Diocesan Recommendations for Opening of Churches for Personal Prayer

The Church of Saints Stephen and John, Castleisland from Tom Horan’s field on a fine March evening in 2000. ©Photograph: John Reidy  29-3-2000
A sign of the times in the Church of Saints Stephen and John in Castleisland which opened today for personal prayer – with some diocesan recommendations. Photograph: Nora Fealey

Parishes have been invited to consider the possibility of opening their churches for personal prayer and the Church of Saints Stephen and John here in Castleisland is doing so from today.

“This will be done in consultation with their pastoral area and opening depends on the implementation of health and safety measures, in keeping with all guidelines from the public health authorities,” according to Kerry diocesan directives.

Daily Cleaning Arrangements

The diocese has made recommendations in preparation for the reopening including that parishes will need to prepare the church and make arrangements for daily cleaning.

Each parish is free to decide to open its churches for personal prayer from today, May 20th.

“Visiting a church reminds us that Christ is ever present in our midst; that the Mass continues to be celebrated in our parishes on behalf of and for us all; that we are strengthened by taking time to turn to God each day in prayer,” according to the directives.

New Situation Adjustments

“We ask that all in our parishes adjust to this new situation calmly and carefully and the safest way to visit a church at the moment is to  Walk around, stand and pray, don’t sit down and don’t touch anything.

“Please continue to observe 100% all public health restrictions and guidance. If your local community appears to have remained virus free, give thanks to God.

“Please, do not become complacent. Our Lady, help of the sick, pray for us.” – Diocese of Kerry, May 2020

Church of Saints Stephen and John Opening Times 

The church opening times in Castleisland as of today, May 20th 2020 are as follows: Monday 11:30am to 6:30pm; Tuesday 11:30am to 6:30pm; Wednesday 11:30am to 8pm; Thursday 11:30am to 8pm; Friday 11:30am to 6:30pm; Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm; Sunday 12:30pm to 8pm.

In the event of a funeral from Mondays to Saturdays the church will open from 12:15pm.

Keep in touch with masses and rosary in Castleisland Parish church by clicking on the link here: http://www.churchservices.tv/castleisland