Attending Public Worship at St. Michael’s Church, Foxford.
Covid 19: The latest guidelines from the Government say that Religious services can have full capacity but also
adds that social distancing should stay in place. Also that face masks must be used indoors.
The Parish Pastoral Council met during the week and after much consideration felt that in order to keep
everyone as safe as possible the present protocols should be kept in place, including keeping every second seat
cordoned off as at present. I was also asked, through the Newsletter and by announcement, to remind all our
parishioners of those protocols:
I. Please sanatise hands when entering and leaving the church.
- Wear face covering when in the church.
- Keep safe distance at all times; a reminder that when approaching for Holy Communion to come in
single file and keep the two metre distance unless from the same household.
- Keep doors open to ensure adequate ventilation.
We had hoped to open Attymachugh and Toomore churches for Mass from the end of October. At a meeting of
the Pastoral Council during the week it was decided to leave things as they are at the moment and wait and see
what the situation will be in December. It is a disappointment but we feel that for the safety of everyone this is
the correct decision.
The main reasons are:
- The high daily incidence of Covid cases and the rising number of those in hospital.
- The poor ventilation in both churches especially because of the low ceilings.
- Because of Social distancing at most eight seats would be available for use in both churches.
Keeping everyone safe is of the utmost importance. Individual responsibility is so important. Sanatising hands,
wearing face coverings, keeping social distance. You are encouraged to follow all the safety measures. Sincere thanks for your wonderful co-operation during the last eighteen months.
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’.