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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.
In the interests of the Health & Safety of Parishioners, the following will apply from Saturday, 12th December:
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 25. 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
The Parish Safeguarding report is available to download by clicking here
Safeguarding Sunday 25th October 2020
A MONTH TO REMEMBER OUR DEARLY DEPARTED
In this booklet you will find a Family Prayer Service and a series of prayers that you may wish to use in your own home. It is our sincere hope that this resource will be a support to everyone as they remember and pray for their loved ones at this time.
To download the prayers, click here.
Just a reminder that St Patrick's Parish supports Red Wednesday Week of Witness: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Ireland
St Patrick's Church will be lit up Red from Red Wednesday 25th November to Tues 1st December 2020.
There will also be an online week of witness prayer/mass events you can check out on www.acnireland.org
On Saturday 28th Nov at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Church there will be an online prayer service which you can watch on our webcam and parish Facebook feeds.
At present over 245 million Christians worldwide live under the threat of violence, torture and death for practising their faith in Jesus Christ . ACN is a Pontifical Foundation supported by and run by the Catholic Church.
This attached letter from ACN (Ireland) branch suggest ways you can help, for example:
you can wear a red scarf or tie or even another suitable item of clothing on Red Wednesday 25th Nov to show your solidarity,
you watch our parish online prayer service on Sat 28th Nov at 7.30pm,
you can remember them in your prayers,
donate money to help the relief of the suffering Church etc, it is all detailed in the Appeals letter attached.