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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  


Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 18th                  6:00 pm Michael & Margaret Doddy (A)    

Sun 19th                 10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

Mon 20th               10:00 am              Thomas & Mary Ellen Connolly

& son Eamonn (M)

Tues 21st               St Peter Damian (bishop & doctor of the Church)

10:00 am        Paddy & Geraldine Hannan (M)

Wed 22nd               Ash Wednesday        Day of Fast & Abstinence

10:00 am        J.J. O’Loughlin (M)

                                                                        8:00 pm                             Private Intention (A)

Thurs 23rd            St Polycarp (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Sr Enda O’Donnell, Carrowneaden (M)

8:00 pm          Private Intention (A)

Fri          24th         Seven Holy Founders of Servite Order, St Fintan

                                                10:00 am              Dan & Celia Coleman (M)

                                                8:00 pm No Mass (A)

Sat 25th                  10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

First Sunday of Lent

Sat 25th                  6:00 pm Peter Smythe (A)    

Sun 26th                 10:00 am              People of the Community (M)


ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December





Readers of the Word

Saturdays February 6pm: Sinead O’Brien (A)

Sundays February 10am: Karina Lee (M)

READINGS for 1st Sunday of Lent

1st Reading Gn 2:7-9, 3:1-7. Psalm Ps 50.

2nd Reading Rm 5:12-19. Gospel Mt 4:1-11.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays February 6pm: Monica Henry (A)

Sundays January 10am: Maureen Lee (M)

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time 12th Feb: Focus: Living a life of faith means acting with love & mercy. – The call to spiritual perfection or holiness dominates our readings today. We are called to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, & to demonstrate that holiness in the way we treat one another & in our knowledge that we are temples of God’s Holy Spirit.

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: J.J. O’Loughlin, (brother of Marie O’Donnell, Carrowneaden).  

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

GOLDEN JUBILEE: Congratulations & best wishes to Carmel McKim & Steve Kelly, Branchfield, who celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their marriage last weekend.    

We wish them many more years of health & happiness.

First Holy Communion Programme

Grow in Love: 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 on Thursday 9th March.


Adoration in Achonry Church 4-7pm on Tuesdays for the month of February.

Community Games AGM Monday 20th February in St Nathy’s Hall at 8pm, please support.


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.


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 6,779,655. Republic of Ireland deaths 8,525. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,701,525.


Clothes Collection: Achonry national school P.A are holding a clothes collection on Saturday 11th Feb at Achonry farmer's Market from 10am - 1pm, & on Sunday 12th Feb at St. Nathy's Hall Mullinabreena 10am–12noon. All donations gratefully appreciated. Inquiries to Mary McAleer 087, 7636668. 

Camino Walk: Have you ever dreamed of doing the Camino de Santiago.  Breakthrough Cancer Research are taking on the Camino Ingles from the 15th-22nd May 2023.  Enjoy this amazing adventure with our experienced guide & help us Make More Survivors. For more info please contact  or phone 021 4226655.   

A little bit about us for your information: Breakthrough Cancer Research is an Irish medical research charity focused on cancer.

Based on the Western Road in Cork & fund life-saving cancer research all around the country & work to significantly impact the number of children & adults who can survive this disease. 

We are particularly focused on improving outcomes for those cancers which are poorly served by current treatment options. 

Our focus is on cancers with the lowest survival rates that are currently difficult to treat (poorer prognosis cancers). 

Currently we are targeting seven cancers: Brain, Liver, Oesophageal, Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic & Stomach cancer which are responsible for almost half of all cancer deaths in Ireland. We know research is the only effective way of preventing future deaths from cancer – it is the only proven way to make a difference.

Enrolment forms for Achonry NS September 2023 are available from the school please contact the school by phone or email to arrange for one to be sent in the post. Forms are also available at the church doors in both Achonry and Mullinabreena. 

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.

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

Coleman Centre: Fr James Mc Donagh will perform in concert on Sunday March 12th at 8pm.  He will be joined by family & friends for a great mix of music, song & dance.  Early booking is advisable for this concert. Call 071 9182599. Adm €15.

Coleman Cinema Club – Sat Feb 25th at 2.30pm. & the film is LUCA. This delightful film is for all the family. Doors open at 2.15pm. Treat bags available in store. €5 (1 adult per family goes free.)


