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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  



The Ascension of the Lord

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

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

Mon 17th               10:00 am              Fr James O’Boyle (M)

Tues 18th               St John I (pope & martyr)

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Wed 19th               10:00 am              Winnie & Mick Duffy & dec’d.

McDonnell & Duffy families (M)

Thurs 20th             St Bernardine of Siena (priest)

10:00 am        Special Intention (M)

Fri          21st         Ss Christopher Magallánes & Companions

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 22nd                  St Rita of Cascia (religious)

10:00 am        Ann Gorman, (1st Anniversary) (M)

Pentecost Sunday

Sat 22nd                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 23rd                 10:00 am              Brendan & Bridgie Connolly (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 22nd May 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 23rd May 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Acts 2:1-11. Psalm Ps 103.

2nd Reading Gal 5:16-25. Gospel Jn 15:26-27, 16:12-15.


Feast of the Ascension 16th May: Focus: Go into the whole world & proclaim the Gospel to every creature. – The Apostles’ conversion happened over an extended period of time. Jesus’ command to go & baptise all who would come to believe through their efforts is ongoing to this day. People are waiting for us to extend an invitation & to witness how faith in Jesus has changed our lives. There is no time to waste.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Carol Gallagher, (wife of Sean Gallagher, formerly of Cashel North), Maud Regan, Ballymote (sister of Clodagh Henry, Achonry).

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  

Ascension of the Lord 16th May. “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.”  May Christ be asking you to  discern a vocation to proclaim the Gospel as a priest or consecrated  religious, speak to the Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email:


The public celebration of Mass

Clarification concerning the easing of restrictions for public worship.  


- 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


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. 

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

Singing: 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.

Are you looking for a career in caring for the elderly, have you recently retired or have your children now left home? Home Instead Senior Care are always looking to recruit carers. Whether you can work a couple of hours a week or you want to work full time, we would like to hear from you. Experience and FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification in Healthcare is an advantage but not compulsory as training may be provided. Your own transportation is essential. Please contact Lisa @ 071 931 7051 for further information or via email

Achonry Clonfert & Galway virtual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 16th May in Knock Basilica. This year, we will continue to hold weekend pilgrimages virtually on Sunday afternoons. Ceremonies streamed live from the 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 3,380,000. That’s 88,000 deaths this week. Republic of Ireland deaths 4,941. That’s 40 deaths in Ireland this week. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 255,100, so 1 in every 19.5 has now tested positive in Ireland.


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.


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

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.