18 April 2024
Bulletin 02-May-04


• On Vocations Sunday, the scripture readings emphasise the importance of spreading the Word of God.

• Jesus the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for us is risen and tells us that those who belong to him, listen to his voice and follow him.

• The people of Antioch assembled at the synagogue to hear the word of God, but rejected it.  Hence Paul and Barnabas, having preached about Jesus to the Jewish people first, were forced to proclaim the Gospel to the pagans instead, as commanded by the Lord:

• â€˜I have made you a light for the nations, so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.'

• With the decline in vocations to the priesthood, the laity are called, not only to listen to the word of God, but to help in making the Good News of Salvation known to others.

Parish Activities

Confirmation - Saturday 8th with two sessions at 11.00am & 3.00pm.  Eucharistic Ministers needed to help out.  Please leave name in Sacristy.

Praying With Scriptures (Lectio Divina) continues Tuesday at 8.00pm at new venue - basement Parochial House.

1st Friday Healing Mass Friday 7th, 7.30pm, Church of the Assumption.  Celebrant Fr Denis Luddy CSSR.

Liturgy Committee: Monthly meeting Friday 7th, 5.00pm, Parochial House.

Parish Liturgy Resource Person Wanted:

1. To resource the parish Liturgy Committee in its responsibility for the maintenance and development of a parish vision for liturgy, and for  the  management of all parish liturgy in the light of that vision, especially weekend masses and liturgies for special occasions.
2. To support and liaise with the various existing working groups and individuals in their 'on-the-ground' work with liturgy, and to develop new such groups as the need and opportunity arises.
3.  To work as part of the parish team in this and related areas of ministry.

The post is full-time and will require some flexibility in regard to weekend and evening work.  Please contact any member of parish staff for further details.

Vocations Sunday: Today is Vocations Sunday and all proceeds from the basket collection will go towards vocations.

Bank Holiday Monday: Tomorrow, Monday 3, is a Bank Holiday.  There will be one Mass only at 11.00am.

Mass Intentions:
Tues 4:  10.00 Luke, Lucy & John Bracken.
Wed 5: 7.45 Mary Sinclair, Cloncollig.  10.00 Kathleen & Michael Mills.
Thurs 6: 10.00 Oliver Flanagan, 26 Davitt St. 
Sat 8: 7.45 William & Sean O'Reilly, Healy St.  10.00 Sean Pender, Ballydaly.  7.00 Anne Fox, Church Rd, 1st Ann; Brigid Fox, Marian Place & Gallagher Family, Henry St.
8.30 Clair Keegan, Bracklin.  Mon Mem. 
Sun 9: 8.30 Michael & Elizabeth O'Brien, 26 Clontarf Rd.  10.00 Thomas Kearney, Puttaghaun.  11.30 Frank Cunningham, Daingean Rd.  1st Ann.

Durrow: Fri 7 David Waters.  Mon Mem (8pm).  Sun 9 John & Mary Murray.

Next Shared Mass on Saturday 22nd May, 10am.

Deaths: We offer our sympathy to the families of Margaret Kelly, Coolnahiley; Rosie Horan, O'Moore St; Sean Cleary, Ballykilmurray; Margaret Kilroy, High St.. If you would like support in your grieving, now or in the future, please ring 26604.

Baptisms: The next pre-Baptism meeting - Wed 12th May at 8.30pm in the Parochial House.  All parents who wish to have their child baptised must attend a meeting.  Contact Parish Secretary for details.

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

Community Acivities


Corpus Christi Procession: Committee meeting Tues 4, 7pm, Parochial House.  New members welcome.
Garden Club: Visit to Hawthorn Garden Centre, Portlaoise, Wed 5, from O'Connor Sq 6pm.  Ph 52312/23284.
Ready: Party Tues 4, 8pm, Millennium Room, Bridge House.
Secular Franciscans: Meeting Tues 4, 7pm, Mercy Convent.  New members welcome
Children of Mary: Meeting Tues 4, 8pm.
Tullamore College Parents' Council: Teams required for bowling league commencing Tues 4.  Contact college, 21677.
Junior Chamber 'Shoe Shine Day' Bridge Centre 9am-6pm, Sat 8 for People In Need. Your support is needed. All proceeds go to local charities.
Home Start:"The Early Years - how first 4 years are crucial to a child's development" by Dr Vincent Maloney, Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, 8.30pm, Tues 4.
Astronomical Society: Talk ‘Planets & Moons', Mon 3, 8pm, followed by observation, Order of Malta rooms, Tanyard. www.tullamoreastronomy.com
Charity Fun Run/Walk in aid of Aware & Offaly Cancer Support, Sun 9, 11.30am, Harriers.  All welcome to join.  Entry fee €10.
Offaly Pro-Life Group: Monthly meeting, Wed 5, 8.30pm, Bridge House.
Tullamore Youth Theatre: Presents "Oliver Twist", Wed 5, Thurs 6, 8pm, Youth Centre.  Adults €8; oap & students €5.
Medjugorje: Tullamore pilgrimage with Fr Joe McLaughlin, 4-15 Oct. Ph51090/0857236680.
Lourdes: Tullamore pilgrimage with Fr Joe McLaughlin, 18-23 Aug.  Ph 51309.
Found: Lady's gold watch with inscription, church grounds.  Ph 21075.
Parish Information & Support Services - Confidential Phone Line 26604:

Support Services

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;
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 28268y
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 0506-41110 or 1850 281281 9am to 9pm every day for the price of a local call 
Grow Thurs
7.30pm Day Care Arden Rd, 51124;
Aware Mon 8.45pm Community Mental Health Centre 1890303302;
Breastfeeding Support Group 3
rd 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


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