Mass intentions for the week from 24th October 2020

Masses are online only during the Level 5 restrictions, i.e. without a congregation. Saturday evening Mass intentions are combined into one Mass at 7pm and Sunday Masses are combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If you wish to make a change, that will be no problem, just make contact.
Saturday 24th Oct, 7pm: May & Raymond Monahan, Kinvara and deceased members of the Monahan and McLynn families, anniversary;
Thomas & Margaret Kavanagh and their daughter Marie, Newtown, anniversary.
Sunday 25th Oct, 10.30am: Lily Crosse, Convent Park, Kinvara, 1st anniversary;
Breeda Callanan, Keamsella, months mind;
Jim & Mary Quinn, John Quinn, James Quinn and deceased members of the Quinn family, Aran Quay, anniversary;
Sarah Fordham, Tyrone, Kilcolgan, and her husband Patrick, anniversary;
Patty McGrath, Dublin, 2nd anniversary.
Tuesday 27th Oct, 7pm: People of Ballinderreen Parish
Wednesday 28th Oct, 7pm: Those now deceased who attended the Mass at Poulnagean Mass Rock in 1992, seen in recent video.
Thursday 29th Oct, 7pm: Sarah Maloney, Traught, 1st anniversary.
Pat & Nora Keane, Aughinish, and deceased members of their family, anniversary.
Friday 30th Oct, 7pm: Martin Tannian, Killina, and Wolverhampton, UK, recently deceased.
Saturday 31st Oct, 7pm: Mary Walsh, The Quay, Kinvara, months mind;
Michael Staunton, Loughcurra, 3rd anniversary;
Thomas & Mary Shaughnessy, Kinvara, and Una & Paddy Sullivan, anniversary.
Sunday, 1st Nov, 10.30am: Fr Tony Minniter, former Parish Priest of Ballinderreen, 1st anniversary.

Level 5 restrictions from midnight on Wednesday, 21st October 2020

Ireland will move to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions on Wednesday at midnight, i.e. morning of Thursday 22nd October 2020. Therefore, in Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes, Mass will continue to be celebrated online only, i.e. without the congregation present. At Level 5, attendance at funerals is restricted to 25 people. (Amended to 25 on 20th Oct.)
For your convenience, here is the overall official list of restrictions:
and here is a helpful gathering of most of the information into one place, provided by the Irish Independent:
Please note that anybody travelling into the country from another country, who has not restricted their movements for 14 days should not attend a funeral or wedding. See:

Level 3 Covid-19 Restrictions announcement, 6th October 2020

As announced by the government, at midnight on Tuesday 6th October 2020 (i.e. morning of Wednesday), the whole country will move to Level 3 of the ‘Plan for Living with COVID-19’ for a period of three weeks. Sadly, this means that for the duration that level 3 is in place, Church services will have to move to online only, without the congregation, and funerals and weddings will be limited to 25 people. Places of worship will be allowed to remain open for private prayer, so St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen will be open during the day for personal prayer, observing the requirements about distancing, etc. Mass will be live-streamed on the Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes Facebook page on Sundays at 10.30am, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7.00pm. (The Mass intentions booked for the Sunday 9am and 12 noon Masses will be combined into the 10.30am Mass, but if you wish to arrange differently, or, for Sunday or weekday Masses, if you prefer to postpone a booking until you can be present in person at the Mass, please contact the Parish Office by telephone 086 85 77 644.)

Therefore, 6pm Adoration and 7pm Mass in Ballinderreen Church this evening, Tuesday 6th October 2020, will be our last public gathering in Church until the level 3 restrictions end.

Any further guidance from the Church or public authorities relevant to our situation will be announced here too as they arise.

Let’s all continue to cooperate in keeping everybody in the community safe. Thank you to our wonderful stewarding and sanitising volunteers who have worked so hard in these weeks to make our Churches very safe so that we could celebrate Mass publicly. Hopefully, you can get a good rest during these weeks, and it would be great if more volunteers would come forward now so as to spread the task fairly. Please contact Fr Hugh, or Catherine at the parish office telephone line or by email, to volunteer.

We continue our prayers to God that the COVID-19 virus may be brought to an end and we ask his protection on everybody in our community, in our country, and in the world.

1600th anniversary of the death of Saint Jerome

Today, 30th September 2020, is the 1600th anniversary of the death of Saint Jerome, the great biblical scholar and translator of the Bible. Pope Francis has written a letter to mark the occasion. It would be well worth spending a half hour reading the letter, because it tells the exciting story of St Jerome, and the Pope reflects on the importance of Scripture in our lives.

The letter can be read by clicking here.

