26 September 2020

FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT, THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC MASSES IN THE CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

CHURCH WILL BE OPEN:

MON. -  FRI. 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.;

SAT. 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p,m.;

SUN.  2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

NORMAL MASS SCHEDULE WILL BE CELEBRATED PRIVATELY AND CAN BE ACCESSED ON THE PARISH WEBCAM


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 (Thu. 12th. Mar. 2020). Bishops are asked to promulgate these instructions in their diocese as soon as possible.

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 on line. 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.


 A prayer at this time of coronavirus.

Jesus Christ, you are our refuge from one generation to the next. 

Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of this virus, that we may experience your healing presence.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. 

Heal us from our fear and worry.

Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty.

Be with those who have died. May they be at rest in your eternal peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals. May they know your inspiring presence.

Be with us that we may act with care.

Be with the leaders and those who have responsibilities. Give them the wisdom and insight to make good decisions. 

Be with us in our time of need, calm our anxieties and bring your healing and peace.

Amen.

LITURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference has issued the following statement on liturgical considerations in the context of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)  <<Click Here>> to read.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for religious services

This guidance document gives general advice about preventing the spread of COVID-19 during religious services.  <<Click Here>> to read.

ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE SEEKING 
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE FACILITATORS

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation course facilitators.

Accord is seeking applications from those who have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church and the enthusiasm to be part of a team supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. 

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service has 54 centres in dioceses throughout the country. Last year a total of 16,048 individuals attended Accord marriage preparation courses across the island of Ireland. 

Accord’s marriage facilitators come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are trained and work under supervision in accordance with best practice. 

Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation courses locally.  

Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The closing date for receipt of application forms to be included in Selections for this year is Friday 15th May.

Application forms and additional information about becoming a facilitator is available on www.accord.ie. 

Other Notices
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
The charismatic prayer group has moved to Parish Centre, our 'Life in the Spirit' will continue  every Wed. at 7:45 pm. All welcome.
ROSARY
In The Church Of The Assumption every Saturday after 6:30 pm. mass for evangelisation of our country. 
POLISH MASS
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in Polish at 2.30pm in the Church of the Assumption on the 4th Sunday of every month. 
POLSKA MASS
Święta Ofiara Mszy jest obchodzony w języku polskim 2.30pm w kościele Wniebowzięcia NMP na 4. niedzielę każdego miesiąca . 
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 
24th. Oct 2020.  Ph. Pat 0863192399, P.J. 0868796190 or Luke 0879113118
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: 
Easter Monday - April 13th. 2020 for 7 nights.  Ph. Paul Galvin, 0878375407.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE:
1-9th June 2020, Fr. Mark English.  0469068600; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or wwwtravalue.ie.
PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND:
Edenderry Parish, 24th. April 2020, €815, pp, for information contact Piotr, 0866066123.
CAR PARKING AVAILABLE
All-Day parking is available for only €2.00 in the parish car park beside the parochial house on St. Brigid's Place. This central location offers convenient access to all locations in the town centre. (Free parking is provided here for all church services)