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

14th January 2024 ~ 2nd 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, 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.


THE CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP

The Book of Samuel and the gospel deal with the ‘call’ to discipleship and the response.  The call of Samuel is a wonderful story to reflect on at the beginning of a new year.  His response to his call is an example of the perfect prayer of a true disciple.  We must be attentive to the voice of God whether it comes in the darkness of uncertainty or in our everyday experiences.  We have to discern the voice of the Spirit in our often hectic daily lives.

Placed alongside this story is the call of Andrew in the gospel.  Having been baptised by John the Baptist, Jesus was beginning to attract and gather followers.  Initially they sought out Jesus primarily because of the preaching and the witness of John the Baptist.  Andrew, while standing with John, heard him exclaim “Look, there is the Lamb of God” and Andrew followed Jesus who in turn asked him “What are you looking for?”  How might we respond to that question?  What does Jesus mean to us and how does our living reflect His message?  We can learn from the ‘call stories’.  Remember we are never called for our own sake but to help and serve others.  To be called doesn’t require perfection only fidelity.  Samuel, Andrew, Simon Peter and even the tax collectors were not called because of their achievements, status or qualifications.  The journey of discipleship doesn’t require anything more than a willing heart.  Have you a willing heart? 


VOCATIONS

Come and See:  The theme of vocation stands out in the biblical Readings of this Sunday, the Second in Ordinary Time.  In the Gospel, there is the call to the first disciples by Jesus; in the First Reading is the call of the Prophet Samuel.  In the forefront of both these accounts, is the importance of the figure who plays the role of mediator, helping people to recognize God’s voice and to follow it.  May we help others to see their call and in particular, help young men to be priests for Christ in our Diocese.

Vocations Director: Fr Tony Gonoude 044-9373923


WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 

Prayer service in Tullamore Methodist Church, on Sunday January 14th at 7.00pm. 
All are welcome.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS  Mark 1:7-11

John pointed the disciples towards Jesus as the one they should follow.  Remember the people in your life who have pointed you in a new and life-giving direction?  Perhaps in some cases this may have involved directing you away from your association with them, e.g., leaving home, changing jobs, etc. 

Where do you live?  Jesus did not respond to the question by giving the disciples his address.  He invited them to come and experience where and how he lived.  Discipleship is a lived experience.  What experiences have helped you to learn how Jesus lived, and what he was looking for in life?  How has this attracted you to follow him? 

What is your experience of gathering in small groups to learn to live like Jesus by listening to the gospel together?  Where two or three are gathered in his name, Jesus is there with them.  What group experiences have helped your faith to grow? 

Andrew did not keep the good news to himself but also invited his brother to join him in following Jesus.  What is your experience of receiving, or giving, an invitation to join in some worthwhile venture?

John Byrne osa, Intercom Dec 2023


A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR   

Dear Lord, please give me…

A few friends who understand me and remain my friends; work to do which has real
value, without which the world would be the poorer; a mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed; an understanding heart; a sense of humour; time
for quiet, silent meditation; a feeling of the presence of God; the patience to wait
for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to recognise them when they come.


 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 086 466 9926 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..15   7.45 Marcella Martin
................10.00 Paddy Clarke, Kearney Park
Tues..16..10.00 Holy Souls
Wed..17...10.00 Paddy Minnock, Arden View
Fri.....19...10.00 Madge, Bill & Liam Power
Sat....20...10.00 Liam Harvey, Thornsberry Estate
................................Thomas McDonagh
Sun...21.....8.30 Kathleen Greer
................................Mark Heffernan
.................10.00......John & Anne O’Toole
.................................Paul Finlay
.................1
1.30.......Kathleen Healion, Mon Mem
.................................Dolores Champ, 1st Ann

Durrow Sun 21, 11.30am:  Edel Buggy; Vera & baby Arthur Waters; Anne & Eamonn Bracken; William Treacy, Teresa Treacy Keenan & Malachy Keenan  ....


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Margaret McGee, Ronnie Hughes, Gerry O’Reilly & John Flanagan.


BAPTISMS 

Welcome to God’s family Lucy Margaret Connolly who was baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS   

Plate: Tullamore €2839; Durrow €244

Holy Day: Tullamore €1048; Durrow €125 

Envelopes €2533

Thank you for your continued support


COMMUNITY NOTICES

ST PADRÉ PIO:  Mass Tues 16, Tullamore Church, 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

OFFALY CAMINO CANAL WAY WALK IN AID OF SELF HELP AFRICA:  Sun 4 Feb, Fiona Pender Memorial Way-Croghan, 9am; Mass at Croghan Hill, 2pm.  All welcome, especially to Mass.  Ph Laz 0866778807, Aislinn 0870688530,  Vanessa  0877936794, Ricey 0868153047, Mark 0830459377, Paul 0878375407, Nora 0879945964 to receive your sponsorship cards. You can also contact Ronan 087 6189094, visit www.selfhelpafrica.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

READY:  Dinner Dance, Sun 14, Town House, 7pm.  Members going on Donegal break please bring deposit.

LEGION OF MARY: Tues, 7pm, Alfie Lambe House, Arden Rd.  New members welcome.  Ph  086 3143302.

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

ST VINCENT DE PAUL:  Contact 057 9346507, 0877557294,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES:  Contact 057 9351886 or 0860419154.  www.odvss.ie

TULLAMORE RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm.  057 9322500; Freephone 1800323232; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Mon–Fri, 9.30-5pm. Ph 057 9328268. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

AA:  Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1pm; Sun 12noon & 8.15pm.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDUGORJE:  12-19 June. €765 pps. Contact Luke at 087 9113118 for further details.

 

 

 

 
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