Cookstown Parish Holy Trinity Church Cookstown Fri, 31 Jul 2020 10:46:44 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Cookstown Parish 32 32 Re-Opening Procedures Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:00:52 +0000 The post Re-Opening Procedures appeared first on Cookstown Parish.


Re-opening Procedures

In this parish it has been decided that we will initially begin with daily and weekend Masses in Holy Trinity Church.  As the Summer progresses we hope to initiate the return of Masses in Sacred Heart Church, Rock and St John’s Church, Slatequarry.  Mass will proceed alternative weeks outdoor on Sunday mornings at 10.30 am in Rock and Slatequarry.  See parish news for Mass rotation.
Daily Mass will be at 10am.  The weekend Masses will take place in Holy Trinity Church as follows:

Saturday Vigil: 6pm.        Sunday: 9.30am & 12noon

To facilitate this welcome return of public worship we ask for your cooperation as we strive to follow the new guidelines.  Below, we have outlined the new measures we hope to implement:

Arrival at the Church & Seating:
There will be a number of stewards at each entrance to the Church who will provide you with sanitiser and guide you to a seat.  Due to social distancing, seating capacity will be reduced.  You are asked to arrive at Church no more than 30 minutes before Mass. Families are encouraged to arrive and sit together.  Outside speakers will allow a possible overflow of parishioners to listen to the Mass from the Church carpark or nearby vicinity.

The Liturgy of the Word:
There will only be one reader per Mass.  Missalettes will be available at the entrances to the Church.  You are asked to take your leaflet home rather than leave it behind.

The Distribution of Holy Communion:
Eucharistic ministers will distribute Holy Communion by going around the Church and standing between vacant pews.  This will reduce movement and make it easier to maintain social distancing.  Holy Communion should continue to be received in the hand at this time.

Collection Baskets:
If you wish to make a donation a basket will be placed at the entrances to the Church before Mass begins.  There will be no passing around of the baskets during Mass.

Some additional notes:
We look forward to welcoming our parishioners back to Mass but we hope that this can be done in a safe way.  We would like to make you aware that dispensation from Sunday and Holy Day obligation is extended for time being.  Therefore anyone who is continuing to shield can watch Mass online.  During this time the Vigil Mass will be streamed online as well as Sunday Mass at 9.30am.

At this time, it is important that we ensure a high standard of hygiene is maintained in the Church.  We envisage at least 3 cleaners after every Mass to ensure we meet these standards.  We urgently require more parishioners to get involved.  We express our gratitude for those who have so willingly committed to this already and over the years.

Due to the backlog of baptisms we will be providing additional options.  Attendance at Baptisms are limited at this time.  You are asked to contact the secretaries during office hours to enquire about a booking.

The following information has been received from the Department of Health regarding funerals.
The size and circumstances of the Church will determine the maximum number that can attend the Funeral Mass safely whilst facilitating social distancing.
It is recommended that Funeral Directors liaise with the Priest to determine the number that can be accommodated at requiem Mass.  It is also recommended that face coverings are used for indoor services presently.
Mourners should ensure that they remain at least 2 meters away from others.
It is recommended that coffin “lifts” should not take place unless all reside in the same house.

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Vocations Sunday Fri, 01 May 2020 15:36:48 +0000 The post Vocations Sunday appeared first on Cookstown Parish.


Vocations Sunday

Please find below a link to a short video produced by Bishop Michael and Janet Forbes for Vocations Sunday.

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Funeral Liturgies Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:40:00 +0000 The post Funeral Liturgies appeared first on Cookstown Parish.


The following is a guide for parishioners who are arranging funeral liturgies for their deceased relatives.

Music for use in Funeral Liturgies

Please remember that in keeping with the guidelines of funerals for the Archdiocese of Armagh only religious hymns are allowed in funeral Masses.

Details of the proposed music should be given to the local clergy for their approval.

Readings for the Funeral Mass

The word of God is of great importance in the funeral rite. The readings proclaim the meaning that Christ himself gave to death, teach us to remember the dead, nourish our hope of being gathered together again in God’s kingdom, and encourage us to live the Christian life. Above all, the readings tell of God’s design for a world in which suffering and death will be destroyed. In the readings all present have an opportunity to hear God speak to them in their needs, sorrows, fears and hopes.

At the funeral liturgy the biblical readings may not be replaced by non-biblical ones. But during prayer services with the family non-biblical readings may be used in addition to readings from Scripture (see below).

Members of the family may be invited to read the scripture readings.

The psalms express the suffering and pain, the hope and trust of people of every age. Above all they sing of faith in God and of redemption. They enable us to pray in the words that Jesus himself, who knew anguish and the fear of death, used during his life on earth.

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