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The Parish Community of Foxrock is a welcoming community of faith guided by the Holy Spirit and centred in God’s Word and the Eucharist. Through the Sacraments, prayer and stewardship over God-given gifts, we are called to minister with respect and compassion to all. We commit ourselves to the mission of Jesus Christ, to proclaim His Gospel and to love one another as He has loved us.
URGENT – Pastoral Care Notice
Fr. Kieran has had a meeting with the Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council and members of the Parish Team to agree procedures for dealing with Coronavirus – Covid 19 – that will take effect from Saturday 14 March 2020.
As we usually have more than one hundred people at daily and Sunday Masses, we regret that we must close the Church on the basis of the recommendations of the Government and Public Health Authorities. With effect from Friday 13 March, the Church will be closed during Mass times (listed below) until further notice. The Church will be open for quiet prayer every day from 12.00 noon to 6.00 pm. The situation will remain under continuous review in line with Government and Public Health Authorities’ advice. All queries may be directed to the Parish Office on 01 289 34 92.
The following arrangements have been put in place pro tem:
Saturday: Vigil 6.00pm – Mass Cancelled
Sundays: 10.00am – Mass Cancelled
11.30am – Mass on Webcam only
12.45pm – Mass Cancelled
Mondays to Saturdays: 10.00am – Mass on Webcam only
(Daily Mass is available on television on the EWTN channel at 1.00 pm, 6.00 pm and 11.00 pm).
Bookings for Mass Intentions will be rescheduled and parishioners will be advised.
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
For those who cannot attend Mass and receive Holy Communion, the following prayer may be said:
I believe that You
Are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things
And I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
Receive You sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if You were already there
And unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every weekday from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon while the Church remains closed. Parishioners may engage in Adoration by Webcam and we encourage everyone to pray for an end to the disease.
Baptisms will continue. We ask families to limit attendance to Parents and Godparents with the baby to be baptised, please.
Funerals will continue. May we suggest that they be attended by immediate and close family only as we are not permitted to have more than one hundred people in attendance, including Celebrant and Staff. Families may prefer to arrange burial and cremations immediately and have a memorial in the Church at a later date.
Confessions will be available by appointment with Fr. Kieran.
Lectio Divina will be accommodated in the Sacristy at the usual time.
The morning Rosary Group will be accommodated in the Sacristy at the usual time.
PARISH PASTORAL CENTRE:
All Parish activities in the Parish Pastoral Centre are suspended until further notices. Customers and other groups using the Centre are asked to exercise prudence in their decisions so as not to pose a potential risk to the health of others.
ORATORY IN CORNELSCOURT
There will be no Mass in the Oratory in Cornelscourt until further notice.
WE WISH TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND FOREBEARANCE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. WE WILL COMMUNICATE WITH YOU TO INFORM YOU OF ANY CHANGES IN THE AGREED ARRANGEMENTS. WE WISH YOU EVERY BLESSING IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD.
Fr. Kieran Dunne, Parish Priest. 12 March 2020