Please see below what days Masses will be available online via our webcam:
To tune into Mass, go to either, currahaparish.ie or ardcath-clonalvyparish.ie and click on the Youtube link.
Sunday Mass 11.30am
Mass is now available on our Parish Websites Currahaparish.ie or Ardcath-Clonalvyparish.ie at 11.30am.
Monday Curraha 7.30pm – Thursday Curraha 9.30am –
Singer(s) Guitarist & Singer(s) available for Weddings & Funerals for further details please contact Ann on 086-2363476
Returning to Mass
Update on the Further Reopening of Churches
With the announcement of the relaxation of more of the Public Health Guidelines that allows for 50% capacity in attendance of parishioners at Mass from Monday 6th September, the following changes can take place in the churches of our Parish:
St Andrew’s, Curragha approx. 110 Persons
St Mary’s, Ardcath approx. 110 Persons
St John the Baptist, Clonalvy approx. 75 Persons.
Capacity restrictions of 100 persons remain for weddings until the 22nd October, however Funerals are allowed at 50% church capacity.
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.
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