Parish of Ogonnelloe
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To view all Masses in Bodyke Church – please click on link: https://www.facebook.com/Bodykechurch-108001877726439/

With level 5 restrictions now in place until the end of November the celebration of Mass is only available online or broadcast on radio and TV. Scariff Bay Community Radio continues to broadcast 11am Mass live each Sunday as it has since the first lockdown. 88 3Fm or 92.7fm.

The church will remain open for personal prayer. You are encouraged to pray at home, including especially prayers for the sick, for those who are caring for the sick and for all who are working so hard to protect us.

O’Gonnelloe Parish Office is closed due to HSE restrictions, please continue to send your notices for the newsletter on Thursday by 11am. Newsletter will be available on O’Gonnelloe Parish Facebook page, www.ogonnelloeparish.ie and on noticeboards inside and outside the churches. Some copies will be available inside churches to take home.

If funerals take place they will be restricted to fewer than 25 in church. Baptisms are not permitted during this time other than in the case of emergency.

1st November is the Feast of All Saints and 2 November is the Feast of All Souls: A special online ceremony will be broadcast from the Cathedral in Ennis on Sunday 1 November at 3pm available on https://www.killaloediocese.ie/november-remembrance-for-the-faithful-departed/

Blessing of Graves: Due to the covid19 level 5 restrictions that are currently in place, regretfully we are unable to hold a public blessing and prayers in our parish graveyards this year. Instead prayers and blessings will be recited at the new cemetery on Sunday 8th November at 12noon, due to restrictions people should not gather in the graveyard for this blessing but you are welcome to join the prayer service online through the link on the parish website.

Dates for Sacraments 2021: With the celebrations of Sacraments now completed for the past year, inevitably some queries have been made about preparations for Sacraments in 2021 and possible dates. At this point in time no decisions have been made, it is likely to be at least January before any dates are set. We will keep in touch with all concerned through the schools and in the meantime we would encourage you to visit the church and attend Mass whenever possible.

Anniversary/Memorial Masses: When masses restart we will of course be accepting bookings for anniversary Masses. It will be necessary to include a number of intentions at the same Mass. Your understanding will be much appreciated.

Planning to get married in 2021? You need to give at least six months notice for the completion of church and civil papers and so it would be a good idea to contact Fr David to chat through the necessary requirements. This applies whether you are getting married in the parish, elsewhere in Ireland or overseas.

Parish contributions: We are very appreciative of your generosity in these difficult times. If you wish to make a contribution, you can leave it into Fr David or the parish office. Contact us if you would like to create a standing order.

On-line Donations to Parish: The on-line donations facility on the Diocesan Website is now operational which enables parishioners to make on-line contributions to their own individual parish. Log on to www.killaloediocese.ie and using the Donate button, select your own parish to make your contribution. Donations to parish funds, priests collections or other special collections can be accommodated. This is an additional facility which will work in tandem with parish websites where separate on-line donation facilities are currently operating. We hope that you will find this service useful for your ongoing support which is greatly appreciated.

Inis Cealtra pastoral area comprises of the parishes of O’gonnelloe, Bodyke, Scariff, Mountshannon, Feakle & Flagmount-Killanena. Fr Joe McMahon & Fr David are co-parish priests for the area who work together with Fr John Jones, Fr James O’Brien.