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Sun, 2019

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


2019 Sunday Cycle C, Weekday Cycle I  


The Ascension of the Lord

Sat 1st                     8:00 pm Winnie & Mick Duffy, his brother Tommy John

& dec’d McDonnell & Duffy families (A)

Sun 2nd                   10:00 am              Dec’d of the Normanly, Ryan

& Hunt families (M)

Mon 3rd                 St Kevin (abbot)

10:00 am        Thanksgiving Mass (M)

Tues 4th                 St Charles Lwanga & Companions (martyrs)

10:00 am        Morning Prayer (M)

Wed 5th                  St Boniface (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Morning Prayer (A)

Thurs 6th               St Norbert (bishop), St Jarlath (bishop)

10:00 am        Morning Prayer (M)

Fri          7th           St Colman (bishop)

10:00 am        Mickie & Evelyn Gannon (M)

8:00 pm          No Mass (A)

Sat 8th                    10:00 am              No Mass (M)

Pentecost Sunday

Sat 8th                    8:00 pm Kathleen & Paddy Boland (A)

Sun 9th                   10:00 am              People of the Parish (M)



MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm






Readers of the Word

Saturday 8th June 8pm: Eugene Henry (A)

Sunday 9th June 10am: Mary Henry (M)

1st Reading Acts 2:1-11. Psalm Ps 103.

2nd Reading Rm 8:8-17. Gospel Jn 14:15-26.


Feast of the Ascension, Sunday 2nd June: Focus: Jesus has prepared the way, & gives us the Holy Spirit to help us along. – Today is a good day to reflect on what Jesus’ return to the Father means to us: that he has fully prepared our way to the Father, & that we are never alone. The Holy Spirit is within us & around us as our Advocate.


Achonry Saturday 8pm 8th June: ST ATTRACTA

Mullinabreena Sunday 10am 9th June: ST DECLAN


SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Brendan Connolly, Carrowkeel, Chaffpool.  

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace



Saturday 8pm: Achonry. Sunday 10am: Mullinabreena


Community Enhancement: LUPINS FOR SALE €2 per pot. Ring 0876235468 or message our facebook page.

If you have an hour to help during the week please let us know.

Litter......most of the roads in our parish are litter free....well done to all those trying to keep their roads clean. 

Coolaney / Mullinabreena GAA Club: 

The Club is organising a scrap metal collection on the June bank Holiday Monday 3rd. Nace O’Dowd Park is the drop off point.

Monthly meeting Tuesday 4th June at 9.30pm, in St Nathy’s Hall.

Lotto Draw – February: Jackpot €1300 - Numbers 19,12,24,7. No Jackpot winner. Match 3 winners-Anthony & Noreen McGowan, Brendan Connolly snr, John & Martina Brennan, Ann & Michael Fleming, Noel Henry, Mary Coleman, Mary Kane. March: Jackpot €1400 - Numbers 34,36,6,18 - No jackpot winner. Match 3 winners - Ann Lee, Enda Kivlehan. Congrat to all of the winners.

Mobile Bank: Ulster Bank (Ballina Branch). The service will be provided beside Doohan’s Filling Station every Monday 10am to 12 noon.


Drummartin Indoor Country Market: (9km from Tubbercurry on Ballina Rd beside Joe Dan’s Pub) from 10.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday. Come on down to the market for lots of local produce - beef, lamb, herbs & veg, bread & eggs - as well as crafty stuff.  Stock up on dried goods without any plastic packaging.  Take a seat in the cafe & enjoy freshly ground coffee & cake. Something for everyone.

At the Ox Mountain Centre - beside Joe Dan’s Pub, on Sat 8th June 10pm Social Dancing with music by Medicine Bow.  Admission €10


Banada Tourlestrane Housing Association (BTHA): Supply meals-on-wheels to elderly, the sick, those just returned home from hospital, or others who through circumstances are not able to prepare meals for themselves. The service is daily & can be availed of by calling BTHA office 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday on 071 9181562. Meals are freshly home cooked & consist of a dinner & desert.


Mother Baby Group: The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Benjamin Wiker wrote a few years ago on Pope Benedict XVI vs Secularism. After the last three Referenda & the recent elections, I think it’s worth sharing some of his thoughts adapted & put before you today.

I think it will be some years before we understand how great a legacy Pope Benedict XVI will be leaving us. Part of that legacy to be especially treasured will be his reflections on the dangers of the increasingly aggressive secular state.

His warning: Countries are increasingly pushing a secular agenda. Pushing that agenda through means driving the Church, not just out of the public square, but out of the culture. The threat to religious liberty is very, very real.

In January 2012, Pope Benedict addressed U.S. bishops during their ad limina pilgrimage to Rome, telling them, "It is imperative that the entire Catholic community comes to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political & cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of freedoms: the freedom of religion." At about the same time that the Pope was warning the bishops about the threat to religious liberty by radical secularists, the US Department of Health & Human Services was busily illustrating it.

That very January, the secretary of the HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, delivered a mandate informing all religious institutions — especially Catholic universities & hospitals -that they would have to provide contraceptives, abortifacients & sterilization in their insurance plans. It didn’t take many years for this same ideology to cross the Atlantic to Ireland when the Government brought in legislation for gay marriage & for abortion, while morality is gone out the window, & nobody knows where this is all going to stop. Is euthanasia next?

