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Sat, 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 in Ordinary Time

Sat 16th                  6:00 pm Johnny, Dominic, Annie,

& dec’d. Feeley family (M)

Sun 17th                 10:00 am              Eileen & Paddy Gallagher (M)

Mon 18th               10:00 am              Fr Peter Coleman (M)

Tues 19th               10:00 am              Joe, Imelda & Joan Coleman (M)

Wed 20th               St Fabian (pope & martyr), St Sebastian (martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thurs 21st             St Agnes (virgin & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          22nd         St Vincent (deacon & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 23rd                  10:00 am              James Feely & dec’d Feely family (M)

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday of the Word of God

Sat 23rd                  6:00 pm Michael McGuinness, Cunghill (M)

Sun 24th                 10:00 am              Peter (40th), Josie & son Jimmy Brennan (M)


Readers of the Word

Saturday 23rd Jan 6pm …. (M)

Sunday 24th Jan 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Jon 3:1-5, 10. Psalm Ps 24.

2nd Reading 1 Cor 7:29-31. Gospel Mk 1:14-20.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 17th Jan: Focus: In both our 1st Reading & the Gospel, we hear how God calls people to serve. – The youth Samuel hears God’s voice but does not recognize it at first. But God keeps calling & with Eli’s help, Samuel is finally able to hear God’s word. The disciples of John the Baptist follow Jesus at his invitation, & bring along Simon Peter. We often come to serve the Lord through the invitation of others. We can offer that same invitation to those who have not yet heard the Gospel message.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Marty Brett, England, (brother of John Brett, Tubberdur), Patrick Corley, Newgrove & Sligo, (father of Siobhan Henry, Newgrove).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

Christmas Collection: Sincere thanks to all who contributed to this collection & to all who supported the various collections throughout the year. Thank you very much for your generosity.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter & St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love & you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 & expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation & unity in the Church & the human family.

Today the community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, Church traditions, countries & continents. In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion. They remain faithful to a life of prayer, life in community & the welcoming of guests. The sisters share the grace of their monastic life with visitors & volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence, healing or in search of meaning.

For 2021, the sisters are inviting churches across the world to enter into their tradition of prayer & silence that is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Church catholic.

Offertory boxes for 2021 are available at the church door or in the sacristy, or by contacting Fr Peter if you are not on the list & would like to support the church in this parish.

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 2,025,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 2,536. That’s 92,000 deaths this week. The number of deaths in Ireland this week is 209. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 166,620 & 50% of this total were reported since 1st Jan.

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

Learning Internet Skills: Now more than ever it is important to have Internet skills & to keep in touch with family & friends so Age Action is offering 5 hours of free remote tutoring by phone / video call to help older people use their smartphone, computer, tablet or ipad. The programme called Getting Started KIT takes place in your own home at a time that suits you & includes a free guide. For more info call 091 527831 or e-mail

Religious services

Due to the latest lockdown Religious services are online until further notice. Places of worship may remain open for private prayer.


Up to 10 mourners can attend.


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.

Free Living Well Programme: Programmes begin on Mon 18th Jan from 7pm-9.30pm, & Thurs Feb 18th from 10.30am-1pm. If you are living with a long term heath condition you may be interested in doing the Living Well Programme. This is a free, six week programme delivered online in 2.5 hour weekly sessions where you will learn new skills to manage your health condition on a day to day basis. More now than ever it is important we look after are mental and physical health.  You can contact: Olga on 086 6078950 or by email You can find out more info on

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.

Take care, wash your hands, keep physical distance, & wear a mask if you are going out. Stay safe.


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: