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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  


Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 4th                    8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 5th                   10:00 am                      Richard Kennedy, Tubbertelly (M)

Mon 6th                  10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Tues 7th                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Wed 8th The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                                                9:00 am                 Edward, Delia & Annie Jo McLoughlin (M)

Thurs 9th               St Ciarán (abbot)

10:00 am        No Mass (M)

Fri          10th         St Peter Claver (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Sat 11th                  10:00 am              Kieran Gorman (M)

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 11th                  8:00 pm Willie Hurley, Co. Cork (M)

Sun 12th                 10:00 am                      Richard Kennedy, Tubbertelly (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 4th Sept 8 pm …. (M)

Sunday 5th Sept 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 35:4-7. Psalm Ps 145.

2nd Reading Jas 2:1-5. Gospel Mk 7:131-37.


23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th September: Focus: God comes to heal his people. – Looking at the world, there is no doubt about the need for healing. The people in the district of the Decapolis knew that the deaf man needed healing, & so they brought him to Jesus. As those who also know the healer – who know our Lord – let us bring our needs & those of others 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  

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Tony Battle, Branchfield, Kathleen Scully, Bunnanadden, (sister of Carmel McSharry, Carrowkeel), Willie Hurley, Laravoulta, Enniskeane, Co. Cork, (father of Mary Coleman, Carniara), Lis Brennan, Sligo, (wife of Hughie Brennan), Tubberdur, Achonry.

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace


New Covid Guidelines From 6th September

(Subject to continued protective factors and sectoral guidance).

Organised indoor events and mass gatherings

Organised indoor events and mass gatherings* can take place with capacity limits of 60% of venue capacity where all patrons are immune (fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within previous 6 months), or accompanied minors (under 18), in line with sectoral guidance.

Where patrons have mixed immunity status, there will be no change to the current restrictions during September.

*Indoor events and mass gatherings includes conferences, trade fairs and exhibitions and large-scale business events involving external audiences, and bingo venues.

For indoor live music, drama, live entertainment and sporting events, the audience/spectators should be fully seated. Easing of capacity limit restrictions does not apply to large privately organised social events.

Religious ceremonies

All religious ceremonies can proceed with 50% of venue capacity, regardless of immunity status of attendees.

Mass will resume in Achonry on Wednesdays & Fridays, starting on 15th Sept. The weekend Masses in Achonry will hopefully start on Saturday 2nd October, at 8pm.

First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion will be in Mullinabreena Church on Saturday 25th September at 11:30am (Due to a high incidence of Covid in Co Sligo in the past week this date is still provisional).

Season of Creation:  September 1st - October 4th

The Season of Creation 2021 runs from September 1st (the World Day of Prayer for Creation) to October 4th (the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi). In recent weeks many of us have been overwhelmed by the alarming UN report on climate change. The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, described it as a ‘code red for humanity’. Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ calls faith communities to respond and reminds us that “All is not lost. Human beings… are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start… [embarking] on new paths to authentic freedom.” (LS, 205). The forthcoming Season of Creation is a wonderful opportunity to do just that. The theme for this year’s season is “Restoring Our Common Home”.

52nd International Eucharistic Congress (IEC):

Was postponed in 2020. It will be held this year from 5th to 12th September in Budapest, Hungary. The IEC is a gathering of people every four years, somewhere in the world, which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life & mission of the Catholic Church. The theme of IEC2021 is All My Springs are in You (Psalm 87) & refers to God as the source (or spring) of life for his people.


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE manage a national support line & additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries & give advice & reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 4,568,000. That’s 59,000 deaths last week. Republic of Ireland deaths 5,112. That’s 38 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is now 356,200, so 1 in every 13.73 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

North Connaught College Tubbercurry: We offer a range of QQI, CIDESCO & ITEC accredited full-time courses in a caring & friendly environment. Students can avail of learner support, career guidance & may qualify for financial assistance. Work placement is an integral part of all courses, & we now offer ERASMUS plus funded European work experience opportunities. Students at North Connaught College have been very successful in securing employment or progressing to further & higher education. 

We are now enrolling, so check us out at northconnaughtcollege dot net, on our social media platforms, or call 071 9185035.  

Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on Sunday 11th, Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 26th September, & Sunday 3rd October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option. Advance booking is essential. For further information email  or     

Study Theology Online, is this for you? The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Register now for Autumn 2021. More info on plus  an introductory film


World Mission Sunday is 24th October 2021

NW Simon Community 13th Annual Sleep Out - On Fri 1st Oct, we are calling on the people of North West & beyond to swap their beds for sleeping bags for one night only by taking part in the Virtual Sleep Out in your own garden or office car park.

Anyone can sign up to take part including families, work mates, students, teams, clubs or schools at home & abroad. Register today on the charity website