25 March Pastoral Letter from Bishop Treanor

Bishop Noel Treanor issued the following Pastoral Letter on 25 March 2020: Pastoral Letter from Bishop Noel Treanor regarding measures taken in response to COVID-19 25 March 2020 My dear people and dear friends, today I wish to address a word to you all -the people, priests, deacons, religious and monks who live in our Diocese of Down and Connor. As you know only too well, we and the entire human family are confronted with the COFID-19 pandemic. It has already taken the lives of some of our neighbours. With you, I extend my sympathies to the families of those who have died due to the virus. We assure them of our prayers. Sadly, it is thought by clinicians that this virus will end the earthly lives of others in our community in the coming days and weeks. Over the past week and more, following on the advice and guidance of government and our public authorities, and having consulted with fellow clergy and others, I have...
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Parish Office Closed

In line with Diocesan guidelines, all Parish Offices are now closed.  Our Parish Secretary, Claire, will be working remotely and will still be able to take telephone calls.  She will continue to work with Fr Stephen to look after all those in need.  She can be contacted by email holywood@downandconnor.org  or via the parish telephone number: +44 28 9042 2167 ....
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Church CLOSED

Please observe all the advice and direction that we as citizens have received over the past few days. The Church is now closed for all services. Masses, Weddings and Baptisms may no longer take place, and as from 25th March 2020 Funeral Masses are no longer permitted. When possible Fr Stephen will try to say Requiem Mass the day of the burial, with the hope of broadcasting it via our parish website. When this crisis passes, Fr Stephen will welcome together the families in St Colmcille’s Holywood for a Requiem Remembrance Service....
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Act of Consecration – 25 March 2020

Note: On mobiles, because of the small screen size,  the video may be at the bottom of the page, but it can be started and played while scrolling through the text. ACT OF CONSECRATION OF IRELAND TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY FOR PROTECTION FROM THE CORONAVIRUS  Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 25 March 2020   The Act begins with the recitation of The Angelus.   The Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.   The First Joyful Mystery of...
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