Saint Jerome, by El Greco (1609)

Parish Office open via telephone and email

The parish office telephone line has re-opened. Telephone: 086 85 77 644 and email: bkoffice@parishes.galwaydiocese.ie
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Welcome back to Catherine, the parish secretary. Please note that for the moment as the pandemic continues, contact will be by telephone only, so please do not visit the office. Mass cards will continue to be unavailable until further notice.

Message from Bishop Brendan Kelly regarding face coverings in Church and other issues related to the Covid-19 emergency

Bishop Brendan Kelly has issued this message regarding face coverings in Church and other issues related to the Covid-19 emergency:
‘The agreed press statement at the bottom of this email [see below], strongly recommending the wearing of face coverings in Churches at ‘services of worship’, was issued by the leaders of the four main Churches in Ireland today. I am forwarding it to you for information.
In keeping with the strong recommendations in this statement, it is now the Diocesan policy of the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora that from Sunday August 30, we are formally recommending and strongly encouraging the wearing of face coverings at all masses and liturgical celebrations in our churches until further notice, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing between members of the congregation, and four metres physical distancing between the celebrant and the front row of the congregation.
It would not be appropriate for the celebrant or the minister of the Word to wear face coverings while ministering in the sanctuary, but they should at all times continue to maintain at least 2 metres physical distancing from one another.
Some people, for good reasons, are exempted from the wearing of face coverings, even in contexts where it is normally mandatory. Those same reasons apply when people come to Mass and should, of course, be respected.’
Bishop Brendan also wrote: ‘On a separate point, the situation regarding religious services in places of worship (including funerals) remains unchanged (i.e. pods of up to 50 with social distancing etc., with the exception of counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare where the number is 25 at present). However, the maximum number permitted at an outdoor burial is 15, in line with the Government statement of 18 August.
It has been a difficult and challenging time for all people in our country, and not least for parishes. We have been blessed particularly in the many volunteers who have come forward and are doing immense work to ensure the safety and protection of all people who come to church.’
Here is the statement issued by the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates of All Ireland, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland:
‘At this time, both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, the governments have not formally made mandatory the wearing of face coverings at services of worship. This is, in part, due to the fact that as churches we are committed to maintaining 2 metre physical distancing between household groups and strict adherence to all government guidance on hand hygiene, cleaning, ventilation etc.
It, however, remains our responsibility to ensure that our services of worship are safe places for all who join with us. It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc., is likely to reduce the spread of coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. Their use is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers, and practical love for our neighbours.
Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, we join with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30 August 2020, and earlier if practicable.
We understand that some people are exempted from the wearing of face coverings, as outlined in the two jurisdictions.
We also recognise that whilst it may not be appropriate for those who are leading from the front during worship, including preaching, to wear face coverings, they should at all times continue to maintain at least 2 metre physical distancing from one another, and 4 metre physical distancing from the front row of the congregation.’
The Most Revd Eamon Martin
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
The Most Revd John McDowell
Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
The Rt Revd Dr David Bruce
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
The Revd Dr Tom McKnight
President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Update on Covid-19 procedures

In the government Covid-19 announcement yesterday (18th August 2020), indoor arrangements for Churches were left unchanged because measures are in place to attend safely. See https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0818/1159878-virus-press-conference/
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 meter 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.

Note for stewarding volunteers

Thank you to all our stewarding volunteers for the work you are doing in organising the seating, physical distancing, and putting the congregation at ease in the Churches at this time. At this stage, it could be good to review the guidelines in the diocesan guidance document, as seen here, and the video. Please note that stewards should not assist people in sanitising hands, as you must keep a 2 meter distance from each person.

Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, 15th August 2020

The usual obligation for Holy Days is suspended this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Masses will be celebrated with the current restrictions on numbers as follows:
Friday 14th August: Vigil Mass at the Grotto at Ballinderreen Church at 7pm. No Mass in Kinvara that evening. (See details below.)
Saturday 15th August: Mass at 12 noon in St Colman’s Church, Kinvara. The evening Vigil Masses on Saturday at 7pm in St Joseph’s and 8.15pm in Ballinderreen are for Sunday, i.e., not the Assumption.
Ballinderreen Grotto Mass (7pm Friday): As the Mass will take place outdoors, the capacity will be 200 people, observing 2m distancing, except for members of the same household who can sit/stand together. Please follow the indications of the stewards, and, if more than 200 people were to come, please be understanding that no more can be admitted to the Church grounds. If the weather is inclement, the following would happen:
1. If there is drizzle or light rain, Mass will continue outside, and the elderly and those who wish can sit in the Church, up to a maximum of 50 people.
2. If the rain is heavier, Mass will move into the Church, with a capacity of 50 people, and others can participate sitting in cars via the outside speaker or Facebook stream.

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