Monthly Archives: January 2022

Rector writes on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions

The updated advice from the Department of the Taoiseach, forwarded to clergy by the Archbishop’s Office, suggests “that it may be helpful for each Place of Worship/Community to implement a risk assessment to ascertain what they are comfortable with and what best suits their congregation as a result of the lifting of restrictions. Continuation of some protective measures may be preferred, for an interim period, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the vulnerable or anxious members of the congregation”. 

With the above in mind the following will apply at St Paul’s until further notice:

  • Please continue to wear a mask while inside the church building and use the hand sanitisers provided.
  • If you are wearing your mask properly i.e., it covers your nose and mouth, you may sing
  • Social distancing and the one-way entry/exit system are no longer in operation.  You are free to sit where you like and exit the building as you choose.
  • The prayer books and hymn books will be reintroduced for use whenever possible to reduce unnecessary printing of single use service sheets.
  • Parish Communion will be reintroduced at 10.30 am on the fourth Sunday of each month.
  • At all communion services you are asked to remain in your pew and the bread and wine will be brought to you as has been recent practice.
  • Please always exercise caution and remain conscious of those around you to ensure that worship remains a safe environment for everyone, particularly those who may be vulnerable or feel anxious.
  • Coffee/tea after the 10.30 am Sunday service will continue outside, weather permitting. 
    Gary Dowd

Provisional date set for Summer Fair 2022

It is too soon to say if after a two-year absence, a summer fair will be possible this year.  Despite the ongoing uncertainly some initial planning is underway.  The proposed date will be Saturday, May 28th.  Mark Finney has kindly agreed to take over as chair of the Parish Fair Committee following the departure of Dominic Galvin.  Mark is anxious to recruit stallholders, helpers, tent riggers etc.  Please email him here to register your interest.  Thank you.