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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  



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)

Mon 17th               Our Lady of Knock

10:00 am        Dec’d. of Roddy & Doherty families M)

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

Wed 19th               St John Eudes (priest)

10:00 am        Tom & Nora Mullarkey, sons Paddy

& Denis, & daughters Mary Kate

O’Driscoll & Nora Gallagher (M)

Thurs 20th             St Bernard (abbot & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Fri          21st         St Pius X (pope)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 22nd                  The Queenship of Mary

11:00 am        Gerry Murray, Months Mind (M)

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 22nd                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Sun 23rd                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 22nd August 8 …. (M)

Sunday 23rd August 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 22:19-23. Psalm Ps 137.

2nd Reading Rm 11:33-36. Gospel Mt 16:13-20.

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th August: Focus: God's grace & mercy are promised to all. - The readings today wrestle with the questions of who is in & who is out. When it comes to God's grace, who will receive it? We learn that all who accept the gift of faith are incorporated into the covenant relationship with God.

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 now that the church has re-opened for public Mass. If you think you will be able to help please give your name to Fr Peter. Sincere thanks to all who 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.

Masses with a congregation

Sunday & weekday Masses with a congregation is now possible 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 provided & seats & surfaces will be wiped down after each Mass, You should wear a mask to comply with regulations.


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


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 768,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,774. That’s 40,000 deaths this week.

Car Treasure Hunt Sunday 16th August. From Mullinabreena Church Carpark from 10 am onwards. Please contact Margaret Gallagher 0872875458 to book a time slot. €30 per car. Very good prizes €150, €100, €60 vouchers & spot prizes. Refreshments etc served. 

Information you may need

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

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!

Let's get moving
The HSE Physiotherapy Depts in Dublin/Cork who have devised a booklet with daily exercises to help people get moving again after 'lock down' .I attach link below to download this booklet.

COVID-19 Club Small Grants  

Sports Clubs in County Sligo can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership.    


Under the Long-Term Illness (LTI) Scheme, you can get some drugs, medicines, & approved appliances for free from your pharmacy.

There is no means test for the scheme.To qualify, you must be 'ordinarily resident' in the Republic of Ireland. This means that you are living here and intend to live here for at least one year. Students from outside the EU do not qualify for the LTI Scheme. For all other qualifying criteria check out

The annual My Waste Ireland national upcycle competition is now open for entries. Click the link below to find out how to enter, and look at some of last year's winners! The closing date for entries is October 31st, plenty of time to get creative!

If you are diagnosed with COVID 19 or are medically certified to self-isolate, you can apply for the Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID 19 Absences from Day 1 of your absence.You do not need to worry about finance at such an anxious time or put your health at risk. If you need to apply please go to  


Save yourself a trip to an NDLS centre by renewing your driving licence online. If you have a verified MyGovID, are under 70 and don't need to submit supporting documents –  You can apply now at

If you are a manufacturing or internationally traded services company, you could access up to €800k through Enterprise Ireland's Sustaining Enterprise Fund to help stabilise & rebuild your business.

National action plan for apprenticeship  

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has launched a consultation process on the next national action plan for apprenticeship. Submissions in response to the consultation paper are invited via email to by Friday 18 Sept 2020. 

Goto to start one of the ideas in your community and claim your free summer activity pack    

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