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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  


Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 3rd                    8:00 pm Mai & William Finan (M)

Sun 4th                   10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

Mon 5th                  10:00 am              Richard Kennedy, Tubbertelly (M)

Tues 6th                 10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Wed 7th                  10:00 am              Mary Josephine Judge & parents

Mary Kate & James (A)  

Thurs 8th               The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

10:00 am        Edward, Delia & Annie Jo McLoughlin (M)

Fri          9th                           St Ciaran (abbot)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Sat 10th                  St Peter Claver (priest)

10:00 am        Kieran Gorman (M)

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 10th                  8:00 pm James & Kathleen Finan (M)

Sun 11th                 10:00 am              People of the Community (A)



ACHONRY                      4pm – 7pm






Readers of the Word

Saturdays September 8pm: Martin Golden (M)

Sundays September 10am: Francis Brennan (A)

READINGS Twenty-Fourth Sunday

1st Reading Ex 32:7-14. Psalm Ps 50.

2nd Reading 1 Tm 1:12-17. Gospel Lk 15:1-32.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays September 8pm: Pauline Finan (M)

Sundays September 10am: Monica Henry (A)

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th August: Focus: Faithful discipleship demands complete surrender to God. – While each of us can name important people & relationships in our lives that have a claim on our hearts, the Scriptures today remind us of what needs to be the highest priority for each of us. Jesus unequivocally states that just as he will lay down his life on the cross, each of us who wish to be faithful disciples will be asked to make sacrifices in our own lives.

The Family that Prays together stays together”

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

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Brian Dillon, Freynestown, Dunlavin, Wicklow, (brother of Bernie Hosey, Achonry), Jack Henry, Manchester & Cloonacool, (uncle of Ian Henry, Lavagh).    

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace


BAPTISM: We welcome into the Christian community through the Sacrament of Baptism Saorla Ellen Davey Hedden. The Lodge, Chaffpool.


The parish offertory envelope boxes for 2023 are available at the church doors. Sincere thanks to all who are using the envelopes, these contributions have ensured that the parish has not fallen into financial difficulty, despite the parish finances being badly impacted by prolonged periods of lockdown because of the pandemic. This money enables us to maintain the parish churches to a high standard. It is heartening that so many are keen to see our church renewed & refreshed. Using the envelopes also facilitates the parish in availing of the Revenue tax-back, which is a great financial benefit for our parish. The Offertory Collection is used to maintain the two churches in the parish & the parochial house. This covers the cost of heating, lighting, insurance, painting & decorating, the diocesan levy, church requisites & stationary needs, sanitizing & general maintenance. If you require a box of envelopes, please let me know & I will add your name to the parish database. The new roof has been completed on Mullinabreena Church, this was a big undertaking, but necessary. If you are in a position to help, please know that your support is most welcome. Bank details are: Mullinabreena Church IBAN: IE20 BOFI 9054 9111 7571 99   -   BIC: BOFIIE2D. A sincere thank you to everyone who has responded to this project, & for your ongoing weekly support to our parish. It is very much appreciated. Fr. Peter.


Marist Gathering

All Marist Family Members are welcome, with their friends & associates & anyone interested in the Marist way. Welcome & coffee at 1pm, Mass at 2pm, Dinner 3-4pm, Social 5-9pm. Cost €40. In the Longford Arms Hotel. Organised by the Marist Laity Group. Call 087 9042319 for info & booking (essential).


Achonry Farmers Market & Café at the Hub: We would like to encourage people to support both our Community Café & our Local Farmers Market. These amenities offer ideal opportunities for people to get together & are instrumental in creating a dynamic & cohesive Community for us all to live in. Café is open Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm, with Market on Saturday 10am-1pm. 

A workshop for parish choirs & folk groups, including second level school choirs, will be offered at two venues in the diocese in September. These will be led by Regina Deacy, choir director in Ballina. The first workshop will be held in the Parish Church, Swinford, on Wed 21st Sept starting at 7.30 p.m. The workshop will be repeated on Wed 28th in Tubbercurry Church, at 7.30 pm.

Traditional Irish Music Classes: Banjo, Tin Whistle, Fiddle, Flute, in the Knocknashee Community Hub Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 Beginners & intermediate classes available. Contact Theresa O’Grady 0876299774. Starting Tuesday 6th September.

