Below is all the latest news from the parish, with the most recent at the top.
Notice for Online Services and Private Prayer – 10/4/2021
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Year of St Joseph
A Note from the Local SVP Conference – 18/3/2021
The local conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul would like to express their thanks to everyone who are continually donating to the conference. Whether it’s directly to them, or via the parish, the money is coming in and going out to help those most in need in the area. We know that things are difficult for everyone, so the donations and support are hugely appreciated.
We, as a parish, would like to say our thanks to all who donate and to the members of the SVP for continued work throughout the parish over the last year. The support and respect of the SVP volunteers goes above and beyond, and is always done quietly in the background. Sincerest thanks to you all!
Announcement from the Irish Bishops of a National Synod – 14/3/2021
The Bishops of Ireland announced during the week that they have decided to embark on a synodal pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to the holding of a National Synodal Assembly within the next 5 years. The next 2 years will be a time of prayer, listening and discernment, involving a nationwide consultative conversation. The word Synod means ‘walking together on the way’. Synodality is about the whole People of God helping each other listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church. It is about finding the best ways for every baptised person to fulfill the Church’s mission of proclaiming to the world God’s love and salvation in Jesus Christ. I greet this announcement as good news, something I have been waiting for for a long time. Pray God’s blessing on this important decision and on all it will lead to.
Read the full statement here: Statement from the Irish Bishops
Notice from Archbishop Dermot Farrell regarding Sacraments and Liturgies 7/3/2021
- The Sacrament of Baptism can only be celebrated in case of emergency, i.e., in danger of death.
- Arrangements for the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation should not be made until Government, HSE and Diocesan Guidelines indicate that it is safe to do so.
- Under current restrictions all religious services continue to take place Online only.
- Churches may open for private prayer only.
Devotions such as Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, can take place in closed churches Online only.
All these measures are in place for the common good and to help solidarity between parishes so that together we can overcome the threat of Coronavirus in the community.
As schools reopen on March 1st, take some time to read the open letter from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn to Parents and Guardians. 28/2/2021
In it he states:
The most significant concern is that re-opening of schools will be taken as a signal by parents and wider society that other forms of household mixing, and mobility are now acceptable.
We cannot afford for this to happen at this time. Despite the progress we have made, COVID-19 is still circulating at high levels in our communities. We must do all we can individually and collectively to ensure that the reopening of schools results in the minimum possible upward pressure on the reproduction number.
Please avoid congregating at school gates over the coming weeks. Please do not have play dates or organise after school activities which involve household mixing. And please continue to work from home unless essential. It is only through your continued buy-in to these measures that we can ensure that our children will get back to school and then stay back in school.
Read the full letter here:
Bilateral Meeting between Taoiseach and Catholic Church leaders – Published Friday 19th February 2021.
The Taoiseach, yesterday, met with representatives of the Catholic Church – Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly and Archbishop Michael Neary – to discuss the current level of Covid-19 restrictions and the Church’s desire to return to worship, in particular during the season of Lent and with the approach of Holy Week and Easter.
The Archbishops requested the meeting as part of ongoing constructive dialogue regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on public worship.
Recognising the huge challenges which the pandemic poses, the Archbishops emphasised that they wish to continue supporting the public health message and to encourage all necessary measures, including vaccination, to protect health and well-being, especially that of the most vulnerable.
They shared their concern that life at present is particularly stressful and difficult for people to endure, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Recognising the spiritual comfort and hope that participation in public worship brings, the Archbishops asked that public worship resume when an easing of restrictions is considered. They expressed a strong desire that people might gather safely this year for the important ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter. They also requested consideration of an increase in the number of the bereaved who may attend funeral Masses.
The Taoiseach thanked the Archbishops for their support and acknowledged the importance of the Church community in people’s lives at this time of stress and worry. He outlined the ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the virus, particularly the new variants, stressing that any increase at all in mobility can have serious consequences for public health and put pressure on the health service.
In concluding, he said the concerns raised at the meeting would be given consideration. It was agreed to maintain dialogue as the situation evolves.
Prayer for the Candle of Atonement for Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse Friday 19 February 2021
Archbishop Dermot shares a message with families preparing for the Sacraments this year:
Schedule for Lent
HOMILIES OF ARCHBISHOP DERMOT FARRELL
On Tuesday 2nd February, Archbishop Dermot Farrell was installed as Archbishop of Dublin the Pro-Cathedral. You can read his homily by clicking: Homily of Archbishop Farrell – Instillation Pr-Cathedral
On Sunday 7th February, Archbishop Dermot Farrell celebrated Mass in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballymun. You can read his homily by clicking: Homily of Archbishop Farrell – Ballymun
Due to government regulations and the re-introduction of Level 5 restrictions, the last public Liturgies will be celebrated on Christmas Day. Our churches are closed to public Liturgies from December 26th until further notice. From December 26th, all liturgies will be streamed online from St Kevin’s and follow the usual schedule.
With the numbers of Covid-19 cases rising beyond what we could imagine over the last week, safety is our priority. We ask that if you are in need of anything, please phone us. Your call will be answered by one of us here in the parish and we can help you from there.
Please follow the advice of the HSE and stay at home, limit contacts, wash your hands, and if you have to go out, go by yourself where possible and wear a mask. It’s tiresome at this stage, but we’re getting through it and we continue to act to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.