Archbishop Martin responds…

Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin on the publication of the report by the Commission of Inquiry into Mother & Baby Homes

  • “Above all we must continue to find ways of reaching out to those whose personal testimonies are central to this Report” – Archbishop Eamon

I welcome the publication of the Mother & Baby Homes Report.  As a Church leader today, I accept that the Church was clearly part of that culture in which people were frequently stigmatized, judged and rejected. For that, and for the long-lasting hurt and emotional distress that has resulted, I unreservedly apologise to the survivors and to all those who are personally impacted by the realities it uncovers.  Mindful of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which calls us to protect life and dignity and to treat everyone – especially little children and all who are vulnerable  – with love, compassion and mercy, I believe the Church must continue to acknowledge before the Lord and before others its part in sustaining what the Report describes as a “harsh … cold and uncaring atmosphere”. 

Although it may be distressing, it is important that all of us spend time in the coming days reflecting on this Report which touches on the personal story and experience of many families in Ireland.  The Commission’s Report helps to further open to the light what was for many years a hidden part of our shared history and it exposes the culture of isolation, secrecy and social ostracizing which faced “unmarried mothers” and their children in this country.

I ask all those who are in positions of leadership in the Church to study this lengthy report carefully and especially to spend time reflecting on the courageous testimonies of the witnesses to the Commission.  Together we must ask “How could this happen?”  We must identify, accept and respond to the broader issues which the Report raises about our past, present and future.

Above all we must continue to find ways of reaching out to those whose personal testimonies are central to this Report.  They have shown determination in bringing to light this dark chapter in the life of Church and society. We owe it to them to take time to study and reflect on the findings and recommendations of the Report, and commit to doing what we can to help and support them.  The Report makes it clear that many are still learning about their personal stories and searching for family members. The rights of all survivors to access personal information about themselves should be fully respected and I again urge the State to ensure that any remaining obstacles to information and tracing should be overcome.

The Commission believes that there may be people with further information about burial places who have not come forward.  I appeal to anyone who can help to do so.  All burial grounds should be identified and appropriately marked so that the deceased and their families will be recognized and never be forgotten.

This Report will hopefully speak not just to our past but will also have lessons for today and for future generations.  As Church, State and wider society we must ensure together that, in the Ireland of today, all children and their mothers feel wanted, welcomed and loved.  We must also continue to ask ourselves where people today might feel similarly rejected, abandoned, forgotten or pushed to the margins.

This report will stir many emotions as it further uncovers disturbing and painful truths about our past.  I commend those who have fought to have this story told and I thank those who have already been supporting survivors through various organisations and providing a platform for their voices to be heard.

ENDS

  • Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long +353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm +353 (0) 87 310 4444.

The full report can be accessed here;

Parish Webcam in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tenure

A high-quality camera system has now been installed, in this Church and you can view any Mass/Wedding/Funera/Baptism held in the Church by visiting www.churchservices.tv and searching for our Church by name or county.

Please share this news with friends and family who live away from the parish.

It is possible to view the live stream on PC’s, laptops and a range of Apple and Android and other devices. They also have Roku app – for their TV box and stick.

If you would like make a donation to support the installation of the camera, or to support it’s monthly costs, please speak to Fr. Paddy.

A Joint Christmas Message from the Archbishops of Armagh

Archbishop Eamon Martin & Archbishop John McDowell

‘So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in a manger.’ Luke chapter 2 verse 16

There is an old prayer sometimes used around this time of year which talks about the time when Jesus Christ “came to visit us in great humility”. In one of Saint Paul’s letters, he talks about “Jesus not counting his equality with God something to be taken advantage of but taking the form of a servant …”

Could one of the positive consequences of this Christmas be that we have had to relearn how to approach it with humility and also how to celebrate it as servants of one another, rather than as lords of all we survey? For that is what we have been doing these past months. The face coverings and the empty streets have not been signs of fear and desolation. Instead, they are the evidences of love and of a resolve to secure the future.

