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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  



Easter Sunday

Sat 3rd                    8:00 pm Vigil. Special Intention (M)

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

Mon 5th                  St Vincent Ferrer (priest

10:00 am        Bernie Brennan, Tubbertelly (M)

Tues 6th                 10:00 am              Dec’d of Gorman family, Carrowmore (M)

Wed 7th                  St John Baptist de la Salle (priest)

10:00 am        Vinny Healy (M)

Thurs 8th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fri          9th           10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Sat 10th                  10:00 am              Peter, Kathleen, & John Kivlehan (M)

Second Sunday of Easter

Sat 10th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 11th                 10:00 am              Catherine & Gary Dennehy (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 10th April 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 11th April 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Acts 4:32-35. Psalm Ps 117.

2nd Reading 1 Jn 5:1-6. Gospel Jn 20:19-31.


Easter Sunday 4th April: Focus: Together with the Church throughout the world, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. – Jesus is risen from the dead; he appeared to his disciples. His rising to new life foreshadows what God intends for us: eternal life. The darkness of sin & death has been defeated by the Light of Christ, who died for us. Together, let us sing our praise to God. Alleluia!


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  

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 2,860,000 & Republic of Ireland deaths at 4,713. That’s 70,000 deaths in 1 week. The number of deaths in Ireland in 1 week 62. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 237,187 so 1 in every 21 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




My dear people, This week I wanted to share with you, if I may, an update from Father James, whose crucial work your parishes’ Lenten donations will help.

“Coronavirus is spreading around the world, but in South Sudan it joins three other pandemics already ravaging my country – constant conflict, hunger & sexual violence. And Covid-19 is making them worse.

In my country more than seven million people face the prospect of extreme hunger, that’s nearly half the population. Statistics never tell the whole story, you have to put your feet in the other’s shoes & imagine that it is your daughter, sister, auntie, grandmother dying in front of you because of hunger or a preventable disease.

Things were not normal in South Sudan even before the arrival of this virus, with social structures destroyed by years of conflict. In this situation the role of the churches – to which two-thirds of the population belong, with the Catholic Church the largest – is paramount. No other institution has the same trust, or ability to reach the grassroots. If this pandemic is to be overcome, it will be in large part through the efforts of the churches.”

Please, keep South Sudan in your hearts this Lent.

With every blessing, Colm

P.S Fr James Oyet Latansio is the General Secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches & his message features on the Trócaire box this year, “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.”

You can drop your Trócaire contribution to the Parochial House or send it direct to Trócaire. Please convert your donation from coins into notes before handing it in. Don’t leave donations unattended in the church. Thank you.

"A world at prayer is a world at peace"

May the Blessing of Easter come down upon you & yours.


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:

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.

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

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