• on 27th May, 2020

Archbishop Martin Advises Parishes “Get ready for a return to public worship”

The Archbishop of DublinDiarmuid Martin, has spoken about the path to a full resumption of public worship in Ireland.

He said that “there is a longing by believers to be able to return to public worship and towards building up Christian communities.”

Beyond the virtual

Praising the work done by parishes during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Archbishop also noted that there was a need to “move beyond the virtual”.

“As Christians,” he said, “we suffer through not being able to celebrate our faith through public worship.”

He also emphasized that this “void” is especially experienced by priests.

“Priests share in the anxiousness of all believers and in addition they find themselves unable to carry out to the full what is most essential in their calling…  As Archbishop, I experience that void in a deep way.”

Getting ready for return to Public Worship

During the weeks of lockdown in Dublin and around the country, churches have remained open for private prayer, funerals, baptisms and weddings, with limited numbers.

The Archbishop of Dublin stressed that over these past weeks, parishes all over Ireland “have begun working on plans to be ready to open their churches as soon as it is safe to do so.”

He also noted that the Standing Committee of the Irish Bishops Conference has now moved towards producing a document, with checklists to enable parishes to monitor where they are on the path forward.

From the beginning of this pandemic, the Irish Government’s Roadmap has stated that it will be constantly evaluating progress in reopening society.

Therefore, it is important, said Archbishop Martin, “that we as Church are ready to respond to any change in the current proposed timescale.”

Respect for public health measures

“We have to examine how our desires can be measured within the overall public health situation.  It is not that we place public health measures above our spiritual mission.”

Reminding parishes of the words of Pope Francis when he welcomed the opening of Churches in Italy, the Archbishop quoted, but please, let us proceed respecting the norms, the prescriptions we are given to safeguard the health of each individual and the people’.

By courtesy of Vatican News;







Ireland Dublin:Patrick Hand adds more crosses to the 2000 crosses on the walls of the church and parish centre in Balally in Dublin ,which have become a shrine to remember the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic,The red brick walls of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord are decorated with over 2,000 palm white crosses in memory of those who have died on the island of Ireland.AFP Photo Paul Faith
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