They say that Saint Francis created the first Christmas crib back in 1223 because he wanted to capture the humility of the incarnation.  When the time was right God humbled himself. He became part of his own creation in a particular way and in a particular place. His Mother was one of the “poor ones” who prayed daily in the Temple for the redemption of Israel. Palestine was an out of the way place and the “Holy Family” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph attracted little attention at the time. That was to be the pattern of his life. He ate his bread in quietness for thirty years, working at his father’s trade as the means whereby he was prepared by his Father for the public vocation had been laid out for him. Apart from the occasion of his finding in the temple, we have no words of his as he grew up in that workman’s family – perhaps he came to speak with such power because he had learned to love silence.

He was not the citizen of a great Empire like Saint Paul, and throughout his life he held no office or position of religious dignity or civic standing. What has survived of his teaching is usually expressed in simple pictorial speech. Like most people of his time, he seems to have had little or no formal education, yet he was never at the mercy of the subtle question, and he was able to cut straight through the pedantry of the scribes.

We are now celebrating the beginning of this life, quietly and perhaps still with some trepidation. We have had to concede that we do not really understand the world and acknowledge that we cannot “manage it”. But Christmas is the time when we call to mind the coming into the world of God himself. And he came, not to manage it, but to redeem it. He came not to dominate it and to exploit if, but to serve it and to bring it to its intended fruition.

He came and he lived (and died) in great humility as the servant of all.

+Eamon   Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh        

+John Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh

For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long +353 (0) 86 172 7678

New Arrangements for Christmas

Statement of  22nd December 2020

Dear Parishioners, 

Although I continue to recover well from Covid-19, at this stage I will not be symptom free long enough (5 days) to allow me to celebrate the Masses this Christmas. 

With thanks to fellow clergy, and Patrick Logue, I am pleased to be able to confirm the flowing schedule of Masses;

1. Christmas Eve – 4.30pm – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead

2. Christmas Eve – 6pm – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead ✅  as a Service of the Liturgy of the Word, with Holy Communion.

3. Christmas Eve – 7.30pm – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will go ahead

4. Christmas Eve – 9pm – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead

Christmas Eve – 10.30pm – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will not go ahead

Christmas Eve – Midnight – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will not go ahead

Fr. Paddy will offer Mass ONLINE  on the Parish Facebook Page at 11pm on Christmas Eve

Christmas Day – 9.45am – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will not go ahead

5.Christmas Day – 11.15am – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead

I apologise for any disappointment, if you’re not able to attend Mass as planned. Thank you for your support and understanding at  this time.  Wishing you, and your family every blessing this Christmas.

If you had planned to attend any of the Masses but have not received a ticket from the Parish Office, know that your name will be on the attendance list in the Church for the Mass you have booked. Please do not turn up if you have not booked a seat.

Virtual Blessing for your Crib by Zoom

Why not join Fr. Paddy on Sunday 20th December, at 7pm, by zoom to bless your Crib, and sing ‘Away in a Manger’;
Zoom (ID: 813 7538 0218; Password; 467173)

God, our Father,
You sent your only Son as a little child to love and save us.
To our lives, he brings joy and peace, Justice, mercy and love.

Lord, bless all who look upon his manger; +

May it remind us of the simple birth of Jesus and raise our thoughts to him, who is
God-with-us and Savior of all, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Fill our homes with hospitality, joy, gentleness and thanksgiving
and guide our steps in the way of peace.

Dear heavenly Father, hear my petition. I pray for (take a moment to pray silently for your intentions)

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s & 1 Glory Be…

Amen.

Find some other family prayers for Christmas here
Thanks to the Diocese of Kildare & Leghlin

The National Centre for Liturgy, Maynooth, has provided some prayers as a Christmas resource for use at home. Please download leaflet. 

Message to the Parish

Message to the Parish

Unfortunately, I recently received a positive result for Covid-19, and under HSE guidelines, I must self-isolate.

Thanks be to God, my symptoms so far have been mild.  Please keep me in your prayers.

Until further notice, ALL public Masses in the parish have been cancelled.  

I will offer Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent from the Parochial House via Facebook Live, on Saturday 19th December at 6.30pm.  All Anniversaries for this weekend will be offered at that Mass.  

Apologies for any upset caused, and if you would like to re-arrange Mass for another time, of course that can be accommodated.

