Bishop Michael Duignan, Bishop of Clonfert has published “Renew and Strengthen your People – a Pastoral Reflection on the Future of the Church in the Diocese of Clonfert.” Bishop Duignan hopes that the Pastoral Reflection will provide an opportunity for parish pastoral councils, parish groups or church organisations, those involved in catholic education, groups of priests, religious and interested families and laypeople in the Diocese to discuss the ideas raised. Once the Clonfertdiocesan community have had time to reflect on its contents, Bishop Michael is asking for feedback.
For your information: Statement from Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory regarding the planned visit from the president, Donald Trump, at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine:
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It seems that all Masses with congregations will be cancelled in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Archbishop Neary of Tuam has issued the following directive; “all Masses with congregations in parishes in the Archdiocese of Tuam should be cancelled.”
UPDATE – Irish Bishops
“In the current emergency situation, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass.”
“Every Catholic is entitled to a dignified Christian burial. Attendance at Funeral services and Masses should be limited to close relatives and must not exceed 100 attendees within the church building.
Similarly, Church weddings and baptisms may be celebrated on condition that the attendance in church does not exceed 100 people.”
Chris McDonnell in The Catholic Times contrasts the picture of nurses celebrating in 1945 at the end of World War 2 to current images of, often young, hospital staff clad in PPE, administering comfort and care to their patients in the ICUs of our hospitals.
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