COVID-19

In here you can find our regular updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Update 21st July, 2020

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR) IN RELATION TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
In order to potentially assist contact-tracing in the event of a Covid 19 outbreak, our parish collects the names and contact details of all who participate in Mass.
Data collected in this manner will not be used for any purpose other than to facilitate contact-tracing.
Contact-tracing will be undertaken only if it is deemed necessary by HSE authorities.
All data is securely stored in the Parish Office.
Only accredited volunteers, administrative staff and clergy have access to this data.
Every person who has access to this data has signed a parish ‘confidentiality agreement’.
All data collected in this way and for this purpose will be erased ONE MONTH after it is collected.
Any concerns should be brought to the attention of Fr. Diarmuid Hogan PP oranmorepp@gmail.com

Update 27th June, 2020

  • Government regulations allow for the celebration of Mass with a congregation from Monday, June 29th.
  • However, it appears that some of the regulations originally advised to us may change in the coming days.
  • A further ‘update’ will be published on Facebook and on Church noticeboards as soon as the situation becomes clear.

The following arrangements are in place in Oranmore and in Maree:

  • The obligation to attend Mass remains suspended for all the faithful.
  • In this parish the celebration of Mass with a congregation will resume on SATURDAY, JULY 4TH.
  • The number of participants will be strictly limited by Government regulations.
  • ‘Participation Tickets’ for Mass in Oranmore and in Maree will be distributed through our Parish Office.
  • Details of how to access ‘participation tickets’ will be made available as soon as the Government clarifies the regulations.
  • Those who are in any way vulnerable or susceptible to illness should not participate in public Mass until the Covid 19 situation further improves.
  • Mass Times – note time changes for Weekday Mass and extra Maree Mass
    Saturday 6pm
    7:30pm
    Oranmore
    Maree
    Sunday 10am
    11am
    12pm
    Oranmore
    Maree
    Oranmore
    Monday 6:30pm Oranmore
    Tuesday 10:30am Oranmore
    Wednesday 6:30pm
    7:30pm
    Oranmore
    Maree
    Thursday 10:30am Oranmore
    Friday 6:30pm
    7:30pm
    Oranmore
    Maree

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT EVER Y MASS
IN ORANMORE AND IN MAREE

Volunteers are needed to help ensure that Government guidelines are respected, that Mass is celebrated in calm dignity and that the comfort and safety of Mass participants is protected.
Please contact the Parish Office if you can help us during this stretching time.
091 388994 (if unattended leave a voice-message with your contact details)
oranmoreparish@gmail.com

UPDATE June 21st 2020

ALL COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE IN THIS PARISH UNTIL AT LEAST JUNE 29TH.
The obligation to participate in Sunday Mass will remain suspended for everyone for some time to come.
However the celebration of public Mass, with very strictly curtailed numbers and with procedures to limit the spread of infection, should resume in Oranmore and in Maree on Saturday, July 4th.
Those who have underlying health conditions, or who are in any way vulnerable, will be asked not to participate in public liturgies until the overall COVID 19 situation across Ireland improves further.
Weekend Mass times in Oranmore and in Maree will not change.
There will be some changes to the weekday Mass schedule for the remainder of the summer.
More details will be available next weekend.
We will endeavour, to the very best of our ability, to comply with all directives of the HSE and with the guidance issued by the Western Bishops in their recent document “NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD”.
A full text of this document is available on the parish website at this location.
In the coming days our parish will call for volunteers to assist in a variety of ways in Oranmore and in Maree to help protect the health, comfort and safety of Mass participants.
Our parish will need help with regular, careful sanitising of both churches,
stewarding and crowd management, provision of signage and Personal Protection Equipment.
A training programme will be established for all volunteers to ensure consistent best practice.
Through all that lies ahead we will continue to need and rely on your patience, your support and your goodwill.
THE PARISH OFFICE
The Parish Office is functioning fully but is not yet open to the public.
For Mass Cards, Sacramental Enquiries, Bookings, Dues, Donations or any other matter contact Louise by email, phone or mail – oranmoreparish@gmail.com | 091 388994 | Parish Office, Oranmore H91 EVX4.

