Upcoming Mass Times;
Sunday 31st May at 11:00am
Coronavirus – Covid 19.
Some of the Guidelines issued this week by the Western Bishops in consultation with the HSE:
1. Sunday and weekday Masses: Public Masses on Sundays and weekdays remain suspended until after April 19th.
2. Funeral Liturgies: Under the present circumstances, the following guidelines should be followed:
funerals may proceed, but physical participation must be limited to immediate family only
there are to be no visiting concelebrants
other than those actually living in the same house, members of the congregation should observe the safe distance protocol
elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions should not attend
3. Sacrament of Baptism: Under current circumstances, it is perhaps preferable to defer the celebration of Baptism until the present crisis has passed. If a family wish to proceed with the baptism of their child, they may be facilitated provided that they agree to limit participation only to parents and godparents. There should only be one baby per ceremony (except in the case of twins).
4. Sacrament of Marriage: Many couples have already made the difficult decision to defer the celebration of their marriage due to the present crisis. In line with the new restrictions announced on March 24th which specifically exclude ‘the holding of weddings and parties’, a church ceremony may take place for the celebration of marriage with participation limited to the couple themselves, their two witnesses and the priest.
First Friday visits should be suspended for the duration of the crisis, but priests are encouraged to make contact and perhaps pray with parishioners by phone.
Mass will continue in St. Michael`s church but, of course, will not be open to the public. You will be able to tune into Mass on your radio, broadcasting each day at the usual times, on 108 FM. While it is an anxious time for everyone there is no need for undue alarm or panic. Should any of you, who live alone, be in need of shopping etc. members of Foxford Parish Council and Foxford Social Services, and others, will be willing to help you. Don’t hesitate to phone. My numbers are 094 9256131 or 087 2422273. I will then make contact with our volunteers.
In difficult times people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. The Lord is especially close to us in times of anxiety or worry, so trust Him and continue to pray. St. Michaels church will be open throughout each day. If possible you may feel like dropping in and say a prayer and perhaps light a candle. We should, especially, keep in our prayers those at the frontline – especially doctors, nurses, medical staff — all carers, clergy, all who work to keep food on our table, those who work in shops and all in essential services. May God bless and protect all of them. Fr. Padraig
Pope Francis Prayer to Our Lady:
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every
danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.