EFFECTIVE Friday 3rd September 2021 AT BOOTERSTOWN PARISH
Further to the recent Government announcement regarding the next and final phase of response to the pandemic: COVID-19 – Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting (www.Gov.ie), please see updates below in respect of Religious/Civil Services/Ceremonies which has been sent out by the protocol section of the Department of the Taoiseach.
|From 6th September||Religious/Civil Ceremonies||Religious services and ceremonies (for example Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings & Funerals) can proceed with 50% of venue capacity, regardless of immunity status of attendees.
(Subject to appropriate protective measures including social distancing as much as possible, hand sanitising, face masks etc).
All other measures designed to minimise necessary physical interaction during services should be maintained.
|From 22nd October||Religious/Civil Ceremonies
|Based on the criteria of at or close to 90% of people 16 or over being fully vaccinated in the coming weeks, and having regard to the incidence and behaviour of the disease at that time, the Government will remove further statutory restrictions from 22nd of October.|
The HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Places of Worship will be updated and we will forward this link to you as soon as received. I will be in touch with any further updates as we move through this phase.
Archbishop of Dublin
Please note we continue to adapt measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and provide a safe space for all our parishioners and community. The following changes and guidelines are now in place for our mass schedules:
We ask that you continue to adhere to our guidelines and the instructions of our volunteer stewards while attending mass in person.
Eucharistic Adoration resumes on Tuesday 7th September commencing at 10.30 am until 10.00 pm.
Weekend Masses from August – Mass times will revert to the original times of:
Saturday Vigil at 6 o’clock.
Sundays: 9.00 am and 11.00 am.
Weekday Mass at 10.00am, Tuesday to Saturday, inclusive; is celebrated in public with a maximum attendance in the church of 200 and via WEBCAM
There will no longer be a 10.00 am Mass on a Monday.
NO 7:30am Mass – this mass will not resume
Parish Office: The Parish Office is closed on Mondays.
Normal hours – Tuesday to Friday inclusive, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Confessions: Please contact Fr Gerry directly to make arrangements
We invite you to be present with us at our services via the parish webcam. Please login 15 mins before to make sure you can connect. You may like to remain with us after Mass for a short time for devotions.
The church will remain open following 10:00am mass until 5:00pm for quiet personal prayer should you wish to call in from Monday – Sunday. We encourage parishioners and friends to call in for private prayer.
Funeral masses will be celebrated at 11:00am and maximum attendance at this time is 200.
Weddings: Maximum 200 guests at church service.
The Parish Office and Pastoral Centre will remain closed on Mondays. The Parish Office is open from 9:00am – 1:00pm Tuesday – Friday. Also available via phone or email for any queries.
For those attending by Webcam we encourage you to make an Act of Spiritual Communion. By making an Act of Spiritual Communion, we express our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and ask him to unite himself with us. Here is the Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori:
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.