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:

  1. Please sanitize hands when entering and leaving the church.
  2. Wear face covering when in the church.
  3. 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.
  4. Keep doors open to ensure adequate ventilation.

At the Parish Pastoral Council meeting during the week it was decided that Mass will resume in Toomore and Attymachugh churches on the 5th and 6th March, the first weekend of Lent. It has been a difficult two years but thanks to all of you for following all the safety protocols. We are especially indebted to our Stewards and Cleaners (Sanitizers!) for their wonderful work. With numbers of cases still high everyone needs to continue to be as careful as possible in protecting ourselves and others.

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’.