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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.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Mon 27th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 28th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Wed 29th               St Martha

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thurs 30th             St Peter Chrysologus (bishop & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          31st         St Ignatius of Loyola (priest))

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 1st                     St Alphonsus Ligouri (bishop & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 1st     8:00 pm Owen McGuinness (M)

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


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Readers of the Word

Saturday 1st August 8pm: …… (M)

Sunday 2nd August 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 55:1-3. Psalm Ps 144.

2nd Reading Rm 8:35, 37-39. Gospel Mt 14:13-21.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 26th July: Focus: The wise seek God. – When Solomon asked for an understanding heart to lead his people, he must have known that it was the one gift that opened the door to every other gift. For wisdom (prudence) is the virtue that guides all other virtues, & grounds judgment. The wise seek God, & those who know him seek to know him more, as Solomon, & the parables, demonstrate.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Josephine Quinn Foley, Cregaun, Ballina, (1st cousin of Mary Henry, Tounavoultry), Ann Bowcock, Manchester (sister of Mary Scanlon, Mullinabreena South).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

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. If you think you will be able to help please give your name to Fr Peter before Aug 10th. Sincere thanks to all who attended the meeting last week and have volunteered to act as stewards at the weekend Masses.

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 August 10th.

An Indian proverb states: All of the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 648,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,763. That’s 44,000 deaths last week

Theology courses: Last week we held an Online Open Evening to give information about our Theology courses this coming academic year, most especially our NEW Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Theology. The video of this event, also features testimonies from our current students, & is now available on our website.

There are a number of Scholarships available for both the Postgraduate Certificate & the MPhil in Christian Theology. Please see our Scholarship page for more details. The deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday 29 July 2020.

Information you may need

The EU have launched an app called the Re-open EU app. This allows a traveller to establish what the travel restrictions are in each member state in real-time. It will cover such things as transport and tourism services in the Member States as well as travel restrictions, public health, and safety measures such as on physical distancing or wearing of face masks, along with other useful information on EU and national tourism offers. You will be in a position to make informed decisions when making travel plans across Europe. The app:

Funding to Promote Dialogue on Europe

Voluntary organisations, educational bodies & civil society groups are invited to apply for funding under the Department Of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Communicating Europe Initiative. Projects should communicate European issues, the role of the European Union, the future of Europe, & Ireland's place in Europe.  Funding of €100,000 has been made available under the scheme this year. 

Further details including application forms are now available from The closing date for applications is Friday 31st July 2020.

Agricultural Advisory Programme: The Agricultural Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme (ASSAP) is a joint initiative that aims to improve water quality by working with farmers. This programme is voluntary & works with farmers by providing free support & advisory service. To learn more & become involved see 

Cultural Capital Scheme - Re-Opening Grant: Grants available to assist in the re-opening of theatres, arts centres & culture venues under stream D of the Culture Capital Scheme 2019-2022 as part of project Ireland 2040 - investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage. 
The measures are designed to support, arts & culture facilities in preparation for staff artists & audiences returning to venues to reopen in line with Government's road map for reopening Society & Business & Return to work Safety Protocols. Applications will not be accepted from commercial organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges, or ETB's. Applications will only be accepted by email to Guidelines & full details for the Scheme on

School Bus Refund: If you or someone you know has not received your refund by Friday, 17 July, please contact Bus Éireann at or your local school transport office.  

The government has today revealed the countries that people can travel from to Ireland without the need to quarantine for two weeks. 

Travellers arriving from San Marino, Gibraltar, Monaco, Latvia, Slovakia, Greenland, Greece, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Finland, Norway and Italy will now be able to travel freely to Ireland without any Covid 19 restrictions. For more Information:

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://

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.

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   


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

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!