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Fri, 2023

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


2023 Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle I  


The Baptism of the Lord

Sat 7th                    6:00 pm Mary & James McDonnell (M)    

Sun 8th                   10:00 am              Mick Marren, Roadstown (A)

Mon 9th 10:00 am              Dec’d of Clarke family, Carntavy (M)

Tues 10th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Wed 11th               10:00 am              Private Intention (A)  

Thurs 12th             10:00 am              John & Bea Cunningham (M)

Fri          13th       St Hilary (bishop & doctor of the Church)

                                                10:00 am              Private Intention (A)

Sat 14th                  10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 14th                  6:00 pm Private Intention (M)    

Sun 15th                 10:00 am              People of the Community (A)


ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December





Readers of the Word

Saturdays January 6pm: Majella O’Donnell (M)

Sundays January 10am: Tara Hosey (A)

READINGS for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading Is 49:3, 5-6. Psalm Ps 39.

2nd Reading 1 Cor 1:1-3. Gospel Jn 1:29-34.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays January 6pm: Sheila McGowan (M)

Sundays January 10am:  (A)


The Baptism of the Lord 8th Jan: Focus: Jesus’ baptism introduces a new reality, & is an invitation to all of us. – As Jesus is baptized, the heavens open & the Spirit of God descends. Heaven & earth meet - & we are invited to join in. Through baptism we, too, are beloved sons & daughters receiving God’s Spirit; we are members of God’s family. Let us live the grace of our baptism.

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

First Holy Communion Programme

Grow in Love: Sunday 8th Jan Achonry, Sunday 19th Feb M/breena, Sunday 19th March Achonry, Sunday 23rd April M/breena. All Masses 10am. First Holy Communion will be in Mullinabreena Church on Saturday 13th May at 11am. First Confessions to be arranged.

Parish Pastoral Councils: The bishops described the work of the Parish Pastoral Council very succinctly when they said: It is a faith-filled leadership group, through which priests & people together are co-responsible partners in furthering the mission of Christ in their parish.

The PPC members will have to take time to pray together to figure out where God is leading the Church & the parish at this time. Their work is rooted in a prayerful reflection on the needs of the faith community for which they have a responsibility. They will also have to bring their wisdom & intelligence to bear on their deliberations. Thus, a PPC needs people with a wide variety of gifts & perspectives to deliberate on what is required for the parish to grow as a community of faith.

Nomination Form for New Members of the Parish Pastoral Council are available at the church door or from Fr Peter.


Adoration in Mullinabreena Church 4-7pm on Tuesdays for the month of January.


Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI

  • For Pope Benedict XVI, may God welcome his faithful servant to the heavenly banquet with all the angels and saints, let us pray to the Lord.
  • For all members of the Church, may the holy example of Pope Benedict XVI's devotion to Christ and his Church empower us in our witness to the Gospel, let us pray to the Lord.
  • For the pilgrim Church throughout the world, may Pope Benedict XVI's scholarly writings and teachings continue to sanctify and purify her, let us pray to the Lord.


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. 


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.

25 Drive: In St Nathy’s Hall every Friday at 8:30pm.

Sligo Greenway Cooperative Society Ltd. The AGM will take place on Monday 9th January at 8pm in Yeats County Inn, Curry.


Traditional music classes in The FRC Tubbercurry on Mondays. Beginner classes start at 6.15pm, intermediate & advanced classes at 7pm for tin whistle flute & fiddle. Contact Michael Hurley 086 6036243

25 Drive: In Cloonacool Community Centre on Mondays at 8.30pm.


Banada National School: ASD Class now enrolling for September 2023, email or phone 0719181219

Pilgrimage to Medjugorge. Group Leader: Tom Moran, accompanied by Spiritual Director. 2nd Aug 2023 for 7 days €849 pp sharing (€100 discount if paid in full by 5th Dec.). For info contact Tom Moran 0860815635 or Carol Early 0879581495

Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 6,707,791. Republic of Ireland deaths 8,310. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,688,157.

Meals on Wheels: Banada Meals on Wheels Service, offer applicants aged over 65 or those returning home from hospital, a daily delivery of a hot dinner & desert. Monday to Friday in the areas of South Sligo & border towns in East Mayo. Call 07191 81562 for particulars 9.30am. -1pm Monday to Friday.

Radio Maria Ireland can be listened to by downloading the Radio Maria Ireland app, saorview channel 210 or listen live at (01)4373277


Mary’s Meals: Mary’s Meals has continued to grow &, now in our 20th year, is providing meals for 2,279,941 children every school day in 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean. It costs just €18.30 to feed a child in a place of education for an entire school year & we guarantee that at least 93% of all donations goes directly towards our charitable activities. This is only made possible because of our army of volunteers; both at home & in our programme countries. However wonderful this is, our work has a long way to go. A global hunger crisis looms, & the number of hungry people has doubled in two years, while those living in outright famine have increased 500% since 2016. It is estimated that there are lots of punts/pence and old sterling still in circulation. We are appealing for your old punts/pence, old sterling & other currencies that are lying around the house in jars & tins. You don’t need to count it. We are willing to collect it from you if you are willing to donate it! Copper cents are welcome also. If you are a prepay customer on your mobile phone & have unused credit at the end of the month, you can use it to donate to Mary’s Meals. Just text the word “JOY” to 50300. Texts cost €4. Mary’s Meals will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY Helpline: 01 4819311

“A world at prayer is a world at peace”

“The Family that Prays together stays together”