Covid 19


Return to Public Masses, May 2021
Hope you are all keeping well and safe.
Since the suspension of public Masses in December 2020 due to the Corona Virus, we know that many of you have looked forward to the day when Masses could once again resume in our parish churches. At last, that time has come, and we hope to resume Masses in St. Patrick’s, St. Fiacre’s, and St. Joseph’s, Foulkstown, beginning on Monday 10th May.
As you are aware these are the first tentative steps in returning to a ‘new normal’ in our churches. Though of course we are delighted to see the reopening of our places of worship, it will be a similar experience for all of us as we try to adapt once again to social distancing, hand sanitisers, smaller capacity etc in our churches. Face coverings are required when attending all Masses & church services. Be aware, because of the two-meter recommended distance we will not be able to facilitate the usual number at Masses. In St. Fiacre’s we can alleviate this somewhat with a television monitor in the parish centre so those who are unable to be seated in St. Fiacre’s can still attend Masses. We ask you to be patient and understanding as we all do our best in these strange times. Masses will continue to be available to view from home by webcam on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny.com. Please follow the instructions of the stewards when attending Masses. From the 26th April numbers allowed to attend funerals is twenty five (25), this includes the graveyard/cemetery and presently those attending weddings remains at six (6). Your adherence to these restrictions is appreciated.
You are reminded that the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Masses. God Bless.

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Suspension of Public Masses
As you are aware the Government under the advice of NEPHET has moved the entire country into level 5 restrictions beginning from St. Stephen’s day Dec 26th until further notice. We hope that this will be short term but we will continue to follow official advice to ensure the safety of all. It is of course difficult and disheartening but we look forward in hope to that time when we will once again return to the normal celebration of our liturgies. Please note that during this time of suspension baptisms will not be celebrated in the parish and attendance at Funerals is limited to 10 persons and Weddings from Jan 3rd is restricted to 6 persons. Though this is very difficult we continue to work together to keep everyone safe until a vaccine is fully rolled out. In the meantime you may wish to tune into our celebration of Mass each day (behind closed doors) via our webcam from both St. Patrick’s and St. Fiacre’s Churches. Masses will be live streamed from both Churches on www.stpatricksparishkilkenny. com
St. Patrick's Church - 9.30am every day
St. Fiacre's Church - 10.30am every day except Saturday
Again please note that the celebration of these Masses will be via webcam only and behind closed doors.

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The Diocese of Ossory has produced 3 short videos on the protocol for returning to the celebration of public Mass. Please follow the link below.

https://ossory.ie/2020/06/covid-protocol-return-to-the-public-celebration-of-mass/


Corona VirusThe following instructions, which have been prepared by the four Archbishops on behalf of the Irish Episcopal Conference take into consideration the new norms issued by the Irish government to be in force as of 31st March, until further notice:
Norms
  • All Masses are suspended until further notice (Daily Mass is offered in private by the priest)
  • Please contact the Parish Office regarding Baptisms & Weddings. 
  • Funeral Masses can be offered but are limited to close relatives (Maximum 10 people) within the church building.  Strict social distancing measures will be in place
  • Our Churches will remain open during the day to allow for quiet time of personal prayer.
    We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Roch:
    “O God, who through an Angel promised St. Roch that those who invoke His name or seek His intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases. Grant that through His intercession we may be preserved from this present danger. Throughout Christ our Lord. Amen.”
    St. Roch; Pray for us.
    St. Patrick: Pray for us.
    St. Fiacre; Pray for us.
    St. Joseph; Pray for us.
    “Please stay safe”. 
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Parish Office & Parish Centre 
Due to the government restrictions re the coronavirus, the Parish Centre will remain closed until further notice. Any correspondence can be place in the letterbox of the Parish Centre or the presbytery. The parish office can still be contacted on 056 776 4400, by email stpatricksparish@ossory.ie, text the
Parish Mobile on 086 736 1563 or on our Facebook page as our parish secretary Michelle is working from home.