UPDATE 13th June, 2020

Please follow this link for a document for Guidance for a Return to the Public Pastoral Life of the Church in the Tuam Ecclesiastical Province.

UPDATE 1st May, 2020

In light of the speech given at 6.30pm this evening by An Taoiseach, there are no changes in our parish response to the COVID 19 pandemic. All current practices, policies and restrictions will remain until at least 18th May, 2020.

  • VOCATIONS SUNDAY THIS WEEKEND
    I make a sincere, heartfelt request that you continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. In your prayers remember too Mr. John Gerard Action from Moycullen who will be ordained as a deacon this year. John Gerard has family in Oakfield, here in our parish.
  • MAY – THE MONTH OF MARY
    While it is not possible to make formal arrangements for gatherings at the Grotto in Oranmore or in Maree, please come often to say the Rosary in the days ahead – observing the strict limitations of ‘social-distancing’. If you have created a ‘May Altar’ in your home, we would like to put a picture of it on the Parish Facebook Page. Send pictures to – oranmoreparish@gmail.com
  • THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
    The Blessed Sacrament is permanently reposed in both Oranmore and Maree churches. Come, spend time in the Real Presence of Jesus – but please observing the strict limitations of ‘social-distancing’.
  • CHURCH BUILDINGS AND CHURCH GROUNDS
    The church and church-grounds at Oranmore and at Maree remain open each day. Those using the church and grounds MUST observe the strict limitations of ‘social-distancing’.
  • PARISH OFFICE
    While the Parish Office is closed to the public, administrative work continues. Email is the most effective way to make contact – oranmoreparish@gmail.com Voicemail and post are also checked regularly.
  • MASS
    Mass is offered by Diarmuid and by Daniel in private.
  • BAPTISMS
    In line with government and diocesan restrictions, only emergency baptisms can now take place.
  • FUNERALS
    Arrangements adhere to HSE guidance and respect the rights and dignities of a Christian Funeral.
  • NURSING-HOMES, HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY CALLS
    Diarmuid and Daniel continue to provide emergency chaplaincy cover to the Galway Clinic. They can no longer routinely visit Nursing Homes or hospitals but they are always available for emergency calls.
  • CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CEREMONIES
    It is not yet possible to make arrangements for the postponed Maree National School Confirmation. Neither is it possible to be sure if First Holy Communion in Oranmore or Maree will proceed as planned. Giving timely and reliable information on these ceremonies to parents, pupils and schools is an absolute priority.
  • UPDATES
    Our Parish Facebook Page is updated regularly – www.facebook.com/OranmoreParish Our Parish Website is updated regularly – www.oranmoreparish.org A weekly Sunday Leaflet is still printed – hardcopies are available in each church, on Facebook and on our website.
  • BROADCAST AND ONLINE MASS TIMES SUNDAY MASS
    9am Clare FM 10am Mid-West Radio 11am Radió Na Galetachta 11.30am GalwayBay FM – this weekend with Diarmuid 11am & 6pm (Daily) www.facebook.com/cathedralingalway (Galway Cathedral) 2pm RTE News Now – Saorview Ch. 21; Virgin Ch. 200; Eir Ch. 500;
  • FINANCE WEEKLY SUNDAY COLLECTION – TO PAY THE RUNNING EXPENSES OF THE PARISH
    Together with so many businesses, charities and individuals COVID 19 crisis has decimated parish income. While our parish has some savings to pay bills for the moment, all financial support is very much appreciated.
    EASTER DUES – TO PAY DIARMUID AND DANIEL AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PAYMENT OF RETIRED PRIESTS Again, while our parish has some savings to pay both salaries for the moment, Diarmuid and Daniel completely rely the thrice-yearly ‘dues’ for their income. It is planned to post Easter Dues Envelopes directly to registered parishioners during the month of May.
    FIVE FURTHER WAYS TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THIS PARISH
    • Individual or recurrent donations can made on the Parish Website – www.oranmoreparish.org
    • Set aside a regular contribution each week which can be kept safely until this crisis ends.
    • Donations can be placed at any time in the front-porch safe of Oranmore or Maree Church.
    • Donations can be posted to Oranmore Parish Office, Oranmore, Co. Galway H91 EVX4
    • Individual or recurrent electronic transfers can be made directly to parish bank accounts –
    WEEKLY COLLECTION (Oranmore) Bank of Ireland, Oranmore: Oranmore Church A/C – 78229139
    IBAN IE52BOFI90403478229139 BIC BOFIIE2D
    WEEKLY COLLECTION (Maree) Bank of Ireland, Oranmore Maree Church A/C – 68862627
    IBAN IE95BOFI90403468862627 BIC BOFIIE2D
    EASTER DUES Bank of Ireland, Oranmore Priests’ Revenue A/C – 44591754
    IBAN IE96BOFI90403444591754 BIC BOFIIE2D
    Nobody financially compromised by the COVID 19 pandemic is expected to contribute to our parish at this time.

