FROM MONDAY 29TH JUNE THE CHURCHES IN ASHFORD AND GLENEALY WILL BE OPEN FOR MASS AT THEIR USUAL TIMES, SUBJECT TO SOME RESTRICTIONS DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS.
UNDER CURRENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS THE CHURCH OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY, ASHFORD IS RESTRICTED TO 40 PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE AT MASS OR OTHER CELEBRATIONS AND ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, GLENEALY IS RESTRICTED TO 40 PERSONS.
WE WOULD ASK THAT IF YOU ARE ATTENDING EITHER CHURCH THAT YOU ADHERE TO THE COVID-19 ADVICE AND OBEY THE DIRECTIONS OF THE STEWARDS.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED IN ANY WAY TO FACILITATE THE OPENING OF BOTH CHURCHES.
MASS TIMES FOR NEXT WEEK IN ASHFORD:
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY 9.00 AM
FRIDAY (First Friday) MASS AT 10:00 AM FOLLOWED BY EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT FOR 1 HOUR.
WEEKEND MASSES AT THE USUAL TIMES.
ADVICE FOR PARISHIONERS:
- The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays is suspended.
- Our experience of Mass will be different for many months yet.
- Do your best not to block the doors entering and leaving.
- Do your best to respect physical distancing. Sanitize your hands on entry.
- Please go to and remain in the place shown you by volunteer stewards.
- There is no physical Sign of Peace until further notice.
- Please leave patiently and promptly after Mass.
- Try to keep the lighting of candles at shrines to private visits to your Church when it is open at times other than for Mass.
- Remember that hand sanitiser can be flammable, so ensure your hands are completely dry before lighting candles.
REOPENING OF OUR CHURCHES: (Tentative scheduled for early July)
We are delighted to have now received from the Irish Bishops’ Conference guidelines for the planned re opening of our churches for communal celebrations of Eucharist. Whiles we still await further directives, from the Archdiocese of Dublin, we have been directed to establish a CORE GROUP, which will formulate a clear parish plan for the return to public liturgy, for example, how many people can the church contain at any given celebration? What measures have been put in place to safe guide each other to protect and prevent the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, let us continue to pray fervently over the coming weeks for one another and for all who guide us. Keep the Faith and stay safe.
The CORE GROUP met on Wednesday last to plan for the reopening of our churches. The outcome of the meeting is that we need volunteers for stewarding and cleaning of the churches, particularly at the weekend masses. As we are unsure of how long the current situation will continue when you volunteer for either position remember you could be required for several weeks. The duties etc. will be outlined at a meeting to be held shortly.
Saturday evening Mass: 6 stewards and 4 cleaners will be required.
Sunday morning Mass: 6 stewards and 4 cleaners will be required.
Sunday morning Mass: 4 stewards and 4 cleaners will be required.
As the final decision on reopening the churches for Mass requires that we have stewards and cleaners in place the sooner that we get our volunteers in place the more definite we can be on the opening for Mass.
If you are interested in either position you can contact Fr. Eamonn Crosson , 087 6295473 or Liam O’Brien 085 8086715 to leave your details etc.
The information below was issued by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on 23rd March:
In the light of the changing situation, I have decided that it will not be possible to continue with public Sunday or Weekday Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin from Wednesday 25th March until further notice.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
Daily Mass at 10.00am and Sunday Mass at 11.30am is available online from Wicklow Parish.ie and click into “watch live services”.
The Blessing of the Animals takes place in the grounds of The Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Ashford on Saturday 5th October 2019 at 12. noon. All animals, birds etc are welcome to come for a special blessing on the day.
Mass at Our Lady’s Grotto, Ashford on Saturday 17th August, celebrating the Assumption of our Lady.
This book celebrates the centenary of the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, the parish church of Ashford, Co. Wicklow. It also records the richness and diversity of the day to day life of the people of Ashford. The fine collection of photos, records of events, snippets of local history and stories of village life which it contains will provide an entertaining reminder of everyday life in a small, rural parish in Ireland.
Now available at: Parish Office, Ashford, Ashford Post Office & Martsworth in Ashford. Bridge Street Books & the Parish Office in Wicklow.
A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), was introduced on 25th May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish, that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we with your information is complaint with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and newsletter as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.