BANADA NS - ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Class Enrolment Day - Friday 10th March 2023 at 12noon. Please email or phone 071 9181219


Tubbercurry Community First Responders are hosting a bake sale in the old Vodafone shop, Main Street, on Sat 25th Feb starting at 10am.  Your support would be greatly appreciated. 

Fatima Pilgrimage: Mayo / Roscommon / Sligo Pilgrimage to Fatima, last remaining places Ex Dublin for Feast Day of Saint Anthony Patron Saint of Portugal 9-14th June 2023 full religious programme, visit house where Saint Anthony was born and Saint Anthony's Baptismal Font in Lisbon  contact James Treacy 061921470

Priory Institute: For those who are interested, we are delighted to offer a Free of Charge Online Lenten Retreat featuring a series of online reflections given in preparation for Easter. The Retreat Giver is Seán Goan is a retired teacher & biblical scholar who studied Scripture in Rome, Jerusalem & in the University of Chicago. He has taught in the Milltown Institute, The Marino Institute of Education, The Priory Institute & the Dominican Lumen Centre in Sion Hill. He is also a founder member of the Tarsus Scripture School which was established in 2020 & which offers online courses on Scripture. He has worked widely in Adult Faith Development Programmes in parishes & dioceses around Ireland. The course consists of four recorded presentations that will become available over the six Sundays of Lent ending on Palm Sunday, so on the 1st Sunday there will be access to one recording & on the 2nd Sunday access to two recordings & so on. Participants can watch the films whenever suits them, & revisit films they have already viewed. Visit our website or click to register.



Tubbercurry FRC Notes

  Social Prescribing Clinic: Social Prescribing Clinic available in Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre every Wednesday, 9.30am - 4.30pm.Social Prescribing is about helping people to address their health and wellbeing by connecting them into activities or supports that will help make a difference in their life. If you are over 18, and want support to engage in a Social Prescription, or you want to know more about the service, you can drop into the FRC and have a chat with Loretta or alternatively you can call her on 083 4036985 or email

    Guided Walks/Nature Retreats: FRC is offering three guided walks and two half day nature retreats with Martina Kilian of Nature Inspires this April and May. Further detailed information is available by contacting the centre on 0719186926.

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 details 9.30am. -1pm Monday to Friday.

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


Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Patrick Peyton

Dear Jesus, Father Peyton devoted his priestly life to strengthening the families of the world by calling them to pray together every day, especially the Rosary. His message is as important for us now as it was during his life on earth. We beg you, therefore, to hasten the day of his beatification, so that Your faithful people everywhere will remember his message that the family that prays together stays together, will imitate him in his devotion to Your Mother & ours, & will be inspired by His holy life to draw ever closer to You with childlike confidence & love. Amen.

Open Wide the Doors of Your Home to Christ

Inspired by our founder, Venerable Patrick Peyton, the Try Prayer! It Works! Focuses on Father Peyton’s message: "The family that prays together stays together."


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.



Two-year old Aiveen Curley from Ballymote is just like any other two-year old girl but with one major exception; she has recently been diagnosed with a rare and progressive form of infantile scoliosis (curvature of the spine). Aiveen is a granddaughter of Margaret Curley née Sweeney from Cloonaccol. Aiveen and her parents will need to travel regularly to Philadelphia in the coming months to receive the urgent treatment she requires. Her family are seeking support for the cause and a gofundme page has been established to receive funds: There is also a specially set up bank account: IBAN: IE44AIBK93727430854154. Contact: Eileen Kirrane on 087 2705936 for more info.

Hooley in the Hub: On the First Friday of every month at 8pm. A night of music, song, story-telling, & refreshments. Come along & enjoy the fun & banter.

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

Pastoral Councils: The role of PPCs & the involvement of the lay faithful in the life of our parishes is critical at this time. A Commissioning of all the PPCs (new & serving members) from throughout the Diocese will take place in the Cathedral on Friday 17th Feb at 7.30pm. It is important that those on Pastoral Councils be present for this important moment in the life of our Diocese. Refreshments afterwards. I look forward to meeting members of the new PPCs on that evening. Bishop Paul.


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.

“A world at prayer is a world at peace”

“The Family that Prays together stays together”