01 February 2023
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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

15th January 2023  ~ Second Sunday of the year

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.


BEING A WITNESS

In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist speaks about Jesus and reveals to others the mystery of this person, Jesus – “I am the witness that He is the Chosen One of God”.  John keeps declaring who he is not in order to say who Jesus is.  John was not the light, “only the witness to speak for the Light”.  He is the first Christian witness – the first person to lead others to Jesus, whom he identifies as the Messiah.  His relationship with Jesus is beautifully put by St Augustine:

I listen: He is the One who speaks

I am enlightened: He is the light

I am the ear: He is the Word

Later in the Gospels, Jesus tells the disciples that when they receive the Spirit of Truth, “you will be my witness”.  This charge is given to each one of us.  Through Baptism, we have received the Spirit; we have been called to witness to Jesus, to show others the way to Him.  People may need help to come to Jesus, and indeed, none of us comes to Him alone.

Have we lost the courage to speak to each other about Jesus; about the things that matter most to us?  Will anyone care?  We must have the courage to speak about Jesus to each other, to share what we believe.  We know what we believe because we love – and in the power of that love we can share our belief with each other.


TULLAMORE PARISH CHOIR

New members are invited to join the Parish Choir. We sing at 11.30am Mass on Sundays and rehearse in the Parish Centre every second Thursday. Telephone Martina for details on 0857630022


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Since most of us were baptised as infants, we do not remember the event.  Yet, no matter what age you were, it still has the same effects: cleansing of sin, imparting of grace, giving of the Holy Spirit, adoption as a child of God, and incorporation into the Church.  Take time today to thank God for the gift of baptism and reflect on the importance of your baptism.

Baptism begins our covenant relationship with God.  Like all covenantal relationships (e.g. marriage), this relationship takes work.  Make an extra effort this week to invest time and energy into your relationship with God and ask for His grace to help you grow closer to Him.

stjoesmarion.org, Intercom Jan 2023


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

John 1:29-34

John is the one who directs people to Jesus as the one who had a life-giving message for them.  Who have been the people in your life whose example or advice pointed you in the direction of a fuller life?  Who has helped you to appreciate the importance of Jesus and his message?

In the narrative John recognized that Jesus had more to offer people than he himself.  He had the humility not to need to be the star of the show.  Whom have you known with that grounded sense of the own place?

John proclaims Jesus as one who takes away the sin of the world.  Who have been the people who, for you, continued this mission of Jesus and led you from sin and guilt to forgiveness and freedom?  For whom have you done this?

It was not just on the cross that Jesus gave his life as the Lamb of God.  His public ministry was a constant struggle against injustice and oppression.  When have you shared in this mission of Jesus?  Who have been models of this for you?

John Byrne osa, Intercom Jan 2023


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   16      7.45 Marcella Martin

                 10.00 Naughton Family

 .....................Pat Longworth, New Road

Tues    17  10.00 Paddy Clarke, Kearney Park  

Fri       20  10.00 Kathleen Greer

                          Phylis D’Netto

Sat      21  10.00 John O’Toole, Pearse Park

                           Mark Heffernan, Ashley Court

                   6.30 Doris Sheehan, Mon Mem

 .....................Liam Harvey, 1st Ann

Sun     22  10.00 James Molloy, Mon Mem  

                           Jim Jennette, Connolly Park

                 11.30 Kathleen Walsh, Mon Mem

                           Elizabeth Killeavy, Mon Mem

                  1.00 Josie Morris, Mon Mem

..................... Margaret McDermott, Mon Mem

 

Durrow Sun 22, 11.30:  Eamonn Bracken, 1st Ann, his wife Ann & Bracken Family


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the families of Elizabeth Hensey & Pat Keogh.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Hannah Marie Hansson, Louie Patrick Thunder & Theo James Duffy who were baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €2740; Durrow €346 

Envelopes €2332

Thank you for your continued support.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

TULLAMORE COMMUNITY MEN’S SHED:  New members welcome.  Ph Tom 0877426297 for details.

TULLAMORE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC: Resuming Tues 17, Charleville Centre.

TULLAMORE INDOOR BOWLS CLUB:  New members welcome, Charleville Centre, Mon, 7.30pm. No experience required, training will be provided.

MENPOWER PROGRAMME: Programme begins Feb 1, two days a week for 12 weeks. Participation on this programme is free and will not affect social welfare benefits. Ph, 087-7385989 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

AGE ACTION GETTING STARTED COMPUTER TRAINING:  FREE computer, mobile phone, tablet classes, Tullamore Library. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or phone 01 4756989.

AA: Offaly House, Offaly St, Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat & Sun 8.15pm, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun, 1pm.

AL-ANON Thurdays, 8pm, Darmagh Community Centre, Tihilly, Lanello, Clontarf Rd.

TULLAMORE RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm., 0579322500; Freephone 1800323232 

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

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 .; www.dochasoffaly.com

OFFALY CAMINO CANAL WAY WALK & MASS: Sun 5 Feb, 9am, Fiona Pender Memorial Way to Croghan Hill, for Mass at 2pm - Everyone welcome at any stage.  Proceeds to Self Help Africa. Details from 0866778807, 0870688530, 0830459377, 0878375407, 0876189094,    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , ww.selfhelpafrica.org

OFFALY DISABILITY EQUALITY NETWORK (ODEN):  Round Table Event, Tues 24, 10am-1pm, Court Hotel.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 086 8373456 to register or for more information.  

 
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