The countdown for Christmas has well begun. This year will as we know, be somewhat different. Hopefully all of us and the whole country, will continue to practice personal responsibility, so as to keep ourselves and others safe, and so have an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
Worship in Church at Christmas will be very different.
Unlike every other year the Church cannot be full on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
The attendance at Mass can only facilitate 5O people in line with Government regulations for safety. For most Catholics attending Mass is a must for Christmas, for the essence of the feast is a spiritual event. But for this year please consider your Christmas Mass by going not on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day but on some other day before or after 24th/25 December.
For your own safety and for the safety of others if you have any underlying health condition or have cold or flu symptoms please do not attend a Church service. Mass will continue to be transmitted from all the Churches in the area via web cam.
The Parishes of Donaghmede, Ayrfield, Edenmore and Grange Park will operate a ticket system for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses.
With the great news of the availability of the vaccine early in the New Year, hopefully, Christmas in 2O2I we will be back to some kind of normality and this national emergency will be behind us. In the meantime, let us all stay safe and not take any unnecessary risk.
With every good wish and blessing for Christmas and the New Year.
Fr. Gerard Deegan.