Parish Newsletter 3rd January 2021           Print this page Print this page

Sun, 2021

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


2021 Sunday Cycle B Weekday Cycle I  



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)

Mon 4th                  10:00 am              Joe & Margaret Johnston

& Joseph Johnston Jnr (M)

Tues 5th                 St Charles of St Andrew (priest)

10:00 am        Mossy Brosnan, Ballybunion (M)

The Epiphany of the Lord

Tues 5th 6:00 pm                 Mary McCullagh (M)

Wed 6th                  10:00 am              Mary Burke & dec’d family, Achonry (M)

Thurs 7th               St Raymond of Penafort (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

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

Sat 9th                     10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

The Baptism of the Lord

Sat 9th                    6:00 pm Mary & James McDonnell (M)

Sun 10th                 10:00 am              Mick Marren, Roadstown (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 9th Jan 6pm …. (M)

Sunday 10th Jan 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 55:1-11. Psalm Ps 12.

2nd Reading Jn 5:1-9. Gospel Mk 1:7-11.


2nd Sunday of Christmas 3rd Jan: Focus: When peaceful silence lay over all, & night had run half of her swift course, the all-powerful word leaped down from heaven, from the royal throne (cf. Entrance antiphon).


The Epiphany of the Lord 6th Jan: Focus: The Eternal gifts of joy, hope, & peace are bestowed on those who choose to live in the light of Christ.


SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Kevin Higgins, England, (son of the late Martin & Mary Higgins, Tullyhugh), Myra McNulty, (sister of Peter Gallagher, Carrowneaden), Mary McCullagh, (aunt of Roisin Healy).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

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.


From 3 January only 6 guests can attend a wedding ceremony & reception, whether indoors or outdoors.


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 1,843,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 2,248. That’s 80,000 deaths this week.

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Tony Holohan issues stark warning as Covid-19 hospitalisations surpass second wave

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER Dr Tony Holohan has expressed concern at the rise in the number of people with Covid-19 who require hospitalisation.

The National Public health Emergency Team (NPHET) reported that there were 359 Covid-19 positive patients in hospital, of which 30 were in intensive care.

In a statement, Dr Holohan said that more people have now been hospitalised in the current third wave of the pandemic than during the entire second wave of infections in Ireland. “We look at many metrics when monitoring the disease severity of Covid-19. Today we are reporting that we have now exceeded the cumulative number of people hospitalised in this third wave than in the second,” he said.

Hospitalisations have increased sharply in the last two days. This is a concerning trend which reflects the sharp increase incidence we saw in the last 10 days. 

The CMO added that testers have recorded a steep rise in the positivity rates in community testing as the seven day average has jumped to 9.2%, up from 5.2% on 18 December. “This indicates that the virus is increasing its foothold out in our communities. This is just one more reason why we are strongly advising everyone to stay safely at home to avoid transmitting or catching this virus, as it continues to circulate widely,” Holohan explained.

“Please come forward for testing if you feel unwell. Know the symptoms of Covid-19, & do not delay in phoning your GP for advice. Self-isolate in your room if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or change in sense of taste/smell,” he added.

If you are a household contact of a confirmed case you should restrict your movements for 14 days even if your own test is reported as Covid ‘not detected’.

NPHET reported 11 further death & an additional 1753 cases of Covid-19 today.

“The data yet to be processed shows that there could be 9000 more cases in the next few days,” Dr Holohan said.