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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  



Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 13th                  6:00 pm Ita Moran, Rinbane (M)

Sun 14th                 10:00 am              Margaret & Joseph Johnston

& son Joseph Jnr. (M)

Mon 15th               10:00 am              Ellen & Frank Walsh &

dec’d. Walsh & Shiels families (M)

Tues 16th               10:00 am              John & Mary Murtagh &

dec’d. Murtagh & Gormally families (M)

Wed 17th               Ash Wednesday (Day of Fast & Abstinence)

10:00 am        Michael James & Margaret Jane Marren (M)

Thurs 18th             10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fri          19th         10:00 am              Michael & Pat Marren & Mary Scanlon (M)

Sat 20th 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

First Sunday of Lent

Sat 20th                  6:00 pm Josie Mullen, Lavagh (M)

Sun 21st                 10:00 am              Lil Conlon (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 20th Feb 6pm …. (M)

Sunday 21st Feb 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Gen 8:9-15. Psalm Ps 24.

2nd Reading 1 Pet 3:18-22. Gospel Mk 1:12-15.


6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th Feb: Focus: Let us turn to Christ today to heal our wounds. – Jesus enters into our spiritual & physical suffering with his mercy to heal our separation from God & draw us back into the relationship for which we are made. The leper’s faith can lead us also to confidently seek Christ out today. Jesus, the eternal Word of God, draws near to us to heal us of every wound.

Ash Wednesday 17th February: Listen to God’s direction in the silence of our hearts. – So Lent is here once again. Whether we face today with no idea of what we’ll do for Lent this year or whether we face it with a clear plan, we have the opportunity to think about what Jesus asks of us in the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting & almsgiving.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Sr Enda (Mary) O’Donnel, Carrowneaden, & Sisters of Mercy, Western Province, (sister of Pat & James, Carrowneaden). Fr Joe Finan, Carrowcarragh, & formerly of Leeds Diocese, (brother of Fr Jim, Collooney).

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  

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.

Bealach Nua: We are a recovery oriented family peer support service which offers families/friends of people with mental health challenges an opportunity to engage with  family peer  supporters through individual, group work, wellness days & information evenings. For further information or to access the service please call 094 9049392 or Fran 086 0450835/Noel 087 9749288

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.


The Irish Georgian Society, through the support of its members in IGS London, is inviting applications for its 2021 Conservation Grants Programme which is open to support buildings of significant architectural merit. Funding totalling €30,000 is available with priority given to older buildings on the basis of rarity & potential fragility relating to age. The Irish Georgian Society's Conservation Grants Programme is generously funded by IGS London. Over the last 7 years, the Society has supported over 30 significant conservation projects from around the country, that have included works to country houses & castles, thatched cottages & historic townhouses, architectural follies, & churches.
Closing date for application is 5th March 2021. For details see

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

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 2,401,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 3,865. That’s 81,000 deaths this week. The number of deaths in Ireland this week 241. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 207,720 so 1 in every 23.92 has now tested positive in Ireland.

Priory Institute online theology course: As registrations for our spring semester are closing next Tuesday 9 February; studying theology online, see the 20 minute film    This film is used at the Open Day & it gives a good indication about what it's like to study with us here at Priory Institute


“Here are my hands, hold them. Please don’t leave South Sudan alone. We need your prayers. We need your support. We need your love.” This year Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign brings us to South Sudan, where we learn about the suffering of people who have lost their homes & loved ones to war, & how they are rebuilding their lives through love, friendship, & solidarity. Meet Awut & Ajak. Awut, they are survivors. They survived a war, but each day remains a battle: a battle to earn money; a battle to grow food; a battle to pay for their children’s school; a battle to survive & thrive. These women lost their homes & loved ones to the conflict in South Sudan. They fled their villages with nothing but the clothes on their back, trekking through miles of dangerous bush land with no food or water for themselves or their children. Awut arrived in the community of Malek frightened but was welcomed with loving arms by her new neighbours. Sometime later, Ajak returned to Malek after having been away with her husband who was a soldier. Here, in this remarkable community, people whose lives were brought together by pain & suffering are starting new lives based on love, friendship, & kindness. Every day remains a struggle for Awut & Ajak & their families. They struggle to earn money, grow food, & attend school. Life continues to be full of challenges & obstacles for these amazing women, but they face these challenges together, with dignity & solidarity.

Each year since 1973, Trócaire has turned the compassion of the Irish people into life-changing support for some of the world’s poorest people. By supporting Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign we can hold the hand of the people of South Sudan. Our fundraising can make a real difference to the lives of the people most in need. Please collect a Trócaire box in the church for your Lenten contribution to help these poor unfortunate people.


Knock Shrine faith discussions during Lent: Ash Wednesday 17 Feb. heralds the beginning of Lent 2021. The 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.

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: