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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.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 27th 8:00 pm No Mass (M)

Sun 28th                 10:00 am              Francie & Julia Marren

& dec’d. Marren & Henry families (M)

Mon 29th               Ss Peter & Paul (apostles)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Tues 30th               First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 1st                  St Oliver Plunkett (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

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

Fri          3rd                           St Thomas (apostle)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 4th     St Elizabeth of Portugal

10:00 am        Bridie O’Hara & dec’d O’Hara family (M)

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 4th                    8:00 pm No Mass (M)

Sun 5th                   10:00 am              Ann Gorman (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 28th June: Focus: Putting Jesus first is our challenge. – Once again Jesus discusses the challenge of living the Gospel. Faithful discipleship comes with demands. But we are not to keep the Gospel Message to ourselves – it must be proclaimed & lived no matter what the cost. For those who are faithful, the reward will be newness of life

Readers of the Word

Saturday 4th July 8pm: …… (M)

Sunday 5th July 10am: …… (A)

1st Reading Zec 9:9-10. Psalm Ps 144.

2nd Reading Rom 8:9, 11-13. Gospel Mt 11:25-30.

Mass will be celebrated every day in private. If you have a Mass booked this week it will be offered & the family may attend.

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.


After the Government met on Friday 19th June the rules on re-opening churches changed again. Numbers attending from 29th June to 20th July are restricted to not more than 50. Because of this restriction & having to divide the Parish into sections for this 3 week period, we are going to continue with the same regulations as we have adhered to since mid-March with a slight variation. Mass intentions booked from 29th June to 20th July will be celebrated but those families ONLY are asked to attend the Mass.

After July 20th the numbers go up from 50 to 100 so by then we should be able to celebrate Mass with social distancing & without restricting attendance to different areas of the Parish on different weekends. Due to the capacity of each church & Mullinabreena (2,300 sq ft) having over twice the floor area of Achonry (1040 sq ft), all Masses will be celebrated in Mullinabreena Church until social distancing rules are somewhat relaxed.

  • Sunday Obligation may be fulfilled by attending any weekday Mass.
  • All are asked to enter the Church in single file & gathering in groups in Church Grounds is not encouraged.
  • The wearing of face masks by individuals is recommended.
  • The parish team will sanitise the Church after each Mass.
  • The welcome team will show you to your seat. Seats will be filled starting from the front seats.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass; in single file & only in the hand & while observing appropriate distance.


Masses with a congregation

Sunday & weekday Masses with a congregation will be possible after July 20th, provided that social distancing & upper limit of 100, & 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 is now provided & seats & surfaces will be wiped down after each Mass.

Your help is urgently needed to help overseas missionaries & vulnerable communities to defend themselves against COVID-19. In Africa, Asia & Latin America the Church is often on the frontline. In remote, inaccessible areas, it is missionaries who respond, as best they can, to the medical & pastoral needs of suffering communities. Missionaries already face too many challenges; working in over-crowded communities with no running water. In shantytowns & refugee camps where social distancing is simply impossible, & where self-isolation could mean starvation. To help protect these fragile communities, Pope Francis has announced the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. If you can, please give so that our less-fortunate brothers & sisters have a fighting chance at suppressing COVID-19. Donate by going online or call Fiona on 01 497 2035. Bank of Ireland Transfer Details: Account Name - Society for the Propagation of the Faith. IBAN - IE12 BOFI 9007 5456 9616 36    BIC - BOFIIE2D

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 503,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,730. That’s 35,000 deaths last week.


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


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.