September 7, 2020 in Uncategorized
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL…
Thank you to all our parishioners for your continued patience and co-operation within these on-going Covid restrictions. As these uncertain times continue, and Covid numbers are tentatively increasing, it is vital that we all stay committed to providing a safe environment for all to flourish in faith within our churches. We are most grateful to our sacristans in particular, who carry out their extended roles with such care and consideration for everybody entering the Cathedral and Bóthar na Naomh Church. The presence of stewards and ministers at all masses is so essential to the safety and wellbeing of the congregation, and we are very appreciative to all of you volunteering in these roles. We ask the congregation for your co-operation in facilitating the duties of the stewards and Eucharistic ministers in a respectful manner, in the interest of safety for everybody.
The Cathedral of the Assumption is open for private prayer each day from 11.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. There are two daily masses at 11am and 7pm, including Sunday, with a maximum capacity of 150 people (50 in each section). All Cathedral Masses are live-streamed.
Bothar na Naomh Church is open daily for private prayer from 9.00 a.m. until 2.00 pm and every Sunday for Mass at 9.00 am, with a maximum capacity of 70 people. Bóthar na Naomh 9.00 a.m. Mass is also live-streamed.
We apologise that Radio Link from Bóthar na Naomh Church have been delayed because of technical difficulties.
We would like to remind the congregation to continue to sit on the X, as these are clearly marked for social distancing. It is ok for families to sit alongside each other in the pews. Adherence to social distancing guidelines is paramount, as are hand hygiene measures. There are three Zones in the Cathedral allowing 50 people in each Zone. There are two Zones in Bóthar na Naomh allowing 35 people in each Zone. We appeal to everybody to avoid movement between zones before, during and after services.
The use of face coverings is now mandatory for indoor settings however we understand that some people are exempted from this regulation. Vulnerable members of our community may have a preference to continue viewing Mass on-line, as dispensation from the Sunday and Holyday obligation is extended for the foreseeable future. It is hoped that each person will consider attending a maximum of one mass per week to dispel the possibility of larger crowds attending any given mass, particularly at the weekend.