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Sat, 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  


Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time     

Sat 10th                  8:00 pm Liam & Stephen Doddy (A)

Sun 11th                 11:00 am              Mass in Courtabbey Cemetery (M)

Mon 12th               St Attracta, (Achonry), St Muredach (Killala)

                                                10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 13th               Ss Pontian & Hippolytus, (martyrs), St Fachtna       

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 14th               St Maximilian Kolbe (priest & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary      

Wed 14th               7:00 pm                Mass in Achonry Cemetery

Thurs 15th             10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

                                                7:00 pm                 Visit to St Finnian’s Holy Well         

Fri          16th         St Stephen of Hungary

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Sat 17th                  Our Lady of Knock

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time     

Sat 17th                  8:00 pm Patrick & Kathleen Gilmartin (A)

Sun 18th                 10:00 am              People of the Parish (M)



MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm






Readers of the Word

Wednesday 14th August 7pm Peggie Devaney (A)

Thursday 15th August 10am James McCarrick (M)

1st Reading Apoc 11:19, 12:1-6, 10. Psalm Ps 44.

2nd Reading 1 Cor 15:20-26. Gospel Lk 1:39-56.

Saturday 17th August 8pm: Ray Wims (A)

Sunday 18th August 10am: Maureen Lee (M)

1st Reading Jer 38:4-6, 8-10. Psalm Ps 39.

2nd Reading Heb 12:1-4. Gospel Lk 12:49-53.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 15th August: Let us strive to be, like Mary, faithful servants of our God.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th August: Focus: Find us ready, Lord! – Faithfully living the life of a disciple requires great trust in a God who can seem distant or even absent, depending on the circumstances of our lives. Sometimes we create the distance by giving priority to the distractions of the world, & sometimes tragic events beyond our control can cause us to doubt God’s presence. Maintaining steadfast faith requires dedicated care & attention to our relationship with God. Jesus’ example & the power of the Holy Spirit provide us the strength & guidance we need to remain ready to meet him when he comes again.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Charlie O’Hara, Castlepollard, (formerly from Carniara).  

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

National Novena to Our Lady of Knock at Knock Shrine from August 14th to 22nd at 3pm & 8pm daily. Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm each day. Seminars by guest speakers at 12 noon daily. For more details, see or phone 094 93 88100.


Mullinabreena Thursday 10am 15th August: ST BENEDICT

Achonry Saturday 8pm 17th August: ST BRIGID

Mullinabreena Sunday 10am 18th August: ST CLARE



Saturday 8pm: Achonry. Sunday 10am: Mullinabreena.  


Courtabbey Cemetery Mass: Sunday 11th August at 11am.

(No 10am Mass in Mullinabreena Church that day.)

Achonry Cemetery Mass: Wednesday 14th August 7pm.

(No Vigil Mass in Achonry Church at 8pm that evening.)

St Finian’s Holy Well: Visit on Thursday 15th August at 7pm.

(Starting from Achonry Church)




Official Opening & Blessing of Picnic Area: On Sunday 18th August (weather permitting) there will be a walk to the top of Knocknashee starting from the Church carpark at 2pm. At 5pm (approx.) on returning from the climb & for those who didn’t do the climb, the opening & blessing of the Picnic Area will take place followed by a BBQ & Entertainment. All are welcome. Sub-committee meeting on Mon 12th at 9pm to make final arrangements.

Sincere thanks to those who have returned their CHY3 Tax Relief Forms for 2018-22. This will be of great financial benefit to the Church in Achonry/Mullinabreena, (€12,710 reclaimed for 2017). 40 have returned forms so far, (there are at least 50 more who signed in previous years & are eligible to sign again but have not yet done so), I sincerely thank all who have responded & I encourage others to consider signing & returning the form to Fr Peter as soon as possible. Thanks to all people who contribute to the upkeep of the Church & Parish

Coolaney / Mullinabreena GAA Club -Monthly meeting takes place on Monday 12th August at 9.30pm, in St. Nathy's Hall.

The annual Young Adult Catholic Conference takes place in All Hallows College, Dublin on Sat August 31st & Sun Sept 1st 2019. A weekend packed full of interesting events for young Catholics. Prices range from €25-€50, accommodation available. For more details visit or contact Lucy 087 9959803.

Ceolaras Coleman: The Michael Coleman Story continues at 8:30pm on Aug 21st. Tickets €12. Come along & enjoy this musical dramatization which tells the story of the world renowned fiddle player, Michael Coleman (1891-1945). Junior Music Session with Fiona Doherty every Saturday throughout August at 8:30pm.  

