Bandon Parish

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PARISH NEWS

We have been very busy with the last few weeks since opening the church for public prayer and Mass. It has been tiring work trying to keep updated with the changing regulations and advice given to us by NPHET, to help in keeping everyone safe from Covid19.

We are very grateful to the people who are able to steward and sanitise within the Church, – without their help we would not be able to stay compliant with NPHET guidelines. The safety of all who visit the Churches in Bandon Parish is of utmost importance to us.

We ask you to continue with your support of our guidelines by sanitising your hands on entering and leaving the Churches, keep a safe social distance of 2 metres from others who are not in your household, limit the time you spend in the company of those who do not live with you, stay at home if you feel unwell, have a new dry cough, a high temperature, or if you have been in company with somebody that suspects they may have Covid19, are awaiting the results of a Covid19 test or if they are waiting to be tested for Covid19. Being mindful of ourselves and of others will help us all fight this virus.

Here are a few updates on parish life within the church at present – these are subject to change with immediate effect if NPHET guidelines change.

MASS TIMES: Mon- Friday 9.30am. There will be no Saturday morning 9.30am mass from Saturday September 12th until October 17th inclusive to allow for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation to take place.

WEEKEND MASSES: Saturday Vigil 6.00pm Sunday 9.00am, 10.30am & 12Noon.

ALL BAPTISMS WILL TAKE PLACE @ 4.00PM
PLEASE ASK IN THE SACRISTY ABOUT NUMBERS ATTENDING AS WE WORK ALONGSIDE THE RESTRICTION

RCIA- Bandon Parish would like to congratualte our 2 candidates Paulo & Ivana who completed the RCIA course and received Baptism, Holy Communion & Confirmation on September 5th 2020.

At present we have one person at the beginning stage of instruction. Any adult who is interested in this can contact the Parish Priest Fr John Kingston on 023 8841666

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021

If your child does not attend a Parish School and wants to receive First Holy Communion in 2021 they will need to attend the Parish Instruction for Holy Communion classes. Please contact the Parish Priest Fr John Kingston 023 8841666 for more information.

DONATE

Our Parish has been chosen as one of the Pilot Parishes in Cork and Ross to provide a secure online donation facility on our website and social media platform.

Each household in the parish will be receiving printed literature which explains how people can use the online donate button or set up a bank standing order to regularly contribute to their parish.

Until the Covid-19 pandemic, parishes met their budgetary needs thanks to the generosity of successive generations of Catholics. The Covid-19 pandemic led to the closure of churches throughout the Diocese of Cork and Ross for a considerable period of time – As a result, people were unable to contribute to the upkeep of their parish faith community through the weekly Offertory Collection.

Bishop Fintan, with the support of the Financial Administrator of the diocese, along with priests from across the diocese and parish finance committees are piloting new ways through which parishioners can contribute financially.

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Payzone Ireland to provide a facility to accept card payments from our website. The new facility will allow our parishioners to contribute both on an adhoc basis or on a fixed automated payment schedule. As the use of cash declines in society the church needs to embrace new technologies, and this is our first step to that end. We have worked closely with Payzone to develop a solution to meet our collective needs in a secure way.

The donate button link on right side column of this website will link you to the Payzone donation facility.

CHURCH SERVICES TV

We are delighted to be able to contiune broadcasting an online Mass each day. We have encountered some problems in the past few weeks with the webcam and are working very closely with Church Services Tv to resolve the problems. When a problem arises we are able to provide a service to you via our facebook page. We hope that now all our teething problems are behind us and you can join us for Mass while you stay at home for the moment.

STAY SAFE THINK SAFE BE SAFE

In order to stay safe and be safe, we need to think safe. If you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 you need to stay at home and isolate and arrange to have a Covid-19 test.

While you are out and about – keep your distance from others who are not in your hosuehold, 2 METRES is the advised distance. WEAR A MASK – especially indoors where it may not be very well ventialted. SANITISE YOUR HANDS when you enter and leave a building. The staff of these buildings have provided sanitising gel for their safety and for yours – please use the facility to help in the fight against Covid-19.