After much consideration and a heavy heart I have made the decision to cancel our services on foot of the recent request from the government and advice from the HSE. I know that some may feel this to be an overreaction at this time, but I would much rather be accused of over reacting than put frail and elderly parishioners and those with underlying health concerns at further risk. I am aware that for the vast majority of people the symptoms of contracting COVID-19 will be very mild or may not even be apparent, but for some it still poses a significant threat and it is for this reason that I’ve made this decision to protect the most vulnerable in our community and of course, wider communities with which we all have contact.
It is important that we act as responsible citizens in the protection of our most vulnerable and I would ask that you continue to keep good contact with parishioners, friends and neighbours; especially those who are isolated and alone, whether that be by phone, email or text and be available to help in appropriate ways. Please continue to observe good hand hygiene and to limit social contact at this time in order to help in the reduction of the spread of this virus.
Church services will resume on Sunday 29th March and our Easter Vestry will be moved to Sunday 5th April, immediately after the service. There are broadcast services from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral website and the diocesan website will provide links to others as well as resources for prayer. Please continue to keep those effected by the virus in your prayers, the healthcare workers and those involved in the area of research, those at home and the vulnerable. I hope to see you all happy and healthy on 29th March.
A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus
Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.