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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  



Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sat 13th                  6:00 pm Patrick & Agnes Moran, son Paul

& Sr Maria Christopher Berreen (M)

Sun 14th                 10:00 am              Sonny Henry (M)

Mon 15th               10:00 am              Dec’d. of Colleary family (M)

Tues 16th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

St Patricks Day

Tues 16th               6:00 pm                 Private Intention (M)

Wed 17th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Thurs 18th             10:00 am              St Cyril of Jerusalem (bishop)

Private Intention (M)

Feast of St Joseph & beginning of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year

Fri          19th         10:00 am              St Joseph, husband of the BVM

Private Intention (M)

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

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sat 20th                  6:00 pm Breda Scanlon, (Birthday Mass) (M)

Sun 21st                 10:00 am              Dec’d. of Lang & Forde families (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 20th March 6pm …. (M)

Sunday 21st March 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Jer 31:31-34. Psalm Ps 50.

2nd Reading Heb 5:7-9. Gospel Jn 12:20-30.


4th Sunday of Lent 14th March: Focus: God sent Christ into the world not to condemn, but to save & to heal. – Throughout history, humans have had a tendency to choose what is the easier – but not necessarily the better – path. The easier path often leads away from God & into the darkness of sin. Christ’s way is the way of light. We are called to be his disciples, to let go of preferences & actions which keep us in the dark, & to take the path which leads to truth & goodness.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Josephine Keane, Dublin, (sister of John McCarrick, Cloonbaniff), Maeve Conway, Cliffoney, (sister of Daisy Henry, Tubbercurry). 

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

4th Sunday of Lent 14th March. “For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.”(John 3: 17). Are you being invited to share the mission of Jesus as a priest or in the consecrated life? Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email:

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  

Lenten Prayers: There are some on-line resources for praying at home during Lent. Prepared by Elphin & Clonfert Dioceses. They are on our diocesan site at

Year Dedicated to the Family:

On 19 March 2021, the Church will celebrate five years since the publication of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) on the beauty & joy of love in the family. On that day, Pope Francis will launch a year dedicated to the family which will conclude on 26 June 2022 on the occasion of the Tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome.

We are asked to mark the beginning of the 'Amoris Laetitia Family Year' with a Week of Prayer from 13 to 19 March (the Feast of Saint Joseph). The Bishops' Council for Marriage & the Family has prepared resource to assist with the celebration of the Week of Prayer. 

This resource comprises a page for each day of the Week of Prayer which can be easily followed in parish, school, & at home. Each day has a theme reflecting on family life through the lens of Saint Joseph. The resource has at its centre the prayer from Pope Francis which he wrote for the Year of Saint Joseph & some inspiring reflections from The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia). Visuals for each day of the Week of Prayer are also available on

Living with Addiction in the Family: with Mick Devine, March 27th, 10-12.30 (via Zoom). Families that live with addiction experience shame, guilt & anxiety & feel it is 'all my fault.' The pressures of the past year have made this even harder. Recovery is possible. This workshop will offer positive tools for managing addiction in the family so that all family members can work towards greater wellbeing.

Cost €10 or €20 per family. Register & link: All Welcome

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 Migraine Association of Ireland: A talk with Prof. Stewart Tepper, world renowned neurologist & headache expert will look at the science behind neuromodulation, explore some of the medical devices that are available & look at how migraineurs might benefit from it. It’s on Thursday March 25th at 7 pm. Free places via this link. Understanding My Migraine - Episode 5: Neuromodulation Tickets, Thu 25 Mar 2021 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

PhD Scholarship in Theology & the early Irish Church, Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Proposals which focus on the Irish influence in Europe, its migration through monastic networks in continental Europe, & the influence of the gospel of St John on the Irish church & diaspora will be particularly welcome. The scholarship will cover academic fees & offer a stipend of €13,000 per annum for four years. Some funding will also be available to help with travel for research, or to conferences. This scholarship, offered thanks to generous philanthropic funding, seeks to develop further the Loyola Institute's interest in scholarship in the area of theology & the early Irish Church. TCD is ideally situated for such scholarship. Applications are invited from those interested in theology & in medieval history. If the successful applicant is lacking expertise in either of these areas, they will be asked to complete appropriate modules from the MPhil in Christian Theology, &/or from the MPhil in Medieval Studies.

David’s Fundraiser for Achonry NS

David is asking for your support to help raise funds for our local national school, Achonry NS. Firstly I would like to share my personal story. Anyone who knows me is aware that over the years I had gained a fair amount of weight. I suppose I felt the task of losing weight was so huge I had in fact given up & accepted that a life of ill health & unhappiness was ahead of me. My family had over the years skirted around the edges expressing their concern because people never want to be unkind. However last summer I hit a new low when I found I was unable to walk from my front door to the gate without crippling back pain & breathlessness. All gloves were off then. My family staged an intervention all be it in a very kind & gentle one but an intervention nonetheless. I joined Bodyslims last September.  It’s an online weight loss program & I can honestly say it has changed my life. It has not been easy but I am proud to say that from not being able to walk to the gate last summer to being able to walk 5k at this stage has been a huge personal achievement. However I want to complete a full 10k walk by Easter & this is why I am writing to you for your help. I don't think there is a person among us who hasn't realised over the last few months how important our school is to our families & our community & currently the school is in need of funding to ensure our children have all the resources they need as they return to the classroom. I am asking for your support in the form of sponsoring me in completing a 10k walk Easter weekend 2021. Your sponsorship will not only help me stay motivated but more importantly it will help the school & the children.
Many thanks for your time, David Keenan.

The go fund me link is


“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.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 2,597,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 4,405. That’s 127,000 deaths two weeks. The number of deaths in Ireland two weeks 304. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 222,169 so 1 in every 22.6 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.

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

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


Knock Shrine faith discussions during Lent: 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:

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

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.