COVID 19 UPDATE : From Friday October 22nd 2021

  • CATHEDRAL OPENING HOURS: 8.30 a.m. each morning. The Cathedral will remain open until 6.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on all other days until after 7.00 p.m. mass.
  • BÓTHAR NA NAOMH CHURCH OPENING HOURS: 9.00.am each morning remaining open until 2.00 pm daily (Open for 7.00 p.m. mass Tuesdays & Thursdays).
  • IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES: Religious Services, Weddings & Funerals can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place: We ask that all parishioners attending masses and services be mindful of wearing face coverings, (it is understood that for medical reasons some people may not be able to comply with this regulation); using hand sanitizer; keep social distance –  especially on movement into and out of the churches and when receiving Communion. The Eucharist will continue to be received on the hand only. All entrance doors will be open for ease of entrance to and exits from churches for Sunday masses and funerals.
  • THE CURRENT MASS TIME SCHEDULE WILL REMAIN IN PLACE. All seating will be accessible in both churches. Online streaming service will continue on thurlesparish.ie
  • Baptisms may be booked through the Parish Centre. 20 people may attend each Baptism.
  • Confessions: Cathedral Saturdays: 2.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
  • THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE: To all the Parish groups who quietly and diligently fulfilled their roles throughout all the closures and restrictions – thank you for your dedication and commitment in providing new ways of connecting with the wider community and keeping everybody safe and well within our churches. Thank you to our Parish stewards, who kept us safe in both churches, Ministers of the Eucharist, and Ministers of the Word, who interacted with our community, in a respectful way. We owe a debt of gratitude to our sacristans Jim and Meg in the Cathedral, Helen, & Paul in Bóthar na Naomh Church – their commitment, time and dedication is greatly appreciated by all of us. A word of thanks and appreciation to all those who assisted in preparing both Churches for the re-opening on October 22nd.
  • CONFIRMATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CEREMONIES 2021: All ceremonies took place with our Parish Schools over four weekends in September and October. Congratulations to the children, their families & teachers and thanks to all  involved in the success of the ceremonies.

We leave the final word to Pope Francis who recently addressed the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for our future. The current crisis will help to remind us “once and for all, that humanity is a single community”, he says. It will teach us that “universal kinship” is important and critical. We should think about it like a “post-war” phenomenon, he says: “It will no longer be ‘them’. It will be ‘us. Because we can only come out of this situation together”.