Archery & orienteering: Family & Childcare Resource centre: Archery: Mon 12th Aug for 8-12 year olds, & 13-17 year olds. Orienteering on Tues 13th for 5-7 year olds, & 8-12 year olds. Hour long sessions. Cost €2. More details on 0719186926.

Leonard School of Speech, Drama & Communication Classes

In St Nathy’s Hall. Now registering for September. All ages catered for – (Primary & Post Primary), Thursday afternoons. – Speech Training & Confidence Building, Public Speaking, Effective Communication, Mime, Drama (improvisation & scripted), Prep for local Feiseanna Competitions, Prep for exams of Leinster School of Music & Drama. Recognised by LSMD as a Centre of Excellence, Staged Showcase Performance! For info & to register please contact Maureen 087 2836004. Or

Graveyard Clean-up: Massive thank you to those who came out & helped with the clean-up of both graveyards.....👏👏👏 We ask everyone if you are visiting graves please use the bin provided to dispose of unwanted pots, wreaths, plants etc. or bring them home.  Please don’t leave them behind other graves or in a corner…it’s that simple.

A fundraising social dance in aid of Uganda takes place in the May Queen Tubbercurry on Friday 16th Aug at 10pm. Music by Carmel McLoughlin. Cover charge optional, all proceeds from this function in aid of Jean Gallagher's volunteer work with Nurture Africa.

Foundation in Counselling course: At the Newman Institute, Ballina, starts on 10th October. The course runs for 26 Thursday nights from 7 to 10pm & 2 Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. The cost is €1200 which can be paid in instalments. There is a deposit of €100 required to secure a place. For inquiries please phone 096 72066 or email 

North Connaught College – New Developments - Diploma in Laser & IPL Treatments commencing in Sept. Become a qualified laser technician & bridge the gap from beauty to aesthetics. This is a part-time course, one day a week. A one year, full-time Course in Equine Studies & Horsemanship Level 6, commencing in Sept. Learners will be prepared to work in riding schools, studs, livery stables, dealing yards or to progress to further education.  For information on all of our courses including part-time & evening why don’t you drop into our Open Evening on Monday 2nd Sept from 3 – 6pm. All Welcome.

Irish Wheelchair Associations Coastal Camino 2019: Are you looking for your next big adventure? If so, why not sign up for Irish Wheelchair Association’s Coastal Camino Walk. Suitable for all age groups & all levels of fitness, on a trail of 103km from the maritime city of Vigo to Santiago de Compostela next October. All funds raised will go directly towards helping to deliver vital services to people with disabilities in your community. Check for more info or contact Suzanne Costello on 087 6562877 or by email on

Services provided by Clár ICH: Attic Insulation, Draught Proofing, Lagging Jackets, Low Energy Light Bulbs, Ventilation, Cavity Wall Insulation, Energy Advice. This scheme is available to homes which meet the following criteria. Owner occupied, non-local authority homes, Constructed before 2006, The owner is in receipt of one of the following: Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months with a child under 7 years, Working Family Payment,  One Parent Family Payment, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Carer's Allowance (must live with person you care for)  All calls and queries to 094-9371830 or e mail us at or message us at Facebook Clár ICH

The Search for Ireland's Favourite Prayer: Bishop Denis Nulty, of Kildare & Leighlin, in whose diocese the ploughing championship is being held, invites visitors to the 88th National Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow from 17 – 19 Sept to vote for their favourite traditional prayer, & to compose a prayer for the protection of the environment.

Leading up to the Ploughing Championships, people all around the country are asked to choose their favourite prayer, such as the Rosary or the Lord's Prayer, or perhaps a prayer learnt at their mother's knee or handed down ó ghlúin go glúin in their family.

Because the Ploughing Championships takes place in the middle of the annual Season of Creation, which the Catholic Church marks from 1 Sept – 4 Oct, & focuses on rural living people are invited to submit a personal prayer (no more than 100 words) about the environment which they compose themselves. This new environmentally centred prayer could relate to farming, gardening or sustainability.

Bishop Nulty is extending his 'Prayer at the Ploughing' challenge to people of all ages & all faiths. He is hopeful that many school children will take up the challenge to write their own 'green' prayer &/or indicate which traditional prayer they prefer. People can submit their entries to between now & 10 Sept.

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. Rosary for Life & Faith in Ireland 13th Oct at 2:30pm. To register a location & a group please visit the website.

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

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.

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 phone Fiona 01 628 3728.