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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  



Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Sun 11th                 10:00 am                      People of Community (M)

Mon 12th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Tues 13th               St Henry

10:00 am        Vinny Healy, (60th Birthday Mass) (M)

Wed 14th               St Camillus de Lilles (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Thurs 15th             St Bonaventure (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          16th         Our Lady of Mount Carmel

10:00 am        Patrick & Mary Rooney

& dec’d. Rooney & Cawley families (M)

Sat 17th                  10:00 am              Rose McDonagh & parents

William & Rose (M)

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 17th                  8:00 pm Michael & Teresa O’Dowd (M)

Sun 18th                 10:00 am                      People of Community (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 10th July 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 11th July 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Jer 23:1-6. Psalm Ps 22.

2nd Reading Eph 2:13-18. Gospel Mk 6:30-34.


15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th July: Focus: Share the Good News with all who will listen. – In the first reading & the Gospel, Amos & the Apostles are sent to convey God’s perfect message, which tends to make sinners feel uneasy. Like Amos, confronting sin may not have been on our original to-do list. But how else can we open our hearts to receive the grace to boldly go forth to share the Good News to all who might listen?

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Vera Denning, Rathcormac, relict of John, (& formerly of 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  


As concerns about the Delta variant are growing, the news in relation to Sacraments is somewhat confusing. As I understand it, the vast majority of parishes postponed Communions until the Autumn also. In the light of the most recent Government advice, if there are Communions planned they should be postponed until we get further clarity from the Government. 
The most recent news mentioned the postponement of Baptisms for the first time. I understand this is emerging from the experience of large urban parishes where there are high numbers of baptisms, one case mentioned was in Dublin where there is a backlog of 150 baptisms. Our situation is very different. I will leave this to the discretion of priests in their local parish, but I believe with minimum numbers present & all the safety measures in place, then the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism can proceed safely
Safety Measures;

As the fears around the Delta variant increase, all should remain vigilant. The use of hand sanitisation, the wearing of face masks, & receiving Communion on the hand should be continued. Thanks to stewards for the huge efforts that are continuing every weekend.

Cemetery Masses;

This time of year is a time when Cemetery Masses take place. The Bishop has discouraged them this year. I will bless the graves & say the prayers privately, however, you will be able to join in on Facebook.


The latest news is somewhat discouraging, however, there was good news too. The go-ahead to use the various vaccines on all age groups should speed up the process of vaccination & help in the race against this virus. Again, thank you for continuing the various efforts you are making. It is wearisome but I encourage you to "keep the heart up."


The provisional date for this year’s First Holy Communion is set for Saturday 25th September. Hopefully all will be able to proceed according to plan.

Achonry Farmers Market: The Farmers Market continues every Saturday from 10am to 1pm in Nace O'Dowd Park. Thank you to the large number of volunteers who make this happen. We are appealing to members of the community to support the market to ensure its continued success. Drop in for a cup of tea/coffee & meet the locals in this friendly environment. The market has a new & unused stall & if anyone has any items for the stall please drop them in to the market. Thank you.

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Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 4,040,000. That’s 52,000 deaths last week. Republic of Ireland deaths 5,006. That’s 6 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is now 277,300, so 1 in every 18.2 has tested positive.

Resources for parishes for the World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly, which will be celebrated on Sunday 25th July.

The Resources include:

A welcome for the day from Bishop Nulty

The Holy Father's Message for the day in text and leaflet format Liturgical Notes for Sunday 25 July 

The official Prayer for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Prayer for Grandparents 

Quotes about Grandparents and the Elderly from Pope Francis 

Information on the Plenary Indulgence being granted for the day

The 'Plant A Tree in Their Memory' initiative

Social Media Visuals and the official social media hashtag

Useful links to additional resources from the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and from the Catholic Grandparents Association

"A world at prayer is a world at peace"