and consumerism?  For some, it may very well be just that.  But, for Christmas, it doesn’t have to be that.

Today’s readings help us to focus on the real meaning of Advent and Christmas.  There is talk of going up to “the mountain of the Lord”, of loving “decently as people do in the daytime”, and of letting our “armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.”  The Gospel advises us to “stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming.”

Advent means “the coming near.”  We are faced with the coming near of salvation.  For us, Christ is not simply a person out of the past.  He is the Lord, who returns today.  “Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again”- in glory at the end of time.  Are you preparing for Him?  Will you be ready when He comes?


EVENING PRAYER FOR ADVENT

Evening Prayer for Advent starts this evening, Sunday 27th, at 5.30pm.  It will continue on Sunday 4th & Sunday 18th Dec (please note, not on Sunday 11th).


CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

A Christmas Carol Service will take place on Sunday 11th Dec at 7.00pm in the Church of the Assumption.  It will feature the Meath Diocesan Choir (Director Jim Walsh) along with local choirs from Durrow NS, Ballinamere NS, Sacred Heart School and Children’s Mass Group.

Admission is free but there will be collection boxes available for voluntary contributions to go to nominated charities for Christmas.


ADVENT INVITATION!

PRAY AND MEDITATE WITH US

We want to be closer to you this Advent season.

Every week, during the four weeks of preparation for  the feast of the Nativity of the Lord, we will post on our Youtube channel (Tullamore Parish) a short video (15 minutes), which will contain some prayers, a short reflection and some discussions about the Mass Readings.  

We hope it will be of great spiritual benefit to you!

The holy readings that we will read, meditate on and discuss, can be found in the Magnificat.  If you would like a copy of the Magnificat, please contact the Parish Centre.

God bless you and keep you!


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change.

Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change.


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptisms take place monthly on the first Sunday in Tullamore, second Sunday in Durrow, third and fourth Saturday in Tullamore.  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 counseling 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   28  10.00   Ann & Mary-Kate Duffy, Healy St

                          James McDonald, Ballycowen

Tues   29  10.00 Michael Kelly

Thur     1   7.45 Rody Larkin, William St

Sat        3 10.00 Stan & Mona Wrafter

 ....................Charlie, Mary & Brigid Ann Kavanagh

                6.30  Mary Walsh, Mon Mem & her husband Jimmy

                         Thomas Daly, Mon Mem

Sun      4   8.30 Sheila Flynn, Ballykilmurray

               10.00 Margaret Bryant, Connolly Park

 ...................John, Roseanne, Mick & Thomas McEvoy

             11.30 Carmella Hoctor, Mon Mem

................... Raymond Leavy, Clontarf Rd, 1st Ann

 

Durrow Shared Mass Sun 4, 11.30am: Liam Walsh; Roger O’Brien; Joseph & Marcella Troy; Hugh Murray; Brendan Minnock; Matthew & Una Grennan & John Molloy; Julia McDermott


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Carol Byrne, Patrick Corcoran, Sam Hayden Kilroe & Tina Fee.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Callie Lyn Margaret Creevy & Sean Joseph Ward who were baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €2751; Durrow €270 

Envelopes €2736

Thank you for your continued support.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

ST VINCENT DE PAUL ANNUAL CHURCH GATE COLLECTION takes place next weekend, 3/4 Dec.  Please support.

1ST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS TO OUR BLESSED LADY OF FATIMA, as requested by Our Lady, Day Chapel, Sat 3 Dec, after Mass & Divine Mercy Chaplet.

YOUTH 2000: Prayer meeting Thurs 7.30pm-8.30pm Day Chapel.  Tea & chat follows, 8.30-9pm, Parish Centre.  16-35 year olds.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Can you do a holy hour Mondays 4-5pm? Also, help required Sat afternoons. Please phone Pat 085-1162668

EMPLOYABILITY MIDLANDS:  Do you have a disability, illness or injury and would like help to find a job? Contact Liam on 086 387 3047 or Patricia on 086 1451074 to find out more.

GARDEN & FLOWER ARRANGING CLUB:  Meeting Wed 30, Charleville Community Centre, 7.30pm.  Demostration, raffle & light refreshments.  Tickets €15.  Ph 0877856405/0868411301 for more details.

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 . Website www.dochasoffaly.com

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.

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES:  For confidential advice and support call 0579351886 or 0860419154.  www.odvss.ie

TULLAMORE RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm.  Ph 0579322500; Freephone 1800323232; www.tullamorerapecrisis.ie