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Fri, 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  


Saint Patricks Day (5th Sunday of Lent)

Sat 16th                  8:00 pm                 Patricia & Patsy Fallon (M)

Sun 17th                 10:00 am              Tommy, John & dec’d Stenson family (A)

Mon 18th               St Cyril of Jerusalem (bishop)

10:00 am        Linda & Michael Murren & dec’d (M)

                                                8:00 pm Private Intention (A)          

Tues 19th               St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

                                                8:00 pm                 Bridie Browne & Redican family(A)

Wed 20th               10:00 am              Private Intention (M)

8:00 pm          Private Intention (A)

Thurs 21st             St Enda (abbot)

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

                                                8:00 pm Private Intention (A)

Fri          22nd         St Macartan (bishop)

10:00 pm        Private Intention (M)

                                                8:00 pm                  (A)

Sat 23rd                  St Turbibius of Mogrovejo (bishop)

12:00 pm        Johnny, Kathleen & Pete Johnston (M)

Sixth Sunday of Lent – Palm Sunday

Sat 23rd                  8:00 pm                 Evelyn & Jimmy Joe Gannon (M)

Sun 24th                 10:00 am              Peter, Josie, son James& dec’d (A)

ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December




Readers of the Word

Saturdays March 8pm: Karena Lee (M)

Sundays March 10am: Zara Wims (A)

READINGS: Palm Sunday

1st Reading Is 50:4-7. Psalm Ps 21.

2nd Reading Phil 2:6-11. Gospel Mt 14:1-15:47.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays March 8pm: Breda Higgins (M)

Sundays March 10am: Inez Wims (A)


5th Sunday of Lent - St Patricks Day 17th March: Focus: The message of Lent is the message of St Patrick that God loved us so much that he was generous with his mercy & we have to bring that message to all.

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: Sacramental preparation Mass in Achonry Church on Palm Sunday 24th March at 10am.


Tuesday 19th March: Today is the anniversary of the inauguration of the Petrine ministry of Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome & Supreme Pastor of the Church in 2013.

Parish Pastoral Council: Meeting in Parochial House on Tuesday 19th March at 8:30pm.


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.


To maintain the success of both the Three Hills Café & Achonry Farmers Market we would ask households to commit to visit both amenities at least once a month. 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. Thank you for your continued support.


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

CHRISM MASS: Monday, 25th March at 7.30pm Cathedral, Ballaghaderreen. The Chrism Mass is a special gathering of the "Diocesan family." Bishop Paul has issued an open invitation to all parishioners from across the Diocese. This might be especially of interest to those involved in parish life such as members of Parish Pastoral Councils, Finance Committees, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Societies, Adoration Groups, Collectors, Members of BOMs, Sacristans, John Paul II Participants, Parish Secretaries, Choirs, etc. Light refreshments afterwards in St. Nathy's College. 


Cnoc na Sí Women's Shed will be holding a cake sale at Achonry Farmers Market on Saturday 23rd March from 10 until 1.

Anam Cara, supporting bereaved parents will meet Wed 26th March 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. Please contact us on or 085 2888 888 for any queries.

You don’t have to be addicted to suffer from addiction! M-PACT supports the whole family, helping to improve relationships, communication & recovery. A FREE eight-week programme will begin on Tuesday 9th April. If you would like further info contact 9150578 / 0858759319 or email

Mission Appeal: This year the Holy Rosary Sisters have permission to promote their Mission Appeal in Achonry Diocese.  Sr. Mary Gallagher (originally from Keash) will be visiting our parish in April. 

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

Tubbercurry Trail Parkrun: A new parkrun is happening in at the Forest Walk on the Ballina Rd commencing on Saturday 23rd March at 9.30am.Parkruns are a free friendly timed  event which will take place every Saturday at 9.30am, distance 5km & you can  run, jog, walk whatever is your choice. To participate in parkruns you must register on choose Tubbercurry Trail as your club & download your barcode. All you have to do then is join us on a Saturday at 9.30am at Forest Walk with your barcode & enjoy.


Bunninadden Community Bowls: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4pm (except Christmas week). New members welcome, age 16 upwards, tuition given. Tea/coffee & biscuits at half time. Nice relaxed atmosphere & a good chance to socialise.

ACCORD, Ballaghaderreen offers marriage & relationship counselling in a secure setting, facilitating couples & individuals to explore, reflect upon & work to resolve difficulties that arise in their relationship. Please contact 094-9022214 or email

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


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:


MISSIONARY SISTERS OF THE HOLY ROSARY                                                   

The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary (The Killeshandra Nuns) was founded one hundred years ago in March 1924 by Bishop J. Shanahan CSSp to bring the Gospel message to the women of Southern Nigeria. Sisters are presently on mission in Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, the USA and Zambia.                    
What we do

HEALTH CARE: healing the sick, building healthy communities
EDUCATION: key to human development at all levels
PASTORAL CARE: The Word of God alive in people's lives
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: in cities, villages & rural communities
CARE FOR THE EARTH: loving the planet

REFUGEES: reaching out to street children, fighting against human trafficking

REBUILDING shattered lives after devastation of war & disease.
PRAYER is central to our lives. It is God's work we are doing, not our own.

I worked in both Zambia (Central Africa) & Ghana (West Africa).  As I am a teacher by profession, I taught English, History & Religious Education in a Girls' Secondary School in Zambia. I then moved to Ghana where I taught Religious Education for one year in a large mixed Secondary School before transferring to a Teacher Training College where I taught English. After returning to Ireland, I served on the Regional Administration Team before becoming involved in Mission Promotion. I am again part of the Regional Adm Team as well as continuing with Mission Promotion which involves visiting a different diocese each year under the auspices of AMRI (Association of Missionaries & Religious in Ireland). Sr Mary Gallagher

“A world at prayer is a world at peace”