Study Theology Online: The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Register before September 13. Find out more on our website, 

Free Autumn Events Series, Douglas Hyde Centre, Portahard, beginning on Culture Night, Friday 23rd September, 7pm. For more information, phone 087 144 4739.

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 6,500,552 (official figure), the true figure is nearer to 18 million. Republic of Ireland deaths 7,798. That’s 18 deaths in Ireland last week. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,657,356.

Season of Creation 2022: Runs from Sept 1st (World Day of Prayer for Creation) to October 4th (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi). This Season is a wonderful opportunity to respond to the call of Pope Francis to listen to the cry of the earth & the cry of the poor. The theme for this year’s season is “Listen to the Voice of Creation” & takes the story of Moses & the Burning Bush as its inspiration: “I have heard their cry…I know their sufferings…Come, now! I will send you…I will be with you” (Ex 3: 1-12). 

Today, the prevalence of unnatural fires are a sign of the devastating effects that climate change has on the most vulnerable of our planet. Creation cries out as forests burn, animals flee, & people are forced to migrate. Record temperatures across the world this year have shown us that climate change is affecting all regions & all systems & will make parts of the world uninhabitable for human beings. On the contrary, the fire that called to Moses as he tended the flock on Mt. Horeb did not destroy the bush. This flame of the Spirit revealed God’s presence, affirmed that God heard the cries of all who suffered & promised to be with them & us as we follow in faith to work for justice, to work for a more sustainable world.

In this Season of Creation, this symbol of God’s Spirit calls us the global Christian family to awaken to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation & with each other & to encourage our parish communities to do the same, “for we know that things can change!” (Laudato Si’, 13).  

North West STOP are running our annual Mental Health awareness campaign ‘Odd Socks Day’10th October, World Mental Health day, to connect with our communities in relation to good Mental Health.

Will you support by hosting an ‘Odd Socks Day’ during this week. Participants are encouraged to wear Odd Socks & donate €2 to our organisation. If your groups, schools etc would like to become involved, please confirm by 12th Sept &d we will provide further details. Please check or call (071)9856070 for more information. 

"A world at prayer is a world at peace"

Coleman Music Centre: A music class information evening will be held on Sept 8th from 5-7pm. A large selection of music classes available. For a full list of classes please visit our Facebook page “Michael Coleman Centre” or call 071 9182599 & we will be happy to assist you. The term is 7 weeks & costs €70 payable before the terms starts. We look forward to welcoming you back.

The Fr. Patrick Peyton Centre are looking for volunteers to help in the recently opened information hub in Knock village close to the Shrine called ‘Mission of Father Patrick Peyton CSC’. If you would like to help please call the Centre 096-45374.


Mysticism in an Age of Calamity: Meister Eckhart, John Tauler & Henry Suso

The Priory Institute two week online Summer School from 15-26 August. The course includes eight recorded presentations & two on-line zoom discussions & is very flexible & delivered online.

For more & to register Tel: 01 404 8129 or

Afterschool Care: Kind, reliable, mature woman available for afterschool care for children in Lavagh, Achonry, Tubbercurry, Ballymote areas. Garda vetted, SNA qualified, previous experience in nursing & childcare. Any enquiries contact Helena 087 4151923.

 Are you looking for a career in caring for the elderly, have you recently retired or have your children now left home? Home Instead are always looking to recruit carers. Whether you can work a couple of hours a week or want to work full time, we would like to hear from you. Experience and FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification in healthcare is an advantage but not compulsory.

Please contact Sinead or Ciara on 071 9317051 for further information or via email


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.

'It's Cardiac Rehab' – A podcast series bringing together experts in cardiac rehab and patients who have attended cardiac rehabilitation.

Topics: exercise, medication, healthy eating & the psychological impact of living with heart disease. If you have had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, coronary artery stenting or coronary artery bypass surgery – log onto for information & support.

Are you looking for a career in caring for the elderly, have you recently retired or have your children now left home? Home Instead Care are always looking to recruit carers. Whether you can work a couple of hours a week or want to work full time, we would like to hear from you. Experience & FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification in healthcare is an advantage but not compulsory as training may be provided. Your own transportation is essential. Call Sinead or Ciara on 071 9317051 for more info or via email Recruitment Administration Sligo