Coronavirus Measures – 18th September 2020
Further to the announcement by An Taoiseach this evening, County Dublin is now to move to Level 3 of the Government’s COVID-19 Resilience and National Recovery Plan. Consequently, public Masses in this church are again suspended, at least for the next three weeks.
I would like to thank, on behalf of the entire parish community, the dedicated team of volunteer stewards and cleaners without whom we could not have reopened on the 29th of June. You are local heroes whose selfless efforts have kept us safe in the church at this time of pandemic and we are profoundly grateful for your service.
Most regrettably, this move to Level 3 means that our Confirmation and First Holy Communion ceremonies scheduled for tomorrow and next weekend will again need to be postponed. I share the disappointment of all those who must again wait for their big day. Let’s stay close to each other in prayer.
Funeral Masses and Weddings can be celebrated with a maximum attendance in the church of 25 people.
Fr. Thadeus and I will continue to celebrate Mass in the parish every day at 10am and will broadcast the liturgies by telephone (01 8477740 option 6) and on Facebook. No congregation will gather for these Masses.
The Parish Office remains available from Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm, now by telephone and email only.
The church will be open for private prayer according to the following timetable:
Monday to Friday (when schools are open):
From after Mass until 19:00
Weekends and non-school days:
11:00 – 16:00
Please sanitise your hands and observe social distance.
We continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire in us his gifts of right judgement and courage: right judgement that we might know what to do to emerge from this time of crisis and courage that we might act in love of others.
As we prepare for another period in which we cannot readily receive the Eucharist, we recall the powerful prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori:
My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
I pray God’s blessing on our parish community.
Fr. Robert Smyth.