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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Below is the latest press release compiled by the four Archbishops on behalf of the Irish Episcopal Conference. It is the case, as we are hearing in all media outlets, that gatherings are being greatly restricted.

There will be many enquiries regarding Sunday Mass. In order to follow the guidelines and adhere to the norms, I have reluctantly decided that because it is simply not possible to guarantee a congregation of less than 100 people at any Sunday Mass there will be no public Masses in our Diocese this Sunday, St Patrick’s Day or the following Sunday.

Masses will be celebrated via webcam from a number of parishes in the Diocese. We will publish these details tomorrow.

I strongly urge the use of webcam and local radio broadcasts and RTÉ services also, to encourage the faithful to enter into spiritual communion through these means.

It is strange that at a time when we are being invited to pull together as a people and as a diocese the wisdom of staying apart and following health authority guidelines is of the utmost importance. I am also very conscious that this is a time when there is a great need for prayer, and I welcome the fact that all our churches will be open for quiet prayer and reflection.

Funerals, baptisms & weddings may continue, again adhering to the norms set out below.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

It is imperative that we care for the more vulnerable amongst us, and care for ourselves at this time.
Every blessing,

Our radio here in Baltinglass Parish is 100.2fm

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