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Stay with us

Short weekly online reflections – “Stay With Us Lord; for it is almost Evening”

The six Western Dioceses (the Tuam Province) have planned a new initiative as part of the ongoing response to the pastoral challenge presented by COVID-19. One of the important Gospel stories of these Easter days is the account of how the two disciples met the Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus and how they asked him: “Stay With Us Lord; it is almost Evening”.

With this in mind, we are inviting you to join us for a short (20 min) reflection, each Sunday evening at 6.30pm between now and Pentecost. Each reflection will be given by a different guest presenter and will be broadcast on webcam from a different location in the West.

Sunday 31st May will be led by Fr John Kenny from the Archdiocese of Tuam. Watch online at 6.30pm Click HERE to view


Watch/Listen back to previous reflections: 

Diocese of Achonry with Fr Vincent Sherlock

Diocese of Elphin with Deacon Frank McGuinness (Audio only)

Diocese of Clonfert with Sr Áine Barrins rsm (Webcam Video)

Regina Caeli

During the Easter Season we pray the Regina Caeli in place of the Angelus. Perhaps you might like to join in praying this prayer each day.

Call: Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
Response: The Son you merited to bear, alleluia,

Call: Has risen as he said, alleluia.
Response: Pray to God for us, alleluia.

Call: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
Response: For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.

God of life, you have given joy to the world
by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary,
bring us to the happiness of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Daily Masses

During this time, Masses continue to be celebrated in all our parishes.  If it helps you to join in with the celebration there are webcams in the following Parishes

Achonry-Mullinabreena8.15am (approx)8.15am (approx)
ATTYMASSMon-Thu 10.00am
Fri 7.30am
7.30pm (Vigil)
10.30am Sunday
BOHOLAMass broadcast via Facebook on Sunday at 11.30am
COOLANEY10.00am7.00pm (Vigil)
7.30pm (Friday)
7.30pm (Vigil)

*Webcams are often only turned on during the broadcast of Masses.

There is an audio recording of Daily Mass in Kilmovee Parish  LISTEN



There will be a daily broadcast of Mass on RTE NEWS NOW (SKY 521, SAORVIEW 21, VM 200 and EIR 500) each day at 10.30am.  It will also be available on RTE PLAYER.  The Mass will be broadcast from St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny.

This is to give people the opportunity to pray the Mass during the continuing efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19

Priesthood in Achonry

Our Bishop-Elect, Paul Dempsey, comes to us as one of the youngest priests in our diocese.

Looking at our situation, as it stands today, including retired priests, the age-profile of our priests is:

  • six over the age of 80
  • seven aged between 70-80
  • ten aged between 60-70,
  • ten aged between 50-60,
  • three aged between 40-50 (four when Bishop-Elect Dempsey joins us)
  • and nobody under 40.

There are twenty-three parishes in the diocese and fifty churches.  At present there are 25 priests in Parish Ministry.

There is no doubt but that we are heading to a point where changes will have to be addressed – indeed, we have most likely passed that point.

There must however, remain hope

As we welcome a new bishop, might it be a time to encourage a-fresh and pray renewed, that some might hear God’s call to serve the church of Achonry as a Diocesan Priest?

Fr Paul Kivlehan is our Vocations Director.  He may be contacted at the Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen or on vocations@achonrydiocese.org