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Re-Opening of St. Patrick's for Public Mass:
As Parishioners will be aware, St. Patrick's re-opened today (Monday 29th June) for Public Mass.
It is important that we ALL work together to try and maintain as safe an environment as possible.
With that in mind, PLEASE NOTE:
The maximum number of people allowing for social distancing who can attend Mass is 100, once this number has been reached the doors will be closed and a sign will indicate that the church has reached its capacity. We hope we would not have to exclude anyone, but please be aware that in the interests of everyone's safety, it may be necessary to close the church once this capacity is reached.
PLEASE OBSERVE the social distancing measures put in place - this is currently 2 metres.
Masks should be worn in the church - this should help us contain the virus. The priests will advise on receiving the Blessed Sacrament during Mass.
REMEMBER TO SANITISE ON ENTERING AND LEAVING THE CHURCH!
If you have an underlying health condition, have been shielding, are pregnant or are uncomfortable attending Mass in the current climate, please remember the Sunday obligation to attend has been suspended during the current pandemic - it is ESSENTIAL that you do what is best for you and those around you at this time. Mass is available via churchmedia.tv or on Facebook at Downpatrick Parish. Please remember that during the current pandemic, you can attend Mass on any day of the week.
PLEASE NOTE: 10am Mass on Saturday, September 19th is CLOSED to the Public. This is to facilitate the First Holy Communion for the children from St. Brigid's Primary School.
Mass can be viewed online at churchmedia.tv
In the interests of the Health & Safety of Parishioners, the following will apply from Saturday, 12th September:
St. Patrick’s Church will close immediately after Confession and re-open at 4.45pm for Evening Mass.
The maximum capacity that we can accommodate is 100 people. This means that once we have reached the maximum number, a sign alerting parishioners to the fact that we can accommodate no more will be placed on the door. We will then close the doors.
Stewards will be present at the Masses, please co-operate with them as they direct you to seats - remember, this is being done for the health & safety of all attending Mass.
Families who live in the same household are permitted to sit together, however individuals from different households should ensure they are socially distanced in a pew, i.e, one person at the end of each pew and one in the middle - STRICTLY no more than three people to a pew (unless you live in the same household).
Anniversary/Month’s Mind Masses: Can be booked for either the 7.30pm Wednesday public mass, the 7.30pm Friday virtual mass or the 12 Noon Sunday, public mass only. (Mass Intentions already booked will go ahead as normal unless you are contacted directly by the Parish Secretary).
Funerals: The maximum capacity for funerals is 100. We would ask that consideration is given to Family, extended family and close friends of the deceased wishing to attend funerals. It is possible to pay your respects by socially distancing on the roadside as the cortege travels to the church. Once the church has reached capacity, the doors will be closed and a notice placed outside informing parishioners that the church is full.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS IS STILL SUSPENDED.
Whilst we are aware that this is not an ideal situation, the Health & Safety of ALL our parishioners and friends is paramount.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation at this time.
The November dead list is available to download and print out. To download a copy please click on the following link. November Dead List
INTERNATIONAL "ECONOMY AND SOCIETY" AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE COMPETITION FIFTH EDITION -YEAR 2021
To promote knowledge of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, the Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice Foundation (FCAPP), as part of the International "Economy and Society" Award, has announced a)a prize worth 20,000 euro for publications in economic and social fields( deadline is over)b)a prize awarding two scholarships to young researchers worth 10,000 or 20,000 euro, depending from what here-below specified, whose deadline has been extended –due to discontinuity of academic activities caused by pandemic–from September 30th to December 31st 2020 The award is biennial; allocations will take place in 2021.Scholarship requirements In response to the Holy Father's appeals, FCAPP will be announcing a qualification-based competition for the assignment of two scholarships reserved for young research scholars of no more than 35 years of age. Commencing with the 2021/2022academic year, they must attend advanced specialization courses and / or research courses at Universities or Higher Education Institutions/ Schools in the study and application of new models of socio-economic development which, in line with the principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church, are inclusive, supportive and sustainable. The scholarships will have a value of€ 10,000 if the University / Institution/ School of specialization is in the same country of residence as the candidate, or € 20,000 if the University / Institution/ School of specialization is in a different country to that of the candidate’s residence. Candidates should send a short 3-page presentation to the award jury showing the project they intend to work on-attaching the opinion of a professor responsible for the project itself -and a copy of the university qualifications indicated below. Candidates must have a master's degree or single cycle degree, or equivalent qualification, obtained with a minimum grade of 105/110, or equivalent grade, in the period between 1stAugust 2014 and 31stDecember 2019. Non-Italian candidates are required to have obtained their degree after completing a cycle of studies of at least five years. The specialization courses applicable for the implementation of the project, must be of a minimum duration of one academic year. Projects in French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Polish will be considered. Applications must be submitted, together with the documents indicated above, by 31stDecember2020.