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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  


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time     

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

Sun 18th                 10:00 am              Mai & William Finan (M)

Mon 19th               St John Eudes (priest)

                                                10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 20th               St Bernard (abbot & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 21st                St Pius X (pope)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Thurs 22nd The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fri          23rd         St Rose of Lima, St Eugene

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Sat 24th                  St Bartholomew (apostle)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time     

Sat 24th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (A)

Sun 25th                 10:00 am              People of the Parish (M)



MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm


Readers of the Word

Saturday 24th August 8pm: Tara Hosey (A)

Sunday 25th August 10am: Hannah Lee (M)

1st Reading Is 66:18-21. Psalm Ps 116.

2nd Reading Heb 12:5-7, 11-13. Gospel Lk 13:22-30.


20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 18th August: Focus: God's love is like a raging fire! - In today's Gospel, Jesus outlines many of the ways in which his coming into the world will cause division, & not peace. He comes to set the earth on fire - not to destroy it, but to emblaze it with the fullness of God's love for us. The divisiveness arises not from Jesus himself, but from peoples' response to him: choosing either to build up that fire, or to tamp it down. Let us be those who feed the fire of the kingdom, not extinguish it.

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


Achonry Saturday 8pm 24th August: ST COLUMBA

Mullinabreena Sunday 10am 25th August: ST DECLAN

Baptism: We welcome into the Christian Family through the sacrament of Baptism Ada Kate Kirrane, Mullaghanarry.


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

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

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). And on Friday August 23rd the Rambling House with Fear an Tí Martin Donohue at the Coleman Cottage, Mount Irwin commencing at 8.30pm.

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

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

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.

An Autumn Day in Dalgan, With Dr John Feehan. Saturday 7th Sept, 9.30 am – 4pm at Columban Ecological Institute, St Columbans, Dalgan, Co Meath. If you wish to attend, please contact Elizabeth Mc Ardle at Places are limited so early booking is advised. Cost €20, payable on the day. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch. Suitable footwear & outdoor clothes are recommended, & the day will go ahead whatever the weather.

Beginning Experience weekend 18-20 October for people who have lost a spouse through death divorce or separation. Esker Retreat Centre Athenry Info from Maureen 0876646896 or Josie 0879881143

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. 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.

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.