At this moment, all Masses for Christmas Eve/Day are still going ahead, but this may need to be revised if my recovery takes longer. I will update you on this as soon as possible.

Safety for all is my priority.

In the meantime, thanks for your support and do your best to stay safe as we try and celebrate this special time, in this difficult year.

Fr. Paddy

Update to Christmas Mass Bookings

There has been a huge response to the opportunity to book Mass for Christmas Eve/Day. We understand that already many people have been disappointed that the time they had preferred was already booked out!

As of Saturday 12th December, the following Masses have been fully booked out;
4.30pm Christmas Eve (Tenure)
6pm Christmas Eve (Tenure)
7.30pm Christmas Eve (Fieldstown)

There is still some limited availability in;
9pm Christmas Eve (Tenure)
11.15am Christmas Day (Tenure)

There are plenty of seats available for:
10.30pm Christmas Eve (Fieldstown)
12 Midnight Mass (Fieldstown)
9.45am Christmas Day (Fieldstown)

Remember, if your plans have changed, please return the tickets either via the booking system (Eventbrite) or, inform the Parish Office, so they can be re-allocated.

Also, don’t forget that the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tenure will have the LIVE streaming service via CHURCH SERVICES and the Church of Our Lady of the Nativity, Fieldstown will use the Parish Facebook Page to stream the Masses from there over Christmas.

Finally, we will have Masses on the following days too;
Saturday 26th @ 6.30pm (Tenure);
Sunday 27th @ 9.45am (Fieldstown) & @11.15am (Tenure);
Tuesday 29th @ 11am (Tenure);
Wednesday 30th @ 11am;
New Year’s Eve @ 11.30pm (Fieldstown);
New Year’s Day @ 11am (Tenure)

Parish Arrangements for Christmas

Obviously, it is going to be a Christmas with a difference and this will affect Masses too. After some reflection, and adhering to Government guidelines, the following times are proposed;

Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th) Masses:

Tenure – 4.30pm, 6pm, & 9pm – max 100 at each Mass

Fieldstown – 7.30pm, 1030pm & Midnight – max 50 at each Mass

Christmas Day (Friday 25th) Masses:

Fieldstown – 9.45am  &  Tenure – 11.15am

This schedule will facilitate 600 people to attend Mass over Christmas. While I understand that you may not find the time/Church that you normally attend.  Please try to be flexible.

You must book a FREE ticket to attend.

Tickets will be available online at Eventbrite and will be released on Wednesday 9th December at 9am. Bookings will close on Sunday 20th December at midnight.

For those without internet access, please contact the Parish Office (Ann McEvoy 087 648 6809 or Fr. Paddy 086 880 7470) ONLY on Tuesday 8th & 15th December from 2.30 – 5.30pm.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tenure will have a webcam installed by that stage, and we hope to have our Facebook Live broadcasting from Fieldstown, so you can also tune into Mass from your own home.

The most important thing is that we continue to do everything we can to keep each other safe over Christmas. Thank you for helping to achieve this.  

May the peace of the Christ-child be in your hearts and homes this Christmas. Happy Christmas!

Coming out of Level 5

COVID-19 Update:

Our Churches remain open – for solitary prayer – during daylight hours;
Thanks to Kathleen & Teresa parishioners are able to drop in & pause for a moment of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle. 

This time next week, THANKS BE TO GOD, we will be able to gather for Mass at the usual times; 6.30pm (Vigil Mass) and 11.15am (Sunday Morning), in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tenure, and 9.45am (Sunday Morning), in the Church of Our Lady of the Nativity, Fieldstown.

Please note: There is a maximum attendance of 50 people in each of two ‘sections’ for Tenure (i.e 100) for each Mass; and a maximum of 50 in Fieldstown;
Please do not be offended if you are turned away because the Church is at it’s limit.
Remember, the ‘Sunday Obligation’ has been removed for the time being, so if you can come to Mass during the week, that will help facilitate everyone who wants to attend. 

The usual safety meausres apply;  

  • Please sanitise your hands entering/leaving Church; 
  • Please wear a mask at all times inside; 
  • Please observe Social distancing & follow the guidance of our stewards; 
  • Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass, after which please leave promptly, and try not to ‘gather’ outside for a social chat