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Christmas Celebrations 2020

Come join in this Advent and Christmas season on the journey to Bethlehem

Churches will be open each day for prayer and a visit to the crib

Christmas Masses will be live-streamed online from St. Patrick’s Church, Kilquade.

Christmas Carol Service

Sunday, 20th December

Live-streamed at 4pm

A traditional singing of carols and Advent readings

Christmas Eve Mass

Thursday, 24th December

Live-streamed at 7:30 pm

Celebrate the Nativity

Christmas Day Mass

Friday, 25th December

Live-streamed at 11.30am

Rejoice with the shepherds

Feast of The Holy Family

Sunday, 27th December

Live-streamed at 11.30 am

Blessing for the New Year

Friday, 1st January 2021

Mass and Blessing Live-streamed at 12 noon

A blessing as we begin a New Year


Availability will be dependent on the HSE Covid-19 guidelines

See the church noticeboards, Stay Connected e-letter or the parish websites for details of times and locations

Pastoral Message of the Bishops of Ireland

See below a message included from the Pastoral Message of the Bishops of Ireland:

The Bishops address the challenges linked with the celebration of Mass during the Christmas period.  The thoughts are the same as our diocesan policy.

Clearly it will be impossible for our usual large congregations to assemble for Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  We wish to remind Catholics that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended during the pandemic.  But Christmas is about more than just one day.  Families are welcome to attend Mass at some point during the twelve days from Christmas Eve to Epiphany. Christmas Masses will also be widely available over webcam and we strongly encourage families to “tune in” from the “domestic churches” of their living rooms and join with those who are gathering in their local churches in welcoming the birth of the Christ-child.

It is possible to experience the spiritual richness of this special season in many ways. Our homes can become “little churches” where we invite the Christ-child in.  The age-old tradition of having a Christmas crib in the home and gathering there as a family to pray or to sing a carol will be especially meaningful this year. We also invite families or “household bubbles” to pay a visit to their local church at some time during the twelve days to offer a Christmas prayer at the crib and pray together for their families and for those particularly impacted by the pandemic”.

Please see the full statement from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

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