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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  



Pentecost Sunday

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

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

Mon 24th     The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

                                                10:00 am              Maud Regan, Boyle (M)

Tues 25th               St Bede the Venerable, St Gregory VII (pope)

10:00 am        Bridget & John Reid & dec’d. family (M)

Wed 26th    St Philip Neri (priest)

                                                10:00 am              Julia & Ted Sweeney, Chaffpool (M)

Thurs 27th             St Augustine of Canterbury (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          28th         10:00 am              Patrick & Mary Kate Gallagher (M)

Sat 29th                  St Paul VI (pope)

10:00 am        John Joe Benson & dec’d Benson

& Hosey families (M)

Trinity Sunday

Sat 29th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 30th                 10:00 am              Patrick Henry, Carrowmore & Strandhill (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 29th May 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 30th May 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Deut 4:32-40. Psalm Ps 32.

2nd Reading Rom 8:14-17. Gospel Mt 28:16-20.


Pentecost Sunday 23rd May: Focus: The gift of the Holy Spirit empowers Christ’s Church to preach the Gospel. _ The gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus at the Last Supper, enables Jesus’ disciples to boldly proclaim the Good News, continuing Jesus’ mission. As we celebrate Pentecost, we are called to open our hearts to the same Spirit so that we, too, might do our part in the work of the Kingdom.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Eoin Mulkeen, Achonry, Sarah Ann Kivlehan, (nee Davey, Branchfield), Brendan Kelly, (son of Margaret, nee Kivlehan, Branchfield)..

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  

Pentecost Sunday - “As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.” Will you let the Holy Spirit lead you to your true vocation in the Risen Lord…perhaps 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 continue the clothes collection on Saturday 29th 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.

Bishop Paul recorded a video message for the Confirmation Classes. It is available on  & on facebook page 

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 3,460,000. That’s 80,000 deaths this week. Republic of Ireland deaths 4,941. That’s 0 deaths in Ireland this week. The total number of positive cases in Ireland is 258,200, so 1 in every 19.4 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.


"A world at prayer is a world at peace"

Galilee Spirituality Centre Events, May and June

  1. Mary for our Time, with Mary O'Connor and Ian Neylon (online)

Letting Mary, mother of Jesus, emerge from scripture in a new light. Learning from her, how to engage in the opportunity and challenge, that she holds out to us, in opening our lives to God and humanity today. May 26th, 7.30-9.00pm. €5.  All Welcome. Booking and link

Mary & Ian are a husband and wife team. They each have experience in secondary and adult education and have been involved in retreat teams with teenagers and adults and worked in spirituality, human development, counselling and facilitation for many years in the UK. Both have had an extensive involvement with the Society of Mary (Marists) as religious and currently as lay members.

  1. Herb and Flower Growing for Healthy Living. With Richard Kennedy

Galilee Spirituality Centre Quiet Garden, Wednesdays June 9th and 16th, 7.30pm. Cost €5.  Booking

This series was interrupted in March last year – so we finally hope to be able to hold the second two evenings! It will be relaxed, fun and practical – with time for planting and growing.

Richard Kennedy is a gardening expert and owner of Courtdale Horticulture, and a Christian lay minister. He will combine these roles to lead us in a journey of discovery in the world of gardening and spirituality.

NB booking is essential for these evenings.  They are dependent on the COVID restrictions and we may have to postpone at short notice.

3. The Poetry of Loss (before we go back...) With Anne Francis (online)

A morning to acknowledge the losses of the past year through poetry and reflection.

June 19th, 10.30am-12.30pm. €10 All welcome.  Booking and link


For more information, contact Anne Francis, Director of Galilee Spirituality Centre.