Parish Newsletter 18th July 2021 Print this page Print this page

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  



Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Mon 19th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 20th               St Apollinaris (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 21st                St Lawrence of Brindisi (priest)

10:00 am        Annick Jagut (M)

Thurs 22nd            St Mary Magdalene

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          23rd         St Bridget of Sweden (patron of Europe)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 24th                  St Sharbel Makhlúf, (priest), St Declan (bishop)

10:00 am        Francie & Julia Marren (M)

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 24th                  8:00 pm Des Henry (M)

Sun 25th                 10:00 am                      People of Community (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 17th July 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 18th July 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading 2 Kgs 4:42-44. Psalm Ps 144.

2nd Reading Eph 4:1-6. Gospel Jn 6:1-15.


16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 18th July: Focus: We are sheep who follow the Good Shepherd, who is here for us & has much to teach us. – Today’s readings highlight the glory of Christ’s ministry, which was foretold by the prophets & inclusive of all people. The crowds followed Jesus, seeking his teaching & his healing. We, too, are members of this body whom he shepherds, we are taught, fed, & healed. Howcan we pass on this joyful message of comfort to those around us?

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  

North West STOP invites you to greet the dawn in Sunrise for STOP any morning of the bank holiday weekend (31 Jul-02 Aug) to support their free counselling services in the Northwest. Sign up at: to receive a t-shirt registration pack & follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates: "North West STOP" Access our counselling service by call or text to 086 777 2009

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.

First Holy Communion;

The provisional date for First Holy Communion is set for Saturday 25th Sept. Hopefully all will be able to proceed according to plan.


The latest news concerning the Delta variant 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. Please try to follow the advice given by Dr Tony Holohan & those qualified in the field of contagious diseases. Do not follow the advice of mavericks who are breaking the simple rules & are causing the continued spread of the virus. The brutal reality of flaunting the recommendations means more infections, more long covid, & more ruined lives. Thank you for the various efforts you are making. It is wearisome but I encourage you to "keep the heart up."


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 4,098,000. That’s 58,000 deaths last week. Republic of Ireland deaths 5,006. That’s 0 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is now 282,200, so 1 in every 17.54 has tested positive

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.

Summer Sessions at Coleman Music Centre: The Sessions continue Wed 21st & 28th July at 8.30pm Adm €10. Also this year we have added new Lunchtime Concerts which take place on July 23rd, & 30th at 1pm. Adm €5.  Booking essential call 071 9182599.

The Visitor Centre & Music Shop are open all year round Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm. Log on to

Free Training! Enrolling Now: If you struggled at school, have been long term unemployed, are recovering from or living with an illness or would benefit from extra support, the National Learning Network could be for you. We offer the expertise & time to enable people to flourish. QQI courses include: IT & Business Skills (home & centre based), Sports & Gym Instructor Studies, Fast Track to Employment & more. If you are registered with the DEASP you could be entitled to the free training, Continuous enrolment, payments are protected & people under 26 could gain extra training allowance. Contact:; (094) 9022770; Breaffy Road, Castlebar, or see our website

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"

“The Family that Prays together stays together”

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 or pods of fifty.

- 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. 

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.


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

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 more info, or via email

Coleman Music Centre Exhibition Area & Music Store in Gurteen are now open Mon - Sat 10 am to 5.30pm.  Call 071 9182599 or email for any queries.