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Fri, 2022

Roddy & Doherty families (M)

Sun 8th                   10:00 am              Martin & Katie Rogan & dec’d of


ACHONRY                      4pm – 8pm



Rogan & Brett families (A)



Readers of the Word

Saturdays May 8pm: Donal Fallon (M)

Sundays May & 1st May 10am: Raymond Wims (A)

READINGS 3rd Sunday of Easter

1st Reading Acts 5:27-32, 40-41. Psalm Ps 29.

2nd Reading Apoc 5:11-14. Gospel Jn 21:1-19.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays May 8pm: Breda Higgins (M)

Sundays May & 1st May 10am: Monica Henry (A)


Trócaire contributions now at €1110. Thank you.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Kathleen Henry, Lavagh, (nee Davey, Fetherneen, Ballinacarrow), Michael Brett, New York & Muckelty (brother of Jimmy Brett, Muckelty).  

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

3rd Sunday of Easter 1st May: Focus: We continue to celebrate & give thanks for the gift of the Resurrection. – As we continue to celebrate this glorious season of Easter, our readings today show us how the Resurrection was preached & made manifest to the early Church. They also indicate how Jesus’ first followers were strengthened in their faith, becoming enthusiastic & faithful witnesses to the risen Lord.

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 Adoration will alternate between Achonry & Mullinabreena on a monthly basis after the re-roofing project is complete. However, until the work is complete the Adoration will be in Achonry only every Tuesday 4-8pm. The Rota list is now available & if the hour you were given is not suitable please contact Pauline Finan to make alternate arrangements. If you are not already part of the Adoration team/s but would like to get involved please put your name on the list at the church door or contact Pauline on 0878284019 & you will be added to the Rota.


Ukraine: Sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously to the recent Special Collection for Ukraine. Nationally, this collection has raised to date over €3.25 million. Achonry Diocese contributed just over €47,000.  The war in Ukraine, & the terrible suffering which has resulted, has seen a tremendous outpouring of compassion & generosity from our parish communities. Your contributions will bring much-needed relief to those in the region whose lives & livelihoods have been devastated. The funds raised will be used by the international Catholic Church agency, Caritas Internationalis, which is currently operating on the ground in Ukraine & its surrounding areas.  We continue to keep the people of Ukraine in our thoughts, praying for peace & an end to this appalling humanitarian crisis.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock: Takes place on Sunday 15th May. 2:30 Anointing of the Sick in the Basilica. 3pm Mass in the Basilica with Rosary Procession. Achonry will be joined by the Galway & Clonfert Dioceses for the Pilgrimage.

Coleman Music Centre: Saturday May 7th at 2.30 pm the film of choice is the extremely popular SING 2. Adults go free & treat bags are available in house. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

'Theology in a Conversation about Hope' 6pm, Thursday 19th May.

'Theology in a Conversation about Hope' is the title of Dr Cornelius Casey's talk that will open Loyola Institute's Festival of Theology at Trinity College Dublin. A two-day conference will follow, for those who want to go further & develop 'new thinking about how Theology, learning & culture' interact. Further info available on our website or phone Helen at 01/8964791.

A Note from Bishop Paul

As part of our engagement with the Synodal Pathway, initiated by Pope Francis, I am holding a number of facilitated listening events in four venues across the diocese over the next few weeks. These meetings will be an opportunity for all of us together to reflect on our Church, to look at what is helping us to grow as communities of faith & to see where we can better support one another in our faith journey. Many parishioners have already returned their responses to the questionnaire I sent out last month, & I am grateful for those, which have surfaced many issues on which we will all need to reflect. The forthcoming meetings provide a further opportunity for us to hear one another in an even more open way. The meetings are open to all who wish to share their views on the Church, & I would welcome especially those who may feel alienated or who have felt let down by the Church in the past. It is by listening to one another & being in conversation that we can best discover where God is leading us at this time. Feel free to come to the venue which is most convenient for you.

Tuesday, May 3rd Swinford, the Gateway Hotel, at 8pm

Tubbercurry ClusterWed. May 4th Ballisodare Parish Hall at 8pm

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 6,261,940. Republic of Ireland deaths 7,076. That’s 83 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,520,153 so 1 in every 3.2 has now tested positive.


Invitation to Festival of Theology. The Festival will open at 6pm on Thursday 19th May with a Public Lecture by the inaugural Director, Prof Cornelius Casey, entitled 'Theology in a Conversation about Hope'. It continue on Friday & Saturday, 20th, 21st May with lectures by Prof. Dirk Ansorge, Sankt Georgen; Frankfurt, Prof. Lieven Boeve, KU Leuven, Belgium; Prof. Serge-Thomas Bonino, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome; Prof. Michael Conway, Professor of Faith & Culture, Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth;  Prof. Massimo Faggioli, Villanova University; Prof. Michael Kirwan, Trinity College Dublin; Prof. Josef Quitterer, University of Innsbruck; Prof. Ethna Regan, Dublin City University;   Prof. Sharon Rider, Uppsala University, Sweden; Prof. Fáinche Ryan, Trinity College Dublin & Prof. Robert J. Wozniak, Pontifical Academy of Theology, Kraków. The Conference is in the JM Synge Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College. We to invite you to avail of the 'Early Bird' special for €60 available until the 15th April. This includes lunch & tea on Friday & Saturday. For one day, either Friday or Saturday, the cost is €40. More info at

The Women of Faith Conference 2022 is LIVE on Radio Maria Ireland on Saturday 7th May from 2pm. We are blessed to have the following speakers. Sister Consilio (Cuan Mhuire), Wendy Grace (Catholic Speaker), Fr. Freddy Warner, SMA, Sister Susan Evangelist (Sister of Mercy), Dr. Edward Sri (Scripture Scholar). Please join us for this blessed event sponsored by Totus Tuus Magazine. Radio Maria Ireland is accessible by: 

  1. Going online at
  2. Download the Radio Maria IRELAND App to your phone or tablet.
  3. Listen live via Facebook. 4. Call 01 4373277 and listen live.
  4. Listen through your TV on SAORVIEW Channel 210.

Returning to education or looking to upskill? North Connaught College of Further Education in Tubbercurry could be the place for you! A range of QQI, CIDESCO & ITEC accredited full-time courses in a caring & friendly environment. We are hosting an Open Evening on Wed 27th April from 1-6pm for PLC courses. School leavers & adults are welcome. Teachers, Guidance Counsellor, Student Support Tutor & students will be available to deal with any queries or questions that you may have. There will be taster sessions in some of the various sessions e.g Beauty Therapy, IT/Business, Childcare, Nursing & Healthcare. Work placement is an integral part of all courses, & we offer ERASMUS plus funded European work experience opportunities. Students at NCC have been very successful in securing employment or progressing to further & higher education. More info on or on facebook or 0719185035.


NEW ROOF FOR MULLINABREENA CHURCH 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.

Work will begin in 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.

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.

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!


Recent Collections

Trócaire: €1110 including €175 from Achonry NS collected during the Lenten season. Thanks for your kindness & generosity.

Easter Collection: Thanks for your contribution to the Easter collection taken up recently.

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

The Family that Prays together stays together”

"A world at prayer is a world at peace"