Returning to Mass – update

Welcome back to MassGuidelines                                                                      

Before you arrive

  • Make sure that you have no temperature or any symptoms of Covid 19.
  • Have your own mask.
When you arrive
  • Sanitising  machines are available in all Church Porches
  • Three people in every second seat.
  • 2 Couples or a Family per seat
  • Extra people can listen in their car outside Church.
  • Boxes will be placed at entrance of the Church for contribution envelopes.

During Mass

  • Keep kneelers up / Stay sitting or standing
  • Practise good cough and sneeze etiquette

Instruction for Communion

  • Priests and ministers must sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion
  • The priest/minister must wear protective face-covering for the distribution of Holy Communion. (HSE guidelines)
  • Holy Communion will be distributed in the hand only for the foreseeable future after Mass.
  • People will be invited to approach Holy Communion at the end of Mass in single file, by seat row, and maintaining a two meter distance.
  • People will be asked to leave the Church gradually after receiving communion and encouraged not to gather outside.

Participation over  the week is encouraged rather than having everybody turn up on Sunday.

Maximum number allowed is as follows:

Crossmolina:  100 +        Eskeragh: 38 +
Keenagh:       50  +        Kilmurry:  40 +
Stewarts are asked to be in Church 20 minutes before Mass to show people to their seats. Extra volunteers needed for weekday Masses. Volunteer forms are available in Sacristy for signing.
It will be up to everyone to be responsible for their own health and safety.

We thank everyone in advance for your patience as we  adjust to the new guidelines.

Please note:  due to Covid-19 restrictions, mass intentions will be limited to two per mass (St Tiernan’s) and one per mass (all other Church’s). Exception(s): masses booked prior to COVID-19 closures.

We have now set up a Parish support team for all 4 Churches. Many thanks to all who came to our meetings to offer help & support as we work together for the Health & Safety of our Community. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help sanitize our Churches after Masses. Extra volunteers will be needed and will be asked to stay back after Mass to set up a rota system. Our Churches will also be deep cleaned by William Barrett on a regular basis.

Cocooning volunteers or lay ministers are invited, having carefully weighed the risks and benefits, to give an indication as to whether they choose to stay at home or to continue in their public ministry.

  • The dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation is extended for the time being.
  • We must ensure that the required physical distance is maintained during all liturgies, some seating rows (every second one) will be closed off. One person or one household of two people could sit at either end of a row. Any larger group (family or household) would occupy a row to themselves.
  • Participation over  the week is encouraged rather than having everybody turn up on Sunday.
  • Sanitizing  machines are available in all Church Porches
  • People will be asked to leave the Church gradually after Mass and encouraged not to gather outside, so that social distancing is maintained.
  • Those who are sick or have any symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 should stay at home.
  • Boxes will be placed at entrance of the Church for contribution envelopes, to avoid  passing collection baskets.
  • Side aisles will be closed off for weekday masses.
  • No masses on Mondays.
  • Holy water fonts will remain empty.