We Return to Mass
The joyful day is near when we can return to Mass, to join together again in celebrating the Eucharist as a community of faith. This is who we are, this is what we do - we are people rooted in, nourished by and drawing life from the Eucharist. Thanks be to God.
There will be continuing restrictions for some time, particularly regarding the number who can gather according to Government guidelines. However a number of measures will help us to overcome these restrictions without endangering public health.
Following a meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council this evening, 23rd June, I am happy to announce the following:
Weekday Mass will resume on Monday, 29th June, Feast of Ss Peter and Paul,
at 8 am in St Mary’s Parish Church and at 10 am in the Holy Family Church
(to facilitate continued transmission on CRY104FM and by webcam).
The sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available at the Holy Family Hall on Saturdays from 10.30 am to 11.30 am.
Sunday Masses will resume from Saturday evening 4th July. In order to keep the numbers gathering at a safe level, we will have a number of extra Masses for as long as is necessary. It must be emphasised that these extra Masses constitute a temporary measure for as long as the necessity exists.
Our Mass times will be as follows:
St Mary’s Parish Church
Saturday 6.30 pm
Sunday, 8.00 am, 10.00 am and 12.00 noon
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Saturday 6.30 pm
Sunday, 10.00 am and 12.00 noon
Holy Family Church
Saturday 7.30 pm
Sunday 9.00 am and 11.00 am
St Ita’s Church, Gortroe
Sunday 9.30 am
In addition to the four extra Masses, we will also have sound relayed for those
who may prefer to or have to remain outside the Churches. Holy Communion
can be received both inside and outside at all Masses.
Every second pew will be marked “Reserved” and may not be used. People from the same household may sit together - all others at social distance.
Our four Churches are being deep cleaned and sanitized this week in preparation for the return to Mass. They will also be fitted out with social distance and safety signage. Sanitizing of hands at entrances as well as social distance are the key elements of public health and we hope everyone will comply with these requirements.
Some people may not yet feel ready because of age or health issues to return to Mass and no one is obliged to do so at this time. We will still be on the radio and on webcam at churchservices.tv.
Funeral Masses may be celebrated in all our Churches.
Baptisms have resumed since 8th June and can be arranged through the
The Adoration Chapel will reopen on Monday 29th June but only from 9 am
to 5 pm with not more than six people at any time.
Collections at Masses will be at special tables on entry and, when there is a second collection, at exiting the Church.
Readers and Ministers of Holy Communion will be contacted to draw up a new rota. Anyone who wishes not to minister at this time can be facilitated.
Ministers will come from their seats and are not to gather in the sacristy in accordance with diocesan guidelines.
Altar servers will not be returning until the new school year at the earliest.
Choirs are not permitted for the foreseeable future but we will have musicians and soloists for Mass.
Many volunteers will be needed to steward at Masses, to help with sanitizing at entrances and to help ensure social distance. Please give names and contact
details to the Parish Office at 024 91717.
This is happy news and the beginning of a journey back to enjoying our freedom
of religious practice. We join with many other sectors of society in welcoming this development and we continue to pray for the end of this pandemic and the health, safety and well being of all people.
We return to Mass, gradually, carefully, respecting our duty of care for public health. We continue to pray for all who are dedicated to the eradication of this virus from the face of the earth.
Bill Bermingham, PP