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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.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Mon 20th               St Apollinaris (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Tues 21st               St Lawrence of Brindisi (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 22nd               St Mary Magdalene

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thurs 23rd            St Bridget of Sweden (patron of Europe)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          24th         St Sharbel Makhlúf (priest), St Declan (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 25th                  St James (apostle)

10:00 am        Rose McDonagh & parents

Rose & William (M)

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 25th                  8:00 pm Michael & Tessie O’Dowd (M)

Sun 26th                 10:00 am              Des Henry (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Readers of the Word

Saturday 25th July 8pm: …… (M)

Sunday 26th July 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading 1 Kg 3:5, 7-12. Psalm Ps 118.

2nd Reading Rm 8:28-30. Gospel Mt 13:44-52.

Mass will be celebrated privately every day until August 10th, however, those who have Masses booked between now & Aug 10th may attend but HSE & Government protocol must be adhered to.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 19th July: Focus: God is patient & kind. – Growing in faith is like striving to grow as wheat in a field mixed with weeds. We are faced with temptations, we do not pray as we ought, we are weak & in need of forgiveness. But God is just & kind; he judges with leniency, sends his Spirit to our aid, lovingly nurtures us, & patiently awaits our growth.

Achonry & Mullinabreena Churches are open every day 10am for anyone wanting to visit, say a prayer or light a candle, however, public Mass will not be celebrated before 10th August in Mullinabreena Church

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 now changed to 10th August, (please note this was changed a few days ago from 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 August 10th hopefully the numbers will 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 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 604,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,752. That’s 34,000 deaths last week

PLASTIC FREE JULY: This is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, & beautiful communities. The Plastic Free Foundation provide resources & ideas to help reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, & even at your local café. What will you choose to refuse? Visit            

BorrowBox: Looking for a good book to read? Why not check out Borrow Box's most borrowed eBooks here  

Advice from An Garda Siochana: We would like to remind the public of some useful advice to combat Scams & protect your money.

🚨Never respond to unsolicited messages. Financial Institutions will never ask for personal information this way

🚨 Only purchase from trusted websites and retailers

🚨Beware of bogus investment opportunities

Always remember if it seems too good to be true it probably is!      Do your research and think before you hit send.

For more info and tips go to the fraud section of their website

Mental Health - Take Time For Yourself: Daily Wellness: Take some time to work on your Mental Health - Take their free Online Workshops & make some positive steps. Believe in yourself, we are all in this together.  

WORKPLACE RELATIONS OR DISPUTES: For anyone seeking support with workplace relations or disputes contact

Resources for the Season of Creation 2020 available on https://

Job Advertisement for Youth Pastoral Minister (Full time, Permanent position). See for job description. Email CV & cover letter to by 5pm on 31 July 2020.

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.

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