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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-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)

Mon 12th               10:00 am              Marna Bellanca (M)

Tues 13th               10:00 am              Jean White (M)

Wed 14th               St Callistus I (pope & martyr)

10:00 am        Teresa Duffy - 100th Birthday (M)

Thurs 15th             St Teresa of Avila (doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Mary Josephine Judge (M)

Fri          16th         St Hedwig, St Mgt Mary Alacoque, St Gall

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 17th                  St Ignatius of Antioch (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 17th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 18th                 10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

Readers of the Word

Saturday 17th Oct 8pm …. (M)

Sunday 18th Oct 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 45:1, 4-6. Psalm Ps 95.

2nd Reading 1 Th 1:1-5. Gospel Jn 17:11, 17-23.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th Oct: Focus: We are invited to live in the house of the Lord for all eternity. – As we move to the end of another liturgical year, our readings begin to speak to us about the end times. Full of hope & encouragement, they are meant to spur us on to faithful Gospel living no matter what befalls us in this life. Set among them is the responsorial psalm for today, Psalm 23, where the Lord is our shepherd who leads us to green pastures.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Peter McCaul, Bunnoe, Co Cavan, (husband of Breege Rogan, Achonry).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

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.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th Oct: Matthew 22:1-14

‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding.’ “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Are you considering following Christ more closely as a priest, or in consecrated life? 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

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

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION; Congratulations to all the children from Achonry N.S. who celebrated their First Holy Communion last weekend in our parish. It is a day we had all been looking forward to for a long time, thank God we were able to celebrate this most important step on the journey of faith for the children. Unfortunately, it was a bit different because of restrictions but we still managed to do what Jesus asked us to, Do this in His Memory & we are grateful for that. Thank you to all the families for your co-operation with the restrictions on numbers. Thanks’ to Fiona McCabe who prepared the children for their First Communion. Thanks also to Cora Kivlehan, & all the staff who facilitated the preparations. Thanks also to the stewards, altar society & cleaners & all who helped prepare the church for the ceremony. We hope the First Communion children will see this day as the start of a lifelong friendship with Jesus & we wish every blessing for them & their families. Thanks also to Maureen the Co-ordinator of the “Do This in Memory” programme.

Level 3 Restrictions from 6th to 27th October –Bishop Paul

Religious Services Generally (Excl. Funerals & Weddings); Public attendance at mass is not permitted & all masses must be online only. Please be assured that I am very much aware of the huge efforts that are in place in parishes around stewarding, sanitising etc. This is very much appreciated. I know our churches are safe places for people to worship & the suspension of weekday/Sunday Mass is particularly difficult. The bishops will be making this known to the Government. Whether exceptions can be made is yet to be seen.  

Baptisms; The Sacrament of Baptism may proceed with, in addition to the child & the priest, four people present, preferably from the child's household only. All necessary travel restrictions & health & safety precautions should be strictly adhered to. It may be necessary for godparents to be represented by proxy.

Funerals; Funeral services may proceed but with a maximum of 25 mourners. The burial service should be considered part of the funeral service, thus the lower limit of 15 people for “outdoor gatherings” should not apply to the burial service. The Funeral Undertaker should outline these restrictions to the family.

Marriage; Wedding ceremonies may proceed, but with a limit of 25 guests (irrespective of church size). Due to the restriction on travel outside the county (apart from essential purposes), it will not be possible for a guest to attend a wedding in another county. However, the guidance states that couples, resident in a particular county, but with existing plans to get married, can travel to get married outside that county.

Private Prayer in Places of Worship; Churches & places of worship should remain open for private prayer. It is important to continue an appropriate cleaning regime in your church.

Parish Meetings, etc; As organised indoor gatherings are not permitted under Level 3, all in-person parish meetings, board of management meetings, etc. should be suspended. Meetings may continue online.

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.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 1,080,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,821. That’s 44,000 deaths this week.

Together We Can Do More, Blessed Are the Peacemakers

This year, World Mission Sunday celebrations take place over the weekend of 17/18th October. 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.

Achonry National School Parents Association are holding a clothing collection at St Nathy’s Hall on Saturday 10th & 17th October from 10am until 12pm. This is your opportunity to declutter your wardrobes while also supporting Achonry National School. Go on, grab a black bag and clear out the presses! 

In line with current HSE guidelines we ask that only one person enter the hall via the fire exit door beside the stage to drop off your clothing donation directly on the stage. Please maintain social distancing, wear a face mask and sanitise your hands on entering and exiting the building. Thanking you in advance for your support. Achonry National School Parents Association

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.