Now that plans are taking shape for us to implement the diocesan plan for the return to the public pastoral life of the Church from 29th June 2020, please consider volunteering for one of the tasks needing to be carried out. The public celebration of the Eucharist in any Church will be authorised only if the elements of the diocesan plan are demonstrably in place.
Volunteers are needed for the support teams in Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes. In particular:
Volunteers for sanitising the Churches:
The sanitisation of each Church will need to take place after Mass and any other public gatherings. It is advised that it be done at least an hour after the last person leaves after Mass, so that any possible presence of the virus load in the air will have reduced. It will be crucial that we have an adequate number of people willing to undertake this task, and being able to re-start and continue public Masses will depend on it.
Volunteers for stewarding:
Tasks of the stewards will include: ensuring the correct distancing in the seating inside the Church, monitoring capacity, guiding people safely to their places, ensuring distanced and safe queuing for those entering the Church, ensuring movement at Communion time happens in a safe manner, helping those in attendance to avoid crossover and pinch-points, guiding anybody participating outside the Church regarding physical distancing.
The Diocese will provide training videos, and the parish will provide guidance on applying this training to the specific situation of the Churches here.
People with particular expertise in the medical / nursing areas, health and safety, sanitisation, etc., are invited to volunteer your help to be part of the parish support teams.
A register of volunteers will be kept for the purpose of contact tracing.
To volunteer, please email the parish at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or send a direct message to the Facebook page or telephone Fr Hugh, with your name, contact phone number, your email, and please mention which Church you are volunteering for.
Traditionally, the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 478 says,
‘Jesus knew and loved each and all during his life, his agony and his Passion, and gave himself up for each one of us: “The Son of God… loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) He has loved us all with a human heart. For this reason, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation, is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that… love with which the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings without exception” (Pope Pius XII).’
We celebrate Pentecost this Sunday, 31st May 2020. Here’s a short video about Pentecost and to let you know that Mass will be live-streamed on the Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes Facebook page at 10.30am on Sunday. If you are not on Facebook, you can access the streaming through your internet browser at www.facebook.com/BallinderreenandKinvaraParishes/
Trócaire is asking parishioners to send in the proceeds of your Lenten efforts for this coming Pentecost weekend (30th-31st May 2020). The best way to do this would be to convert what is in your Trócaire box into an online donation. You can send it directly to Trócaire by going to the website trocaire.org or you can use the Galway Diocese’s iDonate system, by choosing Trócaire in the drop-down menu. Click here.
Trócaire’s message says: ”Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation.’
Video message to say Mass will be live-streamed on this Facebook page again at 10.30am this Sunday, 24th May 2020, Solemnity of the Ascension. ‘The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.’ (Matthew 28:16)
Mass will be streamed again this Sunday, 10th May 2020 at 10.30am. Some music for the month of May in this week’s announcement video: Carol and Jacqueline, staff members of Blake Manor Nursing Home sing ‘Queen of the May’. Some residents, taking all the correct precautions, are singing in the background.
Mass will be live-streamed again this Sunday, 3rd May 2020 at 10.30am on the parish Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, the page is called ‘Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes’. If you are not on Facebook, you can still look, by going to the following address on your internet browser: