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Updated Pastoral Area Arrangements Covid 19

Dear Parishioners in the Pastoral Area of Greystones and Kilquade,

As a result of the Taoiseach’s statement on Friday evening afternoon (27th March 2020) these are the updated arrangements within the Pastoral Area.  As a Pastoral Area we want to ensure that we are following the guidelines laid down by the government and the HSE and protect the health and safety of all our parishioners.

During this time it is important that we pray for a quick resolution to this crisis and for those most vulnerable within our community.

PRAYER:

All Churches will be closed to the public. Streaming of the Sanctuary Area from The Holy Rosary Church will continue for private prayer. We are delighted to say improvements have been made to the streaming facility.

MASS:

However, following the government and diocesan guidelines there will be NO public celebrations of Mass or any other liturgies for the period in question in any of the churches in the parish of Greystones and in the parish of Kilquade.

The situation will remain under continuous review in line with Government and Public Health Authorities’ advice.

LIVE STREAMING OF MASS:

I know that this will be a great disappointment to many who attend daily and weekly Mass.

To help us in our prayer and solidarity as a faith community daily Mass will be streamed each day at 10am Monday to Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday morning. It is available to view on the Greystones Parish website by clicking here

Daily Mass is available on television on the EWTN channel at 1.00 pm, 6.00 pm and 11.00 pm. RTÉ will air Mass every weekday at 10.30am from St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, on RTÉ News Now.

Bookings for Mass Intentions will be rescheduled and parishioners will be advised.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

Due to the latest announcements, there will not be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in any church in the Pastoral Area. Streaming of the Sanctuary Area from The Holy Rosary church will continue for private prayer.

PRAYERS FOR HOME AND FAMILY:

Our family is our first church and where our faith was nourished.  These days offer us a great opportunity to come together and pray as a family.  See the home page of the website for available resources.

BAPTISMS:

Baptisms have been suspended during this period.

FUNERALS:

Funeral masses will be celebrated with immediate family only.

CONFESSIONS:

Confessions will be available by appointment with the priests of the Pastoral Area.

PARISH PASTORAL CENTRE:

All activities in St. Kilian House Family Parish Pastoral Centre are suspended until further notice.

PARISH OFFICES:

The parish offices will operate by phone and email contact only during this period.

Kilquade parish office on 01 2819658 & [email protected]
Greystones  parish office on 01 2874025 & [email protected]

Finally, thank you for your support and cooperation during this period.  Please keep an eye out for your neighbour especially those most in need at this time.  We are disciples of Christ, let us work together to bring His Word to life in these days.

Below is the prayer of St. Patrick which he used in time of crises.  I feel it will give us strength and hope in these days.

Keep an eye on the website for further updates.

Thank you for your prayers and cooperation.

Fr. John Daly, P.P.

These local arrangements are based on the instructions that take into consideration the new norms issued by the Irish Government to be in force at 18.00 on 12th March 2020.

Full details are available https://www.dublindiocese.ie/


Prayer of St. Patrick

In words and song through the video below:

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and a near,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

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