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Sun, 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  


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)

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

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

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

Mon 25th               10:00 am              Christmas Day Mass (A)

                                                        11:30 am              Christmas Day Mass (M)

Tues 26th               St Stephen (first martyr)

10:00 am        Denis & Mary & dec’d Gormalley family (M)

Wed 27th               St John (apostle & evangelist)

10:00 am        Agnes & Frances Henry (A)

Thurs 28th             The Holy Innocents (martyrs)

10:00 am        Michael Henry, Carrowmore (M)

11:30 am        Patrick O’Donnell & dec’d family (M)

Fri          29th         St Thomas Becket (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Sat 30th                  10:00 am              Mary & Jim Clarke (M)

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Sat 30th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (A)

Sun 31st                 10:00 am              Michael & Bea Ann Brennan, Chaffpool (A)


MULLINABREENA       3:00pm – 7:00pm

ACHONRY                      6:00pm – 9:00pm



                                                        11:30 am              People of the Parish (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

Readers of the Word

Saturday 30th 8pm Anthony Benson (A)

Sunday 31st 10am Francis Brennan (A)

Sunday 31st 11:30am Martin Golden (M)

1st Reading Gen 15:1-6, 21:1-3. Psalm Ps 104.

2nd Reading Heb 18:11-12, 17-19. Gospel Lk 2:22--40.

Readers of Universal Prayer

Sunday 31st 11:30am Hannah Lee (M)


World Meeting of Families; Presentation to the following:

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

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

January 7th 11:30 am (M) Middleton family, Tubbertelly


Fourth Sunday of Advent 24th Dec: Focus: Have faith in God’s promises. – Sometimes, as children, we think that a special day, such as Christmas or a birthday, will never arrive, but it always does, eventually. The people of the Old Testament were waiting for centuries for the coming of the Messiah to free them. Jesus did come, but it took a long time before he was accepted.

Christmas Day – The Nativity of our Lord – 25th Dec: Today we celebrate the birth of Christ. In the darkness of the night, God’s purest light appears in human history, offering us a share in God’s eternal life & mercy. – The Christmas story is known to all through word, song & tradition. But it is more than an account of a baby born in difficult circumstances. For this is no ordinary child, but one sent to us from the very heart of God – a child who is innocent & powerless, yet has within him the awesome capacity to reconcile & heal.


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

Achonry Sat 8pm 30th Dec: ST. NATHY

Achonry Sun 10am 31st Dec: ST.  ATTRACTA 

Mullinabreena Sun 11:30am 31st Dec: ST. AGNES


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


House Mass: Anniversary Mass for Harry McCarrick, in Bridget’s home in Cloonbaniff at 12 noon on Wednesday 27th December.

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

25 Drive in St Nathy’s Hall on Fridays at 8:30pm. Fri 22nd; Winners: J. Reidy, N. McHugh, F. Gilmartin, L. Walsh, M. McCarthy. Raffle: Numerous prize winners.

The next Cloonacool Card Game will be Monday 8th January.

25 Drive in Moylough Community Centre 8.30pm every Wednesday

The Parents Association of Achonry N.S. Annual CLOTHES COLLECTION on Friday 12th Jan at Achonry NS 2-3pm. At St Nathy’s Hall 7-8pm on 12th, & Saturday 13th Jan 10am-12noon. Keep Packing! Please inform Family, Neighbours & Friends. For more info ring 087 6312980.


Coleman Centre: "Cherish the Ladies" on Sun Jan 7th at 8.00pm. Booking on 071 9182599 or

Sky TV Recording at the Coleman Music Centre, will feature on Sky TV channel 212, Free sat 161 "The Irish at Home & Abroad" with Henry McGlade on 28th Dec at 7pm.It will includes a brief history of the music of South Sligo & in particular Michael Coleman. It will be a show of Irish music, song & dance featuring our resident group. This promises to be a half hour full of music & craic, so tune in to see some familiar faces!!!

Blood Donation Clinic in St Brigid's Hall, Tubbercurry, on Thursday, 4th Jan 4:30-8pm. As always & especially after Christmas, the call goes out; Blood is in short supply & everyone who can should consider donating. It is a wonderful act of caring for others; a genuine gift of life to a person in desperate need. Someone will live because you give. Better than any other gift given at Christmas Within three weeks of donation you can be assured your blood will have assisted in saving someone’s life. No greater gift is possible.


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. 

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. 

Venerable Fr Patrick Peyton: Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, on Dec 18, declared Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. “Venerable.”

The Holy Cross Congregation & followers of Fr Peyton all over the world are overjoyed with this news. How exciting & encouraging it is just to write the designation, “Venerable”! This designation represents a rare recognition by the universal Church that Father Peyton is a person of heroic virtue & a life worthy of veneration by all Christians. This is a step closer to Beatification & Sainthood.

Over the years, Father Peyton advocated for families by preaching two powerful & memorable messages, “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together” & “A World at Prayer is a World at Peace.” Known the world over as “The Rosary Priest,” he began Family Rosary, in Albany, N.Y. in 1942, more than 75 years ago with the goal of building family unity through daily prayer of the Rosary. He went on to lead millions in prayer at 40 Family Rosary Rallies that drew 28 million people, including 2 million each at events in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Manila, Philippines.

Venerable Fr Peyton pray for us.

And You Shall be My Witness - 'One Life is worth more than the whole world' Fr. Michael Shields from Magadan, Russia will be in Sligo Holy Cross Friary, High Street for a night of prayer & healing on Thurs January 4th. Fr Michael has appeared on EWTN & has given many talks & missions around the world. His testimony & witness is very powerful & he will be speaking about the importance of family life & healing. Starts at 7pm & will include the Holy Rosary, Mass & a Eucharistic Healing Service with music. All are very welcome to come along & join us on this very special night. Please bring along a friend.

All at Drummartin Country Market would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas plus a Happy & Prosperous New Year! Also, a huge thank to everyone for coming to visit us in 2017, it was a fantastic year full of happy memories. We will reopen on Saturday 3rd March & look forward to seeing you all again. Check out for updates on Facebook: