Updated Information for Parishes (updated 7th July)

PARISHES DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Guidelines issued by the Diocese of Down & Connor – updated 7th July 2020

Parish Offices continue to be closed to the public by directive of the diocese as of Wednesday 25th March 2020. Parish Office Staff will continue to work from home where possible. The motivation is to protect staff during this difficult time.

If you wish to make contact with Fr Brian, please telephone St. Luke’s Parish on 028 90619459 or email stlukes@downandconnor.org All emergency sick calls and other emergencies should be directed to Fr Brian. He will organise an appropriate response.

 

Public Health Advice

We call on every person in the Diocese to adhere strictly to government health advice.

 

Churches, Parish Offices and Parochial Properties

As per government guidelines, churches can now be re-opened for personal/solitary prayer and for the resumption of public Masses. Each parish can commence the celebration of public Mass when the necessary preparations and safeguards have been put in place. The two-metre social distancing rule will apply in all church buildings.

 

Parish Offices

Parish Offices and Parish Centres are closed to public access at present.

 

Baptisms

From July 10th, the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism can resume. If you have an enquiry relating to Baptism, please contact Fr Brian at St. Luke’s don 02890 619459

 

Weddings

Weddings celebrated within Church buildings resume on July 10th-the number of people attending will be determined by the dimensions of the building, observing the two-metre social distancing rule.

 

Funerals Services, Requiem Mass and distribution of Holy Communion

  • Funeral Services and Requiem Mass in the presence of the deceased and mourners, whilst observing social distancing regulations, are now permitted in churches across the diocese. The number of attendees permitted will be determined by the dimensions of the church building, while observing the two-metre social distancing rule.
  • Distribution of Holy Communion during a Requiem Mass should be managed with the utmost attention to hygiene and minimal contact.
  • Communicants should observe social distancing when coming forward to receive Holy Communion, maintaining maximum physical distance between communicant and priest, and the priest wears a suitable face covering for the purpose of distribution, offering Holy Communion solely in the hand.

Conscious of the huge sacrifice many families have experienced and heroically made since the introduction of restrictions, we continue to hold them and their deceased loved ones in our prayers.

These guidelines will be reviewed and updated when necessary.