Announcement About the Re-introduction of Masses
Fr O'Donnell is pleased to announce that some Masses will begin again on Monday 6 July 2020. Further details are given under the COVID-19 tab in the section labelled 'Mass and prayer during the Coronavirus pandemic' (see top of page).
Opportunities for Private Prayer continue - 7-8pm Monday to Friday.
St Brigid’s Parish will be warm and embracing to all, seeking actively to encourage and develop knowledge and practice of our faith.
Following the example of St Brigid and guided by the Holy Spirit we will seek to be recognised by our actions as proclaimers of God’s Word and true followers of Christ.
Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Mass has been suspended from Wednesday 18th March.
We have just launched a Facebook page for St Brigid's Parish. Please logon and Like our page and invite your fellow parishioners also https://www.facebook.com/stbrigidsparishbelfast/
Plans for Provision of Public Masses at St Brigid's
The situation in Northern Ireland is that the move from the facility for private prayer in churches to being able to attend Mass is covered under Stage 4 of the Executive's Recovery Plan:
"A wider range of gatherings permitted including church services subject to social distancing and other suitable mitigations, such as cleaning of hard surfaces."
This stage of the recovery plan has now been announced.
Fr O'Donnell and the Parish Pastoral Council have been keeping the timings of the change to Stage 4 under active surveillance and have been discussing plans for how St Brigid's will reintroduce public Masses under the regulations. A new announcement about these plans has now been made - see above.
Remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays/Holy Days has been dispensed with during the COVID pandemic.
Guidance and a framework for action in relation to Masses and other liturgies was issued by the Irish Bishops Conference on 9 June 2020 and the plans will be made in relation to that advice. The primary considerations in reintroducing public Masses will be that of maintaining the highest standards of safety and compliance with regulations in Northern Ireland. Of course, we will depend on all of us playing our part in taking responsibility for these aspects.
As the various plans for St Brigid's develop we will keep you informed via this website and the Parish Facebook page.
Further updates about Mass will be in subpage of the "COVID-19: Mass and praying during the Coronavirus Pandemic" tab at the top of the Home page. Or follow this link.
Keeping Everybody Included During Isolation
Our Facebook page and this website are two ways of maintaining contact among those who live in our Parish. But not everyone has access to these facilities. So - can you help to spread love and concern to people in that situation?
Can we ask you to do the following - can you have a look in the place where you keep the phone numbers of relatives, friends and neighbours and can you give a quick call to, say, three people on your list? Ask them are they feeling OK? Ask them are they getting access to food and drink? Just show them that somebody cares. Of course we thank those who are already doing this.
Check our Facebook to see about help that is available - such as local shops that deliver. We keep it up to date with information on a daily basis. We're in this together. We thank St Brigid's GAC for the great work they are doing in supporting people. Be safe. Be kind.