Fáilte romhaibh ar ais!

As the sun sets on the last day before we reopen for public liturgy, we pray for a safe reopening tomorrow. Our new flower beds are in place to commemorate this great day.

We will publish more details on Mass times as the week progresses. Thank you to the additional volunteers who contacted the parish today.

We hope to celebrate Mass at the following times:

Monday – Saturday at 10am
Saturday evening: 6pm
Sunday: 10am (Solemn Mass), 11:30am and 1pm

This timetable is subject to review and if we don’t have enough volunteers for a given day, we won’t be able to have a public Mass. The safety of our parishioners is foremost in our planning to reopen.

If a funeral Mass is to take place, we ask that only the rostered volunteers and those invited by the bereaved family attend on that day.

If you have booked an anniversary or month’s mind Mass for a loved one, please phone the Parish Office on (01) 8477740 option 2. We will reserve a number of places for you and your family members.

For the time being, numbers are limited to 50 at any one time. Admission to the church will begin 15 minutes before Mass through the main door only and you are kindly asked to queue with a 2m social distance as indicated on the pavement. A booking system is not in place for now (except for anniversary Masses as mentioned above) – the first 50 to attend will be admitted and regrettably those arriving after that will have to remain outside. When the 50 present for Mass have left the church through the Marian shrine door, those who may have waited outside or in their cars can enter the church to receive Holy Communion.

We will continue to broadcast all Masses through the telephone broadcast: (01) 8477740, option 6. The 10am Mass will be broadcast on Facebook each day.

Confession will be available at 10:45am on Saturday in the parish hall. More details to follow later in the week.

Please remove gloves as you arrive and sanitise your hands. Alcohol sanitiser is available at the entrance and throughout the church. You can also use your own. Bins are provided for the disposal of gloves and tissue.

If you are unwell, have a high temperature, a cough or a loss of taste, please stay home. Please observe ‘respiratory etiquette’ in the church. Please sit in the places marked with angels – find your “guardian angel” and sit with him. They are 2m from each other. Those who attend from the same household can sit together, but must be 2m for the next person.

Please be patient with yourself and with others especially in these first few days as we learn a new way to come to our parish church.

When the time for Holy Communion comes, please queue at a 2m distance as indicated on the floor in the main aisle. Please sanitise your hands immediately before approaching the altar. Alcohol sanitiser will be provided. Please then stand around the sanctuary at the 2m distance markers on the first step. Holy Communion will be under one species only – please indicate to the priest should you wish to receive a low-gluten host.

May God bless us with grace and a fraternal spirit as we come together before the altar after such a long time away.

Fr. Robert.