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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-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Mon 31st                St Aidan of Lindisfarne (bishop & missionary)

10:00 am        Dec’d of the Goulden family (M)

Tues 1st                  10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

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

Thurs 3rd               St Gregory the Great (pope & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          4th                           St Mac Nissi (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 5th                     10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 5th     8:00 pm Private Intention (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Sun 6th    10:00 am              Patrick & Eleanor O’Brien (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 5th Sept 8pm …. (M)

Sunday 6th Sept 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Ex 33:7-9. Psalm Ps 94.

2nd Reading Rm 13:8-10. Gospel Mt 18:15-20.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 30th August: Focus: Trust in & follow the way of Jesus. – Peter can be excused for thinking as a human does, for he is human! But what gets him in trouble is his mistaken idea that he knows better than Jesus – that he knows better how Jesus ought to carry out his mission. This is reminiscent of the Fall: Pride in one’s own knowledge over that of God’s. We’re all susceptible to that, & Jesus reminds Peter - & us – that his way is the way. All we need to do is trust, & follow.


Baptism: We welcome into the Christian Family through the sacrament of Baptism: Odhrán Liam Donoghue, Mullinabreena South.

Sunday 30th August 2020: Today Fr Paul Dempsey will be Ordained Bishop of Achonry in St Nathy’s Cathedral, at 3pm. The ceremony will be streamed live on Please remember Fr Paul in your prayers.


Greetings from Bishop-Elect, Fr. Paul Dempsey

Dear Friends,

Greeting from Ballaghaderreen! I moved here last weekend and am currently in the “settling in” process of trying to find items in boxes that are strewn all over the house!  It all takes time.

It has been an extraordinary year with many twists & turns along the way! Despite all that, the day is now upon us where I will be ordained Bishop on Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral. The ceremony will be very different from what we had initially planned, mainly because of the current restrictions that need to be observed for safety reasons. However, I know many of you will be joining us “virtually” at 3pm on  Over the coming weeks, I look forward to travelling around the Diocese to meet as many of you as I can. Thank you so much for the kind and hospitable welcome I’ve received in recent months.  
I know many of you have been praying for me which is deeply appreciated. Please be assured of my prayers for you at this time also. May the Lord continue to guide us as we “launch out into the deep” and begin this new chapter in the life of our Diocese.
With warm wishes and every blessing.

Bishop-Elect Paul.



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.

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 in Mullinabreena Church every day 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.

Theology Courses: We are taking registrations now for our autumn online theology courses. The courses are up to degree level and are heavily subsidised by the Irish Domincans. They could be just the thing as the nights draw in and we look to an uncertain winter.  

Grandparents Pilgrimage, Knock Shrine

The 2020 pilgrimage is on Sunday 13th September at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock taking place virtually at 3pm at Knock Basilica. Please join us online at


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

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, Masks are recommended.  


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 845,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,777. That’s 36,000 deaths this week.

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

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

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