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RETURN TO THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASSES

 

WELCOME BACK!

 

We are delighted that the time has come where we can begin to welcome people back into our churches for the public celebration of Mass! This will commence gradually and on a phased basis, with the first batch of the Pastoral Area churches opening on Sunday, 5th July for public Masses.

 

With the help of our staff, parish steering committees and volunteers we have been able to submit the required re-opening plan to the Archbishop, and to put the necessary measures in place to enable and authorise us to gradually re-open.*

 

The following brief guidelines are to help us to transition back into this new phase of re-opening our churches:

 

Please remember: at this time there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Older or more vulnerable people, may wish to stay home for the moment and join either our own online Masses, or other TV, Radio, social media or webcam Masses. This remains perfectly acceptable, and indeed for many may well still be the wisest and best option. Also, one might attend a weekday Mass instead of Sunday Mass.

Please remember: anyone who has any symptoms that might suggest Covid-19 infection, or who has been in recent contact with someone who has the virus, MUST stay home and follow HSE advice.

Please remember: currently we must still practice social distancing of 2 metres in our churches, and so our capacity will be much reduced. As we are mostly smaller country churches we will be significantly limited. At present, the maximum allowed anywhere is 50 (including church personnel), even in the biggest of churches. On entering, stewards will be present to guide people to their designated seats.

 

Please remember: when and if each church’s designated capacity is reached, stewards have literally no room or authority to admit anyone over this limit. This will call for real respect, understanding, and patience. However, if weather permits, there is an option of remaining outside the church, and following the Mass through the church public address system. Parishioners who are outside may, when and as directed by the stewards, receive Holy Communion from the Eucharistic Minister.

Please remember: Without the volunteer church Cleaners and Stewards, we would not be able to re-open and keep the churches at this time. There will be stewards at each Mass, and parishioners are asked to follow the direction of the Stewards to ensure the health and safety of all.

Since this is a very new experience for us all, and depending on changing circumstances, all or any of the measures outlined here may be changed or tweaked as the weeks progress. This is not ‘back to normal’, it is about accommodating the ‘new normal’, bearing in mind Covid-19 is still out there, still very dangerous, and still no vaccine for it.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, our steering groups, volunteers and ministers for their extra-generous efforts over this time of transition. Without this huge effort, none of our phased re-openings for public Masses over the weeks ahead would be possible.

So please, let us pray for a spirit of joy, understanding, patience, generosity and cooperation, and that we will have a safe and successful gradual re-opening of our churches.

At any stage, please feel free to contact us in the Pastoral Area Office (01 835 4138) with any queries you may have, and all offers of help are very welcome too.

Fr. Derek Farrell,  Moderator,

29th June 2020.

 

*Note: As Rolestown Parish’s plan was independently submitted,

some variations may occur.

 

Notes ON RETURNING FOR PUBLIC MASS: *

  • It’s much recommended that you do wear a face mask while at Mass in the church.

  • Please come early, 15 minutes or so before Mass.

  • Entry is via the Main door only, on a first come first served basis, Up To Capacity

 

  • Please keep 2 metres distance from others, inside and outside the church.

  • Please sanitise your hands on the way in.

  • Seating positions will be marked, and you will be directed to designated seats.

  • There will be some seats for family groups and for couples.

 

  • Holy Communion will be distributed one section at a time. You will be directed when to approach the Altar, keeping 2 metres from the person before you.

  • Holy Communion is to be received ONLY in the hand.

  • The priest and minister of the Eucharist will hand sanitise, and will wear a Perspex face visor for distribution of Holy Communion.

  • A Collection Box for all collections will be available at the back of the church.

  • After Mass, please remain in your seat until directed by steward to the Exit door.

  • Sanitiser will be also available at the Exit door.

  • Please keep the Exit door/porch clear when leaving, please maintain 2 metres physical distancing, and also at this time avoid socially congregating outside.

 

  • As necessary, please observe respiratory etiquette (cough, sneeze into your elbow or into a paper hanky and safely discard).

  • If you are in a vulnerable category or age-group, or have any symptoms, please stay at home. You can still join in our own Online Mass, or other TV, Radio, or webcam Masses.  Please check our website for Mass times and further updates.

*Note: As Rolestown Parish’s plan was independently submitted,

some variations may occur.

WHEN COMING TO MASS

Please following these guidelines

Please bring a face mask or covering with you and wear it while you are inside the church.

Numbers in church are restricted by the number of available benches and up to a MAXIMUM of 50. Once capacity has been reached, no more people will be able to enter the church.

Please follow the instructions of the Stewards.

Do not shake hands or make physical contact when saying hello or greeting people.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissues.

Please only sit in the designated benches ONLY.   Those from the same household can sit together.  Stewards will show you to your seat and direct you at Communion time.

Sanitise your hands as soon as you enter the church and again before you leave.

A one way system is in operation.  Please enter and exit the church using the correct doors and following the signs.  Please leave doors open.

Maintain the social distance of 2m (6ft) at all times - both inside and outside the church. There are floor stickers to mark the safe distance.

It is most important that people who are unwell - and especially those with any symptoms that might suggest COVID-19 infection - should stay at home.

Remember, there is no obligation to attend Mass at the moment.

 

IF YOU ARE VISITING OUR CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

Please following these guidelines

Wash your hands before you visit the church and when you get home.

Private Prayer TimeNumbers in church are restricted to a MAXIMUM of 4.  If already 4 people inside, please wait outside until someone leaves.

Do not shake hands or make physical contact when saying hello or greeting people.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissues.

Stay within the designated space for private prayer and do not use any of the benches.

Sanitise your hands as soon as you enter the church and again before you leave.

A one way system is in operation.  Please enter and exit the church using the correct doors and following the signs.  Please leave doors open.

Maintain the social distance of 2m (6ft) at all times - both inside and outside the church. There are floor stickers to mark the safe distance.

It is most important that people who are unwell - and especially those with any symptoms that might suggest COVID-19 infection - should stay at home

 
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PLEASE LEND A HAND

We need to be able to maintain our churches as safe spaces for us all to gather in prayer.  We need people to work with us in keeping the churches clean and also in stewarding when people come together for Mass for the next few months at least.

Thank you to all those who have kindly offered their help so far as Stewards at Mass and in keeping our churches clean and sanitised whenever they have been opened.

If you would be willing to get involved then please download, complete and return the form to us.

Thank you.

 

Fr. Derek Farrell

Moderator of the Pastoral Area Parishes

Email: pagnr44@gmail.com

Phone: 087 191 1902

Peter Siney

Pastoral Area Pastoral Worker

Email: peter.siney@dublindiocese.ie

Phone: 089 461 4226

Elaine Beaumont

Pastoral Area Secretary

Email: pagnr44@gmail.com

Pastoral Area Office: 01 835 4138

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