Return to Worship in Person – The Schedule

The schedule for the Return to Worship in Nenagh Parish has been finalised, but as with everything, you may expect to see a few alterations as the weeks go on. In the meantime we would ask you to remember the following:

The 50-person maximum admission remains in place so please cooperate with the Volunteer Stewards if they need to restrict entry.

Mask-wearing remains a requirement.

Please do not stand in the aisles or doorways for conversation as you exit the church buildings, it is very important to keep moving.

Despite these unpleasant admonitions, we are very excited to welcome you all back again, hopefully for good this time! See you at Mass.

It’s Official…Mass in Person is Coming Back in Nenagh!

Members of the Nenagh Parish Covid Management Group met last night to sign off on final confirmation that Worship in Person will return in our churches from next Monday at 8am in St Mary of the Rosary. Our very own Parish Army of Volunteer Stewards and Sanitizers stand ready to go back into service and keep you all safe as you return to Mass. All of the same guidelines that you all respected so well last year will apply once more. The regulations allow for just 50 people so if you get to the door and the church is full, perhaps you might drop back for the next Mass. We cannot tell you how excited we are to see all our lovely parishioners in person again…let’s hope it’s for good this time! Spread the word…

Mass In Person Will Return Soon!

As you know by now, following the government’s latest announcement, Mass in the presence of a congregation will return to Ireland very soon. In response to this excellent news, the Nenagh Parish Covid Management Group will meet virtually this Friday evening to commence the work of ensuring a safe return in our parish churches. While we are all still required to return under conditions of safety (ie., 50 max in attendance, physical distancing, mask-wearing, etc.), we all hope and pray that this is the beginning of the end of our enforced absence from communal worship. We will continue to update you here.

Time to return the Trócaire Box!

That time of year again folks! You can return your Trócaire Box to the Parish Office next week during office hours.

Please bear in mind that our office hours remain fluid as we try to find a path back to normality. Opening hours for next week, Mon 12th to Fri 16th April are 2-4pm only. Please come during these hours only for any Parish-related business. We will update you each week as thing change (for the better!).

Holy Week 2021

Nenagh Parish 

Due to Government Restrictions please join us via  the Parish Radio / Webcam 

(St Mary of the Rosary church) 

Holy Thursday April 1st 

Morning Prayer @ 10am  

Chrism Mass @ 11am from The Cathedral, Ennis Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7pm 

Good Friday April 2nd 

Morning Prayer @ 10am 

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross @ 12noon Good Friday Ceremony @ 3pm 

Taize prayer around the Cross @ 9pm 

Holy Saturday April 3rd 

Morning Prayer @ 10am 

Ceremony of Reconciliation @ 12noon Easter Vigil @ 8pm 

Easter Sunday April 4th 

Mass @ 8am & 12noon  

10.30am (St. John the Baptist church) 

Parish Office 

Open Monday 29th – Thursday 1st 2pm to 4pm  (Closed on Good Friday)

Bishop Fintan Monahan expresses concern over cemetery and funeral gatherings

Official Statement

In conversations with priests and people around the Diocese of Killaloe in recent weeks many have expressed their serious health and safety concerns to me regarding the number of people gathering after funeral ceremonies in church and also at burials in cemeteries.

Whilst it is such a positive and deeply ingrained aspect of our culture in Ireland to gather and offer condolences to the bereaved family, unfortunately due to the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus it is still not safe to do so.   While being sensitive to the needs of mourners for care and compassion at such a difficult time, many priests have expressed deep concern for the wellbeing of parishioners gathering in such a manner and I share that concern.  

Since the start of the pandemic, at funeral Masses, mourners and families have been most understanding and patient about the public health limit of only ten people permitted to gather for such ceremonies.  Clergy, parish personnel and undertakers have undertaken Trojan work with people in the context of these difficult, stressful and sad circumstances, and I commend them for that.  However, it is in the gatherings of genuine and well-meaning people, before and after the funeral Mass, when such occasions, that raise concern, can occur.

People by and large are wearing masks at these open-air gatherings, but some choose not to.  I appeal to people to take whatever precautions possible to maximise the safety of all.

I earnestly appeal to people to find alternative ways to offer condolences at this time of pandemic, and for the foreseeable future until vaccination has all of us in a better place.  Perhaps a prayer, a card, a phone call, a letter, a text, a message on social media, lighting a candle at home or in your local church, would be a safer way to offer consolation with a view to offering personal support in the near future.

My prayers are continually for those who have been affected through illness and bereavement since the pandemic began.  Let us all look out for each other, and together we will get through this difficult time.