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Return to Public Worship – May 2021

From Tuesday 11th May 2021, public worship re-commences in Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes. A very warm welcome back to all parishioners. This is a joyful time for the parishes, and a source of hope for us all. Though various restrictions will still be in place, we will again rise to the challenge, and we look forward to being able to have full congregations eventually.
In the meantime, we return to observing the conditions as they were before Christmas. Here is a reminder of the procedures we are required to observe:
Attendance is limited to fifty people. In Kinvara and Ballinderreen, the places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Different parishes have different practices for this, depending on their circumstances. Priority will be given to family members of those for whom the Mass is offered for anniversaries, months minds, etc. We will try to keep to one anniversary per Mass, so as to avoid any capacity problems.
For seating, please maintain 2 metre distance from anybody not of the same household. Please do not sit on the outside of a seat if you see that it would not be possible to sit 2 metres from the next person in that seat. If sitting on the inside, please move in near the edge, so as to maximise the space available for others. Two rows in every three are taped off so as to keep the 2m distance in the other direction. Please do not open the tapes. (Please note that the capacity of Doorus Church will be considerably less than 50 because of the 2 metre rule. In St Colman’s Church, Kinvara, we can operate the pods system which is allowed for larger Churches, for the transepts, resulting in a capacity slightly higher than 50, as long as nobody crosses between the pods.) Please follow the directions of the stewards for entering and leaving the Church. Space is available in each Church for anybody who requires a place for a wheelchair, etc. Please make known any special requirements and they will be accommodated.
The Eucharistic Minister will check if Holy Communion needs to be brought to anybody in a car or outside who could not get in because the capacity had been reached.
Please sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the Church. Stewards should not assist people in sanitising, so as not to come too close to those entering or leaving the Church.
Face coverings must be worn in the Church.
Please observe respiratory etiquette. No coughing into the air.
The Sign of Peace will remain suspended during this period.
Anybody who is feeling unwell or has symptoms is asked not to attend until you are fully well again.
The Priest and Ministers of Holy Communion will wear face coverings for the distribution of Communion. During this period, Communion will have to be received on the hand only. The Priest and Ministers of Holy Communion will go to each seat with Communion. The stewards, wearing gloves, will temporarily remove the tape so that the Priest or Minister of Holy Communion can move along the seat in front of those receiving Communion. Please place out your hands if you are receiving Holy Communion. Low-gluten hosts will be available from the Priest and Minister of Holy Communion for those who require them.
Ministers of the Eucharist must sanitise their hands again after putting on their face masks. Sacristans should do likewise before preparing the Communion hosts or other objects for use in the Mass.
Baskets will not be passed around for the offertory collection. Instead, there will be a container at the door in which you can place your offering.
Unfortunately, choirs still have to be restricted in the interests of physical distancing and prevention of droplet projection. It is possible to have an organist and cantor instead during this period, and sincere thanks to those are giving of their talents as cantors and organists during the pandemic.
Unfortunately, we still cannot have Holy Water in the fonts, in case of spread of the virus.
The parish newsletter remains suspended for the moment.
The Parish Office can be contacted by telephone only for the time being. Mass cards are not available until further notice.
Sincere thanks to our sanitising and stewarding volunteers, and all those who have been involved in keeping the parishes alive during the pandemic.
In relation to Doorus Church, if funerals occur, it is as well to mention now, when no funerals are pending, so that it will be clear it is not personal to anybody, that because the 2 metre distancing rule applies (except in the case of people who live in the same household), the capacity for a funeral will be considerably less than the 50 people. Therefore, families will have to choose between having a smaller number in attendance in Doorus Church or having the funeral in one of the other Churches of the parish. Please be sensitive to the fact that the parish is obliged to follow the government restrictions, in the interest of public health, and does not have discretion to make exceptions.
 
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Thanks from COPE Galway

Sharon Fitzpatrick of COPE Galway has written to thank the parishioners of Kinvara for €227.50 and of Ballinderreen for €192.28 contributed to the special Church collection in 2020. Sharon writes:
‘The support and kindness of your parishioners allows COPE Galway to help vulnerable people throughout Galway city and county – individuals and families who are affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse and older people who may need nutritional and social support…. As well as our essential services, COPE Galway are responding to the COVID-19 emergency with specific added supports in each of our service areas.’

