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5th July, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Tony Maguire, Coolnafranky Park Cookstown
Eternal Rest Grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.
As you will be aware the reopening of Churches for public worship begins from Monday 29th June.
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.
Beginning on Monday 29th June, daily Mass will be at 10 am. 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 co-operation 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 and bulletins will be available at the entrances to the Church. You are asked to take your bulletin 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.
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 the 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.
Baptisms will commence from Saturday 4th July. Due to the backlog of baptisms we will be providing additional options. Baptisms are limited at this time to one family per Baptism. We advise that only the parents and godparents attend with the child for christening. The Baptisms will take place at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm on a Saturday and 1pm on a Sunday. The Sunday time is subject to change if there is a funeral and would be moved to 2.30pm in such an event. 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.
Saturday 4th July 10 am:
John Devlin, Mary Kane, Jack O’Neill
Saturday 4th July 6 pm:
Sunday 5th July 9.30 am:
Majorie Devlin, Harry Burns, John Quinn
Sunday 5th July 12 Noon:
Parish Mass Intentions
Monday 6th July 10 am:
Joan O’Donnell, Eamon Mullan, Dennis Collins
Tuesday 7th July 10 am:
Wednesday 8th July 10 am:
Thursday 9th July 10 am:
John Gourley (First Anniversary), Eamon Connolly, Sarah Ruddy, Ita Martin
Friday 10th July 10 am:
Eugene Murtagh, James and Alice McCrystal
Saturday 11th July 10 am:
Paddy Mallon, Seamus Coney
Saturday 11th July 6 pm:
Sunday 12th July 9.30 am:
Parish Mass Intentions
Sunday 12th July 12 Noon:
Parish Mass Intentions
Monday – Saturday 10 am
Saturday Vigil 6 pm
Sunday 9.30 am
As we return to normal mass schedule, please state a Mass time for weekend anniversaries.
Saturday 10 am , 6 pm Vigil
Sunday 9.30 am, 12 Noon
St Vincent’s shop will re-open on Tuesday 30th June at 10am and opening hours will be initially from Tuesday to Friday inclusive from 10am to 3pm. Strict hygiene (sanitiser and screen protectors) procedures will be in place; social distancing will be necessary and we will have clear signage showing direction to be observed.
We are delighted to be back and will welcome your custom as we have suffered financially as a result of being closed.
A number of parishioners have been enquiring about supporting our parish during this time of no public Mass. You may wish to drop your envelopes into the parish office or make a donation by cheque. For weekly envelopes; cheques may be made payable to ‘Cookstown Church Account’. For Building Fund envelopes; cheques may be made payable to ‘Cookstown Church Building Fund’. We thank you for your donations received to date and appreciate your generosity during these times. All donations will be recorded accordingly.
Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Trócaire is therefore appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:
The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.
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