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Sat, 2017

Parish of Achonry/Mullinabreena

Church of St Nathy & St Brigid,Achonry F91 X998

Church of the Sacred Heart Mullinabreena F56 C864

Fr Peter Gallagher 071 9184002 / 087 2221244,   F56 CY23


2017 Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle I  


Third Sunday of Advent

Sat 16th                  8:00 pm Bridget & Walter Burke

& dec’d family (A)

Sun 17th                 10:00 am              Eugene Henry, Uristeen (A)

                                                        11:30 am              People of the Parish (M)

Mon 18th               St Flannan (bishop)

10:00 am        Una Brennan & dec’d family (M)

Tues 19th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Wed 20th               St Fachanan (bishop)

10:00 am        Michael & Margaret Doddy (A)

Thurs 21st             St Peter Canisius (priest & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Dan & Celia Coleman (M)

Fri          22nd         10:00 am              Margaret Mooney (A)

Sat 23rd                  St John of Kanty (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sat 23rd                  8:00 pm Peter & Ellen Murtagh (A)

Sun 24th                 10:00 am              Eleanor & Patrick O’Brien (A)

                                                        11:30 am              People of the Parish (M)

Christmas Night Masses

Sun 24th                 8:00 pm                 Christmas Vigil Mass (M)

Sun 24th                 12:00 am              Midnight Mass (A)



MULLINABREENA       3:00pm – 7:00pm

ACHONRY                      6:00pm – 9:00pm




Readers of the Word

Saturday 23rd 8pm Anthony Benson (A)

Sunday 24th 10am Sinead Johnston (A)

Sunday 24th 11:30am Ella Finan (M)

1st Reading 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8-12. Psalm Ps 88.

2nd Reading 2 Rm 16:25-27. Gospel Lk 1:26-38.

Readers of Universal Prayer

Sunday 24th 11:30am Clara Gallagher (M)

Readers of the Word; Christmas Masses

Sunday 24th 8pm Karen Henry (M)

Sunday 24th 12am Anthony Benson (A) Midnight Mass

Mon 25th 10am Tara Hosey & Sinead O’Brien (A) Christmas Day

Monday 25th 11:30am Megan Finan (M) Christmas Day

Readers of Universal Prayer; Christmas Masses

Sunday 24th 8pm Conor Marren (M) Vigil Mass

Monday 25th 11:30am Aoife Seevers (M) Christmas Day


World Meeting of Families; Presentation to the following:

December 17th 10am (A) Kerins family, Gortnadrass

December 24th 10 am (A) Lee Family, Carniara

December 31st 10 am (A) McGowan family, Gortnadrass


Third Sunday of Advent 17th Dec: Focus: Rejoice in your God, the God of hope & light. – The world literally grows darker each day this time of the year. But as dark as the world grows, the darkness will not overcome the light. Jesus is the light of the world. He illumines our darkness with his love & truth. We are able to sit in the darkness with confidence that the Lord is with us.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Aaron Johnston, England (son of Mick, formerly of Carrowrile, nephew of Tom Johnston & Teresa Hamilton).  

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confessions in Mullinabreena Church this Sunday 17th December at 6:30pm. Confessions in Tubbercurry Church Sunday 17th December at 7:30pm



Achonry Sat 8pm 23rd Dec: ST. ATTRACTA

Achonry Sun 10am 24th Dec: ST. BRIGID  

Mullinabreena Sun 11:30am 24th Dec: ST. DECLAN

Mullinabreena Sun 8pm 24th Dec: ST. ELIZABETH + others

Achonry Sun Midnight 24th Dec:  ST. COLUMBA + others

Achonry Mon 10am 25th Dec: ST. DAVNET + others

Mullinabreena Mon 11:30am 25th Dec ST. FRANCIS + others


“Do This in Memory” programme for First Holy Communion in Achonry at 10am Mass on Sunday 24th December.


Choir Practice: In Mullinabreena Church this Sunday 17th Dec at 7:15 & next Friday 22nd at 7:15 in preparation for Christmas Masses

Choir Practice: In Achonry Church at 7pm on Sunday 17th Dec in preparation for Christmas Masses.

Tractor Run in aid of Curry/Moylough Playground on Tuesday 26th De at 1pm, registration at St. Mary's Community Centre from 12noon. There will be a Children’s' Mini Tractor Run, at 12.30pm.

