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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-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 12th                  8:00 pm Fr Bernie Hanley (M)

Sun 13th                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Mon 14th               The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 15th               Our Lady of Sorrows

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 16th               Ss Cornelius (pope) & Cyprian (bishop)

10:00 am        Ann Davitt, Cloonacool (M)

Thurs 17th             St Robert Bellarmine (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

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

Sat 19th                  St Januarius (bishop & martyr)

12:00 pm        Loretta Henry, Lavagh (M)

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 19th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 20th                 10:00 am              Patsy & Patricia Fallon (M)

Readers of the Word

Saturday 19th Sept 8pm …. (M)

Sunday 20th Sept 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 55:6-9. Psalm Ps 144.

2nd Reading Phil 1:20-24, 27. Gospel Mt 20:1-16.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 13th Sept: Focus: Forgiveness is a choice that leads to life. – Life always offers us choices – will we hold onto anger or will we choose to forgive? Will we live with a spirit of compassion or without mercy? Will we hold onto hurts & grievances or extend a hand in peace? Living out the commands of God is no easy task, but if we show mercy & forgiveness to others, we are assured of the same from our heavenly Father.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Michael Gilmartin, Dun Laoghaire, (brother of Francie Gilmartin, Rinbane).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Sept 13, (Rom 14: 7)

“The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord”. If the Lord invites you to follow Him in humble obedience as a priest or in the consecrated life, how will you respond? If the Spirit is prompting you to know Christ as a priest, or in the consecrated life, speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on

First Holy Communion: We are delighted to be able to announce a provisional date for the celebration of the First Holy Communion; Saturday October 3rd at 11am Mass in The Church of the Sacred Heart Mullinabreena. Please note that cancellation may be necessary if the COVID restrictions change or if the church is obliged to close for any reason. However, we hope that will not occur.

Lost & Found: A sum of money found in Achonry cemetery last weekend. Please contact Fr Peter for further details.

A short video of highlights from the Ordination of Bishop Paul Dempsey. Compiled by iCatholicie

Following Covid19 protocol is a lifesaver, acting irresponsibly is a death sentence.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has urged the public to limit their social contacts this weekend. He said: "While we are seeing a continued increase in cases, particularly in Dublin, this is at least partly due to the willingness of people to heed our core messages around knowing the symptoms & coming forward promptly for testing. This together with all of the other key behaviours will help to break the chains of transmission in our communities. This weekend, please limit your social contacts, especially visitors to your home. Avoid crowds, keep your distance from others & wear a face covering where appropriate." Almost one-third of all confirmed cases in the last 10 weeks are now among those aged under 24, compared to less than 10% at the start of July.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said “We are developing a new framework & a new plan in terms of dealing with Covid for the next six months. We have worked with the chief medical officer in this regard & NPHET, that is work still in progress. People are fatigued, I understand that, people are fed up of restrictions & they would love to go back to the normality we once experienced but the virus will be around for a while. We have got to be smart and resilient in how we deal with it.”

Newman Institute: Will run a Foundation in Counselling course this Autumn. A One-Year Part-time course beginning on 8th Oct 7 to 10pm & will run for 26 Thursday nights until 20th May 2021. There are also two Saturdays from 10am to 5pm to attend. Some people complete the course as a first step to train as a counsellor while others participate for their own self development or to assist them to cope better in their workplace or family life. The cost is €1200 & it can be paid in instalments. There is a deposit of €100 required to secure a place on the course. Please email for enquiries or phone 096 72066 for further details.

Looking to get back to work? "FREE ReStart Programme in Sligo" could be for you. At the CMD Training Institute, Collooney. This is a Back-to-Work programme for women over 35 who have been out of the workforce for 3 years or more. Build your confidence, re-discover your strengths & abilities, practice interview skills, prepare your CV & learn how to job search effectively. In this exciting program you will be guided through a series of training workshops & 1-1 coaching sessions. Contact Brenda Donagher 0876858550 for more info & to book. See also

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 925,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,781. That’s 41,000 deaths this week.

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


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.

Totus Tuus Magazine: Due to the Covid 19 Outbreak Totus Tuus magazine is now being delivered straight to your door.  If you would like to start receiving Totus Tuus to your home then please phone Fiona at 086 876 0058.

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.  

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