Bandon Parish

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LIFTING RESTRICTIONS MAY 10TH 2021

As we all prepare to return to public worship we welcome all the guidelines in place for the safety of all visitors to our Church.

Mass with congregation will commence on Monday 10th May @ 9.30am.

  • Morning Mass Monday – Saturday @ 9.30am
  • Vigil Mass Saturday @ 6.00pm
  • Sunday Mass @ 9.00am, 10.30am & 12 noon

Please continue to use hand sanitiser which is available at all entrances. Masks are mandatory indoors and must be worn in our churches. Keep a 2metre distance from people who are not in your household or social bubble. Once seated remain in your seat until the end of Mass. Listen to the Stewards who are there to help and to keep everybody safe.

MASS WILL CONTINUE TO BE LIVESTREAMED VIA OUR WEBCAM AND CAN BE VIEWED FOR UP TO 7 DAYS ON THE RECORDINGS TAB OF OUR CHURCH SERVICES TV PAGE

The sacristy will be attended after Mass each morning. If it is unattended all correspondence can be left for attention through the sacristy door letterbox – THIS IS THE LETTERBOX FOUND INSIDE IN THE CHURCH NOT THE EXTERNAL SIDE DOOR. The parish office will remain working online – You can speak to the parish clergy after Mass or by ringing 023 8841666. You can email the parish secretary at bandonparish@gmail.com. Please bare with us while we work together to keep all our visitors safe.

Bishop Fintan Gavin has issued the following guidance for the Diocese of Cork and Ross on return to Mass and public worship.

Following the government announcement on new public health measures The Path Ahead, public worship will resume from Monday 10th May.  This is a very welcome announcement as we have found the last four months of not being able to gather with people for Eucharist in our parishes since St. Stephen’s Day very difficult.

Public Worship

All parish communities are deeply grateful to volunteer stewards and those who sanitised and maintained churches to a very high standard over the last year.   In order for public worship to resume safely from Monday 10th May we will again be indebted to these volunteers and will need their help so that we will be ready for that date.

Mass with Pods of 50 people

Where the size of the church allows for a capacity of greater than 50 this may be permitted only where:

  • social distancing guidelines are adhered to (members of the same household can sit/stand close together)
  • the church can be subdivided into distinct sections (cordoned or marked appropriately) of not more than 50 persons in each section
  • there is a minimum of 4 metres between sections
  • each section having its own entrance/exit route
  • there are separate arrangements for elements of the Mass involving close contact, for example the distribution of Holy Communion
  • strictly no movement of people between sections before, during or after Mass
  • the church is well-ventilated
  • No gathering of people outside the church before and after Mass

Funerals

From 10th May up to 50 mourners may attend a Funeral Mass while any related events, either before or after, should not take place.

  • There is an increased risk of transmission of the virus where families and communities come together following the death of a loved one.
  • Therefore, numbers at a Funeral Mass (and weddings) are capped at 50 regardless of the size of church.
  • Notwithstanding the increase in numbers permitted, funerals are still considered private family events and arrangements should not be advertised in newspapers or on-line.
  • Funeral services should continue to be live streamed to help reduce numbers attending.

Weddings

From 10th May up to 50 people can attend the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage in a church.

Baptisms

Arrangements can be made for the Sacrament of Baptism to be celebrated from 10th May with those immediate family members present to include parents, siblings, sponsors and grandparents.   We need to emphasise that caution is needed in relation to gatherings that might take place around baptisms as well.

Confessions

Many people will wish to go to Confession as it may not have been possible for a long time.  I ask that you continue to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation while taking account of all health measures.

First Confession

Arrangements may be made for the Sacrament of First Confession to be celebrated in churches from 10th May in accordance with the requirements of public health measures.

Outdoor Worship

This is not permitted in line with Government restrictions on organised outdoor gatherings.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Unfortunately it’s not possible to make arrangements for the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation at this time and in order to avoid disappointment no dates should be proposed by parishes, not even provisionally.  

Use of Churches for any other purposes/parochial activities/community meetings

This is not permitted in line with Government restrictions on organised indoor gatherings.