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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  



Palm Sunday

Sat 27th                  6:00 pm Johnny, Kathleen, & Pete Johnston (M)

Sun 28th                 10:00 am              John & Teresa Kennedy,

                                                                                                & daughter Rose Donnellan (M)

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

Tues 30th               10:00 am              James & Mary Davey

& dec’d of Davey family (M)

Wed 31st                10:00 am              Michael & Catriona Feeley (M)

Easter Triduum

Thurs 1st               8:00 pm                 Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

John & Annie Devaney

& dec’d family (M)

Fri          2nd           3:00 pm Good Friday – The Lord’s Passion (M)

Fri 2nd                                8:00 pm                             Stations of the Cross (M)

Sat 3rd    10:00 am              Morning Prayer (M)

Sat 3rd                    8:00 pm The Easter Vigil

Special Intention (M)

Easter Sunday

Sun 4th                   10:00 am              Bernie Finan (M)




Palm Sunday 28th March: Focus: Do the choices we make reflect our own will or the will of God? – Estimates say that human beings make as many as 35,000 choices each day. Through his sin of pride, the first man, Adam, attempted equality with God. Through humility & docility, Jeswus put aside pride & accepted death on a cross for the salvation of mankind. In each moment, we have a choice – will we follow the example of Adam or the example of Jesus?

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Beatrice Walsh, England, (sister of Trish Kennedy, Muckelty).

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  

Holy Week: There are on-line resources for praying at home prepared by Elphin & Clonfert Dioceses. Available at


Priory Institute Holy Week Online Retreat We invite you to join our Holy Week retreat reflecting on the Passion of Christ. This retreat is offered entirely online with fifteen-minute video reflections focusing on the verses of the psalm that is contained in the liturgical readings for each day of Holy Week. The first reflection will be available on Palm Sunday & all reflections will remain available for you to watch at your convenience until 11 April. There is no charge for this retreat, but you must register with your email address & have access to the internet to participate.

For more Info & to register visit our website

Email: Tel: +353 (0)1 4048124.


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.

Meals on Wheels: Due to Covid Lockdown & current travel restrictions Banada Development Agency Meals on Wheels Service, offer applicants aged over 65 or those returning home from hospital, a daily delivery of a hot dinner & desert. Monday to Friday in the areas of South Sligo & border towns in East Mayo. Call 07191 81562 for particulars 9.30am. -1pm Monday to Friday.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 2,790,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 4,651. That’s 73,000 deaths in 1 week. The number of deaths in Ireland in 1 week 75. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 233,327 so 1 in every 21.3 has now tested positive in Ireland.


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.

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

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.

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


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:

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