St. Brigids Parish Newsletter

April 2021


Notice

In line with Government COVID 19 Level 5 guidelines – unfortunately public Masses can no longer take place until further notice.

Church Open for Private Prayer

St. Brigid’s Church will remain open for private prayer daily from 10.00am – 11.30am.

Mass Online

Mass will be streamed online at 9.30am daily from www.mervueparish.ie

Parish Office

The parish office is closed until further notice. In the event of an emergency and you need a Priest please contact 091 755381/087 2354487. For all other queries email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send a private message to our facebook page www.facebook.com/stbrigidsballybane

Diocesan Newsletter - Spring Issue

The e-newsletter is available online at https://www.galwaydiocese.ie/.../Diocesan_e-newsletter...

Galway City Community Call

If you can’t leave home and you need practical support or someone to talk to. Galway City Community Call can help with:

Delivery of food, medication, fuel or other household items

  • Someone to talk to or keep in touch with
  • Other practical supports
  • Signposting and referral to reliable information and services

Galway City Community Call Helpline remains in place seven days a week by Freephone on 1800 400 150 or by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for those who may need assistance with essential supplies or maybe even need someone to speak to.

Aware Support & Self Care Group

Aware is running a number of a Phone-in Support & Self Care Groups each week. They are peer groups for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions. To register www.aware.ie/support/support-groups

Support For Women

COPE Galway support women and children experiencing domestic abuse. Phone 091 565985.

Mask Wearing

It is now recommended that everyone wear masks when attending Mass.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

 

NOTICE ON COMING TO MASS IN ST. BRIGID'S PARISH BALLYBANE

Those wishing to attend Mass will be a case of FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. It is important therefore, that you come early to ensure a seat, as the number allowed the Church is still 50.Your name and number will be taken at the door for contact tracing purposes. I ask for your cooperation in this by coming to Mass 10 or even 15 minutes early.

 

As you will be aware by now, only 50 people are permitted to attend Mass as we return.

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.

 

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:

 

It is now recommended that everyone wear masks when attending Mass.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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.

 

Weekend Mass Times

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

 

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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