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Phase 1, Opening the Church Buildings for Private Prayer

From Wednesday 20th May we are delighted to be able to re-open our Church Buildings as places to drop into for private prayer.

Toilet facilities and car-parks will remain closed.

Those visiting need to do so within the guidelines for people such as permitted distance from their home, not meeting other people, wearing face covering and operating social distancing inside and outside of the church building.

Hand sanitiser will be available at all of the entrance and exits.

In order to minimise the risk to other people using the church, all entering the church are expected to use hand sanitiser as they enter.  They need to take sufficient time to ensure their hands are sanitised fully.

All leaving the church are encouraged to use hand sanitiser again for their own protection.

Which Church buildings will be open?

All of the churches where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved will open.  These are:

  • The Holy Rosary, Greystones
  • St. Kilian’s, Blacklion
  • St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
  • St. Joseph’s, Newtownmountkennedy
  • St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
Note however, due to essential maintenance work in The Holy Rosary church, it will not reopen until Monday the 25th.

What time will they open and close?

All of the churches will be open from 11am until 5pm, Monday through to Saturday, except the Church of the Holy Rosary which will be open from 2pm to 6pm.   On Sundays: all of the churches will open from 1pm to 5pm.

The later opening of The Holy Rosary church is to allow for continued streaming of morning Mass at 10am, praying the Rosary at midday and funerals at 1pm.

Will there be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will not take place during this phase so as not to encourage gatherings or people feeling they need to stay for long periods in the church.

Will the Other Services we are used to continue?

Yes the following will continue:

  • Weekday Mass at 10am via the webcam from the Holy Rosary. Church.
  • Sunday Mass at 11:30am via the webcam from the Holy Rosary Church.
  • The Rosary and exposition of the Blessed sacrament via the webcam from the Holy Rosary Church.
  • Night Prayer at 8pm  each night at 8pm using the ZOOM App.