Once again or doors are closed for public Masses with only funerals and weddings now permissible with no more than 25 people present & even our wonderful ushers have three weeks off! This is regrettable as all of our churches have invested a great amount of resources both human and financial in making our churches very safe environments with the highest standards. However our disappointment should not come before our responsibility to cooperate with the efforts of society as a whole to mitigate the seriousness of the current situation. The Corona Virus is potentially fatal especially for those in medically vulnerable categories who may contract it. As witnesses to Christ we should always be witnesses to solidarity and care, beacons of Love for all especially when our actions can have such serious consequences. So let us continue to care especially by washing our hands, wearing face masks, keeping a two metre distance from others and by avoiding large gatherings.
Even though our doors are closed in these days for public Masses we continue to celebrate our faith. We recall that even the Apostles who were fearful and locked behind closed doors after the death of Jesus continued to pray with Mary the Mother of Jesus. The result of their prayer was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit who gave them renewed courage and strength and brought about the birth of the Church community at Pentecost. With the help of the same Spirit we pray that these difficult days will see a rebirth of our Church and a new openness to the Spirit and to discerning where the Spirit wants us to go as the community of disciples today. Below you will find our Liturgy schedule and an outline of the means by which we will stay in touch with one another in the days ahead.
If you need anything or have any queries please contact the Parish Office as usual.
During the Level 3 restrictions the following Masses will be celebrated and live-streamed on our webcams, facebook live, & broadcast via Parish Radio 103.9
Saturday Evening 6 pm – Vigil Mass from Slieverue
Sunday 11.30 am – Sunday Mass from Ferrybank
Monday – Thursday – 10 am Mass from Ferrybank
Friday – 10 am Mass from Slieverue
Please note that while the churches are closed for public Masses all Masses already booked will be offered as shared Masses at the weekend & every weekday morning as usual. All Masses booked for next weekend in Slieverue will be offered at 6 pm & Masses booked for Ferrybank will be offered at 11.30 am
Opportunities for Private Prayer (also via webcam)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue in Ferrybank on Fridays from 10.30 am – 4 pm
& in Slieverue on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
Rosary every Wednesday of October at 7.30 pm (via webcam & radio)
Visitation to the Sick and Housebound
While visitation continues to be restricted those who are seriously ill can still receive the Sacraments. As we have continually pointed out in the newsletter please do not leave it until the last minute if a loved one would like to a visit form the priest. A priest may not be available at a few minutes notice.
We continue to celebrate our faith with the help of various forms of technology. Our Newsletter, Radio, Webcams, Facebook page, & Website will continue to bring all that is happening to your home. If you need assistance please do not hesitate to call us and we will do our best to ensure that you are connected. We would also ask our young people to help more mature members of your families to access the various parish media formats. If you would like a newsletter delivered let us know and our Pastoral Councils will assist.