The Coronavirus Pandemic: updated Friday 15th May 2020
In accordance with Government directives and Diocesan norms the following arrangements are in place, following the STAY AT HOME directive, operative until 18th May.
· All Masses with congregations, Sunday and weekday, are cancelled for the time being. Everyone is dispensed from the Sunday obligation.
· Mass will be celebrated behind closed doors at St Mary’s, Killybegs, and streamed live. Go to the parish website:
killybegsparish.com to get a link
or go to mcnmedia.tv
Sunday Masses: 7pm (Vigil) & 11am.
· The church will be open at the usual times 8am – 8pm, except during Mass, but subject to the Government’s very strict limits on movement and health directives. Use the hand sanitizer on entering and leaving.
· Confirmation & First Communion postponed until further notice.
· There will be no baptisms or weddings for the time being .
Funeral Mass may be conducted in the Church with no more than 10 family representatives, as per Covid-19 guidelines. This is a difficult one for families of loved ones who have died. This Funeral Mass would be live-streamed. Burial is also strictly private.
· The Parish Newsletter will be available in the church and online as usual, from Friday pm.
· With the present restrictions on movement, it’s vitally important that we take every precaution to protect ourselves and others from the Coronavirus.
We pray for all of you, especially those who are unwell and all who are caring for them. We are indebted to all health workers and to all frontline workers
· The Parish Office is operational by phone 074 9731013 and by email email@example.com and Ann O’Donnell, Parish Secretary, can be contacted outside office hours on: 0876735139
May you live this day Compassionate of heart, Gentle in word, Gracious in awareness, Courageous in thought, Generous in love.
The parish of Killybegs, Na Cealla Beaga, (The Little Cells, The Little Churches) has probably existed since medieval times in common with many other parishes in the ancient See of Raphoe. “The origin and position of ‘The Little Churches’ from which this parish derives its name are nowhere explained in ecclesiastical history or on the biographies of our saints. Tradition presents the village as dedicated to St Catherine as its patron when the ‘Little Churches’ or monastic ‘cells’ were first erected on its peaceful banks.” ( A History of the Diocese of Raphoe, E Maguire 1920). Read more… The church underwent major restoration work May 2011 to October 2012. Check progress reports on the work in Restoration Project here… You can donate to the Restoration Fund via Paypal by clicking on the link below…