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Fri, 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.

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Mon 10th               St Lawrence (deacon & martyr)

10:00 am        No Mass (M)

Tues 11th               St Clare

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Wed 12th               St Attracta, St Muredach

10:00 am        Paddy & Kathleen Boland (M)

Thurs 13th             Ss Pontian (pope) & Hippolytus (martyrs)

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Fri          14th         St Maximilian Kolbe (priest & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fri          14th         8:00 pm Private Intention

Sat 15th                  10:00 am              Courtabbey Cemetery

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 15th                  6:30 pm Achonry Cemetery

                                                                                                Visit to St Finnian’s Holy Well

Sun 16th                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Readers of the Word

Friday 14th August 8pm …. (M)

Saturday 15th August 10am Courtabbey

Saturday 15th August 6:30pm Achonry Cemetery

Sunday 16th August 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 56:1, 6-7. Psalm Ps 66.

2nd Reading Rm 11:13-15, 29-32. Gospel Mt 15:21-28.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 9th August: Focus: God is present with us always. – If we wait to be adrift upon a stormy sea in order to see that God is present with us, we will miss out on the grace & goodness that currently surrounds us. God’s love is at work in us, in every sacrament; in every act of kindness. He is in the tiniest whisper, & in the outstretched hand of another.

Achonry & Mullinabreena Churches are open every day 10am for anyone wanting to visit, say a prayer or light a candle. Public Mass will be celebrated from Tues 11th August onward if the Covid19 rules don’t get more stringent.

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.

  • 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 11th.

Masses with a congregation

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

Information you may need

AGRICULTURE MODERNISATION SCHEM: The Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) provide grants to farmers to build &/or improve farm buildings & equipment. The application period for tranche 18 has been extended by 2 weeks. Closing date for applications is now Friday, August 21st. More information

PPE GRANT: Cystic Fibrosis Ireland has established a PPE grant fund for people with cystic fibrosis. The grant of €100 is open for applications from Aug 4th until Aug 22nd. Apply link

DCU ABILITY PROGRAMME: If you have a disability & are aged between 18-29 & would like support in getting into employment check the DCU Ability Programme. 2 eight week courses commencing soon. More details here

DISCOVER IRELAND: Planning your staycation but don't know where to start? Check out the Discover Ireland website to find the top things to do, unique experiences & hidden gems. For more information

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: Are you an amateur photographer who loves capturing all the beauty of the Irish. #LoveYourCoast competition is now open for entries & Clean Coasts are looking for your best coastal shots across a range of categories:  

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!

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 

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 728,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,772. That’s 40,000 deaths last week

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://

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