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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-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 17th                  8:00 pm Kathleen Grady (sister of Jennie Armstrong) (M)

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

Mon 19th               Ss John de Brébeuf,  Isaac Jogues , & Companions

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Tues 20th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Wed 21st                10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Thurs 22nd            St John Paul II (pope)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          23rd         St John of Capistrano (priest)

10:00 am        Sr Mary Ellen (Bridget) Johnston (M)

                                         Native of Carntavy, 100th Birthday today

Sat 24th                  St Anthony Mary Claret (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 24th                  8:00 pm William Gannon & his mother Mary

& sister Mary (M)

Sun 25th                 10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

Readers of the Word

Saturday 24th Oct 8pm …. (M)

Sunday 25th Oct 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Ex 22:20-26. Psalm Ps 17.

2nd Reading 1 Th 1:5-10. Gospel Mt 22:34-40.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 18th Oct: Focus: We are God’s; we belong to him. – Our primary allegiance is not to a particular nation, kingdom, or institution, but to God. We belong to him in whose image we are made & whose law is inscribed on our hearts. We must give back to God what is his, thus we give him our love, our first fruits, & our very selves, in union with Christ.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Mary Corley nee Kivlehan, Sligo & Easkey, (mother of Siobhan Henry, Newgrove), Margaret Healy nee Tansey, Ballymote, (aunt of Sean & Declan Henry), Stella Durcan, Carrentubber, (sister of Gabriel Barrett, Ballinvalley), Kathleen Grady, USA, (sister of Jennie Armstrong, Cloonarara & New Jersey).  

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.


This weekend parishes in over 120 countries will celebrate World Mission Sunday. World Mission Sunday is a direct appeal from Pope Francis to give what you can so that overseas missionaries can reach and care for suffering men, women, and children.
On World Mission Sunday, all Mass collections, including those from the most impoverished churches in the developing world, will be offered to help further the reach of missionaries & mission. This appeal is a life-line, not only for missionaries but also for the future of the Church.

Worryingly, it faces a crisis. The worldwide pandemic means that less congregations can physically attend Mass, resulting in fewer offerings in the basket. The implications for suffering overseas communities in the months ahead will be devastating.
Please, if you can, be extra generous this weekend. Your kindness will be used to fund the work of overseas missionaries who serve in some of the most impoverished & overcrowded communities in the world. To give what you can donate at www.wmi/mission, call Fiona in World Missions Ireland on 01 497 2035, or lodge money directly: IBAN - IE12 BOFI 9007 5456 9616 36, BIC - BOFIIE2D, Account Name - Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

How you can help right now

As we are all aware, congregations cannot gather for Mass under current guidelines. This will have a grave impact on the World Mission Sunday collection. However, you can still offer a gift by calling Fiona on 01 497 2035 or donating online at People can donate €4.00 right now, by texting the word MISSION to 50300. World Missions Ireland will receive a minimum of €3.60

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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.

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 more info contact Vocations Director, Fr Paul Kivlehan, The Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen. 094-9860011, or 087- 3683535, E-mail  

Caring for our Common Home:  Coming together with Laudato Sí (Pope Francis' letter to the world on the environment). With presenter Ms Jane Mellett, Laudato Sí Officer, Trócaire.

Awakening: What in the world is happening? October 20th  

Conversion: A Spirituality Which Includes All that Lives. Oct 27th  

Connection: The Big Picture of the Web of Life. February 16th

Action: Getting down to Working for our Future. February 23rd

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 18th Oct, Mt 22:15-21 ‘Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – & to God what belongs to God.’ “Give to God what is God’s.” You belong to Christ & Christ is God’s! How will you respond to so great a love? Is He asking you to follow Him by serving in the priesthood or consecrated life? If so, speak to your local priest, or call your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on

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.

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.