Volunteers needed

Public worship re-commences in Ireland from Monday 10th May 2021. We have to satisfy various Covid-19 safety conditions in order to hold public worship, including sanitising of all seats used and surfaces touched, which will be used again within 72 hours, and stewarding so that a capacity of 50 people is observed, with 2m distancing between those not of the same household. Sincere thanks to our sanitising and stewarding volunteers. We need some more for each Church, especially for Ballinderreen Church, and St Joseph’s, Kinvara. Having a few more volunteers would allow the turns to be less frequent for those who have volunteered.
If you would be willing to volunteer, please contact Fr Hugh or Catherine the parish secretary, by email or telephone call.

Mass intentions for the week from 8th May 2021

Until 10th May 2021, because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses are combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses are combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this situation, that will be no problem.

From this Monday, 10th May, public worship re-commences in Ireland. We resume will the temporary schedule in Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes for during the pandemic. Because attendance is limited to 50 people, and the Sunday obligation is still suspended, you are asked to consider attending during the week rather than Sunday so that as many people as possible can get to Mass each week. To facilitate people who are working, Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will continue at 7pm. An extra Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Ballinderreen Church on the Saturday evenings while the current situation lasts.

Please remember to sit 2m away from anybody not from your own household, to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the Church, and to wear a face-covering in Church.

Saturday 8th May, 7pm (online only): Mass.

Sunday 9th May, 10.30am (online only): Martin & Delia O’Grady, anniversary and Kitty O’Grady, anniversary.

Tuesday 11th May, 7pm, Ballinderreen (open to the public): People of Ballinderreen Parish.

Wednesday 12th May, 7pm, Ballinderreen (open to the public): Mass

Thursday 13th May, 7pm, St Joseph’s, Kinvara (open to the public): People of Kinvara Parish.

Friday 14th May, 7pm, St Joseph’s, Kinvara (open to the public): Mass.

Saturday 15th May:

7pm, St Joseph’s, Kinvara (open to the public): Pakie & Maureen Flaherty and their son Brother Christy and their daughter Pauline, Killina, anniversary.

8.15pm, Ballinderreen (open to the public): Mass.

Sunday 16th May:

9am, Doorus (open to the public): Mass

10.30am, Ballinderreen (open to the public): John Joe & Ann Jordan, Woodview, Toureen, anniversary;

Bernard Jordan, Toureen East, anniversary;

Martin Sweeney, Toureen, anniversary.

12 noon, St Colman’s, Kinvara (open to the public): Mass.

Mass intentions for the week from 1st May 2021

Until 10th May 2021, because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses are combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses are combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this situation, that will be no problem.

St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen remain open throughout each day for personal prayer. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and out, and maintain physical distancing if there is anybody else in the Church at the time.

Saturday 1st May, 7pm: Ann Whelan, Carnamadra, anniversary, and her parents P.J. & Mary Kennedy;

Deceased members of the Whelan family, Carnamadra, anniversary;

Pat & Eileen Connolly, Carnamadra, anniversary;

P.J. Connolly, Main Street, Kinvara, anniversary;

Paddy Waters, Ballybuck, 3rd anniversary;

Patrick, Elizabeth, and Nora Forde, Caheravoneen, anniversary;

John Kilroy, Cloonasee, anniversary.

Sunday 2nd May, 10.30am: Mary Larkin, Aran, anniversary;

Eileen Larkin, Killeenaran, 3rd anniversary;

Sadie & Bill Joe Coen, Drumacoo, anniversary;

Patrick (Pa) Whelan, Carnamadra, anniversary;

John Fordham & family, Killeenaran, anniversary;

Brigid O’Connor, Newtownlynch, anniversary;

Maureen Lennon, Roscam, anniversary;

Esther Duffy, Mulrook, anniversary;

Michael Fahy, Mulrook, anniversary.

