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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  

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)

Mon 1st St Brigid (abbess, Secondary Patron of Ireland)

                                                10:00 am              John Mahon, Charlestown (M)

Tues 2nd                 The Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day)       

10:00 am        Teresa Hever (M)

Wed 3rd                 St Blaise (bishop & martyr), Blessing of throats

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Thurs 4th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Fri          5th           St Agatha (virgin & martyr)

10:00 am        Jimmy & Michael McSorley (M)

Sat 6th                     Ss Paul Miki & Companions (martyrs)

10:00 am        Fr Padraig O’Grady (M)

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 6th                    6:00 pm Patricia & Patsy Fallon (M)

Sun 7th                   10:00 am              Kevin & Margaret Gormalley (M)

Saturday 6th Jan 6pm …. (M)

Readers of the Word

Sunday 7th Jan 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Job 7:1-4, 6-7. Psalm Ps 146.

2nd Reading 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23. Gospel Mk 1:29-39.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 31st Jan: Focus: Those who witness Jesus’ authority & power are amazed. – In today’s Gospel account of Jesus entering Capernaum, those who heard his teaching & witnessed him drive out the unclean spirit are astonished. Their amazement is due to the authority of Christ, who is God himself. Are we, too, in awe at the work of God in our lives?

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Mary Stack nee Finan, Kerry, (sister of Fr Jim & Fr Joe Finan, Carrowcarragh), Bernie Brennan, Tubbertelly, Johnny McGowan, Doocastle, (father of Pauline McGowan-Gallagher, Castlecawley). 

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

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  

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time January 31st

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”

Open your heart to the possibility that Christ is calling you to a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life. Speak to your local priest or your Diocesan Vocation’s Director, or email the National Vocations Office on

Enrolment forms for Achonry NS September 2021 are available on the school website under Information for Parents, or please email the school to arrange for one to be sent in the post.

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 2,224,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 2,314. That’s 101,000 deaths this week. The number of deaths in Ireland this week 344. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 193,892 so 1 in every 25.6 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

Knock Shrine special online faith discussions during Lent

Ash Wednesday falls on 17 February & heralds the beginning of Lent 2021. This year Knock Shrine will host a new series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent, under the title 'Living Christian Faith - Lenten Conversations'.

What nurtures our faith & what challenges it today?

Where do we find hope & joy in our lives?

How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing & resilience?

How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith? 

These are just some of the questions that will be explored over the 6 weeks of Lent during a new series of online discussions on the topic of 'Living Christian Faith'. Faith Renewal at Knock Shrine is all about reaching out to people. This will open a conversation on contemporary issues of faith & church life. Chaired by Father Eamonn Conway DD, Priest in Tuam diocese & Professor of Theology at Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week & guest speakers will discuss some of the important questions we all face in living out our faith.

This will be streamed online via the Knock Shrine website offering people from all over the world the opportunity to engage in relevant topics & to hear from a range of people, from those in public life such as Baroness Nuala O'Loan & Senator Ronan Mullen to groups of young teachers & members of the clergy.

Thursday 18 February 'Living Christian Faith in the Family’      
Saint John Paul spoke about how the future of humanity passes by way of the family. Patrick & Linda Treacy, who have four children & run a centre for domestic spirituality called Integritas from their home, will speak about the joys & challenges of living Christian Faith as a family today. (More details next week)

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

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

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.