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Tue, 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.

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Mon 3rd                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 4th                 St John Vianney (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 5th                  Dedication of Basilica of St Mary Major

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thurs 6th               The Transfiguration of the Lord

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          7th                           Ss Sixtus II (pope), & Companions (martyrs)

10:00 am        John & Delia McGowan (M)

Sat 8th                     St Dominic (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 8th     8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 9th                   10:00 am              Private Intention (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Readers of the Word

Saturday 8th August 8pm: …… (M)

Sunday 9th August 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading 1 Kg 19:9, 11-13. Psalm Ps 84.

2nd Reading Rm 9:1-5. Gospel Mt 14:22-33.

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2nd August: Focus: Christ gives us all we need to feed those he calls us to serve. - Today’s readings call us, like the disciples, to feed others – but only after having been nourished ourselves. We are invited to delight in rich fare, feasting on the love of God that is stronger than death. In responding to God’s call, we can trust that Christ will give us all we need to carry out his commands.

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

NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK: As part of National Heritage Week, 2020 Irish Landmark Trust is running a competition - win a two-night stay at any Irish Landmark property of your choice.

National Heritage Week has to be a little different this year, but you can still take part! More details and how to enter through the link below. Entries close at midnight on 28th August. Best of luck!

SUSI ELIGIBILITY TRACKER: Do you know someone thinking of attending a PLC, Undergrad or Postgrad course in 20/21? Take a look at the Eligibility Reckoner to see if they might be eligible for a grant,

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SCHEME: Are you aged 18-24 & using the Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS)? You may be able to get the Training Support Grant to help you participate in short courses. Grant from €500 to €1,000.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF IRELAND: Call to Action for charities and not for profits working with the vulnerable during COVID 19. Applications for almost 6m euro in funding raised during RTE Does Comic Relief opens Tuesday 4th August with a special webinar taking place at 11 am. Check out PYxXgx7P1zxFJavo2aor5zIC8pUBHHXw55TfPyBAFbCU             

APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITIES: Are you an employer looking to take on an apprentice? Under the Government's July Stimulus, you could receive a payment of €3,000 to take on new apprenticeships in 2020. For more, http://www.apprenticeship .ie/en/apprentice/Pages/ApprenticeInfo.aspx

Free youth bike skills course: All you need to take part in this 5-week online course is a bike and a helmet! For more information check out the Cycling Ireland website 

Masses with a congregation

Sunday & weekday Masses with a congregation will be possible after August 10th, provided that social distancing & upper limit of 50/100, & 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.

 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