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Sat, 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.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 11th 8:00 pm No Mass (M)

Sun 12th                 10:00 am              Anne Kelly, Tubbercurry (M)

Mon 13th               St Henry

10:00 am        Kathleen Benson & dec’d

Benson & Hosey families (M)

Tues 14th               St Camillus de Lellis

10:00 am        Gemma Feeley Coleman (M)

Wed 15th               St Bonaventure (bishop)

10:00 am        No Mass (M)

Thurs 16th             Our Lady of Mount Carmel

10:00 am        No Mass (M)

Fri          17th         10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Sat 18th                  10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 18th                  8:00 pm No Mass (M)

Sun 19th                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 12th July:
 Focus: The Word of God is fruitful, powerful, & meant to bring us to full union with God in heaven. – The First Reading & Gospel show the potency of the Word of God. In fertile hearts, the Word can multiply exponentially, & it can bring about God’s will in our lives. The Word comes from God to us, in order that we might be brought to God. Can there be any greater gift?

Readers of the Word

Saturday 18th July 8pm: …… (M)

Sunday 19th July 10am: …… (A)

1st Reading Wis 12:13, 16-19. Psalm Ps 85.

2nd Reading Rm 8:26-27. Gospel Mt 13:24-43.

Mass will be celebrated every day in private, however, if you have a Mass booked this week it will be offered for the intention & your 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.


Volunteers are required to act as stewards & cleaners for weekend Masses after the church re-opens for public Mass on 20th July. If you think you will be able to help please come along to a short meeting in Mullinabreena Church on Monday 20th July at 8pm where guidelines will be issued & a rota of stewards put in place. Thank you.

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.

Looking forward to being together again for the Eucharist from July 20th.

Covid Tracer App: Fake contact tracers are calling people & asking for money for Covid-19 testing kits, the HSE has warned. The scammers are texting or phoning victims & falsely telling them they have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the disease. The victim is then asked to transfer money so that a testing kit can be sent to them. The HSE has said it does not charge the public for Covid-19 related services including testing & that “such texts & calls should be ignored”. Genuine close contacts with a confirmed Covid-19 case will be contacted by phone by public health staff or a member of a contact tracing team before being referred for a free test.

“You will NEVER be asked for your bank details or to pay for testing by a member of HSE contact tracing staff,” the HSE said in a statement. “If the Covid-19 Tracker App has identified you as a close contact you will see a red box with the advice on what you should do next on all pages of the app.” People concerned about suspicious phone calls or texts regarding Covid-19 testing are advised to ring HSELive on 1850 24 1850 & contact their local gardaí.

Come & Study Theology in the Loyola Institute, TCD.

The Loyola Institute is delighted to offer a new Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Theology. This is an opportunity to undertake three modules in one academic year: two compulsory modules: Readings in Classical Theological Texts & Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word (Monday evenings, first semester) & one optional module. Scholarships available. For more info visit Join our Open Evening Zoom Webinar & Facebook Live on Thurs 16th July 6pm (register on our website) to hear more about this exciting course!

Enterprise Ireland's Competitive Start Fund (CSF) will approve up to 40 investments – the 'All Sectors' competition & a 'Women Entrepreneurs' Competition. Each of the two funds being launched will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding to successful projects. Applications close at 3pm on Tues, 18th Aug. funding-supports/company/hpsu-funding/competitive-start-fund-all-sectors.html  

Farm Safety: With a high-rate of fatal farm accidents in the first six months of 2020, it's important to be vigilant around farm safety. Learn more about staying safe:

St Vincent de Paul: Do you know someone in need of assistance? You can request assistance online at   

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 570,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,744. That’s 36,000 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

Lough Derg Lakeshore and Ancient Pilgrim Path reopens for visitors. Walk & Pray the Ancient Pilgrim Path with the Prior on Sat 18th & Sun 19th July. Guided Contemplative Walk begins at noon. Approx. 4hr, 12k moderate loop. Booking essential, full details or email

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

Arts Grants: The maximum amount that can be applied for under Dance, Street Arts & Spectacle & Traditional Arts Bursary Awards now increased from €10K to €15K. Download updated guidelines for the bursaries via Applications close on Thursday 30th July.

Commission On Aviation Regulation: Waiting for a very long time for a refund for a flight caused by Covid19? Get in touch with the Commission on Aviation Regulation where you can make a complaint or find out more about your rights!