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

11th December 2022  ~ 3rd Sunday of Advent

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.


GAUDETE - REJOICE

Today is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.  The birth of the Saviour is drawing near and we should rejoice.  The Entrance Antiphon is “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!  The Lord is near”.  This theme of rejoicing can be seen also in the first reading of Isaiah, “they will come to Zion shouting for joy, everlasting joy on their faces; joy and gladness will go with them and sorrow and lament ended.

St. James urges us to be patient and not to lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon.  This is what we must concentrate our minds on at this time of year.  We are surrounded by all sorts of worldly difficulties - unemployment, poverty, lawlessness, insecurity, wars and threats of war.  We might feel like John the Baptist in his prison cell and doubt if Jesus is the one, and, at times even lose faith.  

But we must trust in the harvest.  Christmas is coming.  It is a time of joy for those who believe.  Let us follow the example of our children and rejoice with all our heart.


ADVENT INVITATION!

PRAY AND MEDITATE WITH US

Scripture Reflections posted weekly, on our Youtube channel (Tullamore Parish) containing prayers, a short reflection and discussions about the Mass Readings.  

No Evening Prayer for Advent this Sunday.


BLESSING OF CHILD JESUS STATUES

Next Sunday, 18th, we invite children to bring the baby Jesus statue from their crib to Mass.  At the end of all Masses, the children will be invited to come forward and have the statue blessed and they will then be ready to put into the crib at home on Christmas Day.


NIGHTFEVER

Nightfever will take place next Sunday afternoon, 18th, commencing at 3.00pm and concluding with Evening Prayer at 5.30pm.  During this time there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and volunteers will be in town inviting people to come and light a candle and pray a while.


RECONCILIATION DAY

Reconciliation Day, in preparation for Christmas, will be on Monday 19th.  Confessions after each Mass throughout the day, concluding with evening Mass at 6.30pm.


SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Our Junior Parish Pastoral Council’s “Spirit of Christmas” takes place after all Masses next weekend in the Day Chapel, including bake sale, Christmas ornaments, teas, colouring competition, Santa, etc.  Funds raised go to Youth Retreats and Zamia Project.

Donation of baked goods welcome.  Please leave in the Parish Centre before 5.00pm, Friday 16th.


CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

Carol Service takes place this evening, 11th, 7.00pm in the Church of the Assumption, featuring Meath Diocesan Choir, and choirs from Durrow NS, Ballinamere NS, Sacred Heart School and Children’s Mass Group.  Admission is free but there will be collection boxes available for voluntary contributions to go to nominated charities for Christmas.


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Eucharistic Ministers are needed for 5.00pm Mass Christmas Eve.  Please leave your name in Sacristy.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.  Mt 1:21


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   12  10.00 Niall Mealiffe

                         Thomas Hogan, Connolly Park

Tues   13   7.45 Mooney & Longworth Families

               10.00 Maxine Power, Mon Mem

Wed   14   7.45 Maura, Mick & Michael Daly

               10.00 Joseph & Mary Dwyer, daughters Mary & Patricia, grandchildren Leanne & Simon  

Thurs 15 10.00 Christopher & Brigid Geoghegan

.................... Eric Frawley

Fri     16    7.45 Linda Weir

               10.00 Muriel Flanagan

                         Paul Merriman

Sat     17 10.00 Edel Bracken

                         Bridget & Martin Deegan

                6.30  Ann Conroy, Dillon St, 1st Ann

.................. . Carol Byrne, Mon Mem

Sun   18    8.30  Patricia Molloy

               10.00 Philomena Boland

                          Elizabeth & Richard Buckley Ballycowen

               11.30 Private Sam Kilroe, Mon Mem

................. .. Sr Mary Fox, 1st Ann

                1.00 Imelda O’Shea, 1st Ann

 ................. ..Winifred Flanagan, Arden Heights, Mon Mem

Durrow Sun 18, 11.30:  Padraig McDermott, Mon Mem & daughter Jenny; Aidan Bermingham & James Berry.


DEATHS

We offer our sympathy to the family of Theresa Daly.


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s Family Mealla Grace O’Connor & Senan Daniel Philbin who were baptised recently.


COLLECTIONS

Plate: Tullamore €2806; Durrow €238 

Envelopes €2398

Thank you for your continued support.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

ST PADRÉ PIO:  Mass, Tues 13, 7.30pm, Tullamore Church.  All are welcome.

 “CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED”: A celebration of Christmas Carols for all the family, presented by Tullamore Stage School (Director Regina McCarthy), Tues 20, 7pm, Tullamore Church.  All proceeds to Tullamore Parish Support Services & Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services.  Tickets from 'gr8 Events’ or any member of Tullamore Stage School, 087 3928477.

READY:  Christmas Dinner Dance, Town House, Sun 11, 7pm.

TULLAMORE HOUSING ASSOC: Thank everyone who contributed recent Church Gate Collection. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Coffee morning, Teach Dochas, Tues 20, 11am-1pm. Raffle on the morning. All welcome.

ALONE seeking volunteers to provide support to Older People. Details on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 086 1366539.”

FOUND:  Watch.  Ph 0851162668.

CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL: Cluain Chiarain Prayer   Centre, Fri 16. Mass at 9pm. Adoration, Prayer, and refreshments follow. Contact Sean - 0878175227

 
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