Pope Francis Video for September 2020


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DOWNPATRICK PARISH PASTORAL PLAN
2018-2021.

The Downpatrick Pastoral plan is available to view on the menu under Pastoral Council

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Important Information For All Parishioners

St. Patrick's Church Re-Opening:

As Parishioners will be aware, the NI Executive initiated the first phase of the 'Lockdown easing'. Bishop Treanor issued a letter earlier this week in relation to this. Accordingly, St. Patrick's Church will re-open FOR PRIVATE AND PERSONAL PRAYER ONLY from Tuesday 26th May 2020.


For the time being (in this phase) the opening times will be as follows:

Sunday 2pm-6pm

Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm

Saturday 11am - 4pm


Access will be via the main doors at St. Patrick's. PLEASE follow the directions and advice on the posters within the church.

Only the first few rows of seats in the main body of the Church will be accessible. All other areas and seating is currently not accessible.

IN THIS PHASE the toilets will not be open, nor will it be possible to light a candle.


Parishioners who wish to visit the church and have mobility issues are permitted to bring their car to the front door for ease of access.


The Parish would ask that you use the sanitiser provided to clean hands prior to entering and upon leaving the Church.


We would also like to ask parishioners to offer their time as 'Stewards' during these periods of prayer in order to assist others and ensure the Health & Safety of all visitors to the Church. If you can help, please email downpatrick@downandconnor.org and let us know your availability.


The church has been cleaned thoroughly following the painting and carpet cleaning and will undergo further cleaning prior to opening


Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Fr. John Murray PP

Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor regarding

Funeral Services, Requiem Masses

and Wedding Ceremonies

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.

Parish Masses

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.