23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 6th September 2020.
Is now available on our Parish Websites Currahaparish.ie or Ardcath-Clonalvyparish.ie at 11.30am.
Weekday Masses (To end of August when will be reviewed)
Monday Curraha 7.30pm – Tuesday Clonalvy 9.30am – Thursday Curraha 9.30am – Friday Ardcath 9.30am.
Returning to Mass
The Government’s present guidelines allow Churches to re-open at the end of June and require social distancing of 2 meters. This means in St. Andrews Church Curraha, we will fit at approximately 2meters distancing, a reduced capacity to 36 places, with 12 in the Parish Centre and with the external speaker a further 50 plus outside.
We also like to remind you of the following practices and encourage you to continue to keep them up:
*On entering and exiting the churches please sanitise your hands.
*Please fill the church from the front pews to the back. This is important to keep social distancing and to minimise movements.
*Please on exiting the churches and grounds respect the social distancing guidance.
*Please continue to respect and comply with all requests from the Stewards.
*The wearing of masks in church is to be encouraged.
*Ministers of Word and Eucharist to take their seats and remain in the Sanctuary.
We should all continue to be mindful of and practice the guidelines which should ensure our personal protection and that of our fellow parishioners so that our safety and theirs is safeguarded as far as possible in these difficult times. God keep us safe.
In St Mary’s Church Ardcath, we will fit at approximately 2 meters distancing a reduced capacity to 38 places, and 21 in St John the Baptist Church Clonalvy. Both Churches have external speakers and this would facilitate 50 plus outside.
The Parish Pastoral Councils are also looking at other Public Health Requirements to ensure our safe return to Mass.
Building Fund Envelopes: We thank those who have dropped in building fund donations using their own envelopes, which is very much appreciated at this time. The envelope boxes were to be distributed in early April but the present pandemic prevented this happening, however they will be delivered as soon as physically possible. We ask people not to leave envelopes in the church, but you can use the letter box at the parochial house. Another option is a Standing Order form which can be found under the heading finance on the Parish Website. Thank you again for your continued support.
Web Cam Daily Mass during Covid-19
Mass is available each morning at 10.00am from St Mary’s Church Drogheda. To access this webcam please follow these steps.
- Open Internet.
- In Google search type in the following ” St Mary’s church Drogheda webcam“
- This will bring up a list of options click on St Mary’s Parish Drogheda .
- Then click on ” Live Stream” This is only operational at Mass time each day.
Prayer to be preserved from contagious diseases
O God, who through an Angel
Promised St Roch that those
Who invoke His name or seek His
Intercession we may be preserved
From this present danger.
We ask this through Christ our Lord (3 Times)
Dates for 2020
First Holy Communion: Postponed
Change from baskets to sealed collection bags
Our parish auditors “D.F. Dillion” have contacted us in preparation for our
2018 audit. They have informed us that in accordance with “Guidance and
procedures as set out in the Irish Episcopal Conference Guidelines –
Financial Controls and Related processes with Parishes” that Parishes should
utilize sealed collection bags rather than open baskets. These have been
purchased and will be introduced in our three churches in the next few weeks.
Most people will be familiar with these bags as they are used in most
Best practice for Ministers of the Word
In our three churches we have a very high standard of proclaiming the word of
God. This is something regularly commented on by visiting priests and
visitors to our liturgies. This is due to the great work of our Ministers of
the word who really do a great job.
The role of proclaiming the word of God is very important. In doing so, we
are nourishing God’s people and this is a great privilege, blessing and
A few important tips to ensure we continue this high standard & best
As we have Lectionaries now in each church, I ask all Ministers to read from
the “Lectionary” on the ambo. Before mass begins feel free go up and have a
look to reassure yourself.
Before you start reading, please make sure the Microphone is at the same
level as your mouth or slightly below then stand at least six inches away
from the Mic. This ensures the best result. If you stand too close to the
microphone you will get feed-back and also hear your own breathing.
Please don’t say “First reading or Second Reading” or read what is written in
italics. In the same way, please don’t say “Responsorial Psalm Response is”
it or “response” at the end of every verse of the Psalm, just look up and
that is the cue for the people to respond, maybe join in with them but in a
lower voice. This encourages the congregation to respond, which is so
If you are unable to attend on your given Sunday, I would ask you to get
another reader to cover for you.
Please don’t forget to drop into the sacristy to let the celebrant know you
Thank you for your hard work & May God continue to bless you in your