CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

Further advice of the Irish Bishops in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus

 The following instructions take into consideration the new norms issued by the Irish government to be in force at 18.00 today, Thursday. 

These instructions complement the advice issued yesterday by the Irish Episcopal Conference and remain in place until 29th March.   It is likely that these restrictions will continue for some time after that, and instructions regarding the celebration of Holy Week will be issued in due course.

The motivation for these new restrictive measures is a sense of care for the common good and especially for those most vulnerable.  Each Christian community should be acutely aware of the responsibility to care for those who are most at risk.  For example, even where it may not be appropriate to visit the elderly, a simple telephone call to enquire about their needs could mean so much to them.

 

NORMS

All non-essential pastoral gatherings and meetings, such as formation gatherings, retreats and seminars are cancelled. 

All Confirmations are postponed until further notice.

Every Catholic is entitled to a dignified Christian burial.  Attendance at Funeral services and Masses should be limited to close relatives and must not exceed 100 attendees within the Church building.  

Similarly, Church weddings and baptisms may be celebrated on condition that the attendance in Church does not exceed 100 people.

 

In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer.   Churches should remain open for prayer each day. 

 

In the current emergency situation, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass. Parishes should inform parishioners of the local possibilities to participate in Mass via local radio and online.  It may be possible for some parishes to facilitate attendance at Mass while still observing the health authority’s limit of 100 people.

 

This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families -to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness. We should pray also for those in the frontlines – especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all.

 

HOW THIS APPLIES TO ST MARY’S, HADDINGTON ROAD

  • SUNDAY PUBLIC MASS IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • ARRANGEMENTS FOR 10AM WEEKDAY MASSES WILL BE REVIEWED IN THE COMING DAYS BUT THE 12.40 MASS IS SUSPENDED
  • THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER EACH DAY FROM 10.00-15.00H
  • MASS IS TRANSMITTED EACH DAY VIA WEB-CAM ON WWW.STMARYSHADDINGTONROAD.IE AT 10.00h
  • SUNDAY AND ST PATRICK’S DAY MASSES WILL BE TRANSMITTED AT 11.OO

 

PLEASE NOTE.  The Bishops have made in clear in an earlier statement that advise that those with underlying conditions and those who are considered vulnerable to be prudent and mindful of others.  They strongly encourage people with such conditions to be spiritually united with their local community. Where possible, as is the case at St Mary’s, they should avail of parish radio broadcasts and webcam