In line with the latest change in government guidelines, we are delighted to confirm that Mass will resume in the presence of congregations from 8am this coming Tuesday, 1 December in Nenagh. The schedule will be as follows;
Monday-Friday 8am, 11am (St Mary of the Rosary)
Saturday 10am, 6.15pm (St Mary’s), 7.30pm (St John the Baptist)
In the coming days we will re-publish our COVID-19 Return to Worship guidelines. The wonderful Nenagh Parish Volunteer Steward and Sanitiser Team will be back in action from Tuesday morning. We ask you all to remember that there will be an upper limit of 50 people permitted in each congregation. It will be necessary, therefore, to please cooperate with the advice of the Stewards. In the interest of public safety, they will not be in a position to admit more than this number to attend each Mass.
The Ódhrán Pastoral Area has put together a Prayer Card that can be used at home to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas. We have to prepare for a Christmas like no other. Why not pray as a family or if I am on my own at home join a neighbour and pray the significant moments of the seasons of Advent and Christmas? The Prayer Card will link us as a Pastoral Area with each other and also will link us with our local parish churches as we will broadcast from each parish the moments of Advent and Christmas. The distribution of these cards will begin this coming week so please visit your local church and there will be copies available for collection. Do take a few for neighbours and family members who may not be in a position to collect the Prayer Card themselves.
This weekend Nenagh Parish launches our brand new website. Following a lengthy review of the existing site it was decided that the parish requires an online presence that reflects the needs of the community in the twenty-first century. For the first time, the construction and management of http://www.nenaghparish.ie has been taken fully “in-house” using the skills and talents of Parish Office staff and volunteers. While the site will retain some of the features of it’s predecessor – such as RIP notices, Mass Readings and a route to the St Mary of the Rosary webcam – there are some new and exciting developments. The News page will now be updated on a daily basis and is designed to become a key hub in the parish’s communication strategy. The Sacraments page will have sub-sections dedicated to Communion for the First Time and Confirmation – these will become information portals for children, their parents and the relevant schools each year. For the first time, the site will include a Pastoral Area page, reflecting Nenagh Parish’s place in the Ódhrán Pastoral Area. Speaking this weekend, Parish Priest, Fr Des Hillery stressed the value of the new site. “If this year has taught us anything”, he pointed out, “it is that we in the church need to maximise every potential line of communication we possibly can, and this includes our website. Our new website will make use of many forms of technical wizardry including video and audio uploads, galleries, secure donation facilities, a window to our parish shop.” Fr Hillery is keen to stress that the website does not replace traditional forms of engagement. “Technology will never replace the joy of face-to-face, person-to-person contact. We in Nenagh Parish see our newly-developed website as a new and extended form of outreach. I am told by our Parish Website Team that they are only getting started!”
Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5 and a permit has been granted by the Gardaí. Draw to be held on Monday 21st December, 2020 at 7.30 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre. You can buy a ticket now from your usual seller or from the Parish Office (10am-2pm, Mon-Fri). Best of luck!
Christmas Triduum Mass Intentions, an ideal way to link with our loved ones this Christmas is to send them a parish Christmas card and include them in our Christmas Triduum of Masses. Cards are available in the Parish office. Proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul and Killaloe Mission in Peru, South America.