Advent Events & Christmas Mass Attendance

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On Tuesday, December 8th, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will be celebrated at 10 am and two 6th Class pupils from each of our parish schools will attend, accompanied by a teacher, to represent their respective school. Their school communities will join with us over the parish webcam. The pupils will read the Prayer of the Faithful.

Advent Prayer Service in Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in the church at 5.00 pm on Thursday 10th December. As with all our services, the maximum attendance in the church is limited to 50. The service will be on webcam & you can view the participation leaflets below:
Advent Penance Preparation December 2020
Hymn Sheet Advent 2020

Confessions: Our new confessional, at the back of the church is now ready and I am happy to hear Confessions by prior arrangement, or on a morning after 10 am Mass (as suits Fr. Gerry)

Christmas Mass Attendance
The Archbishop continues to express his concern that people adhere to the Public Heath Guidelines for the Health, Safety and wellbeing of all. He emphasises that no one should feel under pressure to attend Mass. Your Christmas obligation will be fulfilled by attending Mass any day in the week leading up to Christmas, on Sunday 27th December, or by watching Mass on the parish webcam or on Television. We are encouraging families, most of whom are computer literate, to watch Mass over the webcam, as a family, and to then to make a visit to the church, light a candle, and visit the crib, saying the prayers that will be displayed at the Crib.

Christmas Mass attendance requires prior reservation in order for us to comply with the strong recommendations of Public Health. We cannot have people exceeding the permitted numbers, gathering in the church porch or outside the church. This simply will not be safe or permitted. If you wish to attend one of the Christmas Masses, we ask that you return the booking slip, enclosed in the Christmas Card, as soon as possible. Following a lot of discussion, the Parish Pastoral Council agreed that this was the only safe solution in order to comply with the Government and Public Health ruling.