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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

17th September 2023  ~  24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 
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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.


FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES

The content of today’s readings concerns forgiveness.  Peter’s question to Jesus is very direct.  He asks: “Lord, how often must I forgive my sister or brother if they wrong me?”  Jesus answers in a clear statement: “Seventy-seven times”.  In other words, there is no end to how often we must forgive our sisters or brothers.  A number cannot be put on it.

Everything we have comes from God – life itself, our freedom, our families, our individual talents – these are all gifts from God.  However, like the servant in the Gospel story, we can often forget the gifts God has freely given us.  We can forget the love He has shown us and the mercy He pours out to us in spite of our neglect of Him.  Eaten bread is soon forgotten.  We can turn God’s creation upside down in our ingratitude and neglect.  We cannot injure God, but we can injure our neighbour, and they can hurt us.

Because God is good, He wants us to forgive others.  He wants us to be consumed by the fire of love, not the fire of hate.  We must forgive our neighbour from the depths of our heart, and all the time, for real and imagined hurts.  As we say in the prayer He gave us: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.

How are we doing in this matter?


CONFIRMATION ENROLMENTS

Enrolment for Confirmation in our Parish will take place at Masses in Tullamore Church, next weekend:

Sat 23 6.30pm  Scoil Eóin Phóil II, St Philomena’s, St Joseph’s

Sun 24 10.00am  Ballinamere, Gaelscoil Éiscir Ríada, Durrow

11.30am  Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Bhríde, Parish School

Please bring application/registration form to Mass.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

Jesus surprised Peter by telling him he needed to forgive seventy-seven times.  Perhaps you have known the value of this when something reminds you of a past hurt and you find you need in your heart to forgive again the person who hurt you.  What was this like for you?  How has a capacity to have a forgiving heart helped you? 

Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves for things we regret about past behaviour.  What happens to you when you cannot do this?  How has your ability to forgive yourself for past mistakes influenced your attitude towards yourself now? 

Pope Francis chose as his motto ‘miserando atque eligendo’ (seen with compassion and chosen) to express his belief that Jesus viewed his past mistakes with compassion, and called him, nonetheless.  At this moment can you see Jesus calling you, no matter what your past has been like?

Are there people whose ability to forgive has inspired you?  Recall them and the forgiveness they showed and give thanks for their example.

John Byrne osa, Intercom Sept 2023


DURROW CEMETERY

Durrow Cemetery Committee wish to thank all who contributed to the collection of €5056 taken up on Cemetery Sunday.  They also thank all who help maintain the cemetery.


GET INVOLVED!

Getting involved in your Parish can be a very enjoyable experience! There are lots of different ways to participate and make a difference. 

We are looking for Readers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers, people to help with our hospitality/welcoming group and to help with the plate collections in the Church.  So why not put your name forward to play a part in your Parish.


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 18 ..10.00 Eric Frawley

Tues 19.. 10.00 Mary O’Brien, Castlebarna

Wed 20 ..10.00 Derek McDonagh, Ardren View

Sun 24  .10.00 Mick Kidney Jnr

................... James Houlihan

...........11.30 Maureen Droogan, Mon Mem

  ...........1.00 Martin Rickard, 1st Ann

Shared Mass Sat 23, 10am: Lil Lowbridge; Cunningham Family; Nicholas Kerry, Joseph & Elizabeth Geoghegan & Family; Jim Griffin & Family, Susan Canavan & Tom, Susan & Thomas Noel Guinan; Elizabeth Lowbridge; Michael & Mary Ann Wyer & Family; Bridget, Joan & Josephine Connolly, Maryann & Patrick Daly & Family, Margaret & Paddy Cooney & Family; Mick Keoghan; Damien Goulding; Thomas, Noel, Thomas Jnr & Ray Leavy & Family; Michael & Mary Yeats & Family;  Oliver Cleary & Family; Elizabeth & Jack Lee & forgotten souls; Hannah & Liam Hughes; John Deering; Tess & Joe Walsh; Fiona Slattery McDonald; Patrick, Catherine & Gerry Burke; Jim & Anne Sheppard; James & Mary Mahon & greatgrandson James; Peter & Peg Doyle; Edward & Pauline O’Connor & Jean, Eamonn, Eddie & Angue Gleeson & Pauline & Gerry Dunne; Paddy & Nancy Quinlan & Gerry & Bríd Ryan.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Deborah Slater, Mary (Moll) Constandine (nee Brophy).


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €2457; Envelopes €2249

Thank you for your continued support


COMMUNITY NOTICES

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Covered required Mon 1-2pm;Tues 1-2pm; Fri 2-3pm, 4-5pm, 5-6pm.  Ph Pat 085 1162668.

LEGION OF MARY meet Tues, 7pm in The Alfie Lambe House, Arden Road.  New members are very welcome.

TEAS/COFFEES PARISH CENTRE:  Proceeds Thurs 21, 10.30am will go to Offaly Hospice.

OFFALY HOSPICE CHARITY SHOP COFFEE MORNING SOCIAL FOR HOSPICE: Wed 20, 10.30am- 2pm.  

DURROW CÉILÍ CLUB:  Céilí & set dancing classes, Tues, 8.30pm,  Durrow Hall.  New members welcome.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Mon–Fri, 9.30-5pm. Ph 0579328268.  

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.

ALONE for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties.  Ph 0818 222 024, 8am-8pm daily.

SMA MASS:  Wed 27, 7.30pm, Day Chapel.  All are welcome.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK:  Sun 8 Oct (Rosary Sunday).  Bus from Parochial House, 9.30am sharp.  €15 return.  Details & booking on 0876386270.

ST PIO’S FEAST DAY MASS:  Fri 22, 7.30pm, Edenderry Church.  Celebrant Bishop Nulty.  Glove available after Mass for blessing.  All are welcome.