Covid-19 and Level 3

Bishop Paul issued the following statement as our Diocese, with the rest of Ireland, enters LEVEL 3 in the continuing effort to curb the spread and impact of Covid-19.

As we continue to battle with COVID 19, the Government has now advised that we move to Level 3 as a way to slow the spread of the virus.  This is not easy for any of us.  I am particularly conscious of families who were preparing for First Holy Communions and Confirmations over the coming weeks, no doubt there is huge disappointment.  As I journeyed around the Diocese in recent weeks I saw the major effort that has been made in our parishes to enable the celebration of public Masses.  Teams of people stewarding and sanitising to ensure our places of worship were safe for everyone.  This effort is so much appreciated and I thank all who were so generous in giving of their time.  Sadly, we now have to return to online Masses for the next three weeks. 

Most of us are weary with the way life is at the moment as we continue our struggle with COVID 19 and long to get back to normal life.  However, we must continue to support one another and encourage one another during these difficult days.  Over the past number of months, so many positive things have happened and the goodness of people has shone through.  We must remember that many things are not “locked down”…  Sunshine is not locked down, family time is not locked down, friendship is not locked down, prayer is not locked down, creativity is not locked down, hobbies are not locked down, goodness is not locked down, love is not locked down and hope is not locked down! 

So let’s focus on these positives and keep our hearts alive with hope as we continue this journey together.  Let’s continue to pray for each other and those who are in special need of our prayer at this time.

Every blessing and good wish,

+ Paul 

Tuesday October 6th, 2020