22 October 2020

 

Walk On Water   

SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS 
OF THE GOSPEL (Matthew 14:22-23)

1. The story illustrates the power of faith. Have you noticed that when you believe in someone, or something, you can do things that would not be possible when you are full of doubts? Recall moments when your faith gave you strength and courage? Name for yourself the different kinds of faith that had this effect: belief in yourself, trust in another, faith in God.

2. When Jesus got into the boat, the winds ceased. Who has been a Jesus-person for you, helping to calm a storm that frightened you or made you anxious?

3. The experience of Peter gives encouragement to us when we waver in our trust and belief in God. In his doubt and fear, Jesus reached out to him. Who has reached out a helping hand to you when you felt you were sinking?

4. The story ends with a profession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God. Have you had experiences of being rescued from some hazard or danger, experiences which deepened your faith in the presence and compassion of God?

- John Byrne OSA, Intercom August 2020

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light
of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy
and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, Amen.

NO PUBLIC MASSES FOR 2 WEEKS

New measures announced by the taoiseach, Míchéal Martin, on Friday 20th. August  2020 mean that the public celebration of mass will be suspended throughout counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly for a period of at least 2 weeks to guard against the spread of coronavirus in the community. While Tullamore and Durrow churches will remain closed, mass will continue to be available on our webcam page. Funeral masses during this period will be restricted to a maximum number of 25 people.

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

Saturday next, 15th. is the Feast of the Assumption.  The Mass times will be at 10:00 am and 1:10pm on our webcam only.

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM: Baptisms have recommenced and booking can now be made at the Parish Office. 

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary. 

COURAGE! IT IS I!  DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Uncertainty can sometimes bring fear along with God’s call to consecrated life or priesthood. If the Lord is truly calling you, what is needed is trust. If you are discerning your vocation, speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK - SUN 9th.

The pilgrimage to Knock this year will be a virtual pilgrimage. Two priests from the diocese will attend the Shrine in Knock for the Rosary at 2:30pm and Mass at 3:00pm. These events can be followed online on the Knock Shrine website. www.knockshrine.ie .

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES

A new pilgrimage on Lough Derg's lakeshore - Walk and Pray in the Lough Derg tradition on 16, 18, 22, 26 & 30 August. At times in the 1600s and 1700s when Station Island was closed by the Penal Laws, pilgrims undertook a form of pilgrimage on the lough shore. Walk in their footsteps. Contact 0719861518 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details. Numbers are limited.  Advance booking essential.

MASS INTENTIONS   

<Click Here> for the full list of Mass Intentions to be celebrated this week.

Sat.        1st.     10.00 Robert Smyth
                          6.30 Betty Kane,  1st Ann.
Sun.       2nd.      8.30 Jim Flood
                          10.00 Esther Cunningham

Sun.       2nd.    11.30     Durrow Shared Mass: Jimmy & Molly Daly; Vincent Ward; 
                                       Ted Nyhan; Hugh O’Boyle; Micheál & Maudie Walsh.

PARISH COLLECTIONS - THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

Plate €1134;  Durrow €147;   Envelopes €2325

You can donate to the parish in a number of ways:-  Click Here to see how.

The parish wishes to thank you most sincerely for your continued support.

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Ph 0818 222 024, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily.

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE

BTTC is offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph 0579353177/9353441, 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL

Youth 2000 Summer Festival is Ireland's largest Catholic Youth event, but this year, for the first time, it will be streamed live on the 14th-16th of August.  Hear talks and workshops from some of the best Catholic speakers from Ireland and around the world. Youth 2000 Ireland's motto is 'Youth leading Youth to the Heart of the Church' and we do this by leading  Eucharistic-centred festivals, retreats and prayer meetings throughout the country.

Register FREE at www.youth2000.ie/summerfestival2020