18 April 2024

For the week beginning on Sunday 4th. February 2024 

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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.

FIRST COMMUNION RITUAL

Our next Rituals take place at Masses 10th/11th Feb:

Sat   6.30pm St Joseph’s

Sun 10.00am Ballinamere, Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada

Sun 11.30am Scoil Bhride, Scoil Mhuire, Parish  Sacramental Preparation Class

Sun 11.30am Durrow NS in Durrow Church

Each child will present a peace or friendship word at the end of Mass in preparation for First Confession.

BANK HOLIDAY

Monday 5th. Feb. is a Bank Holiday and there will be one Mass only at 10.00am.

READERS FOR 7.30pm MASS DURING LENT

If you are available to read at 7:30 pm Mass, Please leave your name into the Sacristy or Parish Centre.

JUNIOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

The JPPC recently donated €1,145 to Accessible Counseling Tullamore (ACT).  The money was raised during their annual Spirit of Christmas held in December.  The members of JPPC would like to thank everyone for their continued support.  The JPPC meet every Thursday from 4.00 to 5.00pm in the Parish Centre.  All secondary school students are welcome..

LENTEN RETREAT

The Knights of St Columbanus will host a Lenten Retreat in the Parish Centre on Saturday 17th. February.  The retreat will be led by Fr Luke Ohiemi and will commence with 10.00am Mass in the main church and finish by 3.00pm.  All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

OFFALY CAMINO CANAL WAY WALK IN AID OF SELF HELP AFRICA:

Sun 4th. Feb. From Fiona Pender Memorial Way to Croghan, starting at 9:00am.
Mass at Croghan Hill at 2:00pm.  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

PILGRIMAGES TO MEDUGORJE
17th. - 24th. Apr, €745 (price increase to €795 after 2 Feb.), Director Fr Oliver Devine.  Ph. Amy  0876552453; 12th. - 19th. June, ph. Luke 0879113118; 17th. - 24th. July, from Banagher. Ph Carmel 0872072996 or Sharon 0879574938. 

GET INVOLVED!

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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

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 
085-1162668.

MASS INTENTIONS    

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

MEALS ON WHEELS 

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

SACRAMENTS

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

MEETING ROOMS AVAILABLE

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

ALONE

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

MONEY ADVICE AND BUDGETING SERVICE (MABS)

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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