CORONAVIRUS    –    SPECIAL   MEASURES

UPDATE   –  FRIDAY  13th   MARCH   2020

During the current crisis that is affecting all of us it has been necessary to          implement some drastic measures in line with  the guidelines laid down by  both the government and  the diocese.

Sunday Masses (including vigil Mass) and all  St Patrick’s day  Masses are suspended.

Mass will be broadcast  on the Webcam at 11.30am on Sunday and on St Patrick’s Day.  For the moment weekday Masses will continue as normal.

In the current emergency, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass.   We have to remember that as a society we have a duty of care to protect ourselves and above all to  protect others.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone and it is important that we all look after ourselves and each other.   Many people will miss the comfort of the weekend Mass, but I hope that you understand that this is a necessary measure. We must pray for each other, support one another and remain hopeful.     Our Churches  will  remain open and  offer consolation and comfort to us all  and be a focal point to provide hope for others.

Fr Donal

 

 

Confirmations  All are postponed until further notice.  This applies with immediate effect.

Funerals: Funeral Masses can be celebrated but limited to close relatives or friends with at most 100 people inside the Church.  Larger gatherings of up to 500 could take place outside after Mass or at a graveyard.

Church Weddings and Baptisms can take place on condition that attendance does not exceed 100  people inside the Church.

Within Churches it is necessary that people observe a distance of at least one metre from each other.  This is because one of the easiest ways in which the virus is  transmitted is through close  contact.

Over the next days, up-dated information will be made available on the parish    website  & Facebook page.

These measures are all effective immediately but may be changed if necessary and with very short notice depending on what advice/directives we receive.