Happy Christmas

 

Dear Parishioners, we would like to wish you all and your families every blessing and contentment on this Feast of Christmas.  Due to the Covid 19, The emphasis this year is to remain safe and well. I think of those who are alone, those who are in hospital at this time, those who are unable to travel and be with family, those who have been bereaved this year. When you look into the crib you will see the baby Jesus in the manger with his arms wide open in love. May you whatever your circumstances experience the nearness of his love in your family and in your heart.

And there in a cave, in a cradle of hay,

Our Saviour was born on that first Christmas Day.

O come let us adore him , for He is Christ the Lord.

Every joy and blessing for Christmas and always.

I express my gratitude and appreciation to all who have worked very hard during the past year in the service of our Parish, The churches of St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Wayside, and St. Patrick’s

Firstly my fellow priests, Fr. Paul and Fr. Aaron.Our Sacristans, Our Parish office Staff, The Church Altar Societies, those who decorated the Churches so beautifully with flowers, those who assembled the cribs.

Our child safe guarding representatives, the Parish Collectors and Counters, our volunteer Church cleaners, those who keep the altar linens so well, Our Cantors, and Choirs. The Eucharistic Ministers and Readers, The Members of the Parish Pastoral Council.  The Finance committee, The Parish Management Committee.

Those who maintain the grounds of the churches so well And indeed so many who continue to play such a vital role in our Parish. A very sincere thanks.

Due to the restrictions Masses from St Stephen’s Day will be on line only. The churches will remain open for prayer.

Come in to pay your visit at the crib in your church.

The infant child has his arms wide open in love.

And there in a cave, in a cradle of hay,

Our Saviour was born on that first Christmas Day.

O come let us adore him , for He is Christ the Lord.

Every joy and blessing for Christmas and always.

 Fr John Delany

NEW UPDATE PARISH MASS TIMES & GUIDELINES

 

Dear Friends, due to HSE guidelines it will not be possible for our usual large congregations to assemble for Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. We wish to remind you that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended during the pandemic. But Christmas is about more than just one day. Families are welcome to attend Mass at some point during the twelve days from Christmas Eve to Epiphany.

Christmas Masses will also be widely available over webcam and we strongly encourage families to “tune in” from the “domestic churches” of their living rooms and join with those who are gathering in their local churches in welcoming the birth of the Christ-child. We also invite families or “household bubbles” to pay a visit to their local church at some time during the twelve days to offer a Christmas prayer at the crib and pray together for their families and for those particularly impacted by the pandemic.

Every Joy & blessing for Christmas and New Year, Very Rev John Delany, Fr Paul Ludden and Fr Aaron Vinduska.

CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES
10 am St Mary’s Sandyford-Webcam
6 pm Mary’s Sandyford -Webcam
8 pm St Mary’s Sandyford -Webcam
10 pm St Mary’s Sandyford-Webcam
7.30 pm Our Lady of the Wayside Kilternan
9.30 pm St. Patrick’s Glencullen

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
9 am St Mary’s Sandyford -Webcam
11 am St Mary’s Sandyford— Webcam
10 am St. Patrick’s Glencullen
12noon Our Lady of the Wayside Kilternan

ST. STEPHEN’S DAY MASSES
11 am St Mary’s Sandyford— Webcam
6 pm St Mary’s Sandyford — Webcam

Book any of the following Masses during the 12 daysof Christmas.
Monday Dec 28, Tuesday Dec 29, Wednesday Dec 30, Thursday
Dec 31, Friday 1st Jan 10am : St Mary’s Webcam
Saturday 2nd January 6pm, St. Mary’s Sandford –Webcam
Sunday 3rd January 9am, 11am, 6pm, St. Mary’s Webcam
Sunday 3rd January 10am, St. Patrick’s Glencullen
Sunday 3rd January 12 noon, Our Lady of the Wayside, Kilternan
Mon 4th, Tues 5th & Wed 6th January 10am St Mary’s Webcam

It is important for people to understand that this is a time when we all have to work together and look out for each other by observing best practice. We thank you for your understanding and for your support and I look forward to being able to meet people personally as the restrictions are eased. Very Rev John Delany,

Mass for Feast to the Immaculate Conception is Tuesday the 8th at 10am and 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Sandyford—you do not need to book for these Masses. They are on a first come basis and the maximum number at each Mass is always 45

Dear Parishioners,

NEW UPDATE PARISH MASS TIMES & GUIDELINES

 

We are delighted to announce that, from Tuesday 1st December , we will resume public Masses on Monday to Friday at 10am in St. Mary’s Sandyford—no booking required.

We will resume our weekend schedule on the weekend of the 5th & 6th December,

Mass times as follows: St. Mary’s Saturday 6pm Sunday 9am, 11am and 6pm. St. Patrick’s 10am. Our Lady of the Wayside 12 noon—Booking required.

Under the current regulations we are obliged to ensure that social distancing and sanitising are adhered toboth outside and within our Churches. Our churches, because of their size, present a number of challenges so we ask parishioners to please take note of the following

  • No reservation for weekday/holy days.
  •  A reservation booking system will be operated to facilitate attendance at all Public Masses Weekend only.
  •  The number of seats available in each Church will depend on its size as follows:
    St. Patrick’s, Glencullen – 36 seats.
    Our Lady of the Wayside, Kilternan – 32 seats.
    St. Mary’s Sandyford – 45 seats.
  • Each reservation is one per household—up to five people (as those living together may sit together).
  • For reservations for all Masses in all three Churches, please go online to the parish website to access the reservation system  alternatively you may call the Parish Office on 2956414 between the hours of 9.30am to 12 .30pm strictly.
  • Due to the limited numbers, parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass during the week when possible and  this will serve as a Sunday Mass. We encourage parishioners who feel safe and are well enough to do so, to attend Mass once a week, once every two weeks, or once a month. Please note that all parishioners are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass at the moment. Those who do not feel the time is right for them should continue to avail of the Parish webcam.
  • A small group of volunteers will act as stewards at all Masses. This is to ensure and help to assist Parishioners to comply with social distancing and sanitizing and taking their designated seat.
  • As our Church aisles are very narrow, it will be essential for Parishioners to follow the direction given by the stewards.
  • We are required to have only one entrance, clearly marked as such and one exit clearly marked as such, this is to ensure that there is no crossover between people.
    Parishioners are asked to follow the signs that will clearly mark and highlight the one way system in operation.
  • All parishioners are asked to wear a mask upon entering the church for the celebration of Mass.
  • The distribution of Holy Communion will take place at the very end of Mass when the Priest will ask the stewards to invite people to receive Holy Communion one by one observing social distance. Once Holy Communion has been received Parishioners are asked to leave through the marked exit promptly and may give their thanksgiving in the grounds of our Churches. Due to the narrowness of our aisles it is impossible to distribute Holy Communion in any other way at this time.
  • After Mass each Church will be sanitised and deep cleaned.
  • All three Churches will continue to be open during the day for private prayer.

 

It is important for people to understand that this is a time when we all have to work together and look out for each other by observing best practice. We thank you for your understanding and for your support and I look forward to being able to meet people personally as the restrictions are eased. Fr John Delany