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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  

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)

Mon 25th     The Conversion of St Paul

                                                10:00 am              Thomas, Mary Ellen & Eamonn Connolly (M)

Tues 26th    Ss Timothy & Titus (bishops)    

10:00 am        Paddy & Geraldine Hannan (M)

Wed 27th               St Angela Merici (virgin & religious)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thurs 28th             St Thomas Aquinas (bishop & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          29th         10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Sat 30th       St Aidan (bishop), Bl Mgt Ball & Francis Taylor

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 30th                  6:00 pm Private Intention

Sun 31st                 10:00 am              John P. & dec’d of the Davey family (M)

Readers of the Word

Saturday 30th Jan 6pm …. (M)

Sunday 31st Jan 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Deut 18:15-20. Psalm Ps 94.

2nd Reading 1 Cor 7:32-35. Gospel Mk 1:21-28.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 24th Jan: Focus: Prepare each day for the end of our earthly lives. – There is an ancient practice of reflection on mortality that goes as far back as Socrates: Memento Mori, or Remember, thou art mortal. Today’s Scriptures are perfect for the Christian spiritual practice of thinking about our life, & eventual death – a reminder that our ultimate goal in faith is to live with God after this life. Awareness of our own mortality should spur us to act righteously each day.

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  

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time January 24th  

“The Kingdom of God is at hand.” Is the Lord calling you to lead others to His Kingdom as a priest or consecrated religious?  Speak to your local priest or your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on

Sunday of the Word of God –Pope Francis invites Catholics around the world to deepen their appreciation, love & faithful witness to God & His Word - especially on the 3rd Sunday in ordinary time (January 24, 2021) which is “dedicated to celebration, to reflection & proclamation of the Word of God; so that believers can understand the inexhaustible wealth which comes from this constant dialogue of God with his people" (Misericordia et misera, n. 7).

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An icon of the encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus was chosen as the official logo for the worldwide celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God.
The colourful logo is based on an icon written by the late-Benedictine Sister Marie-Paul Farran, a member of the Our Lady of Calvary Congregation, who lived & worked at its monastery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Pope Francis has asked that the third Sunday in Ordinary Time each year be observed as a special day devoted to the celebration, study & dissemination of the word of God.

The logo shows the resurrected Christ holding in his left hand a scroll, which is "the sacred Scripture that found its fulfillment in his person." By his side are two disciples: Clopas & his wife, Mary. They both fix their gaze on Christ while Clopas holds a stick to indicate "a pilgrimage." Mary is holding one hand upward & with her other hand seems to be touching the Lord, reaffirming that he has fulfilled the ancient promises & is the living Word that must be proclaimed to the world. Holding the stick in one hand, Clopas' free hand is pointing the road ahead, which all disciples are called to take in order to bring the Good News to everyone. There is a star overhead symbolizing evangelization & the "permanent light" that guides their journey & shows them the way. It is also important, to notice the feet of all three are depicted as being in motion, representing that the proclamation of the Risen Christ cannot be accomplished by "tired or lazy disciples" but only by those who are "dynamic" & ready to find new ways to speak so that sacred Scripture may become the living guide of the life of the church & its people.

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.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 2,123,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 2,870. That’s 98,000 deaths this week. The number of deaths in Ireland this week is 334. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 186,300 so 1 in every 26 has now tested positive in Ireland.

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

St Angela’s College, Sligo: Inviting applications for the following course beginning Autumn 2021. Part-Time Certificate in Religious Education (Primary) with Online Delivery. The course is open to: Qualified primary school teachers; Qualified post-primary school teachers who wish to transfer to primary school teaching. Parents, sacramental preparation teams & parish catechists who have a specific interest in the area of primary religious education may also apply. Closing date for Applications is Friday 14th May 2021. This date may be extended. 

For further information & application forms contact Mary Kearns, Senior Administrator, School of Education, St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo. Email or visit Website:

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 091527831 or e-mail

Free Living Well Programme: On Thursday 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.  Contact: Olga on 086 6078950 or 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