IT was a busy week for the clergy of Tullamore parish. On Thursday and Friday they undertook a 24 fast as an Act of Penance for the recent failures of the church, then on Sunday they hosted a Street party outside the Parochial House on St Brigid’s Place to celebrate 25 years since the re-opening of the Church of the Assumption.
Both events were deemed successes by parish Priest Mons Sean Heaney this week. “There was great support for the Act of Penance, the public seemed to appreciate the gesture of what we were doing and many came along to support us during the night for the Reflections and the Masses.
Sunday’s Street Party, which was held following 1pm Mass, was attended by almost 400 people. Tullamore Town Band entertained all with a lively selection of music while there was face painting for the children - and two of the priests - local curates Fr Shane Crombie and Fr Patrick Donnelly, both agreed to have their faces painted by local children who covered their visages in flowers and their names.
“There was a lovely atmosphere,” said Fr Heaney. “We were very happy with the Street Party. People were very generous and there was lots of food for everyone. It was a very pleasant event.”
The Parish also expressed sincere thanks this week to Tullamore College and Offaly VEC, Tullamore Harriers and Tullamore GAA for accommodating Vigil Masses on Saturday August 20 to commemorate the fact that the venues accommodated Mass for the years while the Church of the Assumption was being rebuilt following the fire in October 1983.
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