Friday, 3 April 2020

Holy Week and Easter 2020

Archbishop Martin issued the following statement on Wednesday, 1st April (full text here) :

"Regrettably, I feel that it will not be possible to have any public celebration of the Liturgies of Holy Week. It would be very difficult to limit the number of those attending, especially on Good Friday, when many vulnerable people might feel obliged to come to our Churches.

"This makes it all the more urgent to ensure that people are made aware of the manner in which they can access the ceremonies by television or online and to ensure that parishioners are made aware of the dates and times of transmissions."  ('Making people aware' is what this website is now doing.)

Archbishop Martin's statement includes many suggestions for an alternative way of attending the Easter ceremonies this year. Another document, from the Bishops' Conference (here and look too at the video of Bishop Nulty, Being Church Online for One Another) is also full of useful information on how to do things differently -- since we have to -- this year.  In fact, there is so much choice that this writer, anyway, feels the need to choose just one main source and maybe sample one or two others. So we'll follow the ceremonies at home in our own parishes (here), with a occasional visit maybe to our cathedral in Dublin (here), or even one to the Vatican itself (here).

Dates and Times of Live-Stream Transmission from Saggart (click Mass Live on menu-bar above)

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

No Public Masses from Wed. 25th March UFN. Mass by Streaming Only, from Saggart

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin issued the following notice on Monday, 23rd March:

'Up to now, the advice of the Irish health authorities allowed for gatherings in enclosed spaces of up to 100 people, providing that social distancing was practised and that the vulnerable were discouraged from attending. This meant that holding Mass in public in specific circumstances was permissible. [. . .] In the light of the changing situation, I have decided that it will not be possible to continue with public Sunday or Weekday Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin from Wednesday 25th March until further notice.'
Read the rest of the Archbishop's notice on the diocesan website here.  

Remember, you can hear Mass as usual by clicking MASS LIVE on the menu-bar above. Churches will be open (outside Mass times in Saggart) 9.30 am to 5 pm for private prayer.

Closure of Parish Office until further notice : information here.  See the current Newsletter (on menu-bar) for more parish updates. Note that baptisms, weddings and funerals will continue to take place.

A Coronavirus Prayer recited at the consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 25th March is here

27th March:  Pope Francis's Urbi et Orbi Blessing and sermon.

Go to full screen and view the film first at normal speed. Then view it again while pausing it where you wish. In this way, the film becomes a sequence of still photos, haunting and highly thought-provoking.  

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

New Mass Schedule and How to Watch Mass Live

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The arrangements summarized above will come into operation tomorrow, the 18th March, and continue until further notice. As in so many other areas, our routine is upset here too, but let us all, clergy and laity, pull together and help each other out through this period of trial. A lay-out in text format can be read here

'Mass Times' on this website (see top menu-bar) have been updated and advice on how to assist at Mass from one's home or elsewhere via 'live streaming' is also given (whether viewing on a screen or on one's mobile). We are lucky to have this facility (introduced just recently, thanks to the generosity of Lisheen Nursing Home) when it is now so badly needed. To access live transmission of Mass, just click on 'Mass Live' on the menu-bar, next to 'Mass Times'.