We are unable to celebrate the Easter Triduum this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Efforts to secure local online transmission of the ceremonies have proven to be unsuccessful. Please be aware that the following parishes and resources will be broadcasting Easter ceremonies and reflections: Scariff Bay Community Radio; RTÉ, Bishop Barron broadcasts on Youtube, Tulla parish via their Facebook page. The parishes of Ennis, Shannon, Kilrush and Nenagh have webcam services available. There are other parishes which can be found on www.churchservices.tv
Closure of Churches: this will continue until at least 12 April and is regrettable but please keep in mind that people are not supposed to be outside of home unless for essential reasons and we are unable to guarantee that all church surfaces be cleaned each and every day. We appreciate your understanding at this time.
Funerals: Please note that if funerals are to take place during this time, no more than 10 people can be present in church. This will be extremely difficult for all concerned and we hope and pray that this situation will pass. Perhaps to keep in mind that month’s mind and memorial masses can be held later at which a more complete solemn celebration can take place.
Easter Services on TV: Holy Thursday on RTE 1 9th April 16:40-17:35 Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Father Ray Kelly. Good Friday on RTE 1 10th April 15:00-16:00 Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday with Father Derek Darby. Holy Saturday on RTE 2 11th April 22:00-23: 00 Easter Vigil Mass with Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath. Easter Sunday on RTE 1 12th April 10:00-11:00 takes place in the Dominican Convent of Saint Jacques (Saint James the Great) in Paris. Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP. 11:00-11:20 Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Easter Message. Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP.
In view of the Government Statement on Covid-19 and the need to avoid indoor public gatherings of more than 100 people, and the difficulty of guaranteeing this in practice, following consultation Bishop Fintan Monahan has decided as follows: All public Masses in this diocese, Sundays and weekdays (with the exception of Funeral Masses and the Celebration of Marriage) are suspended until further notice. Mass on this Sunday March 29th (5th Sunday of Lent) can be heard on:
- Scariff Bay FM (88.3 FM) at 11.00am
- Clare FM at 9.00am
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.