AND FINALLY…… These strange times are set to continue for some more weeks. Daniel and I will continue to remember your intentions at daily Mass and in our daily prayers. We look and long for the day when we can again be in one another’s company. We are immensely proud of our schools where staff continue to give tremendous support to both pupils and parents. We are also proud that our parish is home to so many FrontLine Workers – true heroes who keep our people and our nation safe. A blue light shines every evening in Oranmore Church Bell Tower in their honour. The Paschal Candle also burns all day, every day in both churches as a sign of home and as a symbol of our belief in the Resurrection. We, like you, are anxious for all this to be over. We miss Mass with a congregation, baptisms, weddings, sacraments, funerals and the other celebrations of parish life. We miss the life and vitality of our schools, the loyal and faithful presence of our older parishioners, the joy and generosity of families, the many activities in Tearmann Mhuire. And we miss you! We ask that you remain safe. We ask for your continued prayers. Pease continue to respect one another, be gentle, be kind and please keep yourself and each other safe. Throughout the month of May, may you be blessed by God, protected by her and loved by many people. Amen.
Diarmuid

UPDATE 25th April, 2020

CHURCH BUILDINGS AND CHURCH GROUNDS
Our parish has formally offered ALL our buildings, facilities and grounds to the HSE if needed at any time. Neither the diocese or the HSE have requested the closure of churches. The church and church-grounds at Oranmore and at Maree remain open. Those using the church and grounds MUST observe the very strict limitations of ‘social-distancing’.
PARISH OFFICE
While the Parish Office is closed to the public, administrative work continues. Email is the most effective way to make contact – oranmoreparish@gmail.com
Voicemail and post are also checked regularly.
MASS
Mass for booked intentions, for the welfare and safety of our parishioners and for an end to this pandemic continues to be offered in private by Diarmuid and Daniel. To book an intention email / write – oranmoreparish@gmail.com or Oranmore Parish Office, Oranmore, H91 EVX4
BAPTISMS
In line with government and diocesan restrictions, only emergency baptisms can now take place.
FUNERALS
The rights and dignities of a Christian Funeral will always be respected. Arrangements, adhering to HSE guidance, will be made in association with the bereaved family and the undertaker.
NURSING-HOMES, HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY CALLS
Diarmuid and Daniel continue to provide emergency chaplaincy cover to the Galway Clinic. They can no longer routinely visit Nursing Homes or hospitals but they are always available for emergency calls.
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CEREMONIES
It is not yet possible to make arrangements for the postponed Maree National School Confirmation. Neither is it possible to be sure if First Holy Communion in Oranmore or Maree will proceed as planned. Giving timely and reliable information on these ceremonies to parents, pupils and schools is an absolute priority.
GALWAYBAY FM – CONNAUGHT/CITY TRIBUNE
Diarmuid and Daniel will continue to offer Mass each Sunday at 11.30am on GalwayBay FM. Diarmuid continues to write an article in the Connaught/City Tribune each week.
UPDATES
Our Parish Facebook Page is updated regularly – www.facebook.com/OranmoreParish Our Parish Website is updated regularly – www.oranmoreparish.org
The Sunday Leaflet is printed each week. Hardcopies are available in each church and are also available on our Facebook page and our website.
Please help ensure that ALL parishioners have access to all parish information.
BROADCAST AND ONLINE MASS TIMES SUNDAY MASS
9am Clare FM
10am Mid-West Radio 11am Radió Na Galetachta 11.30am GalwayBay FM – this weekend with Diarmuid 11am & 6pm (Daily)
www.facebook.com/cathedralingalway (Galway Cathedral) 2pm RTE News Now
Saorview Ch. 21; Virgin Ch. 200
Eir Ch. 500; Sky Ch. 521
NOTE: TELEVISION MASS ON RTE NEWS NOW EACH SUNDAY AT 2pm
FINANCE
WEEKLY SUNDAY COLLECTION – TO PAY THE RUNNING EXPENSES OF THE PARISH Together with so many businesses, charities and individuals COVID 19 crisis has decimated parish income. While our parish has some savings to pay bills for the moment, all financial support is very much appreciated.
EASTER DUES – TO PAY DIARMUID AND DANIEL AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PAYMENT OF RETIRED PRIESTS Again, while our parish has some savings to pay both salaries for the moment, Diarmuid and Daniel completely rely the thrice-yearly ‘dues’ for their income. It is planned to post Easter Dues Envelopes directly to registered parishioners during the month of May.
FIVE FURTHER WAYS TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THIS PARISH

