“‘Going in or going by’, you might note that the annual church gate St. Vincent de Paul takes place on the weekend of 12/13 December 2020” said the Bishop of Ferns Dr. Denis Brennan, earlier today, in his annual support message for the yearly collection.

Churches are reopened but numbers permitted to attend for public worship are restricted.

In light of this, the Bishop is urging people from within the diocese to note the times of Masses in local churches, and to come out, and to support this vital annual appeal.

“Some will be going in (to the church), others will be going by – but the decision to continue with the collection will afford all of us the chance to make direct contact with SVP local members here in the diocese, and to support their efforts,” he added.

Gratitude is expressed to priests and parishes for their enthusiastic support of this particular cause.

“The decision to proceed with the collection highlights the high value that the local church puts on this collection and the difference it makes to the lives of so many,” the bishop concluded.

(NOTE – the annual collection in the Enniscorthy area takes place on the weekend of 5/6 December).

Photo – Bishop Brennan is photographed with members of SVP from Co. Wexford – Brian Keenan, Annette Beckett and Brian McGonagle.