Covid-19 update October 6th 2020

Covid-19 Level 3

From Wednesday morning October 7th the Government will place the entire Country on Level 3 Lock-down for at least three weeks.

What does this mean to us in ss. Peter & Paul’s Parish?

The most visible change will be that Masses must once again return to being celebrated in private.

We will continue to celebrate Mass in private Monday – Saturday at 9.30am and at 12 noon on Sunday.

These Masses will be livestreamed on www.churchservices.tv/athlone

There will be no Mass in Drum or Clonown until the lockdown is over.  Masses booked in either church will be celebrated on that day in Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church.

The Churches do however remain open for private prayer every day until 6pm

Funeral Masses are allowed but limited to 25 persons.

Weddings are allowed but limited to 25 persons.

No other public ceremonies are allowed during this time.

Clergy

The Priests in the Parish will always remain on duty and will respond to any sick or pastoral calls while observing the recommendations laid down for the safety of themselves and those they are ministering to.

Fr. John Deignan PP 0906490874

Fr. Bernard Ngalame CC 0906492171

Fr. Michael Hickey 0906437125

First Holy Communion

Due to the restriction on holding Public Masses / Ceremonies, Level 3 also prevents us from going ahead with the planned First Holy Communion Ceremonies over the next two weeks. None of us are happy to be postponing the First Holy Communion and are aware of the difficulties it may pose for many of you.

Once the Lock-down is lifted, we will move quickly to set new dates for the First Holy  Communion to take place.

Please stay safe and stay well. Please look out for those who are elderly or living alone.

A phone call can make all the difference to someone who may be feeling lonely.

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