  • Individual or recurrent donations can made on the Parish Website – www.oranmoreparish.org
  • Set aside a regular contribution each week which can be kept safely until this crisis ends.
  • Donations can be placed at any time in the front-porch safe of Oranmore or Maree Church.
  • Donations can be posted to Oranmore Parish Office, Oranmore, Co. Galway H91 EVX4
  • Individual or recurrent electronic transfers can be made directly to parish bank accounts –
    WEEKLY COLLECTION (Oranmore) Bank of Ireland, Oranmore: Oranmore Church A/C – 78229139
    IBAN IE52BOFI90403478229139 BIC BOFIIE2D
    WEEKLY COLLECTION (Maree) Bank of Ireland, Oranmore Maree Church A/C – 68862627
    IBAN IE95BOFI90403468862627 BIC BOFIIE2D
    EASTER DUES Bank of Ireland, Oranmore Priests’ Revenue A/C – 44591754
    IBAN IE96BOFI90403444591754 BIC BOFIIE2D

Anyone financially compromised by the COVID 19 pandemic should not contribute to our parish at this time.
AND FINALLY…… The primary duty of every priest is to pray for their people. Daniel and I take this responsibility very seriously indeed. You are at the very top of our trimmings! Many of you have made contact to request particular prayers for family members far away, for loved ones who are ill and for your beloved departed. We do this each time and for everyone who asks. We are especially aware of cocooned parishoners, of children who are keeping up their spirits and their education at home, of tremendous teenagers who are doing themselves proud, of the staff of our five schools who continue to provide recourses, facilities and encouragement to their pupils, of those preparing for the Leaving Cert, of parents who have discovered fantastic new ways of parenting, of the many, many people from our parish who work in the frontline of this pandemic, of all who heal us, feed us, protect us and give us hope. And we pray most especially for those who find the going extremely hard and for those who are lonely, bereaved, troubled or afraid. The Paschal Candle lights all day, every day in the church to remind us and you of resurrection. We, like you, are anxious for all this to be over. We miss Mass with a congregation, baptisms, weddings, sacraments, funerals and the other celebrations of parish life. And we miss you and we ask for your prayers. Neither of us have lost weight in this pandemic but, while we feel safe and cocooned by your kindness, we continue to need you. Pease continue to respect one another, be gentle, be kind and please keep yourself and each other safe. This weekend and always, may you be blessed by God, protected by Mary and loved by many people. Amen.
Diarmuid

UPDATE 5th April 2020

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES
All Holy Week ceremonies will be celebrated in our parish.
However, in line with government and diocesan restrictions, no congregation will be present.
Palm Crosses and Easter Water will be blessed as normal and stored for distribution at a later date.
Holy Week Ceremony booklets will be available in porch of Oranmore and Maree church from this weekend.

