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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  


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

                                                                                                Brennan family(A)

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

                                                7:30 pm Chrism Mass in Cathedral see next column

Tues 26th               10:00 am              Michael & Catriona Feely (M)

                                                8:00 pm                 Private Intention (A)

Wed 27th               10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

                                                7:00 pm                 Penitential Service, Tubbercurry Church

8:00 pm          Private Intention (A)

Easter Triduum

Thurs 28th             Holy Thursday

                                                8:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (M)

Fri          29th         Good Friday Day of Fast & Abstinence

3:00 pm          Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (M)

                                                8:00 pm                 Stations of the Cross (A)

Sat 30th                  Holy Saturday

                                                10:00 am              Morning Prayer (A)

Sat 30th 8:00 pm                 The Easter Vigil (M)

Sun 31st                 Easter Sunday

10:00 am        Anthony Henry (A)

ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December





Holy Thursday 18th 8pm Mary Henry (M)

1st Reading Ex 12:1-8, 11-14. Psalm Ps 115.

2nd Reading 1 Cor 11:23-26. Gospel Jn 13:1-15.

Good Friday 19th 3pm Donal Fallon (readings)

                          Majella ODonnell, Tara Hosey (Passion) (M)

1st Reading Is 52:13-53:12. Psalm Ps 30.

2nd Reading Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9. Gospel Jn 18:1-19:42.

Holy Sat 30th Easter Vigil 8pm Mary Keane, James McCarrick

                                               Martin Golden, Eugene Henry (M)

1st Reading Gen 1:1-2:2. Psalm Ps 103.

3rd Reading Ex 14:15-15:1. Psalm Ex15.

5th Reading Is 55:1-11. Psalm Is 12.

8th Reading (Epistle) Rom 6:3:-11. Psalm Ps 117. Gospel Mk 16:1-7.

Easter Sunday 31st 10am Zara Wims (A)

1st Reading Acts 10:34, 37-43. Psalm Ps 117.

2nd Reading Col 3:1-4. Gospel Jn 20:1-9.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays March 8pm: Breda Higgins (M)

Sundays March 10am: Inez Wims (A)


6th Sunday of Lent – Palm Sunday 24th March: Focus: Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – During his journey to Golgotha, Jesus goes from hailed hero to crucified criminal. He surrenders out of obedience to his Father & love for us. As followers of Jesus, we, too, can face loss & sacrifice. Jesus knows what it means to sacrifice out of love. We journey together through loss, never alone, but always united with Jesus.

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: Margaret Finan, Mullaghanarry Mary Philbin, Rossport, in her 104th year, (aunt of Geraldine Gaffney, Tubbertelly).

May the Souls of the faithful departed rest in peace

BAPTISM: We welcome into the Christian community through the Sacrament of Baptism Hunter Gerry Davey, Leitrim South. 

Eucharistic Ministers: Renewal of Commitment on Holy Thursday at Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8pm.

Trocaire: Please return your contributions at any of the Easter Ceremonies. If possible please convert coins into notes. Thank you.

YOU ARE INVITED: 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. 


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

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. 

All-Ireland Champions: Congratulations to the St Attracta’s Girls Gaelic Football team on winning the All-Ireland Final last Monday, with a number of players from our parish.

Guided Walks: Tubbercurry FRC is offering four free guided walks with Martina Kilian of Nature Inspires on Wednesdays, April 10th Lough Talt Walk (New Trail), April 17th Lough Easkey Loop, April 24th Full Moon Walk Clooneen Bog (Evening walk); May 1st Masshill Forestry Walk. Further info & booking 0719186926.


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.

The Phoenix Players award winning show Animal Farm in St Brigids Hall on Wed March 27th at 8pm. Audiences are enjoying this show so please come along & support the group & have a good night's entertainment. Tickets available at the door.

Anam Cara, supporting bereaved parents will meet Wed 27th 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.

Michael English concert in St. Nathy's Cathedral. An evening with Michael English on Easter Monday April 1st at 8pm. Tickets €30 at Duffy's  Super Valu on Holy Thursday from 9am-12noon & Holy Saturday from 9am-12noon, also available from Towey's Shop, Main Street,& the Presbytery Ballaghaderreen 0949860011. Tickets available at the door or online

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


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


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