Parish News

Published on May 6, 2021

Resumption of Masses: We are delighted to welcome back public attendance at Mass from this Tuesday. The schedule of Masses will resume in full as follows:

  • Tuesday 10am St Mary’s
  • Thursday 10am St Molua’s
  • Saturday 8pm St Mary’s
  • Sunday 11am St Molua’s

Guidelines for attending Mass:
*Facemasks must be worn in church during Mass and other services.
*Please sanitise your hands when entering church at any time.
*A capacity of 50 people is permitted for Mass; this includes funerals and weddings.
*Holy Communion should only be received in the hand.
*Please respect these guidelines and thank you for your understanding and patience at this time; hopefully our continued efforts will bring about more relaxed conditions in due course.

Online broadcast of Mass: will be reduced from this week; Mass will be available this week on Wednesday and Friday at 10am and Sunday at 930am.

Sacraments: Once the source for details of any celebrations of the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation that will be permitted; families will also be contacted directly through schools with details.

Baptisms: Bookings for baptisms are now being accepted; please contact the Parish Office or Fr David. Please note that no more than 10 people are allowed to attend a baptism at this time

Contributions: Thanks for your continued financial support of the parish at this time. A number of payments have been received through the diocesan online donation facility and we are very grateful. All donations made through that service come to the parish.

Pastoral Council: The Parish Pastoral Council met during last week and reviewed the great work that has been carried out in extending the new cemetery. It is almost completed with just some minor works to be carried out. Graves are available for purchase and those who have bought graves will be contacted in the coming weeks with details regarding the site.
Grateful appreciation was expressed to all those involved in the work and their generosity of labour which helped to keep the costs down was acknowledged and very much appreciated.

The burial ground was formally consecrated by Fr David on Tuesday evening but it is important to note that every grave is blessed as part of the Catholic burial rite.

Work on St Molua’s is due to begin in the next number of weeks; the restrictions on construction had delayed these works but we hope they will be completed shortly.

It is good to see so many joining us for online Mass and thanks for all the lovely comments that are made. Replies are not made to comments or messages sent via online mass; parish and priest contact details are published elsewhere on the newsletter.

Missing: A microphone cable is missing from St Molua’s church; it’s return or news of its whereabouts would be      appreciated!

Rosary for the month of May: Each Friday evening at 730pm the Rosary will be said in the grounds of St Molua’s Church, weather permitting, otherwise in the Church itself. Everyone is welcome to come and honour our Lady, during the month of May. All HSE guidelines will be adhered to. If you are unable to attend maybe you will pray with us from your home.

Anniversary Masses: If you wish to book an anniversary Mass you can do so through Joanne at the parish office by telephone or email on Thursdays and intentions will be included at the online mass. Online Masses are from Sunday tor Friday at 10am excluding Saturdays.

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.

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.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.