Each Advent, we are invited to set aside some extra time and space for prayer, reflection and good works. The restrictions in place because of the coronavirus mean that we may not be in a position to gather as usual for our religious services. This situation challenges us to find new ways of reflecting on our faith and praying in our homes. It is hoped that this guide will assist you in doing just that.
Level 5 – Guidance for Parishes
Effective from 22nd October 2020
Until further notice the following restrictions are in place.
(1) Churches will remain open for private prayer with appropriate cleaning, sanitising and social distancing.
(2) There is to be no public Celebration of Mass or other Religious Services. You are invited to join spiritually in Mass and other Religious Services from your home or by means of the parish radio, web-cam or through television and radio broadcasts.
(3) The Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sacrament of the Sick and the Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated only in cases of grave necessity. All necessary safety precautions are to apply. Please discuss with your local priest over the phone.
(4) Funerals should be conducted in accordance with the safety guidance in “Nothing can Separate us from the Love of God” with a maximum of 25 mourners present.
(5) The Sacrament of Marriage should be celebrated in accordance with the safety guidance in “Nothing can Separate us from the Love of God” with a maximum of 25 guests present.
(6) All gatherings for parish related activities are to be moved on-line.
(7) It is advisable that Parish News Letters continue.
(8) An appropriate means for people to return their donation envelopes will be made available locally. Parishioners may also wish to donate to their parish using the online donation facility on the Clonfert Diocesan Website.
Please continue to pray for our medical staff and front-line workers, our political leaders and our scientists at this time. Please keep safe and help keep each other safe. St Brendan, Pray for us!, Our Lady of Clonfert, Pray for us!
Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love of God: Guidance for a return to the Public Pastoral Life of the Church in the Tuam Ecclesiastical Province
1. What to expect when we return to Church - https://youtu.be/jw94raL2r48
2. Covid-19 Church Stewarding - https://youtu.be/gAyLAm4lry4
3. Covid-19 Church Cleaning - https://youtu.be/QJbb-wGsmCU
4. Covid-19 Use of Personal Protective Equipment - https://youtu.be/neTgR6_6CW0
5. Covid-19 Hand Hygiene, Respiratory Etiquette and Physical Distancing - https://youtu.be/ruPyJNMHYL0
6. Covid-19 Communications and Signage - https://youtu.be/02Um0hEAkmM
7. Covid-19 Distribution of Holy Communion - https://youtu.be/FnJrgo60J50
"We are with you”
The Diocese of Clonfert has launched “We are with you”: a prayer initiative for the deceased and their families in these difficult times.
As participation in the funeral liturgy of the Church is limited, we would like to pray in a special way for your loved one who has died and for your family.
As you are preparing a loved one’s funeral, Bishop Michael invites you to enrol their name in the Clonfert Diocesan Prayer of Remembrance for the Dead.
This is for funerals that take place in the Diocese of Clonfert and can be arranged through the Priest or the Funeral Director.
During the time of the funeral one of our local religious communities of sisters and groups of priests from the Diocese will pray privately the formal Prayer of the Church for your loved one and for your family. In the following weeks they will continue to remember you in their prayers and we let you know that they have done so.
The Clonfert Diocesan Prayer of Remembrance will be prayed locally by
- The Carmelite Sisters
- The Sisters of Mercy
- The Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood
- Groups of Priests from the Diocese of Clonfert
Our diocese is located in East Galway taking in a small part of Co. Roscommon and Co. Offaly.
The diocese has three deanery areas, Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Portumna.
If you have any further queries, please send us an email at email@example.com or phone us at 091 841 560.