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EFFECTIVE Friday 3rd September 2021 AT BOOTERSTOWN PARISH

Dear All,

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.

Kind regards,

+Dermot Farrell,

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.

Mass in-church attendance limited to 200 and via WEBCAM 
Mass is recorded and available online for 24 hours after mass

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:

My Jesus,
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.

Amen.

Always check our homepage for the most up to date information on mass times. Our Church (except for funeral mass), Parish Office and Pastoral Centre are closed on Mondays.

In line with HSE Guidelines – we are currently unable to have singing or a choir at our masses.

6pm Vigil Mass on Saturdays: When possible we have a Cantor to lead the community in singing the hymns and responses.

9am Sunday: Cantor, Liam McAuley (top left) leads the early risers in singing the hymns and responses during this Mass.

11:00am Sunday: At the 11am Family Mass, our Children’s Choir (under the direction of Faye Potts, Director of Adult & Children’s Choirs) takes turns with our Adult Choir in enriching our liturgical celebration. Children take an active part throughout the Mass. During the school holiday months this is a much quieter liturgy!

Holy Days: Vigil 7.30 p.m. on Eve of Holy day, then 10 a.m.
Advent begins on Sunday, November 29th, 2020
The Liturgical Season of Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday, 17th February, 2021.

Mass times in nearby Parishes Given that mass times vary from church to church during COVID-19 Restrictions the following are some local area church websites to view their mass schedules:
St John the Baptist, Blackrock sjb.ie
Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion mountmerrionparish.ie
Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtownpark Ave newtownparkparish.com
Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook donnybrookparish.ie
St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire dunlaoghaireparish.ie
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road merrionroadchurch.ie

Weekday Masses in Booterstown: Monday no masses (except for funerals) Tuesday – Friday 10am. NO 7:30am daily mass

Saturday Masses: 10:00am and 6:00pm (Vigil)

Mass at 7:30am is not celebrated during July and August, nor in the week following Christmas and Easter.
Mass at 10am is preceded by the Rosary at 9:40am.

eucharistic-adoration-03Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Every Tuesday, after the 10:00am Mass, the celebrant puts the consecrated host into the Monstrance and we have the opportunity to spend a special time in prayer, which we call Eucharistic Adoration. In groups of four, members of our parish community take turns keeping watch in prayer until 10 pm.

Do drop in and join us for a few minutes, especially on Tuesdays.

When we have a funeral Mass, there may be a delay in starting our time of Eucharistic Adoration.

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