This (Thursday) afternoon Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has written to all the parishes in the Archdiocese with a set of guidelines re our response to the serious Public health concerns raised by the Corona virus pandemic.
Catholics have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the duration of these special measures.
The health authorities have recommended that indoor gatherings should be limited to 100 people and for that reason attendance at Masses will be regulated by a headcount to ensure that we are in compliance. This will mean that only one door of the church will be in use for entry. Confirmations throughout the Diocese have been cancelled and while Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may take place these too are limited to 100 people in attendance. For that reason, funeral Masses will no longer take place at the 10.00 am scheduled Mass time but by special arrangement.
N.B. as of friday 13th march THIS HAS CHANGED - THERE ARE NO MASSES TAKING PLACE IN ST.MARY'S UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
'The situation of isolation that many will feel with the current restrictions challenges the Christian community to be attentive and to remember those in our communities who live alone and especially families carrying heavy burdens' Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
If you have elderly neighbours living alone do keep a close eye on them, it can be an anxious and fearful time.
St. Patrick's Day 2020 will be one like no other, and one that we likely will remember for many years to come, our Christian faith has gotten us through much worse time in our history and with God's help we will get through the present crisis.
St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland, Pray for us!
A REMINDER! ALL Masses in St. Mary's are streamed live on the webcam.
St. Mary's Lucan.