Thank you to everybody involved in the safe re-opening of the Cathedral for daily masses, namely the sacristans, stewards and ministers for their on-going commitment. Maintaining the safety of the public in these very uncertain times is a challenge whilst also creating a welcoming, peaceful, sanctuary for all to return to. It is you, the congregation that are the heart of the faith community, and it is hoped that this experience of returning to a new normal within the church continues to meet your needs despite the restrictions in place, and we are particularly mindful of bereaved families in these times.
Bóthar na Naomh Church is now open for Sunday Mass only at 9.00 a.m. every Sunday and this Mass will also be live streamed through our parish website (see below). The current regulations limit the capacity to 60 people only in Bóthar na Naomh Church which is divided into two sections. People will be guided by stewards to enter the Church through the specified door and sit 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 60 has been reached the doors will be closed (not locked), and a notice indicating full capacity will be displayed. It is hoped that the provision of this Mass in Bóthar Na Naomh Church can allow ease of access for people who have mobility concerns, and we ask others to be mindful of same. A speaker system will be available in the grounds so people are invited to socially distance outside if necessary where there will be an opportunity to receive Communion at the main door. As indicated a few weeks ago also a Radio link will shortly be installed similar to that in the Cathedral. Also, a gentle reminder that face coverings are now strongly recommended for indoor settings. The daily masses continue to be available in the Cathedral at 11.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.
Many thanks for your ongoing understanding and co-operation.