Below is all the latest news from the parish, with the most recent at the top.
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.
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.
Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop to Dublin
On Tuesday 29th December, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin upon reaching the age of 75. The current Bishop of Ossary, Bishop Dermot Farrell, has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Dublin. The current date for his instillation is February 2nd, but this is all down to government restrictions at that time.
You can read more about the announcement here: Pope Francis appoints Dermot Farrell as Archbishop of Dublin