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Sun, 2020

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


2020 Sunday Cycle A Weekday Cycle II  

These Masses will be celebrated in private due to the

 coronavirus restrictions , but are on Facebook at Achonry Mullinabreena Church.

The Ascension of the Lord

Sat 23rd                8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 24th                 10:00 am              Brendan Connolly & dec’d family (M)

Mon 25th               St Bede the Venerable, St Gregory VII

10:00 am        Frank & Ellen Walsh

& dec’d of Walsh & Shiels families (M)

Tues 26th               St Philip Neri (priest)

10:00 am        Holy Souls (M)

Wed 27th               St Augustine of Canterbury (bishop)

10:00 am        Ml & Pat Marren, & Mary Scanlon (M)

Thurs 28th             10:00 am              Peter, Bea Ann, & dec’d Quinn family (M)

Fri          29th         St Paul VI (pope)

10:00 am        Pat & Nora Vesey & dec’d family (M)

Sat 30th                  10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Pentecost Sunday

Sat 30th 8:00 pm No Mass (M)

Sun 31st                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



The Ascension of the Lord 24th May:
 Go, therefore, & make disciples of all nations. – While looking intently at the sky during the ascension of Christ, the Apostles were still unsure of what was ahead for them. Jesus declares the Apostles' mission & assures them that the Holy Spirit will guide & lead them as his witnesses to the ends of the earth. As his disciples, we share in this mission, emboldened by the knowledge that he is always with us & confident that he will come again.

Readers of the Word

Saturday 30th May 8pm: …… (M)

Sunday 31st May 10am: …… (A)

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

2nd Reading 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13. Gospel Jn 20:19-23.

Mass will be celebrated every day in private. If you have a Mass booked this week it will be offered in private (a public Mass can be arranged for later). 

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Robert Middleton, Coolaney, (brothers of Richard Middleton, Tubbertelly).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

Achonry & Mullinabreena Churches are open every day 10am to 6pm for anyone wanting to visit, say a prayer or light a candle. Dispensers & sanitizer provided, please use as you enter & exit the church. Only use the seats specified as they have to be wiped down every night. The less seats used the easier that task will be. Thank you.

The Ascension of the Lord 24th May

Liturgy of the Word – In the first reading, Jesus tells his Apostles that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, & then he ascends into heaven. In his Letter to the Ephesians, St Paul affirms the hope enjoyed by all who believe in the promise & power of Christ. In the Gospel, Jesus commissions the Apostles to make disciples of all nations, & assures them that he will be with them, always, until the end of the age.


The six Western Dioceses (the Tuam Province) have planned a new initiative as part of the ongoing response to the pastoral challenge presented by COVID-19. One of the important Gospel stories of these Easter days is the account of how the two disciples met the Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus and how they asked him: “Stay With Us Lord; it is almost Evening”. With this in mind, we are inviting you to join us for a 20 min reflection, each Sunday at 6.30 pm between now and Pentecost. Each reflection will be given by a different guest presenter & will be broadcast on webcam from a different location in the West. Sunday Prayer Time 6.30 p.m. The reflection can be accessed this week at mcnmediatv or

Trócaire Lenten Campaign: Trócaire is anxious to complete this year’s Lenten campaign & are encouraging people to make their donations on-line or return their Trócaire boxes to parishes over the last weekend of this month. I encourage parishioners to use the on-line option. For those who are unable to make their donation on-line, I suggest that, in so far as possible, coin be converted to notes prior to handing in donations to the parish. Any donations handed in to the parish will be forwarded to the Diocesan Office in the usual way.

This year, you can return your Lenten donation in several ways: Online at By post to any of our offices: Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

50 King St, Belfast BT1 6AD3. -By phone 1850 408 408.

Lough Derg online Retreat Sunday 24th- Wed 27th May

go to


10:30am Go to

10:45am Welcome from the Prior, Msgr La Flynn

11:05am The Word of God - Reflection on the Good Samaritan with Mary

11:30am Prayer of Intercession with Rosary

12 noon Angelus followed by Way of the Cross

1:45pm Jesus the Healer with Deacon Martin

2:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

2:20pm Time of Contemplation

2:40pm Closing Prayer

Lough Derg phone lines are open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, during May Tel: +353 (0) 71 9861518

Email. Website.

Extension of expiry date for drivers licences & other docs:

Under new measures announced by Minister Ross the following have come into effect in relation to vehicle testing:

  • For NCT and Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests (CVRT) – vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March 2020 have that test date extended by 4 months
  • Driving licenses, learner permits, driver theory test certs, certs of competency and initial basic training certificates (for motorcycle learners) due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months
  • It will no longer be longer necessary to have a current Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) in order to tax a commercial vehicle.  You should be able to renew your motor tax for a commercial vehicle from 21 April 2020, without need of a CRW.
  • Because driving licence offices and NCT facilities are closed there will be no issuing of new documents The Garda Síochána are aware of the changes and will accept your current licence or disc as being valid for the new period
  • The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) network will reopen from 18 May 2020 for vehicles with a test due date prior to 28 March 2020 (before the 3-month extension to commercial vehicle certificates of roadworthiness came into effect).  The resumption of testing for vehicles with a test due date on or after 28 March 2020 is expected to follow over the coming weeks. 

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE has launched a national support line & additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries & give advice & reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, 0818 222 024.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 345,000, & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,615.

Masses with a congregation

The guidelines as they stand indicate that Sunday & weekday Masses with a congregation will be possible after July 20th, provided that social distancing, hand hygiene & proper sanitisation are observed. Social distancing will have to be adhered to in seating, in the Communion procession & in people entering & exiting churches. Hand sanitisation will be provided & seats & surfaces wiped down after each Mass. These are important issues that need to be considered carefully


Currently, attendance at Funeral Masses is limited to immediate family & no more than ten can be present in the church. This restriction remains for the moment & clarification is being sought on how that may change in future phases of emergence from restrictions.

Cemetery Masses

The advice is that in current circumstances, cemetery Masses scheduled for May, June or July should be postponed due to a number of issues, not least people travelling from different parts of the country to attend. It may be possible to hold cemetery Masses in August or September. We await further clarification on this.


The government guidelines seem to indicate that Baptisms cannot be celebrated until after July 20th. It seems likely that even then, numbers attending will be limited to possibly parents, godparents & siblings of the child being baptised. There may be further clarification on baptisms before July 20th.