The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has asked the faithful to approach the newly announced stage 3 restrictions in Ireland with ‘a spirit of cooperation and solidarity, mindful of the need for sacrifice in the interests of the common good.’
Public Masses in the diocese will be suspended as and from midnight tonight and will remain suspended for the duration of stage 3.
The churches of the Diocese will remain open for private prayer.
‘I would like to thank the priests and people of the diocese for the great energy and creativity they showed in reopening the churches. Adherence to best practice was made possible because of an army of very committed and diligent volunteers who set a standard worthy of emulation,’ he said.
In returning to online celebration only for daily and Sunday Masses, the bishop encouraged priests and parish personnel ‘to repeat and continue the high standard broadcasts which were so well developed during the last lockdown.’
‘Unfortunately we find ourselves in a worrying situation nationally – and responsibility which we endeavour to exercise as citizens and Christians – dictates that we double down now together, follow the basic guidelines and hopefully emerge sooner to a time when we can resume physical attendance at public worship’, he concluded.
John Carroll (V. Rev.)