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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  

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)

Mon 26th               10:00 am              Sr Julie Henry, Carrowmore (M)

Tues 27th               St Otteran (monk)

10:00 am        Alfie Gilmartin (M)

Wed 28th               Ss Simon & Jude (apostles)

10:00 am        Mary Teresa Lee (40th Birthday) (M)

Thurs 29th             St Colman (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          30th         10:00 am              Mass for Holy Souls (M)

Sat 31st                   Bl Dominic Collins (martyr)

10:00 am        Mass for Holy Souls (M)

All Saints Day

Sat 31st                  8:00 pm Mass for Holy Souls (M)

Sun 1st                    10:00 am              Thomas Brennan, Powellsborough (M)


Readers of the Word

Saturday 31st Oct 6pm …. (M)

Sunday 1st Nov 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Apoc 7:2-4, 9-14. Psalm Ps 23.

2nd Reading 1 Jn 3:1-3. Gospel Mt 5:1-12.

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 25th Oct: Focus: Fidelity to God’s two great commandments sets a good example for others to follow. – The Old Testament lists more than 600 laws by which the Israelite people were to live. Jesus, in fulfilling the law, tells us that the whole law & the prophets depend on these two commandments: loving God, & loving neighbour as ourselves. Living by God’s law is the best advertisement in drawing others to want to know & follow Jesus Christ. Our actions really do speak louder than our words.

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.

November 1st, at 3pm, there will be a short Prayer Service held in all Cathedrals throughout the country in remembrance of the dead.  This will mark the very difficult year it has been for so many families who have lost a loved one as a result of COVID 19 & also the countless families who were unable to have the “normal” funeral ritual for a loved one who has died.  Please feel free to join in via webcam to St. Nathy’s Cathedral at 3pm on the 1st Nov.


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


RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Established since 2015 with the aid of the World Family of Radio Maria – with 83 Stations Worldwide. Our modern studio is situated in Ballymount, Dublin. We have recently surpassed 20,000 monthly online streaming listeners in Ireland & around the world & a further estimated 20,000 listeners via Saorview TV. Our mission is to help spread the Gospel message of Joy & Hope with a mixture of Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews & Testimonies – all commercial free. We broadcast 24/7. You might particularly like to join us Monday – Friday from 9.15am with live Morning Prayer followed by daily 10am Holy Mass. 11am Catechesis - with Fr. Eamonn McCarthy (Cloyne Diocese) our full-time Priest Director - Angelus & Midday Prayer. Live Evening Prayer at 5pm is followed by News & the Rosary. You can listen in via Saorview TV Channel 210, RADIO MARIA IRELAND is available to download FREE by App "RADIO MARIA IRELAND" on mobile devices, FREE streaming on & our Facebook Page – Radio Maria – Ireland by clicking on the "LISTEN" link or on the telephone via a live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply). If you would like information locally. Please contact: Eamonn Hennessy, 085-8174799 or by E-mail

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 25, Matthew 22:34-40
‘Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, & with all your mind”. Is Christ calling you to let Him manifest His love in you as a priest or consecrated religious? If so, 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

6 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, Ballaghaderreen. 094-9860011, or 087- 3683535, E-mail  


Level 5 Restrictions: now until 1st December – 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.

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 5, all in-person parish meetings, board of management meetings, etc. should be suspended. Meetings may continue online.

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

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 1,157,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 1,878. That’s 40,000 deaths this week.

An Online Event: If you desire to nurture your spiritual life, and are interested in spirituality, the role and influence women can have in today's culture and society, and are a lover of Carmel, you will not want to miss this International Spirituality Summit. Plan to join us virtually on 16th November 2020 from 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. UK time. For more information visit Email:

If you are an older person and would like someone to talk to, particularly since Covid-19, consider phoning SeniorLine.? We are Ireland's national confidential service for older people. We are open every day 10am-10pm.? We are older people too, trained to listen & support.? We would love to hear from you.? Freefone 1800 80 45 91