BAPTISMS
In line with government and diocesan restrictions, only emergency baptisms can now take place.
FUNERALS
The rights and dignities of a Christian Funeral will be respected.
HSE ‘social-distancing’ procedures will be very strictly observed.
Only very close family, numbering ten or fewer, may attend.

NURSING-HOMES AND HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY CALLS
Diarmuid and Daniel are now providing emergency cover to the Galway Clinic.
However they can no longer routinely visit Nursing Homes or hospitals.

CHURCH BUILDINGS AND CHURCH GROUNDS
Our parish has formally offered ALL our buildings, facilities and grounds to the HSE if they are needed at any time.
As yet, neither the diocese or the HSE have requested the closure of churches.
Until such a request is made, the churches and church grounds in Oranmore and in Maree remain open.
Those using the church and grounds MUST observe the very strict limitations of ‘social-distancing’.

PARISH OFFICE
The Parish Office is closed to the public – voicemail, email and post are checked regularly.

PARISH FINANCE
Together with so many individuals, organisations and businesses across our community,
our parish, which relies solely on you, will endure very considerable financial loss because of COVID 19.
Each weekend please consider safely setting aside your regular contribution.
These can be kept until after this crisis or can be put in the front-porch safe Oranmore Church.
It is hoped that a ‘Donation Button’ can very soon be added to our Parish website homepage.
Electronic transfers are really welcome and can always be made using the following information:

WEEKLY COLLECTION (Oranmore) Bank of Ireland, Oranmore: Oranmore Church A/C – 78229139
IBAN IE52BOFI90403478229139
BIC BOFIIE2D
WEEKLY COLLECTION (Maree) Bank of Ireland, Oranmore Maree Church A/C – 68862627
IBAN IE95BOFI90403468862627
BIC BOFIIE2D
EASTER DUES Bank of Ireland, Oranmore Priests’ Revenue A/C – 44591754
IBAN IE96BOFI90403444591754
BIC BOFIIE2D

The distribution of Easter Dues Envelopes has been postponed until May or June.
No contribution to our parish is necessary from anyone who is financially compromised by the COVID 19 pandemic.

FIRST FRIDAY CALLS
Unfortunately there can be no First Friday Calls in April.

TRÓCAIRE COLLECTION
The annual collection of Family Fast Boxes and the special Trócaire Collection at Sunday Mass
have been postponed until a more opportune time.
It is still possible to make an online donation to Trocáire at www.trocaire.org

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – ORANMORE-MAREE YOUTH GROUP (OMYG)
Unfortunately the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 2020 has been cancelled.
However, please God, OMYG can visit another pilgrimage site later in the Summer.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Confirmation ceremonies for Scoil Mhuire, Gaelscoil de hÍde and Scoil Iósaif Naofa have already taken place this year.
It is not yet possible to make arrangements for the postponed Maree National School Confirmation.
Neither is it yet possible to confirm that First Holy Communion in Oranmore or Maree will proceed as planned.
Giving timely and reliable information on these ceremonies to parents, pupils and schools is an absolute priority.
Please God we will know more in the coming weeks.

UPDATES
Our Parish Facebook Page and our Parish Website are updated regularly.
Please help ensure that ALL parishioners have access to all parish information.

BROADCAST AND ONLINE MASS
SUNDAY MASS

9am Clare FM
10am
11am
11.30am
11am & 6pm (Daily)
Clare FM
Mid-West Radio
Radió Na Galetachta
GalwayBay FM
www.facebook.com/cathedralingalway (Galway Cathedral)

DAILY MASS

10:30am RTE News Now Saorview Ch. 21
Virgin Media Ch. 200
Sky Ch. 521
Eir Ch. 500
10am Radio Maria Studio www.radiomaria.ie
Saorview Ch. 210
12noon / 7:30pm Knock Shrine – EWTN www.ewtnireland.com
Sky 588
Continuously Shrines across the world www.shalomworld.ie
See website Papal and Vatican Mass www.vaticannews.va/en