Ceili in St Nathy's Hall on Thursday 21st Dec from 8.30-11.30pm. Music by the Laighnaigh Ceili Band. All welcome

Coolaney / Mullinabreena GAA Club - This year's Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday 23rd Dec at 8.30pm, in St. Nathy's Hall. It promises to be a great night of Music, Song, Dance & Comedy.

25 Drive in St Nathy’s Hall on Fridays at 8:30pm. Fri 15th; Winners: M. Raffle:


Card Game in Cloonacool C. C. at 8.30 pm every Monday.

25 Drive in Moylough Community Centre 8.30pm every Wednesday


The Parents Association of Achonry N.S. Annual CLOTHES COLLECTION on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th Jan 2018 times TBC. There will be a collection on Wed 20th December from 7-8pm in St Nathy’s Hall to accommodate those who have clothes gathered & need them collected before Christmas. Keep Packing! Please inform Family, Neighbours & Friends. For more info ring 087 6312980.

Towards Peace: Christmas & New Year is often a time when we are reminded of our deeper selves & deepest hopes, & deepest pain. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space for people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context, & who are seeking to explore the spiritual impact of the abuse. If you have been abused & would like a space to reflect on the impact of the trauma of abuse on your own relationship with God & spirituality, Towards Peace is here for you: / 01 505 3028.


Coleman Centre: "Cherish the Ladies" on Saturday Jan 6th at 8.30pm. This concert is now sold out. Due to popular demand we have added another show on Sun Jan 7th at 8.00pm. Last year was an outstanding sell out show, by these exceptionally talented musicians & we are looking forward to welcoming them back this year. Booking & enquiries on 071 9182599 or


South Sligo AC 5K fun run on St. Stephen's Day in aid of SHOUT. Registration in St. Brigid's hall at 11:30am, all donations go to SHOUT, & the run will commence at midday. Walkers, joggers & runners welcome to this family friendly event. Christmas jumpers encouraged!!! Refreshments in St. Brigid's hall. Look forward to seeing you all there. 


Offertory Boxes: are available at the church door. If your name is not on one & you require same please contact Fr Peter. Sincere thanks for your contributions over the past year.

Silent RetreatSpiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius at the Alexian Brothers Monastery, Knock, for women aged 18 years & up. From Dec 28thto Jan 1st.  Places are limited. For more info contact 085-8235525. 

Special Olympics Connaught is calling on Sligo to get 'Freezin' for a Reason' this December & raise funds for local athletes with intellectual disabilities. First ever Polar Plunge that will take place at Rosses Point on Dec 9th at 11am. If you are interested sign up on click on Freezin for a Reason go to the Rosses Point event & register there. All monies raised go to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport & competitions. Plungers who raise more than €70 will also receive a complimentary Polar Plunge T-Shirt. There will be prizes for Fancy dress & best fundraiser also hot food, music & fun. Please contact Maura Kerins on also 071-9118320

Consider becoming a volunteer for WMOF2018

Why not consider volunteering for WMOF2018, either as an individual or as part of a group? No previous volunteering experience is necessary & we have roles for everyone, from logistics to liturgical, from translations to transport, among others. We need a diverse mix of people with various skills & experiences to ensure the success of WMOF2018 – & we need thousands of you! Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know that your abilities & experience can help us & we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic & joyous event. Apply to volunteer at

Bishop’s House, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon 094-9860021;

E-mail: A Word of Thanks for the Diocesan Launch of the Preparation towards the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Sunday, 12th Nov was a memorable day for our Diocese. The Diocesan Launch for WMOF2018 which took place in the Charlestown /Bellaghy Sports Complex was a marvellous celebration of ‘Family’ and all that that means to every individual. On behalf of the Diocesan Committee for the World Meeting of Families 2018, we would like to say a very sincere word of gratitude to every person who attended on Sunday last. To all the parishes across the diocese who took part and promoted the event to their very best - that was clearly evident, and it is greatly appreciated. To the many people who had an active part in the celebration – they were wonderful! And to the several individuals on the Diocesan Committee who organised the planning, as well as the many helpers who assisted to ensure that the whole event would become the success it was, we extend our thanks. We are very grateful to Mr. Tommy Marren of Mid-West Radio for his personal assistance and his availability to attend and act as MC for the occasion. May this event bring the abundance of God’s blessings on us at this time. And may the Holy Family of Nazareth remain the model and inspiration for us all throughout the ‘Family’ of our Diocese of Achonry.

With renewed thanks.  

Go gcumhdaí Dia sibh i gcónaí,

Fr Gerard Davey, Chairman

Bishop Brendan Kelly.