Visit of Bishop Fintan to the Parish of Ballyphehane

On the 29th & 30th of January, there was great excitement as Bishop Fintan made his first official visit to the Parish and celebrated the Vigil and Sunday Masses; applause rung out as he was welcomed by parishioners; “it is lovely to have a young Bishop” was the general feeling.

The love that exists between people, Bishop and priests was very visible in the freedom with which parishioners greeted Bishop Fintan on the frontage of the Church. As you see below, they were overjoyed to have their photograph taken with their Bishop.

Photos credit for all photographs to Mike English.

The Corkery family with Bishop Fintan.

In his Homily Bishop Fintan spoke about the joy in the people of Nazareth, listening to the gracious words spoken by Jesus in their synagogue. He also spoke about the obvious challenges facing the Church and he hoped that, all working together, a solution will be found. He also mentioned the wonderful parishioners and the number of priestly vocations from the Parish.

Bishop Fintan also prayed at the Tuskar Rock monument.

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COVID-19 Public Health Measures

“Religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place”

This is a very positive measure; however it is imperative that all other COVID-19 protective measures remain in place in order to protect all members of our communities/congregations.  We have increased our capacity but still have a row between pews.  We ask you to spread out as much as possible and those experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.  Continue to sanitise on entry and departure, wear masks and social distancing insofar as possible.

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Reframing the Challenge, continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting September 2021

Following the recent government announcement on Reframing the Challenge, continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting of new public health measures all religious ceremonies can proceed with up to 50% of church capacity while still being subject to appropriate protective measures including social distancing between household groups, wearing of face coverings, sanitisation on entry and exit and good ventilation.

Since churches re-opened for public worship in June 2020 we are indebted to the voluntary support of church stewards, those who clean and sanitise churches, parish ministries and church personnel who have worked so hard with yourselves to ensure that we could joyfully and safely gather for public worship. 

We will continue to need this support so that our churches are safe for people to gather while we attend to the ongoing requirements of Reframing the Challenge in the following aspects:

  • Physical Distancing: Maintenance of physical distance between household groups in line with agreed capacity limits of 50%. Separated pods within the church are no longer required.
  • Face Coverings: Continued application of current mask wearing requirements.
  • Ventilation: Ventilation remains a core component of our covid response in churches.

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First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation

We are happy to say these ceremonies are taking place and thanks to all our schools and parents/guardians for their outstanding co-operation.

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Funerals

Attendance at a Funeral Mass now follows the same guideline as other Masses.  

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Baptisms

Please contact the office or email to arrange.  Attendances at Baptism is limited to 20.

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Welcome to the Church Of Assumption, Ballyphehane.

Welcome to the website for our Parish. Hopefully you will find this website useful for information about what is happening in our Parish. If you have any queries, please phone (021) 4311244 or email [email protected].

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