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Sat, 2021

iuuuuuParish 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  



Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sat 1st                     8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 2nd                   10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

Mon 3rd                 Ss Philip & James (apostles)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Tues 4th                 St Conleth (Kildare)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 5th                  Bl Edmund Rice (religious)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thurs 6th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Fri          7th           10:00 am              John & Delia McGowan (M)

Sat 8th                     Bl John Sullivan (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

Sun 9th                   10:00 am              People of the Community (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 8th May 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 9th May 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Acts 10:25-48. Psalm Ps 97.

2nd Reading 1 Jn 4:7-10. Gospel Jn 15:9-17.


5th Sunday of Easter 2nd May: Focus: Following Jesus asks much of us but offers the eternal love of the Father in return. – To truly stay united to Jesus, we need grounding in two essential elements. First, by taking on the mind of Christ & adhering to what the Church proclaims. Second, by living in accord with the moral teaching of the Church. Following Jesus asks much of us but offers us the eternal love of the Father in return.


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  

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 2nd: “It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and then you will be my disciples.” Are you being called to love the Lord & His people as a priest, sister or brother? Love demands truth & action. Speak to your l Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email:

The public celebration of Mass

It was very positive on Thursday to hear the Taoiseach announce the roadmap out of the current lockdown.  The public celebration of Mass with 50 people will return on Monday, 10th of May. The return to public worship means we will need to renew & refresh our efforts around sanitation etc. Here in the community we had the support of great teams of people to ensure the safety of parishioners in the past. I hope these teams can continue to support us in the coming weeks. See you next week.      


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 3,203,000. That’s 101,000 deaths this week. Republic of Ireland deaths 4,903. That’s 36 deaths in Ireland this week. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 248,870, so 1 in every 20 has now tested positive in Ireland.


HSE, Free Living Well Programme. May 18th, 20th, 26th: This is a workshop for adults living with a long-term health condition. The workshop is delivered over six workshops (2.5hrs x6) & is free of charge to those diagnosed with a mental or physical illness. You will develop self-management skills & confidence to live well with your health condition. Please book your place by calling: 086 6078950 or Email:

Overseas Volunteers Training Course September 2021 - Open to all! Viatores Christi, a faith-based development organisation has specialised in the recruitment, training & deployment of overseas volunteers since 1960. VC runs an online volunteer preparation course covering Community Development, Health, Global Awareness, Mission, etc. Once completed, participants can be considered for volunteer roles through VC EU Aid Volunteers #EUAVI programmes. For more info visit the News section of our website or email

North Connaught College Tubbercurry are hosting its first ever Virtual Open Evening over three evenings beginning Monday 24th May where teachers give information about their different courses, & our facilities & support systems are also outlined.  

At NCC of Further Education, we offer a range of full-time one & two year courses. They include Beauty Therapy, Business, Childcare, Equine Studies, Healthcare, Nursing, Security Studies & more. Info at  

In 2019 Horsemanship QQI Level 6 commenced, & it together with Equine Studies QQI Level 5 will be delivered in 2021. A new course being delivered is Ecotourism with Environmental Studies QQI Level 5. The redesigned QQI Childcare course, ‘Early Learning & Care’, will commence in September 2021.  

Our Beauty Therapy Department is offering internationally recognised Diploma & Certificate Courses (ITEC, CIBTAC, CIDESCO) in Microdermabrasion, Laser & IPL. Details on our website or on facebook or call 0719185035.

Sharing Poems Over Coffee: We know there is a love for poetry in our community & the joy poetry can bring, so Tubbercurry  FRC along with our partners at Innovation Recovery are hosting a coffee morning for poetry lovers on Monday May 10th at 11am over Zoom! This is a free event. Contact Mary on 0864092724 or 0719186926 to register your interest.

Scripture & Spirituality Conference 10th – 11th July

"To love, is to be transformed into what we love. To love God is therefore is to be transformed into God."

St. John of the Cross: This year's conference focuses on St. John of the Cross & his life changing teachings of how love can transform each & everyone of us. Through six thought provoking talks, each of us can learn how to become beacons of light to greater reflect Christ & offer hope to a world in much need of healing. We have been blessed with 6 renowned speakers, authors & experts, who will help bring St John's teachings to life & transform how we grow in our love & spirituality.

Trócaire: Thank you for your support & help during our Lenten campaign to help Awut & Ajak & their communities in South Sudan.  
I am contacting you with a very special message from Fr James. Please share this message – please pass on this prayer for all of you from Father James.

With your support, a new day will come for South Sudan. Thank you for not leaving South Sudan alone this Lent. Thank you for not forgetting the people of South Sudan.

Wishing you God’s blessings, Colm.

To date over €1400 & $500 donated in the parish for this campaign.


Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín

In the Dáil on Wednesday, Solidarity–People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, interrupted proceedings to try and stop Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín from speaking as he attempted to question the Taoiseach over the Holles Street abortion scandal and the more than two years delay in providing answers to the parents of baby Christopher who was aborted in the National Maternity Hospital following a misdiagnosis that indicated he had a life-limiting condition.

For the most part, the media and senior politicians run a mile from this story as it doesn't fit in with their fixed narrative on the abortion issue that covers for legal abortion at all costs.
But it's a story that's not going away as baby Christopher and his parents are entitled to justice & answers over what exactly transpired.
One wonders if Deputy Bríd Smith would have acted with such haste in calling on the Leas-Cheann Comhairle in the Dáil to shut down the debate if it had been one of her colleagues raising an item that touched on the abortion issue from different angle.
Before he was silenced, Deputy Tóibín challenged the Taoiseach over the appalling treatment by the State of baby Christopher's parents & said: "Twenty-five months ago, baby Christopher's life was ended by individuals within the National Maternity Hospital in an alleged illegal abortion. Christopher was a fully healthy boy & his parents are heartbroken. A large number of elements of the law were broken, not least that a senior practitioner signed off on the abortion but never met or examined the mother. The family has met two Ministers for Health and the Chief Medical Officer. I know the Taoiseach is aware of the case because he has spoken to the family directly. However, 25 months later, the family still has not had justice for what happened to Christopher.
Deputy Tóibín continued: "Peter McKenna has written a detailed report on the family's case. That report lies on the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly's, desk & has lain there for weeks without the information being given to the family. The family cannot get access to that report at the moment. The Minister once told the family that they could trust him but yet, his office has told the family that if they want to get access to the report, they can ask for it under the freedom of information, FOI, legislation. That is a phenomenally disgraceful response to parents who have had the life of their son ended in a hospital illegally in this country. Will the Taoiseach say today he will put an end to the difficulties this family is experiencing and they will have justice?"
In reply to Deputy Tóibín, the Taoiseach gave an undertaking to check on the latest position with regard to the report on what happened in baby Christopher's case.

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.