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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  



Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

Sun 9th                   10:00 am              Bridget McCarrick (97th today) (M)

Mon 10th               St Comgall (abbot)

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Tues 11th    10:00 am         Kathleen & Patrick Gaffney (M)

Wed 12th               Ss Nereus & Achilleus (martyrs), St Pancras (martyr)

10:00 am        Linda & Breddie Murrin (M)

Thurs 13th             Our Lady of Fatima

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          14th         St Matthias (apostle)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 15th                  St Carthage (bishop))

10:00 am        Mary & John Gallagher (M)

The Ascension of the Lord

Sat 15th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 16th                 10:00 am              Seamus Conlon (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 15th May 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 16th May 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Acts 1:1-11 Psalm Ps 46.

2nd Reading Eph 1:17-23. Gospel Mk 16:15-20.


6th Sunday of Easter 9th May: Focus: Love one another; the commandment is not always easy to follow, but it is always good. – Jesus commands us to love one another. As he laid down his life, we imitate Jesus in laying down our lives & loving others. The command, though difficult, comes with a purpose & promise: We remain in him & our joy will be complete. We can love others & bear fruit in Christ, if we remain firmly rooted to him.

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  

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 9: “God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son, so that we could have life through him.” Are you open to the call to be sent into the world as a priest or consecrated religious, that others might live in Christ? If you think God may be offering you this grace, speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email National Vocations Office at

The public celebration of Mass

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.       

Please see clarification below from the Department of An Taoiseach on details concerning the easing of restrictions for public worship from 10 May.  


- social distancing guidelines are adhered to

- not more than 50 persons.

- specified entrance/exit route

- arrangements for distribution of Holy Communion

- strictly no movement of people during Service - other than entry, Communion & exit.

- the premises is well-ventilated


There is an increased risk of transmission of the virus where families and communities come together following the death of a loved one. Therefore, numbers at funeral services (& weddings) is capped at 50 regardless of size of premises. 

Notwithstanding the increase in numbers permitted, funerals are still considered private family events & all notices in newspapers or online should be clear about this. 

Funeral services should continue to be live-streamed to help reduce numbers attending. 

Attendance at wakes in private homes & at funeral homes remains unchanged ie immediate family only & people should be discouraged from queuing to pay respects. 


The numbers attending a Baptism is still restricted to six, (Baby, Parents, God-parents & Priest).  


As with previous reopening for religious services, congregational singing & choir singing is not permitted. 

Solo singing with accompanist is permitted subject to compliance with detailed guidance contained in HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Religious Services 

Outdoor worship 

Is not permitted in line with Government restrictions on organised outdoor gatherings.  

Use of religious premises

For any other purposes/parochial activities/community meetings etc. is not permitted in line with Government restrictions on organised indoor gatherings. 

Achonry National School Parents Association will hold a clothes collection on Saturday 15th & Saturday 22nd May. All proceeds will go to the school. Collection point will be at Achonry Farmers market between 10am & 1pm. Please contact Joann Hosey 087 9394499 if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.

Achonry Clonfert & Galway virtual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 16th May in Knock Basilica

The pilgrimage season traditionally begins at Knock Shrine on the last weekend in April. This year, we will continue to hold weekend pilgrimages virtually on Sunday afternoons. Ceremonies will be streamed live from Knock Basilica & will commence with Rosary at 2.30pm, followed by Mass at 3pm.

Live stream will be available on our website, the Knock Shrine Facebook page & on our YouTube channel. We invite you to join us online from the comfort of home. You may like to include your prayer intentions in the Mass, to light a candle here at the Shrine on the day or to remember someone special with an annual enrolment in the Knock Shrine Friends Association. All of these services are available online on our website.


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 3,292,000. That’s 89,000 deaths this week. Republic of Ireland deaths 4,921. That’s 18 deaths in Ireland this week. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 252,304, so 1 in every 19.7 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.