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

March 27th Government Announcement

We have al been shocked that we have reached this point in the Nation’s fight against Covid-19.

We, in the Parish, will follow the government’s advice, available here

This will have consequences for our Church buildings, and general operation of the parish. We are awaiting further direction from the Archbishop.

In the meantime, let us all stay safe and well, follow government advice, and continue to pray for one another.

Latest News re: Covid-19 & Restrictions

Fr. Paddy shares the concerns, anxieties and frustrations of many at this difficult time, and apologises for the disruption in normal scheduling of Mass, and other Church/Parish activities.

He is working with the priests of the Pastoral Area, and the Parish Pastoral Council to continue to support the parishioners in these unprecedented times.

Fr. Paddy is available to assist in any way, (please contact 086 8807 470) but is very conscious of taking the appropriate precautions with regard to social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene, etc. But if you feel he can be of assistance in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

In relation to updates in the coming weeks, please subscribe to our Facebook Page, our Twitter Feed, and our new Parish website; www.monasterboiceparish.com

Some suggestions for those who might want to participate in the Eucharist via the Internet, or Television, during this difficult time.

Parishioners can join in the celebration of Mass from Armagh Parish via webcams on Sundays from St Malachy’s Church at 8am and 10am and from St Patrick’s Cathedral at 11am.

Masses will be streamed at the same times on St Patrick’s Day. Archbishop Martin will celebrate the Mass at 11am for the people of the Archdiocese and for the people of Ireland at this time.

Webcams can be accessed via Armagh Parish Website at www.armaghparish.net

Masses will be streamed each weekday from St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am and from St Malachy’s Church at 7.30pm.

The Journey Begins…

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Welcome to the new Parish Website. It’s a work in progress so, please be patient with us, as we find new ways to share the Gospel message to all in our parish.

Hopefully this will be the first and best place to visit for the up-to-date information about all that is happening in our parish.

Unfortunately, we begin at a difficult time for our country and the wider world. As from 13th March, 2020, all public celebrations of Mass, and any non-essential parish gathering or function is suspended.

Let’s all ‘do our bit’ in the National effort to kerb the spread of this virus and keep as many people as possible – especially the most vulnerable – safe.

We will keep you up to date on this site, our Facebook Page, and Twitter feed, and we ask that you share the information especially with those who may not have access, or who may not be familiar with the technology.

Mass will be broadcast as per the schedule above, here;

Thank you, and may God bless you, your families, and all in our parish community.

Fr. Paddy