Notices

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.

Weekday Masses 

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 for Healing

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
churches presently.

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
challenge.

A few important tips to ensure we continue this high standard & best
practice;
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
important.
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
are present.

Thank you for your hard work & May God continue to bless you in your
ministry.