AND FINALLY……
Daniel and I are doing well in the circumstances! We are both healthy in body and mind and, over the years, we have
each become somewhat accustomed to living on our own. We miss very much the various regular celebrations in the
church, we miss the life and vitality of our schools and we miss the myriad of opportunities to meet and be with you.
We are also both eternally grateful for the kindness, support, offers of help, phonecalls, emails, texts and baked goods
we have recently enjoyed ! At the moment we are providing emergency cover for the Galway Clinic, Daniel is saying
Mass on GalwayBay FM at 11.30am this Sunday and I am writing a short weekly piece for the Connaught and City Tribune.
We think particularly of all in our parish who are cocooned at this time and we look with very deep respect and huge
admiration at all those who have housefuls of children and teenagers! Our schools continue to do a great job online and
every day we renew our appreciation for Oranmore and for Maree. In the times ahead we will continue to keep each
you and your family in our heart, mind and prayers. Much love.
Diarmuid

UPDATE 28th March 2020

Together with millions of people across our nation we salute with respect and admiration all those who are on the front line in this heroic campaign.
We ask the grace and blessing of God on each one, together with their families and we renew our unwavering support for all that they do on our behalf!

    • MASS
      While public Mass will not be celebrated this week, Diarmuid and Daniel continue to offer Mass each day.
      Mass for pre-booked intentions will be celebrated privately, unless otherwise arranged.
    • BAPTISMS
      Baptisms take place using the Emergency Rite and observing very strict ‘social distancing’ procedures.
    • FUNERALS
      Funeral arrangements will be made in association with Funeral Directors and family.
      The rightful dignities of a ChrisLan Funeral will be fully respected.
      “Social-distancing” procedures will be very strictly observed and all HSE policies will be fully adhered to.
    • NURSING-HOMES AND HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY CALLS
      Diarmuid and Daniel will not now routinely visit Nursing Homes or hospitals.
      Both remain available for emergency calls.
    • CHURCH BUILDINGS AND CHURCH GROUNDS
      The churches and Church grounds in Oranmore and in Maree will continue to remain open.
      Everyone using the church and grounds MUST observe the limitations of ‘social-distancing’.
    • PARISH OFFICE
      The Parish Office is closed to the public but administrative work continues.
      Voicemail and email will be checked throughout each day and the post will be checked daily.
    • PARISH FINANCE
      Together with so many individuals, organisations and businesses across our community, our parish, which relies solely on you, will endure very considerable financial consequences because of COVID 19.
      Easter Dues Envelopes will not be distributed at this time – but probably in May or June.
      Each weekend please consider safely setting aside your regular contribution.
      These can be kept until after the COVID 19 crisis or can be placed in the safe in the front-porch of Oranmore Church.
      Electronic transfers always can be made to the parish using the following information –

      WEEKLY COLLECTION (Oranmore) WEEKLY COLLECTION (Maree) EASTER DUES
      Bank of Ireland, Oranmore
      Oranmore Church A/C
      A/C 78229139
      IBAN IE52BOFI90403478229139
      BIC BOFIIE2D
      Bank of Ireland, Oranmore
      Maree Church A/C
      A/C 68862627
      IBAN IE95BOFI90403468862627
      BIC BOFIIE2D
      Bank of Ireland, Oranmore
      Priests’ Revenue A/C
      A/C 44591754
      IBAN IE96BOFI90403444591754
      BIC BOFIIE2D

      No contribution should be made by anyone who is financially compromised by the COVID 19 pandemic.

    • UPDATES
      Our Parish Facebook Page and our Parish Website are updated regularly.
      Our Sunday Leaflet is published every weekend and is always available in Oranmore and Maree churches.
      Please help ensure that ALL parishioners have access to all parish information.
      We strive to keep each other in heart, mind and prayer through these hard times.

