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Sat, 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  


Third Sunday of Lent

Sat 11th                  6:00 pm Patrick & Agnes Moran, son Paul, &

Sr Christopher Maria Berreen (M)    

Sun 12th                 10:00 am              Mary Kate & Patrick O’Donnell, her

sister Bridgie & parents, & dec’d

Armstrong & O’Donnell families (A)

Mon 13th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

8:00 pm          Private Intention (A)

Tues 14th               10:00 am              Bridge & Frank Gannon & dec’d family (M)

                                                8:00 pm                 Private Intention (A)

Wed 15th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

                                                                        8:00 pm                             Private Intention (A)

Thurs 16th             10:00 am              Sonny Henry (M)

St Patrick’s Day

Thurs 16th             8:00 pm Private Intention (M)

Fri          17th         10:00 am              Michael Doddy & dec’d family (A)

Sat 18th                  St Cyril of Jerusalem (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sat 18th                  6:00 pm James & Kathleen Finan (M)    

Sun 19th                 10:00 am              Frank & Celia Healy, & Sally Bissett (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 4th Sunday of Lent

1st Reading 1 Sm 16:1, 6-7. Psalm Ps 22.

2nd Reading Eph5:8-14. Gospel Jn 9:1-41.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays March 6pm: Maeve Fallon (M)

Sundays March 10am: Inez Wims (A)

3rd Sunday of Lent 12th March: Focus: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. – Just as Jesus approaches the outcast Samaritan woman at the well with intimate knowledge of her history & her heart, so, too, does Christ approach us. He comes with the offer of living water that will forever satiate our thirst if only we soften our hearts to hear his voice.

SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Josephine Nagy, USA, (sister of Ann Gallagher, Carrowneaden), Paddy Brennan, England, (brother of the late Peter Francis Brennan, Carntavy).   

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

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

Church Repairs

Roof Tony Gormley €87,031.80 in 2021, plus €189,278.05 in 2022. Total to Tony Gormley €276,309.85. Payment to Halligan Architects for Roof & storm glazing €15,261.55. Remainder of payment to Emerald Glass for previous years Storm Glazing €452.47. Painting €9,080 Overall Church repair expenses 2022 €301,103.87. Church Roof appeal from late 2021 to March 2023 €52,870. Bank Balance on 31 Dec 2021 €57, 047.85, & on 31st Dec 2022 €30,251.26.

First Holy Communion Programme

Grow in Love: 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 Mullinabreena Church 4-7pm on Tuesdays for the month of March.


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.


Covid 19: The number of deaths worldwide is now at 6,810,352. Republic of Ireland deaths 8,708. The number of positive cases in Ireland is 1,704,502.


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

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+ 20 Confirmed in 2022. (Confirmation every second year)

# 52 Confirmed in 1972.  (Confirmation every third year)

 * 167 Confirmed in 1924. (Confirmation every fifth year).

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


Coleman Centre: Fr James Mc Donagh with family members & friends will perform in concert on Sunday March 12th at 8pm. Early booking is advisabl. Call 071 9182599. Adm €15.

SEOID (John Dwyer, Kerrie Herrity, Kenny Donagher & Fiachra Guihen) in concert on Sat March 18th at 8pm. Adm €15 Call 071 9182599 for ticket or

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

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

The Parish of Charlestown is holding a four day Mission with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Moyross, Mon 13th- Thurs 16th March. Mass daily at 10am & 7.30pm. The evening Mass will be followed by the Mission sermon as follows:

13th Freedom in Forgiveness: Reconciliation. 14th The Power of Prayer. 15th Eucharistic Healing. 16th Closing Mass in honour of Our Lady & St. Patrick.

Emigrant Collection & Awareness Campaign

Each year on Saint Patrick's Day, special collections for Irish emigrants take place in many dioceses across the island. These collections help fund the work of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants which has been responding to the needs of our emigrants around the world since 1957. It continues to do so through the work of its pastoral centres in the United States & the UK, which provide a myriad of services to marginalised & vulnerable groups of Irish people, many of whom are living lives of quiet desperation including the destitute, elderly, Travellers & prisoners.  Grants from the emigrant collection are provided to other organisations who provide targeted & specialist support to discrete categories of vulnerable emigrants such as the aged, lonely & to those with addiction & mental health problems.

Bishops said, "We ask the faithful to contribute what they can to collections at Mass to support our emigrants. As a Church, & a people, we are obliged as Christians to reach out to those who are affected by emigration as they are often the most marginalised in their new home. We pray for all Irish people overseas – those who are recently departed & for those who left our shores many years ago. We remember the families they have left behind & pray that they will find strength.

The Phoenix Players present Old Mother Hubbard in St Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry on March 24th 25th 26th 29th 30th 31st & April 1st at 8pm. Not to be missed. Tickets available at Gillespies & Daybreak.


“The Family that Prays together stays together”


Fatima Pilgrimage: Mayo / Roscommon / Sligo. Ex Dublin for Feast Day of Saint Anthony Patron St of Portugal 9-14th June 2023 full religious programme, visit house where Saint Anthony was born & the 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


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.

Bishop Paul Dempsey of Achonry, Chair of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants, has highlighted the forthcoming Irish Emigrant Collection which takes place in many dioceses on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Bishop Dempsey said, “As a Church and a people, we must continue to reach out to those who are affected by emigration. We remember and pray for all Irish people overseas – those who are recently departed and those who left our shores many years ago. We remember the families they have left behind and pray they will find strength and comfort as they cope with the pain of separation. We also think of those who have travelled from foreign lands to begin new lives in Ireland and pray that they receive the same welcome that we would wish for our own emigrants far from home.”

Drawing attention to the work of the IECE, Bishop Dempsey said, “Since 1957, the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants (IECE) has been responding to the needs of Irish emigrants around the world. It continues to do so through the work of its pastoral centres in the United States and the UK, which provide a myriad of services to the most vulnerable members of the Irish emigrant community. It also does so by providing grants to other like-minded organisations that provide targeted and specialist support to discrete categories of vulnerable emigrants – from the aged and lonely to those with addiction and mental health problems.”

In conclusion, the Bishop of Achonry said, “I wish to thank all those who generously support the collection for emigrants each year. This funding allows us to offer essential support to those organisations providing pastoral, practical outreach to the most marginalised and vulnerable groups of Irish people, many of whom are living lives of quiet desperation.”