Bringing Holy Week Home 2021: A Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday Companion
Again this year, our celebration of Holy Week and Easter will be very different due to the restrictions in place because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. As a Christian Community we cannot gather together for our usual religious services. However, this should not prevent us from uniting spiritually and taking time to pray, to reflect and to make this Holy Week a truly enriching experience of the life-giving presence of God in our lives. The Dioceses of Clonfert, Elphin and Kildare and Leighlin have prepared this guide to assist us in walking the journey of Holy Week 2021 together, even if we must be apart. It is designed as a companion to broadcast services and as a support to prayer in the home.
Covid-19 Level 5 – Guidance for Parishes
1. Churches are permitted to remain open for private prayer with appropriate cleaning, sanitising and social distancing.
(effective from 24th December 2020)
2. As and from midnight on 25th of December 2020, there is to be no public Celebration of Mass or other Religious Services. People are invited to join spiritually in Mass and other Religious Services from their homes by means of the parish radio, webcam or through television and radio broadcasts.
3. As and from midnight on 25th December 2020 Outdoor/ Carpark Masses should not take place. This is in accordance with the norms for organised outdoor gatherings.
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 10 mourners present from midnight on 25th December 2020.
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 and a maximum of 6 guests present from January 3rd 2021.
6. For the Sacrament of Baptism, Sacrament of the Sick and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) please make contact with your local parish priest.
7. House visits should be by request only when there is an essential pastoral need and then with all the necessary health and safety procedures in place.
8. All gatherings for parish related activities are to be moved on-line.
9. Parish News Letters should continue to be published.
10. The celebration of First Confession/First Holy Communion and Confirmation should not take place.
11. 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.
12. People may receive any clinically approved vaccine in good conscience. Please refer to the Irish Bishop’s statement, which is fully consistent with statement from the Vatican see www.vatican.va
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 091 841 560.