By Dan Walsh
Priests and parish workers across the Diocese of Ferns are preparing to make church buildings ready for the re-opening for public worship from next Monday, May 10th. This is in line with the most recent Covid-19 guidelines.
But many restrictions remain in place. Numbers of 50 are permitted for Funerals and Weddings from that date. Whether this applies only to Funerals and Weddings – and not Sunday or daily Masses (as pods of 50) – will need to be established.
The guidelines include the phrase that ‘it’s advised that other religious ceremonies such as Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time’.
The diocese will consult with the national church – as to any more specific guidance as may have been received – and it will study interpretations – or any further public utterances, which may offer clarity.
To recommence worship, to respect best practice and guidelines and to act in the spirit both of public Christian witness and commitment to the common good remain diocesan objectives.
Information regards the situation in your local church should be obtained from the parish office or presbytery.