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Bishops’ statement on the Covid-19 restrictions in Republic of Ireland 

Statement released on the second day of the Spring General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference

On 19 February the four Catholic Archbishops had a meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin to continue the dialogue about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of people in our Church. At that meeting the Archbishops affirmed the Church’s commitment to the protection of life, health and the promotion of the Common Good.  During their Spring Conference, bishops reflected on that meeting and released the following statement:

 

“We strongly believe that people’s freedom to worship publicly should be restored as soon as the current Level 5 restrictions begin to be eased.  It is particularly painful for Christians to be deprived, for the second year running, of the public expression of our faith during the most sacred time of Holy Week and Easter.  This is especially true given that it has been clearly demonstrated that church buildings are among the safest places for people to gather.  We also re-emphasise that the ongoing severe restrictions on attendance at Funeral Masses (currently limited to ten) are causing untold grief to many families.

 

“Throughout this time of pandemic the approach of the Church has been firmly grounded in the protection of health and life and in the promotion of the Common Good.  We recognise that strong restrictions are necessary in times of grave threat to public health.  However, such restrictions on personal freedom should be proportionate and for the shortest time possible.  Consideration must also be given to people’s mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. For people of faith, gathering for worship is fundamental to their identity and to their spiritual lives.

 

Despite assurances from the Taoiseach last month that the concerns expressed by the Archbishops would be given serious consideration, we note with disappointment that none of the issues raised has been responded to.  We therefore make an urgent appeal that the following matters be addressed:

 

-          That the easing of restrictions from Level 5 should include the restoration of public worship, albeit in a safe and limited way.  For people of faith not to be free to worship until regulations return to Level 2, whilst many other restrictions are eased, is seen as particularly distressing and unjust.

 

-          That the number of mourners permitted at funeral services be increased, with immediate effect, noting that in Northern Ireland this number has not been reduced below 25.  The current restriction places immense burdens on grieving families, compounding the pain of their loss.

 

We strongly believe that allowing these measures would contribute greatly to giving a sense of hope and consolation to many in our Church - in line with the central message of Easter.  These measures would be a substantial support to the wellbeing of individuals and parish communities, and ultimately serve the Common Good of all. 

 

We encourage Catholics to make their views on these issues known to their own TDs and local representatives.

 

We wish to remain responsive to public health messaging. For this reason we are recommending the postponement of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies for the time being.   

 

We continue to keep in prayer all who are suffering in this time of Covid, and all who contribute so much to their care.

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Message from Archbishop Dermot Farrell to the parents of children due to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year.

 

Hello Everyone,

Please find below the link to a recorded message by Archbishop Dermot Farrell to the parents of children due to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. It expresses to them and to parish communities the broad approach which is being taken: there is no pressure to celebrate the sacraments by any given deadline; we should use this time of uncertainty to support families to nurture their children as they journey towards the sacraments whenever they can be safely celebrated; and we are creating supports and resources for parishes to draw on in their accompaniment of families.’ 

 https://youtu.be/XhHjlc23UWA

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Bilateral Meeting between Taoiseach and Catholic Church leaders


 The Taoiseach, yesterday, met with representatives of the Catholic Church - Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly and Archbishop Michael Neary - to discuss the current level of Covid-19 restrictions and the Church’s desire to return to worship, in particular during the season of Lent and with the approach of Holy Week and Easter.

 The Archbishops requested the meeting as part of ongoing constructive dialogue regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on public worship.

 Recognising the huge challenges which the pandemic poses, the Archbishops emphasised that they wish to continue supporting the public health message and to encourage all necessary measures, including vaccination, to protect health and well-being, especially that of the most vulnerable.

 They shared their concern that life at present is particularly stressful and difficult for people to endure, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Recognising the spiritual comfort and hope that participation in public worship brings, the Archbishops asked that public worship resume when an easing of restrictions is considered.  They expressed a strong desire that people might gather safely this year for the important ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter.  They also requested consideration of an increase in the number of the bereaved who may attend funeral Masses.

 The Taoiseach thanked the Archbishops for their support and acknowledged the importance of the Church community in people’s lives at this time of stress and worry. He outlined the ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the virus, particularly the new variants, stressing that any increase at all in mobility can have serious consequences for public health and put pressure on the health service.

 In concluding, he said the concerns raised at the meeting would be given consideration. It was agreed to maintain dialogue as the situation evolves. 

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Parish Sacristy
Cathy Creevey - Sacristan
Telephone: 01 8204777


Parish Secretary
Pamela Smith - Secretary
Telephone: 01 8249651
Email: secretary@hartstownparish.ie
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Parish Moderator
Fr. Joe Coyne
Telephone: 087 6632944
Email: fr.joe@hartstownparish.ie


Parish Deacon
Rev. Noel McHugh and wife Paula
Telephone: 087 2261477
Email: noel@hartstownparish.ie


Parish Sister
Sr. Anne O'Sullivan
Telephone: 086 3256307
Email: 
sr.anne@hartstownparish.ie

Parish Sacristy
Cathy Creevey - Sacristan
Telephone: 01 8204777


Parish Secretary
Pamela Smith - Secretary
Telephone: 01 8249651
Email: secretary@hartstownparish.ie
Office Opening Times - 9:30am - 12:30am


Parish Moderator
Fr. Joe Coyne
Telephone: 087 6632944
Email: fr.joe@hartstownparish.ie


Parish Deacon
Rev. Noel McHugh and wife Paula
Telephone: 087 2261477
Email: noel@hartstownparish.ie


Parish Sister
Sr. Anne O'Sullivan
Telephone: 086 3256307
Email: 
sr.anne@hartstownparish.ie