REOPENING OF THE CATHEDRAL FOR WEEKDAY MASSES:

July 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

To all our parishioners, in line with the Framework Document issued by the Catholic Bishops, guidance from Archbishop Kieran, and in adherence to the National Covid Guidelines, the Parish Pastoral Council have taken the decision to re-open the Cathedral for daily masses. Thank you for your commitment and patience to date. We appreciate that the past few months have been very difficult for all of you, and we now ask for your co-operation as we tentatively step forward into the next phase. The safety and health of all people attending the church, the staff, ministers and priests is paramount. We all have a part to play and a duty of care to comply with public health advice and associated regulations and obligations.
From Monday, July 6th the Cathedral of the Assumption will open for two masses, 11.00 am and 7.00 p.m. The Cathedral will not be open for Saturday evening and Sunday masses for the moment, because of the restriction to 50 people. This is a temporary measure which will be continually monitored. The provision of the two mass times allows for the sanitisation of the Cathedral to guarantee a safe environment.
In due course Bóthar na Naomh Church will reopen for Mass.
Vulnerable members of our community may have a preference to continue viewing Mass on-line, or listening to the radio, as the dispensation from the Sunday and Holyday obligation is extended for the foreseeable future. We ask everyone to consider attending a maximum of one mass per week to dispel the possibility of larger crowds attending any given mass.
For all ministries in the church, social distancing and hygiene measures are paramount. Eucharistic ministers and stewards attended Covid Protocol training during the week. We ask for your co-operation in facilitating their duties in a respectful manner, in the interest of safety for everybody. People will be guided by stewards to enter the Cathedral through the middle door and sit in the centre aisles only where the seats are clearly displayed by Yellow ‘X’. Stewards will continue to guide people in an orderly manner to Communion, maintaining social distancing. Eucharistic ministers and priests will distribute Communion behind screens for everybody’s safety.
The Eucharist can be distributed on the hands only. Once the maximum capacity of 50 has been reached, it will be indicated to the public, by a rope in front of the main door. The doors will be closed (not locked), and a notice indicating full capacity will be displayed. People are invited to socially distance outside, should they wish, as Mass will be aired through a speaker, and there will be an opportunity to receive Communion at the main door.
Regrettably for this phase, altar servers and choirs cannot return for the present. The use of collection bags and missalettes is temporarily dispensed with due to Covid restrictions. Collection boxes are placed around the Cathedral for your convenience, to contribute to the weekly offertory collection.
Bothar Na Naomh Church will continue to be available for private prayer and will be open from 9.00 a.m. until the extended time of 2.00 p.m. daily. The Cathedral will continue to open for private prayer, remaining open after 11.00 a.m. Mass until 5.00 p.m. (Please note extended hours). It will reopen for 7.00p.m. mass. The closure at 5.00 p.m. is to facilitate sanitising of the building prior to mass. We respectfully appreciate your cooperation as we all ease forward into a new normal, bearing in mind that these are only temporary measures. We welcome everyone and together we can stay safe and well.