REOPENING OF THE CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP-10th May
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
We are delighted to reopen St. Francis Xavier’s Church for public worship. It has been sad to celebrate Mass behind closed doors for so long. Please God we won’t have to do this again.
The Parish team has prepared a reopening plan based on strict adherence to the norms of public health keeping in mind that the safety and wellbeing of our congregations is paramount. Based on the advice of public health authorities, we have set the following guidelines to ensure that everyone feels safe in our Church.
- Mass times
From Monday 10th May our Mass timetable will be as follows:
Mon-Fri: 11.00, 13.00 (8.30 am mass is suspended until further notice)
Saturday: 11.00 am, 6.00 pm (Sunday Vigil Mass)
Sunday: 9.15am and 11.00 am
12:30 Mass in Polish
7.30 pm Gospel Choir Mass (only on Zoom and Facebook)
All masses (except Gospel Choir Mass) may be viewed on our webcam. (Visit www.gardinerstparish.ie)
Please remember that the dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation is extended for the time being. We await advice from the Conference of Bishops.
- In order to comply with social distancing regulations, the Church can only accommodate a limited number of people for each Mass. Therefore, please only occupy the separated and marked places to ensure that we keep a safe distance during celebrations. Family groups living in the same household are permitted to sit together. We would appreciate strict adherence to these protocols for your own safety and out of respect of others.
- Upon entering the Church, please take one of the seats marked with an X on the pews. It is important to keep the entrances and exits of the Church clear, so please do not remain standing at the back of the Church during the Mass.
- It is important to avoid gathering when entering and leaving the Church. Entrance and exit ways will be signed. Please follow the signs and the guidance of our volunteer stewards and try not to linger around when entering or leaving the Church.
- The Blessed John Sullivan sanctuary will be open for prayer and lighting candles but only 4 persons at a time are permitted in the area. Please be as brief as you can in order to allow others to visit and pray at the Blessed John Sullivan Tomb and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine. Unfortunately, the Bl. John Sullivan Crucifix cannot be made available for blessings. Please do not insist.
- Candles will be sold in the Shop but unfortunately lighters cannot be provided.
- The Parish Office will be open as usual. Only one person at a time is permitted inside. Don’t forget to sanitize your hands at the sanitation station placed at the entrance of the Office.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, after 11.00 am Mass in the Bethany Room (Pope Francis Corridor). Please ask at the Parish Office.
And remember that 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) do not visit the Church.
Complying with the guidelines for a safe reopening of the Church to public worship will require extra help (stewards, collectors, ministers of the Eucharistic, cleaning team, etc) Would you be available? just leave your name and a way of contacting you at our front desk (01 836 3411) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Gardening Group volunteers would like to prepare for when we can celebrate Mass together again by making the front of the church as colourful and welcoming as possible. They are inviting people to join them in the rewarding work. If you would like to be involved, call Maura on 087 9015853.
BLESSED JOHN SULLIVAN SJ MONTHLY MASS
The monthly Mass for Blessed John Sullivan, with Blessing of the Sick and Thanksgiving for his life will be celebrated on Saturday the 15th May at 1pm. SEATS TO BE BOOKED AT THE FRONT OFFICE IN ADVANCE. Bookings open from Monday 10th May.
IGNATIAN YEAR 2021-2022: a year to celebrate the anniversary of the conversion of St Ignatius
As announced in last week’s bulletin, this May marks the beginning of the Ignatian Year 2021-2022. Throughout this Ignatian year, together with the entire Society of Jesus we will celebrate the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which began when he was convalescing at his family home, after having been seriously wounded during the siege of Pamplona on the 20th May 1521. In the words of Fr. Arturo Sosa’s, Superior General of the Jesuits: “…the universal Society wants to remember that privileged moment when the Holy Spirit inspired Ignatius of Loyola in his decision to follow Christ…”
There will be many activities throughout the year both nationally and internationally, but two chief events will mark the beginning of the Ignatian Year:
- On Thursday 20th May at 7.30 pm, our Provincial, Fr. Leonard Moloney SJ, will launch the year at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Dermot Farrell at Gardiner Street Church. Only a small congregation will be permitted under the current restrictions but please join us via our website (gardinerstparish.ie).
- On Sunday 23rd May at 7 pm, Fr. Arturo Sosa will lead a live prayer broadcast, in which people from all the Jesuit Conferences will be participating. Join the prayer by visiting this website; ignatius500.global/live
We warmly invite you to join us in remembering St. Ignatius’s conversion as an opportunity to grow in faith. In Pope Francis’ words: “I believe that the conversion of St. Ignatius is also an encounter of the heart and can invite us to reflect on our personal conversion, to ask for the gift of conversion to love and serve more in the way of Jesus Christ”.
ST. IGNATIUS: A CONVERT’S STORY
Messenger publications have brought out a beautiful resource for personal reading and for spreading the word by Patrick Corkery SJ entitled. The book is available in the Church’s shop.
NOVENA OF THE SACRED HEART 2021
This year the traditional Novena of the Sacred Heart begins on Thursday 3rd of June. There will be two daily Masses (11.00 am and 7.30 pm). The Novena will focus on three moments in the conversion of St. Ignatius: Pamplona Devastation, Loyola Recuperation, and Manresa Reorientation. Under current restrictions, we can only accommodate a limited number of people in the Church so booking a place will be necessary for attending the Masses. All the masses will be live-streamed. Booking details will be announced shortly.