Parish of Ogonnelloe
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News & Thanks

Welcome back! It’s been a few months since we have been able to celebrate our Sunday liturgies and even this weekend there will be a few changes in the way we participate and share. For example, the seating arrangements are different and we ask your co-operation to help ensure safe social spacing. The distribution of Holy Communion will also be different and take a little longer – please listen for announcements. Times of masses have been changed for a period while we adjust to the new arrangements and will be reviewed over the next few weeks. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We look forward now to the gathering of community and continue to pray for one another.

Please note that no collection basket will be passed around – instead boxes are available at each door for your donation. You can also make an online donation – see the notice for details.

The obligation to attend Sunday mass is not currently in place. This means that you may attend a mass during the week instead of Sunday. By doing so, you free up space for others to attend at the weekend so please be considerate and for the time being keep to just one mass per week. A big thank you to all in our parish who have helped in the plans to re-open our churches safely and for Masses to begin once again. A lot of work and preparation has taken place so that you can come to Mass and as a parish we are very grateful to all who have undertaken the work. Please pray for each and every one.

Mass Leaflets are out of print till 26th July and will be back to normal A3 size with Mass Liturgy.

Face coverings: as communicated by HSE are recommended when staying two metres apart is difficult – it is up to each person to decide and their choice will of course be respected.

Mass Servers: will not be required at Masses for the time being and we thank all those who have given such dedicated service through the past year.

Eucharistic Ministers and Sacristans: will be contacted over the coming weeks regarding availability and we will completely understand and accommodate those who would rather not attend church for the time being. There will be a change in the distribution of Holy Communion and this will be announced at Masses.

Readers Rota: anyone who wishes to continue Reading at Mass is very welcome, please confirm to Joanne in the office your availability and a Rota will be organised from this list. We will completely understand and accommodate those who would rather not attend church for the time being.

Cleaning Rota: anyone who wishes to help with the cleaning of the churches contact Joanne in the office and confirm they are available. From this list of people a rota will be organised. Normal cleaning should take place weekly and sanitising of benches after every mass for which volunteers will be requested at each mass. We will completely understand and accommodate those who would rather not attend church for the time being.

Collections will not be taken up during Mass; boxes will be available for your contribution in the porches of churches.

Baptisms: bookings are now being accepted – please contact the Parish Office or Fr David.

Eucharistic Adoration will re-commence from the week beginning 29th June at the usual times. Please ensure physical distancing and sanitise the area in which you sit when leaving the church.

Anniversary/Memorial Masses: When masses restart we will of course be accepting bookings for anniversary Masses. However, because we have not had Masses since March it will be necessary to include a number of intentions at the same Mass. There will be a number of memorial masses and first anniversary Masses to be held to which priority will be given for booking requests at masses outside of regular Sundays. Your understanding will be much appreciated.

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.

Sacraments 2020: We hope to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for O’Gonnelloe NS candidates on Saturday 15th August at 11am in St Molua’s and the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday 27th September at 11am in St Molua’s. Both celebrations will be held in line with Diocesan and HSE guidelines and will have restricted numbers attending. Hopefully we will be in a position to stream both online. Please pray for all the children involved whose celebrations have been deferred this year due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Masses Available on: You can tune into Masses on tv and radio; Scariff Bay Community Radio broadcast Mass at 11am on Sunday mornings and you can tune into them on FM just below the spot of RTÉ Radio 1. Clare FM also broadcast Mass at 9am on Sunday mornings. There are many parishes that offer morning prayer and Mass online. If you have access to the internet here are some local that you can find: ennisparish.com, shannonparish.ie, facebook.com/TullaParish and other parishes can be found through churchservices.tv Bishop Robert Barron broadcasts daily Mass on his youtube channel.
Please exercise due care when using social media and be always online aware!

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.