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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  


First Sunday of Lent

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

Sun 26th                 10:00 am              Lil Conlon (M)

Mon 27th               St Gregory of Narek (abbot & bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

8:00 pm          Private Intention (A)

Tues 28th               10:00 am              Catriona Feely (M)

                                                8:00 pm                 Private Intention (A)

Wed 1st                  St David (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

                                                                        8:00 pm                             Private Intention (A)

Thurs 2nd               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

8:00 pm          Private Intention (A)

Fri          3rd                           10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

                                                8:00 pm Patrick & Christina Farrell (A)

Sat 4th                    St Casimir (Patron saint of Poland)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Second Sunday of Lent

Sat 4th                    6:00 pm Johnny & Josie Mullen (M)    

Sun 5th                   10:00 am              Tommy, John & dec’d Stenson family (A)


ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December





Readers of the Word

Saturdays March 6pm: Pat O’Donnell (M)

Sundays March 10am: Francis Brennan (A)

READINGS for 2nd Sunday of Lent

1st Reading Gn 12:1-4. Psalm Ps 32.

2nd Reading 2Tm 1:8-10. Gospel Mt 17:1-9.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays March 6pm: Maeve Fallon (M)

Sundays March 10am: Inez Wims (A)

1st Sunday of Lent 26th Feb: Focus: Through Christ we are made righteous & have eternal life. – On this first Sunday of Lent, our readings bring into focus the great drama of our salvation history: Our first parents sinned, & through them death came to all. Yet our gracious God sent his Son not to condemn but to free us & show his power over Satan. Through him we are made righteous.

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 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.


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 6,796,365. Republic of Ireland deaths 8,629. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,702,523.

Sligo County Council: Hosting a breakfast morning for the Sligo Older Persons Council (new members welcome) on Tuesday 28th Feb in Sligo Southern Hotel at 10am. The criteria required: you are living in Sligo & aged 55+. Contact Kate Gibbons, Sligo CC.

Community & Economic Development 9114423 / 0871751671

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.)

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

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. 

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


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

Fatima Pilgrimage: Mayo / Roscommon / Sligo Pilgrimage to Fatima, 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 & Saint Anthony's Baptismal Font in Lisbon  contact James Treacy 061921470

North Connaught College Tubbercurry offers a variety of QQI courses in Health, Nursing, Childcare, Beauty, Business, Equine Studies, Security, & more. Open Day on Tues 21st March from 1-6pm. Call in to enquire about places on any of our courses. All are welcome. We also provides learner support services & have close links with ATU Sligo St. Angela's, ATU Mayo & ATU Sligo. So there is no better place to take YOUR education to the next level. Check out all our courses on North Connaught or call us 0719185035 or by email

Cleaner Required: North Connaught College requires a part time cleaner (15 hours per week). Hours flexible. Call 9185035 or email for application form & more information.

Holy Hill Hermitage: Please join us for a Lenten day retreat on Sat 11th March from 10:30 to 4pm at Holy Hill. 'Light for the Way & Love in the Wayfaring' – immersing ourselves in the compassion, kindness & mercy of God. All Are Welcome! A light lunch will be served. (Donations welcome). For booking, contact Tony at

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: Synod

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”