A few words read out by Eamon, a member of the Parish Pastoral Council at Saturday’s Vigil Mass. Please read and share
Saturday 16th May
Good evening everyone,
On behalf of the Pastoral Councils within our parishes and Fr Denis, we firstly, want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who have helped the church community in any way over the past 8 weeks and allowing us to continue to celebrate mass with the help of technology. We thank all our parishioners near and far and our new friends who have joined us weekly on the parishes Facebook page and on the parish’s website page. We thank you for all your wonderful messages and your kind words of encouragement.
For the past 9 weeks, all our churches were closed as an act of commitment to the national effort required to suppress the Coronavirus. This has been a big sacrifice for our parishioners and our priests alike. Thankfully, this Monday coming, the 18th May marks the reopening of our 3 churches for personal prayer. This will give all of you an opportunity to visit your local church between the times of 10am and 4pm daily) to offer a prayer or to simply to light a candle. However, for this to happen, some steps and precautions in promoting good public health safeguards have been taken.
We encourage all of you who visit your church to sanitise on entering
Some seats will only be available, and others sealed off to ensure minimum touching of surfaces
If you wish to light a candle, please bring your own lighter.
And we ask you all to continue to adhere to the government guidelines with regards to social distancing.
Masses will continue to be celebrated online as the Government has indicated the 20th July as the date when small public celebrations may recommence. Again, this will all be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to anyone who have experienced illness, or bereavement during these difficult times. We fully appreciate how difficult it has been many whose jobs and businesses are effectively, locked down. Likewise, our parish churches are experiencing the same financial loss as are many charities. The Trócaire Lenten offering were not possible to collect this Easter time. As many of our parishioners have made requests and inquiries regarding these contributions, the Limerick diocese have nominated May the 30 -31 for the return of all contributions including your contribution to church upkeep, the Easter Dues for the support of the clergy, and the Trócaire contributions. Your support at this most difficulty time will be greatly valued and appreciated. Members of the finance committee will be present at the churches on that weekend. At next Saturday evening’s mass, we will announce the times the finance committee members will be available in the churches.
A note of these announcements will be put up on the parishes Facebook page and website page this weekend. You might let others know and share with those who do not have the access to technology. For anyone who wants to request a mass anniversary etc., please contact your local sacristan and they will be remembered during masses.
Finally, the pastoral council hope all our parishioners, Fr Denis Mullane, Canon Ambrose and Fr Hurley stay safe and well. We are indebted to you for your continued support. We wish you continued good health and hope you stay safe. Thank You.