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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  


Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time     

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

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

Mon 26th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 27th               St Monica            

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 28th               St Augustine (bishop & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Thurs 29th             The Passion of St John the Baptist

                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fri          30th         St Fiacre (monk)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

                                         Devotions: Padre Pio

Sat 31st                  St Aidan of Lindisfarne (bishop & missionary)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time     

Sat 31st                  8:00 pm Sr Kathleen Dillon 1st Anniversary (A)

Sun 1st                    10:00 am              People of the Parish (M)



MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Readers of the Word

Saturday 31st August 8pm: Martina Brennan (A)

Sunday 1st September 10am: Martin Golden (M)

1st Reading Eccles 3:17-20, 28-29. Psalm Ps 67.

2nd Reading Heb 12:18-19, 22-24. Gospel Lk 14:1, 7-14.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 25th August: Focus: Strive to enter through the narrow gate. – Today we are given fair warning by Jesus that we should strive earnestly to enter the kingdom of God, & not simply assume a place will be reserved for us. So let’s make an effort, as we travel the path of discipleship, to travel lightly, unencumbered by unnecessary attachments to the things of the world.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Eamon Burke, Cloonacool, (uncle of Patricia Gorman, Carrowcarragh) 

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace


Achonry Saturday 8pm 31st August: ST DAVNET

Mullinabreena Sunday 10am 1st September: ST ELIZABETH



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

N.B. The 10am Mass next Sunday 1st Sept is in Mullinabreena.  

Official Opening & Blessing of Picnic Area:  Sincere thanks to all who attended the Opening & Blessing of the Picnic Area, & all who looked after the refreshments & provided the entertainment later in St Nathy’s Hall. Due to inclement weather the walk up Knocknashee was cancelled, but the good news is that work on the new Walkway up the hill will be commencing very soon.

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.

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 

Lough Derg:  One Day Retreats resumed on Sat 17th August & continue on specific days until Sunday 29th September. For bookings or more info call Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9851518.


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.

Lough Derg Trip: From Tubbercurry on Tuesday 10th September. For more information contact 087 7720950.

Cloonacool Sheep Festival: The community are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming & the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event will include activities such as sheep class competitions, novelty events, & exhibits & displays on the theme. A dance, with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of 21st & 22nd September in Cloonacool Village. 

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 in 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

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.

TubbercurryFRC: Do you want to learn English. MSL ETB are hosting classes ESOL (English for speakers of other langauges) in Tubbercurry FRC in September. Registration for classes on Aug 29th 11am-2pm in FRC, please contact ETB 0719138415 for details re registration.

Biro Buddies: Creative writing is a powerful tool for compassion, connection, surviving & thriving. Workshops commencing in Tubbercurry FRC Monday 16th Sept 11am-1pm, workshops are free, places are limited. To book your place or for more details contact 0838096267 or email

Anam Cara Galway the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wed 4th Sept at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Monivea Road, Ballybrit. This is a free event & open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to by Tues 3rd Sept or call 085 2888 888.

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

Burren Weekend Retreat 13th – 15th September: Would you like to come on a guided journey through the Burren? Experience the silence & beauty of this unique landscape through walking mindfully on ancient pathways or limestone pavements.  Get to know some of the rare flora & appreciate our rich faith heritage in one of the ancient sacred sites. Further info Noirin 087 945 9151 or Mary 087 970 1130

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 & queries to 094-9371830 or e mail or message 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. 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.

Parent and Toddler Group Volunteer Leader

The FRC is looking for a person to lead out a parent & toddler session on Monday mornings from September. Someone with an interest in babies & toddlers, arts & crafts & music. Skills needed include planning & organisational skills & good communication skills. Garda vetting required. More details from Mary 0719186926.

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