UPDATE 20th March 2020

In light of this unprecedented danger to public health the following protocols are now in place:

  • MASS
    Public Mass will not be celebrated in our churches in the week ahead.
    Diarmuid and Daniel continue to offer Mass each day.
    Mass for pre-booked intentions will be celebrated privately, unless otherwise arranged.
  • BAPTISMS
    Baptisms can take place by making direct contact by email with Diarmuid or Daniel.
    An ‘Emergency Rite’ will be used.
    Babies will be fully baptised but none of the accompanying ritual will be used.
    The Baptism ceremony will take less than five minutes.
    No more than five people, including the priest, may attend.
    A ‘proxy’ can represent both Godparents if necessary.
    Baptism Registration will take place as normal – paperwork will be filled at the ceremony.
    Later in the year a single celebration will be arranged to honour all babies baptised in this way.
  • FUNERALS
    In association with Funeral Directors, all funeral arrangements will minimise any risk to public health.
    Numbers attending funeral liturgies will be very strictly limited and confined to immediate family.
    All ‘social-distancing’ procedures will be very strictly observed.
    The rightful dignities of a Christian Funeral will be fully respected.
  • NURSING-HOMES AND HOSPITALS
    In accordance to HSE advice, Diarmuid and Daniel will not now routinely visit Nursing Homes or hospitals.
    However they both remain available for emergency calls.
  • CHURCH BUILDINGS
    The churches in Oranmore and in Maree will remain open from early morning until late evening. While everyone using the church must observe the limitations of ‘social-distancing’, the faithful are invited, where possible, to spend some quiet time before the Blessed Sacrament each day.
  • PARISH OFFICE
    The Parish Office will be open to the public ONLY ON FRIDAY MORNINGS (9am to 1pm). Voicemail and email will be checked throughout each day and the post will be checked daily.
  • PARISH FINANCE
    Together with so many individuals, organisations and businesses across our community, our parish will endure very considerable financial consequences because of COVID 19. Each weekend please consider safely setting aside your regular contribution until our lives return to normal.
Diarmuid oranmorepp@gmail.com 091 794634 / 086 8888642
Daniel oranmorecc@gmail.com 091 794113
Parish Office oranmoreparish@gmail.com 091 388994

12th March 2020

In light of the statement this morning by An Taoiseach and in light of the statement this afternoon by the Archbishops of Ireland on the unprecedented danger to public health posed by COVID 19 the following decisions have been made today –

    • The Confirmation Ceremony arranged for Maree tomorrow (13th March 2020) has been postponed until after Easter.
    • From today, all public Masses in Oranmore and in Maree, including Sunday Masses, have been cancelled until at least March 29th.
    • All baptisms in Oranmore and in Maree have been cancelled until at least March 29th.
    • If funerals occur, arrangements will be made, in association with next-of-kin and funeral directors, to ensure that the dignities associated with Christian burial are observed and respected without endangering the health of the community.
    • Churches in Oranmore and Maree will remain open as usual for private worship and prayer.
    • Daniel and I will continue to respond to emergencies and sick-calls to the best of our ability.
    • We will continue to celebrate Mass privately for your intentions and for our parish.
    • In the days ahead, great care must be taken to ensure that all vulnerable people and those who live alone have all that they need, including food, fuel and company. We have a duty to ensure that nobody feels isolated, frightened or forgotten.
    • We continue to keep in our prayers the many nurses, doctors and healthcare staff from our parish who work in our hospitals, nursing homes and in the community to protect our health. May God bless the work of their hands. We pray too for all those in positions of leadership – may God guide and direct them.
    • We entrust all our people to the care and protection of St. Patrick.

Dóchas linn Naomh Pádraig, aspal mór na hÉireann


UPDATE 29th February 2020

In response to the spread of the COVID 19 virus the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora and the Parish of Oranmore,
on the advice of the Health Service Executive (v1.2, 27/02/2020), makes the following requests of the faithful.
THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS IS SUSPENDED FOR ANYONE WHO HAS ANY FORM OF FLU-LIKE SYMPTOM.
THOSE WHO HAVE EVEN MILD SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU SHOULD NOT ATTEND MASS.
THE SIGN OF PEACE HANDSHAKE WILL BE REPLACED BY A NOD OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND A KINDLY WORD.
THE FAITHFUL ARE STRONGLY DISCOURAGED FROM RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE.
MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION WILL CONTINUE TO USE ANTI-VIRAL HAND SANITISERS.
HOLY WATER FONTS WILL NOT BE IN USE.
OUR PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRACTED COVID 19, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND FOR ALL WHO ARE WORKING TO COMBAT THIS VIRUS.