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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 Easter

Sat 13th 8:00 pm                 Catherine & Gary Dennehy

& dec’d Connolly family (A)

Sun 14th 10:00 am              People of the Community (M)

Mon 15th               10:00 am              Val & all dec’d of Brett family (M)

Tues 16th               10:00 am              Denis & Jane Durcan (M)

Wed 17th               10:00 am              Private Intention (A)

Thurs 18th             St Laserian (bishop)

10:00 am        Peter, Bea Ann & dec’d Quinn family (M)

Fri          19th         10:00 am              Private Intention (A)

Sat 20th                  St Martin I (pope & martyr)

11:30 am        First Holy Communion (M)

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Sat 20th 8:00 pm                 John Joseph & dec’d Davey family (A)

Sun 21st 10:00 am              Helen McCarrick, Cloonbaniff (M)

ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December




Readers of the Word

Saturdays of April 8pm: J & K Brennan (A)

Sundays of April 10am: Nicola Marren (M)

Readings for 4th Sunday of Easter

1st Reading Acts 4:8-12. Psalm Ps 117.

2nd Reading 1 Jn 3:1-2. Gospel Jn 10:11-18.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays of April 8pm: Maeve Fallon (A)

Sundays of April 10am: Nonie Marren (M)

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

3rd Sunday of Easter 14th April: Focus: We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, & the life of the world to come. – Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s promise of salvation, & he has come to save us – body & soul. Our physical & spiritual realities are infused with one another, integrated within our creation as Imago Dei – made in the image of God. Christ was raised, body & soul, by the Father, & his glorified body was seen by the Apostles & many others. Through him we will be reunited to God, our Father & Creator, on the last day. As we profess in our creed, we look forward to the resurrection of the dead, & the life of the world to come.

Trocaire: Contributions received €1538, (this includes €153 from Achonry N.S.). The gift of God’s mercy calls us to also perform acts of mercy to ensure that, as in the earliest communities of believers, no one among us is in need. Thanks for your generous contributions.

Emigrant Collection: This Collection was taken up on St Patrick’s Weekend & amounted to €850. Thank for your generosity.

Adoration in Achonry Church 4-7pm on Tuesdays for the month of April.



The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary (The Killeshandra Nuns) was founded 100 years ago in 1924 by Bishop 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 & 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.

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

A momentous & historic day for the Western Province & Achonry Diocese. Achonry Church was established by St Finian in the 6th C & he placed his pupil Nathy in charge. But one has to go back to the Synods of Ráth Breasail 1111 & Kells 1152 to understand the significance of this week’s events.

Achonry Diocese was not established at the Synod of Rath Breasail, but Máel Ruanaid Ruadáin signed as “bishop of Luighne” at the Synod of Kells 41 years later. Pre-Reformation bishops are listed from before 1152 to 1547, & during the Reformation to 1603. Since the Reformation our Diocese had no bishop from 1603 to 1629, & was served by Vicars Apostolic from 1629 to 1707. There were a few short vacancies in the intervening years while we awaited appointments. Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin is now appointed as Apostolic Administrator of Achonry. We welcome Bishop Kevin & wish him well in his new assignment.   Conversations have been ongoing in recent years about the possible new configuration of Dioceses. It is important to note that this is the beginning of a process that will involve other Dioceses across the country over the coming years, & has already involved a similar arrangement between Tuam / Killala, & last year Galway / Clonfert.

Bishop Paul expresses his deep gratitude to all the priests & people of the Diocese for welcoming him with open arms four years ago. He says “Thank you for your patience & support as I grappled with this major transition in my life. It has been a privilege to serve in the Diocese &, despite the challenges, I have been greatly encouraged by the many green shoots that are happening right across Achonry…. I believe the experience gained in Achonry will stand to me in the new chapter that is about to begin in my life & ministry. I ask that you might remember me in prayer.”



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.

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

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents will meet Tues 23rd April at 7:15pm in the T. F Royal Hotel. This 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 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

Tubbercurry FRC

The Living Well Programme is coming to Tubbercurry FRC in person starting Thursday 23rd May 10.30am-1.00pm. Living Well supports adults (18 years and over) living with chronic long term health conditions. The Living Well Programme will help you to develop self-management skills and confidence to live well with your health condition/s. For those who cannot attend an in person programme there is also an online programme available & starting on May 13th. Bookings to 0871800286 or All programmes are free to access. To order Living Well leaflets contact More info

Connect Café will take place Thursday 18th April. Come along for some music & a chat. All welcome to come along & see what it is all about.

Guided Walks in various locations with Martina Kilian of Nature Inspires. These events will take place on April 17th, 24th& May 1st. For details of locations etc & booking contact 0719185926.

Michael English concert in St. Nathy’s Cathedral.  The Parish Pastoral Council & Finance Committee wish to thank all who supporte the Michael English Concert in the Cathedral on Easter Monday evening.

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.


Achonry NS Parents Association are holding a clothes collection on 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.

Would you like someone to talk to? SeniorLine is Ireland's national telephone service for older people open every day of the year 10am-10pm, Freephone 1800 80 45 91. Callers may feel isolated, alone, wish to discuss a problem in confidence, or for company during their day. SeniorLine's older volunteers are trained to listen, to support, to discuss options and to refer caller to other helpful services if necessary. So don't be alone if sharing a problem would help.  Phone SeniorLine 1800 80 45 91, open every day of the year 10am-10pm

RHS Home Care is a Non Commercial Home Care Provider bringing professional home care services to those who need assistance to remain living in their own homes. We are now recruiting new Healthcare Assistants in your area and would love to hear from you. Potential applicants must have the required QQI level 5 (two modules completed care skills and care of the older person). Please email you CV to or call Aoife on 090 66 25988

“A world at prayer is a world at peace”