Killaloe Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes

March 31st, 2020

Killaloe Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes

It is with profound regret we announce that the Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 26th June 2020 has been rescheduled to 29th June 2021. The decision was taken by the Diocese in consultation with Joe Walsh Tours in the light of the Covid 19 Coronavirus Pandemic which prevents us guaranteeing the health and safety of all who travel with us.

The agreement is with JWT to carry forward to next year all current bookings so that there will be no financial loss to those who are booked. Please do not at this time contact JWT as staff are working from home and do not have full access to their office.

A decision on the Autumn Pilgrimage will be taken in due course.

May our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette keep us all safe from danger and protect us over the coming weeks and months.

Pastoral Statement th March from Bishop Fintan Monohan

March 28th, 2020

Pastoral Statement, 28 March 2020 – Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe

In the light of the most recent Covid-19 restrictions, and having consulted with the other Bishops of the Cashel Province I am now publishing further guidelines on arrangements regarding Coronavirus. I do so mindful that the work of clergy and pastoral workers is included in the category of “social care” mentioned in the provisional list of essential services.  It is the intention of the authorities to make more specific reference to clergy and pastoral workers in the definitive list that may not be available until Monday.

Care for Senior Citizens

  • All those over 70 and others who are medically vulnerable are to be shielded or cocooned, therefore all clergy and religious as well as Diocesan and parish lay staff such as sacristans within this category of “cocooned” should stay at home.
  • Deaneries and pastoral areas/units are to coordinate back-up services for those who find themselves in a situation of cocooned personnel and ensure that they receive moral support and to see that their needs are met.

Closure of Churches

  • Church buildings are to remain closed until April 12th. Apart from the fact that all are meant to stay at home, it is practically impossible to ensure that surfaces in church buildings would be cleaned regularly, and that the numbers entering churches would be supervised.

Encouragement of Ongoing Prayer

  • Visits to the Blessed Sacrament can always be done even at a distance from the church building in an act of recollection and prayer at home. The practice of spiritual communion is recommended to all who cannot receive the Eucharist at this time.

Funeral Arrangements

  • Funerals: the government guidance to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at this point is that the arrangements hitherto in place continue: funerals with small attendance and safe distancing.  Further guidance will come on Monday.
  • Priests or other church personnel (sacristan, cantor, volunteer) over 70 or with underlying vulnerable medical conditions are not to be involved in Masses, funeral liturgies or prayers. This is in line with the regulation regarding “cocooning”.
  • Funerals of those who die from the virus. When someone dies from the virus the public health authorities will have carried out a thorough search of everyone who had close contact with them and these people will be in isolation.  They will not be at the funeral. Priests who officiate in any way at these funerals need to be extremely careful regarding public health advice (social distancing, hand-hygiene etc.).

Ongoing Broadcasting of Masses and other Spiritual Outreach via Social Media

  • Masses are to continue, where possible, to be transmitted via webcam etc. The Mass should be celebrated by the priest alone without any concelebrating priests.
  • Webpage, Facebook etc. should be used for talks and messages to inspire encouragement, hope and prayerfulness. Where possible, technology-based simple pastoral services should be enhanced.

Baptisms and Weddings

  • All baptisms and weddings are postponed until further notice. If, because of emergency, a baptism must be celebrated, the shortened emergency rite should be used with other ‘rites supplied later’.

Priests Celebrating Masses

  • Priests who come under the “cocooning” category should celebrate Mass privately in their homes.

Críost Linn!

At this difficult time, it is good to remember that the whole Church of Christ is present in every Diocese and that each time Mass is celebrated or the Divine Office prayed, it is done in union with and on behalf of the whole diocese.

Our Lady help of the sick, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

St. Brigid, pray for us.

St.  Patrick, pray for us.

St. Flannan, pray for us.

St. Senan, pray for us.

Críost liom.

Críost romham.


Parish Pastoral and Office Guidelines – update – Friday, March 27th, 2020

March 27th, 2020

On-going update of Procedures

In light of further developments yesterday with an increase in identified cases of Covid-19 along with the number of fatalities and also in light of observations and interaction with parishes the following guidelines are coming into place in the diocese.  They will tighten up already existing procedures and help us to be as proactive as possible to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of clergy, parish personnel and parishioners.  These procedures are effective as from tomorrow, Saturday, 28th of March, 2020.

Parish Offices

Parish Offices are to be closed to the public, but parish business can continue by way of telephone, e-mail etc.

Church Activity

Because there are no public Masses apart from funerals, priests, sacristans,music ministers and parish volunteers should have minimal and if possible no contact with the public in setting up things or in making arrangements.  While it would be preferable to make arrangements via telephone, if it is absolutely necessary to meet families in advance of funeral ceremonies priests should only meet a maximum of two members of the bereaved family present and ensure that appropriate social spacing is observed.

Care of Clergy

Priests of senior years or with an underlying condition should ask another priest in the pastoral area to take his place if he has any concerns.

Churches Remain open for personal Prayer

Churches at present can remain open for personal prayer, provided large numbers of people are not congregating there.  Regular Masses will continue to be offered behind closed doors and people are encouraged to join in spiritual communion with the assistance of various technologies if available.  Doors of Churches and door handles etc should be sanitised frequently.

Courage and Faith

Many thanks to clergy, parish personnel and parishioners for your ongoing patience, faith, courage, and fortitude and for adhering to the guidelines and procedures of best practice at this challenging and difficult time.

Baptismal Course

March 27th, 2020

Due to the coronavirus there will be no baptismal course until further notice.

First Friday Calls

March 27th, 2020

On the basis of the public health guidelines, all first Friday calls are cancelled. Anyone who wishes to talk to a priest can phone either the parish office @0894026161 or Fr. Larkin @ 0872300627.

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