As we rejoice in the return of the public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, these are the plans and preparations for re-opening on Monday, 29th June, and first Sunday Masses on 5th July.
A huge thank you to all of you who have volunteered as ‘Sherpas’ to assist with the implementation of the plans, and we look forward to seeing you at the training sessions during the coming week.
The number of people permitted in an indoor gathering has been limited to 50 people, and this will represent a considerable reduction on our normal Sunday Mass attendance. The Archdiocese has recommended that some parishioners might choose instead to attend Mass during the week, and this will fulfil the Sunday Obligation.
We have changed the schedule slightly, and you will see the changes in bold print:
Sunday: 10.30am; 12 noon; 5.30pm.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00am
Tuesday, Thursday: 5.30pm
Saturday Vigil 5.30pm
Sunday (as Gaeilge) 9.00am; 10.45am.
Tuesday, Thursday: 10.00am.
On Sundays, our stewards will be on hand to help at the entrance, and to ensure as smooth a movement as possible before, during, and after Mass:
- Everyone is encouraged to wear face coverings in the church
- We will enter the church by the centre (glass) doors, and exit by the side (wooden) doors.
- Hand sanitisers will be placed by the centre aisle.
- A one-way system will mean everybody moves up the church by the centre aisle and down by the side aisles.
- The markings on each pew will show seating positions which maintain the 2m distance.
- Holy Communion will be distributed row-by-row, and the stewards will be there to assist.
- There will be no collection baskets, but instead there will be two boxes at the rear of the church after Mass: (red) for the support of the priests of the diocese; and (blue) for the upkeep of the church.
- Toilet facilities will, unfortunately, not be available for the moment.
- When we reach our capacity, we will close the church doors, and place a notice outside.
We hope these plans will help us to renew our relationship with our parish and with each other, and ensure that we all continue to stay safe and well.
Fr Paul Taylor,PP and
The Parish Pastoral Council