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Sat, 2024

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


2024 Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 2  


Third Sunday of Lent

Sat 2nd                    8:00 pm                 Johnny & Josie Mullen (M)

Sun 3rd                   10:00 am              Patrick & Christina Farrell (A)

Mon 4th St Casimir (Patron Saint of Poland)

10:00 am        James Hamilton (M)

                                                8:00 pm Frank & Ellen Walsh & dec’d of

Walsh & Shiels families (A) 

Tues 5th                 St Kieran (bishop)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

                                                8:00 pm                 John & Mary Murtagh & dec’d of

Murtagh & Gormally families (A)

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

8:00 pm          Private Intention (A)

Thurs 7th               Ss Perpetua & Felicity (martyrs)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

                                                8:00 pm Private Intention (A)

Fri          8th           St John of God (religious), St Senan (bishop)

10:00 pm        Private Intention (M)

                                                8:00 pm                 Private Intention (A)

Sat 9th     St Frances of Rome (religious)

10:00 am        Mary Kate & Patrick O’Donnell M)

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sat 9th                    8:00 pm                 Patrick & Agnes Moran, son Paul

& Sr Maria Christopher Berreen (M)

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

                                                4:00 pm                 Holy Hour in Church of St John Evangelist


ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December



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

Readers of the Word

Saturdays March 8pm: Karena Lee (M)

Sundays March 10am: Ray Wims (A)

READINGS: 4th Sunday of Lent

1st Reading 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23. Psalm Ps 136.

2nd Reading Eph 2:4-10. Gospel Jn 3:14-21.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays March 8pm: Breda Higgins (M)

Sundays March 10am: Inez Wims (A)


3rd Sunday of Lent 3rd Feb: Focus: Have zeal for the dwelling place of the Lord. – Jesus has such reverence for the temple, God’s dwelling place, that he overturns tables & drives away those who are abusing its true purpose. This place here, where we are gathered & will receive Jesus in the Eucharist, is God’s dwelling place as well. Let us allow Jesus to cleanse our hearts & our minds, that he might renew us as his dwelling place, his temple.


SYMPATHY: We remember in our prayers at this time: Veronica O’Mahony, nee Brett, Georgia, USA, & formerly of Cashel, Curry, (aunt of Martin Rogan, Achonry).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

Holy Hour: Prayer & Reflection for Ministers/Readers of the Word & Eucharistic Ministers will take place in the Church of St John Evangelist, Tubbercurry on Sunday 10th March 4-5pm


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

Masses during Lent: Mass Monday to Friday 10am in Mullinabreena, & 8pm in Achonry. To save any confusion the Saturday vigil Masses from the beginning of Lent will also be at 8pm.

Achonry National School: Enrolment forms for 2024-25 are now available at the church door. If you are interested please take a form with you, fill in the details & return it to the school.


Achonry NS Parents Association are holding a clothes collection on 23rd/24th March & 6th/7th April at St Nathy’s Hall 10am -12 noon. All donations of old clothes are gratefully appreciated. All proceeds go directly to Achonry National School.

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

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.

Social Dancing Class: In Cloonacool Community Centre every Thursday at 8pm.

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Ballymote at 3:30pm. For more info follow Ballymote Community on Facebook.

Coleman Music Centre: Fr James Mc Donagh in concert on Sunday 10th March at 8pm. He will be joined by family & friends for a great mix of music, song & dance.  Early booking is advisable. Call 071 9182599. Adm €15

Coleman Community Cinema – Showing Spies in Disguise on Sat 9th March at 2.30pm.  A funny animated film suitable for all ages. €5 each. 1 adult per family goes free. Treat bags available.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents will meet Wed 28th Feb at 7:15pm in the T. F Royal Hotel, Castlebar. This event is free & open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. We now also offer an online support service too. Contact or 085 2888 888 for any queries.

2024 Western Drama Festival takes place over nine nights from Friday 1st - Saturday 9th March in St. Brigid's Hall, Tubbercurry with a fantsatic line-up of plays. Tickets now by phoning 086-4553395. Further details, including a synopsis of the plays are available on social media & the Western Drama Festival website

ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church? If you have enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage? Successful applicants will receive professional training, be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally. Please contact Aisling on 01-5053112 or


North Connaught College Open Day: Thursday 11th April from 2 to 6pm. We are offering a range of QQI courses Beauty, Business, Childcare, Healthcare, Pre-Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Security, Equine Studies & Horsemanship. ITEC in Laser & IPL Treatments. Call in to enquire about places available on any of our courses. You can contact the College on 071-9185035 or by email

The Synodal Journey was launched in October 2021. Many parishioners attended gatherings in our Diocese (& throughout the country) to share their ideas about the Church. These were very helpful meetings & I appreciate the efforts people made to come along & join in the conversations. In order to feedback to parishioners on what has happened since, a very helpful video has been produced.  It is entitled: "The Synodal Pathway, the Journey So Far..." This can be found on our Diocesan Website, I hope this will be helpful in outlining the process so far & charting the next steps on the journey.     

“The Family that Prays together stays together”


Become a Volunteer Befriender to those living with Dementia & give Family Carers a short break. - “As a Befriender I gained so much. There were lots of parallels between the person living with dementia & myself. We were both living alone, had shared interest, we both had worked in similar professions & similar locations. We shared many interests, stories & life experience. I gained a true friend”. Can you spare a couple of hours per week? A little time goes along way. Contact Caroline on 087-3694477 or 0949364900 Email:

Living Well is a free HSE programme which helps people living with a long-term health condition to manage their condition & improve their overall wellbeing. Anyone with any chronic illness such as diabetes, arthritis, COPD, cardiac illness, anxiety, etc. can benefit from these workshops. A programme commences in Boyle on Tuesday 12th March. It will be delivered over six weekly workshops (2.5 hrs x 6) by trained leaders. Advance registration is required. To find out more, please contact Liam Gildea on 086 014 2675 or by email at 

5 Step Support Service: Are you affected by the misuse of alcohol or other drugs by another individual? 5 Step Support can help you; it is a free, non-judgemental, one-on-one consultation service. Putting your needs & wellbeing first, helping you manage often stressful, difficult & emotional issues. If you would like more info call 071 9150578 / 085 875 9319 or email

You don’t have to be addicted to suffer from addiction!

Tubbercurry FRC: Mid-Day Walkers meet every Tuesday at the FRC at 11.45am & walk for approx. 1 hour (5k).  This is followed by a cuppa & a chat, & for anyone interested a game of Boccia. All ages & abilities welcome. 0719186926.

“A world at prayer is a world at peace”