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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-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 3rd                    8:00 pm John & Elsie Sweeney (M)

Sun 4th                   10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

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

Tues 6th                 St Bruno (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 7th                  Our Lady of the Rosary

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Thurs 8th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fri          9th                           St John Henry Newman, Ss Denis & Companions

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 10th                  10:00 am              No Mass (M)

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 10th                  8:00 pm Fr Patrick Henry, Leeds & Achonry (M)

Sun 11th                 10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

Readers of the Word

Saturday 10th Oct 8pm …. (M)

Sunday 11th Oct 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 25:6-10. Psalm Ps 22.

2nd Reading Phil 4:12-14. Gospel Mt 22:1-14.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th Oct: Focus: Nothing we have is truly our own. It is all a gift from God. - As humans, we can be possessive of our worldly goods & take credit for our talents. Yet, everything we have is a gift from God - even the work we do to earn our living is done through the energy & talents that God gave to us. Like the tenants in today's Gospel, we owe everything to God, our divine Landlord.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 1,036,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,801. That’s 36,000 deaths this week.

SATURDAY EVENING VIGIL MASS: On Sunday 25th October Daylight Saving Time ends, the Clocks go back one hour. From Saturday 31st October until March 2021 the Saturday Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6pm. Due to other circumstances it can’t be celebrated at 7pm, hence the 6pm time.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th Oct: Philippians 4:6

“There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer & thanksgiving” You belong to Christ. If the Lord invites you & follow Him as a priest or in the consecrated life, how will you respond? Speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on

Priesthood in Achonry Diocese – It is worth saying “yes” to God

Year of Accompaniment

A series of six residential weekends in Mullaghmore over the coming months for men who are exploring a call to priesthood.  First session 9th Oct evening to 11th Oct lunchtime. For further information contact our Vocations Director, Fr Paul Kivlehan, The Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen. Tel. 094-9860011, Mobile 087- 3683535, E-mail  

First Holy Communion: After a long delay due to Covid19 restrictions the First Holy Communion for Achonry N.S. took place in Mullinabreena Church on 3rd Oct. I congratulate the ten children who received their Communion & I thank their teacher Fiona & all the school staff, & Maureen the Co-ordinator of the “Do This in Memory” programme.

This October, World Mission Sunday will take place over the weekend of the 17/18th. Worryingly, it is in jeopardy. The pandemic will mean fewer offerings for this vital collection. The implications for overseas missionaries & communities in the months ahead will be devastating. Please, if you are in a position to help, do so this month.

Alternatively, call Fiona on 01 497 2035 who can take your gift over the phone. Thank you for your prayers & support.

Together We Can Do More, Blessed Are the Peacemakers

This year, World Mission Sunday celebrations take place over the weekend of 17/18th October. In basic terms, World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual direct appeal for spiritual & financial support so that the life-giving work of missionaries can continue.

During this time, all parishes worldwide will offer Mass collections & donations to aid the work of missionaries & mission overseas. World Mission Sunday collections take place in every parish where the Church is present. Including, not only across Ireland & Europe but also in poorer parishes in the developing world. This is why it is such a special moment, as it allows all members of the universal Church family, regardless of location or background, to play their part in supporting each other. This year’s theme Together we can do more – blessed are the peacemakers, reminds us that the Universal Church family is a global community that must stand together if it is to do more. It also recognises overseas missionaries as peacemakers, who like Jesus Christ, emulate love & harmony as they attempt to reunite fragile people from fractured communities, with God & each other.

The world is in crisis. In many poorer parishes in Africa, Asia, & Latin America, missionaries are on the front line. These women & men already do so much. Walking hand-in-hand with marginalised communities, long before & long after any emergency. But right now, they desperately need your help. You can show missionaries you care by supporting their life-giving work on World Mission Sunday. Your prayers & generosity will change lives.

The month of October is dedicated each year to the Most Holy Rosary, while the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on 7 October. The new online prayer resource, the 'Zoom Family Rosary', allows families to connect, online, to pray the Rosary when we can't be together in person due to COVID-19 restrictions.
What is the 'Zoom Family Rosary'? The 'Zoom Family Rosary' is an online meeting place where families from Ireland & other parts of the world can pray the Rosary together, using mobile phones, tablets, laptops & desktop computers. No matter where you are, you can take part – in your kitchen, your sitting room, your car, or your garden.

What is Zoom?'Zoom' is being widely used during the pandemic for online meetings, & is a popular easy-to-use app. The potential for Zoom to be used as a family prayer resource quickly became apparent, & so the 'Zoom Family Rosary' was born.

You need to download the Zoom app from the App Store or Google Play, or search for 'Zoom' using your browser – then sign up for free. 

Once that's done, click on the link:, which will bring you to a web page where you can register. You will receive a return email with a clickable link to 'Join'. This link will bring you to the 'Zoom Family Rosary'. Use this link each Saturday to join in the online Rosary. There are no financial costs for taking part. 
Are many families joining in?

The 'Zoom Family Rosary' has been growing steadily over the past few months during the COVID-19 pandemic & has received a great reaction from those taking part. The beauty of this online, interactive Rosary is its ability to link families from Ireland & around the world. The 'Zoom Family Rosary' take place every Saturday at 6pm & everyone is most welcome to join in.


Archbishop Eamonn Martin is asking families to pray the Rosary together for the month of October in what is called the Family Rosary Crusade.  

On Saturday October 10th, the Hail Holy Queen Conference will be Live & Exclusive on Radio Maria Ireland, beginning with the Rosary from 12.30pm. Guest speakers include Dana, Marino Restrepo, Fr Damian Polly, Fr Ruairi O'Domhnaill, Fr Marius O'Reilly & more.  

Sunday October 11th the Rosary on the Coast for Life & Faith in Ireland will take place. This year we will again join in with many other countries from around the world. We will gather on our coasts, at our grottos, our churches, our river banks, our homes, or wherever we can....... to pray the Rosary safely together, at 2.30pm. Please do remember to observe Covid 19 guidelines.  See to see locations near you or to register a location.