Re-Opening of St. Michael’s Church for Public Mass

Important Notice: As St. Michael`s church reopens for the celebration of Mass it is essential that you book, in advance, through the parish office, the Mass you wish to attend. i.e. Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday or Friday. Numbers limited because of the social (physical) distance rule.

We were very happy to be able to open St. Michael`s church on the first weekend of July for Mass. A very sincere thanks to our cleaners and stewards who enabled this to happen. Also thanks to you who came along and fitted in very well with the guidance of the stewards. Again, below is a summary of our guidelines.

Only St. Michael`s church is opening at the moment, because of the social/physical distance rule. With the present social distancing measures in place we can accommodate 44 people (approx) in the church. With a family coming together, that number can increase a little. It is essential that you book in advance through the parish office. (phone numbers at the end of this note.)

Entry to the church is only through the main door. All doors will be used for exiting. You will be met by a Steward who will take you to a seat. Please sanitize your hands as you enter.  In recent times there is a strong recommendation that, if possible, you should wear a mask or scarf over your mouth.

The basket will not be passed around for the Offertory collection. A box will be available at the entrance or exit and you can drop in your contribution.

In approaching for the reception of Holy Communion, please follow the guidance of the Stewards. Physical (social) distance must be observed at all times. Holy Communion may only be received on the hand.

At the end of Mass the Stewards will guide you as you leave the church (unless you wish to remain a little longer for private prayer). Social distance needs to be maintained at all times (as far as possible) both inside and outside the church.

If you take a Newsletter you must bring it home with you.

If anyone requires assistance, e.g. wheelchairs etc. a Steward will be available to help.

In the interests of one’s own, and others safety, anyone with flu-like symptoms should not attend. Please follow correct respiratory etiquette – cover your face while sneezing or coughing.

Four Masses, open to the public, will be held in St. Michael’s church each week – Saturday: 7.30. p.m., Sunday: 11.00 a.m., Wednesday: 7.00 p.m. and Friday: 10.00 a.m. Mass will take place as usual on the other three days, but behind closed doors. The reason for this is the burden it would put on our volunteer church cleaners.

You should phone the Parish Office or my mobile number to say which Mass you wish to attend. It is hoped that over the space of a few weeks everyone will get an opportunity to attend on Saturday evening or Sunday morning if they so wish. Please book by phoning (9256131 or 0872422273), Thanking you, and, with God’s help, looking forward to having you all back in church before too long.                                                                                                      

Attymachugh and Toomore churches, unfortunately, are not being opened for Mass (or Baptisms or funerals) at the moment. The 2 metre space restriction means that we could only accommodate 10 and 12 people, respectively, plus some extra if they were from the same household. This weeks announcement from the Government means that there will be no change until the middle of August at the earliest. In the meantime it is good to see parishioners from both the Attymachugh and Toomore areas booking into St. Michael`s for Mass.

This is the first weekend that we have had to place people on a waiting list for Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses. I greatly appreciate those of you who gave up your booking to allow others attend. This will be happening from time to time, so thanks in, advance, for your co-operation. It is so important that you book. The most we are allowed is 50 and that includes stewards, Ministers of the Eucharist, Reader and organist.

                 A very special word of thanks to our team of Cleaners who are doing a wonderful job.

    Fr. Padraig.

St Michael's Church, Foxford

St Michael’s Church Foxford

You are welcome to the Website of Foxford Parish. Located in Co. Mayo, Foxford is a parish of the Diocese of Achonry.  There are three Church areas in the parish.

Foxford (traditionally known as Toomore) is situated in east Mayo. The parish boundary on the west is the river Moy which separates the parish from the diocese of Killala. There are three churches in the parish. On the north side, tucked into the Ox Mountains is the church at Attymachugh, which originally was a primary school. On the east side bordering the parish of Swinford, is the church of the Assumption in Toomore.

The parish church in Foxford was built in 1879. In 1961- 62 major renovations were carried out on the church, and on 27th. September 1962, Bishop James Fergus re-dedicated the church to St. Michael, the Archangel. The parish is also home to the beautiful Convent Chapel which was built by the Sisters of Charity in 1925. The Foxford Woollen Mills, founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1892, is still in operation and attracts many visitors throughout the year. Foxford also has an Addiction Treatment Centre, appropriately called ‘Hope House’.