St. Brigids Parish Newsletter

July 5th 2020


LETTER TO ALL WHO BELONG TO THE PARISH OF ST. BRIGID’S BALLYBANE

Dear Friends

I hope that you have been keeping well during these past weeks. It hasn’t been easy, but thankfully our efforts have been worth it, and on the first weekend in July we will be able to gather once again to celebrate Mass.

As you will be aware by now, only 50 people are permitted to attend Mass as we return. This will increase somewhat after July 20th.

There will be 3 Masses each weekend.                

Our usual Saturday evening Mass at 7pm and Sunday Morning at 10.30am.

To allow time to thoroughly clean the church after each Mass, the second Sunday Mass will now be at 1pm.

So, weekend Masses in St. Brigid’s for the foreseeable future will be on Sat. 7pm and Sun. 10.30am and 1pm.

To ensure fair access to Mass for all parishioners, given the small number permitted, in total (150) at weekend Masses, we ask that, if you wish to attend Mass on the first weekend in July, you ring this number 091 755381 stating which of the 3 Masses you wish to attend.

A number will be allotted to you on a “First come first served basis.” This number must be collected from the parish office during the following times: 10am to 2pm Monday and Tuesday: 10am to 1pm Thursday and Friday.

PLEASE BRING THIS NUMBER WITH YOU TO MASS.

Every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of those attending Mass to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

It is most important therefore that anyone returning to Mass takes particular note of the following directions:

 

  • Come to the Church at least 10 mins. before Mass is due to start. (Doors will be closed as Mass begins or when we have reached the maximum number shown above.)

 

 

  • It is advised that everyone wash their hands before leaving home to come to Mass.

 

  • You will be required to sanitize your hands as you enter the church.

 

  • You may choose to wear a mask but if not do take care to cough or sneeze into your elbow.

 

  • A Steward will direct you to your seat where a strict 2 metre social distance must be observed.

 

  • Family groups or those already sharing accommodation will sit together.

 

  • Stewards will guide you to your seat and signs and floor markings will guide you while in the church.

 

  • Stewards will also direct you on how to safely leave the church.

 

  • Directions will be given by myself from the altar regarding coming for Communion. (Every precaution will be taken to ensure that Communion is distributed safely)

 

  • The Sacristy will be off-limits to all except the priest.

 

  • Hands to be sanitized also before and after using the toilet facilities.

 

  • Should you wish to book a Mass (anniversary etc,) you must do so by contacting the Parish Office: 091 755381 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

  • The dispensation from the obligation to come to Mass is still in place for anyone fearful of returning on the first weekend in July.

 

  • Should you feel unwell or have any sympoms which may suggest you have COVID 19, please refrain from coming to Mass.

 

  • Anyone with an underlying condition as well as those who have been cocooning should exercise caution on return to Mass.

 

Weekday Mass: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am. In the present circumstances weekday Mass fulfils the obligation to attend Mass.

 

Much planning and preparation has been involved in making it possible to return safely to Mass. Sincere thanks to all who have agreed to carry out the roles of Reader, Eucharistic Minister, Steward, Collector and of course to those who have agreed to clean the church after each Mass.

No one could ever have imagined that we would be allotting tickets to attend Mass but these are the abnormal times we now live in.

In the spirit of the phrase we have all become used to “We are in this together” So, I ask for your patience and cooperation as we find the best way forward in staying safe while returning to parish pastoral life.

My thoughts and prayers have been with you since we last met and I am looking forward to meeting and praying together once again on the first weekend in July. Unfortunately, given current restrictions, I will not be able to greet you as you leave the church but I will do so in spirit.

 

Beannachtaí

Fr. John

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Given the very limited number of 50 people permitted at Mass for the moment,   it is only fair that as many people as possible are given the opportunity to return to Mass. For next weekend we will have a different 50 people at each Mass.

So, I ask, that if you have been to Mass this weekend, that you do not contact the office for a number. 

But do please tell others who would like to come to Mass to ring the office 091 755381 on Monday and Tuesday: 10am to 2pm, Thursday and Friday: 10am to 1pm and they will be asked to collect their number during the week. (same office hours as above)

I thank you for your patience and cooperation in this and let us remember to pray for one another at this time.

 

Weekend Mass Times

Mass here in St. Brigid’s: Saturday 7:pm, Sunday 10.30am & 1pm.

 

Ballybane Men’s Shed Open Evening                                          

Ballybane Men’s Shed is having an open evening on Tuesday July 7th at 7:30pm. This will take place at East United Sports Ground, Monivea Road, Ballybane. Men of all ages are welcome. For further information please phone 087 6083718.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to all our young people in Holy Trinity Girls & St. Michael’s Boy's School, Mervue who recently graduated from 6th Class. Wishing you a wonderful summer and every success in Secondary School.

 

Please Note:

Months Mind, Anniversary and Birthday Remembrance Masses  are currently being rescheduled.

 

Mass on RTÉ every Sunday at 2.00pm
Sunday Mass at 2pm on RTÉ News Now and can be accessed on Saorview Channel 21; Sky 521; Virgin 200; Eir 517.

 

GRETB Community Education YouTube Channel

The Community Education Service of the GRETB are delighted to launch a dedicated YouTube Channel for people in local community groups, their friends and families.  The content reflects Community Education courses.

 

Heartlink West 

Croí Heart & Stroke Charity recently launched Heartlink West, a new free daily service for heart and stroke patients. Heartlink West will provide support from their community based, multi-disciplinary health team of nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians and physical activity specialists. For further information phone 091 544310 or visit www.croi.ie/heartlinkwest

 

Healthy Galway City New Website
www.healthygalwaycity.ie The site will act as an information hub, signposting people to reliable sources of health and wellbeing information and useful resources, as well as promoting local programmes and events, which aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the people of Galway City.

 

Child Protection

St. Brigid's Parish is committed to the protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults in our parish. The Galway Diocesan Policy on Safeguarding Children, Young people and Vulnerable Adults is available on www.galwaydiocese.ie

 

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