We were delighted to be able to hold all three of the Blessings of the Graves in beautiful summer sunshine. Thanks so much to everyone who prepared for and participated in the liturgies, and all who came from near and far to attend the blessings. Thanks especially to Joe Finnegan who recorded them – they are linked here, and on our parish Facebook Page. Please share with family and friends who weren’t able to attend or who live abroad, and please God, we’ll see you all again in Summer 2023.
Mullery was on Sunday 24th July @ 12noon;
Ballymakenny was Sunday 31st July @ 12 noon
Monasterboice was Sunday 7th August @ 12noon(NB Change of Time)
Update – as of 12.30am Saturday 18th December 2021;
The first two Masses of Christmas Eve – 5pm & 6.30pm Tenure)- are now completely booked out. Please DO NOT turn up without having booked a ticket. Capacity limits will be in operation. Nb – There is a waiting list, and we appeal to anyone whose plans have changed to release their tickets back into the system for re-distribution, thank you.
The third Mass (8pm, Fieldstown) is 80% booked (Only 20 tickets remain)
The final Mass for Christmas Eve (9.30pm in Fieldstown) still has 75% Availability
The Christmas Day Mass (9.45am in Fieldstown) is only 12% booked (88 Tickets remaining)
The 11.15am Mass in Tenure on Christmas Day is 42% booked (87 Tickets left)
Post of 11th December 2021
Covid-19 continues to impact on our lives, especially when considering large gatherings. After some reflection, and adhering to Government guidelines, the following times are proposed;
Christmas Eve (Friday 24th) Masses:
Tenure – 5pm & 6.30pm – max 150 at each Mass Fieldstown – 8pm & 9.30pm – max 100 at each Mass
Christmas Day (Saturday 25th) Masses:
Fieldstown – 9.45am & Tenure – 11.15am
This schedule will facilitate 750 people to attend Mass for Christmas (almost 5 times the number that attend each week currently). While I understand that you may not find the time/Church that you normally attend. Please try to be flexible and you must follow all guidelines.
You must book a FREE ticket to attend.
As with last year, tickets will be available online at Eventbrite and will be released on Wednesday 15th December at 9am. Bookings will close on Tuesday 21st December at midnight.
For those without internet access, please contact the Parish Office (Mary/Ann 087 379 1443 or Fr. Paddy 086 880 7470) ONLY on Tuesday 14th December from 2.30 – 5.30pm.
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!
Will NOT take place this year because of the restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.
People may wish to bless their own graves at this time.
Fr. Paddy, in consultation with the committees of each graveyard; Mullary, Monasterboice & Ballymakenny, will arrange to hold the traditional graveyard Mass at a later time (possibly October), or if restrictions still remain, Fr. Paddy will celebrate the Masses privately, and record them, as happened last year;
On the basis of age-old custom, water is one of the signs that the Church often uses in blessing the faithful. Holy water reminds the faithful of Christ, who is given to us as the supreme divine blessing, who called himself the living water, and who, with water, established Baptism for our sake as the sacramental sign of the blessing that brings salvation.
The blessing of holy water usually takes place on Sunday, in keeping with the rite given in the Sacramentary.
Since the beginning of the Pandemic, Holy Water fonts were emptied, and the use of Holy Water has been much reduced since it could be a vector for the Covid-19 virus.
However, as we slowly emerge from the restrictions imposed to reduce the spread of the virus, and are coming into the season of the Blessings of the Graves, Fr. Paddy has suggested that people bring their own water to Mass on the weekend of the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time (27th June), and he will bless the water at the beginning of Mass using the rite mentioned above.
Those tuning in from home may also have water blessed for use as Holy Water for their own devotional practices – including the sprinkling on the graves of loved ones during the traditional time for the Blessings of the Graves, which will be postponed this year, with the hope that they can be held in September/October.
Here are the pages from the Roman Missal which show the Rite of Blessing of Water;
Thanks to ChurchPop for the graphic used here. ChurchPOP is a Christian culture brand that’s fun, informative, and inspirational.
In line with Government and HSE guidelines, Fr Paddy & the Parish Pastoral Council in consultation with the Covid-19 Support Team can confirm that all Churches will reopen for public worship from Monday May 10th.
The Social distancing, mask wearing, hand hygiene & one way systems within the Church will still be in place, as a reminder you may wish to bring a coat as doors will remain open to allow good ventilation.
The Archbishop received clarification from the Office of An Taoiseach on a number of issues as follows: Where the size of the premises/Place of Worship allows for a capacity of greater than 50 this may be permitted in PODS only where:
social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
the premises can be subdivided into distinct sections (cordoned or marked appropriately) of not more than 50 persons in each section.
there is a minimum of 4 metres between sections.
each section having its own entrance/exit route.
separate arrangements for the distribution of Holy Communion.
strictly no movement of people between sections before, during or after the service.
the premises is well-ventilated.
On this basis, 100 people (2 pods x 50) can be accomodated at each Mass in Tenure, and 50 people at each Mass in Fieldstown.
The Archbishop reminds the faithful that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays & Holy Days remains suspended at this time and every person should consider carefully if returning to collective worship is the safe and appropriate step for them at this time.
We invite participation, where possible, by way of live-streaming which will continue for all our Masses.
Finally, we extend sincere gratitude to parish teams – incl. sacristans, stewards and cleaners – who generously ensure that our churches are safe environments
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)