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Sat, 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  


Fourth Sunday of Lent

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

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

Mon 28th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Tues 29th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Wed 30th               10:00 am              Private Intention (A)

Thurs 31st             10:00 am              Michael & Catriona Feely (M)

Fri          1st            St Ceallach – Celsus (bishop)

10:00 am        John & Teresa Kennedy & their

daughter Rose Donnellan (A)

Sat 2nd                    St Francis of Paola

11:30 am            First Holy Communion (M)

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sat 2nd    8:00 pm Tom & Kathleen Kilcoyne,

& dec’d. Kilcoyne family (A)

Sun 3rd                   10:00 am              Bernie Finan, Mullaghanarry (M)


MULLINABREENA       4pm – 8pm

ACHONRY                      6pm – 9pm





Readers of the Word

Saturday 2nd April 8pm: .….. (A)

Sunday 3rd April 10am: …… (M)

1st Reading Is 43:16-21. Psalm Ps 125.

2nd Reading Phil 3:8-14. Gospel Jn 8:1-11.


4th Sunday of Lent 27th March: Focus: We have been reconciled to the Father through the Son. – We can rejoice in today’s theme of forgiveness & mercy. He led the Israelites to the Promised Land; he has reconciled us to himself through Christ; & he is always ready to forgive, awaiting us with open arms to come & rest in his love.

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.


BAPTISM: We welcome into the Christian community through the Sacrament of Baptism Rían John Kivlehan, Cloondrihara.

The Chrism Mass

Bishop Paul is inviting parishioners from every parish in the Diocese to participate in the Chrism Mass at St Nathy's Cathedral, on Mon 11th April at 7.30 pm. He would particularly like those who are ministering in parishes such as Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, members of Parish Pastoral Councils, Finance Committees, Sacramental Co-Ordinators, Adoration Groups, Altar Societies, Sacristans, Parish Secretaries, etc., to be present for this occasion. At this Mass, the Bishop blesses the oils that will be used at every baptism, confirmation, ordination & anointing of the sick in the Diocese over the next year. Priests also renew their commitment to service.  Following the Mass, refreshments will be available in St Nathy's College. This is an occasion where we celebrate the unity of the people & priests of the diocese with the Bishop. You are most welcome to come & join in the celebration!

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.


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 6,147,608. Republic of Ireland deaths 6,710. That’s 57 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,431,845 so 1 in every 3.5 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.


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

Coolaney / Mullinabreena GAA Club - Monthly meeting takes place on Monday 28th March 9pm, in St.Nathy's Hall. Please return all sold lotto tickets to this meeting.

Taster in Theology Series of Lectures 'Exploring the Bible & its Worlds'. By Dr. Jessie Rogers, Dean of Faculty of Theology, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth on March 31st & April 7th & 28th from 7pm - 9.30pm.  The cost is €60 & booking is essential. Please phone 096 72066 or email

Charitable outreach including a national collection

Already millions of people have been forced to flee their homes as refugees.  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.   

Tubbercurry FRC will host a Connect Coffee Morning as part of Mental Health Ireland’s National Hello How Are You? Campaign on Thursday 7th April from 11.00am-1.00pm. This campaign is about connection and engaging in open conversation about our Mental Health. The campaign asks individuals, communities, workplaces, friends and family to say Hello and ask the question ‘How Are You’ in a meaningful way. Asking this small question and having one conversation can make a real difference in someone’s life. Join us on the 7th to find out more, enjoy a sociable cuppa and enjoy some music from local talents. Please note the frc/church carpark is closed for temporary works. Access to the centre will be from the Ballymote road via the church laneway. Queries to 0719186926.

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. Also in Carrowmore School F56EF63 Sundays 2-4pm. 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"


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

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. Call 071 918 6926 / 0864092724

Website: Facebook: tubbercurryfrc


ALONE: Would you be willing to provide companionship to an older person locally? ALONE are seeking volunteers in your area. Full training and support provided. If interested please contact Karen on or on 086 0576401

Prayer for the Synodal Pathway

Lord of all hopefulness, as we embark on this journey together,
may we listen & discern & be guided by the Holy Spirit,

who constantly breathes new life into our world, our hearts,

our families, homes & parishes.

May renewal & reform, fresh hope & healing come for all people of God in Ireland.
By virtue of our baptism may we each play our part in transforming the church
through a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit

which is your gift & promise, upon our land.

Grant us the encouragement we need to bring faith, hope & love in abundance to meet the challenges before us & to fulfil the Church's mission of proclaiming to the world,

God's love & salvation in Jesus Christ.

A Mhuire Mháthair, mother of the Church,

guard & guide us on our pilgrim way. Amen.