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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  

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Mon 24th               St Bartholomew

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Tues 25th               St Louis of France, St Joseph Calasanz (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 26th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Thurs 27th             St Monica

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          28th         St Augustine (bishop & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 29th                  The Passion of St John the Baptist

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 29th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 30th                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)


Readers of the Word

Saturday 29th August 8 …. (M)

Sunday 30th August 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Jer 20:7-9. Psalm Ps 62.

2nd Reading Rm 12:1-2. Gospel Mt 16:21-27.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 23rd August: Focus: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. – We are reminded in the reading from Romans that God is the ultimate authority. It is God who gives all, who creates all, & for whom all exists. Let us, then, through prayer & deeds, humbly & confidently acknowledge Jesus as the Son of the Living God.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Ivy Cuffe Gortnadrass, (aunt of Stanley Goulden, Gortnadrass).

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. 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.

Church leaders urge worshippers to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of coronavirus

The following statement has been issued by the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates of All Ireland, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland:

At this time, in NI & RoI, the governments have not formally made mandatory the wearing of face coverings at services of worship. This is, in part, due to the fact that as churches we are committed to maintaining 2 metre physical distancing between household groups & strict adherence to all government guidance on hand hygiene, cleaning, ventilation etc.

It, however, remains our responsibility to ensure that our services of worship are safe places for all who join with us. It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc., is likely to reduce the spread of coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. Their use is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers, and practical love for our neighbours.

Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, we join with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending & encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30 August 2020, & earlier if practicable.

We understand that some people are exempted from the wearing of face coverings, as outlined in the two jurisdictions.

We also recognise that whilst it may not be appropriate for those who are leading from the front during worship, including preaching, to wear face coverings, they should at all times continue to maintain at least 2 metre physical distancing from one another, and 4 metre physical distancing from the front row of the congregation.

The Most Revd Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

The Most Revd John McDowell, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

The Rt Revd Dr David Bruce, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian C. o. I.

The Revd Dr Tom McKnight, President of the Methodist C.o.I.

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 809,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,776. That’s 41,000 deaths this week.

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