CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE FOR 2020
Carol Service - online only
Sunday 20th December at 7.00pm via the Parish webcam only
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Thursday December 17th 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Thursday December 24th 10.30a.m. – 12 noon
3.00pm - 4.00pm
• Christmas religious services may take place up to and including the 25th December 2020
• With effect from the 26th December 2020 Religious services will move online
• Places of worship may remain open for private prayer
Thursday December 24th Mass 10.00am
(Christmas Eve) 6.30 p.m. First Mass of the Nativity
9.00 p.m. Mass of the Nativity
Friday Dec 25th Mass 8.30 a.m., 11.15 a.m.
(Christmas Day) No evening Mass on Christmas Day.
Tuesday Dec 26th
(St Stephen’s Day) Mass 10.00 a.m. Webcam Only
CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION,
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday 20th December at 10.00am Mass
Thursday Dec 24th 6.30 p.m. First Mass of the Nativity
Sunday Dec 25th Mass 10.00 a.m., 11.00 (Irish Mass)
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Masses
Please read the following carefully:
Christmas 2020 will not be anything like we would expect or want it to be. The latest guidelines state that there will be no choirs and no carol singing this year. It’s not going to sound like Christmas as we know it. The limit of persons in each Church (including Priest, Ministers and Stewards) is as follows: St. Colmcille’s, Swords 50 and Our Lady of the Visitation Drynam 35 (though Drynam has use of a car park and Fr. John will bring Holy Communion to those in their cars)
1. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays, Holydays and even Christmas IS STILL SUSPENDED. All our Masses are available to view from the safety of our on-line broadcast. People do not have to attend in person but can participate in Mass via the web camera live stream, Mass on RTE, on RTE News Now channel or from EWTN and other networks.
2. We are still at Level 3 of lockdown. Some concessions were made to allow churches to open but they are limited and subject to the Government regulations in force on the day. These regulations can change very quickly as the situation develops.
3. Numbers attending each church are very restricted and will have to be rigorously enforced or the Mass cannot go ahead.
4. Please co-operate with the stewards who are volunteers and are doing what is required to keep you safe. They will bring you to a designated seat and you are asked to please stay in that place.
5. Admission to Masses will be strictly on a ‘first come first served’ basis and when the capacity allowed for each church is reached doors will be closed.
6. Face masks must be worn while in the church.
7. There can be no gathering outside either before or after each Mass. People will not be able to greet each other in the traditional way and social distancing of 2 meters must be observed.
8. If you are coming to Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day we would ask that you only attend on one occasion to allow others the opportunity.
“Clearly it will be impossible for our usual large congregations to assemble for Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. We wish to remind Catholics that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended during the pandemic.
Christmas Masses will also be widely available over webcam and we strongly encourage families to “tune in” from the “domestic churches” of their living rooms and join with those who are gathering in their local churches in welcoming the birth of the Christ-child”.
Fr. Michael Carey