DIOCESE OF DOWN AND CONNOR COVID-19: DIRECTIVES Effective Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice

In addition to previous directives issued, these directives are effective immediately Public Health Advice The Government has issued new and strict directionsrestricting public movement. We call on every person in the Diocese to adhere strictly to these instructions. Churches, Parish Offices and Parochial Properties As per government guidelines, churches will remain open to the public for “solitary prayer”.

Parish Offices and all Parochial Properties and Parish Centres will now be closed to public access and all non-essential staff will work from home. Parishes will continue to be contactable by telephone or email. Mass will continue to be celebrated (in private) and streamed where possible via webcams and social media.

Baptisms: No baptisms will take place.

Weddings: No weddings will take place.

Funerals: Funerals will continue. Funerals are strictly private and restricted to the immediate family of the deceased only. In light of the advice to further restrict person to person contact, we strongly advise that there should be no wakes and that houses should be strictly private to the immediate family.

These directives will be kept under regular review

Image may contain: one or more people, possible text that says 'LET us PRAY FOR THE MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING ALONE, WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO SAY GOODBYE TO THEIR LOVED ONES. LET us PRAY ALSO FOR THE FAMILIES WHO CANNOT ACCOMPANY THEIR LOVED ONES ON THAT JOURNEY. Popp Francis 22 March20 THE BEAUTY OF MY CATHOLIC FAITH'

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