Thought from Fr. Colm - 29th May 2020

No definite dates for church re-opening have been set, as yet. The obvious plan would be to initially open one church for prayer. Then at some future date, open for Mass. As you can imagine, this will be very complicated. Your health, however, is a priority. And so, the specifics of these plans are being worked on at a co-ordinated level throughout the country, the diocese, the Partnership and the parish. Of course, one of our most challenging tasks is the possible implementation of whatever plans being made without the presence of our senior and vulnerable parishioners and clergy. And so, can I ask those in that under-70 age bracket – and there are not a great number - please be on alert to prepare. Thanks. The phasing out of lockdown is to be welcome but we are most certainly not out of the woods. There are issues that continue to be a concern for all of us, such as the continuing mental strain on some. The financial strain seems less obvious now, but down the road this might become more obvious. While “Stay Alert” is a social distancing slogan, it must take on a deeper meaning for us, as members of a Christian Community. Wonderful expressions of care have already been shown in our parish, so please, do not ease up on that care. Thanks. Sadly, Dennis Hawley passed away last weekend. A faithful presence at our 11.00am Mass. Despite having to use a voice box to speak, he never showed the slightest self pity. A gentleman to the end. May he rest in peace.

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