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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-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)

Mon 2nd                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 3rd                 St Gregory the Great (pope)           

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 4th                  St Mac NIssi (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Thurs 5th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fri          6th           10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

8:00 pm          First Friday (A)

Sat 7th                    10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time     

Sat 7th                    8:00 pm Delia & Edward McLoughlin

& daughter Annie Jo (M)

Sun 8th                   10:00 am              Mary Josephine Judge 1st Anniv. (A)



MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Readers of the Word

Saturday 7th September 8pm: Mary Henry (M)

Sunday 8th September 10am: Sinead O’Brien (A)

1st Reading Wis 9:13-18. Psalm Ps 89.

2nd Reading Phm 9:10, 12-17. Gospel Lk 14:25-33.


22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st September: Focus: Everyone who humbles himself will be exalted. – Baptism is our invitation to the eternal banquet of the kingdom. But like all invitations, it comes with an RSVP. Our response is found in the way we live our lives, in our gratitude for all that God has done, in our desire to serve God by serving others, & in our life of prayer & worship.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Delia Brennan, Castlerock, (aunt of Mary Kennedy, Lismorane).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace


Mullinabreena Saturday 8pm 7th September: ST FRANCIS

Achonry Sunday 10am 8th September: ST NATHY


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

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

September is World Alzheimer's Month. Sligo Uni. Hospital & CHO1 are hosting a Dementia Information Day Level 3 Main Foyer of Hospital Tues 10th Sept. All welcome to drop in between 10am - 3 pm

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 continue until Sunday 29th Sept. For bookings call Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9851518.

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

Community Enhancement: We are still looking for plants from your garden. Our collection is growing & we hope to use these in both Cemeteries, Churches & around the parish. If you have something which is easy to grow please give us a root of it or a cutting. Follow our page on Facebook. Next meeting in Parochial House Thursday 5th Sept 8:30pm. Everyone Welcome. 

North Connaught College ITEC Diploma in Laser Therapy & IPL (part time – Mondays), QQI level 6 Award in Horsemanship. Call in to enquire about places on any of our courses.

Part-time course: Are you interested in learning basic computer skills? Course starting in NCC on 2nd Sept from 9.30 – 12.30. This course is free for qualifying applicants. Contact -07191 85035.

Bereavement Support Group. Life after a bereavement can feel empty & lonely. This Support Group meets at the Family Centre, Knock every Wednesday at 11am. Anyone is welcome to drop in any week. Further info from Monica Morley on 094-9375320.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann: Well done to all the locals who competed at the recent Fleadh in Drogheda & congratulations to Sinead Johnston, Muckelty, All-Ireland winner on the Banjo.

25 Drive: Resumes in St Nathy’s Hall on Friday 20th Sept at 8:30pm.

Are you or your family affected by drugs or alcohol abuse? M-PACT, supports families to work together, helping to build better coping strategies. A free & confidential 8 week programme will begin shortly. If interested or would like further info please contact Philip 085 875 9319 email Next course starts Monday 21st Oct.

Win €1000: Tickets available for the Coolaney/Mullinabreena GAA Annual Fundraising Draw. It's a bigger, improved offering this year with 12 great prizes & a massive €1000 as 1st prize. Many thanks to all who sponsored prizes this year. Tickets from committee members, senior players, coaches & shops locally. The Draw is on Sept 15th. Proceeds towards club expenses & Nace O'Dowd Park maintenance. Your support is greatly appreciated

GAA Club Monthly meeting Monday 2nd Sept 9.30pm, in Coolaney C.C.

Cloonacool Sheep Festival: We are embarking on a local festival event this Sept. 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 on the weekend of 21st & 22nd September in Cloonacool Village. 

Have you taken a career break? Need help to build your confidence to get back into the workplace? RESTART-EMPOWER-SUPPORT (RES), a FREE back-to-work programme is designed for women, age 35 plus who have been out of the workplace for 3-years plus for the development of new-job related skills. Contact Brenda Donagher, Rural Enterprise Skillnet, for further information 087 6858550

Tubbercurry FRC: Want2Walk: this Wednesday 4th Sept, the Banada bog walk, meeting at Banada Health Centre at 10.20am. Walks are leisurely & take approx. 1hr 15mins, all are welcome.

Mother Baby Group: The group meets in the Family Resource Centre (FRC) every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal & mums come for a chat & a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. The group starts back on 11th Sept. Parent & Toddler Group: meet every Monday 10.30am-12.00. This is a fun group for both parents/guardians/carers & their little ones. Fun activities include circle time, singing, arts & crafts, sensory play & much more. The group resumes on Monday 16th Sept. For more details on any of the above contact FRC 0719186926.

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.

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

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.

Fatima Pilgrimage for Feast Day of Miracle of the Sun 10th Oct. Prayers, Mass and Hungarian Stations of the Cross in Fatima. All ex Dublin Contact James Treacy 0860572216 

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

A clothes bag collection in aid of Cloonacool Community Centre will take place at the end of September. 

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.