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NEW ARRANGEMENTS – WEEKDAY MASSES


We have been given permission to reinstate public Masses on weekdays (Monday-Saturday) beginning Monday 6th July, 2020. St. Patrick’s Church can accommodate 100 people (5 per seat) in line with current advice on distancing arrangements. In order to meet our safety arrangements please do not arrive before 9.45 am and leave immediately after Mass. Stewards will be in place to facilitate arrangements.

All the faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation during the period of this pandemic. You are encouraged, however, to attend Mass on another day of the week. Sunday Mass will continue to be available on the Parish Webcam at 11.00am each Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Church will remain open for private prayer from 11am-4pm, Monday-Saturday. A maximum of 10 people are allowed in the church at any given time and a one way system is in place with entrance via St Anthony’s porch. All those attending the church for Mass or private prayer must strictly observe the social distancing regulations and good hygiene regulations outlined at the church entrance.

It is important that people who are vulnerable or unwell, and especially those that might suggest Covid-19 infection, should stay at home and, if possible participate as now, via the webcam or radio. The same applies to those who have been in recent contact with someone who has the virus in accordance with public health advice.

Please share this information with other parishioners, neighbours and friends.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Fr. Dermot & Fr. Eamon.

Parish of Blaris – New online version of our weekly Parish Missalette


Sacramental preparation – non-parish schools


Sacramental preparation for children attending non-parish schools

Parents of children attending schools other than St. Aloysius and St. Joseph’s who wish to have their child prepared for the Sacraments of First Communion 2021 or Confirmation 2021 are asked to contact the Parish Office by email as soon as possible. Email address: stpatricksparish@hotmail.com
Please provide the following information:

1 – Name of child and address
2 – Date of birth
3 – Place of Baptism
4 – Name of school
5 – Class September 2020 (P.4 or P.7)
6 – Name of parent
7 – Contact number

Thank you!


A word of thanks to those who have left Offertory envelopes at the Parochial House. With the Church now open for private prayer we have provided a safe, close to Confession box on right hand side of Church, to facilitate the return of envelopes by Parishioners who are in a financial position to do so.

Thanks also to those who have contributed to Parish Funds by Donate button on website/standing order/direct debit.

NI Abortion legislation


Baroness Nuala O’Loan has urgently requested signatures for the online petition letter being organised by Right to Life, on behalf of Baroness O’Loan and Carla Lockhart MP, in advance of a Commons debate on the NI Abortion legislation this Monday.

The petition can be found at the following link: righttolife.org.uk

Down and Connor Knock Virtual Pilgrimage


We welcome you to join us for our Diocesan Knock Virtual Pilgrimage on Sunday 14th June 2020. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the shrine website www.knockshrine.ie and on Knock Shrine Facebook page. The programme will commence with Rosary at 2.30pm and Mass will be celebrated at 3pm by Fr. Richard Gibbons, Rector of the Shrine. Bishop Treanor will give a short message of welcome to the people of our Diocese by means of a video, which will be shown at 2.55pm.

You are invited to place a Petition by visiting the Knock Shrine Website and all the Petitions will be before the Altar during the Mass. You may also request that a candle be lit for your intentions.

We encourage as many of you as possible to participate and pray that next year we may gather, as a Diocese, in person again at our National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

With every Blessing

Father Vincent Cushnahan
(Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage Director).

Down and Connor Diocesan Triduum


Following on from the successful Diocesan Novena earlier this month, the Diocese of Down and Connor will close the month of May with a Triduum of Prayer to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. In the Christian tradition Pentecost is known as the Birthday of the Church. Over these three days, prayers will be offered for the Family (the Domestic Church), our local Parishes and Pastoral Communities (the Local Church), and for the mission of all Christians in the world (the Universal Church).

The Triduum will run from Friday 29th May until Sunday 31st May.

Bishop Noel Treanor warmly invites everyone to join with him as he leads the prayers on-line via the webcam (www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral) from St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast.

Each evening will begin at 7.00 pm and will last approximately 15 minutes.

Intentions may be sent by email to novena@downandconnor.org and they will be placed in front of the altar and included in the prayers each evening.

A booklet of the prayers being used in the Triduum can be requested using email address above.

Private prayrer in Church


From Monday, 25th May ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH will be open for private prayer from 11am – 4pm, Monday -Saturday . Access by side door only.

All visitors to the church must strictly observe the social distancing regulations and good hygiene practices outlined at church entrance .

Anyone who is unwell or exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 should remain at home. Those who are at increased risk from the virus and/or have been advised to shield themselves, should also remain at home.

Trocaire


This time of year, we would usually get back tens of thousands of boxes but that will not be possible this year, at a time when the developing world needs our help the most.

If you can, please donate online or over the phone. Donations can be made online at https://www.trocaire.org/donate/make-a-donation

Please do hold until your boxes until further notice and we will be in contact about how to return them when it will be safe for people to do so.

Accord Support Line


Conscious of those who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and family lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, Accord has set up a support line where callers can talk to experienced couples and relationship counsellors.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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