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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.

Pentecost Sunday

Sat 30th 8:00 pm No Mass (M)

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

Mon 1st The BVM, Mother of the Church, St Justin

10:00 am        Mickey & Evelyn Gannon (M)

Tues 2nd                 Ss Marcellinus & Peter (martyrs)

10:00 am        John & dec’d of Colleary family (M)

Wed 3rd                 St Kevin (abbot)

10:00 am        Michael & Margaret Scanlon

& sons Michael & Peter(M)

Thurs 4th               Ss Charles Lwanga & Companions, (martyrs)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          5th           St Boniface (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 6th     St Norbert, (bishop), St Jarlath (bishop)

10:00 am        Dec’d of Normanly, Ryan

& Hunt families (M)

Trinity Sunday

Sat 6th                    8:00 pm No Mass (M)

Sun 7th                   10:00 am              Winnie & Mick Duffy& dec’d

Duffy & McDonnell families (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Pentecost Sunday 31st:
 We each receive gifts from the Holy Spirit to share with others, for the greater good. – Today, as we celebrate the birthday of the Church with the coming of the Holy Spirit, we also reflect on the gifts that the Spirit gives to each of us. Let us pray to be able to recognize them, & ask for the grace to use them for the sake of the Kingdom.

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). 

Readers of the Word

Saturday 6th June 8pm: …… (A)

Sunday 7th June 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Ex 34:4-6, 8-9. Psalm Dn 3:52-56.

2nd Reading 2 Cor 13:11-13. Gospel Jn 3:16-18.


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 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 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.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 373,000, & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,650.

Details of the CLÁR programme for 2020.

CLÁR is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated & complementary supports that is being launched by the Minister this week as part of the Rural Development Programme. The other elements of the programme to be opened later this week will be the Town & Village Renewal Scheme & the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The Rural Development Investment Programme is funded under Project Ireland 2040. A standard grant rate of up to 90% of the total cost of projects across all of the CLÁR Measures this year. This should ensure that the requirement on communities or Local Authorities to source match funding is kept to a minimum. CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. The supports provided have been tailored this year to help rural communities to respond to the new COVID-19 environment. This includes the addition of new funding measures. The measures funded are: 1. Schools/ Community Safety measures (expanded in 2020). 2. Community Recreation Areas. 3. Community Wellbeing Supports; Meals on Wheels & linked services, Mobility & Cancer Care Transport. Application deadline: 28th August

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.

Mass on TV: With the help of, we will be broadcasting a Mass at 2pm on RTÉ NewsNow, from the Holy Family Mission in Glencomeragh  & celebrated by Fr Patrick Cahill. I hope to maintain this practice while restrictions persist, broadcasting Protestant Services, too, on the weeks when RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra is featuring a Mass. RTÉ News Now can be accessed on Saorview Channel 21; Sky 521; Virgin 200; Eir 517 & also via its own website, free app & via the RTÉ Player, where this content will also be available after the initial transmission.