All Public Masses are suspended with immediate effect
In compliance with the Government’s Directive regarding Covid19 the Diocese of Elphin has issued the following directives for the celebration of mass.
The Celebration of Mass
The Irish Bishops have suggested that “it may be possible for some parishes to facilitate attendance at Mass while still observing the health authority’s limit of 100 people”. However, having consulted with clergy around the Diocese, the consensus would appear to be that this would be impossible to guarantee in practice. Accordingly:
- The public celebration of Mass in the Diocese (with the exception of Funeral Mass and the Celebration of Marriage) is suspended until and including Sunday 29th March, with immediate effect.
- The obligation to be physically present at Mass on Sunday / Holy Day is therefore suspended for everybody until further notice.
- The faithful are encouraged to join spiritually in the celebration of Mass, either on parish radio or on web-cam.
- Mass is streamed live from St Peter and Pauls Church at 9.30am weekdays and at 11am on Sundays. Please visit their website: www.churchservices.tv/athlone.
- Parishioners should be encouraged to pray at home, including especially prayers for the sick and for those who are caring for the sick.
- Both churches in the parish will remain open for private prayer daily.
- The Church of The Risen Christ will open at 10am daily.
- St Brigid Church will open at the normal time daily
- The Celebration of Funerals
- As a parish I want to provide for the needs of the bereaved. As things stand, there is no need for us to cancel funeral Masses at this time. The following guidelines should be followed:
- Ask funeral directors and bereaved families to limit participation to family and close friends so that no more than 100 people are present.
- Ask people to leave the space of one metre between themselves and those next to them.
- Ask people to express their sympathies in a way that does not involve physical contact.
- On-going Pastoral Care
- Please use common sense, follow the guidelines set out by the HSE for your own protection and stay healthy.
- While taking the natural precautions as the priest of the parish I will continue to provide Pastoral Care to my Parishioners.
- I will remain available to visit the sick, elderly or anyone needing to meet with me should you contact me by telephone or email.
- I regret having to make the above decisions but do so in the hope that it will play a part in reducing the possibility of cases or Coronavirus in this area.
- Fr. Michael McManus. P.P.