Weekly Bulletin-28th June 2020

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PARISH NEWS

Dear friends,

Welcome back.  We look forward to re-commencing public worship at Gardiner Street.  At last the church will open its doors to all.  Thank you for donating generously during the Sacred Heart Novena.  Under difficult circumstances it was a great success. Thank you also to all our volunteers and new volunteers who are making it possible to run our various activities.  Thanks especially to the parish team who have been great over the last few months.

Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ

Parish Priest

REOPENING OF THE CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP. 29TH JUNE

We are now ready for reopening the church for:

  • weekday Masses from Monday 29th June
  • Sunday Masses from Sunday 4th July.

We really look forward to welcoming back our parishioners and there are a number of guidelines we need to comply with to ensure that everyone feels safe in our Church.

Our roadmap for reopening the Church for public worship is The Framework Document for a Return to the Public Celebration of Mass and the Sacraments approved by the Irish Episcopal Conference. That Framework is grounded on the advice of public health authorities. We are also following the guidance provided by Archbishop Martin on the return to public celebration of Mass and Sacraments.

 General guidelines

Mass times

Weekdays: 8.30, 11.00 (there will not be 1.00 pm mass until further notice)

Sundays: 6.00 pm Vigil Mass

                  9.15am and 11.00 am

                  12:30 Mass in Polish

Timetables may be modified as the parish team reviews developments.

Confessions by arrangement calling 01 836 3411

  1. According to government regulations, there is a limit of 50 people who may gather indoors at one time. That limit applies for any kind of gathering, so until further notice we can only accommodate 50 people inside the Church at a time. Once we reach that number doors will be closed. We would appreciate your patience and understanding. Mass will still be viewable on webcam via our website gardinerstparish.ie
  2. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays remains suspended. We appreciate that some parishioners may be a bit hesitant about returning to Sunday Mass. Besides, the last thing we want to do is to have to turn people away at the door of the church because we have reached the maximum number permitted. For these reasons, we encourage parishioners who are in position to attend Mass on a weekday instead of on Sunday, to do so at least for the time being.
  3. We strongly encourage people over 70, with underlying conditions or with symptoms of Covid-19 to watch Sunday Mass on live streaming. In case you wish to have Holy Communion brought to you please call 01 836 34 11 during work hours.
  4. There will be a limited number of seats available in the Church, separated and marked to ensure that the faithful keep safe distance during celebrations. Family groups living in the same household will be allowed to sit together.
  5. The Parish Repository will be open as usual. However, only one person at a time will be allowed inside. Please remember to sanitize your hands at the sanitation station placed at the entrance of the Repository.
  6. Candles will be sold in the Repository and can be lit from a burning candle which will be placed beside each candlestand. Lighters will not be provided. However, try to keep the lighting of candles at shrines to private visits to the Church when it is open at times other than Mass.
  7. The Blessed John Sullivan sanctuary will be open for prayer and lighting candles but only 5 people at a time will be let in the area. Please be as brief as you can in order to allow others to visit and pray beside the Blessed John Sullivan Tomb and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine.
  8. The church is open each day from 8.30 to 1pm so that parishioners can drop in to say a prayer or light a candle. It will be closed briefly after each Mass to ensure sanitation of the interior.

Safety protocols

The following protocols were set to minimize the risks of contagion in the Church. We would appreciate strict adherence to these protocols for your own safety and out of respect for others.

  1. PEOPLE WHO ARE ILL SHOULD NOT ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES.If you feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, high temperature) please do not visit the Church.
  1. Please do your best to respect physical distancing and not to block doors when entering and leaving the Church.
  1. Sanitize your hands on entry. Sanitation stations are placed at the entrances of the Church and of the Parish Repository. Remember that hand sanitizer can be flammable, so ensure that your hands are completely dry before lighting candles.
  1. Please go to and remain in the place shown to you by the volunteer stewards.
  1. The practice of shaking hands on greeting and departure at religious services/ gatherings is suspended for both religious leaders/clergy and laity.
  1. For Holy communion please queue in the central aisle and maintain physical distancing while queuing. Please wait in the spots marked on the floor until the person ahead of you moves forward.
  1. Holy Communion will be administered into the hands only and NOT onto the tongue.
  1. Respiratory Hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with a clean tissue when you cough and sneeze and then promptly dispose of the tissue in a bin and wash your hands.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough, or sneeze into the bend of your elbow instead, not into your hands.
  1. It is advisable to wear face masks while in the Church.
  1. Please leave pews by left hand side and exit through central doors only. We would appreciate that you leave the Church promptly after Mass because doors will be closed after each Mass in order to sanitize the Church.

Pray for those whose funerals took place in the Parish during the Lock down

Joseph Carpenter

Eilis Flood

Rose Marie Jordan

Sr. Clare Fitzpatrick

David Meehan

Susan Redmond

Thomas Brady

Jack Gallagher

Lily Wade

Patrick O’Toole

George Storey

Maureen Nulty

Mark Duff

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.nMay their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen

Thanks

DONATIONS FOR OUR CHURCH

Thanks to all who have donated to the Church through our website. Your generous contributions help in the running expenses of the Church and are greatly appreciated, especially in this hard time.

Through gifts, large and small, our donors make to keep the church going during these days. All donations are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers. You can know donate online in three easy steps. For more details visit our website and click the red DONATE button.