LATEST NEWS COVID-19 (28.3.20)

Dear Parishioners,
It is with a very heavy heart and after consulting with our neighbouring Parishes, and after receiving new communication from the Archbishop that I have decided to close our Parish Church until further notice.

We await further communication in the manner in which any future funeral may be celebrated.

It is my intention to continue with the daily Facebook Masses, these will be uploaded on Youtube. The times of the Masses will vary depending on the availability of the Cameraman. I propose also to have more live recordings if I can of theRrosary , and other prayers/reflections. Please check our Facebook Page and Website for more details.

In these bewildering days let us hold one another in prayer, and ask God to grant our world deliverance of this Virus. Please stay indoors unless you absolutely need to be out, and cocoon yourself if you are over 70 or have underlying health issues.

Every day I will remember all of you at the Altar, and please receive Holy Communion Spiritually. Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Fr Michael

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COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

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Wednesday 25th March 2020

Taoiseach’s address – what changes for Churches?

1. In order to avoid confusion, the following new actions should be undertaken in reference to the Taoiseach’s address

2. The fundamental message is “stay at home if at all possible”. The buildings of the Diocesan Offices are closed and staff are working from home and are contactable by e-mail or phone.

3. We should be encouraging people to stay at home and we should not be organising gatherings in Churches. We have to learn how the Church can now minister in different circumstances working from our homes.

4. The references to gathering of 4 people or less refers as you can see to outdoor events.

5. Places of worship are to restrict numbers at any one time in order to ensure adequate physical distancing. Churches are open for private prayer. The criterion for limiting access is the ability to guarantee physical distancing. The application of this measure involves discretion but also prudence and responsibility. We should in no way – even indirectly – be encouraging vulnerable people to leave their homes. Disregard for this norm will only lead to a situation like that of the Church of England to closing all Churches.

6. Attendance at funerals should be limited to small numbers. Be sensitive to the desires of families as to who should attend. It is possible to substitute a prayer service instead of Mass and where appropriate it is possible to celebrate Mass without distributing Holy Communion.

7. Priests have received copies of the HSE guidance regarding funerals of those who have died through contracting the virus. The responsibility of preparing the remains falls on funeral directors. Relatives who have been living with or in close contact with the deceased will be obliged to self-isolation or containment and cannot leave home.

8. In its recent documents, the Holy See has drawn attention to two strong traditions of the Catholic Church. The first regards spiritual communion and this should be counselled where there is a danger in distributing communion. The second is the tradition that in the event of difficulty in accessing Confession that making an act of perfect contrition with the desire to receive the sacrament is sufficient for the forgiveness of all sins even mortal sins.

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We are live streaming Mass at the weekend on our Facebook page “Church of the Most Precious Blood” if you do not have a Facebook page you can view this Mass on our Youtube channel.

To do this :

1.Log onto

2.Press the “Magnifying Glass” button on the top right hand of the screen to search

3.A search box pops up and into there type Cabra West Parish and press enter

4.A list of all the videos available for viewing from here in the Parish will then pop up and you can select whichever one you want by clicking into it.

We hope to have web cam in the near future

Best of luck !

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Dear friends,

Yesterday evening at 5.30pm I celebrated Mass from the Church Oratory at 5.30pm. The only other one physically present was Noel who was recording the Mass for our live broadcast and also for our You Tube Page. It certainly was a new reality, and yet despite the physical absence there were many who joined us through the modern media. I really felt the presence of so many joining us around the Altar.

We prayed as we always do for the sick, for all who are anxious and worried, for the sick, and all who care for them, for our mothers, living and dead, that God would rid our world of the Coronavirus, and for all whose anniversaries occur around this time. 

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As you know the Church remains open for prayer Monday to Friday from 10am to 12 Noon, and also on Sunday when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the Altar. The Parish Office is also open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12 Noon. Mass Bookings will still be taken- but these Masses will take place in private. We will let families know when the Mass will be live steamed if they wish to join us.

A very happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are mothers, and may eternal light shine on all Mothers who are with God. Though you might not be able to visit your mother in these times, be sure to keep contact with her. Where would any of us be without our mothers?


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Dear Friends,

The Priests and Deacons of the Parish Cluster met yesterday to discuss how best to proceed during the current crisis that we are beginning to live through. After much discussion and soul searching it was decided to suspend all Public Masses in the Custer for the forceable future. It was a very difficult discussion to take and we did so for the good of all our parishioners.

All of our Churches will be open for a period of time each day for personal prayer, and rest assured we will still be there for you.

Funerals will continue to take place, what form will be discussed with each family. It is our hope in Cabra West to have a Web Cam installed as soon as possible- with this addition Mass can be broadcast online each day. We will post details on our Facebook Page and also on posters/signs in the Church and the railings when we are ready to go live.

We don’t know how long this situation will last, but as time goes on we will evaluate what we can and cannot do. As the weather improves it may be possible to have outdoor gatherings/masses. We cannot stop living our faith, we may have to be more creative than we usually are. Rest assured we are here for you at all times, and we will journey through this together. Please keep an eye on the elderly and the most vunerable in the Community. Use the phone and whatever other forms of communication to provide solace and above all hope. Please listen to solid advice from the experts and discard unreliable news that only sows unnecessary worry and fear. Pray to God each day that a speedy resolution may arrive, and that a vaccine may soon be found. God is with us throughout all of this, He will never leave His People. I include the following prayer that you might like to pray. It is a prayer attributed to St Patrick whose Feast Day we celebrate today.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Fr Michael



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