Church of the Assumption
Vicarstown County Laois

R32 N803

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Who we are

Church of the Assumption welcomes Christians and those who seek to connect to Christianity in the Vicarstown area.

We aim to make contact with and encourage others to join us in our life-changing Christian journey.

We are a friendly Christian community where we welcome others to join us in our worship and service to God.

Our vision is to make an impact for God, here in Vicarstown, County Laois by helping people understand the enriching messages of eternal hope given to us by Jesus Christ through His words and deeds.

Everyone is welcome, no matter your age, beliefs, or background. Come just as you are - we'd love to get to know you better.

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Leadership

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Very Rev. Fr. David Vard   Edit
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Administration

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Mary Delaney   Edit
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Church of the Assumption Mass Times

Mass Times

Saturday: 6:30 PM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally
Sunday:
8:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally
9:30 AM Church of the Assumption, Vicarstown
10:30 AM St. Michael's, Timahoe
11:30 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally

Monday: 10:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally
Tuesday: 10:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally
Wednesday: 10:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally
Thursday: 10:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally
Friday: 10:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally

Saturday: 10:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally


Confession Times

Saturday: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Confession is available after all Saturday Masses.

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Church of the Assumption mass times last updated on the 15th of February, 2024
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Church of the Assumption History

A Brief History of the Parish

St. Coleman, who had been educated at Iona under St. Columba, founded a monastery at Oughaval. The Site was later occupied by the parochial church.

A Franciscan monastery was establihsed in the 13th century in Stradbally. In a return of 1731 it is stated: "Stradbally, Fossey, Timmogue: One Mass House, built within ten years. One Schoolmaster, James; Priests: Pat kelly and John Burn, John Burn came latley from France, frequently officiates in the Mass House and in several private houses."

In 1796 Admiral Cosby granted a lease of a site in Cushen's yard for a church.

Fr. George Hume PP 1850-1862 welcomed Presentation Sisters to Stradbally in 1852. The sisters educated the poor and ran a large orphange. They donated the site for the new Church.

Our Churches

Sacred Heart, Stradbally Date of Completion: 1896 Style: Cruciform Architect: William Hague

Church of the Assumption Vicarstown Date of Completion: 1841 Style Cruciform

The Branch of the Grand Canal, through Vicarstown opned in the 1791, and offered transport of goods and comfortable passage for travellers.

The Church of the Assumption is a large, slated, cruciform structure of stone, surmounted by a large stone cross. The front portion facing the gateway to the Church, is un-plastered and consists of regular blocks of cut stone in the wall and corner pillars. The windows are of Gothic design with the largest positioned above entrace doorway.

St. Michael's, Tiamhoe Date of Completion: 1832 Style: Gothic

Timahoe is situated in Fossey, the ancient parochial district, the ruins of its church being to the south-east of the villag. A religious community exosted in Timahoe as late as 1650.

The round tower of Timahoe is built of limstone and the opening are of sandstone. The tower is 96ft in height and 57ft in circumference at the base, and the wall is 4ft thick. Tjere are five stories above the floor level.

Fr. Dowling, who presided over the buidling of the Church, is buried within its walls. The church's stained glass windows are worthy of particular attention.

On a famr in Garryglass, Timahoe, owned by a Mr. Mooney, is a holy well overhung by a Massbush, called St. Corneliu's Well. A member of the Mooney family discovered a chalice there along with what is thought to be the remnants of a timber altar.

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The power of Christian prayer Abide in my heart
Come, Lord Jesus, and abide in my heart. How grateful I am to realize that the answer to my prayer does not depend on me at all. As I quietly abide in You and let Your life flow into me, what freedom it is to know that the Father does not see my threadbare patience or insufficient trust, rather only Your patience, Lord, and Your confidence that the Father has everything in hand. In Your faith I thank You right now for a more glorious answer to my prayer than I can imagine. Amen.
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