Weekly Newsletter 28th June 2020. Masses Begin in our Church



13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
28th June, 2020
Fr. Denis Stritch P.P. 029 68007/086 2206607
Parish Website www.rockchapel.ie
Masses for the Week
Wed:                    10.00 a.m.
Thurs:                  10.00 a.m. – November mass for the dead.
Fri:                        8.00 p.m. – Annette Curtin, Stagmount.
Mon:                    10.00 a.m. – Richard O’Callaghan, Knockscovane.
Tues:                    10.00 a.m.
Fri:                        10.00 a.m. – November mass for the dead.  
Vigil Mass next Saturday night in Rockchapel at 8.00 p.m.
Mass intentions next weekend
Sat:                        8.00 p.m. – Nora, Jack & Mick Browne.
Sun:                       10.00 a.m. – Oisín Twomey.
Sun:                       11.00 a.m. – The people of the parish.
Masses with congregations will recommence during the week. See above. 
We ask for your help, patience and co-operations as we return to Masses with congregations. It is hoped to learn rapidly and adjust the plan, where necessary as we move forward.
Due to social distancing, numbers in the church are much reduced so we ask for your full cooperation with the stewards at all times and where possible, to fill the church from the front. 
People can also participate in Mass from the church yard or watch the live streaming
  • The religious obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended by our bishops. We ask where possible, that people consider attending weekday morning Masses.

  • Sanitising of hands and respect for social distancing are the most important aspects of countering infection. Dispensers with hand sanitisers have been installed in the churches and hands need to be sanitised before entering and leaving the church.

  • To facilitate distancing, every second seat will be closed off in the church. In the long aisle, 2 people per seat OR a family. In the side aisles – 3 people per seat OR a family.

  • Collection will be taken at the door.
  • No altar servers or readers at present.
  • No standing at the back of the church.
  • Toilet will not be in use at present.  

  • Distribution of Holy Communion will resume and priests and ministers will sanitise their hands immediately before, and if necessary, again during the distribution of Holy Communion and will also wear a mask/face visor.

  • On approach for Holy Communion, people are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitise your hands on approach at the provided station.

  • People coming for Communion from the side aisles can proceed as normal in a one-way system. In the long aisle, people are asked to come to Holy Communion seat by seat, allowing the people in the seat in from of you to return before you proceed. 

  • Holy Communion will be distributed from the top of the church only at present. 
  • Holy Communion should only be received on the hand at the present time.

  • The church will be cleaned after each gathering.

  • Stewards will assist with ensuring the church is not at over-capacity and that distancing is observed.

  • On leaving the church, people are asked to sanitise their hands and exit one seat at the time and people are asked not to congregate at the exits. 


Mass Live Streamed from our Parish

Masses will be live streamed on Facebook on the page called “Meelin and Rockchapel Parish” this weekend, 27th/28th June, Saturday night at 8 p.m. and on Sunday morning at 10.30 a.m. and on next weekend, Saturday night at 8.00 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10a.m. and 11.00 a.m. 

See www.churchservices.tv to tune into mass online. Mass on RTE 1 on weekdays at 10.30 a.m., on RTE News Now channel 21 and on Radio Maria every day at 10.00 a.m. Also Mass on RTE 1 on Sunday at 11.00 a.m.

Friday next is First Friday. The Thursday morning mass in Rockchapel and the Friday morning mass in Meelin will be offered as November masses for the dead. The sick or their families are invited to contact Fr. Stritch re visiting them in their homes.