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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 B Weekday Cycle I  



The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Sat 26th                  6:00 pm Bea Ann & Michael Brennan Chaffpool (M)

Sun 27th                 10:00 am              Francis & Agnes Henry (M)

Mon 28th               The Holy Innocents (martyrs)

10:00 am        No Mass (M)

Tues 29th               St Thomas Becket (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Patrick & Mary Kate O’Donnell (M)

Wed 30th               10:00 am              Michael Henry, Carrowmore (M)

Thurs 31st             St Sylvester (pope)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          1st            Mary, the Holy Mother of God

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 2nd                    Ss Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen (bishops)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Second Sunday of Christmas

Sat 2nd                    6:00 pm Mary Johnston, Months Mind (M)

Sun 3rd                   10:00 am              Frank & Evelyn Hunt, & Margaret

Doherty, & dec’d Hunt & Gilmartin families (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 2nd Jan 6pm …. (M)

Sunday 3rd Jan 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Eccles (Sir) 24:1-2, 8-12. Psalm Ps 147.

2nd Reading Eph 1:3-6, 15-18. Gospel Jn 1:1-18.


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph- Sunday 27th Dec: Focus: Blessed are those who fear the Lord & walk in his ways. – On this Feast of the Holy Family, we celebrate God’s incarnation into a human family who loved, protected & taught him. They were holy because they were perfect in obedience & virtue; blessed because they feared the Lord & walked in his ways. We, too, may strive to attain this holiness, in our imitation of the Holy Family’s example & through the grace of Christ.

Religious services

Due to the latest lockdown Religious services will move online after 25th December. Places of worship may remain open for private prayer.


Up to 10 mourners can attend.


Up to & including 2 January, 25 guests can attend a wedding ceremony & reception, whether indoors or outdoors. From 3 January, up to 6 guests are permitted.


Baptisms can go ahead with minimum numbers (the baby, parents, godparents, & celebrant) & all the usual safety measures in place (face coverings, cotton buds for anointing, sanitization of hands, etc.)

Over 70 and medically vulnerable individuals

Those aged over 70 & the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement.

It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced. When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home.

It is recommended to shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, & to avoid public transport.

Priesthood in Achonry Diocese – It is worth saying “yes” to God: 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, 094-9860011, or 087- 3683535, E-mail  

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 1,763,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 2,194. That’s 73,000 deaths this week.

Daily Mass, Catholic devotions & programs on SKY 588, Virgin Media 815 or Online at


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.​ Contact​ Freefone 1800 80 45 91

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE manage a national support line & additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries & give advice & reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Evening classes in North Connaught College starting in January: Care Skills - Monday 7-9, Level 5. Intellectual Disability - Monday 7-9, Level 5. Palliative Care - Tuesday 7-9, Level 5. Child Psychology - Tuesday 7-9, Level 6

Other classes on offer (subject to numbers): Computers – Intermediate. Photography & Digital Media. Beauty Therapy basics. Conversational Irish. Please phone 071 9185035 or email to book a place.

Free Living Well Programme - : Thurs 7th, Tues 12th, Mon 18th January. If you are living with a long term heath condition you may be interested in doing the “Living Well” formally known as the ‘Self Care to Wellness Programme’.  This is a six week programme delivered in 2.5 hour weekly sessions online where you will learn new skills to manage your health condition on a day to day basis. You must register in advance as places are limited to 10/12 participants. Please note you do not have to disclose your health condition on the programme. Please contact Olga on 086 6078950 or email:


I pray that the light & hope of Jesus Christ which is at the heart of Christmas will give us all the encouragement & strength to persevere during these difficult days. Thanks to all individuals & teams for all your work & effort throughout the year & in helping with all the regulations during the various lockdowns.

This has been such an unusual year, but please God, 2021 will bring a little normality back into our lives. I wish you & yours a safe & peaceful 2021. God bless you.