Care for one another during the Coronavirus pandemic

‘Care for one another during the Coronavirus pandemic’


  • Further advice of the Irish Bishops in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus



–          All non-essential pastoral gatherings and meetings, such as formation gatherings, retreats and seminars are cancelled. 


–          All Confirmations are postponed until further notice.


–          Every Catholic is entitled to a dignified Christian burial.  Attendance at Funeral services should be limited to close relatives and must not exceed 100 attendees within the church building.


–          Similarly, Church weddings and baptisms may be celebrated on condition that the attendance in church does not exceed 100 people.


–          In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer.   Churches should remain open for prayer each day.


–          In the current emergency situation, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass.  Please listen to Mass on Midwest Radio or Castlebar Webcam—


–          This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families – to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness.  We should pray   also for those at the frontlines – especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all.




Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer.  Amen.




Date 13.03.20

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