The HHS mandate is not an isolated incident, but part of a larger, longer campaign by the secular-minded in Europe & America to shrink the presence & influence of Christianity in the world until it finally disappears from history, thereby reversing the effects of the Church’s 2,000-year evangelization. Exactly what is happening in Ireland today & Oliver Cromwell, who tried to suppress religion here centuries ago, would be proud of so many of our citizens today.

The fate of the Church in the third millennium depends in large part on our response to the active secularization that has done so much to erase Christianity during the final two centuries of the second millennium. In order to respond prayerfully, we need to comprehend the real scope of the secular threat.

Benedict is a man deeply read in history, & so he understands very clearly that aggressive secularization has been gaining political ground since the horrors of brutal de-Christianization during the French Revolution. It happened in France; it happened in Russia & the Soviet satellites; it happened in other ways, with the imposition of the pseudo-religion of Nazism that took over his homeland, Bavaria; it continues today in all of Europe’s liberal democracies.

Take down the Ten Commandments. No Bible reading in schools. No public prayer. Clear away the crèche. No "Merry Christmas." Affirm "gay marriage." And, as we’ve seen with the HHS mandate, "Thou shalt participate in the sexual revolution." The message of all such radical secularism is clear: "You will bend the knee before the state."

The secular state often puts the message in more inviting terms, terms which should sound like a very familiar temptation: "If you will bend the knee before me, then I will give you all the splendour & pleasures of the world."

Secularism is, by definition, the affirmation of this world & the rejection of the next. It is historically rooted in a materialism that denies the existence of God, the angels, the soul & the afterlife. Its fundamental "this-worldliness" is the source of secularism’s antagonism to the Church. (Continued next week)

Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D., is a speaker & author of 10 books, his latest being Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion.

25 Drive in Cloonacool every Monday at 9pm. (For the summer).

Vocations: Have you the courage to take a risk for God’s promise - Priesthood in Achonry Diocese – It is worth saying “yes” to God.  Contact our Vocations Director, Fr Paul Kivlehan, The Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.  Tel. 094 - 9860011, Mobile 087 - 3683535, E-mail or contact any local priest for more info.  


Marie Keating Foundation: Annual Camino trip Sept 7th - 14th. This a journey of a lifetime as we walk the  La Vía de la Plata route to the tomb of St. James in Santiago De Compostela. The cost of the trip is €2,100 pp which will include: Flights, Accommodation, breakfast & evening meal, guide, transfers to & from airport & a 20kg bag which will be transported from hotel to hotel each day. Walk approximately 20km per day, on route to the tomb of St. James in Santiago De Compostela. For more info see or phone Fiona 01 628 3728.

The Fr. Peyton Centre Attymass is open 9.15 to 5.30 Monday to Friday, our restaurant is available for group bookings, for parties & family occasions. Our Bakery, bakes fresh every morning. You can contact us on 096 45374. Or better still come & visit.

Rosary recited in the Oratory, Fr. Peyton Centre, Attymass, on Thursdays at 12 noon, or join us online Live at

RHS Home Care is a Non Commercial Home Care Provider bringing professional home care services to those who need assistance to remain living in their own homes. We are recruiting new Healthcare Assistants & would love to hear from you. Potential applicants must have the required Fetac/QQI level 5 (two modules completed care skills & care of the older person). Please email your CV to or call Aoife on 090 66 25988

Triple P is a FREE parenting programme. It gives practical tips & strategies to help parents cope positively with the challenges of raising children & managing misbehaviour making family life more enjoyable. It is flexible & allows parents to choose what they need at a particular time: a seminar, a workshop on a specific topic or to attend a group for a number of weeks.  Details of courses are advertised in your local community, schools, crèches & healthcare settings. Courses & updates on Triple P will be posted on Sligo Leitrim Parent Hub facebook – For more info. phone Kay on 071 9148860 or email

North West S.T.O.P.: Free Counselling Available; Call 086 7772009 or 1850 211 877. Each year our charity, Northwest STOP helps people in distress or with mental health issues in the Northwest region. We provide up to 8 free counselling sessions to each client seeking our help & many of these clients have told us of the great improvement in their lives through availing of this service.


Icon painting workshop and water gilding workshop in Knock

Further details on

Water Gilding Workshop: 30 Sept to 1 Oct 2019.

Icon Painting Workshop: 2-8 October 2019

By Theodore Papadopoulous, Greek Iconographer, Knock.

Bump To Baby Weekly Coffee Morning: Tubbercurry Family & Childcare resource centre; weekly coffee morning for expectant & new parents (0-10 months) on Wednesday’s from 11am-1pm. Here you will meet other parents from the area & get support from them as well as FRC staff, guest speakers etc. A warm cuppa & friendly welcome await! For more updates keep an eye on our Facebook Page @tubbercurryfrc. Inquiries to Mary on 0719186926.

TubberRocksThis is a new art project being run by the FRC in conjunction with the local library. A fun new game of Hide & Seek with Rocks! To find out more follow our facebook page @TubberRocks.

Breastfeeding Support group. This new peer support group is for all pregnant & new & experienced mothers & dads. The group meet on Tuesdays in the FRC from 10.30am-12.30 midday. Information & support provided by Lifestart staff. All welcome.

Tubbercurry Men’s Shed @ Banada: Meets on Wednesdays at 8pm. The group have numerous programmes & activities planned for the coming year including Cookery, First Aid, Genealogy, Art & much more. All inquiries welcome! If you would like to visit the shed & meet the members please do. Inquiries to Mary 0719186926.