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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  


Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 25th                  8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Sun 26th                 10:00 am                      Private Intention (M)

Mon 27th               St Vincent de Paul (priest)

                 10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Tues 28th               St Wenceslaus, Ss Lawrence Ruiz & Companions

10:00 am        Holy Souls (M)

Wed 29th               Ss Michael Gabriel & Raphael (Archangels)

10:00 am        Pakie McLoughlin (A)

Thurs 30th             St Jerome (priest & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          1st            St Thérése of the Child Jesus         

10:00 am        No Mass (A)

Sat 2nd          The Guardian Angels Finbarr (bishop)

                                                10:00 am              Bridget Gormley (M)

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 2nd                    8:00 pm Patrick & Bridget Brennan

& Margaret & Noel Mooney (A)

Sun 3rd                   10:00 am                      People of the Community (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 2nd Oct 8 pm …. (A)

Sunday 3rd Oct 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Gn 2:18-24. Psalm Ps 127.

2nd Reading Heb 2:9-11. Gospel Mk 10:2-16.


26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 26th Sept: Focus: Be open to God, who sends us his Spirit wherever we are. - Eldad & Medad missed Moses' retreat with the elders, yet God's Spirit came upon them. God meets us right where we are. Let us be open to the promptings of the Spirit in our own lives & allow God to come upon us.

“The Family that Prays together stays together”

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Mickie Kilcoyne, Ougham, (uncle of Joann Hosey, Achonry).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace


Priesthood in Achonry Diocese – It is worth saying “yes” to God: For more information contact Achonry Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Paul Kivlehan, 094-9860011, or 087- 3683535, E-mail  

Important Notice

Parish Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children is subject to the Legislative requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 to 2016. Section 20 of this Act will soon be passed into law. This will place a legal requirement on every Parish to conduct garda vetting on a number of personnel & parish Volunteers, areas to be vetted for include "Supervising in the Sacristy, Sacristans, Choir Masters, & Eucharistic Minister bringing Host to VP." Thank you to all who have volunteered to be garda vetted & returned the necessary documents enabling our parish to comply with legal requirements. I would ask that all outstanding forms & documents be returned to Parochial House ASAP, & I will forward them to director of safeguarding.  

World Mission Sunday – weekend of 23/24 October

World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual & financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission & missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, & like the Good Friday collection for the Holy Land & Peter’s Pence, it is one of three yearly universal Church collections. More info at

World Mission Sunday collections take place in every single parish where the Church is present. This includes not only Ireland & Europe, but also in poorer parishes in developing countries. It is a moment of universal solidarity when each member of the Church family, regardless of location or background, play their part in supporting each other. This is what makes it such a special celebration.

Why is World Mission Sunday important? All offerings & donations made for World Mission Sunday become part of the Holy Father’s Universal Solidarity Fund. This fund is a lifeline for struggling missionaries & the communities they serve across Africa, Asia & Latin America, where over 1,100 mission dioceses are found. As these dioceses form & grow, so do their needs. On top of this, mission dioceses are often in remote areas devastated by war & natural disasters, or where suppressed communities are just opening up to the life-saving message of Jesus Christ. This is why World Mission Sunday is so important. It offers young dioceses the financial & spiritual assistance they need to help their men, women, & children to survive & thrive.

New Covid Guidelines

Religious ceremonies

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

Mass in Achonry on Wednesdays & Fridays, The weekend Masses in Achonry will resume on Saturday 2nd October, at 8pm.

First Holy Communion was celebrated in Mullinabreena Church on Saturday 25th September. Congrats to the children & their families, & sincere thanks to the teachers & Maureen our co-ordinator.

Due to a high incidence of Covid in Co Sligo recently I urge everyone to continue to take care.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now over 4,750,733. That’s 56,000 deaths last week. Republic of Ireland deaths 5,209. That’s 30 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is now 383,100, so 1 in every 12.95 has tested positive.

This year’s Day for Life 2021 – will be celebrated on Sunday 3 October on the theme ‘The Good Samaritan: A Model of Compassion’.  In the context of the recent proposal to introduce assisted suicide, both in Ireland and the UK, this year's Day for Life message invites Catholics to consider a more positive and compassionate response to the care of people who are in the final stages of life.  See for more.


Achonry Farmers Market: 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


Thank God & sincere thanks also to our many listeners & supporters as RADIO MARIA IRELAND continues to grow. As an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station we enjoy commercial free broadcasting - Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews & Testimonies - do join our growing faith family! Here's how you can listen: Via Digital TV - Saorview Channel 210. Download our FREE App "RADIO MARIA IRELAND" Streaming on our WEBSITE - (Subscribe & Donate here also) Via our 'Listen Live Radio' link on our Facebook Page. Via PHONE - get live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply). Why not drop a line to our Priest Director, Fr. Eamonn McCarthy, or come & pay us a visit at Radio Maria Ireland, St. Anthony's Business Park, Ballymount Road, Dublin 22.

Season of Creation:  September 1st - October 4th

The Season of Creation 2021 runs from Sept 1st (the World Day of Prayer for Creation) to Oct 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.” 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”.


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.


The HSE Living Well Programme: The HSE are running a health programme free of charge for people living with a long term health condition (mental & physical). It helps people develop the skills & confidence to live a healthy & happy life. The dates are Thursday 7th, Wednesday 13th, Tuesday 19th Oct, & Monday 1st Nov. For more info or to book a place please contact Olga on

086 6078950, or email

Tubbercurry FRC Notes

Free & confidential support: If you are feeling isolated, lonely, dealing with a lot of stress, poor mental/physical health or a bereavement a new service is available to help at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre.Social Prescribing can connect you with your community, hobbies & interests or find support/guidance based on your needs.  Contact Social Prescribing Coordinator Mary for more information on 0719186926 or 0864092724 or ask your GP or other health professional for a referral to the service.

Want2Walk walking group has restarted for Autumn on a Wednesday morning at various locations in South Sligo, walks are approximately 7k & at a leisurely pace. This week’s walk 22nd Sept is Kilmactigue Loop meeting at Aclare Carpark at 10.20am. New people are welcome to join.

St Patrick’s College Maynooth:

CAO Available Places

Leaving Cert students: We have available places in 2021 for our BATh degree. It is never too late to find the right programme! Our BATh Arts & Theology Degree is the perfect gateway to a variety of careers, such as teaching, business, finance, journalism & many more!

Higher Diploma in Theological Studies (Applications Closing Soon)

This programme offers students the flexibility to balance their learning with other life commitments. Learning is mostly online with some campus attendance. This Higher Diploma appeals to those looking for an introduction to Theology or a start on the journey to a masters degree in Theology or Pastoral Ministry. It also provides teachers with a qualification to teach Religious Ed.

For any queries please contact our Admissions team:
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