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Sun, 2022

 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


2022 Sunday Cycle C Weekday Cycle II  


Third Sunday of Lent

Sat 19th                  8:00 pm Josie & Johnny Mullen (M)

Sun 20th                 10:00 am              James, Mary Kate, &

          Mary Josephine Judge (A)

Mon 21st     St Enda (abbot)             

10:00 am        Sonny Henry (M)

Tues 22nd               10:00 am              Peter Armstrong (M)

Wed 23rd               St Turibius of Mongrovejo (bishop)

10:00 am        Special Intention (A)

Thurs 24th             St Macartan (bishop)

10:00 am        Linda & Breddie Murrin, Tubbertelly (M)

Fri          25th         The Annunciation of the Lord

10:00 am        Private Intention (A) Padre Pio Devotions

Sat 26th                  10:00 am                      Beatrice Walsh, Muckelty (A)

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sat 26th                  8:00 pm Dec’d. Hunter, O’Malley, Hopkins families (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm



Sun 27th                 10:00 am              Martin & Katie Rogan, & dec’d family (A)                                  


Readers of the Word

Saturday 26th March 8pm: .….. (M)

Sunday 27th March 10am: …… (A)

1st Reading Ex 3:1-8, 13-15. Psalm Ps 102.

2nd Reading 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12. Gospel Lk 13:1-9.


3rd Sunday of Lent 20th March: Focus: God offers everyone salvation & freedom; it is an offer we are free to accept or reject. – Today’s readings remind us that salvation & eternal life with God require our repentance from sin & turning away from our old ways to embrace a new life with him. He invites us to participate in his mission & bear fruit for the kingdom. The offer, however, remains ours to accept or reject.

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  



Sun 27th March 10am: An Enrolment Ceremony for the First Holy Communion Pupils who were unable to attend on 16th March.

Saturday 2nd April 11:30am, First Holy Communion.

Wedding: Congratulations & best wishes to Nicola Barrett, Ballinvalley, & Thomas Brennan, Rhue. Their marriage was celebrated on Friday 11th March. And Aoife Marren, Streamstown, & Enda Kivlenan, Coolaney. Their marriage was celebrated on Friday 18th March.     

We wish them many years of health & happiness

Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Mass Servers

It is hoped to have those serving in various Ministries back on a rota from the beginning of April. Mass servers will have to get ready in the body of the church as no parents got Garda Vetted to supervise them in the Sacristy before & after Mass.

AMCEG: It is hoped that the yearly clean-up will be carried out the week of the 21st March with collection of the bags from St. Nathy's Hall. Black bags, gloves and pickers can be collected at the Market this Saturday. It is very much appreciated that as many as possible can participate in this clean up in our Area.


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 6,101,210. Republic of Ireland deaths 6,653. That’s 42 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,375,467 so 1 in every 3.6 has now tested positive.


Work will begin in March/April on 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 in the following ways:

  1. By a once off gift contribution.
  2. By a little extra in the weekly offertory.
  3. By a monthly, quarterly or half yearly contribution.
  4. By cash or cheque.
  5. By transfer to Mullinabreena Church A/c (details below).
  6. 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.


Coleman Cinema Club, Gurteen continues on March 26th at 2.30 pm with PETER RABBIT 2. Spend a lovely afternoon in our comfortable tiered seated theatre. Adults go free & treat bags are available in house. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Trócaire Boxes are available at the church door. Please support.

Charitable outreach including a national collection

Already millions of people have been forced to flee their homes as refugees. It is a source of inspiration that people all over Ireland are responding with customary generosity to support humanitarian efforts in this crisis. Many parish communities have already established links with charitable projects to support refugees & those remaining in Ukraine. Recognising these urgent needs, the bishops are asking that a special collection be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of Sunday 27th March. People are also invited to support the charitable initiatives of Aid to the Church in Need, the Jesuit Refugee Service, & Trócaire.  Trócaire is currently responding to the crisis through its partners Caritas Ukraine & Caritas Poland which have a strong presence in the region & can use resources strategically to the greatest effect. If you have not already made a contribution to any of the Ukraine appeals you can put your donation into the offertory box at the church door on 26th/27th.   

Prayer for the People of Ukraine

Loving God, We pray for the people of Ukraine,

For all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.

We pray for the world; that in this moment of crisis,

we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. Amen.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

Our Lady of Kyiv, pray for us!

CANA 1,2,3 – Retreat for Couples: Rediscover the meaning & fun in your marriage, your family life, & your commitment to each other. Experience the 7 thematic days of the CANA Week over three weekends through April, May & June. Including Talks, Testimonies & most importantly of all, Time to share with each other as a couple & with other couples. Contact details: Brian & Lisa Harmon 041 6851563, 086 8386725 or 0879080023

Achonry Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm in Nace O'Dowd Park. We look forward to a great year ahead with lots of variety & new ideas, & prices to suit everyone.

The Café at the Hub is now open on Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Call Noel 087 2502471 if you would like to offer your services.

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.

The Family that Prays together stays together”

"A world at prayer is a world at peace"

The Synoday pathway: Pope Francis has invited us all to reflect on what it means to be a member of the Church today. He sees us as a pilgrim people making our way through the world, following the person of Jesus Christ. We are the Pilgrim People of God or a synodal people, that is on a journey together. The Pope is asking us to reflect on what that experience is like: how are we finding the journey? Do we find support as we go? Where is that support found & how could it be improved? Are there people being left behind & how might we reach out to them? You might think about these questions during the week. You will find a form in the church, where there are some questions which you might answer & return them to the parish office. You will also find the form & more information on the diocesan website: 

In 2012 the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin, situated in the School of Religion, Theology, & Peace Studies, began its academic mission of teaching & research in theology in the Catholic Christian tradition.

To celebrate this, & also to mark the retirement of the Founding Director, Prof. Cornelius Casey, we will host a Festival of Theology, with the theme 'Theology & the University.'

The Festival will open at 6pm on Thursday 19th May 2022 with a Public Lecture by the inaugural Director, Prof. Cornelius Casey, entitled 'Theology in a Conversation about Hope'. The need for hope in our world is very evident in the times we are living through. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

For further details of the other lectures in this festival, & details of how to register, please consult the Conference webpage  institute/conferences/festivaloftheology_homepage.php

An important part of the work of the Loyola Institute is the fostering of future generations of theologians. To this end on Friday 20th May there is an opportunity for postgraduate students & early career scholars to present their work. Attached find the Call for Papers with a deadline for submission of April 1st, 2022.

Parent and Baby/Toddler Group

This group is back meeting in Tubbercurry FRC on Monday mornings from 10.30am-12.30pm.New families always welcome. Feel free to contact us with any queries.

Tubbercurry Men’s Shed @ Banada

The men’s shed have been very busy since returning this year. The group are participating in art classes, gardening, and recently tried spinning wool on a spinning wheel. They have many plans for the coming year. Anyone interested in coming along to see what it is all about is welcome. The shed is open Wednesday evenings from 7.00pm. For further information or contact details contact the FRC on 0719186926.

Weekly Social Walking Group

Our Social walking group meet each week at the FRC at 11.45am. The groups goes for a sociable walk followed by a warm cuppa. New walkers always welcome.

Social Prescribing for Health & Wellbeing

This service is open to anyone looking to find out what activities, groups and support are available to them locally, or for those that want to make improvements to their mental health and wellbeing. This service is open to all adults and is especially useful for those new to an area, recently retired, those isolated and lonely or those with poor mental health. Contact Loretta to find out more or make an appointment on 0834036985.

Telephone: 071 918 6926 / 0864092724


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