15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 12th July 2020

July 14, 2020



Sun 12th July                    10 am (Not Public streamed only) People of the Parish

                                          11.30 am Jane and Jerome Ikwueke, thanksgiving


Mon 13th July                    St Henry

                                           7pm Marie Bloom, RIP


Tues 14th July                   St Camillus de Lellis, Priest

                                          10 am Finola Carr


Weds 15thJuly                    No Mass


Thurs 16th July                  Our Lady of Mount Carmel

                                           7pm Bruno Mortali, RIP


Fri 17th July                        Feria

                                           10 am Bruno Mortali, RIP


Sat 18th July                      Feria

                                           5pm A private intention


Sun 19th July                    16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

                                          10am (Not Public streamed only) People of the Parish

                                          11:30am Bruno Mortali, RIP


Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those

who work as carers.


  • The return of Public Mass:

    Fr Peter writes: As expected, the Government has given permission for public

    worship with certain safeguards in place. Our first Public was on Monday at

    7pm….and it was lovely! Bishops have not lifted the Sunday obligation suspension,

    which means you are not required to attend Mass on Sunday. Every weekday Mass

    will now serve as a Sunday, and it is suggested that you attend one Mass in the


    Here are the safeguards:

     Please do not come to Mass if you are in the vulnerable category and

    shielding at home.

     Please do not come to Mass if you are feeling unwell.

     Social distancing guidelines mean that St Mary’s can accommodate 60

    parishioners at each Mass. I have tried to give as many alternative Mass

    times during the week to spread out our normal Sunday congregation.

    Remember – any Mass will serve as a Sunday.

     It is most important that we can track and trace everyone who comes to

    Mass should the need arise, and also that we can comply with the

    restrictions that apply to our numbers. Therefore, you must inform us 24

    hours beforehand if you are planning on coming to a particular Mass. You

    cannot just turn up on the spur of the moment. Please phone (07592

    183178) or call into the Parish Office. We will need your name, phone

    number, names of those attending, and the Mass you wish to attend. If you

    have not supplied these details beforehand, you will not be able to attend

    the Mass.

     Please remember to alcohol gel your hands when you enter and leave the


     You must leave two seats empty between you or your family group and the

    next parishioner.

     Due to time constraints there will be no second reading, creed, or prayers of

    the faithful

     Communion will only be given in the hand.

     Holy Communion will be given after the final blessing and then you must

    leave the church.

     Mass will be half an hour or less in length.

     There will be no singing, or missalettes. You must not leave any personal

    belongings behind in church.

     Offertory money can now be deposited in baskets as you enter the porch.

     All Masses will be streamed for those shielding at home.

     For the time being, private prayer in the Church is suspended.

    I am sure this will be a bit “hit and miss” to begin with.

    I would appreciate your continued prayers and patience.




    Baptisms, Sacrament of Marriage and Funerals.

    Fr Peter writes: Sadly Baptisms will be deferred until such time that the public

    health advice is that congregations can gather safely. Weddings: the maximum

    number permitted to attend is 30. A simple nuptial mass may be celebrated.

    Funerals: the maximum number permitted to attend is 30. A simple requiem mass

    may be celebrated.



    Saturday Evening & Sunday Mass Intentions:

    Fr Peter writes: Due to the change in timetable the streamed Sunday Mass at 10am

    will remain for the “People of the Parish”. The Saturday morning intention will now

    be transferred to the 5pm evening Mass and Wednesday’s intention will be

    celebrated on a Sunday. Please do make contact with either myself or Yvonne if this

    creates a problem.



    The return of the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

    Fr Peter writes: As of Monday, you can return to the Sacrament of Confession with

    certain safeguards:

    Please do not come to confession if you are feeling unwell or shielding at home.

    I will be available for confession Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

    from 11am – 12 noon. Please come to the presbytery.

    Due to social distancing and ventilation, I will either hear confessions in the

    presbytery garden or, if it is raining, in church.

    Due to above practicalities, all confessions will be face to face.



    Mass on the Radio:

    Cardinal Vincent writes: “I have received messages expressing concern about those

    not on the internet and the lack of opportunities for them to follow the celebration of

    Mass. One tenacious correspondent has found out that regular celebrations of Mass

    broadcast by RTE Radio are accessible here on a standard radio, on 252 Long Wave.

    Please tell those who receive the information to share it verbally with any people

    who, through lack of internet links, would otherwise not receive it. I understand that

    the full quota of Holy Week ceremonies will be broadcast on RTE. More detail is

    available from roger.childs@rte.ie.”



    Being St Mary’s Parish - Staying in touch - Registration & Parish Census:

    Fr Peter writes: It is very important that I am able to keep in touch with you. The

    shepherd needs his flock. Please update your parish details using the parish census

    sheet and return to me hand delivered via a volunteer who can come to the

    presbytery. It is so important that we stay in touch with each other. I will endeavour

    to send out a weekly newsletter to those without computers. If you are receiving post

    from us but have an e mail address, please let us know your e mail address. I will

    also use the live streamed Masses to convey notices.





    Fr Peter writes: Our missalette order has just been renewed – unfortunately there

    might be a gap of a couple of weekends until the new copies are received from the




    The 10am Streamed Sunday Mass:

    Fr Peter writes: I am going to continue to celebrate the Sunday 10am streamed Mass

    for as long as possible. I know that for some of you shielding at home it is your only

    experience of Mass at St Mary’s. However, at some point in August I intend to take

    a couple of weeks leave to see my family and have a rest. When that happens, I will

    let you know of another streamed Sunday Mass that you can tune into – so long as

    you return to mine when I am back from leave!



    Mass in your Garden:

    Fr Peter writes: This initiative is only for those who are shielding at home and

    cannot come to Mass at St Mary’s. While the weather is good, I would be delighted

    to come and celebrate Mass in your garden for you and some of your Catholic

    neighbours if your garden can be accessed without going through your house. If you

    would like to accept this invitation – please call either myself or Yvonne on the

    parish number and we can negotiate a time. You should have a table (to serve as an

    altar) and some garden chairs (or guests can bring their own).




    Fr Peter writes: I could still do with a few more stewards to help with public Mass.

    The more we have in church – the easier it will be welcoming, seating parishioners

    and cleaning afterwards. Please take a look at the Mass times and see if you would

    like to be a steward. You must be under 70 and in good health.



    First Holy Communion Parents:

    Fr Peter writes: Before the summer break I would like to meet with you and discuss

    some ideas how to celebrate your child’s First Holy Communion. I suspect the

    pandemic will continue into the winter and it might be good to use the advantage of

    good weather (hopefully) to allow your child to make this their first Holy

    Communion. Holly will be in touch with a Zoom Meeting invite.



    The Foodbank:

    Fr Peter writes: The Foodbank would be very grateful to receive material or fabric

    facemasks which can be washed and re-used. Medical facemasks (the disposable

    kind) are expensive to buy and last for a limited period of time. The Foodbank

    would also be grateful if anyone can donate heavy duty fabric shopping bags. The

    Foodbank wants to issue each client with a re-usable stronger bag to enable them to

    get a few days food home. Thank you for all your donations. Our client list

    continues to rise each week – and we are blessed with wonderful volunteers.


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