20 April 2024

For the week beginning on Sunday 24th. December 2023 

Church Interior

In Honour of the Assumption

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of men.

We believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal Assumption, both in body and soul, into heaven, where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; and we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures, and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, is filled in heaven with the vision of that Humanity glorified, and with the vision of Uncreated Wisdom; and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness.

And we, poor sinners, whose body weighs down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts, so that, while we remain here below, we may learn to see God, and God alone, in the beauties of His creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to glance down upon our miseries and our sorrows, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of His beloved disciple: behold thy son.

And we who call upon you as our Mother, like John, take you as the guide, strength, and consolation of our mortal life.

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes which wept over the earth, watered by the Blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world, held in the clutch of wars, persecutions, and oppression of the just and the weak.

And from the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance and tender mercy comfort for our aching hearts and help in the trials of the Church and of our fatherland.

We believe, finally, that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with the stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and of all the saints.

And from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed Fruit of your womb, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

We invite you to walk the path of Advent with us by listening to short audio  reflections for each day of Advent on our parish website: 

The Lord allows himself to be found by the one who seeks him!

 Play  03 Dec. 1st. Sunday of Advent  Fr. Damian Budău / Elizabeth Dunne
 Play  04 Dec. Monday of 1st. week of Advent Fr. Damian Budău / Elizabeth Dunne 
 Play  05 Dec. Tuesday of 1st. week of Advent  Fr. Fergal Cummins / Taylor Looby  
 Play 06 Dec. Wednesday of 1st. week of Advent   Fr. Fergal Cummins / Taylor Looby  
 Play 07 Dec. Thursday of 1st. week of Advent   Rev. Sean Heaney / Alan Looby 
 Play 08 Dec. Friday of 1st. week of Advent  Rev. Sean Heaney / Alan Looby 
Play 09 Dec. Saturday of 1st. week of Advent Fr. Joe Gallagher / Zuzanna Askuntowicz
Play 10 Dec. Second Sunday of Advent Fr. Joe Gallagher / Zuzanna Askuntowicz
Play 11 Dec. Monday of 2nd. week of Advent Fr. Joe Campbell / Diana Robu
Play 12 Dec. Tuesday of 2nd. week of Advent  Fr. Joe Campbell / Diana Robu
Play 13 Dec. Wednesday of 2nd. week of Advent   Fr. Damian Budău / Ada Davis Flynn
Play 14 Dec. Thursday of 2nd. week of Advent   Fr. Damian Budău / Evelyn Varghese
Play 15 Dec. Friday of 2nd. week of Advent  Fr. Fergal Cummins / Abbie Quinton
Play 16 Dec. Saturday of 2nd. week of Advent  Fr. Fergal Cummins / Eva FitzPatrick
Play 17 Dec. Third Sunday of Advent  Rev. Sean Heaney / Emer Galvin
Play 18 Dec. Monday of 3rd. week of Advent  Rev. Sean Heaney / Lucy Maunsell
Play 19 Dec. Tuesday of 3rd. week of Advent  Fr. J Gallagher / L Healion / C Caraso
Play 20 Dec. Wednesday of 3rd. week of Advent  Fr. Joe Gallagher / Hannah Prendergast
Play 21 Dec. Thursday of 3rd. week of Advent  Fr. Joe Campbell / Chantelle Geoghegan
Play 22 Dec. Friday of 3rd. week of Advent  Fr. Joe Campbell / Alice Duffy
Play 23 Dec. Saturday of 3rd. week of Advent  Rev. Sean Heaney / Taylor Lloyd
Play 24 Dec. Christmas Eve  Fr. Cummins / F. Omoruyi / D Coyne
Play 25 Dec. Christmas Day Fr. Joe Campbell / Mrs. Geraldine Gaffey



On behalf of the priests of the parish and the team we wish you every peace and blessing this Christmas time.  A warm welcome home to those who have managed to travel and welcome to those who are visiting our parish this Christmas.  We also remember family members and friends who are in other parts of the world; we are separated by distance but united in thought and prayer.

Mass Times 26th.-29th. St Stephen’s Day:  11.00am

Wednesday 27th-Friday 29th, 10.00am only.

THE PARISH CENTRE will reopen on Tue. 2 Jan. 2024.

Please <<Click this link>> for the full list of Christmas events in Tullamore Parish.


Getting involved in your Parish can be a very enjoyable experience!  There are lots of different ways to participate and make a difference.  We are looking for Readers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers, people to help with our hospitality/welcoming group and to help with the plate collections in the Church.  So why not put your name forward to play a part in your Parish.


Adoration continues each day in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore on
Mon. to Sat. from 11:00 am. to 6:00 pm. and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. on Sun.

If you can spend one hour a week with the Lord in adoration,
please ring Pat on 


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


New volunteers wanted.  Details from Catherine 0872828070 or Marie 0872941858.


Offaly County Library has a full and varied programme of events some of which are sure to be suited to you or your family. <<Click Here>>   for full details of this week's events.


BAPTISM: Please contact the parish secretary. Baptisms take place monthly on the first Sunday in Tullamore, second Sunday in Durrow, third and fourth Saturday in Tullamore.

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

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 providecouple 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


St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore, Contact Administrator for details of availability, rates, etc Office Hours:  Mon-Thurs, 9.30-1; 1.30-5pm

Phone: 0579321587


A Support line for older people Ph. 0818 222024 is available 8:00am. - 8:00pm. daily.


MABS ( a free, confidential service forople who have problems with money management): Nationl Helpline 0761072000 Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 8:00 pm  


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