TO celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the re-opening of the Church of the Assumption and the International Eucharistic Congress which will take place in June 2012, Tullamore Pastoral Council has drawn up a list of activities which will be launched on Sunday August 28 when Bishop Michael Smith will launch a ‘Year of Faith’ to mark both events.
The Parish Pastoral Council set up a working Committee which began its work last January. Its chairman Tom Whelan said, “The theme of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin June 2012 is The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another. In preparation for this, our group through various sub committees, are in the process of organising events which will demonstrate that Tullamore Parish is committed to the goals and aims of the international group”.
Special effort will also be made by the committee and the parish team to engage with parishioners in the new estates in the parish.
The year of Faith will open with a Silver Jubilee Mass in the Parish Church at 1pm on August 28, 2011, celebrated by Bishop Michael Smith and past and present priests of Tullamore. There will also be a street party in St Brigid’s Place (front of Parochial House) after the 1pm Jubilee Mass.
Margaret Kelly, Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council commented “We are not just celebrating something that happened in the past but also things that are happening now, our parish fully alive.”
The parish will also launch a Parish Prayer Book. Over the past few months parishioners have submitted their favorite prayers to the editorial team. Children from the various schools have also submitted art work to be included in the prayer book.
Fr Shane is very excited about the project. He believes that “that the prayers prayed over the years are the prayers of our ancestors and it is important that these prayers are cherished and made available to present and future generations”. He remarked that these are even more special as they are the prayers prayed by our fellow parishioners”.
It is hoped that the Parish Prayer Book will be launched in early September 2011.
While a choir from Denmark will perform a special concert in the Church on October 16.