We welcome the resumption of public Masses at the normal times of 10.00 am on weekdays, 6.00 pm (Vigil) on Saturdays and 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sundays.
Our parish community is deeply grateful to volunteer stewards and those who sanitised and maintained churches to a very high standard over the last year. As public worship resumes, we are again be indebted to these volunteers and need their help so that we able to keep our church open. As outside temperatures increase it will be possible to have much better ventilation in the church, now understood to be very important in stopping spread of the virus.
Safety in the church
For weekend Mass the church is separated into two sections, each having its own entrance and exit routes based on a one-way system, with a minimum of 4 metres between the sections. Each section is permitted to contain up to 50 people, subject to a 2-metre social distance requirement. There should be no movement of people between sections before, during or after Mass. Stewards will be present and special arrangements will be in place for Holy Communion, with separate distribution points in each section.
Covid-19 Public Health safety rules must be observed in the Church, wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, sanitising hands on entering and exiting the Church and not congregating outside the church.
There is a one-way system in the church, walking only in the direction indicated by the floor arrows.
Weddings and Funerals
Not more than fifty people can attend Weddings and Funerals in a church, irrespective of the size of the church. Funeral services will continue to be live streamed to help reduce numbers attending.
Confession will be heard by prior arrangement, either in the Parish Centre, or in the church, taking account of all relevant health measures.
Girls and boys of second class, Bun Scoil Chríost Rí, will receive the Sacrament of First Confession on May 20th.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
It is not possible to make arrangements for the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation at this time, and in order to avoid disappointment, no dates can be proposed, not even provisionally.
Congregational singing and choir singing are not permitted at present. Solo singing with accompanist is permitted subject to HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Religious Services.
Outdoor Worship is not allowed, at present, in conformity with Government restrictions on organised outdoor gatherings.
Use of the Churches for any other purpose, whether parish or community meetings or activities, may not take place at present, in conformity with Government restrictions on organised indoor gatherings.