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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  


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)

Mon 27th               St John (apostle & evangelist)

10:00 am        Patrick & Mary Kate O’Donnell

& dec’d. O’Donnell family (M)

Tues 28th               The Holy Innocents

12:30 pm        Wedding (M)

Wed 29th     St Thomas Becket (bishop & martyr)    

10:00 am        Michael Henry, Carrowmore (A)

Thurs 30th             10:00 am              No morning Mass (M)

Fri          31st         St Sylvester (pope)            

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Sat 1st                     Mary the Holy Mother of God

10:00 am            Mary Clarke & dec’d. Clarke family (M)

Second Sunday of Christmas

Sat 1st                     6:00 pm Mary & James McDonnell (M)

Sun 2nd                   10:00 am              Mick Marren, Roadstown (A)



Readers of the Word

Saturday 1st Jan 6pm: .….. (M)

Sunday 2nd Jan 10am: …… (A)

1st Reading Eccles (Sir) 24:1-12. Psalm Ps 147.

2nd Reading Eph 1:3-6, 15-18. Gospel Jn 1:1-18.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, Sunday 26th Dec: Focus: Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? – Jesus is the Son of God, sent out of love to do the Father’s will. Out of love, he obeys. Through the life & sacrifice of Jesus, we become children of God & heirs to the Kingdom, which in turn requires of us – in love – to keep his commandments & do what pleases him. As Christ was meant to be in his Father’s house, so, too, are we meant to join him: in worship here in this life & for eternity in the next. We do this through love of God & one another, with the help of the Spirit he gave us.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Bill Crosbie, Carrowcarragh in his 101st year, Fr Kevin Johnston in his 97th year, & his brother Peter, natives of Cloonacool, both of whom died on Monday 20th December, (brothers of the late Michael Johnston, Muckelty).  

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  


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

BIC: BOFIIE2D. Thanks to those who have already responded to this appeal.


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

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 5,419,142. 53,687 deaths in the past week. Republic of Ireland deaths 5,905. That’s 117 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is now 682,657, so 1 in every 7.7 has now tested positive.

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.  

A.M.C.E. Car Treasure Hunt on Dec 27th for some Festive Family Fun. How well do you know the various landmarks & features within our community? Festive Refreshments will be served & there's even a prize for the Best 'Festively' Dressed Car. Questions kindly created by Peadar Conway & Frank Brennan. Entry €20 per car. Starting at Church Carpark, Lavagh. Contact Margaret on 087 287 5458 for more details.


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.

North West STOP would like to most sincerely thank all parishioners for their support during 2021. Demand for services has risen steeply in the past year & your support has ensured we could meet that demand. We wish you & yours a healthy & peaceful Christmas & New Year. Our office will be closed until January 4th.  Our counselling line will be available throughout the Christmas period by call or text to 086 777 2009.


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. We really appreciate your ongoing support.

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.

Dear Parishioner,

It has been an extraordinary year in what looks likely to be continued extraordinary times, learning to live with Covid-19'. Recent weeks have brought about renewed uncertainty in terms of the new Covid variant & its impact on lives, work & schools. I thank all the stewards, altar society & people of the community for their hard work, dedication & commitment in implementing & abiding by the regulations & restrictions throughout this incredibly challenging time. It has not been easy for anyone.

The Christmas holidays has brought an opportunity to spend time with family. It is also an opportunity to remember the joy of Christmas & the hope at the heart of the Christian message. I hope that you get the time to enjoy it & keep safe in the New Year.

"A world at prayer is a world at peace"

Happy Christmas & New Year