Tuesday 4th May, 7pm: People of Ballinderreen Parish.

Wednesday 5th May, 7pm: John Kenny Salthill, anniversary;

Brian Samuels, Athlone, anniversary.

Thursday 6th May, 7pm: Pauline O’Rourke, Dublin, 3rd anniversary.

Friday 7th May, 7pm: People of Kinvara Parish.

Saturday 8th May, 7pm: Mass.

Sunday 9th May, 10.30am: Martin & Delia O’Grady, anniversary and Kitty O’Grady, anniversary.

Mass intentions for the week from 24th April 2021

Because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, at the moment, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses will be combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses will be combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this situation, that will be no problem.

St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen remain open throughout each day for personal prayer. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and out, and maintain physical distancing if there is anybody else in the Church at the time.

Saturday 24th April, 7pm: Maura O’Loughlin, Gortnaclough, 1st anniversary and deceased members of the O’Loughlin family;

Peter & Kate Waters, Ballybuck, anniversary.

Sunday 25th April, 10.30am: Frank Quinn, Ballinderreen, anniversary;

Pat & Ellen McCooke, Crushoa, anniversary and Denis Murphy, London, anniversary, and Denis Goff, Wexford, anniversary;

Patrick Fordham, Tyrone, Kilcolgan, anniversary.

Tuesday 27th April, 7pm: Mass in thanksgiving offered for all who helped out the Murray family on their recent bereavement.

Wednesday 28th April, 7pm:  People of Ballinderreen Parish.

Thursday 29th April, 7pm: People of Kinvara Parish.

Friday 30th April, 7pm: Christine McCormack, Kinvara West, anniversary;

Miko Moroney, Funshin, anniversary;

Kathleen Donohue, Funshin and deceased family members, anniversary.

Saturday 1st May, 7pm: Ann Whelan, Carnamadra, anniversary, and her parents P.J. & Mary Kennedy;

Deceased members of the Whelan family, Carnamadra, anniversary;

Pat & Eileen Connolly, Carnamadra, anniversary;

P.J. Connolly, Main Street, Kinvara, anniversary;

Paddy Waters, Ballybuck, 3rd anniversary.

Sunday 2nd May, 10.30am: Mary Larkin, Aran, anniversary;

Eileen Larkin, Killeenaran, 3rd anniversary.

First Holy Communion 2021

The First Holy Communion ceremonies in Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes will not now take place on the provisional dates. They will be deferred until Autumn. We won’t know exact dates until there is more clarity about the restrictions and public health advice. But, please assure the children that the ceremonies will indeed go ahead, and we look forward to them. In the meantime, please continue preparing the children to receive Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time.

(Confirmation, as already announced, has been deferred until Autumn.)

Mass intentions for the week from 17th April 2021

Because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, at the moment, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses will be combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses will be combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this situation, that will be no problem.

St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen remain open throughout each day for personal prayer. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and out, and maintain physical distancing if there is anybody else in the Church at the time.

Saturday 17th April, 7pm: Paddy Murray, Main Street, Kinvara, Months Mind;

Paddy & Bridget Fallon, Boherbee, anniversary;

Una McCormack, Cartron, 5th anniversary.

Sunday 18th April, 10.30am: John Wynne, Killina, 3rd anniversary;

Thomas & Nora Costelloe, Kiltiernan, anniversary;

Brigid & Tommie Quinn, Crushoa, anniversary;

Mattie Lyons, Drumacoo, 8th anniversary.

Tuesday 20th April, 7pm: People of Ballinderreen Parish.

Wednesday 21st April, 7pm: Mass.

Thursday 22nd April, 7pm: People of Kinvara Parish.

Friday 23rd April, 7pm: Mass.

Saturday 24th April, 7pm: Maura O’Loughlin, Gortnaclough, 1st anniversary and deceased members of the O’Loughlin family;

Peter & Kate Waters, Ballybuck, anniversary.

Sunday 25th April, 10.30am: Frank Quinn, Ballinderreen, anniversary.