The Irish Bishops have offered a framework document for the reopening of our Churches. Returning to communal worship will give heart to many. We again thank Aine and Stephen, both of whom have managed our online Mass, worship and prayer over the past fourteen weeks. Access to our new upgraded webcam facilities will continue.
- A Support Team is in place.
- Our Churches are cleaned to a high standard and are sanitised between consecutive services. Bathroom facilities will not be available in the Churches at all liturgical services.
- We encourage families and households to come together for Mass and to sit together in one seat. The use of face covering in the indoor setting of our Churches is essential for the good of all.
- The distribution of Holy Communion will be done in an orderly fashion. Holy Communion will be received in the hand. Exiting of the Church is also recommended in an orderly manner.
- A sign of peace can be offered in a manner which avoids physical contact.
- Mechanisms for Church collections are in place.
- Is recommended that people who are vulnerable or unwell and especially those with any symptoms which might suggest Covid 19 or awaiting test results should stay at home and participate as now via webcam.
- Altar servers will not participate at Masses until advised at a later date.
- The presentation of the Gifts of Bread and Wine is discontinued at present.
- Hand contact with surfaces should be kept to a minimum.
The patience, continued perseverance and self sacrifice of all will still be needed. We once again acknowledge our Frontline professionals and especially all those from our own parish.
We look forward to returning to our Churches, where we have prayed quietly these past four months and lit our candles. Our parish churches are indeed a welcoming home for all Gods people, Teach Pobal De.