18 April 2024
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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

28th January 2024 ~ 4th 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 
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 (Family Mass), 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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 2-6pm Enquiries 085 1162668.

JOIN US ON PARISH WEBCAMS ON PARISH WEBSITE.

CONFESSIONS - Saturday 2.00-3.00pm in the Day Chapel.


WHO IS HE?

Like the Israelites wondering how they will know when a prophet is among them, the people of Jesus’ time constantly question who he is.  It is the key theme which runs through Mark’s Gospel.  Who is this Jesus of Nazareth?  Not only does Mark teach with authority but he acts with authority.  He cures a sick man and in doing so shows that he has power and tells the Spirit to leave the man, much to people’s amazement.

Those who listen to Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue know there is something different and exciting about him.  His teaching is in sharp contrast to the scribes they are used to hearing.  The difference is his authority and it leaves his audience astonished.  He does not use it the way we might do, instead he uses his authority to serve, to love, to bring mercy and freedom.

What would Jesus’ message be for us today?  Let us think carefully.  Would we dare to trust in our own inner goodness and to let it shine in the world?


CONFIRMATION

Congratulations to our young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend.  We acknowledge the great work of so many people in preparing for this Sacrament.  We appreciate the commitment of our teachers and schools for their support and professionalism and we acknowledge the central work of parents and guardians in handing on the faith to our children.

We should remember to pray for our young people and it is the responsibility and the privilege of the entire Christian Community to share the faith with the next generation.


PARISH ENVELOPES

Parish Envelope boxes are being prepared for parishioners for the coming year.  If you would like to be added to the envelope list, please contact the Parish Centre or Sacristy.


CANDLEMAS DAY & THE FEAST OF ST BLAISE

Friday 2nd is Candlemas Day.  Candles will be blessed at 7.45am & 10.00am Masses.

Saturday 3rd is the Feast of St Blaise.  Blessing of Throats will take place after 10.00am & 6.30pm Masses.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Mark 1:21-28

In this first chapter Mark familiarises his readers with the type of things Jesus did to proclaim the kingdom, the Reign of God.  Our passage today touches on two of these, the first being that ‘he taught as one having authority’.  It makes a difference when you listen to someone who is clearly speaking from experience and personal knowledge.  Remember people who impressed you in this way. 

Jesus’ combined teaching with healing, and he drove the evil spirit out of the man.  The power of God that worked this wonder through Jesus is also at work in and through us today.  When have you been freed from some bad habit? 

The evil spirit convulsed the man before it left him.  The path to liberation can be a painful struggle.  If you have found it so, who was the Jesus person that helped you through the struggle to freedom? 

It is not only individuals but groups that can be struggling with an evil spirit – jealousy, rivalry, malicious gossiping, abuse of power, etc.  Sometimes a Jesus person comes into the group and drives out that evil spirit.  Have you experienced this?  Perhaps you yourself have been this person on some occasion?

John Byrne osa, Intercom Jan 24


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When you know your worth, no one can make you feel worthless.


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 29 10.00 ..Terry Fahy

...................Mary Ellen, Michael & Dan Boland

Sat   3 10.00 ...Margaret (Peg) Kinahan

...................Michael O’Brien, Ballinamere

  .........6.30 ..Mary Teresa Lynch, 1st Ann & her husband Hugh

Sun   4   .8.30 .John Lonergan

...................Mollie Hannigan

..........10.00. Maureen Conway, Ballydaly

...................Fiannaith Lawless

..........11.30 .Peggy McGee, Mon Mem

 

Durrow Sun 4, 11.30am: Tim Devery, 1st Ann; Tom & Maggie Sullivan & Family; Sr Áine, Tommy & Mary Walsh & Family; Brenda Quinn.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Daniel Molloy & Christopher Kiernan.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Croía Lynn Flaherty who was baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €2606; Durrow €330; Envelopes €2227

Thank you for your continued support


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PUBIC ROSARY near Digby Bridge Tullamore, Sat 3, 1pm, for Ashling and Fiona.  All welcome.

TULLAMORE GARDEN CLUB:  Talk “Biodiversity in your Garden”, Wed 31, 7.30pm, Charleville Community Centre.  All welcome.  Ph Julie 0868411301.

FAMILY CARERS:  Become a member of Family Carers Ireland.  Ph 0579370221 and hear how we can support you or for more info visit www.familycarers.ie.

CE – OFFALY HISTORY CENTRE: Admin & Accounts positions available 19.5 hours per week; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    or call 0579321421  for details

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS PROGRAMME: Contact Des 0579352467/ 087 9699998,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or www.offalyldc.ie.  Closing date 29th February 2024.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL, OFFALY ST:  Ph 0579346507, 0877557294 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ALONE support line for older people Ph 0818 222 024, 8am-8pm daily.

OFFALY PRO-LIFE CONVERSATION: Dooley's Hotel Birr, Mon 29, 7-9pm. Registration required, to 086 817 4524. Details on https://www.offalyprolife.com/news

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 .

PILGRIMAGES TO MEDJUGORJE:  17-24 Apr, €745 (price increase to €795 after 2 Feb), Director Fr Oliver Devine.  Ph Amy  0876552453; 12-19 June, ph Luke 0879113118; 17-24 July, from Banagher. Ph Carmel 0872072996 or Sharon 0879574938.  

 
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