ST. MAUR’S PARISH RUSH
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Special Measures
Issued Thursday March 12th 2020
Whereas we realise that many of these restrictive measures will make pastoral life more difficult, we have to remember that as a society we have a duty of care to protect ourselves and above all to protect others.
- Sunday Mass: In the current emergency, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass.
- Sunday Mass: As each of the Sunday Mass attendance exceeds the optimum 100 per gathering, All Sunday Masses are Cancelled.
- Sunday Closed Mass: We invite parishioners to participate in Sunday Closed Mass @ 11.30am which will be streamlined by our Parish Webcam. This can be accessed by visiting the homepage of our Parish Website https://rushparish.ie/ and clicking on Parish Webcam or at the following web address https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-maurs-parish.
- St. Patrick’s Day Closed Mass: We invite parishioners to participate in St. Patrick’s Day Closed Mass @ 11.30am which will be streamlined by our Parish Webcam. This can be accessed by visiting the homepage of our Parish Website https://rushparish.ie/ and clicking on Parish Webcam or at the following web address https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-maurs-parish.
- Weekday Masses: Presently Weekday Masses will continue @9am.
- Baptisms: Pre-booked Baptisms can take place on condition that attendance does not exceed 100 people inside the Church.
- Confirmations: All Confirmations are postponed until further notice. This applies with immediate effect.
- Weddings: Pre-booked Weddings can take place on condition that attendance does not exceed 100 people inside the Church.
- Funerals: Every Catholic is entitled to a dignified Christian burial. Attendance at Funeral services and Masses should be limited to close relatives and must not exceed 100 attendees within the Church building. Larger gatherings (of up to 500) could take place outside after Mass or at a graveyard.
- Church Remains Open: In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. Where possible, Churches should remain open for prayer each day.
- Please Observe: Within Churches it is necessary that people observe a distance of at least one metre from each other. This is because one of the easiest ways in which the virus is transmitted is through close contact.
- Non- Essential Pastoral Gatherings: All non-essential pastoral gatherings and meetings, such as formation gatherings, retreats and seminars are cancelled.
Issued by the Irish Episcopal Conference
These policies are in place until March 29th 2020, subject to review in line with any updated guidelines
Let us pray together that the Lord will protect our parishioners and all people from all harm in these difficult times.
‘Nothing can separate us from the Love of God.’
Lord Jesus we place all our Trust in You. Amen.
Fr. Kevin and the Parish Team.