Covid-19 Guidance – Saturday 19th September
Confirmation has been received that, in the light of the very worrying increase in infection in the Dublin area, the entire County Dublin will be placed on Level 3 of the Government’s COVID-19 Resilience and National Recovery Plan, beginning at midnight tonight and for at least a three-week period.
Unfortunately the Church will have to remain closed except for weddings and funerals. Attendance at wedding liturgies and funerals would be limited to 25.
All services will continue to be available on WEBCAM
Daily Masses: Weekdays 10 am
Saturday Vigil – 7 pm
Sunday Masses – 9am, 11am (There will be no 6 pm Mass for the present)
Weekday Masses 10 am
For the next few weeks, we are obliged to follow the guidelines of the HSE and the government. Briefly, the directives are as follows:
- We are limited to a congregation of 50 people.
- We are directed to make use of the hand sanitizers in the interest of your and others health. These are placed in prominent positions in the church.
- A social distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
- You are asked not to delay on entering or leaving the church.
- Anyone who is vulnerable or for any other reason, is not obliged to attend Mass. If anyone wishes they may attend a weekday Mass instead of Saturday/Sunday.
If we follow these directives greater benefits lie ahead, so let’s look after ourselves and one another, in God’s name. As a nation we can be justifiably proud of our response to combat this virus.
We are glad to announce that we’ve installed webcam so that anyone who links up with our site will be able to enjoy a spiritual presence at the Eucharist each Sunday at 11am.
Thought for the week
Where did love go?
Every Sunday night they held a dance in the parish hall and the parish priest dispatched the young curate to the hall to ensure that the wild passions of youth did not take over.
So, he stood there, just inside the door, a solemn, solitary figure all in black while the children of the showband era laughed and jived, and the girls eyed the slick showband players from the town. Our curate was a good steward of Christendom.
When he was satisfied that order was being maintained he returned to his house in the village, where his part-time housekeeper had tea and ‘sweet cake’ ready for him. They were good friends; she knew his ways. And if she were listening to Radio Luxemburg, he might get a notion to stand from the table and dance around the kitchen on his own. She was glad to see him happy.
A sad and true story. Sad because a young man was in the strait jacket of a life-denying code of morality. It robbed many like him of the passion that we often encounter in the gospel: the fire of the holy spirit at Pentecost.
And it was that passion that drove the apostles to preach the Word. The other night I heard a beautiful rendering of Yeats’s The Song of the Wandering Aengus.
I went out to the hazel wood
Because a fire was in my head.
You remember how the silver trout became a beautiful young woman? And the final lines echo the passion of the early Church. It refers to the never-say-die search for beauty and fullness for the human spirit.
I will find out where she has gone
And kiss her lips and take her hand.
Let’s remember when the writers of the Hebrew Bible were conveying the notion of God’s for humanity, they did it through the image of young love. And that is an outstanding endorsement of the Incarnation.