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Fri, 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 C Weekday Cycle II  


Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sat 18th                  6:00 pm                 Eugene Henry (A)

Sun 19th                 10:00 am                      Eleanor & Patrick O’Brien (M)

Mon 20th               St Fachanan (bishop)

10:00 am        Michael & Tom Hargadon (M)

Tues 21st               St Peter Canisius (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Wed 22nd               10:00 am              Special Intention (A)

Thurs 23rd            St John of Kanty (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          24th         10:00 am              No morning Mass (A)

Christmas Night & Christ1mas Day

Fri 24th                  7:00 pm Christmas Vigil Mass (M)

Fri 24th 12:00 am              Christmas Midnight Mass (A)

Sat 25th                  10:00 am                      Christmas Day Mass (A)

Sat 25th 11:30 am              Christmas Day Mass (M) 

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Sat 25th                  6:00 pm No Vigil Mass (A)

Sun 26th                 10:00 am              Michael & Bea Ann Brennan, Chaffpool (A)

Sun 26th                 11:30 am                     People of the Community (M)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 18th Dec 6pm: .….. (A)

Sunday 19th Dec 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Mic 5:1-4. Psalm Ps 79.

2nd Reading Heb 10:5-10. Gospel Lk 1:39-44.


4th Sunday of Advent 19th Dec: Focus: Christian communities are called to share in joy. – The interaction between Mary & Elizabeth can teach us about Christian community. The women share in the joy of being a part of God’s plan. Likewise, Christians can draw together to celebrate with one another, as well as to support one another.

Christmas Day 25th Dec: Focus: The birth of Jesus brings the light of God’s love into our world. – Today is a day of great rejoicing for all humanity. God has fulfilled the promises of old & the light of his love has appeared among us as a newborn Child. God has made his dwelling among us & given us power to become his children & to receive from him the fullness of grace.

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ


Christmas Eve Vigil 24th 6 pm (M)

1st Reading Is 62:1-5. Psalm Ps 88.

2nd Reading Acts 13:16-17, 22-25. Gospel Mt 1:1-25.

Christmas Night Midnight (A)

1st Reading Is 9:1-7. Psalm Ps 95.

2nd Reading Ti 2:11-14. Gospel Lk: 2:1-14.

Christmas Day 25th 10:00 am (A)

Christmas Day 25th 8:30 am & 11:30 am (M)

1st Reading Is 52:7-10. Psalm Ps 97.

2nd Reading Heb 1:1-6. Gospel Jn 1:1-18.


Choir Practice: In Mullinabreena Church on Monday 20th at 7pm in preparation for Christmas Masses.


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  


The contract is now signed & work will begin in March for the roof costing €214,500. This is a big undertaking, but necessary. If you are in a position to help, please know that your support is welcome. This can be done by a once off gift contribution or by a little extra on occasion in the weekly offertory, or in any way that is convenient to you. The intention is not to burden you but, insofar as you can help, it would be appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing support & generosity. God bless you all. If you want to contribute direct the Bank details are: Mullinabreena Church IBAN: IE20 BOFI 9054 9111 7571 99



Banada Abbey Past Pupils Reunion of L.C. Classes 1970 &71. The Reunion in Tubbercurry on Friday 5th August 2022. Looking forward to meeting up with colleagues from those years. Students who commenced their studies in 1965 & 66 are welcome regardless of when you finished in Banada. This is a great opportunity to meet & celebrate the 50th Anniversary & reminisce on the days spent together. Please pass this info to relevant friends & family members. For more info call Vincent Brett 0868114095 or email

News from the Hub: The Café at the Hub is now complete. We intend to open the Café on a pop up basis run by volunteers. Contact Noel 087 2502471 if you would like to offer your services.

Achonry Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm in Nace O'Dowd Park. Christmas markets are in full swing at Achonry farmers market on the next Market is on Wed 22nd 6:30-9pm. This is the ideal place to come for Christmas shopping with a large selection of food & crafts. Handmade Christmas wreaths will be available for sale at the market. All proceeds from the wreaths will be invested back into the market. We really appreciate your ongoing support.


Latest Guidelines Re. Covid Restrictions: "For clarity following recent updated Covid guidance, Religious Services in Places of Worship are unchanged regarding capacity, with all other protective measures in place to ensure the safety of the congregation. Likewise, there are no changes to attendance at wedding services or funeral services however any gatherings after these services must comply with hospitality rules. With regard to wakes in private homes, general advice on household mixing is 3 other households (4 in total) applies." We will wait to see how the situation develops over the coming days to work out how Christmas will be managed. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be facilitated in the approach up to Christmas. WE will use the same format as at Easter & last Christmas to facilitate penitents safely.  

Book Sale/Swap: AMCE are holding a book sale/swap at the Achonry Market every Saturday. Book sale/swap will also be held in Carrowmore School Eircode F56EF63 every Sunday from 2pm-4pm. If these times don't suit please contact Brid 0866081926 or Margaret 0872875458 to arrange a time.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 5,365,445. 47,070 deaths in the past week. Republic of Ireland deaths 5,788. That’s 81 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is now 647,533, so 1 in every 7.8 has now tested positive. 7% of our population are not abiding by Covid guidelines & thereby are hiding behind the 93% who are. That 7% are responsible for the high incidence of Covid at this time & are holding the rest of the Country to ransom. From that 7% comes two thirds of ICU Covid patients whereas one third comes from the 93%.

North West STOP offers a free counselling service with no waiting lists.  Please phone or text 086 777 2009 to arrange.


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.

"A world at prayer is a world at peace"